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NewsChannel Aug/Sep '04



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Changes: Bryan O'Neal resigns his position as PD at Air1 due to health issues but maintains his daily airshift on the network... DAn Travis is the new PD at "Joy 99.9" KGEE/Midland, TX... Claire Maurer joins WAY FM as an Administrative Assistant.  (9/27) 

Cliff tredway has decided to leave his position as host of the nighttime syndicated show "Total Axxess" heard on CHRSN. Show producer Greg Michaels will be filling in as host until a permanent replacement is found. Tredway also served as MD at WAYM/Nashville and will exit that as well. (9/23)

Movement: Kelly McKay is the new morning co-host at WRCI/Rochester coming from WRMM/Rochester...Ron Walters has been upped at SAlem to VP/National Program Development and Ministry Relations... Joel Matalie leaves the GM spot at WCTL/Erie to work in church communications and OM Ron Raymond is made WRCI GM... (9/23)

Spoken Word Images names new clients WMBI/Chicago and KBXL-KSPD/Boise for station imaging. Contact Pete Bunch at 336-540-8000 or on the web at  (9/22)

Record Label Changes: Word Entertainment President Malcolm Mimms is out... Former Reunion Records President Bruce Koblish is now Executive VP/Ministry Development for The Worship Network based in Clearwater, FL...  (9/22)

Denny Nugent has been named National PD for Moody Broadcasting based at WMBI/Chicago. Reach Denny at 312-203-9601. (9/22)

Congratulations to Salem Radio Network host Bill Bennett on signing his 100th affiliate with KRMD/Shreveport! (9/21)

Broadcast Data Systems (BDS) and SoundScan and the Christian Music Trade Association (CMTA) have extended their agreement. The agreement calls for BDS & SoundScan to monitor gospel retailers and radio stations to provide retail sales census data and radio airplay. The data is used by Billboard magazine's Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts as well as the sole source of data for Billboard's Hot Christian Singles & Tracks and Hot Christian Adult Contemporary charts. BDS monitors 46 Christian radio stations in North America and 1,285 Christian retailers currently report to SoundScan. Nielson Music operates both BDS and Sounscan. (9/20)

MOVEMENT: Chuck Jewel has been named GM of Salem's Houston stations including KKHT and KTEK... Julie Stein joins WAYF/West Palm Beach as Director/Promotions. She was most recently with the Infinity stations in Cleveland... Eleven-year WKSW/Dayton APD/middayer Brian Kelly resigns to take time off and then pursue a programming position in Christian AC...  WFIL/Philadelphia MD Walt Cooper is leaving the station to join WHAT/Philadelphia...  WMSJ/Portland, ME has ended their 10 year relationship with station volunteer Thom Hazel, who was the host of the WMSJ rock show "The Zone"... Inpop Records has upped Rob Poznanski to Director/Marketing.  (9/16)

Congratulations to WAWZ/New York PD/Mornings Johnny Stone and Morning Co-host Stacey Austin who announced their engagement to be married. This past Saturday, they visited the observation deck of the Empire State Building in Manhattan and Johnny asked Stacey the big question. Listeners to Johnny Stone in the Morning on Star 99.1 this morning were treated to a replay of the proposal because Johnny had the digital recorder on in his backpack. Though a little muffled you could still hear Johnny chicken out the first time asking if she wanted to go get something to eat and then Stacey squeal with delight at the sight of the box. Johnny and Stacey will be celebrating a fall wedding with no date chosen at this time.  (9/13)

Rick Joyner has been named Senior Mgr/Acquisitions for urban and traditional gospel at The Gospel Music Channel. Joyner will be based in Atlanta and comes from The Sheridan Gospel Network where he served as PD. (9/13)

A gospel trimulcast has been launched in Little Rock on KVLO AM & FM and KPZK-FM. The stations are called "Praise 101.7/102.5/1250." The stations are owned by Citadel and OM Joe Booker will serve as PD and Mark Dylan MD. (9/13)


WRCM/Charlotte GM Joe Paulo & his wife celebrate the birth of their 4th child born Sept. 3rd. (9/10)

Movement: Gospel Music Channel, which will debut in October, names Alvin Williams as Director/Promotion and Affinity Marketing... Joel Shirk has left the GM spot at WCTL/Erie to take a position at a local church. Meanwhile WCTL OM Ron Raymond has been upped to GM. (9/9)

