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Prayers going to WCQR/Johnson City GM/morning co-host Mike Perry who is in the hospital today. Mike had a stress test on Thursday of last week and they scheduled him for a heart catherization on Friday. Doctors found 3 blockages and did 1 stint Friday, the other 2 this morning.  Things are looking good according to his wife Stacy. If you get a chance reach out to Mike (8/31)

EMF Broadcasting has entered into an LMA with Keymarket Communications to begin broadcasting KLOVE on the former Country WOGI Pittsburgh (FROGGY) at 98.3 tomorrow 9/1.  (8/31).

The FCC has granted approval for new Christian station WPFG/Carlisle, PA ( 91.3 FM The Bridge) to begin broadcasting. According to Bruce Apgar, Project Manager for the nonprofit station. "Under the terms of the FCC approval, WPFG FM targets spring of 2012 to begin broadcasting. “The timing is all in God’s hands,” according to Apgar. “We spent $26,000 on the engineering and legal technicalities required for FCC approval. Our projections show it will take an additional $150,000 in new funding to establish and operate our local studio and transmission equipment for the first year.”  (8/31)

Bryant Seabrooks has returned as PD/MD at WJNI/Charleston SC. Bryant who is known as the "Baad Boy of Gospel" Born Again and Delivered... is on the air from weekdays 3-7pm. Meanwhile at WJNI Lorie "LJ" Johnson now hosts the rise and rejoice morning show from 6-10am.  (8/31)

Salem Communications has appointed Pat Ryan General Manager of its three Boston radio stations, WEZE (590 AM), WROL (950 AM) and WWDJ Radio Luz (1150AM).  Ryan has more than 14 years of broadcasting experience all in the Salem Boston cluster. Most recently she served as General Sales Manager.  (8/30)

BITS: Terry Michaels exits PD at WRFJ/Duluth (Refuge Radio) due to budget cuts... Darren Marlars syndication show Marlar24/7 signs CKIQ/Iqaluit (Canada)... Will KLOVE be heard in Pittsburgh soon?...  (8/27)

ARB Summer '09 Phase 1 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: KPEZ/Austin 2.2... WHJT/Jackson 1.0...  KBIQ/Colorado springs 4.1  (8/26)

WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) has hired Olivia Lomeli as Listener Impressions Agent.  Her primary duties will include assisting in organizing and implementing station appearances and events while keeping the station’s image as the highest priority and to super-serve the listener with the highest standards with only about 30% of the job being spent in the office.  She will also be communicating with listeners via Facebook and Twitter all day and every day.  Head of Listener Impressions, Lori Midkiff says, “It’s so amazing to be a part of shaping this new type of department and I’m thrilled to have Olivia on board as we venture together in ‘WOW-ing’ our listeners.”  (8/26)

A new show prep service specifically designed for Christian radio stations will launch next week. "Show Prep Solution" promises fresh, relevant content Monday through Friday, and will save you time and energy and provide content that your target listener will actually care about. Show Prep Solution comes to you from former morning show consultant and morning show producer, Sherri Jachelski (previously Sherri Hull). In addition to her experience as a morning show consultant and producer, Sherri was the author of Show Prep Starters™, a feature from the former PDAdvisor publication. Sherri also authored “The Show Prep Habit”, a feature article in one of Mike McVay’s client-exclusive newsletters.

In addition to the daily prep, Show Prep Solution features a “Planning Ahead” section so you’re not scrambling to make last minute plans. A bonus feature is the “Artists Updates” page which provides the latest news on all your artists at just a glance.

Beginning Monday, August 31, for a two-week period, Show Prep Solution will be a free service. Contact Sherri at or 770-235-0439... (8/25)

ARB Summer '09 Phase 1 Mon-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WFFH/Nashville 2.1... KKFS/Sacrament 1.5... WDJC/Birmingham 4.5... KAIM/Honolulu 2.3... WBDX/Chattanooga 2.2...  WJQK/Grand Rapids 2.2... (8/25)

WCCE/Blues Creek, NC (His Radio) has increased power giving the station a stronger signal in Fayetteville. The increase is from 3,000 watts to 15,000 watts and a move of their tower closer to the city. WCCE (90.1 FM) is owned by the Radio Training Network of Lakeland, Fla. WCCE operates from studios in Raleigh.  (8/25)

EMF VP Programming David Pierce has been assigned to the newly created position of Chief Creative Officer effective immediately. According to EMF CEO Mike Novak In the new role David will be responsible for the creative content of the current and future EMF multi-media ventures. Pierce has held the VP Programming position for the last two years. EMF has begun a search for Pierce's replacement. Jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the listing.  (8/24)

 Trans World Radio Missionary Care Coordinator Carol Detwiler sent this request for help from the Christian radio community. They need somebody to fill in right NOW. Maybe that someone is you.   

"It is always a pleasure to hear from the fields.  Some of the staff we know personally and many have passed through our offices and spent time sharing their hearts with us.  But I received a phone call last evening from Dave Butler on Guam that has deeply burdened me.  Our staff on Guam is bare-bones.  One couple is home on furlough and you know that Jim McIntyre is back in the states after the passing of his dear Doris. I listened as Dave talked earnestly about a troublesome transmitter, people wearing 2 and 3 hats and having to pull frequent rotating night shifts.

In HR we are working as quickly as we can to try and find the right people for Guam, but even if we had an army of candidates tomorrow, they would not be ready to lend a hand for over a year as they worked to raise their support.  And looking ahead on Guam this year, November and December are the most active storm months. Being short-handed leaves them really vulnerable to meet the potential of having to repair antennas.

What we need are people who could go NOW!  People with the skills they need and the experience that would make them invaluable from the moment they stepped on the plane.    Dave told me that they can use all kinds of help, but that their highest priority is someone with electrical/technical skills. Someone who can read schematics and troubleshoot.

What are you doing for the next 3 months, 6 months – or even better – for the next year?  Do you have the skills and the freedom to consider a short term trip back into service with TWR?  Guam has the housing and the transportation ready and waiting.  We just need the hands and the heart for service."

Please pray about this need and contact us if the Lord is speaking to you about what you can do to help.

And if you cannot go?  Would you put Guam on your prayer list?  The situation is critical enough to need your prayer NOW.  

Contact Carol at 919.460.3714 or visit the "Serve" section at  (8/21)

Sweden will soon have a Christian radio station!  On March 2, 2009, KCBI/Dallas partnered with the National Religious Broadcasters to help fund HopeFM in Sweden.  KCBI listeners raised over $45,000.00 in just a few hours.  “There is nothing more exciting than being involved with an International project because of the eternal ramifications and rewards,” said Mike Tirone, General Manager of KCBI.  “It blows me away to imagine someone walking up to us in heaven and saying, I found Jesus because your station stepped out in faith and trusted God to bring the Gospel to my country.”

Ron Harris, NRB Senior Vice-President for Strategic Partnerships attributes, “After years of prayer, planning, and preparation, a dedicated group of evangelical Christians is launching HopeFM in Sweden. Europe’s most secular country has not had a professionally-run Christian radio station, but this week HopeFM will begin 24/7 Internet radio and might have an FM frequency within weeks.  Sweden has a rich Christian heritage and gave us great hymns of the faith like “How Great Thou Art,” but now 83% of Swedes don’t believe there is a god of any kind. And though Sweden’s small group of evangelical believers – less than 5% of the population – find it hard to have a strong voice, change is coming. With the help of NRB and its members, Christian radio will be that growing voice of hope, heard on HopeFM.  (8/20)

WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) is causing talk again! The STAR 99.1 Virtual Concert for the Capital Campaign has the phones ringing wondering what is going on because performances include Casting Crowns, MercyMe, Chris Tomlin, Third Day, tobyMac, the Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, Todd Agnew, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Nicole Nordeman, The Fray, Big Daddy Weave, Amy Grant, The David Crowder Band, Jeremy Camp, Matthew West, Lincoln Brewster, Mark Schultz, Mat Kearney, Jars of Clay, Switchfoot and many others!

Hosting from the Virtual Stage will be Star 99.1 personalities Johnny Stone, Stacey Stone, David A. Dein, Dawn Wheeler, Beth Bacall, Keith Stevens, Dave Moore and roving reporter George Flores.

