WRXT Roanoke (Spirit FM) PD Dave Clark is exiting the station December 31st. Starting January 2, 2013 Dave will assume the PD position at Salem's KGBI/Omaha. Dave tells HisAir.Net "It has been a great five years at Spirit and I will miss my coworkers and the wonderful audience, but I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life." Dave will be teaming with Kristen Kelley for mornings at KGBI. (12/28)
Dec 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Austin: KFMK 183,000...
Memphis: WHAL 247,900...
Nashville: WFFH 154,900... WAYM 99,100... WLVU
Norfolk: WGH 78,200...
Raleigh: WNNL 167,300... WRTP 38,600
West Palm Beach: WAYF 109,900... WRMB 54,300
Dec 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers
Charlotte: WPZS 223,100... WRCM 179,900... WMIT 148,500...
Cleveland: WCRF 84,400... WJMO 43,200
Columbus: WCVO 236,900... WZNP 13,900...
Las Vegas: KSOS 167,900...
Orlando: WPOZ 411,100 (#3 AQH 7.3)... WPOZ HD2 73,500
Portland: KFIS 206,900...
San Antonio: KZAR 116,500...
Dec 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 288,000... WGTS 103,700... WCAO 90,200
Detroit: WPZR 354,800...
Minneapolis: KTIS 481,100... KTIS-AM 36,900
Phoenix: KFLR 127,700...
Seattle: KCMS 501,000... KWPZ 30,600...
St Louis: KLJY 379,300 (#5 6+ 5.7)... KATZ 92,900
Tampa: WCIE 166,700... WBVM 116,100... WJIS 38,800
Wash DC: WGTS 460,200... WPRS 432,600...
WYQQ/Charlton, MA (The Q 90.1) has officially signed on. The new stations signal can be heard throughout Worcester & Worcester County, and throughout the southern MA region and Northeast CT. PD Ryan Gagne tells HisAir.Net Q 90.1 is to provide a message of hope to people of the Greater Worcester Region and Northern CT. More than 350,000 people can receive the signal. Ryan says "Our mission is to deliver a message of hope to our community through uplifting music and DJ's that connect. We want to encourage people in their walk of faith, while introducing Jesus in a relevant way to those who don't know Him." WYQQ staff includes WWWA/Winslow, ME (Worship FM) PD Ryan Gagne, Mornings / PD / Station Manager, Leslie P, mid-days, Theresa Ross, mid-afternoon & Jayar, evenings. at Worship FM Brad Taylor is the new Station Manager / PD. (12/27)
BITS: KJTH/Ponca City & KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) morning show co-host Andy Youso is headed to KTIS/Minneapolis as Content Creator/Morning Show Host... EMF is purchasing non-comm KBNO/White Salmon, WA (Class A at 89.3)... Kelli Deshan joins The Salem Radio Network as Affiliate Relations rep... (12/27)
Dec 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 670,700... WPZE 502,100...
Chicago: WMBI 216,700...
Dallas: KLTY 900,900 (#3 6+ 5.5)... KCBI 228,300...
Houston: KSBJ 768,900 (#5 6+ 4.9) ...
Los Angeles: KFSH 540,200... KLST 331,600
New York: WLIB 192,300...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 363,600... WBYO 41,300...
Riverside: KSGN 216,500...
WSAE/Spring Arbor, MI (SAU Radio & HOME.fm) has promoted Kaitlyn Tracy to General Manager. Kaitlyn previously served as Coordinator of Donor Relations. Malachi Crane has been promoted to Assistant Vice President of University Communications for Spring Arbor University and will continue to oversee SAU Radio and HOME.fm in his new role. (12/27)
NRB Awards Committee has announced the nominees for the NRB 2013
Media Awards. The NRB 2013 Media Awards will be presented on
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, as part of the NRB 2013 Convention &
Exposition at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in
Radio Program of the Year
PowerPoint with Jack Graham (PowerPoint Ministries)
Road to Reality with Dr. K.P. Yohannan (Gospel for Asia)
The One Cry Prayer Summit (Moody Radio)
Radio Station of the Year
Radio Impact Award
In Touch Messenger MP3 Player Outreach (In Touch Ministries)
Life Issues (Life Issues Institute)
WEMI-WEMY/Appleton/Oshkosh (The Family) 15th annual ‘Christmas Care’ wrapped up with another record-breaking year as more than 3,400 brightly decorated Christmas Care shoe box gifts were donated, sorted, and loaded up this weekend for delivery to 40 area crisis agencies and hospital emergency rooms. The event has become a favorite for shelter staff and hospital emergency room workers who watch carefully for patients in crisis or lacking adequate clothing and who clearly need a Christmas Care gift. (12/22)
Former WAY FM air personality on “The Melissa & Matt Show” Matt McNeilly has relocated to Ft. Lauderdale to join WREH/Cypress Quarters (Reach FM) as Program Director & morning show co-host. (12/21)
WGTS/Wash DC is asking for prayers right now for its General Manager/Vice President John Konrad. Last week he was admitted to the hospital with bi-lateral pneumonia, and after a brief recovery was sent home. However, he took a turn for the worse earlier this week, and doctors say he is critical but stable. Recently, he was transported to another local hospital with a specialized team to handle his condition. WGTS 91.9 has set up a prayer page at PrayerWorks where you can let the family know you are praying for him. (12/21)
Changes at Shamrock Media Group. Kris Love is heading to Centricity full time and leaving Shamrock. Alan Garrett moves to AC and Soft AC Promotion at Shamrock. Chris Chicago will be coming back to Shamrock full time working the Hot AC and ROCK format while continuing to handle radio for Save The City. Also, James Riley joins Shamrock Media Group effective immediately. (12/21)
Angeles (95.9 the Fish) announced today the addition of Rob
Wagman to the line-up as PM drive host. Rob begins on-air
January 14th. Salem Communications Los Angeles Program Director
Chuck Tyler said…’This was a world-wide search with a fantastic
outcome. Rob is the right person at the right time. I’m very
excited to have him join our team in time for the New Year!”
