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NewsChannel Jan '04



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WMBI/Chicago GM Bruce Everhart has been promoted to Division Manager Broadcasting/Stewardship at the Moody Bible Institute (MBI)  Everhart has served as manager at WMBI for 10 years. (1/29)

WFZH/Milwaukee midday personality and production guy Rick Ehlert exits the station... KCBI/Dallas news anchor Sharon Geiger and WMHK/Columbia News Director Bob Holmes win 2004 Scribe Awards... KLFF/San Luis Obispo GM Jon Fugler is now also Executive Director for Logos Broadcasting... WVMC/Mansfield, OH is a new affiliate of the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network... WJQK/Grand Rapids lands in the top 10 in the latest ARB with 3.5 AQH! (1/28)

The Latest From New artist Sarah Kelly enjoys radio success... Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' to open on over 2,000 screens February 25... Jeremy Camp kicks off 2004 with major succes; readies new CD and tour (1/29)

35th Annual Dove Award nominations will be announced on Tuesday, February 10 at 2pm. See the list online at at (1/28)

Jeremy Larcom exits the PD Christian Format position at the Jones Radio Networks to start Larcom Consulting. The company providing programming support to stations with imaging, voiceracking, consulting, and commercial VO's. Reach Jeremy at  (1/27)

Dave Masters is the new PD at KSGN/Riverside. Dave was most recently PD at KTSL/Spokane where he left a few months ago. Also new at at KSGN is Ernest Beck as the the station APD coming from KGTS/College Place, WA. (1/26)

Nashville-based talent booking company, The Breen Agency (TBA) is launching a new venture with the Independent Artist Agency (IAA), a division that will represent over 20 of the countries most sought after independent artists.  The unique division was launched on the internet November 15th As of January 1, 2004 TBA added full time agent Elaine Starkey to the staff in an effort to bring focus to the success of IAA.  Her role will include booking shows with outgoing efforts and fielding incoming calls as well as developing  relationships with national organizations. (1/26)

The Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN) has launched a new night show that is now available to radio stations all over the US.   Total Axxess, hosted by Cliff Tredway, is now available through CHRSN. “We want to give listeners Total Axxess (pronounced access) to the artists; to talk with them, and to let them hear the stories behind the songs,” says program host Cliff Tredway.  “It’s a completely new show with lots of listener interaction and fun!  There is nothing like Total Axxess in Christian radio.”  “I believe Cliff Tredway is the right host for Total Axxess,” says CHRSN Network PD Doug Hannah.  “His 21 years experience in both Christian and General Market radio, along with his incredible on-air energy will bring a fresh sound to any station.” According to Faron Dice, CHRSN affiliate manager, “Total Axxess will give every radio station in the country a chance to have Christian music artists on the air on a regular basis, without giving up their local identity.  More importantly, it gives them a chance to improve their night ratings and impact more lives for Christ.  ” Total Axxess airs weeknights 6-11pm (central) exclusively on CHRSN.  For more information, contact Faron Dice at (719) 533-0300. (1/23)

Quick Bits From Mel Gibson's 'Passion of the Christ' to open on over 2,000 screens February 25... Jeremy Camp kicks off 2004 with major succes; readies new CD and tour... Jeff Deyo set to release new album on Feb. 10 (1/23)

WRMB/West Palm Beach celebrated their entering a 25 year of partnership with Moody Broadcasting Network serving south Florida with a kick off event called  "An Evening with Ken Davis at Spanish River Church" which included serving birthday cake to nearly 1500 concert goers. (1/22)

WAY-FM Media Group will be signing on new locally-staffed FM stations in Denver, Tallahassee and *Wichita during this first quarter of 2004. Bob Augsburg, President and Founder of WAY-FM announced, “Our Board is committed to an aggressive expansion program which includes purchasing existing stations to reach more lives for Christ. We recently purchased two stations in the Northwest, and pending FCC’s approval, we will be purchasing KZZD-FM Wichita in the Midwest. We are now in a position to look at other station opportunities as well.” WAY-FM announced last summer a four-year vision that is driving the expansion efforts. Vision 20:1 is focused on reaching a total population of 20 million by 2007 and a weekly cume of 1 million actual listeners. (1/22)

Christian music pioneer Larry Norman has returned home after surgery to insert a new defibrillator. It is expected that Normanwill need another prodecure in the near future. His insurance is not sufficient to cover medical bills that are now adding up. If you can be of any assistance please can contact his management at 503-391-1175. (1/22)