Theresa Ross at WPOZ/Orlando gives HisAir.Net an update on Hurricane Frances. "Hurricane Frances came to Florida and literally wore out her welcome. The entire air staff, engineering staff and office staff at WPOZ camped out at the studios for 3 days as Hurricane Frances showed her fury in Central Florida. The station lost power for only 10 minutes and was able to stay on the air the whole time thanks to a back-up generator.  Millions of people all over are still waiting to get their power back and trying to be patient while waiting for FEMA and their insurance adjuster.  Meanwhile, WPOZ is making sure each county of the 8 counties we serve has all of the vital information they need, from where to find ice and water to what schools are closed as Central Florida recovers from another hurricane.  WPOZ is at Walt Disney World's Night of Joy at the Magic Kingdom and is helping Second Harvest Food Bank collect non perishable food items for hurricane victims.  (9/8)

Changes at KBIQ/Colorado Springs as KBIQ PD Steve Etheridge has been named Salem Colorado Director of Programming for the cluster including KBIQ, Talk KGFT, News-Talk KZNT. KBIQ afternoon personality Jack Hamilton will handle MD duties for the station. Meanwhile OM/PD Parris Foxworthy has left the station. (9/7)

Quickies: WAFS/Atlanta is now airing music after running a month long tribute to Ronald Reagan to kick off it's move to the 1190 frequency... KKFS/Sacramento morning co-host Sandy Plumb leaves the show but remains with the station in production as night personality Kim Kaplan will wake up early as the new morning show co-host... Congratulations to WRCM/Charlotte GM Joe Paulo and his wife for the birth of a their baby boy... (9/7) 

The Southern Gospel USA Countdown hosted by Gary Wilson has announced it will air on XM Satellite radio's American Country Music Channel. The show also airs on 67 stations in the US and Canada and American Forces Radio Network. (9/5)

Movement: Rick Welke will leave his position as the Christian Editor at R&R September 15th...  WAYR/Brunswick, GA adds Theresa Romano as mid day talent voice tracking the weekday11am to 3pm shift... Salem is flipping it's KLUP/San Antonio from Adult Standards to Conservative Talk September 6th.  (9/1)

CHR WQYZ/Biloxi has changed to a Black Gospel format calling itself "Hallelujah 92.5 FM". The station is owned by Gulf Coast. (8/31)

WMSJ/Portland, ME announces Promotions Director Joe Polek has been promoted to Assistant Program Director / Assistant Music Director. Brian Yocono now becomes Promotions Director / News Director.  (8/30)


Changes at Word Records in Nashville include Sr. Director of A&R Blaine Barcus getting promoted to VP/A&R. Meanwhile Andy Peterson & Ronn Tabb both become Directors Product Marketing. Sr. VP/A&R Shawn McSpadden had this to add "As we have continued to reshape Word Records, Blaine has shown great skill in finding talent and making great records,"  (8/27)

Spoken Word Images picks up some new clients including WTRU/Winston-Salem, WFGZ/Bells, TN, KPSM/Brownwood, TX, and EWTN's Catholic Answers Radio.  (8/27)

Salem will acquire KGMZ/Honolulu from Cox Radio, Inc., in exchange for KHNR-AM (650 AM) and KHCM-AM (940 AM). In order to execute this transaction, Cox Radio has exercised an option to acquire KGMZ-FM from Honolulu Broadcasting, Inc. KGMZ-FM is currently an oldies station.  (8/27)

Salem announced that its nationally syndicated talk show hosts will be broadcasting live at the Republican National Convention in New York City from August 30 - September 2. Talk show hosts broadcasting live nclude Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Janet Parshall and Dennis Prager.  (8/26)

Gospel Music Channel will launh January 2005 with a video-on-demand service. GMC will have three brands comprising of Concerts: featuring one-to-two hour events; Soul: the biggest urban and traditional urban gospel artists; and Rock: the biggest rock and hip-hop music artists in Christian music. The company says it is also exploring the introduction of Country, Southern Gospel and Contemporary Hits formats.  (8/25)

Movement: Dwayne Edwards has left the MD slot at WPER/Washington DC... Jeremy Nickerson will exit as Promotion Director at WDCX/Buffalo this Friday Aug. 27... Olivia Paff is now MD at WBVM/Tampa... WNCB /Duluth now officially "WJRF The Refuge".  (8/24)

KTSY/Boise promotes PD Ty McFarland to Operations Manager to oversee day to operations as well as the business of expansion of more stations. Meanwhile KTSY APD Jerry Woods is upped to Program Director. (8/20)

John Brown will depart the morning news anchor spot at KADI/Springfield, MO at the end of the month to become host of a new syndicated TV program called The Daily Buzz.  (8/20)

