Industry News Bits 3-24-16

news-iconThe Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced new Board of Directors, whose terms are effective immediately. Jackie Patillo currently serves as President.  “The GMA is excited to add an incredible group of individuals to our board as we continue strengthening and building the future for the association and its membership. I couldn’t be more honored and humbled to serve our community alongside such an accomplished group,” says Patillo. 

Newly elected Directors serving a two year term include:

Ben Howard, Provident Films
Chris Hauser, Hauser Promotions 
David Bunce, Bessemer Trust 
Lee Crisp, Museum of the Bible
Mike Harland, LifeWay Worship
Rod Riley, Word Entertainment
Scott Brickell, BrickHouse Entertainment


KNEO/Neosho, MO (91.7 FM) celebrates its 30th year of broadcasting on April 1st. “This year is a special year. It is our 30th year of broadcasting,” said Mark Taylor, general manager of KNEO. “The main purpose of the event is to just say a big ‘thank you’ to all of those people who support the radio station throughout the years.”


Nielsen announced the launch of Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings, the new solution to measure over-the-air radio listening, across mobile apps and web players, regardless of ad model and device—smartphones, tablets and computers. The service will provide the industry with the ability to assess the value of digital inventory and clarify return on digital investments, while aligning with established broadcast and digital currencies. Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings is a component of Nielsen’s Total Audience, an initiative that provides comparable metrics across all linear and digital platforms.

“With the way people consume content in a continual state of change, it’s critical to capture all of the platforms where people are listening to audio, whether on the radio, computers or smartphones,” said Brad Kelly, Managing Director, Nielsen Audio. “To achieve Total Audience for audio, we must provide a comprehensive view of listening behavior across all platforms and what better way to start than with radio. Nielsen Digital Audio Ratings allows broadcasters, advertisers and marketers to better understand the dynamics of a station’s over-the-air and online audiences.”


Fervent artist and Grammy winner Francesca Battistelli, has given birth to her third child, a son named Isaac James Goodwin. He entered the world on Sunday, March 20 weighing 10 lbs., 9 oz. at 23 inches. Please join her, Matt, her husband and proud dad, and their two other children, Eli (5) and Audrey (3), in welcoming Isaac into their family.   


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