Wagman, most recently Assistant Program Director at CBS Top 40,
WNOW/New York, has demonstrated creativity and flexibility
highlighted by successes in multiple positions from on-air to
marketing director to program director, in numerous markets from
Chicago, Providence, Tampa, Syracuse, the Carolinas and New
‘I couldn't think of a safer place to be when the Mayan calendar ran out,’ said Rob. "I am ecstatic for the opportunity to join Salem Communications on air in Los Angeles." This is a homecoming of sorts for Rob, a former LA radio personality on 98.7 KYSR until 2004. Wagman, who has conceptualized and consulted many syndicated countdowns and national programs including Dawson McAllister Live, presently holds the position of Executive Producer for Nick Cannon's Weekend countdown. Wagman is a working actor and comedian; a member in good standing with the Christian Comedy Association. (12/20)
After leading the ministry at WGRC/Lewisburg for nearly 30 years, Larry and Janet Weidman announce that they are retiring effective December 31, 2012 and will be moving to the North Atlanta area to be close to their daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren. Fueled by response to a syndicated program that Larry was hosting on a Central Pennsylvania radio station, the Weidman's started the long process of getting WGRC on the air by establishing a non-profit corporation, having an engineering study completed to file with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and raising funds to finance what was called the Mid-Susquehanna Christian Radio Project. After the FCC approved the application for construction of the new station in August, 1987, the many pieces of construction finally came together when WGRC signed on the air in April, 1988.
With the retirement, a programming change will also take place on WGRC. 'The Matter At Hand' talk show, hosted by Larry for the past 13 years, will also be retired. Weidman began his Christian radio career in 1966 at WPGM/Danville, PA, and worked for WMHK/Columbia from 1976-1980 as news and public affairs director and AM drive host. (12/19)
K L V V/Ponca City & KZTH/Oklahoma City (My Praise FM & The House FM) celebrate 20 years on the air December 21 with an open house invitation extended to listeners to celebrate what God has done through the music and ministry of the two radio networks. CEO & Founder Doyle Brewer and Program Director Tony Weir have served the ministry all 20 years and will be giving a special presentation at 7:30 pm, the actual time the first note was heard 20 years ago on the radio airwaves of the listener-supported ministry in northern Oklahoma, with the first song, “People Need The Lord” by Steve Green. (12/19)
After 39 years at WNWC/Madison (Life 102.5) Station Manager Greg Walters is stepping down effective January 11th, 2013. Greg has served WNWC in many different capacities most recently as Station Manager. Please feel free to send notes of appreciation to Greg at [email protected]. Northwestern Media will be accepting applications for Station Manager of Life 102.5 and in addition keep checking the HisAir.Net jobs page for more information on another opening at Life 102.5, AM Show Co-Host and Listener Engagement Director. (Details forthcoming). (12/18)
Radio Training Network (RTN) parent company of The JOY FM (Florida, Atlanta & Dothan, Alabama) - HIS Radio (WLFJ-South Carolina/Savannah, Georgia & WRTP-Raleigh, North Carolina) & The Wind (KWND-Springfield, Missouri) hosted a trip for 1 winner and a guest from each of their stations for a "Merry Christmas in Manhattan" promotion. Each winner received round-trip airfare for 2, a 3 night stay at The Iroquois New York, a $500 Macy's gift card & 2 tickets to the Radio City Music Hall - Christmas Spectacular performance featuring The Rockettes. Pictured at left: All winners in Santa hats in front of The Iroquois New York Hotel. (12/18)
HisAir.Net is sad to report KKLA/Los Angeles talk show host Frank Pastore passed away yesterday (Monday) afternoon after lying in a nearly month-long coma following a Nov. 19 motorcycle accident. His wife, Gina Pastore, alerted the staff of KKLA of Pastore’s passing on Monday afternoon. Pastore suffered major head injuries when he was struck by a Hyundai Sonata while traveling in the carpool lane on the 210 freeway Nov. 19. He had just finished recording what some have called a prophetic segment of his show in which he described getting into an accident eerily similar to the one he would fall victim to just hours later.California Highway Patrol ruled the crash accidental. The driver of the Sonata, a 56-year-old Glendora woman, was not arrested or cited. Pastore was also a former Major League baseball pitcher who pitched from 1979 to 1986 for the Cincinnati Reds and the Minnesota Twins. He was 55. (12/18)
WKAO/Ashland, KY (Walk FM) Operations Manager Jeremy Wolfe has returned to the air after a two week absence with Guillain–Barré syndrome, normally recovery takes multiple weeks, or months or years to recover, he is able to come back within a short period of time. Jeremy co-hosts "Your Morning Walk with Elisha & Jeremy" on Walk FM's seven signals across Ohio, West Virginia & Kentucky. (12/17)