“We wanted to do something special for everyone listening to STAR 99.1,” says Johnny Stone, STAR 99.1 Morning Show Host and Program Director, “so we virtually put together all of the artists we could think of.” The bottom line, since STAR 99.1 is a listener supported radio station, we are raising funds to move the radio station out of the flood plain within which it currently resides.

It’s all in one location and you can’t buy tickets. The virtual concert will be on Friday, August 28th.  (8/20)

ARB Summer '09 Phase 1 MON-Sun 6a-mid 12+:  WFHM/Cleveland 1.4... WAKW/Cincinnati 1.1... KGBI/Omaha 1.7... KFIS/Portland 2.5... (8/19)

KVMV/McAllen General Manager James Gamblin moves to Director of Broadcast Operations of the World Radio Network in McAllen, Texas.  Ann Gamblin picks up GM duties. Nikki Martinez joins the team for the soon to be Ann, James & Nikki in the morning. Also KVMV has signed Smilin' Tom Fridley for 6-8pm voice track duties.  (8/19)

UK's Premier Christian Radio is set to launch on national digital radio. The station currently broadcasts to the London area, as well as on digital TV and online, is has reached an agreement with the national commercial DAB operator Digital One to begin transmitting across the country on September 21st.  (8/19)

American Family Association founder Don Wildmon has been hospitalized in critical condition at a Tupelo hospital for treatment of meningitis. According to AFA President Tim Wildmon his 71-year-old father was diagnosed with the disease over the weekend. On Monday, Wildmon said his father's condition had improved over the last 24 hours. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes covering the brain and spinal cord.  In 1991 Wildmon founded American Family Radio (AFR), which is now a network of more than 200 US radio stations. (8/18)

American Family Radio is launching a sports show from a Christian perspective.  "College Football This Week" will be hosted by AFR President Tim Wildmon and ESPN college football analyst Mike Gottfried. Gottfried says the show will feature the latest on college football teams, coaches, and players. Plus, he says the program will feature human interest stories about players and coaches and the role faith plays in their lives on and off the field.
"The stories of all the people's lives and what they've gone through, mistakes they made are all a part of trying to get the message out there of salvation," Gottfried notes, "so I think it's going to be  interesting to find out even about the past and future of a lot of the sports celebrities out in our country."  (8/17)

KTIS/Minneapolis is celebrating both its 60th anniversary and the legacy of its founder, evangelist Billy Graham. To celebrate, KTIS has launched a community-wide service initiative, called "60 Days of Service." The station is encouraging people to volunteer, especially in such areas as hunger, schools and homelessness. Rev. Billy Graham founded KTIS in 1949. KTIS FM and AM are owned by Northwestern College in St. Paul.  (8/17)

WBDX/Chattanooga (J103) has entered and agreement with local TV station WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News and Storm Alert Weather for the television station to provide news coverage and weather updates. The news feeds will start Monday morning.  (8/14)

WTNE/Jackson, TN owners Grace Broadcasting have entered an LMA local businessman James Wolfe who says he will change the format of the station from newstalk to gospel.  Wolfe said Thursday that he was excited to take over the station, which will change call letters to  WTGP (West Tennessee Gospel Power). "We are looking forward to empowering people through gospel and great contemporary talk," he said. (8/14)

WNLR/Churchville, VA (New Life Radio 1150 AM)  is making some changes to their on-air format.  Beginning this Monday WNLR will roll out their new music format of contemporary Christian Music.  According to PD Russ Whitesell "We wanted to freshen up the programming, we wanted to get things out there that aren’t heard in the area at all.” (8/14)

Arbitron July 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WFSH/Atlanta 3.0-624,500... KTIS/Minneapolis 3.3-386,900... KLVA/Phoenix 1.3-183,400... KGCB/Phoenix .1-61,800... WMUZ/Detroit .8-197,300... WGTS/Wash DC 5.1-425,100... WAVA/Wash DC 1.0-183,000... KCMS/Seattle 3.8-426,500... (8/13)

KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) and K L V V/Ponca City (Praise 88.7) have hired Betsy Sharp as Assistant Promotions Director and announcer.  Most recently Sharp worked mornings and promotions at WAY FM/Huntsville. When asked about her move to Oklahoma Betsy said, "For years now I've heard nothing but great things about both The House FM and Praise 88.7.  The success they've had in their own backyard and over the Internet is a real testimony to the hard work behind the scenes. I'm excited and ready to come along side of them and work towards furthering the Kingdom here and beyond."  The House FM is a listener-supported Christian radio station established in 2004.  Sister station Praise 88.7 launched in 1992.  Betsy started Monday 8/10.  (8/13)

Arbitron July 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WMBI/Chicago .9/293,100... WJKL/Chicago .8/325,800... WONU/Chicago .1/80,100... KLTY/Dalas 3.0/779,200... WAWZ/New York .6/390,800... KSBJ/Houston 3.8/515,800... KFSH/Los Angeles 1.2/528,800... KSGN/Riverside 2.0/117,500... (8/12)

Tuesday on the KCBI/Dallas Morning Show, Dr. Charles Stanley weighed in on Texas rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton’s relapse, “I always think about David, a man after God’s own heart but in a moment of weakness and being out of God’s will he should have been out there with his generals fighting the war instead of staying at home.  And I think of what David said in the Psalms, thy word have I hidden in your heart that I might not sin against God.  It isn’t just learning some scripture every once in a while; it is every single day, every day in God’s word, every day relying upon him, every day recognizing that we are totally dependent upon him, that we never reach a stage in our life where we don’t need to depend upon the Holy Spirit to give us warning and direction and guidance and protection for our life. Everybody no matter who they are, no matter if it’s a preacher or whatever the issue may be we all have the same propensities and we all need Christ every single day.”

General Manager, Mike Tirone said, “When I heard about Josh’s mistake it reminded me of what the Bible says in Proverbs 24:16, ‘For though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.’  When Josh fell a lot of people in his life were walking out, that is why believers need to walk in to encourage and pray for our brother in Christ.  This is why we are calling on KCBI listeners to encourage Josh to press on and finish the race.” KCBI is inviting all listeners to visit and write Josh an encouraging note.  All notes from the listeners will be hand delivered to Josh. (8/11)

A collision between INO artists MercyMe’s tour bus and a car has killed two passengers in the car and the 18-year-old driver’s unborn baby. The woman is in critical condition following the crash, which occurred in Fort Wayne. The bus was headed to Six Flags St. Louis in Missouri for the band to play to a sell-out crowd. At 1:15 a.m. Saturday, according to witnesses, the bus was going through a green light when the car made a turn in front of it. No-one on the bus was injured, and the band rescheduled the show for September as a result of the incident. A photograph of the damaged bus was posted on the band’s website, depicting moderate crumpling to the front area of the vehicle. Following the accident MercyMe gave the following statement:

"MercyMe would like to express their incredible heartache over this horrible accident.  They are praying for the families of all who this will affect, and are asking others to please pray as well.  The band and crew sustained minor bumps and bruises, however their hearts are heavy.  They appreciate the concern they have received from people all over the world."   (8/8)

WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River)  transitions Lori Midkiff to position of Head of Listener Impressions.  Her primary duties will include oversight of everything that gives an impression to the listener. WCVO Program Director, Todd Stach says, “I'm excited to have Lori working with my team to ensure brand integrity to match the on-air concepts of faith and family.  Everything we do must be consistent, and Lori has earned my trust to passionately oversee our River brand.”  Lori joined WCVO in 2002.  (8/7)

Salem Communications released its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2009.

