BITS: Family Life Radio morning co-host Shannyn Caldwell has written a book sharing how tornado season became a healing season for her, read more at here... HIS Radio/Carolinas/Georgia wrapped up another year of helping people get on the road to becoming more healthy with Rob’s Big Losers, led by HIS radio’s Rob Dempsey, over 100 listeners began the 12 weeks which wrapped up Saturday April 26th with a 5K race and the awarding of Rob’s Big Loser, click here to watch the video... Fair Trade Services artist Phil Wickham is asking for prayer as he faces surgery in the next few days to repair and restore his vocal cords, the condition has left him unable to finish performances and has developed to where minor hemorrhaging is now present... (4/30)
Condolences to the staff at Family Life Today as Production Manager Rob Tittle (left) was killed Sunday in the tornado that hit Little Rock. Also killed in the storm were 2 of his children Tori (20) and Rebekah (14). Seventeen-year-old Emily Tittle says her family sought shelter beneath the stairs of their two-story home, but only half of them made it before walls were torn off their home. She says her other six siblings were taken to hospitals, but three have since been discharged. Family Life today is airing a special program today called God of the Whirlwind, where reflecting on Rob Tittle's life and death. (4/29)
BITS: The HIS Radio Network/Greenville morning show with Rob & Leslie has launched a segment honoring everyday people as HIS Heroes, click here to watch... Congratulations to WCSG/Grand Rapids morning man John Balyo who was married Friday (4/25)... Prayers for WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) morning co-host Ellis B Feaster who's father passed away last week, as week as KLTY/Dallas morning guy Frank Reed who also lost his dad last week... (4/28)
WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) Program & Content Manager Therese Romano will exit the the station. “Between the economy and Hurricane Sandy, the past couple of years have been tough for our area and we’re grateful for what Therese was able to accomplish these past 24 months to serve our listeners and build the Star 99.1 brand,” says GM Scott Taylor. “I’m happy for her and know she will do well in this new opportunity.” Therese will relocate to Jacksonville in July to WAYR/Brunswick and WAYR-AM/Jacksonville as Assistant Station Manager.
Star 99.1 has begun the search for their next Program & Content Manager. Detail on the HisAir.Net jobs page.,.. (4/25)
WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) has revamped its morning show. That new morning show (weekdays 5a-10a) lineup includes current morning show host Mary O’Brien along with new comers Greg Hansberry and Olivia Lomeli. After 3 years of Mornings with Mary and Josh , morning show host Josh Hooper announced that he would be leaving the show to occupy another position at the station. Greg comes to the River after working for Saga Communications WSNY/Columbus. Olivia is a five year employee of the River, and serves as the River’s Social Media Director. Hooper remains as Director of Creative Services and will heard in afternoons until a permanent host is hired. Pictured (L-R) are Olivia Lomeli, Mary O’Brien, and Greg Hansberry.
KXOJ /Tulsa has hired former WVFJ/Atlanta (93.3 The JOY FM) personality, Shannon Steele as Promotions Director and Midday host, effective May 5th. “Shannon is a tremendous talent and a great communicator, and we are excited to have her on our team!” said KXOJ Program Director Bob Thornton. (4/24)
BITS: After 27 years on WFCJ/Dayton Stan Ellingson exits for afternoons at FaithandFriendsRadio.com... KSBJ/Houston was featured in a report on KHOU TV on Christian-themed films, watch the report here... KCVO/Camdenton (Spirit FM) Pres/GM Jim McDermott ran and completed the Boston Marathon yesterday, Jim says "It may not have been my finest display of running, but it was definitely the most fun."... "March Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are all online here, April is due to release starting May 12, sponsored by Curb Records... (4/22)
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) officially announced today that it has changed the dates of its next convention to Monday, February 23 - Thursday, February 26, 2015. “After much prayer, thought, input, and discussion, I am pleased to announce that the 2015 NRB Convention has been changed from a Saturday-to-Tuesday event to a Monday-to-Thursday event,” shared NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson. “The vast majority of leaders from across the association were in favor of this move, and we are very optimistic of the positive impact the decision will have on the convention’s attendance and on the convention program itself.” (4/22)
MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, Nashville, & more... AQH 6+ KFMK 5.1 #6... WAYM 1.0... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (4/21)
