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The FCC has granted WCFY/Evansville (operated by Christian Fellowship Church) approval for the church to move from 102.7 FM to 99.1 FM. Pending the installation of a new antenna. Signal interference from another station made the switch necessary, says Station Manager Steve Gubbins. WLME/Owensboro, Ky. moved its tower closer to Evansville and changed its frequency to 102.7 FM causing interference. WCFY is a 100-watt low-power FM. (12/31)

Salem talk WNYM/New York "970AM The Apple" adds Dennis Miller to line-up starting Jan 5th airing weekdays 11:00am to 1:00pm... (12/29)

BITS: Interesting article on WGTS/Wash DC in the Washington Post, click here to read... KTPL/Colorado Springs now programming the Moody Bible Network... CBS Radio Secular KYXY/San Diego has launched Christian HD2 channel "The Crossing"... Bott Radio Network is donating political advertising to local crisis pregnancy centers... (12/29)

WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) welcomes a familiar voice back to the Columbus airwaves. Stacy McKay joins the station for morning drive replacing "Scott and Sam". Stacy spent 13 years at cross-town AC, WSNY (Sunny 95).  WCVO Program Director, Todd Stach says, “This is a great opportunity for 104.9 the River to connect Stacy McKay back with area listeners.  We’re honored, privileged and excited to be a part of this.  "Mornings with Stacy McKay" will be about sharing real-life together with the audience beginning Monday, January 5th.”  (12/23)

Don Hughes, Pres, CEO of Great Plains Christian Radio reports they have put their sixth full power station on the air, KJHL/Boise City, Oklahoma. Their group now consists of KJIL, KHYM, KNGM, KJOV, KJRL and now KJHL.  Great Plains Christian Radio also has 39 translators as they reach parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Colorado, and New Mexico in addition to construction permits for five more full power stations. (12/19)

Michael Reagan is moving his five-day-a-week talk show to the American Family Radio’s 130-station national network.  Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association (AFA), said AFA’s American Family Radio will start a “new relationship with veteran talk show host Michael Reagan.”  “Michael’s new show will feature his conservative, high-energy, intelligent conversation with guests and listeners about the current events of the day while mixing in his Christian worldview to the discussion,” Wildmon said. “We are very excited about our joint effort with Michael Reagan to get the truth out across the country." Reagan’s one-hour program will begin airing from 5-6 p.m. Central time on Jan. 5.  (12/19)

Veteran Christian broadcaster Steve Tuzeneu is joining WAY-FM as Corporate Staff Engineer beginning January 1, 2009 taking the place of Morgan Grammer who left in October. Steve will be responsible for WAY FM's 6 Colorado Broadcast Properties, Denver Studios and Uplink facility based at the Corporate Office in Colorado Springs. Steve was previously with Great Plains Christian Radio in Abilene, KS, and for 16 years prior to that Blount Communications. (12/19)

Christmas came early for many Northwest Arkansas families this year thanks to KLRC/Fayetteville listeners. KLRC once again initiated its “Christmas Wish” campaign in hopes of touching the lives of listeners who are facing various challenges and need a helping hand this season.  "Christmas Wish began a year ago with the prayer of helping grant 3 wishes, now with the help of listeners across Northwest Arkansas we are seeing so many individuals, families, co-workers, and businesses touch the lives of so many in need,” said Mark Michaels, morning show host and program director.  “We're humbled to just be a part of it!”  (12/18)

Speakers announced so far for GMA Week include worship leader and founder of the Passion conferences and sixsteprecords, Louie Giglio, and William P. Young, author of the surprise best-seller, "The Shack." The week culminates with the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 23, 2009 at the Grand Ole Opry House. Dates for GMA Week are April 18-22 so mark it on your new 2009 calendar. (12/18)

The year 2008 marked the 30-year milestone for TWR-India, Trans World Radio’s partner ministry in the spiritually needy subcontinent. TWR’s fruitful ministry in India comprises church planting, evangelism and discipleship. The ministry in India began in five languages in 1978 from a single AM radio station with one 400,000-kilowatt transmitter. Thirty years later TWR-India broadcasts from various locations in 56 languages over AM, shortwave, FM, podcasting, television audio feed and Internet audio streaming. Some 383 programs are broadcast for 148 hours per week. On average, TWR-India receives approximately 20,000 listener responses per month.  (12/18)

WGTS/Wash DC GM John Konrad says WUSA TV/Channel 9 in DC did a news story on the WGTS ad campaign that answers the American Humanists Association (AHA) question of "Why Believe in a God"… the AHA answer was just be good for goodness sake. Konrad says "Our ad mimics the AHA’s in style and asks Why Believe in God – He believes in you…Good or Bad – we also added the viral component of a website – where people can write out why they believe in God.  We also are adding a bumper sticker component, and will continue the campaign through the Inauguration. It is designed to be non confrontational – the language used is that the AHA asked a great question and we are providing a place for individuals to answer that question…"

The calls  to the station and the responses have been fantastic. Konrad adds that stories have been in the Washington Post as well. Click here to view video on WGTS blog. (12/17)

MOVEMENT:Lynn Carmichael was appointed General Manager of KTLF/Colorado Springs and Mark Hinca appointed Station Manager of KJRL/Abilene, KS.  (12/16)

Today was the official announcement on Dick Whitworth's appointment to Assistant Vice President for Media at Northwestern Media. HisAir.Net first reported the promotion on 12/15. Whitworth has been station manager of KNWI/Des Moines (Life 107.1) the past four years. He will now oversee 14 of Northwestern’s 16 radio stations plus its emerging media ventures. “Dick brings a wealth of experience and leadership to this position,” according to Dr. Paul Virts, Senior Vice President for Media.  “He has worked in noncommercial Christian radio for 32 years, 17 of which he was the director of the 11-station New Life Radio network in Illinois.”

Under Dick’s leadership and with the help of his capable staff, Life 107.1 has established itself as the leader in Christian radio in central Iowa.  The stations have experienced steady growth in audience and listener revenue during the past five years. Dick is not only a veteran broadcaster but is also an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God denomination.  He pastored First Christian Church in Girard, IL for 11 years. Dick and his wife Jayne have two children, Alex (a recent graduate of Northwestern College) and Jodi, a high school senior. (12/15)

A Reuters story out this past weekend reported that Contemporary Christian radio is now the second most popular radio music format in the U.S. in terms of number of stations programming the format The most popular music format is still Country, but Contemporary Christian is now in second place, with 945 stations, double what it was a decade ago. Click here to read the entire story. (12/15)

Former WOW/Des Moines talk host J. Michael McKoy joins KPSZ/des Moines (Praise 940) to do a show airing from 2-4pm starting Dec 22. (12/15).

As a result of the success of her 2008 best-selling studio recording, Relentless, Curb artist and GMA’s three-time reigning Female Vocalist of the Year, Natalie Grant, was the most-played female artist on Christian radio this year. According to R&R’s year-end Top 20 Christian AC Monitored Artists chart, Grant is the seventh most-played artist overall, and the only female artist in the chart’s Top 10. Her 2008 hits, “In Better Hands” and “I Will Not Be Moved,” are both among the Top 20 most-played songs of the year on R&R’s Top 100 Christian AC Monitored songs chart. “In Better Hands” is also the #10 song of the year on iTunes’ Christian & Gospel Best of 2008 chart, while “I Will Not be Moved” ends the year as the 11th best-selling song on the same chart.

Grant can currently be seen on the 14-city “Casting Crowns Christmas Celebration” Tour. Headlined by the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling Casting Crowns, the Tour features Grant as a special guest, along with Denver & The Mile High Orchestra, Avalon, Michael English and pureNRG.  (12/12)

God’s Country Radio Network welcomes their newest affiliate as WPRN/Lisman, Alabama makes the switch from ABC’s Real Country format to God’s Country.  WPRN General Manager, Ken Michaels, will continue on mornings with the remainder of the day filled with satellite programming from God’s Country. The format features Gospel and Positive Country from Country music’s top performers. (12/10)

Effective 1/5/09 KNWI/Des Moines (Life 107.1) Station Manager Dick Whitworth will be the Assistant Vice President for Media for Northwestern College & Radio.  Dick replaces Reid Holsen who exited last month for a position with the City of Sioux Falls, SD as human resource manager.. (12/9)

Congratulations to KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal and staff as they celebrate some greta rating advances. In the just released November Arbitron PPM data for Riverside-San Bernardino (market #26) KSGN ranks 5th in Women 25-54 and 3rd in Women 35-54!  KSGN is also in the top ten (9th) in Adults 35-54. If you narrow it down to only to Riverside-San Bernardino metro stations, KSGN is #2 in Women 35-54, #3 in Women 25-54, and 6th in Adults 25-54!  Morning drive and middays are ranked 2nd in Women 35-54; afternoons and nights are ranked 4th!  (12/8)

Effective immediately, Dean Ernst, VP of Operations with Play MPE, is no longer with the company. "I truly enjoyed what I did and especially would like to thank everyone for their kindness and support over the years. I have forged some incredible relationships and friendships. I am open to new and exciting opportunities and look forward to working with each of you again one day." Dean can be reached at 403-366-8626, his cell at 801-201-7897 or email at

