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The Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association has honored WGRC/Lewisburg with the Joe Snyder Award for Outstanding News Service once again. WGRC News Anchors Jim Diehl and John Callahan accepted the top AP award. "It is such a privilege to be a part of a team which aims at bringing the "GOOD NEWS" to those listening.   As for winning the top notch spot for a second year in a row; I just thank God for the opportunity and ability to serve Him in this capacity and to be one of only a handful of Christian Radio stations nationwide that actually provide a reliable news service to their listeners," says Diehl. The news team also received eight first place awards for Enterprise Reporting, News Documentary, Spot News, Continuing Coverage, Feature, Radio Sound, News/Sports Talk Program, and Sports Feature.  (4/27)

WAWZ/New York PD Johnny Stone checks in with HisAir.Net to tell us that Star 99.1 is increasing the amount of music it plays up to nearly 22 hours. “People said they wanted more music so we’re giving it to them.  It’s all about being consistent on STAR 99.1.”  As a result, the 6 pm – 10 pm on-air shift has been created and Stone is looking for a host.  Minimum 5 years on-air experience.  Tape and resume to  (4/27)

Chris Tomlin grabs six GMA Dove awards! Click here for complete winner list.  (4/25)

BITS: KYCC/Stockton afternoon personality Sheldon Vicks is leaving for the PD slot at KCFY/Yuma... WBCL/Fort Wayne News director Larry Bower took 2nd place in the Best Reporter category of Indiana AP Awards...   (4/25)

Special awards given out at GMA Week in Nashville this week include: The Scott Campbell Radio Award honoring outstanding efforts and contributions in broadcasting. This year’s honoree is EMF Broadcasting’s Alan Mason. Mason has been an active contributor to the Christian music industry since his career began nearly forty years ago. From his humble beginnings at a small daytime radio station in Vancouver, Wash., that featured religious talk and underground rock, to his current role as Director of Research at EMF Broadcasting, Mason has been impacting the world of Christian broadcasting nationwide. Mason’s impact on Christian radio includes top rated KCMS in Seattle, a station that has achieved top tier rankings in one of the most unchurched areas of the country. His involvement in the initial research project for WAY-FM was a catalyst for the company’s growth to more than 400,000 listeners and nine owned and operated radio stations. Mason’s expertise was instrumental in helping WGTS in Washington, D.C. to grow to one of the most listened to Christian stations in America, strategically positioned in the nation’s capital to help influence the entire globe. Now with his current work as Director of Research for EMF, Alan is in a key position to monitor trends, develop strategies, and influence a company that is a major player in the industry.

The Rob Gregory Award is given for major contributions made to the community through the medium of radio. This year’s honoree is Allen Henderson of HIS Radio. Henderson began his career in broadcasting 35 years ago. Obtaining a degree in theology and as an ordained minister, Henderson fulfills his life-long passion for ministry through broadcasting. He also is involved in local church ministry leading worship and speaking. Henderson has been with HIS Radio since the beginning 24 years ago, and became General Manager in 1990. During his tenure, HIS Radio has expanded to over 30 frequencies across the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. A major goal of Henderson’s has always been to reach out to local communities and make a difference for Christ by serving on various boards and advisory councils. Allen encourages the next generation of Christian broadcasters by serving as an Adjunct Professor in the Communications Department of North Greenville University.   (4/24)

At GMA, currently underway in Nashville, 2007 Echo Radio Awards Program Director of the year awards were presented. The winners are: Small Market: Jason Sharp WCQR Gray, TN... Medium Market: Dean O'Neal WPOZ Orlando... Large Market: Chuck Finney KLTY Dallas. In addition Alan Mason was given the Industry Impact Award. Check back with HisAir.Net for GMA updates.  (4/22)

The American Association of Christian Counselors and Xtreme Youth Alliance Ministries announce a brand new live radio program targeted to students. Hosted by Bill Scott, Xtreme Radio debuts June 23rd and will air live every Sunday night from 7pm-9pm Central Time on the Focus on The Family Satellite Network. The two hour talk show will will focus on real issues facing today’s students. Already cleared to air the program are WYLV/Knoxville, WPER/Wash DC, and the Spirit FM Network/Lynchburg. To get more info on Xtreme Radio contact Bill Scott at or 615-525-5570.  (4/22)

The GMA has announced the recipients of awards in the 2007 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Radio Station of the Year contest. The radio station awards are presented to those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. Awards are given to major, large, medium and small market stations.

Major Market
KSBJ - Houston, TX - Tim McDermott, Station Manager

Large Market
WPOZ - Orlando, FL - Jim Hoge, Station Manager

Medium Market
WMHK - Columbia, SC - Jerry Grimes, Station Manager

Small Market
KSWP - Lufkin, TX - Dwyan Calvert, Station Manager

The recipient in each market category was determined by a panel of judges who reviewed the following areas - community involvement, ratings, air check and industry leadership. The radio stations will be acknowledged during the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 25, 2007 in Nashville at the Grand Ole Opry House. The Doves are the culminating event for GMA Music Week 2007, which includes radio specific programming through the CMB.  (4/20)

Tim Sinclair's Green Eye Creative has just launched "For the Record..." a free blog providing tips, tricks and other helpful insights for radio imaging.  You can check out the inaugural posts right now at

KTSY/Boise welcomes Chris Gilbreth as the station group’s new Operations Manager. Gilbreth most recently was the owner of KFFR/Pullman, WA ( 97.7 The Fire).  He also worked as network operations director at Positive Life Radio in Eastern Washington. Gilbreth is currently working on remodeling the KTSY studios, working on the existing signals to give them the best coverage possible and working on potential new stations for KTSY in and around Idaho and in Eastern Oregon.  He’s also working on giving sister station KTFY in Twin Falls its own studio and automation system.  The station currently simulcasts KTSY.  (4/12)

MOVEMENT: WYLV/Knoxville MD Danielle Hedges is leaving the station to be closer to family in  West Virginia... WONU/Chicago morning co host Abbie is exiting the station April 13...  Bob Heaster is now corporate controller for Provident Label Group...   (4/12)

Crista Broadcasting owners of KCMS/Seattle "Spirit 105.3 FM", KCIS/Seattle, and KWPZ/Lynden "Praise 106.5",  has named Scott Michaels Director of Operations and Research. “We are delighted to have his enthusiasm, and experience as a full time member of our management staff and Leadership Team,” said CRISTA Broadcasting General Manager, Melene Thompson.

