Bits: The K-Love Radio Network
welcomes back air personality Julie Williams
to the air after recovering from minor surgery...
KTON/Belton, TX. is sold by Sheldon Communications to M&M
Broadcasting and changes to Country... (11/26)
All Christmas All The
Time: WRVI/Louisville is now
airing an All-Christmas format and will be locally
programmed after Christmas according to PD CC Matthews...
WFHM/Cleveland is the only station in the market with an
All-Christmas music format... (11/25)
Magazine" from Salem Communications
will become a quarterly publication in 2004, the second
expansion since its inception two years ago. President of
Non-Broadcast Media for Salem Jim
Cumbee says "The explosive launch of 'FaithTalk
Magazine' has been gratifying and exciting." (11/25)
KKJM/St Cloud PD
Scott Michaels reports to HisAir.Net about some changes at
his station. The station will now be known as "Spirit 92.9"
and air all Christmas Music thru Christmas Day backed by a
90 showing on local billboards. After Christmas KKJM music
will be programmed locally instead of from the Salem Music
Network. Also the stations morning show will now begin at
Annual Dove Awards
go on sale to
starting at noon CT on Monday, Dec. 1. Members can download
a ticket order form at
www.doveawards.com or purchase tickets online when they
go on sale. (11/24)
Seagram and Universal Music head Edgar Bronfman, Jr. and an
investor group including
Thomas H. Lee equity firm,
Providence Equity Partners, and Bain Capital,
reached a deal to purchase Warner Music Group for $2.6
billion in cash and other considerations from Time Warner,
Inc., according to a Warner Music Group press release. The
deal would create one of the world’s largest independent
music companies. Warner Music Group is home to Atlantic and
and Warner/Chappell Music, one of the industry’s largest
music publishing companies with more than one million
November 24th is the deadline for early registration for
Gospel Music Week. Early
registration can save you up to $300! To
go here. GMA Week is
scheduled for April 24 - 28, 2004 Nashville...
retires from Point of Grace...
to release Carried Me February 10...
99.1/New York's rings in the holidays with all Christmas music beginning
Thanksgiving afternoon. "People love the Christmas season and at STAR 99.1, we
believe every day should be Christmas!" says Program Director and Morning Show
host, Johnny Stone. Christmas is traditionally known as the "Season of Giving"
will be getting a head start on that by giving his time serving Thanksgiving
dinner at the New York Rescue Mission in New York City. (11/21)
Air 1 is now heard on
WCLR/Chicago. K-Love is now programmed on KLRQ/Kansas City,
KDJZ/Fargo, KSBS/Little rock, KJKL/Grants Pass, and
KLMZ/Texarkana. EMF Broadcasting is now heard on 90
full-power stations and 169 translators... (11/20)
Steven Curtis Chapman grabbed the American
Music Award for Favorite Artist -- Contemporary
Inspirational Music on Sunday night. He also was a
presenter during the show. Chapman beat out other nominees
including Third Day and MercyMe...
Idol second runner-up Kimberley
Locke has signed a recording contract with Curb
Records. Her first national release will be titled "8th
World Wonder" and will be out sometime next year...
It was a sold out, standing room-only crowd
when 100.7 The Bridge
presented the Bay Area with one of the most acclaimed
tours of 2003, featuring Jars of Clay, Caedmon’s Call, and
opening act Steven Delopoulos on Saturday, November 8 in
Castro Valley, CA... (11/19)
Family Radio (AFR) plans a network wide Sharathon unlike
any other for December 3-5. The Great Adventure Sharathon
will include a 2,000 mile road tour that visits 8 of AFR's
largest markets. Morning host JJ Jasper will headline the
tour and will be joined on-air each morning by Kandi
Anderson, manager of AFR station WAOY (Gulfport, MS). Judy
Chapman (mother of Steven Curtis Chapman and a loyal AFR
listener) will be on hand to help kick off the tour in her
hometown of Paducah, KY on Monday, December 1st. Other
cities on the tour include Topeka and Wichita, KS, Lawton,
OK, Houston, TX, Lake Charles and Lafayette, LA. The five
day tour ends on Friday, December 5th in Little Rock, AR.