Congratulations to the entire staff at KJIL/Meade, KS as they receive the 2009 NRB Media Award for Radio Station of the Year (Small Market). Presentation of the award will take place at NRB 2009 at the 66th annual convention in Nashville, TN,  February 7-10 at the Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Over a ten year period KJIL has also been named as GMA Station of the Year, Focus On The Family Station of the Year and NAB Station of the Year (Marconi).  Along with these four national awards in the past KJIL has also been named Station of the Year by their on state association, Kansas Association of Broadcasters.  (12/4)

WBSN New Orleans (LifeSongs 89.1 FM) recently teamed up with the Convoy of Hope organization for a free event that offered New Orleans 9th ward residents free groceries, health screenings, haircuts, job placement assistance, and more. LifeSongs distributed 500 New Testament Bibles donated by the American Bible Society. Each bible was donated in the name of a listener who supported the ministry of LifeSongs during the fall Share-a-Thon. (12/4)

Love Broadcasting has launched Heavens Gateway, a new 24-hour Internet radio station offering all Christian and Gospel Music as well as positive and inspirational live talk.  Station OM Ed Stephens Jr. says, "This radio (station) is my means of connecting to Christians who love gospel, Christian and inspirational music. If you can't listen to the radio at work you can now log on and get your praise on at your desk 24/7." Check out the station at  (12/3)

Travis Culver has been officially named PD at KTSY/Boise. On the promotion Travis tells HisAir.Net "It's an opportunity I approach with fear and trembling.  I'm humbled and honored at the chance to serve at KTSY as the Program Director and my prayer is that the ministry and family that is KTSY will just continue to grow." Travis joined KTSY just over 2 years ago and takes the vacant spot left by Jerry Woods who departed last month for WMIT/Black Mountain ( 106.9 The Light) for PM Drive/Creative Services. (12/2)

BITS: Modern AC “The Drive 100.5 WALC/Charleston is being sold to James Campbell-led Christian radio operator Radio Training Network for $2.3 million... 19 year old Worship artist Sarah Reeves will join Sparrow Record’s lineup of new talent releasing her debut offering in May and has also signed exclusive management with Patton House Entertainment and booking through Jeff Roberts & Associates... WAY FM Media closed on purchase of WRVI/Louisville (105.9 The River) from Salem.  (12/2)

WBFJ/Winston-Salem completed it's “Survivor: Guatemala” giveaway by awarding Dean Culler a 7-day mission trip to Guatemala. Friends, family members and fellow   WBFJ listeners carried him through 5 rounds of voting in the contest. Over 18,000 votes were cast on the radio station’s website during the week-long competition. Each entrant had to explain, in writing, why he or she wanted to go on the trip. Once the finalists were selected, listeners had an opportunity each day for a week to vote for their favorite contestant. Culler and his wife have 3 biological children and were in the lengthy process of adopting a child from Guatemala; however those plans changed after a local birthmother asked the couple to consider adopting the baby girl she was expecting. They gladly agreed; however, Dean still has a special place in his heart for Guatemalan orphans, which is why he is so excited about going on this trip.

In July, Culler and WBFJ Morning Show Co-Host, Tami Rumfelt, will travel to Sololá, Guatemala with a mission team from Caroline’s Promise.  The team will spend time caring for orphaned children living at Eagles Nest Children’s Home. The giveaway was a part of WBFJ’s month-long observation of National Adoption Awareness Month, held in November each year.  For more information about adoption or the worldwide orphan crisis, visit (12/1)

KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) MD Sarah Taylor has been named the R&R 2008 Christian Music Director of the Year. Sarah Taylor began working at SPIRIT in 2002, working her way up from an intern to on-air talent and music director.  Earlier this year, Sarah Taylor was also the recipient of the Music Director of the Year - Major Market award at the 2008 Radio Echo Awards for the Gospel Music Association. "Sarah Taylor deserves to be lavished with appreciation.  The music she schedules directly contributes to our strong ratings,” states Scott Valentine, Program Director.  (11/26)

A new 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter built at the HCJB Global Technology Center in Elkhart, Ind., is on the air at the Trans World Radio (TWR) site in Swaziland, broadcasting a message of hope across Sub-Saharan Africa and beyond. The results of the broadcasts from this transmitter are that people come to Christ and they are encouraged in their faith,” said Ray Alary, TWR’s director of operations in Africa. “For those with HIV/AIDS, we can encourage them in what seems a hopeless situation. Through Jesus we all have hope. The primary target areas are eastern and southern Africa, but our transmitters in Swaziland reach locations as far away as Pakistan. We broadcast in approximately 30 languages with our three HC100 transmitters.

David Russell, director of the HCJB Global Technology Center, calls it a “privilege to work closely with engineers of TWR Africa. During just the past year we have cooperated with TWR on projects in Benin, Kenya and Swaziland. We are presently refurbishing a used 50,000-watt AM transmitter that will be used at TWR’s Swaziland broadcast facilities. “It gives us a great sense of fulfillment to be able to support our fellow kingdom workers at TWR through the provision of technical consulting, equipment, installations and maintenance,” Russell added. “By pooling our strengths we are able to be more effective in the Lord’s harvest fields.”  (11/26)

WAYH/Huntsville (88.1 WAY FM) wrapped up fall pledge drive on Saturday Nov 15. They went off the air at 99.1% of their goal. During the 5 day drive they gave away a few Nintendo Wii's, a couple ipods, and Winter Wonderslam Tour Prize Packs just for fun. General Manager Thom Ewing had this to say: "We are thankful for the continued support of our friends around the Tennessee Valley." (11/26)

Christian radio vet and VO guy Tim Sinclair is joining WBGL/Champaign as morning co-host replacing station manager Jeff Scott who is coming off the morning show he has hosted for three years. Scott will focus on management duties. Pam Peoples will co-host with Sinclair. Sinclair's Christian radio career started WBGL and took him to WMBI/Chicago; WQCK/Baton Rouge; and PD at WAYH/Huntsville. he also owns the VO/production company Green Eye Creative. (11/25)

Family Life Network Air personality Bruce Barrows has accepted the PD/morning show host position at WNWC/Madison, WI.  Barrows spent 14 years at FLN. FLN GM/President Rick Snavely says "We've been blessed to have long-time employees with the ministry.  The Lord is now using that experience to take Bruce to new responsibilities. Those it is hard saying "goodbye" we've always seen the blessing of the Lord in bringing the right people at the right time." (11/25) 

KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) has flipped the station to all Christmas music from Nov 28 through the New Year. Scott Valentine, Program Director shares, “In the midst of a time of fear it is our job to shine a light for others to see.  Playing all Christmas music is our way of inviting people to find encouragement and hope.  As a promise to our listeners, SPIRIT 105.3 FM will not over commercialize Christmas and will play Christmas music from Friday, November 28 through the New Year.” (11/24)

WEEC/Springfield, Ohio once again partnered with Samaritans Purse and Operation Christmas Child to collect shoe boxes to send overseas. This is the first year that the station has been a drop off point in the community. They did 2 live one hour broadcasts in November that featured representatives form the regional office of Samaritans Purse, as well as area churches and people in the community. To date, the station has collected more than 1700 shoeboxes. (11/24)

More than 480 KXOJ/Tulsa listeners contributed to Zondervan’s Bible Across America project. The 15,000-mile journey included Tulsa, as well as over 100 other cities in 44 states during the course of a five month period. The Bible Across America crew stopped at the Spirt Bank Event Center for six hours leading up to the Creation Festival starring Kutless that evening.   More than 31,000 people are being invited to contribute a verse to complete an entirely handwritten Bible -- America's NIV. (11/21)

After six years at the satellite channel MD/personality Thomas Kenny will be leaving XM 31 The Torch Dec. 15.  (11/21)

Congratulations to Tooth & Nail records senior director of promotion Allison Stipe and Project 86 lead singer Andrew Schwab on their engagement! no date set as of yet. (11/21)

WLAB/Ft. Wayne (Star 883) Morning guy Ace McKay has been asked to be the on-court emcee for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Mad Ants are the NBA-D League team for the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. Ace will be playing games and interacting with fans during time outs. The season opener is Friday, November 28th against The Erie Bayhawks.

BITS: Former KKSP/Little Rock PD/MD air talent Don Burns is available. Don has major market and network experience and is looking for a management position. For a resume/demo he can be reached at WAWZ/New York adds a couple to the staff as LuAnn Schafer joins as Administrative Assistant and the new Development Assistant position is filled by Rema Chepulis... (11/19)

Entries are now being accepted for the GMA/CMB Radio Station of the Year contest acknowledging Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. One station from major, large, medium and small markets will be chosen. The entry deadline is 5 p.m. CT, January 30, 2009. Eligible stations must play Christian music for at least 50 percent of their broadcast day. They will be judged in four areas - community involvement, ratings, aircheck and industry leadership. The Guidelines and Entry Form for this year's contest can be downloaded here.