Second Quarter 2009 Results. For the quarter ended June 30, 2009 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2008:
--  Total revenue decreased 12.8% to $50.1 million from $57.5 million;
--  Net broadcast revenue decreased 12.8% to $43.6 million from $49.9
--  Station operating income ("SOI") decreased 12.6% to $15.8 million from
    $18.0 million;
--  Same station net broadcast revenue decreased 13.2% to $42.2 million
    from $48.7 million;
--  Non-broadcast revenue decreased 13.0% to $6.5 million from $7.5
    million; and
--  Non-broadcast operating income increased to $1.1 million from $0.7

WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) Morning Show Host and Director of Programming Johnny Stone declares after learning his station was nominated for NRB Radio Station of the Year,  “I am humbled by these nominations, and because of them, dedicated to raising the bar and working harder for those who listen to STAR 99.1.”  STAR 99.1 was  2007 and 2008 winner of Radio Station of the Year (Major Market). The station is also nominated for Air Personality of the Year (Music Format) - Johnny Stone; Radio Program of the Year (Long Form) - Johnny Stone in the Morning; Radio Program of the Year (Short Form) - Go For It with Rob Cruver; and for the Internet nominations for Best Broadcast Website - and Best Use of Social Media -

Station Manager Scott Taylor says, “It is an honor to be recognized with these nominations, and they drive us to work even harder to serve Christian radio listeners in the NY metro area.”  (8/6)

WAKW/Cincinnati (STAR 93.3) has named Randy James as the new Program Director.  The PD position at WAKW has been open since Kurt Wallace departed for PD/Mornings at WHZN/Indianapolis (88.3 The Walk) in April. James career includes programming multiple formats across the country at WMVX/Cleveland, WMMX/Dayton, KHMX/Houston, WRQX/Washington D.C., and KDMX/Dallas/Ft. Worth. STAR 93.3 General Manager Art Garza says, “After a thorough search, speaking with many talented and committed Program Directors, we invited Randy because his heart resonates so much with where the station is headed and where the parent organization, Pillar of Fire, is headed.”  In addition to WAKW, Pillar of Fire also owns and operates WAWZ/New York and KPOF/Denver.  .  (8/5)

WGCX/Pensacola (Praise 95) has entered into an LMA with EMF Broadcasting and the station is now airing KLOVE. WGCX owners Michael and Dara Glinter tell HisAir.Net EMF has an option to purchase. No local staff was displaced with the change. (8/5)

WRBS/Baltimore MD Chris Scotland checks in with HisAir.Net  "Just sending this to let you know that our station has changed and some of our contact info as well! 95one WRBS is now the NEW 95.1 SHINE-FM. Please be sure to update my email to: Our Street Address has changed to: 3500 Commerce Drive, Baltimore, MD 21227. Phone numbers stay the same.  (8/3)

Doug Hannah is tracking afternoons on WXRI/Winston-Salem (Joy FM)  family beginning today Aug 3.  The station is heard in 26 markets in the southeast and online at  Doug's a busy guy as he remains on-air daily on Sirius/XM's "The Message" as well as Mainstream AC WJXA/Nashville (Mix 92.9) and tracking for Family Life Radio in addition to doing freelance production and voiceover work.  (8/3)

Long-time Music of Your Life® Radio Network CEO Kerry Fink, has joined Christian FM Radio Networks as Executive Vice President.  In making the announcement today, Christian FM President Jon Hamilton, said, “We could not be more pleased that Kerry has become such a major part of Christian FM.  Kerry has an amazing set of skills and has distinguished himself as a broadcaster, a researcher, and a well recognized network executive.  Kerry will be a great help to the partner stations who are working with Christian FM.”

“We built the Music of Your Life brand and are building the Christian FM brand to help local radio stations excel by delivering the absolute best quality and most researched programming, combined with an unparalleled commitment to treating our affiliate stations with a spirit of excellence, and serving them faithfully with a combination of marketing and revenue-generating,” says Fink.  “What a privilege it is to take this to the next level by adding the superior technological capacities available via STORQ technology and knowing that is for a much higher Kingdom-building purpose!” Christian FM offers up to 24/7 Contemporary Christian Music customized programming via satellite or broadband to Radio Affiliates across the country.  (8/2)

For the past eight summers, 89.3 KSBJ/Houston has encouraged its listeners to be involved in missions both locally and abroad. This year just 10 months after Hurricane Ike, KSBJ has turned its attention to Galveston where there are still more than 13,000 families displaced from the area. While the seawall successfully protected many of the tourist hotspots, numerous community organizations, schools and churches are still in need of restoration and recovery. In partnership with the non-profit Help4Galveston, KSBJ and its listeners are rolling up their
sleeves for the Music Rebuilds Galveston KSBJ Family Mission Outreach 2009 to help restore the area. “KSBJ is thrilled to provide our listeners with the opportunity to connect with God and their community through mission outreach projects each year,” says Kim Kossie, Community Relations Director for KSBJ. “This year, we could think of no more meaningful way to involve our  listeners than to reach out to our neighbors and help re-build Galveston’s residential areas and stimulate the tourist economy.” (7/31)

Today (7/31) was the last day for local personalities on KOBC/Joplin. Lisa David and Dave Garrison said goodbye for the last time to their listeners on the KOBC Morning Show. KOBC was purchased by EMF Broadcasting and will switch to KLOVE programming. The morning hosts say it's been an emotional week for everyone. "Very nostalgic, very sentimental, sad that a big part of my life is coming to an end," says Lisa. "Phenomenal,  the last couple days the callers have been calling like crazy and saying what an incredible blessing this station has been to them," says Dave.  "We just appreciate that so much."  (7/31)

As reported earlier on HisAir.Net WQFL/Rockford (101QFL) PD/MD and former PD/Morning Host at WBVM/Tampa (SPIRIT-FM)  Johnny V. has accepted the Promotions Manager position with EMF’s K-LOVE and will be based in Milwaukee.  Johnny will continue to voicetrack the afternoon show for 101QFL from his home studio.  WQFL was recently purchased by EMF.  (7/30)

Garrett Novak joins Christian Family Radio Program Director for their group of radio stations in WI including
WEMI/Appleton/Oshkosh, WEMY/Green Bay, WGNV/Wausau/Stevens Point.
He was previously with WHEM/EauClaire.  (7/30)

UPDATE: WNFN changes to mainstream CHR not CCM....Rumor on the streets of Music City today that Cumulus owned sports radio WNFN/Nashville (ESPN 106.7) will be flipping to a CCM format soon calling itself "Praise 106". Currently the station is airing a produced liner saying, "The sound you are hearing is the construction of a brand new radio station. Target date for completion July 30th at 1:06PM"  HisAir.Net will keep you posted.  (7/30)

KXGM/Cedar Rapids (89.1 The Spirit) has hired Gator Gaynor to handle APD and promotions director duties. Gator previously held a position at EMF Broadcasting.  (7/29)

KRKR/Lincoln, NE (95.1) has been sold by owner Chapin Enterprises to Mission Nebraska for $1 million and will return to the air by Aug. 3 with a Christian format calling itself "My Bridge Radio". The station air both CCM music and talk. The former mainstream AC station has been shut down since May 21 for financial reasons. "We're excited about it," said Mission Nebraska co-director Stan Parker, a former Nebraska football player who founded the nonprofit organization with Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown. "We're not just music. It's music with a message."  KRKR also has requested FCC approval to operate at 50 kilowatts.  (7/28)

The WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) balloon made its premiere this past weekend at the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning. This was the fourth year that STAR 99.1 has been on-site with a booth for the entire weekend and the second year a balloon has carried their logo. “They always said we were full of hot air,” exclaimed Johnny Stone, Morning Show Host and Program Director for STAR 99.1. “And now they have proof.”

“This was our opportunity to reach out to the crowds who attended and offer the hope that the radio station provides every day,” explained Scott Taylor, Station Manager. “In today’s economy there are families that are looking for an affordable day away from worry and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning provided that get away.”  (7/27)

 WQFL/Rockford morning personality Darren Marlar is launching a new radio product called MARLAR 24/SEVEN.  According to Marlar, the product is a blending of both syndication and voice tracking – allowing a station to have a major market quality syndicated show, but have it be virtually local and yet remain affordable. “This is something I’ve been thinking about for close to five years now,” says Marlar.  “I’ve run it through my mind a million times but the timing never felt right until now.”  The first affiliate for the new service is WWIL/ Wilmington. To find out more about MARLAR 24/SEVEN, you can visit the website at, or call Bryon Poirier at 815/988-3210.  (7/24)

BITS: WLAB/Ft Wayne personality Ace Mckay is now voice tracking weekends for Air1...  KAMB/Merced adds "Custom Local News"  for daily local news... WQFL/Rockford PD Johnny V takes on the local promotions manager slot for KLOVE/Air1 in Milwaukee...  (7/24)

