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NewsChannel June '03



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WAKW Cincinnati welcomes Jim Smith as their new morning person. Jim joins WAKW after spending the last 13 years as morning personality at secular AC WARM 98 Cincinnati. The morning show will air from 5:30-9:00 weekdays. (6/30)

Brant Hanson is the new morning co-host at WAY FM West Palm Beach. Brant joins PD Donna Cruz on the morning show weekdays 6-10. He was prviously with WDWS Champaign and KSBJ Houston. (6/30)

After 25 years in radio, most in Christian radio, Ken Mayfield has decided to exit the business. He has accepted a ministry position with his church in Spartanburg. Ken had these words for HisAir readers "I have been very blessed in this 'business.' God allowed me to build and manage 2 Christian radio stations in my hometown of Charlotte including WRCM. I have been honored to serve on the management team of two wonderful networks, RTN and EMF. I have so many great friends here in radio." Please join us in wishing Ken and his family the best in his new ministry! (6/30)

Youth Inc. of Southern indiana has been awarded an LPFM at 96.9 serving the Evansville metro. Plans are for a CHR format. (6/27)

Salem Communications has announced that Bob Fox will serve as General Manager for the company's four station cluster in Sacramento. Fox joined Salem Communications three months ago as general sales manager in Sacramento from Clear Channel, where he served as general sales manager in Toledo, Ohio, for the past three years. Fox will replace Joe Cruz, who has taken a position with Hispanic Broadcasting. (6/26)

KLTY Dallas announced that a display of an authentic fragment of the Dead Sea Scrolls dated to 200 B.C. will be held at Celebrate Freedom this Saturday, June 28. This will be the first ever U.S. public display outside of a museum. The fragment will be displayed to promote the upcoming Dead Sea Scrolls to the Forbidden Book museum exhibit coming to the Biblical Arts Center in Dallas beginning September 5, 2003. The fragment to be displayed at Celebrate Freedom is a piece of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, chapters 26 and 27, regarding the resurrection, “your dead shall live again and their bodies shall rise…” Celebrate Freedom is the largest Christian music concert in the U.S., with over 200,000 people expected to attend. The all-day free event will feature performances by Third Day, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Jars of Clay, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Mark Scultz, Rebecca St. James, ZOEgirl, 4Him, Newsong, Chris Rice, Anointed, Kristy Starling, Derek Webb (formerly of Caedmon’s Call), Nate Sallie and Sandi Patty. (6/26)

Tom Tradup will join Salem as National Program Director of News/Talk, it was announced by Joe D. Davis, Executive Vice President for Radio. He will be based in Dallas. Prior to joining Salem, Tradup was President/Syndication for New York-based SABO Media where he helped create and launch a national radio service for PARADE Magazine. His news/talk background includes serving as President & General Manager of WLS-AM&FM in Chicago, as well as programming and news positions at WMCA New York, KRLD Dallas, KCMO Kansas City and WASH-FM in Washington, D.C. He also served as Vice President & General Manager of the USA Radio Network. Tradup commented, "I am thrilled to be joining Salem and to be blessed with the opportunity to work with this solid management team as we unlock the tremendous potential of Salem's news/talk stations." (6/25)

BMI Christian Music Awards winners announced...Get the details from (6/25)

Ken Pennell is named President of EMI Gospel at EMI-CMG effective July 7th. In addition Larry Blackwell becomes VP/GM. Pennel was prviously the VP/GM while Blackwell was with the Zomba Label Group. (6/23)

Station Movement: Mike Sommers is the new OM/PD at WXPZ Milford, DE. He replaces Denice Harper who left in early June...WFMZ Elizabeth City, NC is sold to Convergent Broadcasting...WYSZ Toledo ups Craig Mangrum to APD ... KSBJ Houston introduces a new worship-driven website at 60-minute syndicated program Christian Future Hits, highlighting brand-new AC, CHR and Inspo songs, announces it's newest affiliate, WBJY/Albany, GA... A new internet station is on at

Damon Balch has been named Director of sales at KFIS and KPDQ (Salem) in Portland.

Lucy Chapman joins KGBI Omaha "100.7 The Bridge" doing news on the morning show. Lucy was formerly with KEFM Omaha. She'll start at KGBI in July. (6/23)

Salem Communications has announced its Summer Concert Series line-up. Commenting on the series, “The Fish” National PD Chuck Finney said, “Our line-up features perhaps our best group of performers ever. Along with the great music, these concerts offer us a meaningful way to come together in prayer and celebration. We hope to have fun, while shedding light on today's social and political issues, encouraging thoughtful reflection on our lives and raising money to help those in need.” The free events will feature performances by Third Day, Avalon, Jaci Velasquez, Jars of Clay, Phillips, Craig and Dean, Mark Scultz, Rebecca St. James, ZOEgirl, 4Him, Newsong, Chris Rice, Anointed, Kristy Starling, Derek Webb, Nate Sallie, Jeremy Camp, Toby Mac, OC Supertones, and Sandi Patty. (6/19)

Quick clips: Michael Shishido is now PD at KAIM (95.5 The Fish) Honolulu. Rick Innamorato leaves the station and heads back to the mainland. Shishido was formerly the Creative Services Director at KAIM.