Michaels formerly programmed KSGN/Riverside, WQCK/Baton Rouge and KKJM/St. Cloud will be overseeing all operations activities and assist the Program Directors at each station with research and support.

 Michaels joined KCMS in October 2006 as a Programming Assistant for PD Scott Valentine. "Joining CRISTA is a dream come true for my family and I.  Not only being close to family, but also working for a ministry that truly understands how to reach people with the power of 'radio for Christians' is an amazing blessing.  Spending time with our leadership team these past few months made this opportunity even more appealing."  (4/10)

Jason Miller is leaving the promotions team at Provident. He will be with PLG through GMA Week then he says he will start his own Promotion and Marketing company May 1. Details forthcoming.  (4/10)

Congratulations To WAYK/Kalamazoo PD Mike Couchman and wife Jennifer who welcomed their new baby son (Ephraim Michael) into the world last week.  (4/9)

Mark Guy has been named as the person to fill the long standing PD opening at KAFC (93.7) and KATB (89.3)  Anchorage. He'll also host Midday's on KAFC. Mark comes joins KAFC/KATB from cross-town mainstream oldies station KEAG/Anchorage.   (4/6)

Audible Genesis, the first imaging and production library exclusively for Christian radio will release this fall.  Three years in the making, Audible Genesis offers music beds, Christian artist audio, unscripted Christian listener audio, plug and play imaging templates, production elements and more with multiple weekly mp3 updates at  Developer Dave Meffert will unveil Audible Genesis during GMA week in Nashville and award someone a lifetime subscription.  Such libraries have been used by secular stations for years, but on a barter basis.  Audible Genesis is available for the discount pre-release rate of $100/month.  It's testing now on CHRSN, Way FM, And Total Axxess.  (4/5)

UPDATE: After over four years as a Christian Rock station Adonai Radio Group officially flipped KCXR/Tulsa (100.3 The Kross) today at 3pm to the new KXOJ Muskogee.  The airstaff including PD Scott Herrold (see breaking news below) was let go. Heard at 3PM today at the top of the hour.....

"Your Home of Christian music...100.3 KXOJ, Muskogee"  Voice of Jeff Collins, same as KXOJ/Tulsa.

First 4 songs:

1. Rich Mullins - Sing Your Praise to the Lord
2. The Fray - How To Save a Life
3. Matt Kearney - Nothing left to lose.
4. Jeremy Camp - This Man

Management says the 100.3 signal puts a city grade signal into Muskogee, OK. (southeast of Tulsa) and that the station will be programmed specifically for that community. KXOJ Muskogee features much of the same AC artists heard on KXOJ/Tulsa as well as personalities Craig West hosting the morning show (6am-10am), Caryn Cruise in the midday (10am-3pm) and Dave Gordon during afternoon drive (3pm-7pm). Personalities will focus on events and lifestyle stories specifically for Muskogee listeners.

Adonai has owned and operated 100.3FM as a different format for several years.  "We are constantly looking for ways to extend the KXOJ brand while serving the local community,” stated KXOJ General Manager David Stephens.  “KXOJ Muskogee 100.3FM serves both of these purposes."    (4/4)


EMI CMG has named David Crace to the newly created position of Senior VP/Chief Marketing Officer. Crace will oversee the development of the company’s marketing and technology innovation, strategic partnerships, consumer understanding and research, retail channel management and catalog development strategies, and will be responsible for advancing those initiatives through EMI CMG’s labels and other businesses.  (4/4)

BREAKING NEWS: What's going on at KCXR/Tulsa (100.3 The Kross)?  Currently the station is stunting by tracking non stop classic CCM albums. Is a change on the horizon?  KCXR PD Scott Herrold was let go this morning by the station and is looking for his next opportunity. Reach out to Scott at or 918.346.3432 cell. (4/4)

Former KXOJ/Tulsa APD and current Cox Radio Datyon/Tulsa personality Gary Thompson checks in with HisAir.Net and says he's picked up tracking evenings and weekends at KVMV/McAllen/Brownsville Tx. (Christian 96.9). Thompson is eager to add other members to his family of stations. For a chat, a demo, or both contact Gary at   (4/4)

KJTH/Ponca City  (89.7 The House) has expanded their airwaves with the addition of a translator (98.3 FM) in Norman, OK. This makes the fifth station that rebroadcasts The House programming. Norman is the third largest city in Oklahoma and home for Oklahoma University.  (4/3)


WFFH/Nashville (94.1 The Fish) is making a few changes to their line-up. Added is CJ McKay from WEZB/New Orleans who will do afternoons. Jamie Mayberry shifts to nights and Jeremy Sweat will take middays from Solid Gold Network. (4/3)

WRCI/Rochester launched it's new all music format this morning. "The New 102.7 The Light" on-air line-up has changed as well:  In Mornings it's Gina Jones, middays are covered by KB Cooper, afternoon host is PD Mark Shuttleworth, and evening jock is Jay Matthews. Weekenders include Ben Martin, Maggie Strickland, and John Ebel. The station also has a new address:

Northwestern College & Radio has appointed Reid Holsen as the Assistant Vice President. "Reid has provided valuable advice to Northwestern Radio as a full-time management and programming consultant for the past two and a half years and has helped our stations move from heavy reliance on generic satellite programming to local programming."  said Dr. Paul H. Virts, Northwestern Senior Vice President for Media.

After holding several on-air and leadership positions at stations in Minnesota and South Dakota from 1977 - 1992, Reid became the general program director of Midcontinent's cluster of radio stations in South Dakota in 1992. He left broadcasting to pursue a life-long dream of directing healthcare marketing in 2001 but returned to broadcasting to serve as Northwestern's full-time consultant in 2004.  (4/2)

MOVEMENT: WAWZ/New York hires Jennifer Garibay-Weiss as Promotion Coordinator... Marvin Sparks is named GM at WCDR/Dayton replacing Paul Gathany who is retiring... WMKL/Miami moves back to it's original 91.9 frequency... KXOJ/Tulsa morning guy Craig West is doubling up with mornings on sister station KCXR/Tulsa via VT... (3/29)

The Gospel Music Association has announced the finalists for the 2007 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station of the Year contest. The radio station awards are designed to publicly acknowledge those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. Awards are given to major, large, medium and small market stations.