His Radio’s Morning Friends Rob and Kristin took to the streets on a 5-city tour this month. Each morning, for a week, the morning show broadcast live and an artist joined them at each stop.  Matt Maher was on the Summer Tour for 3 days, followed by Jars of Clay for the last 2 days. The hundreds of people who came out were treated to watch a live broadcast, participate in a school supply drive, check-out a local church praise team, and a mini-concert with the artist followed the broadcast. Cities visited included: Spartanburg, SC; Fayetteville, NC; Summerville/Charleston, SC; Savannah, GA; Greenville, SC. Watch the video for a special morning show moment with Matt and a His Radio listener live on the air. (7/23)


UPDATE: Family Life Network PD Cecil VanHouten remains in the hospital recovering from a heart attack last week. Cecil met with with doctors today to determine their course of treatment.  We understand no date has been set for his return to work but he’s in great spirits and looks a ton better than the few days before he went into the hospital. Cecil wants to pass a huge "Thank You" to the HisAir.Net community for the continued support during this time.  (7/23)

HisAir.Net has learned that EMF Broadcasting has decided to keep newly acquired WQFL/Rockford as is. The station will remain live and local and not air KLOVE or Air1 on the 100.9 frequency.  Reportedly  EMF conducted a research project to determine whether to convert the WQFL format or not. Meanwhile WGSL/Rockford, the other station  purchased in the transaction will air KLOVE.  EMF purchased WQFL/Rockford (101 QFL) and sister station WGSL/Rockford (91.1 FM) from owners Christian Communication Network in May.   (7/22) 

On the heels of receiving two Marconi Award nominations (see below) KFSH/Los Angeles PD Chuck Tyler checks in with HisAir.Net and some good ratings news for 95.9 The Fish. Chuck says "With PPM we now have the benefit of looking at monthly ratings.  It’s great to see that the latest numbers show high water marks for KFSH, 95.9 The Fish in Orange County. Top 10 ranking in Adults 25-54, # 4 ranking in Women 25-54."  Congratulations to the Salem staff in LA.  (7/21)

BITS: Salt & Light Radio is purchasing two AM stations from Journal Broadcasting KGEM/Boise and KCID/Boise and plans to carry “Catholic Christian” programming in English and in Spanish...  Graham Hasler has been appointed General Manager of LightFM/Melbourne, Australia... Mike James takes OM at WOAY/Oak Hills, WV... KWRD/Dallas pulls the plug on afternoon program Scott Wilder Show for budgetary reasons...  (7/21)

Family Life Radio (FLR) hosted “A Day of Hope” at Youth Haven Ranch. and raised over $207,689 was raised which will supply food and Bibles for 6,922 disadvantaged children.  "It was a privilege for Family Life Radio to put the spotlight on the work of Youth Haven Ranch and help raise support to feed over 6,900 children, and to be able to provide a Bible to each child as well, knowing that they need both physical and spiritual food,” stated Dr. Randy Carlson, President of Family Life Radio. Youth Haven’s goal was to raise funds to cover the cost of food and Bibles for approximately 3,500 children over the course of one year which costs approximately $105,000. Thanks to the compassion and faithfulness of FLR listeners, Youth Haven received nearly double its goal.  (7/21)

The NAB has announced 2009 Marconi Award nominees. For religious station of the year the nominated stations are:

KFSH/Los Angeles
KKLA/Los Angeles
KLRC/Siloam Springs, AR
WFMV/Columbia, SC

The winner is announced at the NAB Radio Show Sept. 24 in Philadelphia.  (7/20)

Family Life Network CEO Rick Snavely checks in with HisAir.Net " Cecil VanHouten who is PD with the Family Life Network suffered a heart attack this past week and is still in the ICU at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY.  As you can imagine this has been quite a shock for the entire FLN team.  We’re asking that brothers and sisters in Christian radio ministry across the country pray for Cecil and his wife Connie.  Because of the damage to the heart, the doctors have not yet determined a final course of action."  HisAir.Net will keep you posted on Cecil's condition.  (7/19)

AFR morning co-host/producer Eric Faulds tells HisAir.Net, "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we must share the news that Cooper Jasper, JJ and Melanie Jasper's 5-year-old son, tragically passed away Friday evening, after an accident involving a go-cart on the family farm. JJ Jasper is the morning show co-host on American Family Radio's Inspirational Network. Please be in prayer for the Jasper family, as well as the AFR family, during this extremely difficult time.

We don't understand why tragedies like this happen, but we do know that God's plan is perfect and we are only seeing just a small part of it. "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful." - John 14:27

If you would like to send condolences or a note of encouragement, you may send it through their blog at You may also send cards and letters to: Jasper Family, c/o American Family Radio, P.O. Box 3206, Tupelo, MS 38803. Arrangements are pending.  (7/18)

HisAir.Net is sad to report the passing of Positive Alternative Radio founder Dr. Vernon H. Baker. In 1954, Vernon Baker launched the first radio station in Blacksburg Virginia, WBCR. He went on to build 20 more commercial stations in the Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.” He and his wife Virginia founded Positive Alternative Radio Inc., an umbrella organization for seven Christian stations operating on 20 full-power signals and dozens of translators covering central and southwest Virginia, southern and northern West Virginia, much of North Carolina, eastern Tennessee and stations in Kentucky and Ohio. (7/17)

Arbitron June 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WFSH/Atlanta 2.9/573,600... WVFJ/Atlanta .6/188,900... WMUZ/Detroit .8/192,700... KCMS/Seattle 4.3/467,800... WGTS/Wash DC 4.7/484,600... WAVA/Wash DC .9/163,800... KTIS/Minneapolis 2.9/428,300... (7/16)

Author and speaker Dr. Alex McFarland, who is president of Southern Evangelical Seminary , is launching his live, daily radio and television program, Sound Rēzn on the American Family Radio Network. The program will debut on July 20. (7/16)

Arbitron June 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WMBI/Chicago 1.2/311,000... WJKL/Chicago .9/292,900... WONU/Chicago .2/106,000... KLTY/Dalas 3.3/814,900... WAWZ/New York .6/411,600... KSBJ/Houston 4.0/629,700... KFSH/Los Angeles 1.2/459,200... KSGN/Riverside 1.6/111,800... (7/15)

Canadian Christian radio station CKKK/Peterborough, Ontario (Kaos 911) will return to the airwaves by the end of the summer with a new name and new owner. New owner Andy McNabb, says “The church-going community is the most connected community in any town or city. The opportunity to give the most connected community in any city a voice is a very powerful thing.” Kaos Radio 90.5 FM went off the air March 31, 2008 because of a dispute over building a new radio antenna. The new station will broadcast from 90.5 FM but will have a new name and new call letters, which haven’t been announced. McNabb said the station will feature local news coverage and three hours a day of local call-in shows. There will also be faith and Bible-teaching programming and advice. The CRTC approved the sale of $190,000 for Kaos’s assets and broadcasting license. McNabb has prior radio ownership dating back to 1986. (7/14)

BITS: EMF buys WKLU/Indianapolis (Oldies 101.9) for 4.75 mil... Life FM New Zealand moves frequency to 100.8 improving signal... Congratulations to SOS Radio Network PD Scott Herrold and wife Kristine on birth of their first child, daughter Naomi Claire 7/12/09.  (7/13)

Not many people would voluntarily shave their heads unless it was really worth it. Well WAWZ/New York  (STAR 99.1) PD/mornings Johnny Stone is. With the popularity of social networking sites that instantly connect people, Johnny decided to pick up on the idea of reaching as many listeners as possible.  If STAR 99.1 can reach a goal of 500,000 followers on the official STAR 99.1 Twitter site by Labor Day, then the tresses will have to go. Plus he will have to grow a beard as well. However, the greatest reason for undertaking this challenge is to help collect Teddy Bears for children in crisis situations. Stone emphasized “There’s no down side. You can stay in touch with STAR 99.1 via Twitter, you can help give a Teddy Bear to a kid that is going through a tough time in their life, and I save money on hair gel!”  If the challenge is met, then David A. Dein, Morning Show Funny Guy, will have the joy of shaving Johnny’s head in front of scores of STAR 99.1 listeners. Anyone who brings a new Teddy Bear to the event will receive admittance.  (7/13)

In a nearly unanimous vote, members of First Baptist Church of Dallas voted July 8 to end their 40-year ownership of Criswell College, owners of KCBI/Dallas, and KCRN/San Angelo, reports Baptist Press.

