Industry News Bits 8-28-17

EMF is purchasing WBRU/Providence (Class B 95.5) from Brown Broadcasting Services. The alternative rock (college operated) format could make the switch to KLOVE as soon as September 1st.  WBRU, which held an affiliation with Brown University and was staffed by primarily by Brown students, was put up for sale by its board due to lackluster financial performance, the deal will require FCC approval. Can anyone remember when there was a CCM station in this market?


Ellenbrook, Western Australia has a new Christian Radio station. Faith FM is on the air 24/7 at 88.5 FM.  Perth radio enthusiast and licence owner Philip Smith said he manages a similar low-power FM radio licence in Thornlie. “This new station is operating as a relay station for Faith FM, a Christian radio network affiliated with 3ABN Australia,” he said.


After a five year hiatus, Raging Storm Records aims to return to the independent music scene. Originally founded in 2005, the label abruptly closed it’s doors in 2012, citing personal and family reasons. “It was always our intention to operate as a service first, God-honoring ministry” says Raging Storm founder Jason Scannell. “Shutting down hurt, but where we were personally, it was the right thing to do.” Previous releases from Raging Storm covered a diverse array of rock-based genres. Jason’s wife of 25 years and Raging Storm co-founder, affectionately dubbed “Mama Storm” by one of their earlier bands, describes their music as ranging from “coffee shop acoustic to death metal.” They simply seek to make honest and beautiful music.

The term “ministry” implies “service” and the experienced leadership team at Raging Storm seeks to serve and equip Christian musicians with innovative tools to help them achieve a positive balance between ministry and family life. Serving bands is the passion and the goal of everyone at Raging Storm Records.


The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that Reba McEntire, MercyMe, CeCe Winans and Zach Williams will perform at the 48th Annual GMA Dove Awards on Tuesday, October 17 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena in Nashville.


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