Kaja Brown leaves the PD position at KPSU Portland effective June 30.  (6/18)

There's an alarming editorial on the state of radio written by Brent Staples in the New York Times a few days ago. The editorial claims that radio, as the listener used to know it, is dead. It will make you think. Staples claims radios problems are great ... and that it's losing listeners faster than any other medium. Click here to read. (6/18)

1,011 new child sponsors were found during the recent WAY-FM group of stations’ Compassion In Action fundraiser, Compassion International’s second highest record ever for a single radio event. It was held over two days of broadcasting, and incorporated new programming limitations established by attorneys. Featured hosts included WAY-FM staff Donna Cruz and Ace McKay, who recently returned from Compassion trips to third world countries, Doug Hannah, Jeff Taylor and Matt Austin.  Other hosts included ShareMedia’s John Brock and Dave Kirby, and Compassion’s Mark Hollingsworth.

The on-air event included hosts sharing their personal stories from their trips, other current supporters expressing what it means to sponsor a child, and of course introducing children to the audience who were available for sponsorships. The WAY-FM stations that participated included WAYM in Nashville Tennessee, WAYF in West Palm Beach Florida, and WAYJ in Ft. Myers Florida.  The new WAYH in Huntsville Alabama did not participate since they just signed on-air weeks ago. (6/18)

On July 11th, TM Century will ship its first PraiseDisc to the over 1,800 radio stations in the United States that program any type of Christian music.  The PraiseDisc service, which is free to radio stations, will cover all new music releases in all Christian music format genres…including Rock, CHR, AC, Inspirational, and Gospel. The PraiseDisc service will also include a section on the TM Century website with a fully searchable database, liner notes for each song and links to artist and label websites. PraiseDisc will initially publish every other week, but TM Century expects to convert it to a weekly service within the first six months. PraiseDisc, a label/artist supported service, will include releases from all the major and many minor record labels in addition to releases from independent artists. “The explosion in the number of Christian music stations nationally has created a tremendous challenge for the promotional departments of all labels.  It has become prohibitively expensive for labels to service all 1,800+ stations.  However, since a significant number of Christian stations and Christian record sales are in smaller markets it is critical that these stations get serviced in a timely fashion,” explained TM Century President/CEO David Graupner.  “People won’t buy what they don’t know and the only way they know about new songs is by hearing them on their local radio station.” For more info contact Eve Mayer Orsburn at (972) 406-6829 or . (6/17)

KTSY Boise PD Ty Mcfarland names Liesl "Bozz" Fandrich Music Director. Liesl comes from The Positive Life Radio Network. Liesl starts the position on July 1st and can be reached at 208-459-5879 or at (6/16)

Music News from GMA announces Praise in the Rockies concert series; full schedule & roster...Chris Rice celebrates his birthday at 100.7 The Bridge...BuzzWord- Strange Celebrity, downhere, Rachael, Leigh, & Jaci (6/16)

Quick clips: Phil Villareal exits KCRN/San Angelo and the music is being handled by PD Mark Mohr ... 36kw WHGN/Crystal River, FL is now part of the Moody Broadcasting family and WKES/Lakeland, FL ... Skip "Skipper T." Spence is helping WOCU-LP located in southern Indiana and requests assistance with obtaining equipment for the start-up station. Contact him at ... Radio & Records is honoring the best in Christian radio with the "R&R Christian Industry Achievement Awards" to take place at the R&R Christian Summit in Dallas on Sept. 18-20. (6/12)

A new Christian Record label has been formed by Michael Smith and Associates. It's called Perpetual Entertainment Group and it's artist roster will initially include Charles Billingsley and comedian Brad Stine. The first release is scheduled for July 1st from Billingsley titled "Secret Conversation" (6/10)

Danielle Hedges is now the Music Director at WYLV Knoxville. Danielle will continue her midday shift on air at Love 89. (6/10)

Station Movement: The FCC has granted the sale of Concord Media Jacksonville stations including 106.5 The Promise WBGB to Salem Communications. KSDO 1130 San Diego flips to Spanish religion (6/4)

Music News from Leon Patillo arrested, being held in federal prison...downhere promos So Much For Substitutes on radio tour...Sandtown to be profiled on BET special.  (6/2)

Provident Music Group has formed what will be known as the Provident Label Group. With that they also announce the re-structure of the their labels and staff. Terry Hemmings will oversee the Brentwood, Benson, Essential, Reunion and Verity. Also Robert Beeson and Dean Diehl, are named by Hemmings as Sr. VP/A&R and Sr. VP/Marketing, respectively. (6/20)

Bulletin: The Federal Communications Commission voted to change the nation's media ownership rules, raising television ownership caps to 45 percent and permitting television-newspaper cross-ownership. Most of the changes affect TV side of ownership. The main changes to radio ownership rules involved the redefinition of markets along Arbitron metro lines and the allowing of newspaper owners to own TV and radio stations in the same market. The Commission, which voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the revisions. Click here to go to FCC site for details. (6/2)

Air 1 moves APD Bryan O'Neal into the networks PD chair. Btuan was previously the Air 1 MD as well. He is currently searching for a morning show. Go here for the info.  (6/2)


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