Industry News Bits 1-11-21

It’s PAR’s (Positive Alternative Radio) biggest week of the year. PAR’s Vision Week (Jan 12-14) will be conducted virtually via Zoom for the very first time, in order to keep all team members safe during the pandemic. The in-house conference features artists Tasha Layton and Rend Collective, as well as author/speaker Barnabas Piper.

“While preparing for a virtual vision week has had its challenges, we are looking forward to a great time of inspiration and celebration with our teams,” Brian Sanders, Executive Vice President, said.

“We have so much to be celebrate. In spite of everything, God truly has blessed PAR in 2020. We also have a lot of exciting ideas and plans for the future,” Sanders added.

This is PAR’s 9th annual Vision Week. All employees of the ministry gather annually for the event to reconnect with the PAR mission and vision while providing a strategic focus for the coming year. This year’s theme is “Back To The Future,” which is allowing PAR to return to its foundational roots as well as share an exciting vision for the months ahead.


The NAB Crystal Radio Awards honor 10 NAB member radio stations for excellence in year-round community service.

Entries accepted January 1-31. Find our more about the entry process HERE.
A complete list of the 2020 NAB Crystal Radio Award winners can be found HERE.


Steve Swanson (and wife Susie) last official day at WAFJ/Augusta was last Friday Jan 8th. On Facebook Steve said, “Susie and I are looking forward to new adventures and opportunities. We’re beyond grateful to have served with this staff in this amazing ministry. Thank you for your prayers in this new chapter of our lives!” 

WAFJ station manager/PD Steve Swanson announced in Dec that he and his wife Susie, who serves as WAFJ office manager, would be retiring.

Steve joined Radio Training Network (RTN) at The Joy FM/Sarasota, FL in the fall of 1995. He served as PD and afternoon host until 2006 when he accepted the position of General Manager at WAFJ in Augusta. Currently Steve also hosts middays and has been on the air in Christian Radio part time since 1978 and full time since 1989.

John Bryant has stepped into the Station Manager role.  John started his radio career in 1999 through a college internship in promotions at Reality 101.1 in Birmingham, AL. In 2001 he moved to Tupelo, MS to work for American Family Radio in their production department and as air talent then in 2004 he joined WAFJ as morning host.


Salem announced the promotion of Angenette Natkowski to Director of Sales in Salem’s Chicago cluster. In this newly created position, Angenette will continue her focus on WIND/Chicago (AM 560 the Answer) and Salem Surround Chicago with additional responsibility for AM 1160 Hope For Your Life/WYLL.

“I’m excited to take on this new role and continue to grow Salem Chicago’s revenue, both audio and digital, through Salem’s full suite of product solutions,” stated Angenette.


WayFM Portland Promotions Director Kaylee Aho is exiting 1/15. If you’re interested in this opening go HERE.

What is Section 230 and how does it affect social media platforms?

The NRB has piece that will explain. Here’s what you should know: HERE

Milestones:
Robin Robinson 20 years as Station Manager at WHIF/Palatka
Dave Conour celebrates 25 years in Christian Radio ministry
Roxanne Richardson 10 years at WDJC/Birmingham

Prayer List:
Kevin Collard
Bryan O’Neal
Rob Dempsey
Dale McCubbins


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