Note a couple changes this year. Any station who wins the Station Of The Year award is not eligible to enter in the same category the following year. Population numbers are determined by the interference-free contour of a station’s full power signal (or signals which simulcast that station’s programming full-time). The interference-free contour of a station is determined by the FCC, according to the class of license. (11/18)

Bits: Brett Ritchey is upped from part time to full time doing production and overnights at WBDX/Chattanooga (J103)... KKFS/Sacramento (103.9 The Fish) has made the early switch to all Christmas music...  Friday, November 21st, INO artist MercyMe’s Bart Millard will make his Grand Ole’ Opry debut at the famed Ryman Auditorium...  (11/18)

With the recent changes made at XM and Sirius, "Spirit" PD Al Skop checks in with HisAir.Net to let us know he is now programming "The Message" on both Sirius 66 and XM 32. Also Air talents Lori Thompson, Doug Hannah and Tom Carter, from Spirit, are still in place as well as spiritROCKS, the one-hour weekly Christian Rock show hosted by Kayla on Friday nights. Al says music should be sent to him at  SIRIUS XM Radio, 1221 Avenue of the Americas, 37th Floor, New York, NY 10020. (11/17)

WAY FM/Louisville GM Matt Hahn checks to let us know the "New 105.9 and 104.3 WAY-FM" in Louisville had a GREAT fall pledge drive reaching over 100% with a record number of callers….with only being on the air on 105.9 WRVI for 6 weeks.  The staff at WAY-FM is thanking God for the way Louisville and Southern Indiana rallied around the New 105.9 and 104.3 WAY-FM. (11/17)

Previously we had posted a top ten list of Non-Comm Religious stations. This was a diary based markets only list. Below are the top 10 stations in both PPM and diary based markets.

Non-Commercial Religious Subscribers - Summer 2008 Quarter (June 26 - September 17) Arbitron, Monday-Sunday, 6 AM to Midnight, PPM Markets Only, Ranked by Metro 6+ Cume Persons

1 KSBJ  Houston-Galveston / AQH Persons 14,600 AQH Share 3.0 Weekly Cume 515,300

2 WMBI Chicago /  AQH 8,300 AQH Share 1.0 Weekly Cume 296,400

3 KSGN Riverside-San Bernardino / AQH 3,000 AQH Share 1.7 Weekly Cume 146,500

4 KLRD Riverside-San Bernardino / AQH 1,600 AQH Share 0.9 Weekly Cume 84,200

5 WONU Chicago / AQH 1,000 AQH Share  0.1 Weekly Cume 73,700

6 WMBI-A Chicago / AQH 700 AQH Share 0.1 Weekly Cume 52,100

Top 10 Non-Commercial Religious Subscribers - Summer 2008 Arbitron Monday-Sunday, 6 AM to Midnight Ranked by Metro 12+ AQH Persons, Diary-Based Markets Only

KTIS-F Minneapolis-St Paul / Metro AQH 19,000
2 WPOZFtlr Orlando / Metro AQH 12,700
3 WGTS Washington DC / Metro AQH 9,100
4 KCBI Dallas-Ft Worth / Metro AQH 5,500
5 WRCM Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill / Metro AQH 5,300
6 WCRJ Jacksonville / Metro AQH 3,900
6 WCSG Grand Rapids / Metro AQH 3,900
8 KSOS Las Vegas / Metro AQH 3,700
9 KVTT Dallas-Ft Worth / Metro AQH 3,300
10 KHZRFtlr St Louis / Metro AQH 3,100


KKSP/Little Rock Program Director/Morning Show Host Don Burns exited the station today. According to Don “It has been a great two years here in Little Rock, but with  a rough economy right now, we had to make some cutbacks. I look forward to whatever/wherever God has in store for me and my family”.   Don can be reached at  (11/14)

KTSY/Boise PD Morning Show host Jerry Woods has accepted a position at WMIT/Ashville (106.9 The Light). AT WMIT Jerry will be serve as PM Drive host and head of Creative Services starting Dec 1st. When asked about the move, Woods said, "It has been both an honor and a privilege to serve the Treasure Valley for the past 11 years.  I've been humbled by the way this community made me welcome and then grapsed the vision of reaching the valley by serving people in Jesus name.  I will miss all the lifelong friends I've made in Boise.  I am looking forward to the new challenge of working at 106.9 The Light in North Carolina. All of my experiences in Idaho have made my life richer, and the things I've learned here I'll continue to share on my next adventure."  No word yet as to who will replace Jerry at KTSY.  (11/13)

To help those affected by Hurricane Ike and raise funds for Houston Mayor Bill White’s Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund, the “Music Re-Builds Tour” Houston concert featuring Christian artists Third Day, Switchfoot and Robert Randolph & the Family Band will be re-broadcast online from Friday, (11-14) at 7 p.m. as well on HTV, HCCTV and Comcast. Following the successful live performance at the Berry Center on October 3, the concert broadcast will encourage viewers and listeners to help those in need. "The people of Houston showed incredible generosity in their support for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.   It is an honor to do all we can to help the City of Houston in their hour of need," commented Tai Anderson from Third Day.

“KSBJ is all about connecting people, and I can’t think of a more powerful demonstration of unity than what we can do through this event,” says Tim McDermott, President and General Manager of 89.3 KSBJ. “Even through all this loss, I believe that greater days are ahead for Houston.  We will rebuild and we will be stronger together.”  (11/13)

On Friday November 14, Alliance Radio in Hong Kong, a ministry of The Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), will celebrate its 30th anniversary. "Throughout all these years, our gospel radio has become a vital spiritual mentor for many followers [of Jesus], especially those in remote areas," said Lillian Lau, executive director for Alliance Radio.  During the 1980s, our recording studio headed into its golden age," said Lau. "More and more Chinese people were seeking truth, and gospel radio became their close friend." Several preachers regularly recorded their sermons in the studio, including Rev. Phillip Teng. "I personally feel that gospel radio is our top priority in ministry," said Teng. "Broadcasting is the best medium to preach to more than 1 billion nationals without time, space, or [personnel] restrictions. The relevance and effectiveness of gospel radio can be witnessed by all." (11/13)

Congratulations to WAY-FM/CHRSN morning host Brant Hansen has been awarded the R&R Christian Industry Achievement Award for Personality/Show of the Year (all Markets).  “This is a BIG encouragement to me,” Hansen responded, “I’m like a lot of radio people, and struggle every day with wondering if I’m even good enough to stay employed.  But there are two big reasons for being honored like this, I’m convinced:  My friends and show-mates Nikki Lane and Paul “Pablo” Adams. They make it work. “

“Here’s the cool part,” added CHRSN General Manager Faron Dice, “Every Christian radio station can air this show.  Mornings with Brant is available nationwide, and is completely customizable and localizable.” Mornings with Brant airs weekday mornings from 6-10am (eastern) on the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network.  For more information about airing CHRSN shows or dayparts, contact Faron Dice (11/12)

Word Entertainment has a new President/CEO who will succeed Jim Van Hook, who has decided to retire. He is veteran producer and music publishing executive Mark Bright who has been chosen to oversee the entire Nashville-based Word Entertainment operation. Bright reports to Warner Bros. Records chairman and CEO Tom Whalley. “I am confident that Mark will bring a spirit of innovation and artistry to Word Entertainment and uphold its celebrated tradition as one of the world's preeminent homes of contemporary Christian music."  Whalley said on Bright's appointment.
"Mark will bring a lot of excitement and talent to Word Entertainment," said Word chairman Mike Curb. "He will continue to build on the terrific team already in place, including Rod and Susan Riley, Mark Funderburg, and the other dedicated employees, artists, and songwriters. (11/10)

After more than three decades on the air, Dr. James Dobson and his "Focus on the Family" radio broadcast were inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame on Saturday (11/8). The Hall of Fame Steering Committee nominated "Focus on the Family" for the honor in May and, for the first time, allowed the public to vote. More than 50,000 people cast their votes for Dr. Dobson — the largest vote total in the group's history.

"We know that radio can entertain and inform. Dr. James Dobson has proven that it can also be a means to impact and elevate lives," talk-show host Hugh Hewitt said as he presented the award to Dr. Dobson. "The Focus on the Family organization counsels and encourages, guides and inspires millions of mothers and fathers and children every single day." As hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Chicago event, Dr. Dobson took the stage.

"I want to thank Bruce DuMont and the board of directors of the Radio Hall of Fame for having the courage to nominate and support a religious, Christian radio program," he said. "I know it is perhaps a little controversial. ... I'm very, very grateful. (11/10)

WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) President/CEO Jim Hoge checks in with HisAir.Net with some great news about his station. "Z88.3 scored it's highest metro cume: 6.4 12+ and 198,700 good for 3rd place out of 69 signals, just a half a point out of first.  #1 women 25-54, #2 adults 25-54 share but #1 cume!  PRAISE GOD !!!) But the bigger story is Z88.3  got these incredible numbers at just 2,300 watts!  The FCC has granted the Z an increase to 100,000 watts but it won't be built until next year.  However, the FCC has just permitted an interim facility of 13,000 watts at the existing tower with the existing height of 416 meters (1320 feet) until the 100,000 watts is constructed. This went on the air Thursday night, November 6th. The improvement in signal is dramatic everywhere.  For the first time ever we now have signal parity with the all the big boys at least in the Orlando metro." Congratulations to Jim, Dean and the entire WPOZ staff from HisAir.Net!  (11/10)

GRF (Gospel Radio Fellowship) Christian Radio celebrates 60 years of continuous radio production this month. Based in Glasgow since its inception in 1948, GRF's first produced program was broadcast on a missionary radio station (HCJB) in Ecuador and was aimed at Scots living in South America. The advent of commercial radio in Britain in 1973 led to a close relationship between GRF and Radio Clyde in Glasgow.