FLASH: Bill Dewees has left his Station Manager position at WONU/Chicago and has decided to pursue other opportunities.  (8/19)

Don Schaeffer is named PD at WVFJ/Atlanta coming from the OM slot of the Clear Channel stations in colorado Springs. (8/19)

Educational Media foundation purchases KQAA/Aberdeen, SD from Aberdeen Radio Rance. (8/19)

The WAY-FM Media Group is announces its 50th radio frequency, recently signing several new CHRSN affiliates, and new translator 100.7-FM in Hopkinsville, KY. According to COO, Dusty Rhodes, “Fifty is a great milestone!  These are exciting times at WAY-FM with new full-power stations and translators, plus new affiliates with CHRSN (The Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network), and we’re expecting this growth to continue in the coming months.”  Recent stations adding CHRSN include KKEQ/Fosston, MN and WAVL/Pittsburg. WAY-FM currently owns 11 full-power stations and 20 translators.  CHRSN airs on an additional 19 frequencies. (8/16)

LifeChanging Seminars recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the daily one minute feature “Redeeming the Time.”  The program, which teaches time management from a Christian perspective launched in 2003 and currently has about 650 outlets.  Visit for more info on the program.  (8/16)

Changes: WGRL/Indianapolis is now using the call letters WISG (93.9 The Song)... PD scott Herrold moves into afternoons as current PM drive guy Jack Davis takes the morning show at KCXR/Tulsa...  Sad news as Robert Johnson, Chairman/CEO and founder of Dominion Video Satellite and satellite TV service Sky Angel, passed away this week. (8/12)

CMB (Christian Music Broadcasters) will host an online chat with Audience Development Group's John Frost on Sept. 8. Go to  (8/11)

CHANGES: KXKS/Albuquerque has been purchased by Wilkins Communications from Jack Mortenson for $775,000. The station now off the air, will be programming Christian Teaching & Talk... C.C. Matthews has departed the PD slot at WRVI/Louisville and MD Fred North handles temporary programming duties ... Former R&R sales rep Jennifer Allen joins The Marketing Group as their Director Christian Broadcasting... WNCB/Duluth is now calling itself "Positive Hit Music, The Refuge WJRF".   (8/6)

Rachel Beasley joins INPOP as AC Radio Promo Coordinator while Laura Wall becomes Marketing Manager and Nate Yetton will concentrate on CHR and Rock formats. (8/5)

WVFJ/Atlanta PD morning personality Kurt Wallace will join WGRL/Indianapolis (93.9 The Song) later this month. Wallce who was recently upped to J93.3 PD will be on the air at WGRL as part of the stations morning show still being assembled. (8/4)

WVXG/Marion, OH is under a LMA from Christian Voice Of Central Ohio, Mark Boyer is GM.  (8/3)


MOVEMENT: PM Driver Steve Lewis exits WAYF/West Palm Beach to become a firefighter... WIBI/Springfield,IL grabs David Brock to be it's Morning guy/Prod. Director coming from KFOX/Lufkin... Leah Marler has left her morning co-host slot at KADI/Springfield, MO. (8/3)


Moody Broadcasting Network's WGNR/Miami hosted a July 20th ground-breaking ceremony and celebration
for their new broadcast center. WGNR has executed a not yet completed capital campaign to raise $1.9 million that includes the purchase of the new land and construction of a new turnkey facility including studios,
conference room and offices.  (8/2)

Salem Communications Corporation reported a 2nd QT net broadcasting revenue increase of 10.1% to $47.8 million from $43.4 million for the same period last year. Commenting on these results, Edward G. Atsinger III, President and CEO said, "Our second quarter 2004 net broadcasting revenue and station operating income growth of 10.1% and 18.9%, respectively, will, once again, significantly exceed the performance of the overall radio industry. This strong performance is fueled by our start-up and developing stations. In particular, our contemporary Christian music stations achieved an increase of 20.8% in net broadcasting revenue and an increase of 54.3% in station operating income. (8/2)

Salem Communications Corporation has completed the acquisition of, one of the leading faith-based Internet job search companies for $250,000. Jim Cumbee, president of Salem's Non-Broadcast Media division, noted that. "The job search function is an element that we have wanted to add to our Internet sites, which include and, for some time. is a natural, strategic fit with great upside potential and provides a unique complement to the current content on our sites." is a full-featured employment website focusing on employment within the Christian community. The company serves the hiring needs of Christian-friendly companies and organizations while enabling job seekers to access that community.  (8/2)


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