Major Market
KSBJ - Houston, TX - Tim McDermott, Station Manager
WFSH - Atlanta, GA - Mike Moran, Station Manager
KCMS - Seattle, WA - Melene Thompson, Station Manager

Large Market
WRCM - Charlotte, NC - Joe Paulo, Station Manager
WPOZ - Orlando, FL - Jim Hoge, Station Manager
WCVO - Columbus, OH - Dan Baughman, Station Manager

Medium Market
WMHK - Columbia, SC - Jerry Grimes, Station Manager*

Small Market
KKJM - St. Cloud, MN - Deb Huschle, Station Manager
KGCB - Flagstaff, AZ - Steve White, Station Manager
KSWP - Lufkin, TX - Dwyan Calvert, Station Manager

*Only one station entered in the Medium Market category.

The winners in each market category will be determined by a panel of judges who review the following areas - community involvement, ratings, air-check and industry leadership. The winners in each market category will be announced before the 38th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 25, 2007.

The 2006 Radio Station of the Year winners were KLRC in Fayetteville, Ark. for small market; WMHK in Columbia, S.C. for medium market; WPOZ in Orlando, Fla. for large market; and KSBJ in Houston, Texas for major market.  (3/27)

Joshua Michael joins KNEO/Neosho, MO as Production Director. This is his first time working in Christian broadcasting.  “I felt that it was a crossing to a ministry,” Joshua said.  Through his creative talents, listeners will hear some changes to the station and the website at  Launch date is expected around the end of May. (3/27)

Spirit FM Network in Missouri has expanded its reach with two new stations.  Spirit FM's flagship station is KCVO/Camdenton, and can now be heard on 7 seven other stations in Missouri.  Recently added to the network were 25kw KFFW /Cabool, reaching south-central Missouri and 100kw KHGN/ Kirksville, reaching northeast Missouri. Spirit FM president, Jim McDermott said, "Our goal is to touch as many lives as we can through Christian music radio."  (3/26)

Brian Dishon has been named Senior Director National Promotion for the Provident Label Group effective April 2nd. Brian was most recently with EMI CMG leaving there this past January.  (3/26)

Congratulations to KXOJ/Tulsa, celebrating 30-years of continuous ownership (Adonai Radio Group) and operation by the same family. In observance, the radio station is hosting a four-month parade of events and on-air promotions. KXOJ is giving away vacations to Hawaii and the GMA Dove Awards plus hosting free concerts featuring Mercy Me, Audio Adrenaline, Aaron Shust, Point of Grace, Michael W. Smith, among others. Some staff has changed over the 30 years since Mike Stephens “flipped the switch” to turn KXOJ on the air February 22, 1977. Stephens continues to maintain regular hours at his cluster of radio stations to this day while his son David is currently GM.

Over the last 30 years, KXOJ has received numerous honors and recognitions including three Dove Awards for Radio Station of the Year (1999, 2002, 2004), Radio and Records Station of the Year (2003), Radio and Records Market Impact Award (2004) and the prestigious Rob Gregory Award (2004). In addition PD Bob Thornton was named Program Director of the Year in the 2005 Radio and Retail Echo Awards.  (3/20)

As reported on HisAir.Net first (3/9) KTIS/Minneapolis has announced the appointment of a new station manager. “I am pleased to announce the appointment of David Fitts as the new KTIS station manager,” said Dr. Paul Virts, Senior Vice President for Media. “David is a 23-year radio veteran with experience both in secular and Christian radio, commercial and non-commercial radio as well as music- and talk- formatted stations.”

David became a Christian in 1990 and began his career in Christian broadcasting by managing KTSL/Spokane in 1993. He also managed KCMS/Seattle and most recently managed a cluster of five talk and music stations for Salem Communications in Seattle for six years.

“I have watched the growth of KTIS over the years while working in other parts of the country,” said Mr. Fitts. “And I count it a privilege to be asked to provide leadership at the station. I look forward to working with the team of Christian broadcasting professionals at KTIS.”  (3/20)

On April 2nd WRCI/Rochester (Crawford Broadcasting) will go all music. Currently the station airs mintries programs with blocks of music. Check out the video for the change here... or on the station website  (3/20)

Bits: The Dennis Miller Show debuts (3/26) on over 80 stations including many Salem owned talk stations... Brad Anderson is named GSM for Salem's KTIE/Riverside... Jimmy Swaggart's Sonlife Radio Network picks up a translator in Bonham, TX from La Promesa for 15K...   (3/20)

WCRJ/Jacksonville PD Roger Henderson checks in with HisAir.Net to let us know a hot topic on his station is  American Idol finalist Phil Stacey. Stacey, who is from Jacksonville, is currently on leave from First Coast Christian Center as Minister of Music and is already receiving some airplay on 88.1 The Promise.  (3/19)

WLAB/Ft Wayne (Star 88.3) Promotion Director/Afternoon Host Brian Michaels is exiting the station at the end of March to take on a Network Administrations position for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, owners of WLAB. Michaels says " I have had an incredible time over the last 4 ½ years at Star and have seen the station grow to one of the top stations in the Mark. I may pop up somewhere in radio later, but for now I plan on looking for stations to voice track. Star 88.3 is currently looking for my replacement.".Anyone interested should contact Melissa Montana at   (3/19)

Movement: Mike Stiles exits mornings at WVFJ/Atlanta to concentrate on his own "The Stiles Company"... KLTY/Dallas hires Ryan Cox as producer of Night Light with Andi Jaxson...  Al Skop is named format manager for Sirius Spirit replacing Doug Hannah who remains on the air... Charlie Kendall exits OM at KKSP/Little Rock... (3/16)

The WAWZ/New York Morning show is featured in an article in the Washington Post today (3/15). Star 99.1 PD Johnny Stone says “Be very careful when you pray for God to expand your territory.”  The article written by David Segal, cab be viewed online here . Johnny shares his testimony and the goals of Star 99.1 to reach New York City and bring them to Christ. The entire show including Johnny, Stacey Stone, Dawn Wheeler and David A. Dein, are described as a Christian morning-zoo show but the differences outlined are tremendous. From the Post article: Stone says “Yeah, of course, we want to make money; we want to be good stewards of this facility. But we also want to be real people who let other people know about the joys of Jesus Christ.”