KAXF/Houston is now programming a local afternoon drive show called "The Driving It Home Show" weekdays. The show is hosted by Wes Johnson and Quenton Rockwell. The station also has named Quenton as Music Director. KAXF is owned by American Family Radio. (1/22)

Changes at Tooth And Nail Records' as Director of Promotions Amanda Mackinnon is now the Director of Publicity. Meanwhile Allison Stipe takes Amandas' previous position at the label.  (1/21)

The Mars Hill Network (WMHR/WMHN/WMHI/WMHQ) based in Syracuse names Stephen Henry Production Coordinator. Stephen was most recently with WAWN/Franklin, PA.  (1/21)

More Changes: Zach Cochran, formerly the PD at WHPZ/South Bend, is the Station Manager at the new WAY-FM affiliate in Denver launching in March… Tom Scott is named interim PD at WHPZ/South Bend... Rick Ehlert is now midday personality at WFZH/Milwaukee "The Fish"... Forefront Records publicist Dolly Chandler gave birth to a baby boy, Jacob Clay, on January 11. Send all media requests Cindy Arnold or 615- 771-4514.  (1/19)

Chhhanges: KLYT/Albuquerque moves station MD Chris Chicago from nights to pm drive while Brian Dewire is now the not personality... Darlene Evans has left the Promotion Director slot at WVFJ/Atlanta... KZKZ/Ft. Smith is now programming it's music in house according to PD Dave Burdue. Reach Dave at WAJY/Augusta is now programming CCM calling itself "The 102.7 Joy-FM". The station is ownes by Beasley. (1/15)

WMJQ/Rochester is now airing The K-Love Network as EMF enters an LMA with option to purchase the station from owner The Radio Group. (1/13)

Former KSFB/San Francisco PD Scott Viegel heads to Denver to program the new WAY-FM station there. The new WAY-FM is to launch in March. Veigel had this to say about joining WAY-FM, "I've been a believer in WAY-FM's vision since I first heard them back in '94, and cannot overstate my excitement to now be a part of this incredible team and the opportunity to serve in the Denver market." Zach Cochran, Denver Station Manager said, “Scott’s strong desire to reach out to youth and young adults and his broad programming skills will be a good fit for Denver’s WAY-FM.” Meanwhile APD Jeff Nelson is interim PD at KFSB "The Bridge".  (1/12)

The new night show on WAY-FM will be unveiled Monday January 19th. "Total Axxess" with Clif Tredway will air live from 6-11pm on CHRSN and be available in other markets to any stations interested. For more info contact Faron Dice at CHRSN at 719-533-0300 or (1/12)

New Stuff: "The Morning Show with Melody & James recently debuted on KLRC/Fayetteville... WAJY/Augusta goes CCM from Nostalgia effective today (1/12). The station is calling itself "The New 102.7 Joy FM". (1/12)  

The 2nd Annual CMB Boot Camp presented by Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB)  will be held at the NRB Convention Feb. 13-17 in Charlotte. Session will be conducted by Chuck Finney/Director of Programming KLTY, Dallas & National PD of Salem Fish music stations; Jim Marshall/GM/WMHK, Columbia, SC & Jon Hull/PD/KSBJ, Houston. Go to the NRB website to get details. (1/12)

People on the Move: Scott Viegel exits the PD slot at KFSB/San Francisco...  Emily Orzio has left her promotions position at Tooth & Nail... Tristan Brake joins CHRI/Ottawa as the stations Physical Resources and Public Image Coordinator... WFRN/Elkhart nightime jock Vincencia gave birth to a baby girl, Audra Reyenne January 9th... Jump5's (Sparrow) Libby Hodges has left the group to try a live a more "normal" teenage life. Auditions for her singer/dancer spot in the Jump5 are taking place. Call 615-584-8282 for details. (1/12)

Educational Media Foundation (EMF), owners of the K-LOVE and AIR 1 Radio Networks, have purchased WJYC/Delhi Hills, OH (Cincinnati mkt.), WSOH/New Washington, IN (Louisville mkt.) and KLRO/Niles, WA for $1.5 million from Life Talk Radio. (1/9)

Darren Stevens joins WBFJ/Winston-Salem as APD/morning personality starting in February. Stevens was formerly Creative Services Director WKRR/Greensboro and night jock. (1/9)

