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NewsChannel Mar '03



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A new company designed to provide research to Christian radio and other segments of the Christian music industry has been launched by Ken Farley. The company named Hit Music Research is initially placing an emphasis on online music research for radio stations, giving them the ability to collect and tabulate data from listeners that volunteer to participate in surveys. With Hit Music Research, radio stations are able to conduct weekly or bi-weekly surveys with their listeners, gather statistical and perceptual research,  all within an online environment. Another service going online soon will be music research for record labels interested in testing  music from upcoming and current projects. Visit the website at or contact Ken at or call (615) 791-9813. Ken is a former PD at KOKF Oklahoma City and Director of Promotions at Forefront Records in Nashville. (3/29)

Changes at Provident Music Group as the distributor will now be overseen by RLG Chairman Joe Galante, and operate under RCA Label Group-Nashville. Former President/CEO of Reunion Records Terry Hemmings becomes the new President/CEO Provident Music Group. (3/27)

GMA announces the 34th Annual Dove Award performers. The performers include Amy Grant and Vince Gill, Yolanda Adams, Donnie McClurkin, Sixpence None the Richer, and Blind Boys of Alabama. Audio Adrenaline, The Crabb Family, Mark Schultz, Bebo Norman, Nichole Nordeman, Joy Williams, and The Katinas are also scheduled to perform. All six New Artist nominees Big Daddy Weave, The Rock 'N’ Roll Worship Circus, Daily Planet, Souljahz, Paul Colman Trio, and Jeff Deyo are lined up for the show. Winans is also slated to perform. Michael W. Smith will be joined by Point of Grace, Michael Tait, Anointed, Avalon, and others to perform a tribute to Smith’s signature song “Friends” which celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2003. The song is also a bonus track on the just released Dove Hits 2003. The Gospel Music Association (GMA) today announced the performers for the 34th Annual Dove Awards, which will be hosted by CeCe Winans and Steven Curtis Chapman on Thursday, April 10 in Nashville, TN. (3/25)

New K-Love stations include WKVH 91.9 Monticello FL and KYBN 90.5 Bend OR has changed calls to KVLB and signed on with K-Love as well. (3/25)

Talent Movement: WCVO Columbus PD Scott Saunders has left the station. WCVO OM Tate will take over many responsibilities while MD Mike Russell is now the APD.

Brian Jones, technical producer of Kevin McCullough's WYLL-AM (1160) afternoon talk show, moved up to operations manager of the Salem Communications Christian talk station.

WMBI Chicago welcomes Collin Lambert as the new Director of Promotions and Marketing.  Lambert has 20 years of broadcasting experience at several Texas stations including KIXL-AM and KNLE-FM.  (3/20)

Music News from Allen Asbury song chosen as theme song for National Day of Prayer...City On A Hill #4 coming this fall...Natalie Grant debuts on mainstream radio charts in Top 30Point of Grace to celebrate 24 #1 singles with 2-disc collection, 24  (3/20)

2003 GMA Radio Station Of The Year winners were announced today.

Major Market: KSBJ/Houston...Large Market: WAYM/Nashville...Medium Market: WCQR/Johnson City...Small Market: WBGL/Champaign.

Winners will be recognized at the Dove Awards April 10 in Nashville. (3/18)

With the impending sale of Love 98 WXIR Indianapolis / Plainfield to Disney, WJCF 88.1 FM Morristown (Shelby County) has applied for translators to service the Indianapolis area. WJCF has appealed to Disney to donate the "intellectual property" of the station to continue the programming of WXIR (including call letters) on non-commercial WJCF. WJCF is owned by Indiana Community Radio Corporation and headed by President Jennifer Hensley. (3/17)

WAY FM will enter the Denver market by the end of this coming summer with a brand new locally-staffed, full power station. They are looking for the Station Manager and COO Dusty Rhodes is the guy to talk to if you interested. Check out the jobs page on HisAir.Net for details on this opening. (3/17)

Exclusive details from on True Vibe's future from Jonathan Lippmann. Go here. (3/17)

484 Low Power FM new station applications dismissed by the FCC for failure to comply with third-adjacent Channel Protection Requirements. Applicants failed to file corrective amendments. View list by clicking here. (3/17)

Talent Movement: Christian Talk Show host Adam McManus is back on the air. He's rejoined KSLR San Antonio, the station he left 17 months ago. The first thing he said when he opened the microphone was “That was the LONGEST commercial break I’ve ever had. Anyway, as I was saying!”. Adam is heard afternoons from 3 to 5. Listen at