Each stop will include a listener rally and lots of give
away's. Christian music artist Allan Asbury will also be
in studio for the American Family Radio sharathon December
has decided to air all Christmas music (except morning
drive) from November 26th thru Christmas. The "Fish" also
plans to launch a new internet only station featuring all
Christmas music. (11/18)
Bob Emery exits the
GM position and is now the
at WFZH "The Fish" and WRRD-AM Milwaukee. Salem appoints
WFSH/Chicago GM Dave
Santrella to oversee the 2 Milwaukee stations. (11/14)
official former WZFS/Chicago and Air 1
programmer/personality Cliff Treadway will host a nightly
live syndicated show for the WAY FM Media Group and the
Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network beginning sometime in
January. Also at WAY-FM Marcia Ware takes a 3-4 week leave
of absence for medical reasons. Ace McKay will fill in for
GMA has confirmed Ken Blanchard as a keynote speaker for GMA
Week 2004. Blanchard is author of "The One Minute Manager"
and Chief Spiritual Officer of The Ken Blanchard Companies.
becomes MD at WFHM/Cleveland replacing the exiting Steve
Elizabeth will continue to
and website duties. Call times are Wednesdays 2:30-4p
eastern or email at
Elizabeth@955thefish.com. Also at "The Fish" PM driver
Len Howser adds Marketing and
Promotions responsibilities... Theresa
Murtland joins the WCTL/Erie morning show "The Good
Guys In The Morning" with Ron Raymond and Mark Bradley.
Murtland had previously been at WJET-TV/Erie. (11/12)
Midday jock Corry
Reynolds has left KFIS 'The Fish" Portland. KFIS PD Dave
Arthur is seeking a replacement so if you're interested
e-mail your resume' to
Standish is upped to Music Director at KSLT "Real
Life Radio" Rapid City, SD.
Joe has been with the station since 2001 joining as a
volunteer during a Sharathon ’01, and has been handling
PM drive duties for
over a year now. Jon anderson continues as PD and morning
drive personality. (11/11)
Michele Morgan is
promoted to Music Assistant at the Air 1 Radio Network.
Michele will continue her midday airshift at Air 1.
an American Family Radio station boosts it's power
from 1kw to 50kw. In addition new AFR affiliate
KZFT Beaumont hit the air Oct.
31st with a 35kw signa.
With these additions American Family Radio now has
continuous coverage on Interstate 10 from Victoria, Texas to
Houston to Beaumont to Lake Charles to Gulfport and Mobile.
KAXF Houston/Conroe will
celebrate their Watts-Up Party with more than 20 bands
celebrating the recent increase in wattage from 28k to 100k. ...
WPRJ Saginaw will kill the
overnight satellite service for all-local 24/7 Christian CHR
Stacie Orrico will appear in
the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and at the Rockefeller
Center tree-lighting ceremony...
ChristianNetcast.com picks up exclusive streaming
services for KXOJ/Tulsa.
Riverside is back on the air at low power after being off
the air for two days as a result of the fires in San
Bernardino County, CA. The fire struck the KSGN transmitter
site, destroying all equipment. Also hit by the fires was
K-Love's KLVJ Julian, CA that went off the air last Tuesday.
Media announces its
third quarter 2003 net sales dropped 5.2% year-to-year to
$21.4 million, with net income flat at $1.4 million (23
cents/diluted share). President Michael Coleman blamed the
weakness in sales through the Christian bookstore channel
and piracy for weakness in revenues for the music division
but added that INO Records sales also dropped from $4.8 to
$3.7 million but had huge success with albums from MercyMe
and Sara Groves. (11/4)
in Radioland: Praise 95.7 WPZE Atlanta morning
personality Melissa Summers has left the station over
contractual issues... EMF Broadcasting hires Frank Scales
for Creative Services Director coming most recently from
Bill Young Productions... Elizabeth Poplin is the new
Director of Audience Development at WRCM Charlotte...(11/3)
WIBG AM gets FCC
approval to raise power from 500 watts to 1.9kw increasing
coverage to a quarter million more people in South Jersey
and Philadelphia. (11/3)