It's a Christmas gift from CMB, for both members and non members with this month's monthly teleconference. Wednesday, December 19th at 11AM CST / 12:00 NOON ET - join in for this “working lunch” as you'll discussion from Tommy Kramer and Alan Mason. Facilitated by CMB Board Chair/Executive Director Chris Lemke, the discussion will be geared for 2013, getting radio stations ready for the New Year 'A Post-Christmas Pep Talk'! Call 559.546.1000 and use the passcode 856034... (12/17)
Pictured at left: Congratulations to WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) Midday host, Dawn Wheeler got married over the weekend. (12/17)
Last Week WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light) partnered with Prison Fellowship to invite listeners to invest in the work of their Angel Tree ministry. It was a ten-hour on-air event, hosted by the air team along with Jennifer Lowrey from Prison Fellowship and Jack Hibbard from The Hibbard Group. Thanks to listeners answering what God placed on their heart, 6,204 children with parents behind bars will know their mom, dad (or both) love them and remember them, all through the delivery of a gift and the message of Jesus Christ as delivered by Angel Tree Volunteers . The goal was 3,500 children which was reached that by 2pm. The 6,204 children reached represent 60% of all the kids in the Prison Fellowship/Angel Tree program in the ZIP codes within the 106.9/106.7 the Light listening areas, which is the 12th largest FM coverage area in the nation (a total of 10,411 children.). God gets the praise. All His work. (12/17)
Left: BEC artists All Things New stopped by Family Life Radio in Tucson for an interview with Music Director Bill Ronning. The guys also gave a short concert in which they shared the story behind their new single, "A New Man." (12/13)
left: In the days after Hurricane Sandy
teamed with ministry partner Gods Pit Crew to collect and distribute relief supplies. To date, Gods Pit Crew has sent 16 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to the New York area. The retail value of the supplies top 2 million dollars. Pictured: Spirit FM morning hosts Michael Brown and Linda Armstrong broadcasting live from the drive. (12/13)
BITS: The FCC granted the assignment of WFTI/St. Petersburg (91.7 FM) from Family Radio to Radio Training Network (The Joy FM), for $2.5 million... Fair Trade Services has signed Hawk Nelson to the label... Sparrow artist Kari Jobe has been nominated for her first Grammy in the "Best Contemporary Christian Music Album” category... (12/11)
Jayar Reeves & Scott Herrold from CreativeCardio.com will host another "Jock Brainstorm" this Thursday, December 13th at 10:30am Pacific/1:30 Eastern time. They will talk about New Year's ideas & benchmarks for your show. Bring a few ideas of your own! The call in number is 213-493-0800 and access code: 502051#... *CreativeCardio.com is a showprep & idea starting resource to help challenge & focus creativity for radio personalities. (12/10)
WIBI/Carlinville, IL station manager Tom Greene will be stepping down from his position at the end of the year. He can be reached at [email protected] (12/7)
Plains Christian Radio CEO Michael Luskey
checks in with HisAir.Net, " After nearly 10
years of great service at KJIL, afternoon
host and PD Bill Lurwick is moving on to the
The Bridge in Milford, DE. He will be
missed. We are happy to announce the hiring
of Blake Carter from KSOK Wichita as our
first ever Web Content Manager and
Production Assistant. We will be conducting
a search for our next PD / Afternoon host
very soon." (2/6)
(88.7 The Bridge) has named Bill Lurwick as
Program Director and afternoon drive host
effective January 7, 2013. Lurwick comes to
Delmarva from KJIL/Meade, KS where he has
been serving most recently as PD/MD and
afternoon host. "Bill will be our first
Program Director in the station's two year
history, and we couldn't be more pleased",
said Bill Sammons, station manager. "Bill
shares our passion for great local radio,
lots of community involvement, and a focus
on people and ministry. He's well respected
in the industry and has great experience in
both mainstream and Christian radio. Plus,
he's originally from the East Coast. We
feel Bill is a great fit for The Bridge and
is the one to help us get to the next level
in our growth", Sammons said.
88.7 The Bridge celebrates its 2nd anniversary on the air this Friday, December 7th. The station is 25,000 watts and serves much of Delaware, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and South Jersey. (12/6)
Cari Kates has been named Assistant Program Director at Air1 Radio Network. Air1 Program Director Paul Goldsmith stated, “Air1 has been growing at an astronomical rate and Cari Kates is uniquely qualified to help us manage the growth while remaining listener-focused. Cari is a strategic-thinker, passionate about radio, and tenacious when it comes to getting things done -- just the person you look for in an APD.”