GRF produces programs for both mainstream and Christian stations. It currently supplies programs to commercial stations across Britain and Ireland, English-speaking stations such as Coastline Radio in Spain, BBC local radio stations, hospital radio, community radio stations and programs for internet distribution. In 60 years, GRF has supplied programs to more than 150 radio stations throughout the world. (11/7)

Jim McDermott reports KCVO/Camdenton, MO and the Spirit FM Network in Missouri completed their 2008 Days of Glory pledge drive last Thursday with a record response from listeners. The final total $628,000 exceeded their goal by 7%. (11/7)

Billy Graham celebrated his 90th birthday today (11/7). "I never expected to live this long... it is hard to believe I have reached the age of 90," Graham said in a statement posted on the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA), which he founded in 1950. Graham was born on November 7, 1918, four days before the end of World War I, on a farm in Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up during the Great Depression. From the start of the association that bears his name, Graham harnessed the media to spread his message of evangelism around the world.

His weekly "Hour of Decision" radio program has been broadcast around the world for more than 50 years, and television specials featuring Graham and his son Franklin, who took over at the head of BGEA in 2000, are aired during peak viewing hours several times a year.  (11/7)

Northwestern Media Assistant VP Reid Holsen has announced he will be leaving his position to join the City of Sioux Falls, SD as human resource manager. His last day at Northwestern will be Nov. 30.  During Holsen’s four year association with Northwestern Media’s stations – he helped orchestrate several key changes in strategic vision and programming.  He was also very influential in Northwestern Media’s recent overall growth and in their decision to return to a more “live & local” emphasis.  Holsen is known for emphasizing outstanding customer service to the listeners; a concept he called “Surprise & Delight”.  (11/5)

Pete Bunch of Christian Concert Spots, Inc. tells HisAir.Net that the company has teamed up with PattonHouseEntertainment as the official tour spot provider for Rush of Fools upcoming "The Wonder of the World" headlining tour set for '09. Christian Concert Spots is also working with the Annie Moses Band on their Christmas tour.  (11/5)

Woongoolba, Australia has a new Christian radio station. "Vision Woongoolba 87.8 FM" hit the air in October. ‘We’re excited to be able to extend our coverage into Woongoolba and give everyone the opportunity to experience a really different radio choice,’ says Vision’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Worby. ‘Our aim is to bring hope and encouragement to our listeners though a mix of contemporary music and positive talk programmes. Vision offers the best Christian music from Australia and overseas in an adult contemporary format as well as bringing practical talk on real life issues from our team and respected international speakers. Vision is about ‘Connecting Faith to Life’. Vision Radio Network is the national broadcasting arm of United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) Australia Ltd (11/5)

Jim Bennett returns to WDLM/East Moline, IL as OM/PD. Jim had left the station few years ago for a Pastor position in a local church. He will now be doing both jobs.  (11/4)

Salem Media of Seattle announced several programming changes at three of its five radio stations. The Business News Format is now heard on KKOL/Seattle (1300AM). Hispanic Christian Talk comes to KNTS/Seattle (1680AM) And KKMO/Seattle (1360AM) now programs El Rey Regional Mexican. GM Tim Harper, commented, "We are very excited about the changes happening in Seattle. We have listened to the community and responded with three new formats. The addition of these stations gives us an edge in Seattle and gives this diverse community what they wanted."  (11/3)

KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) afternoon host and promotions manager Mike Lanser and his wife Amy, welcomed their new baby Rebekah Grace into eastern Iowa a little over a week ago! KNWS PD Dan Raymond informs HisAir.Net that Rebekah was born at precisely 9 pounds, and has adorable chubby cheeks.  Mom, dad, and daughter are doing great… enjoying lots of cuddles.  We’ll go easy on Mike since he’s going light on sleep!  (11/3)

Operations Director Dave Arthur reports cutbacks hit KFIS/Portland (104.1 The Fish)  Friday October 31st, as the station replaced morning show hosts “Pete & Brenda” with a solo show.  Mornings at The Fish will now being handled by Tim Taylor, Taylor was previously heard in mornings at Portland stations KVMX and KLTH.  (11/3)

The Sound Of Light Radio Show with Chris Chicago this past Saturday made a difference in the world. Through a partnership with Cross International, Sound of Light listeners were able to rescue 100 orphans in a village in Mozambique, Africa. This marks the 6th time that The Sound Of Light has partnered with Cross International. For a one-time donation through the ministry of Cross, orphans receive medical care, shelter, clothing, food, and school supplies for $68 a year. Cross International's partnerships with churches, corporations, and pharmaceutical companies in America make it all possible.  (11/3)

Once again our mighty God proves He is not in a "financial crisis" as WAFJ/Augusta, GA just finished its "Fall Sharathon". The station describes it this way. Going in to the final day of the 5 days of Sharathon, just 62% of the goal had been raised. It was clear at the beginning of the day that this would be no ordinary finale. By 6:30pm,100% of the station's goal had been raised.

Station Manager Steve Swanson believes he knows the reasons. "God delights in doing things His way and in His timing. It's clear WE could not have accomplished it through our own wisdom or cleverness. We also asked for people to specifically pray for our event. Daily, specific updates were sent to our "prayer force" and I believe that truly is what made the difference. We're excited to be funded for the coming months of ministry. It's quite obvious there are some very exciting days ahead!"  (10/31)

WAYH/Huntsville (WAY-FM) welcomes Betsy Sharp as Promotion Director and to co-host Mornings with Jack Davis. "Impacting lives is what WAY FM is all about and I'm excited to be able to join a team as talented and Christ-centered as this one!" Most recently Sharp worked Middays and Production at KDUV/Visalia, CA).  (10/31)

Friday morning (10/31) at 6am WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) "treated" their listeners to all Christmas music. Star 93.3 will continue the "all-Christmas" stunt through the weekend. PD/mornings Kurt Wallace says, "with the mood of the country right now and the upcoming election, we couldn't think of a better way to spread a some good cheer!" here's the station website   (10/31)

HisAir.Net congratulates KTIS/Minneapolis Program Director (and all around nice guy) Jason Sharp in being selected by R&R magazine as the Program Director of the Year.  R&R receives nominations from its readers/subscribers and each subscriber is given one vote. What is particularly impressive is the list of other PDs who were nominated. Those are Jon Hull KSBJ/Houston, Scott Valentine KCMS/Seattle, Chuck Finney KLTY/Salem/Dallas, and Bob Thornton, KXOJ/Tulsa. (10/31)

KGCL/Boise gets a taste of God’s Country. God’s Country Radio Network welcomes KGCL as a new affiliate. KGCL is owned by EMF Broadcasting. It’s now the tenth signal that EMF has programmed with the Christian/Positive Country format. God’s Country Operations Manager, Rodney Baucom, points to a higher frequency of faith and family messages in Country Music, “Country music’s heritage comes from a faith-based mentality, and we’re seeing more artists open up about their beliefs.”  More at (10/30)

KJRL/Abilene, KS Station manager/engineer Steve Tuzeneu exits the station today. Steve says "It has been a busy year and I will deeply miss everyone at Great Plains Christian Radio and those at our new offices and studios in Abilene. It appears the Lord has something new for me to do. If you think you know what it is, please contact me at Thanks!"  (10/29)

WOLC/Princess Anne, MD PD Rodney Baylous to say the station just wrapped up an "incredibly successful Sharathon in the midst of what the world is calling a tough economic time". Rodney says "Our goal was $325 thousand and not only did we hit it we went over it to $383 thousand. We felt that to be totally of God and an incredibly encouragement to us. Maybe it would also be encouraging to other stations who are planning their Sharathon’s in the coming days and weeks."  (10/27)

This past Friday KHZR/KPVR/St. Louis (JOY-FM) scheduled a one day fund raiser to make up a small shortfall from the Spring "SHARE". Although 6a-6p was the plan, St. Louis listeners had other ideas. The goal of $74,800. was exceeded by 1:30 in the afternoon.  Listeners who expected to give during PM drive were surprised to find the event over, but continued to give over the weekend.  As of Monday morning, over $80,000. had been pledged!  JOY-FM is a 24 hour AC station and is fully listener supported. (10/27)

In light of recent cost-cutting merger decisions. "XM The Message" Music Director, Jim Epperlein, has announced he will be departing the satellite station effective Friday, November 14th. Epperlein, who has been with the channel since XM’s inception in 2001, has been responsible for the entire programming and music format of the channel.

"I am honored and blessed to have been part of this exciting new venture in Contemporary Christian music, with the freedom to design a musical architecture encompassing Christian Pop and Light Rock Hits from both today and yesterday. We’ve also been able to provide a vehicle for talented independent artists on a nationwide scale. Epperlein added "it’s been the best 7 years of my entire broadcasting career."  Jim’s excited about his next new challenge and opportunity in the Christian music industry, and looks forward to sharing his 35 years of broadcast experience.