The article goes on to quote the National Religious Broadcasters organization that Johnny Stone in the Morning is the only Christian morning-zoo show on the dial and also includes comments from John Frost of Goodratings Strategic Services. “Entertainment used to be a bad word in Christian radio,” says Frost. “It was designed to appeal not merely to a small percent of people, but a small percent of Christians.”  (3/15)

KWOF/Cedar Rapids ( 89.1 'The Spirit') has concluded it's "Spirit Talent Search" and picked Julia Taylor as the stations new Morning Co-host joining PD Jack Davis. The station started with on air open tryouts of 43 contestants. Julia will start on the air March 26th.  (3/15)

CHRSN General Manager Faron Dice announces the addition of radio industry veteran Gary “Wally” Wallace as the new host of its award-winning program, Total Axxess. Current host Jayar will move to PM drive on CHRSN, effective April 30.  Wallace joins Total Axxess after recent stints with secular stations 99X/Atlanta and Radio Disney.  CHRSN Network Program Director Dave Senes stated, “Total Axxess is the flagship program of CHRSN. I’m very optimistic about this opportunity to strengthen two key dayparts - adding Gary to Total Axxess and keeping Jayar in the lineup during PM Drive.” Total Axxess has been on the air since January 2004 and broadcasts live from Nashville.  (3/14)

WAY-FM Media Group Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Parker has announced that WAY-FM now airs on over 100 signals with the recent CHRSN affiliate signings of WONU/Chicago and WJQK/Grand Rapids. CHRSN General Manager Faron Dice stated, “These are two great radio stations and we’re excited to expand into these new cities”. Although WONU is new to CHRSN, WJQK had been an affiliate previously. JQ-99 GM Troy West expressed that they “received a lot of response to bring Total Axxess back to JQ-99.”  (3/13)

Salem Communications Corporation today announced results for the 2006 4th quarter ending December 31. Commenting on the company's results, Edward G. Atsinger III, president and CEO said, "We achieved total revenue growth of 10.9% in the fourth quarter of 2006 due to the strong performance of our non-broadcast media business, continued development of our News Talk stations and our consistent block programming business. Our Internet and publishing businesses posted $6.0 million in revenue, more than doubling their revenue from the prior year. Radio broadcasting grew revenue by 5.5% to $53.7 million, led by a 19.6% increase in revenue from News Talk stations and by a 9.3% increase in revenue from block programming on our Christian Teaching and Talk stations.  (3/12)

Changes: Kelsey Thomas (formerly with WYZB/Ft Walton Beach) joins WAYH/Huntsville for morning co-host duties replacing Dedra Herod... Tyson Paoletti has been promoted to General Manager of BEC Recordings. Paoletti, formerly Director of Marketing at Tooth and Nail Records, has been with the label for six and half years... Campbell University officials say their non commercial FM Christian station WCCE/Buie's Creek will go dark on May 31st ... (3/12)

Spoken Word Images Inc. announces new clients for imaging and voiceover: WLES/Richmond VA, KJIL/Meade KS, and KVTT/Dallas/Ft. Worth. Spoken Word Images president Pete Bunch said, " We thank the LORD again for allowing us this expanded opportunity to serve the body of Christ through radio."  (3/12)

David Fitts joins KTIS/Minneapolis as Station Manager.  (3/9)

The deadline is this Monday March 12 to register for GMA Music Week 2007 and save up to $50. GMA Music Week (April 21-25) in Nashville is quickly approaching. Click here to register on line now.  (3/8)

Robin Tefft has been named the new Copy and Continuity Manager at WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1). Tefft will start her new position on March 12.  (3/8)

Kurt Wallace Creative adds KSBJ/Houston to it's growing number of voice over clients."Kurt comes across as sincere, genuine, friendly, and sounds like someone you would be best friends with." says Chuck Pryor, KSBJ Program Director.  (3/8)

Colin "Cruz" Strombeck tells HisAir.Net he is now programming  "The Blast" (www.TheBlast.FM) , a Christian modern rock/alternative/hip hop internet station based in South Dakota. Cruz was formweky with KLYT/Albuquerque and KSBJ/Houston. The Blast launched this past New Years Eve. (3/8)

Movement: Former WISG/Indianapolis morning guy Kurt Wallace now doing nights (via voice track) on WCVO/Columbus... Weekender Danny Barrios is now doing night fulltime at KCXR/Tulsa...  (3/5)

Bits: Ben Howard Sr. is new VP/Marketing at Provident...  WJTH/Atlanta ups morning guy Reggie Gay to Asst GM... Salem will report its fourth quarter 2007 financial results after the market closes on Monday, March 12...  (3/1)

The GMA and CMB are accepting nominations for the "Scott Campbell Award" and the "Rob Gregory Award" that will be given out at GMA week in April. The "Scott Campbell Award" is presented for outstanding contributions to the growth of Christian music radio. The "Rob Gregory Award" is an award presented to a broadcaster, radio station or associated professional who through their work have positively impacted their community. If you want to nominate someone explain why in 300 words max and email it to by March 13th. (2/28)

After five years in the OM chair at WRMB/W. Palm Beach Ken Vaughn is hopping over to WAFG/Ft Lauderdale starting March 5th. Update your rolodex for Ken with 954-776-7705 and   (2/28)

The finalists have been announced for the 2007 Echo Radio Awards. The Echo Awards recognize leaders in the Christian Music Broadcasting industry who have displayed professionalism, demonstrated excellence in helping their station “raise the bar,” and have made an exceptional contribution to their field. Founded in 2005, the Echo Awards have expanded to include eleven awards this year.  “We wanted to be able to honor more of our outstanding stations by dividing the awards by market size this year,” commented Grant Hubbard, Chairman of the Awards Committee.  “By doing this, we can show not only the growth in Christian Music Radio, but also the great accomplishments made by all of our stations at an industry event.”  The finalists for 2007 Echo Awards are as follows:

Program Director of the Year – Markets 1-25 and Networks

  • Chuck Finney – KLTY

  • Chuck Prior – KSBJ

  • Dave Senes – WAY-FM

  • David Pierce – K-LOVE

  • Johnny Stone – WAWZ

  • Scott Valentine – KCMS

  • Scott Veigel – KXWA

  • Ty McFarland – WGTS

 Program Director of the Year – Markets 26-100

  • Bob Thornton – KXOJ
  • Chris Lemke – WCSG
  • Dean O’Neal – WPOZ
  • Donna Cruz – WAYF
  • Joe Croft – KDUV
  • Rob Dempsey – WLFJ
  • Tate Luck – WCVO
  • Wally Decker – WBFJ

 Program Director of the Year – Markets 101+

  • Ace McKay – WAYH
  • Al Ross – KSWP
  • Jason Sharp – WCQR
  • Jerry Woods – KTSY
  • Mike Couchman – WAYK
  • Steve Swanson – WAFJ
  • Tom Greene – WMIT