Kates joins Air1 from EMI CMG, where she has served the past two and a half years as Manager of National Promotions at the label. Prior to EMI, Cari spent 15 years in radio; most recently at KDUV-FM/Visalia. (12/6)
WBGL/Champaign is remembering WCIA TV meteorologist and station weatherman Robert Reese who lost his battle with cancer in October 2012, by selling customized wristbands with all proceeds going to directly to his wife... EMF is paying Amaturo $8,788,500 for three Los Angeles area FMs including KLST/Fountain Valley, KLSI/Thousand Oaks and KLSN/Adelanto... Salem announces realignments effective 1/1/13, In New York, Salem VP Director, Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce adds Operational VP for the New York cluster, Regional VP Linnae Young will take on the oversight of the Tampa cluster, and in Louisville, Regional VP Mike Moran will take over WGTK and WFIA-AM and FM... (12/6)
WRBS/Baltimore (Shine FM) has named Kelly Jarvis as Director of Digital Media. “I can’t think of anyone more qualified to lead our digital expansion than Kelly. Her addition to the team shows our ongoing commitment to give our audience, advertisers, and supporters what they demand and deserve,” says Steve Lawhon, WRBS AM/FM, VP/GM. Jarvis will direct the digital media department for WRBS. “I am thrilled to combine two things I am passionate about, Christian music and radio,” says Jarvis. “Plus, I get to focus on a very important growth opportunity for the industry. We’ve really turned a corner in the digital space, but it is critical that stations start seeing substantial revenue from their digital assets and, of course, give advertisers more creative ways to reach our extremely valuable audience.” Jarvis most recently worked for iBiquity Digital as Senior Manager of Broadcast Marketing. She has also worked at three major broadcast groups in the DC area in both promotions and sales and is currently President of the National Capital Area Chapter of the Alliance for Women in Media. (12/3)
BITS: New station KMWC/Bethany, MO is on the air at 91.3 FM with music and teaching programs... Fisk Media President Brad Fisk has launched the 2013Coaching Clinic for Radio Pros, to obtain a copy call 719-572-9998... For the seventh year WBGL/Champaign presents its Random Acts of Christmas program designed to connect people in need with people who can help... KJUG/Visalia (AM1270) drops classic country for Christian calling itself Living Water Radio... EMF puts Air1 on KRUZ/Santa Barbara as well as KLST/Fountain Valley, KLSI/Thousand Oaks, KLSN/Adelanto... Salem adds its talk format to WMUU/Greenville... (12/3)
Nov 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Austin: KFMK 156,800... KVLR -----
Memphis: WHAL 233,600...
Nashville: WFFH 135,400... WAYM 113,200... WLVU
Norfolk: WGH 85,900...
Raleigh: WNNL 164,700... WRTP 36,100
West Palm Beach: WAYF 110,200... WRMB 44,700
Nov 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers
Charlotte: WPZS 236,400... WRCM 197,000... WMIT 143,100...
Cleveland: WCRF 82,600... WJMO 36,600
Columbus: WCVO 232,500... WZNP 18,500...
Las Vegas: KSOS 159,900...
Orlando: WPOZ 429,000 (#1 AQH 7.7)... WPOZ HD2 73,100
Portland: KFIS 224,200...
San Antonio: KZAR 104,800...
Family Life Radio Network has officially launched a brand new FM radio frequency at 101.7 FM reaching more than 900,000 people in and around Tucson Arizona. This new frequency is Family Life Radio’s third signal in Southern Arizona which can also be heard on 88.5 FM and AM 830. Family Life Radio network is headquartered in Tucson at Ina and Oracle and broadcasts to more than 15 million people across 11 states. (11/29)
Nov 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 288,900... WGTS 89,000... WCAO 86,400
Detroit: WPZR 318,200...
Minneapolis: KTIS 520,300... KTIS-AM 35,900
Phoenix: KFLR 141,900...
Seattle: KCMS 472,400... KWPZ 32,700... KCIS 25,100...
St Louis: KLJY 393,600 (#4 6+ 6.2)... KATZ 80,300
Tampa: WCIE 141,900... WBVM 108,500... WJIS 35,200
Wash DC: WGTS 454,600... WPRS 437,900...
Nov 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 572,600... WPZE 560,700...
Chicago: WMBI 193,900...
Dallas: KLTY 920,000 (#2 6+ 5.8)... KCBI 279,700...
Houston: KSBJ 779,300 (#3 6+ 6.0) ...
Los Angeles: KFSH 552,800...
New York: WLIB 226,100...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 344,600... WBYO 38,500...
Riverside: KSGN 208,900...
UPDATE: (From the Pasadena Times) KKLA/Los Angeles talk show host and ex-Major League Baseball pitcher Frank Pastore remained hospitalized and was still in critical condition as of Monday afternoon following a motorcycle crash last week, hospital officials said. Pastore, 55, suffered major head injuries Nov. 19 in a motorcycle crash on the 210 Freeway near Buena Vista Street in Duarte, according to California Highway Patrol officials. He has remained in critical condition in an intensive care unit ever since, according to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca. "There hasn't been any change in his condition," she said Sunday. The 55-year-old Upland resident and host of "The Frank Pastore Show" on KKLA 99.5 FM fell into a coma following the crash, family members said.