The fate of the radio stations had been a "distraction" since talk of a proposed sale by the college became public several years ago. "It's time for all of that to come to an end," school's current chancellor, Robert Jeffress said, explaining that the station would be jointly owned by the church and school as the two members of a newly formed nonprofit corporation. (7/11)

BITS: Carl Peetz, formerly with Crown Financial, joins American family radio as copywriter/producer... KRDY/San Antonio is now airing Christian teaching programs... Darren Elrod joins Provident Music Group (PMG) as VP/Finance and Operations... (7/10)

ARB Spring '09 Phase 2 MON-Sun 6a-mid 12+: KGBI/Omaha 1.8... WFFH/Nashville 2.0... KAIM/Honolulu 2.1... WDJC/Birmingham 4.7... WCVO/Columbus 2.6... KBIQ/Colorado Springs 4.6...  (7/10)

K-LOVE has posted a Jon & Sherry update on their website. In the letter to listeners written by Jon he states "We realize that we have not given you much detail about all that has been happening with us, and that our quick exit from the K-LOVE Morning Show left many confused, but that has not stopped our radio family from relentless prayers and intercession and for that we are eternally grateful. Jon continues to explain "Sherry, Lexi, and I have been on quite a journey the past few months. All of the hardship that has come our way has been due to an addiction that I have had to prescription drugs for the last several years. Yes, this is completely my fault. Sherry, Lexi, or K-LOVE had nothing to do with the events that occurred." Read the entire letter here. 

The letter makes no mention of a return to K-LOVE. Jon and Sherry exited mornings in March. Let's all join in prayer for our brother in the Lord asking for a total victory for him and his entire family regarding this matter.  (7/9)

WSRM/Coosa, GA (Rome market 93.5 FM), has flipped to a mix of secular and contemporary Christian music. The station was previously WRGA and simulcasting the newstalk format of it's sister station at 1470 AM.  “With the growing popularity of Contemporary Christian music within our society, we feel that this format meets a need not currently being served in Northwest Georgia,” said Randy Quick, general manager of Rome Radio Partners.  (7/9)

The House FM Network KZTH/Oklahoma City (88.5 FM) increases power from 35,000-watts to 50,000-watts in the Oklahoma City metro area.  88.5 FM is the third full-power station along with five translators to broadcast the CHR format of The House FM in Oklahoma.   (7/9)

WAY-FM/CHRSN Network Program Director Tate Luck announces a shuffle in time slots for the air talent, including a big move for Total Axxess to PM drive (from evenings)… Effective July 20,  New CHRSN weekday personality lineup (all times are central) 5a-9a Mornings with Brant, 9a-2p The Midday Cruz (Donna Cruz), 2p-7pm Total Axxess (Wally), 7p-11p  Jeff Connell.  Luck added, “Mornings with Brant and Total Axxess shows are also available for stations via FTP downloads, so some stations will continue to air Total Axxess in the evenings.”  (7/8)

KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3) mid day host Matt Case will journey to the remote village of Narok, Kenya this summer to witness first hand World Concern making a difference.  World Concern establishes hope in communities through clean water, food, education and disaster assistance. Case will leave Saturday, July 11th and return one week later. “My focus is to get the story and share what World Concern is doing and see the impact of Jesus,” Case shares.  He will see new things each day including local schools, orphanages, wells, healthcare clinics and banks that World Concern has established.  (7/8)

WBGL/Champaign will host the largest Single Mom Saturday yet, on July 11, 2009 with multiple locations in Champaign, Decatur, Roberts and Romeoville, Illinois, and Terre Haute, Indiana. WBGL has hosted this event for several years, but this year combines the event into a one day, multi-city, station wide event.  (7/8)

Hoping to feed thousands, WUGN/Midland, MI will kick-off a food drive in the Great Lakes Bay Region to meet growing need. WUGN, a Family Life Radio, station kicked off the drive Monday 7/6. The need is great among homeless shelters this year with the downturn in the economy, said David Borowsky, Family Life Radio community transformation coordinator. "We just think they really do amazing work there, and we want to come alongside them," he said. "The more we can do for them, the better." Family Life Radio hopes to amass 7,000 pounds of food in food drives around the country for distribution around the nation, he said.  (7/7)

Vatican Radio, the voice of the Roman Catholic Church, is starting to air advertisements for the first time in the station's nearly 80-year history. The first company to run its commercials will be an Italian gas and electricity company - Enel. Until now Vatican Radio has been wholly funded by the Catholic Church at a cost of some $30m a year. But the latest finances show that it is suffering from the global economic downturn. (7/7)

Bott Radio Network's Nebraska flagship station at KLCV/Lincoln (88.5 FM) is now pushing ten times the power from one of the tallest radio towers in the state at 1,250 feet high and 100,000 watts The new signal expands the listening area to cover over 600,000 new people. BRN will continue to broadcast from three repeater signals in the Omaha area to fill in any locations where there may be interference or terrain obstructions to receiving the main 88.5 FM signal. Those repeater signals are at 93.7 FM in Omaha, 92.7 FM in La Vista, and 102.9 FM in Fremont.  (7/7)

ARB Spring '09 Phase 2 MON-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WRBS/Baltimore 1.7... WFHM/Cleveland 1.5...   (7/1)

BITS: Marketers Affinity4 has added Sky Angel faith and family television and radio programming to its product lineup... WJQK Grand Rapids (JQ99) adds former KXOJ/Tulsa and KKCM/Tulsa air talent Rachelle Renee for weekend voicetracking...  KGCN/Roswel and KQGC/Belen, NM. are now airing God's Country format...HisAir.Net congratulates WMHR/Syracuse celebrating 40 years as a Christian formatted radio station...  (7/1)

ARB Spring '09 Phase 2 MON-Sun 6a-mid 12+: WAKW/Cincinnati 2.2... WORD/Pittsburgh 1.5... WJQK/Grand Rapids 2.8...   (6/29)

UPDATED: The Air 1 Morning Show (Scott Smith & Kelli Calldwell) will be moving over to K-LOVE. The pair announced they will be heard in afternoon drive on K-LOVE  beginning July 6th. Sterling, who is currently doing middays on Air 1 will be stepping in to do mornings.  Sean Copeland will be staying in mornings, and will continue to anchor the morning news duties.

EMF has made no announcement regarding mornings on K-LOVE since the departure of Jon & Sherry Rivers in March. Jon Rivers told HisAir.Net he would be returning to K-LOVE , but so far that hasn't happened as Lisa Williams continues to fill the morning shift on K-LOVE. We'll keep you posted.  (6/29)

BITS: Meredith Hupp has joined INO RECORDS promotions staff replacing Valerie Stone who is remains with the label in another capacity... Keith Smith is now GM of Glory Communications Columbia, stations include Gospel WFMV/WGCV-A/ WQXL/WEAF... The first dedicated iPhone application for a Christian inspirational program has been released for Voice of Prophecy, founded in 1929 and now the second-oldest gospel radio broadcast still on the air...  WJJD The Country Giant, a new Internet only station based in Tallahassee is now streaming a hybrid format of country and contemporary Christian music at  (6/29)

Christian Concert Spots has been tapped as the official radio spot provider for the upcoming Mark Schultz / Point of Grace “Come Alive” co-headlining tour. Pete Bunch of Christian Concert Spots & Spoken Word Images, Inc. commented, “We are blessed and thrilled to be a part of this Christ-honoring tour.”   (6/29) 

BITS:  KYTT/Coos Bay, OR (K-LIGHT) adds Zsa Zsa Palagyi for midday Voice tracking... Rex McNeil exits weekends at Salem/Sacramento... Look for major air shift changes coming to WAY FM/CHRSN... KSBJ/Houston has pulled the plug on the station on-line stream citing "royaly fees" as the reason... Urgent prayer requests for Lion Chase Entertainment rep Jason Miller and family whose 18 month old son was diagnosed with a rare brain cancer and is starting treatment immediately... (6/22)

Arbitron May 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WFSH/Atlanta 2.9-577,300... WVFJ/Atlanta .8-180,700... WMUZ/detroit .6-175,400... WGTS/Wash DC 4.4-439,900... WAVA/Wash DC .7-164,900...  (6/22)