 Music Director of the Year – Markets 1-25 and Networks

  • Jeff MacFarlane – WJIS
  • Jim Beeler – KSBJ
  • Jon Rivers – K-LOVE
  • Kat Taylor – KFIS
  • Mallory DeWees – WONU
  • Michael Prendergast – KLTY
  • Paul Perrault – KTIS
  • Sarah Taylor – KCMS
  • Stace Whitmire – WAY-FM

 Music Director of the Year – Markets 26-100

  • Brian Nelson – WJQK
  • Chris Crain – WJIE
  • Libby Krimsier – WBSN
  • Mike Russell – WCVO
  • Ronnie Bruce – WDJC
  • Scott Smith – WPOZ
  • Theresa Ross – WCRJ

 Music Director of the Year – Markets 101+

  • Justin Wade – WBDX
  • Matt Stockman – WMIT
  • Melissa Montana – WLAB
  • Morgan Smith – WHMX
  • Noonie Fugler – KLFF
  • Phil Smith – WJTL
  • Whitney Yule – WCVK

 Air Personality of the Year – Markets 1-25 and Networks

  • Beth Bacall – WAWZ
  • Chuck Pryor & Amanda Carroll – KSBJ
  • David Pierce – K-LOVE
  • Jayar – WAY-FM
  • Jeff Brown & Stace Whitmire – WAY-FM
  • Jon & Sherry Rivers – K-LOVE
  • Mike Kankelfritz & Susan O’Donnell – KSBJ
  • Scott & Sam – KCMS

 Air Personality of the Year – Markets 26-100

  • Chris Kelly & Rebecca Bennett – KKCM
  • Craig West – KXOJ
  • Lisa Williams & Dean O’Neal – WPOZ
  • Rob Dempsey & Kristin Roberts – WLFJ
  • Scott Smith & Tyler McKenzie – WPOZ
  • Smilin’ Tom Fridley – WBGB
  • Tommy Dylan & Brook Taylor – WCSG

 Air Personality of the Year – Markets 101+

  • Al Ross & Michelle Calvert – KSWP
  • Amy Byrd – WMHK
  • Ben Birdsong – KWND
  • Jerry Woods – KTSY
  • Matt Stockman & Carol Davis – WMIT
  • Peter Brooks – WUGN
  • Rick Hall – WQFL

 Radio Promoter of the Year

  • AJ Strout
  • Andrea Kleid
  • Chris Hauser
  • Jennifer Allen
  • Kyle Fenton
  • Lori Cline
  • Michael Johnson
  • Shannon Becker

 Industry Impact Award

  • Alan Mason
  • EMF Broadcasting
  • Grant Hubbard
  • John Frost
  • Linda Meyers
  • Mark Giles
  • Promo Only
  • ShareMedia Services
  • WAY-FM
  • WPOZ

Final voting for the awards has begun and will be completed on March 9.  The 2007 Radio and Retail Echo Awards will be presented on Sunday, April 22 at 11:30 am in the Renaissance Nashville Hotel Ballroom as part of Gospel Music Week.  (2/28)

Salem Communications has appointed Joe Heslet as market manager for Salem Seattle. Heslet will oversee operations of the five-station radio cluster. Joe Gonzalez continues as station manager for Seattle's KLFE AM 1590 and KGNW AM 820, which are programmed in Salem's Christian Teaching and Talk format. "As a career broadcaster, Joe Heslet is extremely well qualified for his position as Salem Seattle's market manager," said Michael Reichert, vice president of operations for Salem Communications. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience in radio marketing and management. His talents will be an asset to our Seattle station operations." Heslet comes to Salem Seattle from Fisher Communications where he was general sales manager for KOMO 1000 and 570 KVI.  (2/26)

KSBJ/Houston PD Chuck Pryor reports he has hired Rachel Quan as the stations new Promotion Director. Rachel was formerly with Luis Palau organization.  (2/26)

Imaging, voiceover and production company Green Eye Creative welcomes new imaging clients KSBJ/Houston and WAFJ/Augusta.  Green Eye will be handling the writing and production of imaging for both stations.  Other Green Eye clients include KPEZ/Austin, KSGN/Riverside, WBGL/Champaign, WCQR/Tri-Cities, HIS Radio, WCVO/Columbus, WIBI/St. Louis, WCIC/Peoria, KWND/Springfield, CHRSN, Family Life Radio and many more.  For more information, visit  (2/26)

Bits: Jennifer Kelly exits afternoons at WPTR/Albany... Joshua Michael Coate has joined the airstaff at KNEO/Neosho, MO... EMF has purchased WBOE and WOOB Albany, NY... (2/23)

The National Religious Broadcasters has named it's 'Radio Station of the Year - Talk Format'  WAVA/Wash DC (780 AM/105.1 FM). In addition The 'Best Radio Talk Show' award award goes to The Frank Pastore Show on KKLA/ Los Angeles. And The 'Best Broadcast Website' honor goes to All three of these winners are Salem properties.

"These NRB awards constitute the Religious Broadcasting industry's version of the Emmys, so this is indeed a very high honor," said Joe Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Salem Communications. "To win three of them is not a small thing, especially when they represent a cross-section of what we do - best station, best talk show, and best broadcast website. Our people at all levels deserve a great deal of credit for this recognition by their peers. As Salem's reputation develops from a pure-play radio business to an emerging multimedia enterprise, we aim for consistent quality and fresh, family-friendly content in all that we offer to our listeners and users."  (2/20)

Stuff: Congratulations to Curb artist Natalie Grant who gave birth to twin girls this morning in Nashville... WMDR/Augusta, ME will move from 1340 AM to 88.9 FM March 2nd... Casey McGinty is upped from VP to Sr. VP at EMI CMG Publishing... (2/16)

BITS: Matt Hubbell has resigned at KKFS/Sacramento (103.9 The Fish) to join KLLY/Bakersfield for PM drive... His Radio has purchased a translator in Elberton/GA... Gayle Crowe joins World Christian Broadcasting as VP/Programming replacing the late Dale Ward... grabs the 2007 NRB Media Award for Internet-Best Broadcast Website... (2/14)

Salem has named John Butler it's national program director for News Talk programming, effective immediately. "Butler will leverage his extensive experience in talk radio as a programmer, news director, and operations manager to drive our News Talk platform to the next level," said Joe Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Salem Communications. "His role provides strategic support and direction for our general managers, station programmers and hosts. He brings exactly the right credentials at the right time to build one of our most popular station formats." Butler began as news reporter and anchor in Sacramento and Los Angeles. He served as correspondent and anchor for ABC Radio News in New York and news director at KFBK/Sacramento. He also programmed Kansas City stations KMBZ and KCMO and WMAL/Wash DC. He will be based in Dallas. (2/13)

David Koon has been named general manager for Salem Orlando, which includes News Talk WORL-AM 660, Life Changing Radio WTLN-AM 950, and WHIM-AM 1520. "We are fortunate to be able to enlist the talents of a tried and true radio veteran like David Koon for leadership in our Orlando cluster," said Alan Power, vice president of operations for Salem Communications. "Orlando is a very dynamic market and the experience he brings to our stations will help optimize the impact we have there with our audiences."