If you’d like to contact Jim, he can be reached at or at 443-386-9776. (10/27)

BITS: KXGM-FM Hiawatha-Cedar Rapids (89.1 The Spirit) expands its coverage with translators K227BL/93.3 (Anamosa) and K245AZ/96.9 (Dubuque).. WLJN/Traverse City celebrates 25 years as a Christian radio station... WUFO/Buffalo PD Dwayne Price will leave the station at the end of the month... EMF buys WEZG/Morganfield, KY (Evansville In market) for 1.4mil...  (10/24)

In case you're wondering what singer-songstress Joy Williams has been up to lately she's planning on releasing some new music through her newly formed label and management company Sensibility Music. Look for a 4 song  EP "One of Those Days" to be released soon. To kick things off this week, she released a free download of a song called 'Lose Myself', available exclusively at  Check it out!" (10/23)

WIBI/Springfield-Metro St Louis Station Manager Jeremiah Beck checks in with HisAir.Net to let us know the station has wrapped up their Fall Fundraiser, Vision.  According to Beck "After a Spring Sharathon that exceeded all expectations, the need this year was set for 500 new or returning supporters pledging $30 per month - or $180,000 total - over three days and one morning.  The good news:  the goal was met and exceeded!  The great news:  it only took TWO days and one morning to accomplish it. Despite the economic news, the uncertainty regarding the election, and how all of that would be received by the audience, God poured out His blessing once again in a remarkable way."  Beck adds "the staff did an amazing job, worked hard, prayed harder, served their listeners.  The listeners did something humbling - they heard the need and responded without hesitation." (10/23)

WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light) ended its annual Sharathon by raising $1.3 million in just two days! 106.9 The Light received 3,472 pledges and donations from listeners to reach the total. “Sharathon was a testament to our Lord’s provision in that listeners gave so generously while all the country, and our region especially, was abuzz with the bleakest economic predictions in 70 years,” stated Executive Director Jim Kirkland. “By their actions, listeners were saying loud and clear, ‘It’s in God we trust.’” (10/23)

International Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) officially announced today the selection of Lauren Libby as its new president and CEO. The unanimous decision by TWR’s Board of Directors to elect Mr. Libby came after a six-month search process. He succeeds David G. Tucker, who stepped down from his position earlier this year. Libby, who currently serves as senior vice president and chief operating officer with The Navigators in Colorado Springs, Colo., will be start his new position at TWR on December 1. “I am pleased and excited about the appointment of Lauren Libby as the president of TWR,” said Thomas J. Lowell, TWR’s chairman of the Board of Directors. “In my conversations with Lauren, I sense that he is a man with a passion for serving the Lord and that he has a strong interest in the people who serve in this ministry as well as those who support TWR. He brings to our organization significant knowledge of radio, experience in leadership of a mission organization and a strong desire to lead TWR into the future.”

A member of the NRB Board of Directors, Libby is also president and CEO of New Horizons Foundation, a public charity designed to help donors accomplish their giving objectives in education, research, humanitarian aid, religion and health-related areas. Additionally, he co founded Educational Communications of Colorado Springs, which comprises 15 radio stations and 28 translators. When asked about his future with Trans World Radio, Libby remarked: “I’m looking forward to an exciting future with the Board of Directors, staff and donors of TWR. From a Christian media standpoint, TWR is positioned to touch most of the world with the good news of Jesus. That’s TWR’s calling: To go to the whole world with the whole gospel for the whole person.”  (10/21)

After more than six weeks since being thrown from a horse, American Family Radio morning personality JJ Jasper was released from the hospital on Friday and is thankful to be completing the rest of his recovery at home. Co-host of the JJ & Eric Morning Show, Jasper’s near-fatal Labor Day accident left him with a broken pelvis, ribs, shoulder blade and some internal injuries.  Jasper’s co-host and producer, Eric Faulds said, “We really almost lost him that first night and then again a few nights later, but God answered a lot of prayers.” On his way home from the hospital, Jasper, in a wheelchair, made a stop at the AFR headquarters to surprise staff and volunteers during the last day of AFR’s fall Sharathon.  “It was a very emotional and exciting thing to see how God has been glorified through all this”, Faulds said.  “He took his first steps since the accident just last week so it’ll be several more weeks before he’s back in studio, but he’s anxious to get back on the air.  We’re looking into setting up remote equipment in his house and getting him back on the morning show with me as soon as he’s able”, said Faulds.  (10/20)

Family Life Radio, headquartered in Tucson, announced today that Dawn Heitger has moved from her post as Program Director into the Executive Producer position of the ministry's flagship program, "Intentional Living." Heitger's assistant, Adam Biddell, has moved into the Program Director position. Biddell is a broadcast veteran with over 18 years radio experience. Biddell says, "It's an honor to be a part of a growing ministry with the integrity and vision of Family Life Radio." Family Life Radio can now be heard in 11 states through its nearly 40 stations and translators. (10/20)

The WHIZ Media Group has agreed to purchase WCVZ/Zanesville (92.7 FM) from Christian Voice of Central Ohio. CVCO General Manager Dan Baughman says "even though The River will no longer be on heard 92.7, our new format at 89.3 The Promise will play all the same music, keep the same air staff and much more." (10/17)

Tim Marx (formerly with KTXG/Greenville, TX, KAEZ/Amarillo and WLGH/Lansing, MI. checks in with His Air to say that he has picked up weekend/swing duties at "Real Country" on the ABC Radio Network in Dallas but is still looking for a fulltime gig in Christian radio. Reach out to Tim at or by cell at 806.640.4606. (10/17)

The Word Records Promotions Department announces the promotion of Andrea Kleid to Vice President of National Promotions. In addition to the established team of James Riley and Kenny Rodgers, Ruthanne White has also joined the department as Manager of Touring & Event Promotion.

“With the changing climate of the industry, it is crucial to have the right team in place to make connections with programmers and industry leaders,” says Rod Riley, COO of Word Entertainment. “I am extremely proud of the team we have here and am confident that Andrea and Ruthanne will play a vital role in the future of radio promotions.”  (10/16)

A new southern Illinois Christian radio station expects to be on the air by late fall. WVYN/Bluford, (90.9 The Vine) hopes to begin broadcasting out of its Mount Vernon and Fairfield studios by Thanksgiving. “We will be about 85 percent music and 15 percent talk. We’ll have a broader playlist than most Christian stations,” according to board member Brian Fuller. “We’ll have contemporary Christian, but also mix in urban and classic gospel music. That will stand us apart from most other stations. Board member Randy Olson said the station will also broadcast area sports news, positive news, and up-to-the-minute weather information. “We’re not interested in covering the typical negative news, politics, or the police blotter,” Olson said. “News on 90.9 The Vine will focus more on positive events, people making a difference, caring organizations, and good things happening within the area communities we serve. It will be quite different than any other radio station in the region.”

The station will transmit from a tower in Wayne City and should be accessible in a 10-county area of Southeastern Illinois. (10/16)

Trans World Radio (TWR) Kenya will establish a network of FM radio stations. Recently this has become possible through seven frequencies that were awarded to TWR. These frequencies enable them to broadcast on FM in the surrounding areas of Nairobi and several remote towns in the northern and eastern parts of the country. TWR -Kenya produces more than 32 different radio programs weekly. (10/16)

WQKI/Orangeburg, SC “Sunday Morning Praise” host Bishop J.K. Jefferson Sr., has been inducted into the Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame.  “People say that you’ve lost it upstairs when you make the statement that God talks to you,” said Jefferson, a New York City native and ordained minister.  “When I was told that Arbitron (radio rating service) reported that my show in New York had reached 3.5 million people, I began to pray. When I finished praying, I heard a voice I believe was God saying to me, ‘I’ve made you bishop of the airwaves.” Involved in gospel radio since 1987, Jefferson said his nomination for inclusion in the Hall took him entirely by surprise. (10/16)


Play MPE® from Destiny Media Technologies announces that it has surpassed over 100 million total deliveries to music industry recipients. It has also reached another landmark moment by sending out over 100,000 songs in the Play MPE System.  "The Play MPE® has quickly become the global industry standard for digital delivery," stated Steve Vestergaard, CEO, Destiny Media Technologies. "There is no other digital delivery solution in the music industry today that has even come close to reaching these kind of numbers. Play MPE® continues to break new ground and set new heights where others don’t even come close. "

"Reaching these kind of numbers is a new record and further validates that Play MPE® is the only global digital delivery solution," stated Dean Ernst, VP of MPE Operations. "Content owners from various countries around the world use Play MPE® everyday. Major record companies such as Universal Music Group, Warner Music Group, EMI Music Group, Sony BMG and many major independent labels embrace the Play MPE System as their clear delivery choice."  (10/14)

Roxanne Wilson will join KPEZ/Austin (102.3 The River) as co-host of Family-Friendly Mornings with PD Gary Walsh. Roxanne who is a Baylor University graduate has also worked as a clerk for the Texas Supreme Court and is noted for being the first African-American woman to be in the "Final Four" contestants on the television show The Apprentice. Donald Trump described her as "Very, very smart, brilliant, she really is something," Roxanne has also recently authored a book, Footprints in the Boardroom, which details how to balance a faith-based life as a corporate professional.  Walsh says, "She is an interesting and intelligent talent- she really understands and demonstrates what it means to lead a Christian life in the real world."  (10/14)

A select group of Christian radio network program directors, on-air personalities, managers and other key influencers gathered the last weekend of September at the 2nd Annual Rescue By Radio Leadership Summit of Christian Broadcasters held at Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove in Asheville, NC to discuss how Christian music broadcasters can effectively share their faith in Christ on-air, remain formatically correct and maintain programming excellence. This unique assembly of broadcasters was sponsored and hosted by Ron Hutchcraft Ministries, Renaissance Communications and Goodratings Strategic Services.   

