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NewsChannel Sept '03



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Eboni Funderbunk becomes the new Mgr. of National Radio Promotions at EMI Gospel coming from Promotions at Verity Records. Also at EMI Karen Scott is now Marketing Mgr. for the label, and Grant Jenkins is the new Mgr. of New Media and Publicity.

Meanwhile over at The Provident Label Group Cheryl Moore Harris is their new VP of Gospel Marketing. She previously held positions at the Myrrh and Harmony labels as well as in EMI distribution. (9/26)

Vance Dillard has been chosen as the new PD Salem's Christian Music Network, Woed in Praise Network, Salem Music Network, WFFH/WFFI Nashville. Dillard formerly programmed for Peach FM in Atlanta and WLW Cincinnati. (9/26)

The Christian Network, Inc. which operates The Worship Network, ETCtv, and Praise TV, announced today that due to the growing distribution and audience demand for The Worship Network and ETCtv (Entertainment That Counts TV), it will cease operation of Praise TV. “America’s appetite for Worship music and purpose-driven content has grown tremendously over the past two years.” states Tim Brown, VP of Programming for Worship.  “As a network we feel as though our focus must be on the opportunities God has provided.  While Praise TV has been successful in so many ways over the years, we know that Worship and ETC deserve our undivided attention and support.” Currently, Worship and ETCtv are distributed in nearly 80 Million Homes, including 19 million over-the-air homes. Both are seen on over 60 PAX TV owned and operated television stations, which reach all Top 20 Nielsen TV markets. In addition, Worship programming is seen throughout the day on 140 independent domestic stations and in over 50 countries. (9/24)

Marty Daniels joins Bill Dewees and the Generation Now morning show at Shine 89.7 WONU Chicago. Marty was at WRFD Columbus last. (9/24)

Producer James Freeman tells HisAir.Net about his new hour long program available for Christian radio called "3 Chords & The Truth". The show is hosted by youth pastor Tom Murray and offers straight talk on teen issues and relates them to music. If you need a show targeting the younger demos contact James at 402-393-1699 for the demo. (9/22)

New syndicated programming for Christian radio includes the following from The Marketing Group. Red Letter Rock 20 is a weekly two-hour top 20 countdown show hosted by Reid johnson and Cody Christopher. Known as "the loudest two hours in Christian radio," this program will cater to the needs of rock Christian fans. The Positive Path is a daily one-minute program consisting of a rief inspirational message and  hosted by Dr. Criswell Freeman. Daily Devotional is a one-minute feature offering companion materials to be used throughout the day and on the station website. And We Worship is a music-intensive three-hour program that features one central scripture-based theme and will apply worship music to reinforce that message. The Marketing Group also offers their existing programs such as Direct Connection and Power Source. Get a hold Affiliate Relations Mgr./Assoc. Producer of Christian Programming Ally Clark at 615-301-0001  (9/19)

WOLI/WOLT Spartanburg hit the air 9/18 with a Country Christian format calling itself "The Walk". PD Nikki Nite needs Christian AC/INSPO service at 25 Garlington Rd., Greenville, SC 29615. (9/18)

"A new show offered to Christian radio called "Looking Up To #1 has been introduced by Superadio. The show is being billed as a "Contemporary Christian Music Count-Up Show" and is  hosted by STAR 99.1 (WAWZ ) New York morning personality Johnny Stone. The program will count up the top 20 Adult Contemporary songs from the R&R Christian AC Music Chart in addition to featuring interviews with CCM artists. To get a demo contact Sean Drasher at Superadio at 508-480-9000 ext 12 or  (9/16)

Michael Sadowski has been named PD Mornings at WLGH Lansing, MI replacing Mike Couchman now PD at WAYG/WAYK Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids.  Sadowski joins WLGH from WBGB Jacksonville where he was APD. (9/16)

As reported first on HisAir.Net there is a conflict as to who owns the rights to the show 20 The Countdown Magazine. Two weekly versions of the show are being distributed, one from Rick Tarrants Communion Communications using Rick and guest hosts and another by Westar hosted by Jon Rivers. HisAir.Net has learned that this weeks show from Westar includes a letter from Rivers to affiliates stating that he owns a federal trademark on the name of the show and his is the "official" version. It also states that he has filed a lawsuit. Many stations are confused as to which version to air and have chosen to play one on Saturday and the other on Sunday. We'll keep you posted. (9/15)

Movement: WQCK Baton Rouge GM Darren Ryder is named VP Promotions/Marketing at Bethany World Prayer Center, the church that owns WQCK. Al Crouch is now GM at WQCK.

Michele Price is the new OM at WAY FM's Clarksville, TN station hitting the air next month.