Koon's career began in the mid-1970s in Shreveport, La., where he pioneered the first contemporary Christian radio station for that market. He was most recently with Salem Media of Georgia where he was sales manager for the Atlanta cluster of stations. Previously, Koon served as sales manager for WVFJ/Atlanta and KCFO/Tulsa. (2/12)

Bill Lurwick from KJIL/Meade checks in with HisAir.Net to give us an update on the station since their tower collapsed in Dec. Thank you. for all the prayers, calls, e-mails, and support since our tower lost it's top 300 feet on December 31. We wanted to give you an update on where things are today. We were off the air for 9 days total. We went back on the air at 5:00 PM January 9. We are currently broadcasting our signal from the remaining 700 ft. of tower with temporary antennas at full power. The tower is not safe, and will need to be rebuilt. Fortunately, it is in the middle of a field, surrounded by more fields, so if anything else happens, unless someone is on-site when it does, no one should be hurt. We are very thankful because when the top section of tower fell, it only hit one guy wire, and landed far away from the rest of the structure. At the base of the tower was our transmitter house, and this contained hundreds of thousands of dollars of other equipment that could have been destroyed too, but was not. Praise God!
So, today, we are waiting to find out what our insurance policy will cover. A team of engineers and planners have estimated it will cost $650,000 for a new tower. We are not sure what will be covered as of yet. We know God is faithful, and we are on the air sharing that message today. Thanks for your continued prayers and support."  (2/9)

Former KCBI/Dallas personality John McLain will join American Family Radio’s KTXG/Greenville/Dallas (90.5 FM) as the host of its new morning drive show. Mclain joined KCBI in 2001, most recently hosting mornings, as well as Assistant Program Director and Music Director. The move reunites McLain with KTXG General Manager Rich Hooper, who last served as KCBI’s Program Director. “I am thrilled at the opportunity to work with Rich again.  We have worked so well together in the past, and I am excited about the things we will do in serving the Lord at KTXG,” McLain said. The new KTXG morning show is slated to launch March 7.  McLain will also hold the position of Production Director for the station.   (2/7)

Word Entertainment announces it will release WOW Hymns March 6. WOW Hymns will feature 30 songs on two CDs, with performances from today's top Christian artists, including five exclusive new recordings.

The songs offered on the double-disc feature include Chris Tomlin's, " Take My Life, " BarlowGirl's, " For The Beauty Of The Earth ," Third Day's, " All The Heavens ," Jeremy Camp's, " Wonderful Maker ," Natalie Grant's, " Fairest Lord Jesus ," Jars of Clay's, " I Need Thee Every Hour ," Nichole Nordeman's, " Just As I Am ," Amy Grant's, " This Is My Father's World ," and Michael W. Smith's, " The Wonderful Cross" among others.  (2/6)

BITS: MD Jennifer Walker is now Interim PD at KSLT/Rapid City... Barry Landis will head the new Kosmos Records created by KOCH Records... Gospel Truth Magazine founder and CEO of Worldwide Music Kerry Douglas, will host his own gospel radio show on the VoiceAmerica Channel... (2/6)

At WRCI/Rochester AM Driver/MD Kelly McKay exits the station for family reasons. Mid-day personality Ben Martin slips into AM drive. PD Mark Shuttleworth will handle the music duties for now.  (2/5)

Salem Communications has announced the appointment of Tamela Kay ("TK") Maxwell as general sales manager for Salem New York which includes New York's InspiringTalk stations WMCA 570 AM and WWDJ 970 AM.

"TK Maxwell has been an integral part of our New York team," said Susan Lucchesi, general manager for Salem New York. "She brings considerable experience at both local and national levels to our sales efforts in this market. Her passion for excellence will serve our stations and listeners well." Maxwell has been senior account executive with Salem New York since 2004.  (2/5)

Joey Krol, Morning Host/Music Director at WVNI/Bloomington, IN (Spirit 95) is leaving the station to be Production Director/Personality at WIBI/Springfield/St Louis. Krol says on his new opportunity "Many people in radio dream of opportunities like this, and God has chosen me to serve in this position. I truly believe in what WIBI is doing, and looking forward to serve in anyway I can. Watch out, I'm ready to move mountains and walk on water".  He starts at WIBI Monday Feb 5th.  Krol also spent some time at WZFS/WYLL/Chicago.   (1/31) 

Bits: Brian Dishon has left EMI Christian as the company reorganizes and eliminates positions...  Congratulations to former Word Promotion person Lori Cline and husband Drew on the birth of their new daughter... WMBI/Chicago will broadcast it's morning show live from Wash DC during The National Prayer Breakfast...  (1/29)

WAVA/Washington DC has been named 'Radio Station of the Year' for talk format programming by the National Religious Broadcasters. Owned by Salem Communications WAVA serves the Baltimore and Washington, D.C. region with Christian teaching and talk programs. "When it comes to innovative local programming and events that serve the local community, WAVA sets a high standard," said Joe Davis, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Salem Communications. "This award recognizes WAVA's effectiveness in delivering a brand of programming that values people, excellence, integrity and service."

Salem Vice President of Operations David Ruleman and Station Manager Tom Moyer will receive the award for WAVA at the upcoming NRB convention in Orlando, Fla., February 17th. "This tremendous honor from NRB coincides with our 15th anniversary in Washington, D.C. We celebrate a first-rate team in a first-rate market, and will be looking for ways to better serve our listeners in the years ahead." Ruleman also oversees Salem Satellite Media, which provides programming for XM 170, FamilyTalk on XM Satellite Radio.  (1/25)

HisAir.Net hears that WQFL/Rockford PD Rick Hall is headed to WFZH/Milwaukee (105.3 The Fish) as midday personality/production director replacing John Ardelean. Rick will start in Milwaukee on Feb 12. If interested in the open PD position at WQFL contact Brian White at ADG right away   (1/25).