The interactive and workshop-oriented two day event was highlighted by veteran broadcaster and evangelism expert Ron Hutchcraft, who challenged the group to strategically use their station resources to affect the eternal destiny of millions of people who can be impacted by their stations. “The Gospel is the most powerful message on earth - it changes eternities.  Radio is one of the most powerful delivery systems on earth.  ‘Rescue by Radio’ is about how we can turn all that power loose to spiritually rescue many more lost lives.  We are committed together to use the influence that God’s given us to help as many listeners as possible be in heaven with us someday,”  said Hutchcraft. Leadership input from Joe Battaglia of Renaissance Communications and John Frost and Alan Mason of Goodratings Strategic Services deliberated the fundamental questions of mission effectiveness of Christian music radio.

My experience is that the spiritual content of the station is often the ‘sacred cow’ and not allowed the same degree of coaching as the non-spiritual elements.  Unfortunately, this often results in the spiritual content being the least compelling aspect of the station.  These sessions were designed to address that,” stated Frost.

Program Director Scott Michaels of KWPZ said, “The Rescue By Radio event was amazing on so many levels.  As I flew back to our station on Monday night I was beginning to see our strategy and tactics in a whole new way.  As a programmer I know how to get new cume to my station, but have struggled on how to truly reach them when they get here.  At the end of the day our mission is to ‘introduce Jesus,’ and the RBR got my mind AND spirit energized in a whole new way.”

Hutchcraft’s parting message to the broadcasters was delivered with power and conviction as he encouraged them to prayerfully consider ways to rescue their audience by radio.  “Lord. . .open a door, open a heart, open my mouth.”

Chris Lemke, GM of WCSG-FM summed up the event this way, “Rescue By Radio was everything I had hoped – serious attention given to confidence building and practical application on how to effectively communicate the Christ in Christian Radio.”

Broadcasters in attendance included Kristen Roberts, morning show host from His Radio Network; John Owens, Operations Manager of WMHK; Denny Nugent, PD of the Moody Broadcasting Network; Reid Holsen, Assistant VP of stations at Northwestern College Radio; Kevin Peterson, editor of the Christian music column of R&R; Buster Wilson of American Family Radio Network; Tom Greene, PD of WMIT, Asheville, NC; Gary Moreland, Network PD WRCM/WMHK and morning show host of WRCM, Charlotte; David Fitts, of KTIS; Meg Geissinger of Word-FM; Tony Weir, PD of the House FM;  Bruce Barrows, Music Director and midday host of Family Life Network; Lisa Barry, Midday host of KTIS; Steve Sunshine, PD and morning host of WMHK; Amy Byrd, morning show host of WMHK; Matt Stockman, morning show host, WFGW; Carol Davis of WFGW; Eric Allen, of K-LOVE/AIR 1 Radio Network; Chris Kelly of KKCM; Scott Michaels, of KWPZ; Chris Lemke, GM of WCSG; Jerry Woods, PD of KTSY and Kai Elmer of INO Records. For a group picture go here. (10/14)

WHIF/Palatka (91.3 Hope FM) recently held a Pastor Appreciation Breakfast. 40 local pastors were ministered to with a full breakfast, gift bags and an encouraging message from Dwight Bain of Life Works Group (one of the speakers at this year’s GMA week).  (10/14)

KLRC/Fayetteville morning co-host and promotions director Jen Ryan has stepped down to  resume having a more “normal” schedule so she can spend more time with her family... (10/13)

KPDQ/portland has hired Clarke Hylton for mornings. Previously Clarke was with KBVM/Portland, KSND/Newport OR, and KKNU/Eugene/Springfield OR.  (10/13)

ARB Sep '08 PPM 6+: KSBJ/Houston even 3.3, Cume 530,500-573,600... (10/13)

WLCQ/Springfield, MA (The Q 99.7) held their very first Pledge Drive. OM Nate Thomas says "I'm happy to report over the 4 day fundraiser, over $43,000 was raised!  We are very happy with the results.  We didn't know what to expect being a brand new radio station.  I guess this proves that people WILL support Christian radio in New England!" (10/13)

KVRK/Dallas (89.7 Power FM) Morning Show co-hosts Chris Goodwin and Dawn Henderson recently got to play themselves in a scene in the new movie “The Imposter” featuring Kevin Max, Kerry Livgren and Jeff Deyo.  The film is debuting in the Dallas/Fort Worth area on Sunday October 12th and the station was able to sell out a theater as a station fundraiser.  More info about the movie is available at  Interviews with Kevin, Kerry, Jeff and Dan Millican the director can be heard at (10/9)

Moody Broadcasting VP Wayne Pederson has resigned his position to become President/CEO for HCJB Global, effective November 1, 2008. On leaving Moody Pederson says "Leaving our work and friends at Moody will be difficult.  I've come to love and respect the gifted and dedicated men and women who minister here.  Coming to Moody in 2004, I did not anticipate the opportunity to provide leadership and direct significant change for this powerful radio ministry. Pederson went on to say HCJB is discussing with Moody leadership more ongoing partnerships between the two, such as Moody-branded leadership training off-shore, sponsoring new radio station plants, using Moody programming on English speaking stations, using HCJB Spanish language on Moody stations. (10/8)

Congratulations to KJTH/KLVV/Ponca City Assistant Promotions Director/air personality Dale Best and his wife Linny who welcomed a brand new baby boy into the world last Friday afternoon at 2:46PM. Caedmon Silas Ronen Best weighed 7lbs 6oz and was 20 inches long. According to dad "He's beautiful ... looks just like his mama, thank ya, Lord!" You can see pictures and a video at (10/8)

WZAB/Sweetwater (880AM) The Biz, an all-business station is the newset addition to salem Media of Miami's roster of stations that includes WMCU/Coral Gables (1080AM) and WKAT/North Miami (1360AM).

Joe D. Davis, President of Salem's Radio Division, states, "Encouraged by the success of our business-formatted KDOW/San Francisco, we identified Miami as another market where we expect this increasingly popular format to be successful. Everyone is concerned about their jobs, their money, and their future. This dynamic body of timely content speaks to those concerns and provides a huge opportunity for our advertisers and for the Miami metro."

Tony Calatayud, General Manager, adds, "We are thrilled on commencing the only business station in South Florida. In this day and age, financial news affects all people, of all walks in a direct fashion. Information in these challenging times is key and no one else on the radio dial will be able to keep South Florida better informed than The Biz."  (10/6)

Changes: After only 3 weeks on the J-O-B KTIS/Minneapolis moves night personality Jake Sommers to PM drive... Jon Culbert exits the morning show at WMUZ/Detroit... Steve Krumlauf joins Moody's WKES/Tampa Bay as new announcer, Krumlauf was most recently with the SkyLight Satellite Network in St. Paul, Minnesota...  (10/4)

On October 18th, WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) will bring together a line-up of Contemporary Christian recording artists to the IZOD Center at the Meadowlands to raise support for Hurricane Ike disaster relief. “Rebuild: A Concert for Hurricane Ike Relief” will feature Salvador as well as New Jersey-based bands Runaway and Article A on Saturday, October 18th at 7:30 pm at the  IZOD Center, East Rutherford, NJ. “This night is all about demonstrating the power of community to help our neighbors in need,” says STAR 99.1 Station Manager Scott Taylor. 

“The need in Texas right now is great but our listeners are never shy about facing the challenge,” says STAR 99.1 Morning Show Host Johnny Stone.  (10/3)

The Board of Directors of EMF and the Board of Directors of the K-LOVE and Air 1 Foundation announced today, that EMF President, Mike Novak, has been promoted to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of EMF and the K-LOVE and Air 1 Foundation effective October 1, 2008. As President and CEO of EMF and the K-LOVE and Air 1 Foundation, Novak will focus on continuing to spearhead and implement strategic planning and major funding initiatives through his leadership team, growing the K-LOVE and Air 1 radio networks to meet future challenges created by the changing landscape of radio broadcasting.

Mike Novak is a 38-year broadcast vet who, since his promotion to president a year ago, has overseen the K-LOVE and Air 1 national networks of 271 FM stations and 340 FM translators in 46 states. Novak also has been with EMF for 10 years. "I am humbled and honored that the Board and staff have the trust in me to lead EMF and the K-LOVE and Air 1 Foundation as President and CEO into the future," stated Novak.  (10/2)

Salem’s WRVI/Louisville has switched over to WAY FM programming. WAY-FM can now be heard in Louisville on 105.9FM and 104.3FM. (10/2) 

Congratulations to former KPUL/Des Moines PD and VO talent Mike Schlote and his wife Karen on the birth of their new baby girl Gabriella Marie Schlote born Wednesday morning!  The proud father has started the Schlote Baby Cam at for those who'd like to see her. (10/2)

EMF Broadcasting Networks Founder and CEO Dick Jenkins announced that he will be leaving the organization effective October 1, 2008. Mike Novak will take over Jenkins position. Jenkins was appointed CEO of EMF Broadcasting in September of 2007 after serving as president since 1986. Jenkins made his announcement in the following letter to EMF staff:

Dear Friends,

One year ago, I accepted a promotion to become the CEO of EMF Broadcasting and recommended to the Board of Directors that Mike Novak be appointed President. Since that time, Mike Novak has proven that he is the right person to lead this ministry into a new era.