HisAir.Net encourages readers to continue to keep him and his wife Gina in prayer. (11/26)
BITS: WAYM/Nashville (WAY FM) GM Matt Austin exits for the GM slot at KCBI/Dallas starting next month... KKLA/Los Angeles Christian radio talk host Frank Pastore was seriously injured when his motorcycle was hit by a car Monday night, KKLA posted on its website "Dear Listeners: Last night Frank Pastore was in a motorcycle accident. We do not know how extensive his injuries are, but we know they are serious. Please keep him and his family in your prayers"... The CMB Member monthly teleconference is today at 11AM CT featuring "Writer, Director, Actor from Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants Author of The Love Dare and Resolution for Men, Alex Kendrick 'Taking Ground for the Kingdom' - Momentum audio Highlight"... (11/21)
Pictured at left: On Monday, members of the WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1) Office Team joined relief efforts on Staten Island. Led by Office Manager Nancy Walter, the team was on-site to serve food, distribute clothing and offer encouragement to residents of hard-hit Midland Beach. STAR 99.1 has been receiving gift cards which it will distribute to its network of churches in those hardest-hit communities between Thanksgiving and Christmas to help families replace what they lost. (11/19)
WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) is teaming up with Chick-fil-A to present the Fish Christmas Wish program. Listeners are currently submitting nominations for family and friends in need. 104.7 The Fish will be working with listeners and advertisers to grant as many of these wishes as possible prior to Christmas. Needs range from help with Christmas gifts for their families to home repair and medical needs. In previous years, this program has generated over 1,000 nominations received each year and over $250,000 worth of wishes being granted. In conjunction with this program, 104.7 The Fish will be broadcasting live from a different Chick-fil-A location each weekday morning November 26 through December 21 (with one exception on December 5) and on Saturday morning, December 22. There will also be afternoon broadcasts from three different Interstate All Battery Center locations on December 14, 15 and 21. Listeners will be able to stop by these live broadcasts to view the Christmas Wish book and make donations to the Fish Christmas Wish fund to help grant wishes.
KLJY/St Louis (Joy FM) is back to 100% power
one week after a fire broke out at the
transmitter site. KLJY GM Sandi Brown tells
HisAir.Net "Because of the tower fire JOY FM
remained at 50 percent power throughout the
3 day fundraiser. But we reached 100 percent
of the $1.5 million goal Thursday afternoon.
(a hour and half early)." (11/18)
WIBI/Carlinville PD Rob Regal checks in with HisAir.Net to announce that he has made the decision to leave broadcasting after almost 17 years to pursue a career in business. His last day with WIBI was November 9th. If you would like to keep in touch, email Rob at [email protected]. No word on Rob's replacement at WIBI. (11/16)
The Joy FM/Sarasota kicked off a fundraiser on the air this morning to raise $1 mil by Dec 31st for a project to expand their reach in the Tampa market. The increase in potential audience would be from 589,000 to almost 3.5 mil on the 91.5FM frequency. (11/14)
WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has hired Jennifer Winborn as the new co-host on the the afternoon show with PD Dean O'Neal beginning November 26th. Jennifer was previously MD/on air at KVNE/Tyler. Also at WPOZ Sierra Allmand has been promoted from within for Morning Show Producer and Carter Kenyon from Cox Media joins to take on the role of Director of Ministry Advancement. (11/13)
BITS: At WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) Dawn Wheeler becomes the new Mid-day air talent, effective November 19, Wheeler was previously a co-host on the morning show and afternoon show... WYSZ/Toledo (Yes FM) celebrates 20 years on the air this week... Bott Radio Network (BRN) marks its 50th anniversary this month as a Bible teaching, Christian news and information source... Tom Davis lands a job at WMUZ/Detroit as writer/producer, a job he heard about on the HisAir.Net jobs page. (11/13)
UPDATE: KLJY/St Louis (Joy FM) GM/morning host Sandi Brown tells HisAir.Net " We are back on the main tower but at reduced power (50 percent). No estimated timeline given yet for returning to full power." Fire broke out at the stations main transmitter/tower site Saturday. (11/13)
KJTH/Ponca City & KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) debuted it's new morning show Nov 1st. Brent McCoy (pictured far left) exits the morning show on The House FM to being the full-time Student Minister at First Baptist Church, Ponca City McCoy has been with the network for 12 years, being morning radio host most of that time. McCoy was most notable for not only being the first voice heard weekday mornings but also for his parodies and puns. During his history at the station, one legendary story was when he shared the news of the addition of triplets to his family. The new morning show is “Wake Up! With Andy & Janelle”, Andy Youso (middle) and Janelle Keith, (right). (11/11)
BITS: Fire broke out at the KLJY/St Louis (Joy FM) main transmitter/tower site Saturday resulting in the station broadcasting at about 10% power... KCVO/Camdenton (Spirit FM) finished its pledge drive Friday topping $750,000 for the first time... WKNZ/Milford, DE (88.7 The Bridge) is expanding and adding an on air program director to the staff, if interested check the HisAir.Net jobs page for description... (11/11)
WZDG/Wilmington, NC (The Edge 88.5) will go off the air Nov 12th. In a message posted on their website, Jim Stephens, President and Founder of Carolina Christian Radio, says, "I have some sad news to share with our Edge listeners today. Because of shortfalls in support of our ministry we are going to have to sell one of our radio stations. Because of that, after seeking the Lord's direction, the decision has been made by our Board of Directors to take The Edge off the air…" He continued, "We're thankful for over 5 1/2 years of ministry with the Edge and we appreciate you listening and your support." Programming that was originally on sister station WMYT 106.7 will now be heard on 88.5FM. The station will focus on Bible teaching and Christian talk radio. (11/8)
KGBI/Omaha PD Ken Brooks announces he is exiting the station on Friday 11/18. Ken will join Moody Radio WDLM/Moline, IL as morning personality and operations director. Ken was previously with WDLM 2005-2008. (11/8)
Former American Family Radio general manager and co-host of Today’s Issues on AFR Marvin Sanders went home to be with the Lord early Monday morning, November 5. He and his wife Donna had moved from Tupelo to Collierville, TN in order to be near family. Marvin was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy and had served in Vietnam. His co-workers at AFA/American Family Radio knew him as a wise man, a Bible scholar and a faithful friend and will miss him greatly. (11/8)
UPDATE: The WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) airstaff including Program Manager Therese Romano, morning team Scott Valentine & Hollie DuPaix, mid-day personality Joanne Cruise, afternoon team George Flores & Dawn Wheeler, evening personality Sharon Davis and Chief Engineer Ron Habegger contunie to keep listeners updated on-air as well as Facebook and Twitter in the aftermath of while Hurricane Sandy. In the hours following Sandy, with millions without power and neighborhoods devastated, STAR 99-1 staff members continued to get listener stories, and soon updated star991fm.com with a page devoted to Sandy relief for those looking for help and those looking to help. STAR also reached out to their network of churches, many already serving in the hardest-hit neighborhoods, to offer prayer and whatever assistance they could.