KTIS/Minneapolis PD Jason Sharp checks in with HisAir.Net to report his station's first PPM numbers. Jason tells us, "KTIS had a record 417,800 cume for the month of May!  This is our first full month of the people meter ratings. KTIS' impact for the Kingdom continues to grow!  (6/19)

 WBGL/Champaign celebrated Life during its spring fundraiser and focused on raising funds for Life FM, one of the first Christian stations in Cork, Ireland. Over $500,000 was pledged in total, which allowed WBGL to meet its operational goal and add an additional 10 percent to its building campaign. For each pledge made during the fundraiser,  WBGL donated $2 to Life FM. HCJB Global then matched the donations, doubling the effort to help “Shine the Light over Cork”. WBGL donations came in at $5,629, bringing in a total of over $11,000 after HCJB’s contribution. This is the first time WBGL partnered with HCJB Global. WBGL Station Manager, Jeff Scott explained the reason for the partnership, "I felt like it was time to stretch our faith. If we truly believe God is leading this ministry, He alone can do exceedingly, abundantly more than we could ever imagine. That He did!" Even in uncertain times, listeners responded and were eager to give to further the kingdom of God in Ireland. WBGL is looking forward to future partnerships with HCJB Global. (6/18)

Arbitron May 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WMBI/Chicago 1.1-317,400... WJKL/Chicago .7-278,600... WONU/Chicago .2-100,900... WCFL/Chicago .3-96,200... KLTY/Dallas 3.4-845,800... KVTT/Dallas .6-89,600... KCBI/Dallas .6-178,200... KSBJ/Houston 4.3-661,500... KROI/Houston 2.2-367,600... KHCB/Houston 1.2-222,800... KSGN/Riverside 2.0-135,200... KLRD/Riverside 1.0-86,200...   (6/17)

Indianapolis has a new Christian radio station today as WHZN (88.3 The Walk) launched Monday morning.  PD/mornings Kurt Wallace says "This has been a 12 year adventure for the church that received the station, but, God's timing couldn't be better for a brand new "locally" operated station in Indy!" Indianapolis has been without a a fulltime Christian music station since Cumulus pulled the plug on WISG/Indianapolis (93.9 The Song) in December 2006 and changed format to talk.

WHZN will begin streaming later this week.  The station website is

Congratulations to Curb Rep Charles Van Dyke who married his fiancé Jennifer Saturday 6/13 in Nashville. The couple will be honeymooning in Cancun.  (6/13)

KSBJ/Houston’s popular show Enter His Gates recently celebrated its 10th anniversary on the air. Enter His Gates first hit the airwaves on Sunday, March 14, 1999 with President and General Manager Tim McDermott hosting the program.  “They say that the church is the most divided on Sunday mornings as people from different cultures, denominations and backgrounds worship separately,” says Tim McDermott, President and General Manager for KSBJ.  “The vision of Enter His Gates was and still is to bring the church together as one. And, by the response we’ve received, we’re doing just that! We also want to help prepare people for worship and bring some peace to their home for what can be a hectic Sunday morning.”  (6/12)

Former WBYO/Sellersville, PA (The Word FM network) PD Kristine McClain is now hosting the late morning shift at WGRC/Lewisburg, PA, as well as the evening show on WPFF/Sturgeon Bay, WI via voice tracking.  She’s looking to bring on additional voice tracking shifts, as well as voice-over, production and copywriting jobs and can be reached at  (6/12)

KDNW-KDNI/Duluth Station Manager/Personality Paul Harkness ends his 26 years at the station today. “I feel like the dad of a graduate,” Harkness said. “I’ve been there from the beginning, struggled through the toddler years, got through the teen years of turmoil, and now I’m just proud.” Harkness says he doesn't have definite plans at this point. “I can tell you what I feel in my heart, but I can’t tell you exactly how it will unfold,” Harkness said. “My heart is in international Christian broadcasting. I traveled in Africa and have seen the power of radio to reach nations.”

Harkness started the stations in 1983 for Northwestern College Radio Network.  (6/12)

"Don Moen & Friends", the new syndicated three hour Sunday morning radio show hosted by Platinum-selling recording artist, songwriter and worship leader Don Moen, launched this past weekend in over 150 USA markets, plus internationally in over 20 nations.

The program features new and classic worship music, interviews with leading musical artists, pastors and Christian leaders, and noted personalities, as well as testimonies of how God is working around the globe. This program's core themes are hope, comfort and encouragement--themes which embody what Don Moen is all about in his ministry, whether on stage or off.  Stations interested in carrying the show should contact: Joe Silvey at Renaissance Communications at 201-847-1292, or at  (6/12)

KCMS/Seattle (SPIRIT 105.3 FM) made a difference for Seattle’s homeless and hungry by raising meals during a recent fundraiser.  Over 60,000 meals were provided by the listeners and supporters of SPIRIT and Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. Scott Valentine, Program Director of SPIRIT 105.3 FM shares, “Everyone could use a little encouragement these days and SPIRIT wants to help create opportunities for people to give back.  Thank you to our listeners for impacting so many people.” SPIRIT continues the theme of making a difference with new and ongoing partnerships with Habitat for Humanity, Union Gospel Mission, and Seattle Urban Academy.  (6/11)

WAFJ/Augusta is offering listeners a job board on the station’s website. John Bryant, co-host of  “John and Cleve in the Morning”, says he started the board after hearing about a similar offering in Louisville, Ky. “We were hearing all of the gloomy stats about unemployment and wanted to do something to provide hope to those who are without jobs,’ Bryant said. “It has been available for 5 months and the reaction has been phenomenal.” Bryant said visitors to the station’s website can browse the listings for free, and employers are encouraged to submit jobs to be posted free of charge. Listings are occasionally featured on the air during the morning show.  “We believe that, as a Christian radio station, our audience is full of good people with great values,” Bryant said. “The employers tell me they like knowing that because it gives them a quality pool of applicants.”  (6/11)

Covenant Educational Media has sold KVTT/Dallas (91.7 The Truth) for $18 mi. making it the biggest sale this year. The buyer is North Texas Public Broadcasting, the owner of Dallas public radio station KERA (90.1).  The station reportedly will change it's format to Adult Alternative to compliment news/talk KERA.  (6/9)

ARB Spring '09 Phase 1 MON-Sun 6a-mid 12+... KAIM/Honolulu 2.7... WDJC/Birmingham 4.7...  (6/9)

Word Entertainment announces the appointment of Mark Cabaniss as Senior Vice President of Word Music.  Cabaniss will report directly to Word Entertainment’s President & CEO Mark Bright.  "Word Music makes an impact on an estimated 30 million people every week through songs, hymnals and printed music used in church," says Bright. "Our efforts and products help thousands of local church musicians facilitate and lead worship for their congregations, and I am excited to announce the addition of Mark Cabaniss to the Word Music team. He brings with him a proven track record and renowned work within the industry, and will be an incredible asset to our team."  (6/9)

UPDATE: Currently EMF is studying whether to convert WQFL/Rockford and WGSL/Rockford to to its K-LOVE and/or Air 1 formats, keep them as they are, or make some kind of blend.  The decision is said to come in the next two months. “It depends on what the community wants, what it needs, how well the station is doing,” EMF President/CEO Mike Novak said. “If the station is really doing very well, we come alongside them and provide the knowledge that we have in our ministry to sort of raise the bar.” EMF purchased the Rockford pair last month from local church Rockford First who had owned the two for more than two decades. The stations’ 15 employees will be asked to reapply for their jobs once EMF decides on formats and staffing. (6/5)

ARB Spring '09 Phase 1 MON-Sun 6a-mid 12+... WCVO/Columbus 2.1... KBIQ/Colorado Springs 4.9... WAKW/Cincinnati 3.1... WJQK/Grand Rapids 2.4...   (6/5)

BITS: Trustees of Criswell College (owners of KCBI/Dallas) have decided to pursue separation from First Baptist Church of Dallas... His Radio (89.3 Greenville, SC) has teamed up with the local CBS affiliate’s daytime show, “Your Carolina with Jack & Kimberly” (WSPA, channel 7) and a local foundation, “Heart Step” to help develop the “Hearts For Hope Network”, where people can nominate someone in need. People can also read those needs and see how they can help fulfill them with the resources they have...  KXOJ/Tulsa kicked off it's 3rd annual Summer Concert Series at Riverwalk Crossing with Francesca Battestelli and Jonny Diaz. The crowd swelled to over 3,000 people with more giving up when all adjacent parking lots became full. Some families walked from over a mile away to attend the free show... Family Life Network helped support Joni & Friends Disability Center by collecting over 600 used wheelchairs within the network’s NY and PA listening areas.  Once repaired, the wheelchairs will be shipped and distributed to disabled people in developing countries around the world...  WBSN/New Orleans (LifeSongs 89.1) began the 89 Days of Summer Fun on Memorial Day with a kick-off party. Ninety-seven listeners stopped by the studio to pick up a Summer Fun Prize Packs and enjoyed a free New Orleans Style Sno-Ball courtesy of Greater New Orleans Teen Challenge...  (6/5)

We are all in total shock to hear that Radio and Records is closing it's doors for good this Friday. But after 36 years the radio trade publication will cease operations, being shut down by parent company Nielsen Business Media. The R&R website has already been taken down. While R&R did cover the Christian radio format if only on a limited capacity, to us who've been in radio for at least 30 years it seems there has always been R&R. I never thought I'd see the day that the "industry newspaper" was no more, but times have changed. At one time R&R employed about 100 people, today about 40 were let go today.