Confidence in Mike Novak’s Presidential leadership has enabled me to begin to think about the possibility of leaving EMF Broadcasting. Now, after several months of analysis and prayer, I have decided that there has never been a better time for me to leave. Therefore my last day at EMF Broadcasting will be October 1, 2008. 

I look back with pride on the past 22 years at EMF Broadcasting, as I have seen this organization grow from a single radio station in Santa Rosa, CA to a network of 273 FM radio stations in 46 states that now comprises the K-LOVE and Air 1 Radio Networks.

This accomplishment would not have been possible without a great team of dedicated employees who shared a common vision and enthusiastically supported my leadership. To each of you I say “thank you”. Please know that I will continue to hold many fond memories and experiences close to my heart and I am confident I leave this ministry in good hands.

While I depart with no immediate plans, I am certain that new opportunities and challenges will present themselves shortly. As I say farewell to my many friends and associates, I look forward to what the future holds with great excitement and anticipation.  After October 1st I can be reached at  (9/30)

Winnipeg is getting a new CCM station October 7th. "Ignite 107"  will be CHR/Rock and will have local programming and staff. Visit the new stations website at (9/30)

WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) PD Todd Stach checks in with HisAir.Net as his station reaches 90% of it's goal during the Fall Fundraiser. Todd tells how it happened, " Friday night at 6:00pm we were at 76% of our goal.  I then made the statement, "Barring a miracle that probably won't happen, we'll be finishing way below 80%."  We stopped all of the music beds, matches and sound effects.  Then, Dan and I asked if everyone listening would give just $10, we would grow toward meeting our goal by 7pm. We had been pranked several times, and some guy called in and said that God was a lie...and then hung up.  We shared that on the air too. The phones began to ring off the hook moving through the hearts of those listening.  7 o'clock came and the phones were still ringing, so we continued recapping everything since 6:00pm. David and Sherry joined us in the studio for this modern-day-miracle. We kept saying that fundraiser would end when God wanted to end it and the phones stopped ringing. At several different times, we purposely stopped saying the phone number and the phone still rang. There was such a peace and move of God happening that even those listening were calling in sharing about it."  (9/29) 

WAY-FM/Ft. Myers, FL recently wrapped up a Diaper Drive for victims of Hurricane Ike in the Houston/Galveston area.  Partnering with Convoy of Hope, a FEMA-sanctioned distributor of relief supplies, WAY-FM listeners donated 15 tons of diapers and wipes – enough to fill an entire semi-truck.  The actual dollar value of the donated items was more than $100,000.  In just three days, diapers were collected and then two days later, the diapers and wipes were being distributed to needy families in the devastated region.  WAY-FM GM Jeff Taylor said, “For the second time, WAY-FM listeners in Southwest Florida responded to the needs of folks who have been displaced or, in some cases, have lost everything. Three years ago our listeners rallied for the folks in New Orleans with more than $500,000 in diapers and wipes. We know what hurricanes can do down here so we want to stand with those who suffer devastation like we did when Charley hit us in ‘04”.  (9/29)

KDUV/Visalia PD/morning host Joe Croft will leave the station in January '09 to enter nursing school. Current APD Shannon Steele will take over programming duties at that time.  (9/29)  

Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 2 ARB 12+ numbers: KPEZ/Austin even 1.7... KBIQ/Colorado Springs down 5.1-4.6... WJQK/Grand Rapids down 2.3-2.2...  (9/25)

WGRC/Lewisburg held its second benefit bike ride recently. WGRC's bike riders included WGRC Afternoon News Anchor John Callahan, Operations Manager Don Casteline, Engineer Chris Miller . The final ride time was 5 hours and 24 minutes. Upon their return, some of the rider’s shared about the experience. “After riding so many miles, it truly is God’s strength that you have to rely on” Chris Miller explained. Even though the riders were exhausted when they arrived back at the station, “it was a worthwhile event for a good cause” John Callahan exclaimed. Those sponsoring the ride helped to support WGRC's general operating expenses and expansion efforts. Through the generous donations of the total 27 sponsors, $2,687 was raised. (9/25)

Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 2 ARB 12+ numbers: WDJC/Birmingham up 3.7-4.0... WFFH/Nashville up 2.9-3.3... KAIM/Honolulu down 3.1-3.0... KGBI/Omaha down 2.7-2.5... (9/24)

KCFY/Yuma, AZ PD Sheldon Hicks needs record service. According to Sheldon "KCFY is ready to play ALL the top Christian artists....but I need Music Service from the Labels." Contact Sheldon at (9/23)

Christian Radio Summer 2008 Phase 2 ARB 12+ numbers: WFSH/Atlanta up 2.1-2.4... WCVO/Columbus down 3.0-2.3... KCMS/Seattle up 3.4-3.5... WRBS/Baltimore up 1.6-1.7... WFHM/Cleveland up 2.0-2.3... WAKW/Cincinnati up 1.6-1.9... KLTY/Dallas up 3.0-3.1...  (9/22)

Due to financial reasons KPUL/Des Moines (Pulse 99.5) PD/morning man Mike Schlote finds himself seeking God on what's next for him and his family.  By the way Mike and his wife expect baby #5 to arrive early October." (9/19)

Natalie Stanfield Thomas is leaving American Family Radio to take a position as Audio Producer and morning show co-host for Family Life Network based in Bath, NY.  AT AFR Natalie first served as mid-day host on AFR's Inspo network, then mid-days on the AC network, and Audio Producer, Copy writer and Voiceover Talent. Meanwhile Natalie's husband AFR news anchor Ed Thomas is also headed FLN as afternoon news anchor and will be involved in conducting interviews and other long form production. Ed joined AFR in 2004.  (9/19)

On October 18th, WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) will bring together a line-up of Contemporary Christian recording artists to the IZOD Center at the Meadowlands to raise support for Hurricane Ike disaster relief. “Rebuild: A Concert for Hurricane Ike Relief” will feature Salvador as well as New Jersey-based bands Runaway and Article A. “This night is all about demonstrating the power of community to help our neighbors in need,” says STAR 99.1 Station Manager Scott Taylor.  “Rebuild: A Concert for Hurricane Ike Relief,” will be hosted by the on-air personalities of STAR 99.1 including Johnny & Stacey Stone, Beth Bacall, Keith Stevens, Dave Moore and George Flores. A portion of every ticket sold will be sent to support disaster recovery. In addition, concert attendees will be encouraged to bring retail gift cards that will be distributed to meet the need in the Galveston – Houston region devastated by Hurricane Ike earlier this month. “The need in Texas right now is great but our listeners are never shy about facing the challenge,” says STAR 99.1 Morning Show Host Johnny Stone.  (9/19)

KLRC/Fayetteville has expanded its market past the borders of Northwest Arkansas by launching a new online Christian Alternative music station, (MPE).  “This new station is an answer to many prayers,” said Jeremy Louis, Program Director.  “We have a great team in place that has helped to get this new station off the ground and truly become Northwest Arkansas’ Hit Music Alternative.  We are excited to see what God will do through this new ministry to youth and young adults.”  (9/19)  

WMIT/Black Mountain, NC was named Religious Station of the Year at the 2008 National Association of Broadcasters' Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced la night at the annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held at The NAB Radio Show in Austin.  Congratulations to Manager Jim Kirkland and staff. (9/19)

The entire KTXG/Greenville, TX. staff including GM Rich Hooper has left the station. Owner American Family Radio is moving station operations to Tupelo, MS. to save operating costs resulting in the changes. (9/18)

As reported here on HisAir.Net yesterday WAYK-WAYG/Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids PD Mike Couchman is leaving to join the SOS Radio Network as Network Music Director / Assistant Program Director. Mike will also host an afternoon show from 1-4pm Pacific Time. Couchman says, “The prospect of no more winter, picturing myself washing Scott’s car and the chance to build on the phenomenal foundation in place was too exciting to pass up. Whoever snags my WayK/G job will enjoy access to great technology, reliable research and a God loving team like no other. I’ll even sell you my house! Seriously. I promise not to take the proceeds to the Strip.”

Mike Couchman has been the PD at WAYK & WAYG for the past five years. He holds the 2008 Echo Awards for Program Director & Air Talent of the Year.  In addition, he’s worked for WKQI/Detroit, WLGH/Lansing, WHZZ/Lansing & WBCT/Grand Rapids. SOS Network Program Director, Scott Herrold says: “I look forward to the creative input Mike will bring to our team. He’s a fantastic air talent and programmer, I just hope he’s good with heat resistant turtle wax!”