EMI CMG Distribution and Midas Records have agreed to a long-term distribution agreement. The new agreement calls for EMI CMG Distribution to have exclusive worldwide rights to the Christian, general market and digital retail distribution of Midas Records’, Christian music artists and products, including the label’s debut Christian artist Jessie Daniels and newly signed band Rush Of Fools.  EMI CMG Distribution assumes the distribution rights from Infinity Music Distribution, a division of Central South Distribution as of January 29, 2007.

“Midas Records is an important emerging new music label with a growing roster of creative and relevant artists and we are pleased to partner with them in building their retail presence worldwide,” said Greg Bays, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for EMI CMG Distribution.  “Building on the momentum for Jessie Daniels’ forceful debut CD will be an important first quarter priority for our team and Rush of Fools is poised to make a significant impact later in the year.”

“We are pleased and uniquely blessed to have EMI CMG partner with us as we look to expand our presence in Christian music,” said Robert Morrison, Senior Vice President of Sales and Operations for Midas Records.  “EMI CMG has distinguished itself with its impressive track record in the marketing and distribution of faith-inspired music and we are looking forward to the promising opportunity that lies ahead to work with EMI CMG's experienced sales, marketing and distribution team.”   (1/24)

Sonya M. Blakey has been named PD at Clear Channel's WGRB/Chicago-AM (Inspiration 1390) replacing Michael Robinson. Also MD/midday Effie Rolfe gets upped to WGRB APD.  Blakey was most recently PD WYCA/Hammond, IN.  (1/24)

Salem Communications announced the appointment of Mark Durkin as director of sales for the Portland cluster of stations, which includes KFIS (104.1 The Fish), True Talk 800 AM KPDQ, 93.9 KPDQ FM and Talk Radio Oregon 93.1 FM KTRO. "Durkin is a seasoned radio manager with vital experience in the Portland market and beyond," said Dennis Hayes, general manager of Salem Portland. "His capabilities in training, motivating and equipping our team will enable us to serve our community of listeners more effectively."  With more than 25 years in the radio industry, Durkin comes to Salem most recently from D'Ambrosia & Associates, a Portland real estate company where he served as general manager. Durkin's radio roots go back to 1983 when he joined KWSS in San Jose, Calif., where he became general sales manager. In 1990, he moved to Portland where he held GSM posts at KUFO, KWJJ and KGON. Durkin and his family are residents of Happy Valley, Oregon.  (1/24)

Long-time Detroit broadcaster Jay Butler is the new afternoon host during "FaithTalk Afternoons" on WLQV/Detroit  (AM 1500).  Jay Butler has been a fixture on Detroit radio for nearly 50 years, including on-air shifts at Motor City stations WJLB, WCHB, and WQBH. "Jay Butler is an icon in Detroit radio and will be a great asset as we take a leadership role in Christian talk for this region," said Chris MacCourtney, general manager of WLQV and Salem Detroit.  (1/24)

Bits: KNDL/Angwinn, CA gets a translator in Napa Valley, Ca courtesy of a donation from Broadcast Towers, Inc... EMF has closed on it's purchase of WJYF/Valdosta, Ga from Three Trees Communications... KTLF/Colorado Springs Chief Engineer Doug Wilson was found dead of a heart attack at the stations transmitter site last Friday... Congratulations to PD Bob Thornton and staff at KXOJ/Tulsa celebrating it's 30th anniversary next month... (1/23) 

Weekly Recap: In Canada the CRTC gives it's approval to United Christian Broadcasters to build two low-power transmitters (50 watts) to rebroadcast CKJJ/Belleville, ON to Cobourg and Brockville... WVFJ/Atlanta Promotions director Steve Williams has returned to work after a leave for health reasons... Steve Brailer has been named Executive Director of The GMA Foundation overseeing the future GMA Gospel Music Hall Of Fame in Nashville... (1/19)

WAWZ/New York "Star 99.1" has been named The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Radio Station of the Year in the Music Format category. The NRB Radio Station of the Year, Music Format award, is handed out to a station whose programming provides music that clearly presents the Gospel message and whose station serves the community of license through innovative, locally focused programming and events.

“It is always an honor to be recognized by your peers and we are humbled by this honor” stated Station Manager, Scott Taylor “It’s a real privilege to serve with such a talented and dedicated staff who truly care for our listeners” Taylor continued.

Star 99.1 is the only Contemporary Christian music station in the New York Metro area, with its family-friendly format, reaches some 250,000 listeners weekly with engaging air personalities and programming. The 2007 Annual Media Awards will take place at the NRB convention in Orlando, Florida in February.  (1/18)

Twenty-two year Christian radio veteran Dave Cruse has been promoted to the role of Assistant Program Director at The Joy FM network. According to PD Carmen Brown, the newly created position will focus on production, station imaging and adapting station programming to emerging technologies.

Cruse will continue hosting The Morning Cruise with Dave and Bill, a revived version of the morning show he pioneered at The Joy FM from 1996-2001, earning two Dove Awards for Medium Market Station of the Year.  More recently, Cruse hosted mornings with Susan O’Donnell at KSBJ/Houston. Cruse has also served as Program Director for WQCK/Baton Rouge and has won national production awards from Radio and Production Magazine. 

“Dave possesses a knowledge of the CCM industry that I value and plan to utilize in his new position as APD,” said Brown. “Adding his skills and experience to our programming staff will strengthen The Joy FM in many ways.” Brown has already assigned Cruse the task of helping her freshen up the station imaging. GM Jeff MacFarlane added that the appointment of Dave Cruse fits with an overall emphasis on delivery of a quality air product as the number one priority for the new year.  (1/15)

Pat Ryan has been promoted to general sales manager for Salem Boston's Family 590 AM WEZE and Voice 950 AM WROL, according to an announcement by Salem Communications.

"Ryan has worked her way up through the Salem Boston ranks since starting with us in 1995," said Salem Vice President of Operations Michael Reichert. "Her experience, understanding of client needs and history of success will continue to be an asset to our Boston cluster."