According to the story on the R&R website just before it was taken down, "The current state of affairs has left The Nielsen Company with no other alternative but to immediately cease all services, products and events related to Radio & Records. The magazine’s final edition is the June 5 issue. Electronic products end today, the Web site will be taken offline soon."

R&R Founder Bob Wilson said today, "It's a sad day and the industry has changed. It was, at one time the information leader in the industry, and when we started it 1973, it was revolutionary for its time."

We'll miss Radio and Records dearly and I am grateful for the contribution the organization has made to the radio industry as a whole.  (6/3)

BITS: KEZK-HD2/St Louis (The Spirit) is now streaming on online at Lee Geysbeek has resigned his position as VP Broadcasting at Cornerstone take a new job as radio marketing director for Compassion International... Former KZZQ/Des Moines PD Mike Schlotte is blogging at  (6/1)

SOS Radio PD Scott Herrold checks in with HisAir.Net, "I wanted to share some blessings over the last two days. We had a two day pledge drive planned, but we met our total pledge drive goal by 6pm on the first day! So we outlined a few special projects we'd like to fund for the next year, and our listeners met those by noon today. Our listeners just kept calling after we met the second goal, so we decided to pay it forward & raise money for HCJB Global's "Turn The Radios On" program. It provides radios fixed-tuned to a great Christian Spanish station called "Radio Impacto" in Northern Guatemala & Southern Mexico spreading the message of Jesus. We just broke our goal of 1000 radios at $35 each and a donor from HCJB Global is matching the number to make it 2000 total radios to get Christian music into more homes! (5/28)

KFSG/Los Angeles President Rolf K. McPherson has died at the age of 96. KFSG radio, which his mother Aimee Semple McPherson founded in 1924. was one of the first radio stations in Los Angeles and was among the oldest continuously operating Christian radio stations until it went off the air in 2003.  (5/28)

Arbitron (NYC Reissue) April 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WAWZ/New York .7-509,700..  (5/28)

VOAR Christian Family Radio, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, an inter-denominational Christian radio station is expected to hit the air in a few weeks. The station will carry programs such as Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll, Focus on the Family with James Dobson and children’s programs like Adventures in Odyssey. “We are at the moment just waiting for the cement to harden,” said pastor Charles Aguilar. The relay tower was expected to be up after the cement hardened on church grounds last Friday and a test run done this week, he said.

The hope is that the station, VOAR, which is the oldest Christian radio station in Canada and the country’s largest Christian radio network, will go live in three weeks, he added. The vision to have a Christian/family-friendly radio station here has been around for more than a couple of years and belongs to Steve McPherson, who worked on the applications, said Aguilar. Programming also includes a variety of music, from hymns to contemporary praise and worship to country gospel to instrumental, and programs specifically for women, children and seniors.

McPherson’s vision is to have a high-powered Christian radio station that will feature local content, such as local musicians and sermons, in two years, said Aguilar.  (5/27)

WHCF-WHMX/Bangor GM Pencil Boone has resigned his position and will be replaced by Marc Tischart.  After three years in the GM seat Pencil will leave June 1st to become Pastor of Student Ministries and Education for Bangor Baptist Ministries.  In addition at the stations Program Director/Music Director Joe Polek will join the morning show as Co-Host joining Penny Ayer for “Penny & Joe in the Morning”.  And even more changes at WHCF Shelly Mitchell jumps on board starting June 8 as 8pm – 11pm personality. Shelly was most recently with WRCM/Charlotte. (5/26)

Texas Ranger outfielder Josh Hamilton shares his amazing story of faith in a KCBI/Dallas exclusive! The American League All-Star will share his story of fame, faith, drug addiction, and sports in a special feature this Friday airing on the KCBI Morning Show. Josh talks about how God has used tattoos and drug addiction for His glory and he tells the one thing that he knows will cause God to close doors in his life. (5/26)

Arbitron April 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: WGTS/WASH DC 4.6-446,000... WFSH/Atlanta 3.2-584,400...  (5/21)

Arbitron April 2009 PPM P 6+ Weekly AQH/Cume: KLTY/Dallas 2.9-834,000... KSBJ/Houston 4.0-612,500... KSGN/Riverside 2.3-144,100...  (5/20)

WAY-FM and World Vision announce the renewal of their extensive partnership for an additional year. The agreement covers joint ministry efforts whereby the two organizations will continue to share various marketing opportunities and strategies. Once again, a national concert tour will be an element of the joint partnership. The tour will run in the early winter of 2010 and will visit 10 – 12 of the markets WAY-FM serves. It also includes WAY-FM air personalities visiting the field work World Vision does in international settings.  World Vision President Rich Stearns commented, "We are thrilled to continue this unprecedented ministry partnership.  WAY-FM is a strong Christian voice serving the communities in which they broadcast and World Vision is honored to serve with them in this important Kingdom work."

“The overall relationship between World Vision and WAY-FM has been outstanding. Our listeners have enjoyed getting to know the ministry and heart of both staff members and artists associated with World Vision. The joint tour we did last winter was a huge success and I really look forward to another year of working together.” noted Lloyd Parker, WAY-FM Chief Operating Officer. (5/20)

For Mother’s Day WBGL/Champaign allowed listeners to nominate the mom in their life to win a customized gift package created by the nominator. Wishes were fulfilled over the 3 week period leading up to Mother’s Day, and Tim & Pam from the Morning Show surprised each of the selected moms with a phone call telling them what they won. Over 800 entries came in with the stories of each of the very deserving moms ranging from moms who gave of their time to help sick children and grandchildren and moms who overcame cancer, to those who work tirelessly each day to make the everyday details work and still tuck their kids in at night. The winners received a range of gifts including: a day at the spa, jewelry, a customized home office, restaurant gift certificates, flowers, patio furniture, a dress for her granddaughters wedding, a video camera for a mom who has Alzheimer’s, a family portrait session, and even a collection of books donated to a local hospital in memory of a mom who lost her fight to cancer. Most of all, every entry wanted their mom to know she was loved and appreciated. (5/20)

West Sussex based Christian broadcasting Feba UK has appointed Jonathan Frank as its new Chief Executive. Feba UK broadcasts in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  (5/20)

Salem Communications announced that Ron Stone has been appointed as General Manager of its three Minneapolis radio stations, KKMS (980AM), KYCR (1570AM) and WWTC (1280AM).  Stone has more than 25 years of broadcasting experience. He comes to Salem from Midwest Communications, where he served as General Manager for their six station cluster.  Dave Santrella, Vice President of Operations, commented, "Ron is a solid broadcaster with a passion for our formats and the drive and creativity we need in today's challenging environment. I'm thrilled to have Ron in a leadership role in our company. (5/19)