The SOS Radio Network broadcasts in 9 states. Mike will start at SOS November 1. (9/18)

HisAir.Net would like to clarify a previous story reported on our news page. While there has been an internal restructuring at Word Records the departures of VP/National Promotions Derek Jones and Coordinator of National Promotion Rob McCloskey were not the result of the changes. Both have left the label on their own and decided to move on with their careers.  (9/18)

WAYK-WAYG/Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids PD Mike Couchman has resigned his position from the station. Mike says he's not ready to announce exactly where he's headed next but will soon. As for the PD slot at WAYK station manager Rich Anderson has started a search. Jump to the jobs page for the listing.  (9/17)

For the third year in a row "Kevin and Taylor in the Morning" from WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) has been voted the Best Morning Show in Atlanta by readers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The Atlanta Journal Constitution's entertainment website, presents the "Best of the Big A" each year and readers vote on various categories to determine the best places and things around Atlanta. "Kevin & Taylor in the Morning" were nominated by listeners and then voted as the best radio morning show.  Comments from voters included "The Fish Morning Show with Kevin & Taylor is uplifting, heartfelt, funny, informative, relevant, and as they promise, safe for the entire family!”  (9/17)

Hurricane Ike did major damage KAVX-KSWP/Lufkin when high winds blew a tree onto the building. "It's completely demolished," said promotional director Drew Wilson. "There's no way to rebuild." Wilson said morning personalities Al and Michelle will have to relocate to another area after taking a few days off to "re-evaluate and start afresh." Besides having no way to use that portion of the studio, the entire studio was crushed to the point that the doors won't close since they're hitting the ceiling, according to Wilson.

Right now the station has not decided what will be done about the damage. Wilson said they're considering the possibility of getting a new building. Until the station has power they are broadcasting on-line only through their websites. (9/16)

Pete Bunch checks in with HisAir.Net with news that Spoken Word Images, Inc. has signed WRBS AM&FM/Baltimore VO and station imaging. (9/16)

HisAir.Net has launched a new Christian Radio Forum. The new forum will serve as a meeting place to exchange ideas, thoughts, suggestions, etc from both Christian radio and record industry related people. Categories currently include programming, promotions, fundraising, music, and a place to buy and sell equipment. New categories will be added. To register and connect to the HisAir.Net Christian Radio Forum go here (9/16)

Word Records Coordinator of National Promotion Rob McCloskey has left the label. VP/National Promotions Derek Jones also exited last week. Where is Derek headed? Stay tuned.  (9/15)

Paul Perrault is now PD at KFNW AM&FM/Fargo and KFNL/Fargo. Perrault joined Northwestern Media five years ago and was previously PD at KNWI-KNWM/Des Moines. Perrault will remain as network MD for Northwestern Media, now working with KFNW manager Tim Unsinn and regional PD Dave Ryerson.. (9/12)

The St. Petersburg Diocese is selling WLMS/Lecanto, Fl to Central Florida Educational Foundation Inc. (WPOZ/Orlando) for $2-million. WLMS has been a simulcast of WBVM/Tampa covering the northside of the city. The transfer of the radio station license to new owners has to be approved by the Federal Communication Commission. Proceeds from the sale will help fund a new magazine and position Spirit FM and the diocese for future communication possibilities, such as the station’s recent upgrade to high-definition according to WBVM (Spirit FM) station manager John Morris. (9/12)

As Hurricane Ike nears the Texas coast KSBJ/Houston President and General Manager Tim McDermott says "During the threat of Hurricane Rita, God used 89.3 KSBJ to bring hope to thousands of Houstonians stranded in their cars as they evacuated the area.” “Once again, we will use God’s ministry medium to provide hope and encouragement over the airwaves during Hurricane Ike.” Right now, the station is doing everything they can to keep their listeners informed of what's going on with Ike while providing hope and spiritual support to their listeners. They have links from their home page to different sites providing hurricane tips, tracking Ike's progress, listing shelter openings, etc.  KSBJ covers the entire Houston area with these frequencies...89.3 KSBJ Victoria; 89.5 KZBJ Bay City and 91.1 KYBJ Lake Jackson. Online streaming can be found at (9/12)

KGCB/Prescott-Phoenix-Flagstaff (Radio Shine) PD Mike Medlin checks in with HisAir.Net to say his station is celebrating being voted "Best of Prescott" for 2008.  The station is also celebrating tremendous growth with it's Spring Arbitron book, now #2 with Women 25-54, Mon-Sun 6am-12M.  (9/11)

Lee Schafer, a significant influence in local Christian radio, died Tuesday of a massive heart attack at age 62. Schafer and his family own Inspirational Family Radio's three stations including KSPD/Boise, KBXL/Boise and KDZY/McCall, ID. He was the general manager. "Lee was an innovator in the radio industry," said Dale Peterson, former owner of KCID and executive director of Buy Idaho. "He saw the way things were, and he wanted to make them better." Friends said Schafer's legacy is that he remained a local owner, even when other stations sold to large corporations.

"Being a radio owner in Boise, Idaho, is not for the faint of heart," said Art Gregory, History of Idaho Broadcasting Foundation president. "It's a lot of work for very little return. He did it by operating the station the proper way, keying in on listeners and ethics."

Schafer built his first radio at age 7, said his son, Dave Schafer. At 10, he earned an amateur radio license. As a college student, he worked at Northwest Nazarene College's radio station. In 1983, Schafer and his wife, Beth, purchased KSPD AM in Boise. They bought Boise's KBXL FM in 1989 and KDZY FM in McCall in 2001. The family will continue to run the stations, Beth Schafer said.  (9/11)

A new FM station, CIOG, or Christ Is Our God, is set to start broadcasting out of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. The station license is already approved by the CRTC, station organizers are just waiting for federal inspectors to make sure their transmission equipment is up to regulation.  (9/11)

Officials at Tupelo, MS based American Family Radio say the radio network is selling its WWLO/Lowell, IN station, (89.1 FM), to Lakeshore Public Television.  (9/11)

KLVV-KJTH/Ponca City taps KNWC/Sioux Falls air personality Andy Youso as APD. Andy takes Jesse Wesley's place and will start in October.  (9/10), a radio show prep service designed specifically for Christian radio stations, is now under new ownership.  The new owner is Christian comedian and WQFL/Rockford morning show personality Darren Marlar.  (9/10)

ARB Aug 08 PPM 6+: KSBJ/Houston up 2.5-3.3 Cume 441,900-530,500... (9/10)

WBGL/Champaign's Morning Show went on the road this summer for the “Morning Show Backyard Bounce”. The Morning Show with Jeff and Pam took the Backyard Bounce to parks throughout the WBGL listening area on Friday’s during the summer, where they broadcast the Morning Show live, along with giant inflatables, including a double obstacle course, a bounce house and giveaways. Nearly 2,000 people attended the fun and free events. WBGL collected “Change for Children” at each event throughout the summer, to benefit HIS Home for Children Orphanage in Haiti. Moms, dads, grandparents, kids and campers brought their change, which ended in a total donation of $4,000 for the orphanage!  (9/9)

MOVEMENT: Word Label Group VP/National Promotions Derek Jones has exited... Salem Radio Networks launches Steven Curtis Chapman will perform live on CBS TV "The Early show" Wed (9/10) morning... (9/9)

Congratulations to Curb Records VP promotion John Butler and his wife Andrea on the birth of their first child born today. Eliana Rose weighed 7 lbs 14oz and is doing just fine!  (9/9)

The CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission) has rejected two applications for Christian radio stations in the Ottawa area and has left Christians frustrated at a process seemingly stacked against religious programming, according to

In a recent CRTC hearing, Ottawa's Christian Hit Radio Inc. (CHRI) petitioned for one of two open slots on the FM dial, with 780 letters of support for a station playing traditional Christian music and classical music aimed at older Christian audiences. Both proposals were shot down, with one slot going to a soft adult music station that had only 77 letters of support, and the other to a blues station.  (9/5)

BITS: WAKW/Cincinnati signs on with John Tesh for nights... WCVG/Covington, KY returns to urban Gospel... KTIS/Minneapolis brings on local TV anchor Julie Nelson to voice their "Ministry of the Month" feature... (9/5)

WAY FM Media has hired Jeff Connell as it's Denver Network PD starting Sept. 22nd. He was most recently with KBKS/Seattle. Connell said "I am beyond thrilled to join the team at WAY-FM/Denver and continue to build on an amazing foundation. WAY-FM has an unparalleled understanding of the need to reach teens and young adults with the message of hope, love and purpose and to have the chance to be a part of it is truly a dream come true. I can't wait to get started."

"I am excited to have Jeff on our team. Jeff's passion for great radio and strong desire to reach students and young adults will bring a new level of excitement to WAY-FM Denver," said WAY-FM Denver GM Zach Cochran. (9/4)

Salem's KOTK/Omaha flips from talk to Spanish religion "La Luz"...  (9/4)

As reported here on HisAir.Net last week INO Director Of National Promotions Tate Luck has resigned to join WAY FM Media as Network PD. According to CHRSN General Manager, Faron Dice, “Tate is exactly the guy that we were looking for.  He understands who we are, where we are at as a company, and where we need to be going.  I couldn’t be more excited!” Luck adds, “I believe strongly in the mission of WAY-FM, and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.   I missed radio.  It’s good to be back!”  (9/2)

BITS: WQBC/Vicksburg, MS flips from Christian talk to ESPN Sports... Crawford Broadcasting has launched WDCX/Rochester "Life AM 990" as a sister station to the legendary Life FM 99.5, WDCX in Buffalo/Toronto. The format is Christian talk/teaching/AC.  The station General Manager is Nevin Larson and Station Manager is Brett Larson.  (9/2) 


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