WLGH Lansing morning guy Tim Chappell exits the station. Get a hold of PD Mike Couchman if interested in filling the opening. E-mail (3/17)

Music News from Nichole Nordeman films video for 'Legacy'...Third Day's Offerings II debuts at #1 Christian albums, #18 overall...Songwriter of the Year nominees announced...Rebecca St. James accepts invitation to visit the White House...'I Can Only Imagine'- mainstream radio hit in the making (3/13)

Station Movement: R&B oldies WRNB 96.9 Troy/Dayton OH has flipped to the "K-Love" contemporary Christian format as WOKL. Love 98 WXIR Indianapolis is sold to ABC for 5.6 mil. KLFH Ventura, CA has signed on with a Christian format as K-Life 89.5. The station is simulcasting sister KLFF San Luis Obispo. (3/12)

Mike Kanklefritz will be joining Craig West on the morning show at KXOJ Tulsa! Tulsa Listeners have known Mike as "Buster Brown" from a Tulsa country station, Kick 99, a couple of years ago. He has spent the last 2 years at WJQ in Grand Rapids. Kanklefritz takes the place of former co-host Jim Marbles who left the station at the end of January. (3/10)

Spirit FM-KCVO, Camdenton, MO, announces the return of AJ Willoughby as PD/Creative Dir. after a short stint at KCWJ, Kansas City.  Also morning show co-host, Kat Dampier, has left to spend more quality time with her new hubby, Jamie. (3/10)

KKSF "The Fish" Sacramento welcomes Jodie Stevens to PM Drive from KUPL Portland. APD Jeremy Burgess shifts to middays. (3/7)

Salem reports 4th quarter 2002 revenue increased 10.9% to $40.6 million, with broadcast cash flow up 12.7% to $14.2 million; on a same station basis, net broadcasting revenue and broadcast cash flow increased 10.8% and 19.4%, respectively. (3/7)

The GMA announced the nominees for Radio Station Of The Year. Winners are revealed at the Dove Awards April 10th.....drum roll please!

Major Market......KLTY/Dallas, KSBJ/Houston, WFSH/Atlanta

Large Market......KXOJ/Tulsa, WAYM/Nashville, WCSG/Grand Rapids, WRCM/Charlotte

Medium Market...KDUV/Fresno, KTSY/Boise, WCQR/Johnson City

Small Market......KJIL/Meade,KS, KSWP/Lufkin,TX, WBGL/Champaign,IL


EMF Broadcasting President Dick Jenkins has announced that Ken Mayfield will take the helm as EMF Senior Regional Manager. Formerly Director of Network Operations for His Radio Network, based in South Carolina, Mayfield will re-locate to Rocklin, California and supervise EMF’s regional staff and report to EMF General Manager Lloyd Parker. "Ken's vast experience in many facets of broadcasting will be a perfect match for his position as EMF Senior Regional Manager,” Parker said. “I am very excited to have Ken as a part of our team."
“As a sideline observer, I have always been impressed with the leadership of EMF and their vision for growth and ministry,” Mayfield said. “I am very honored to be joining EMF.” (3/5)

West Central PA. has a new Christian radio station. Christian Hit Radio "103.7 FISH FM WFSJ" in Indiana, PA hit the air Feb 22nd. The station is mainly airing CHRSN based in Nashville with local programming on Friday and Saturday nights. Chris Lash is the President/GM who says "the Lord has blessed us and we have had great feed back during our initial 10 days. The station will be supported by listener donations and underwriting and is owned by Godstock Ministries". Check out their website at  (3/5)

MOVEMENT: Dave Senes is the new PD/Mornings at WAYJ Ft Meyers. Dave was last at Salem Christian Talk station WYLL Chicago. Dave takes the place of Jeff Taylor who is now WAYJ GM.

And WDJC Birmingham announces it will go with a Contemporary Christian music format 24/7 starting Friday March 7th. The station had aired Southern Gospel from 7pm to 4am. Also Nathan Park is now WDJC GM. (3/4)

Changes coming down at EMI find a few folks looking for a new gig. Departing at the end of Feb. were Sparrow Records Radio Coordinator Jennifer Allen and Forefront Records Church/Tour Promotions gal Lori Johnsen. (3/3)


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