Inpop Records National Promotions guy Nate Yetton announced his engagement to Reunion Records artist Joy Williams on Christmas Eve. A June 12, 2004 wedding is planned. (1/9) 

A court has made a decsion on use of the name "Gospel Music Hall of Fame". The Gospel Music Association and an urban gospel organization out of Detroit have battled over the rights to the name for about two years. The court decided that the Nashville-based Hall will be called the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, while the Detroit-based group will call their facility the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum. The GMA has been using since 1971 with its first class of inductees, but never registered the appropriate trademark paperwork. (1/8)

Matt Baldridge (sometimes we call him The Preachers Kid) is now OM at WBJY/WJYF/WAEF/Albany, GA.The stations are owned by Three Trees Communications. Meanwhile Cortni Williams has been named PD for WBJY & WJYF. She was most recently at KZPS/Dallas.  Matt is looking for an afternoon personality including a live four-hour shift each day along with production duties and some voice tracking. Contact Matt at (1/8)

WAYQ/Clarkesville, TN (WAY-FM) brings in Matt Hahn as the stations OM coming from the GM post WVMC/Mansfield, OH.  (1/8)

Gospel music sales rebounded in the second half of 2003, giving the industry reason to be optimistic for 2004, announced John W. Styll, president of the Gospel Music Association (GMA). In the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, sales of gospel music grew four percent. The last week of the year saw a 20 percent increase over the last week of the year in 2002. Pop Gospel was the style of music that sold the most records with 19.4 percent of sales, followed closely by Black Gospel with 17.9 percent, rock with 14.9 percent and Praise & Worship with 11.1 percent. Click here for complete story. (1/7)

Movement: Ed Placencia leaves his promotion post at Gotee Records. No replacement has been announced. Reach Ed while he looks for his next opportunity at Former WFHM/Cleveland MD Steve Brown is now with Envision Radio Networks as Affiliate Relations Director. (1/6)

A new 24 hour video music channel is scheduled to be launced by the people at Radio-U and TV-U. The channel will be called "Spirit" and will be available in early March 2004 to Sky Angel subscribers. (1/5)

Stacey Austin is the new morning co-host at Star 99.1/New York. Austin was most recently with The Fish/Chicago and KLUV/Dallas. She'll join Star 99.1 PD and Morning personality Johnnie Stone who had this to say about Austin “Stacey brings her love of radio and her love of the CCM music and what it stands for to STAR 99.1.  She “gets it” when it comes to this format’s lifestyle because she lives it.”  (1/5)

WCVO/Columbus repositions and is now calling itself "104.9 The River" on the air. The station is playing music 24 hours a day. Visit their new website here. (1/2)

It's time to get nominations in for the Scott Campbell Award and the Rob Gregory Award that will be presented during GM Week in Nashville April 24-28, 2004. Nominations for both awards are open to "Christian broadcasters, and associated professionals". Nominations should include no more than 200 words as to why that nominee should be considered. Nomination deadline is Friday, February 6, 2004. You can submit nominations to... Kyle Fenton Chairman, NCRS Awards Committee 2849 Call Hill Road Nashville, TN  37211... Fax: 615-333-1976...

In addition deadline for "Station Of The Year" award is January 30th and will be presented at the Dove Awards April 28th. Go to or get a hold of our good friend Kyle  Fenton 877- 289-4251 (1/4)

Quick Bits From Forefront signs first new artist in 3 years- Kimberly Perry... Casting Crowns presented with award for radio success... Vestal Goodman passes away  (1/2)

Rick Hall has been elevated to Assistant PD at WCIC/Peoria effective immediately. Hall is currently Assistant MD and PM Drive personality and has been with the station since February 2003. WCIC is one of several New Life Radio Network stations, which serves Peoria, Bloomington/Normal, and Galesburg Illinois. (1/2)

Bits: WJJT/Jellico,TN. (AM 1540) had it's building including the transmitter and studios destroyed by fire Sunday December 28th. Cause of the fire is umknowm... WRDT AM/Detroit drops The Bill O'Reilly Show from it's lineup effective 12/31... WVFJ/Atlanta (J93.3) will air The John Tesh Radio Show nightly beginning January 5th. J93.3 is the 1st Christian format station to do so... KLFF/San Luis Obispo got rocked off the air recently when an earthquake registering 6.5 hit Southern California on December 21st... (1/2)


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