STAR 99-1 air staff will be out among communities and neighborhoods this weekend that are still reeling from Sandy’s assault. Dawn from George and Dawn in the Afternoon will be visiting the neighborhood where she grew up in Staten Island. Joanne will be in Point Pleasant Beach with Calvary Relief. Sharon will be in Teaneck for a Flash Food Drive at the Gathering Church, and David will be at a food drive in Piscataway, NJ. Also, Scott Valentine from Morning Friends Scott & Hollie will be meeting with and encouraging relief workers at Evangel Church in Scotch Plains.
Star 99.1 has begun collecting gift cards in amounts up to $25.00 that can be distributed to their network of churches in those hardest hit areas. These cards will be given to individuals and families to purchase food, clothing and gas. Gift cards can be sent directly to: STAR 99-1, PO Box 9058, Zarephath, NJ 08890.
WAY Media Founder/President Bob Augsburg, has announced the long anticipated launch of 89.9 WAY-FM in Birmingham/AL. “This has been a long time coming” says Augsburg, “For nine years WAY-FM has been serving the Huntsville/AL area. That station was a success almost immediately. We have had so many requests to bring WAY-FM to Birmingham and now we have finally been able to make it happen.” The Birmingham expansion of WAY-FM is being led by WAY-FM Huntsville General Manager Thom Ewing who noted, “It’s been a request, a dream and a prayer of many to hear Birmingham’s own WAY-FM. We’re very excited to provide the most popular contemporary Christian music along with real and relevant DJ’s like Wally and unique outreaches to the most populous city in Alabama.”
The new WAY-FM in Birmingham now makes four distinct outlets for WAY-FM in the state. The first signal was WAY-FM Huntsville which signed on in 2003. That was followed by two WAY-FM translators in Montgomery. Then in 2010, WAY-FM launched a full power station in Northeast Alabama serving Gadsden and Anniston. The new Birmingham signal serves approximately 700,000 people. (11/6)
Christianconcertalerts.com (CCA) announces a new feature on their website called Fan Voice. This platform is exactly what it sounds like--a way for fans o voice their opinion on the bands they want to come to their city. For music fans who want to vote, the process is simple. Click on the Fan Voice icon, enter a ZIP Code and email. CCA then notifies the person when that artist comes to their city. There is no annoying advertising involved. For the media, managers, labels, and promoters, the opportunities to utilize Fan Voice are endless. At the most basic level, everyone will be able to see the cities with the most voters, the artist with the most votes nationwide, and the artist with the most votes in a specific city. Radio stations can get listeners to vote for artists they would like to see in their area. Stations can also run contests to see if they can make their city rank higher in the Top Voting Cities. Managers and labels can promote Fan Voice to increase awareness of their artist. Promoters will be able to get a better idea of which artists will produce the most successful concert in a particular city.
CCA wants to work with you to come up with new and creative ideas for marketing your radio station, artist, or concert through Fan Voice. Check it out: http://christianconcertalerts.com/fanvoice/ (11/5)
BITS: EMF is purchasing KTCY/Azle-Dallas from Lieberman for $6mil (101.7 92kw @ 2034 ft and is currently Spanish)... WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) has already started all Christmas music... 980 AM WDYN/Chattanooga is now also on FM at 94.9... (11/5)
According to WAY Media Network Services General Manager, Faron Dice, midday personality Jeff Connell, will broadcast from New York and New Jersey areas affected by Hurricane Sandy, beginning Monday, November 5, 2012, on the WAY Media Network. “By working directly with our partner, Samaritan’s Purse, we’re expecting Jeff to gain unique access to several affected areas,” Dice adds, “These are places where not many have been yet. But most of all, we’re excited that Jeff will be able to share the stories of what is really going on since the hurricane.”