The overall goal for the five day WAFJ/Augusta “Friendraiser” was $206,000. That goal was met before the third day was in the books.  That is something that has never happened in all of WAFJ’s nearly 15 years of serving the Augusta area. Even after the goal was met, phone calls continued to come into the studio, resulting in WAFJ actually exceeding its goal! “We are humbled and grateful to God,” exclaimed WAFJ Station Manager, Steve Swanson. “Our prayers were answered through hundreds of listeners who believe in the value of this station for their families,” Swanson added.  As an added benefit during the “Friendraiser”, every time a “faith partner” gave their donations through electronic funds transfer, WAFJ donated three cans of food to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. The final tally meant 1,257 cans of much needed food were placed on the Food Bank shelves for residents having a hard time during this recession.  As 88.3 WAFJ, looks ahead to increasing its services to listeners and area churches, Swanson declares,” We believe the best is yet to come!” (5/18)

BITS: St Joseph Missions has purchased WAMO/Pittsburgh AM&FM from Sheridan Broadcasting for 8.9mil... Selling price of WQFL/Rockford and WGSL/Rockford to EMF is 2mil, changes expected in 90 days... Mark Ross and Amy James exit GMA due to re-structuring... (5/15)

WLAB Update: The offer to buy the station made by the not-for-profit group (Star Educational Media Network) formed by  WLAB GM Melissa Montana and PD Don Beuttner, was accepted today by the BOD of the current ownership. Star 88.3 will be able to continue on as it is with it's programming and current staff. Details of the sale were not yet available. The sale is pending FCC approval. (5/14)

KDUV/Visalia PD Shannon Steele will exit the station to enter the exciting world of record promotion. She relocate to Nashville to join EMI CMG beginning June 15.  Shannon replaced longtime KDUV PD Joe Croft in January 2009 ND joined KDUV in 2001 coming from WDJC/Birmingham. If interested in the programming opening contact KDUV manager Bob Croft. (5/13)

Despite pleas from local radio stations, listeners, and civil rights leaders, the House Judiciary Committee today passed a bill by a vote of 21 to 9 that would levy a new fee on local radio stations for music aired free to listeners. If enacted, 50 percent of the new fee would go directly into the coffers of the major record label companies, three out of four of which reside outside the United States.  Outside the Judiciary Committee, a bipartisan group of 192 House lawmakers are already on record in opposition to the legislation, which is being pushed by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"We were pleasantly surprised by the considerable bipartisan opposition to a performance tax, even in a committee where support for the record labels is strongest. NAB applauds these nine members for standing with America's hometown radio stations, their 235 million weekly listeners, and the yet-to-break artists who will lose their number one promotional platform if this bill is enacted.

"Nearly half the House of Representatives already opposes RIAA efforts to feather the nest of foreign record labels. Record label abuse of artists from Count Basie to Prince is well-documented, as evidenced by scores of lawsuits filed by musicians cheated out of royalties. Moving forward, the fundamental question is this: If the debate is about 'fairness to artists', why should the record labels get one penny from a performance tax on radio stations?"

"Congress should not impose any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings on a local radio station for broadcasting sound recordings over-the-air, or on any business for such public performance of sound recordings," reads The Local Radio Freedom Act.  (5/13)

KSLT/Rapid City recently hosted a free Mother-Daughter event named after the Jonny Diaz hit “More Beautiful You”. The invitation only luncheon and concert featured speakers Jenn Buell from KSLT who shared her miracle baby story, and Jennifer Crawford from sister station KTPT, who shared on the importance of a woman’s true inner beauty. Jonny Diaz topped off the afternoon with a live performance.  (5/12)

BITS: Jacob Bluebaugh joins KLJC/Kansas City (Calvary 88.5) as Underwriting Coordinator... Longtime gospel radio air personality Joe Bagby has passed away... (5/12)

Educational Media Foundation (“EMF”) has agreed to purchase WQFL/Rockford (101 QFL) and sister station WGSL/Rockford (91.1 FM) from owners Christian Communication Network (CCN). CCN Chairman Jeremy DeWeerdt announced the purchase today. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. The sale is pending final approval from the FCC. Deweerdt stated, “We are excited about EMF’s acquisition of the stations because they bring the resources of a national radio group to Christian radio ministry in Rockford and are like-minded with the Christian Communication Network’s values. By transferring ownership of the radio stations to EMF, the largest Christian radio network in the U.S. that has a proven track record of top-notch Christian programming and spiritual life change, the legacy of WQFL and WGSL will continue to flourish.” (5/11)

New Christian station KPHL/Pahala (on Big Island of Hawaii) signed on last week for 48 hours to comply with FCC technical requirements, but station officials requested permission to take the station dark right away because "the tower we are currently licensed to, and operating from is considered nonpermitted for co-location of broadcast properties by the County of Hawaii," they said in an FCC filing. The station construction permit was purchased in 2007 for $1,500 from Memphis based owner George S. Flinn.

KPHL's plansto go on the air permannently this fall and primary programming will come from K-Love and Air One. (5/11)

Salem Communications released its First Quarter 2009 results for the three months ending March 31, 2009.
Results compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2008:
-- Total revenue decreased 10.7% to $48.3 million from $54.1 million;
-- Operating expenses decreased 4.2% to $39.5 million from $41.2 million;
-- Operating income from continued operations decreased 31.3% to $8.8
million from $12.8 million;
-- Net income was $2.9 million.

David K. Rehr, Ph. D., president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, announced today that he is resigning. "I have enjoyed leading America's broadcasters through this time of change and challenge," Rehr said. "Our efforts to educate America about the digital television transition have been enormously successful, and our effort to reinvigorate radio through the Radio Heard Here campaign is positioning radio broadcasters well for the future." "I am looking forward to building on these experiences and working with the broader Washington community to further advocacy efforts through marketing, communications and education," he continued. "David made a significant contribution and has been extremely dedicated to making NAB a stronger organization," NAB Joint Board Chairman Jack Sander said. "On behalf of the board of directors and our member stations, we thank him for his leadership and wish him well in the future." Rehr said he plans to continue in his current role during a transition phase. During an interim period, Janet McGregor, NAB's chief operating and financial officer, will work closely with Rehr and assume day-to-day duties until a successor is named. Rehr joined the NAB in 2005.

Rehr's sudden resignation comes less than three weeks after the NAB held its major event of the year, the annual spring convention in Las Vegas, which in good times, generates nearly $50 million in revenue for NAB. This year's attendance was dramatically lower than in previous years, just under 84,000, the decline blamed on the recession. However, under Rehr's leadership, the NAB has lost several significant battles, the most obvious the group's expensive attempt to stop the Sirius-XM merger. Both the Department of Justice, and then the FCC, approved the merger with inconsequential stipulations. (5/6)

BITS: Patton House Entertainment has promoted Tiffany Rockhold to the artist management staff within the agency... WJTL/Erie received two awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters... Flame FM, based in Old Town, England (80 mi from London) returned to the air and will run for 28 days with community radio shows and Christian rock...
Syndication programmer Joel Dearing joins VirtualNewsCenter as Vice President of Affiliate Relations... (5/5)

KCBI/Dallas presents “Family Matters…Forum on the Family,” a live radio broadcast from CenterStage at First Baptist Dallas on Wed., May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Not only will this event be live on the “air” but televised as well! This KCBI Family Town Hall will be recorded and aired nationally as well as internationally on Family Net TV. “People are frustrated and exhausted, and they don’t know what they are doing wrong … they have no idea why their families are falling apart,” said Mike Tirone KCBI’s General Manager. “But like the Word of God says in Psalm 127:1, ‘Unless the Lord builds the house, those who labor, labor in vain.’ I want people to go home with practical steps to improve their marriages and families, rooted in God’s word.” (5/5)

Russ Hauth of Salem Communications; Harv Hendrickson of Northwestern Media, a ministry of Northwestern College; Don Crawford of Crawford Broadcasting; and Dan DeBruler of Christian Listening Network have joined together to oppose H.R. 848 and S. 379, the performance tax legislation being pushed by foreign-owned record labels.

In a letter to members of Congress, they wrote, “Radio companies like ours that air ministry programming are trying to weather the economic storm ahead, but some members of Congress — at the urging of the foreign-owned record labels — have introduced legislation that could make it impossible for radio ministries to survive … Even if the legislation included exemptions that actually meant something, we would oppose this measure on principle.”

They added, “Why would we legislatively and financially reward an industry that consistently displays bad behavior at the expense of local jobs and local communities? Local religious radio stations like ours exist to help people. And the entire radio industry is formed around the notion that it has the responsibility to not only entertain and inform, but also to serve the great people in this country. We take pride in doing that every day, and it is why we need your help.” (5/4)

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