Ryan's career with Salem Communications began in 1995 when she became executive assistant to the general manager for Salem Boston. Since 2002, she has served as senior account executive with a consistent record of exceeding sales goals. In addition to WEZE and WROL, Salem's Boston cluster also includes News Talk 1150 AM WTTT where Randy Cloutier continues as general sales manager.  (1/15)

Changes: Jon Anderson exits the PD position at KSLT/Rapid City to become a teacher... At KHZR/St Louis Part timer Sean Copeland takes PM drive and Dan Young joins as Production Director... KKSP/Little Rock PD Don Burns tells HisAir.Net he is doing afternoons live, not voice tracked as previously reported.   (1/12)

WNPQ/Canton adds Grant Holmes to morning drive teaming with Katie Carr. PD Ed Franklin moves to afternoons... (1/10)

Angela Stevens has been named Promotions Director of WGTS/Washington, DC. Stevens was previously on the staff at Clear Channel's Washington DC cluster. “Angela is someone our staff has already welcomed into the WGTS 91.9 family” General Manager John Konrad said. PD Ty McFarland mentioned that “WGTS s primary goal was to find someone who would put listeners first and would help us strengthen our connections with the community—we believe in Angela's abilities to meet these challenges. Angela is one-of-a-kind talent and I'm very pleased that God brought her here.”  Steven's hire also allows WGTS to restructure responsibilities within the station. Brennan Wimbish now moves to Production Director. Rob Conway now focuses exclusively on his duties as Music Director. (1/9)

Melody Miller has been named PD at KGBI/Omaha replacing Mark Michaels who oddly enough left the station for the open PD slot at KLRC/Fayetteville vacated by Miller in October!  (1/9)

Label Changes: At Integrity Label Group VP of Marketing Mark Campbell has exited. Meanwhile over at Provident Label Group VP of Promotion Mark Giles leaves due to restructuring in the radio promo department.  (1/9)

Bits: KTSL/Spokane adds "The Scott & Sam Morning Show" originating at KCMS/Seattle... KKSP/Little Rock (Spirit 93.3) welcomes Pat and Casey (Married in the Morning) to AM drive as well as VT middays Beth Bacall (WAWZ/New York) and VT afternoons from Don Burns...   KNWS/Waterloo morning co-host Brittney Switala will be exiting the station Jan.16th, PD Dan Raymond is looking for a replacement now (HisAir.Net jobs page)... EMF picks up WJKL/Elgin, IL and WWTB/Topsail Beach, SC.  (1/8)

Movement: Libby Krimsier has returned to WBSN/Mew Orleans as MD. She'd been working with Tooth n Nail Records since Katrina... WIBI/Springfield, Il Production Director Rob Regal has been promoted to PD.  Regal joined WIBI in December 2005 coming from KAMY/Lubbock... Melody Williams has been upped to Underwriting Director at KLJC/Kansas City.    (1/4)

Pete Bunch checks in with HisAir to say Spoken Word Images Inc. is pleased to be on-board with MorphRadio for VO / Imaging duties. Chad Michael Snavely is producing. Pete sez ' Morph radio rocks hard, it's alot of fun to listen to. 'MorphRadio is ministry of CIU and WMHK FM in Columbia, SC  (1/4)

Former KOKF/Oklahoma City staffer Joel Roberts, now with Manistream AC KMXV/Kansas City is now hosting a Christian music show every Sunday morning on KCKC/Kansas City. Joel needs Christian AC and Christian Hot AC record service. His contact info and address is: KCKC Sunday Morning; 4717 Grand Ave; Suite 600; Kansas City, MO 64112; ATTN: Joel Roberts. You can contact him via e-mail at or by phone at 816-360-4880. (1/4)

In an effort to inspire his listeners to exercise and eat healthy, Fish jock  WFSH/Atlanta PD/ morning personality Kevin Avery is running a 10K a day for the month of January for their "Get Fit with the Fish" Promotion. From 5:30am to 6:20am, he's running 6.2 miles on a treadmill in the studio during "Kevin & Taylor in the Morning"! Avery was inspired by "The Ultra Marathon Man" Dean Karnazes who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Kevin's goal is impressive for someone in a sedentary profession like radio. Avery said, "I figure if a 40 year old radio guy like me can get up and run every morning, our listeners can get out there and take a brisk walk or do something to improve their health. We're really trying to encourage our listeners to have a better quality of life - to be able to feel good and play with their kids."  According to co-host Taylor Scott, "Kevin is just the guy to do a 10K every day. Once he sets his mind to something, there's no stopping him. Three years ago he started walking on a treadmill to get back in shape when we first did 'Get Fit with the Fish' and then last July, he ran his first marathon. Of course, he picked one of the hardest (San Francisco) with all those hills! Kevin loves a challenge."   (1/4)

CVCO, Inc has launched "Pro Talk 1490/1450" in Huntsville, Al. According to PD Tate Luck “The concept is to bring a more conservative news talk station to the Huntsville area that provides entertainment and a unique personality as well as information” . Featured syndicated programs include Bill o' Reilly and Lars Larson.  (1/4)

Peter and John Radio Fellowship, Inc., the Baltimore-based evangelical Christian ministry who own WRBS/Baltimore (95.1)  announced today that it has acquired WITH/Baltimore (AM 1230) from Salem Communications Corporation. The station will operate under the call letters WRBS (AM 1230). Tom Bisset, president, noted, “Acquiring WITH-AM continues our unwavering commitment to bringing the Good News of the Gospel to our community.  We’re pleased to continue serving the spiritual needs of our community through WRBS-FM and River Valley Ranch (youth camp ministry) and, now, through the new WRBS-AM.” Steve Lawhon, vice-president, commented, “This acquisition allows us to better serve the needs and wants of our community. The format will feature Bible teaching from leading evangelical speakers and other Christian programming. We intend it to be another voice of quality programming that, above all, speaks to the heart.”  (1/3)           

KLFF/San Luis Obispo transmitter update: Upon receiving manufacturers’ bids, the cost for the replacement project for purchase and installation came in at $60,000, and at the time, K-LIFE had less than $30,000 in its equipment fund. Immediately, donations of all sizes began to come in from listeners and churches, and even from another radio station outside the area.  By Christmas Eve morning, $45,000 had been raised.  Then an anonymous donor dropped off $5,000 cash to the station.  And, on Christmas Day, a $7,000 donation was hand-delivered to Board member. For the next week, donations continued to arrive online, over the phone, in the mail and in-person at the K-LIFE studios.  By December 31, the full $60,000 had been raised. 

On Saturday, December 9, the K-LIFE transmitter was hit by a power surge during a storm.  The station was knocked off the air and the transmitter was destroyed.  In the meantime, a loaner transmitter has kept the station on the air at 25% power.

In a statement to transmitter project donors today, K-LIFE Executive Director Jon Fugler wrote, “You have been part of one of the most amazing things we have ever seen God do at K-LIFE.  This was an easy task for God, and as I sit here now, just after the first of the year, I can tell you that the need has been fully met!” 

K-LIFE plans to order a digital-ready transmitter this week to prepare for HD conversion and installation is expected to take place in February.  (1/2)


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