“It almost seems like this storm has been mentally downgraded by the rest of the nation,” added Connell, “The damage and the total number of people affected are likely to be larger than Katrina, yet the nation seems to have moved on to other concerns. So, my desire is to bring the listener a little closer to the real stories, and to emphasize the needs, which are money and volunteers.” Connell is expected to broadcast all week from this area. (11/3)
Oct 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume:
Austin: KFMK 160,400... KVLR 11,400
Memphis: WHAL 231,800...
Nashville: WFFH 134,300... WAYM 101,300... WLVU 64,100
Norfolk: WGH 77,200...
Raleigh: WNNL 164,000... WRTP 45,500
West Palm Beach: WAYF 118,200... WRMB 45,500
WOLC/Princess Anne PD Rodney Baylous checks in with some better news today. The WOLC transmitter building had it's roof blown off by Hurricane Sandy and transmitter and equipment had taken on water. Today Rodney says "We are rejoicing today that after some extensive testing, and drying out over the past few days - we tried firing up the transmitter today and PRAISE THE LORD - we're back on! 100% as of 1:50 PM today." (11/1)
Salem has launched WJKR/Columbus (98.9 FM The Answer) as their 25th NewsTalk radio station in the US. "Salem has enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the Columbus community. We're excited to deepen our connection in this market with our acquisition of a strong FM signal where listeners can be informed by our faculty of nationally syndicated hosts," said Dave Santrella, President of Salem's Radio division.
"I can't think of a better time to launch a NewsTalk station than right now, in Ohio the biggest of all battleground states," said Tom Heyl, General Manager for Columbus. "Columbus is ready for a contemporary NewsTalk radio station relevant to today's culture."
"This will be the 5th 'Answer' station we have launched at Salem, along with New York, Los Angeles, Riverside and Dallas," said Phil Boyce Salem's VP/Director, Spoken Word Format. "Salem continues to be a leader in the NewsTalk format, and this new station will be the first FM NewsTalk station in the company fold. The Answer imaging voiced by legendary Lonnie Perkins will sound great coming out of an FM speaker."
The station will feature the Salem staple lineup of Bill Bennett's Morning In America 6-9am, Mike Gallagher 9am to Noon, Dennis Prager Noon to 3pm, Michael Medved 3pm to 6pm, Hugh Hewitt 6 to 9pm, Dial Global's Dennis Miller 9pm to midnight with Compass Media's Lars Larson Midnight to 3am. (11/1)
Oct 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers
Charlotte: WPZS 256,300... WRCM 214,300... WMIT 141,500...
Cleveland: WCRF 85,000... WJMO 39,600
Columbus: WCVO 227,700... WZNP 21,200...
Las Vegas: KSOS 169,200...
Orlando: WPOZ 408,600 (#2 AQH 7.4)... WPOZ HD2 51,100
Portland: KFIS 207,500...
San Antonio: KZAR 113,300...
Johnny & Stacey Stone check in with HisAir.Net from New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. They have been providing live reports on the current area conditions for stations around the country. Johnny tells us he's never seen anything like this, power is out everywhere, gas stations are backed up, hardly any food on the shelves. Pictured top left is a house in the Stones New Jersey neighborhood, and bottom left their neighbor who Johnny & Stacey help reunite with their dog "Trooper" with the help of a "Home Again" chip! If interested in getting a report from Johnny & Stacey call 646-532-8486 or 646-335-2413.... (10/31)
Oct 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Baltimore: WRBS 306,000... WGTS 117,400... WCAO 80,300
Detroit: WPZR 344,900...
Minneapolis: KTIS 518,400... KTIS-AM 44,800
Phoenix: KFLR 121,800...
Seattle: KCMS 466,000... KCIS 33,900... KWPZ 26,300...
St Louis: KLJY 386,600... KATZ 85,400
Tampa: WCIE 137,900... WBVM 111,300... WJIS 26,900
Wash DC: WGTS 453,200... WPRS 426,400...
Oct 2012 PPM P 6+ Weekly Cume: (Subscribers Only)
Atlanta: WFSH 608,600... WPZE 561,700...
Chicago: WMBI 217,700...
Dallas: KLTY 928,800 (#2 6+ 6.2)... KCBI 234,300...
Houston: KSBJ 777,100 t #2 6+ 6.1) ...
Los Angeles: KFSH 633,900...
New York: WLIB 294,500...
Philadelphia: WPPZ 339,000... WBYO 38,200...
Riverside: KSGN 200,200...
Many stations in the Northeast are in the potential path of Hurricane Sandy and are preparing for the storm...
-WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) GM Scott Taylor says "We appreciate and covet your prayers! Therese and the STAR team have done a great job preparing our listeners - keeping them informed while also providing comfort and companionship. They are riding out the storm from the studios with "person to person" coverage. We learned much from Irene about 14 months ago. STAR has relocated to new studios and is better equipped than ever to serve our listeners."
-WXFI/Bridgeton (Lift FM) Joe Burke says "We have been praying that the damage will be minimal. We own one tower and lease antenna space on two others. One of the station towers located at the New Jersey Shore could be adversely affected. Our building at the shore (Rio Grande) is a strong manufactured steel building so that will hold up. Our biggest concern are the towers. We're still waiting for the real Sandy to really hit hard between 5 PM and 7 PM. Usually you get excited when someone arrives. No one is happy to see Sandy. We have lots of water and food. At this point, we're praying that God will get us thru. Protect the staff, buildings, towers and keep our internet feeds alive." Let's all be in prayer for our industry friends affected by Hurricane Sandy."