Donny Webb exits the PD post at WMSJ Portland, ME at the end of this month. Inbound to take Donny's place is former WHMX Bangor MD Tim Collins. Also new to WMSJ is Development Coordinator Chany Ockert. (9/15)

What's going on regarding ownership of the program "20 The Countdown Magazine"? The long running program is owned by Communion Communications and Rick Tarrant.  Recently Westar Media has taken the program, along with Jon Rivers, the host, and started producing a second version of the show with the same name leading to a lot of confusion in Christian radio as to which one to air.  Westar sent out a notice to stop downloading the show from the FTP site, which is owned by Communion Communications, and began sending out CDs without the previous advertising.  Westar is using the name and the graphics from the original show. This may be headed to court to settle. (9/12)

Matt Mungle is back at KTPW Dallas and rejoins Chris Goodwin on "The Morning Brothers." Matt was previously with The Salem Network. (9/11)

MercyMe has made radio history this week as “Word of God Speak,” from its top-selling 2002 project Spoken For, sets the record for a #1 song at ten weeks on R&R Magazine’s AC radio chart, and eleven weeks on both the CRW and PDA AC radio charts. This breaks the eight-week record held by this year’s GMA Song of the Year winner, Nichole Nordeman. Spoken For continues to generate sales as well, currently at #10 on the Top Contemporary Christian Soundscan chart after 48 weeks in release. (9/11)

Arbitron Internet Broadcast Ratings ranked K-LOVE number 10 Internet Broadcaster with 102,109 hours of TTSL for the week of August 25, 2003.  (9/10)

Jay Swartzendruber joins Salem Publishing as the Managing Editor of CCM Magazine from the publicity department at Gotee Records effective September 8. (9/5)

Production for the nationally syndicated show "Christian Future Hits" will be in hiatus until further notice. The shows producers state "our heart for this show from the beginning was to put God first and produce a quality weekly show for Christian radio featuring the best new music and the artists testimonies. We regret that at this point the overall lack of interest from Christian radio in a show of this type will cause Christian Future Hits to be put on hold until further notice. Special thanks to Jason Miller at, Rick Welke at Radio & Records, Libby at WBSN, and the many record labels that showed their support." (9/4)

Updates: WFMZ Hertford, NC flips from Praise & Worship to mainstream Classic Rock ... WYLV Knoxville adds streaming to its website at ... The FamilyNet Radio Christmas special Our Country Christmas has won a Gabriel Award for Religious Radio Program ... Steven Curtis Chapman will become DJ for a day when he visits Tulsa’s KXOJ and the K-LOVE Network this month for “A Day of Hope Share-A-Thons.” Chapman’s wife Mary Beth will join him at K-LOVE in Sacramento. Both of these Share-A-Thons will raise funds to support Shaohannah’s Hope, the adoption foundation founded by the Chapmans and named after their first adopted daughter, now 3 years old and big sister to the new Chapman member, 9-month old Stevey Joy. (9/4)

Changes at The Provident Label Group find Steve Strout doing the chores for Reunion and Essential AC releases. He can be contacted at at 615-261-6486 or Meanwhile Conor Farley ( is now the Inspo guy and Phil Connor ( is your CHR connection at the Essential and Reunion National Promotion office. (9/4)

Changes at the Gospel Music Association. The GMA has split into two entities. One to be called "The Gospel Music Association Trade Organization" is a new, not-for-profit segment that will oversee all trade-related activities, including the Dove Awards. The Gospel Music Hall of Fame will continue to be under the umbrella of the GMA, which will be renamed the GMA Foundation sometime in the near future. GMA is requesting members to terminate membership in the GMA and join the new GMATO before Sept. 15...go to (9/4)

Congratulations! To Christian editor Jason Miller on his engagement to Anna Davison and to KLYT Albuquerque MD Chris Chicago for his engagement to girlfriend Jessica who he plans to marry this December. (9/4)

HisAir.Net congratulates one of our favorite record guys Derek Jones who has been named VP of Radio Promotions. The hard working Derek has been with the label since 1996 when it was formed. (9/3)

Don Burns has left Nashville where he was PD at WYYB/WRLG and heads to St. Louis to join KHZR as Production Dir./afternoon personality starting on 9/15. Salem is searching for his replacement. (9/3)

Phil Villareal is the new PD at WCRF Cleveland effective now. Phil joins the Moody station from the PD post at KCRN San Angelo. (9/2)

Kansas City lissteners to KCWJ were given a rude awakening the day after Labor Day. "The Power Radio Show with Darren Marlar" was cancelled by the station only to be replaced by "The Rude Awakening with Darren and Anthony". Anthony has been with the station as PM drive guy. The press release explains the name, 'The Rude Awakening,' as a name chosen because "when the station talks to people in KC, they hear about how tired of typical Christian radio these people are. They're bored with it. The station heard that loud and clear, and responded to it. The idea was simple... you don't have to be boring in order to be a Christian. And to some people, that's going to be a rude awakening for them." (9/2)

WBSN New Orleans names Brian Reed their Communications Coordinator effective now. Reach Brian at (9/2)


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