-At WPER/Wash DC (Positive Hits) Frankie Morea says "Actually we were supposed to start Sharathon in the Morning! We postponed it and began providing songs of comfort and information to help our listeners through the storm. We figured it was for times like this that God has blessed Christian radio and if we do the right thing at the right time God will see to our needs. We told our listeners we were praying for them and asked that they would pray for us to stay on the air to be salt and light to Virginia .... So far so good!! Thanks again for reaching out with your prayers."
-WGTS/Wash DC PD Ty McFarland says "Appreciate everyone's prayers so much. The Lord's been faithful in protecting WGTS. Sandy was relatively quiet in the Washington area for most of the day, but tonight (Monday night) things are really starting to pick up, and tomorrow promises more serious flooding, wind damage and power outages. Our on-air team has really stepped up and done a superb job of serving people here in Washington. Jerry Woods, Blanca Vega, and Spencer White, our morning crew, have held down both drive shows today. Several of our jocks are spending time away from their families, but they're happy to serve when so many people are looking for reassurance. We've had help today on-air from Focus on the Family, Bill Maier from KSBJ, friends at Z88.3, and many others in Christian radio. Thank you guys. I also want to say kudos to our friends at Shine-FM in Baltimore. They've done an outstanding job of keeping things lighthearted while still taking the storm seriously. And I just got off the phone with Therese Romano at Star 99.1, checking on our "neighbors" and several staff members there are "couch warriors" tonight."
WRBS/Baltimore (95.1 SHINE-FM) PD David Paul tells HisAir.Net "Shine-FM provided team coverage all day yesterday (Monday). We wanted to give our listeners the info they needed but with calm assurance. Every member of the on-air team, Tracey, Mike, Christina, Joe, Jack and Erin did a great job. We hit a little speed bump last night when we got knocked off the air for about 45 minutes, but Pete, our engineer, returned to the station in the worst of the storm to get us back up. I believe the hardest work is during the next few days as we remain a spiritually encouraging presence to a community that is slogging through the clean up and on-going inconveniences.
BITS: The Christian format scores highest in level of preference study from Mark Kassof & Associates, read the study here... KBMQ/Monroe (88.7 The Cross) finished their Fall Fundraiser a day early by meeting and exceeding the Fall Fundraiser Goal with over $123,000 in gifts... (10/26)
BITS: CreativeCardio.com brainstorm is today (10/25) at 10:30am PT/1:30pm ET discussing how to dig into spiritual topics in a relevant/relational way on the air and is open to everyone who wants to be involved & inspired, Conference Dial-in Number: (213) 493-0800 Access Code: 502051#... KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) PD Chuck Tyler says some department transfer have created an on air opening, jump to jobs page for the listing... Ace McKay has been named the "On-Court Emcee" for The Indiana Pacers this season, he also emceed the WNBA finals in Indianapolis... Radio One is selling WJKR-FM/Columbus to Salem... (10/25)
WAY-FM/Charleston has hired Brian Driver as its new Operations Director effective October 22, 2012. Prior to joining WAY-FM., Brian worked at Apex in Charleston; Citadel Communications in Memphis and Charleston; and Cox Broadcasting in Birmingham, all as Program Director. This move marks a return to radio for Brian and his first endeavor into Christian radio format. “I am truly excited to be joining the WAY-FM Ministry and being a part of this great organization. I have had the chance to be a part of some great radio stations across the United States but, the Lowcountry has been my family’s home since 2004”, said Brian. “Now having the opportunity to be a part of bringing this great music and ministry to our home, the place we love, is a dream come true. I know I have a lot to learn in the format, but I am excited to do so and face these new challenges head-on and bring in my knowledge for this great market”.
“We were looking for the just the right person to help build upon a great foundation at WAY-FM Charleston. After a 2 month search, I’m certain that we have found him,” said 100.9 WAY-FM General Manager, Bret Bremberg. “Brian brings a wealth of program and imaging experience to our station and we are very fortunate that we have found such a great talent to serve the Lowcountry market“. (10/24)
Morgan Wood has resigned as Director of Listener & Community Engagement (Promotions) for KTIS/Minneapolis, St. Paul, effective January 1, 2013. KTIS will be seeking her full-time replacement soon. Morgan will be doing contract/freelance work including consulting on engagement and also doing some voice work. (10/23)
BITS: The WBGL/Champaign Morning Show with Tim & Pam (pictured left) surprised students and teachers around Central Illinois with a big back to school gift in its “Apple a Day” contest where students entered by drawing a picture of their teacher... A man was arrested Friday morning after wielding a knife in the lobby of the WCIC/Peoria and charged with aggravated assault, unlawful use of a weapon and criminal trespass, no one was injured in the incident... Carter Kenyon joins WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) as The Director of Ministry Advancement... Longtime WRFC/Athens, GA radio station owner Leard Hughes “Hugh” Christian Jr. passed away Friday at the age of 69... (10/19)