BITS: KJNW/KC (Life 88.5) held a Morning of Hope & Prayer for Kansas City Monday morning as the morning show had area pastors on to offer words and prayers of hope in wake of the Jewish Community Center shooting on Sunday and recent string of highway shootings last week, Life 88.5 morning show host Melony McKaye was featured on local Fox 4 Monday evening sharing the good news of Jesus with Kansas City viewers... KSBJ/Houston has recently entered into mentoring collaborations with KJRN/Keene, TX, (The Journey), United Christian Broadcasters/Australia & WGTS/Wash DC... Due to the Good Friday holiday March PPM's day 4 will be posted Monday on the HisAir.Net ratings page, sponsored by Curb... (4/18)
MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Portland & more... WPOZ 7.3 #1... WCVO 5.3 #5... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (4/17)
Christian music and radio pioneer Rich Fout passed away last Friday at his home in Columbus. His Christian Rock Show, Final Flight, had started airing again in the Columbus market last summer and is heard Saturday nights at 8 on WHKC/Columbus (Freedom FM 91.5) and on Live 365. The show and its related ministry was a staple on WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) in the late 80s and early 90s and had aired on several stations in the ensuing years. He also managed WCVO in the early 1990s. Rich and his wife Karen also promoted many Christian music artists over the years including one of the first Amy Grant concerts, when she was still travelling with her dad. He counts among his friends artists like Mylon LeFevre, Steve Taylor, Glen Kaiser of Rez Band, Phil Keaggy and Bryan Duncan. He promoted concerts by them all in Columbus. There will be a memorial celebration in Columbus this Saturday at the former concert venue The Kings Place, now Rock Church Columbus. (4/17)
BITS: Karen Kingsbury will launche her new show Thursday on the Salem Music Network, (weekdays 2p-7p CT), along with co-host/producer Sarah Cruise, the show originates from WFFH/Nashville (94.1 The Fish)... Family Life Radio celebrated the finish of their Spring Sharathon by surpassing their goal by 11%... Night Light with Andrea adds WHCF/Bangor to list of stations... March PPM's day 3 will be posted Thursday evening, sponsored by Curb... (4/16)
MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more... AQH 6+ WGTS 3.1 #13... KCMS 4.2 #8... KTIS 6.4 #6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (4/16)
BITS: The KSBJ/Houston Morning Show with Bill and Coppelia interviewed Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of imprisoned American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in prison in Iran for his faith for over a year, listen to the interview here... Evangelist Dan Presley checks in from Selma, AL and says he's working on building his first LPFM "WPJB-LP 93.3 FM" and hopes to be on the air by May 2015... The head of a Rwandan Christian radio station, Cassien Ntamuhanga, director of Amazing Grace Christian Radio, disappeared without a trace and is believed to have been abducted, please pray for his safety... (4/16)
MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more... AQH 6+ KLTY 4.3 #5... KSBJ 4.6 #7... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (4/14)
BITS: Correction: Family Life Radio/Tucson midday personality/Music Director Bill Ronning is not coming off the air but PD Adam Nash Biddell is looking to add a talent to the line-up, check the listing on the jobs page... SRN News (a division of Salem Communications) will present a special week-long series focusing on SONY Pictures film version of the New York Times #1 bestseller “Heaven Is For Real” beginning Tuesday, April 15th... Since June 2013 local TV station WGGS-16.3 has carried the His Radio/Greenville morning show LIVE and they’ve been added to the Roku Channel Lineup, check out a story HIS Radio's Rob and Leslie shared on the air was recently that featured on the First To Know entertainment website... Congratulations to Word Sr Director National Promo Kenny Rogers who married Capitol Christian National Promo Manager Jamie Neeck over the weekend... (4/14)
BITS: Longtime Family Life Radio/Tucson midday personality/Music Director Bill Ronning is coming off the air to concentrate on his additional music duties; so the search is on for a new mid-day jock, check the listing on the HisAir.Net jobs page... His Radio/Greenville now now has its own public channel on Roku, you can watch the morning show (Rob and Leslie) live, and replay morning videos, people interviews, artist interviews, listener stories, and more. plus, listen live to His Radio Praise, His Radio Z and Christian Talk, here's the direct link... Chris Roth joins Salem/Wash DC as Creative Services director...
KAXL/Bakersfield (Life FM) has added Jon Engen as their new midday host. Engen is former GM at KTIS/Minneapolis and will be heard live and remotely from his home in MN. KAXL PD Matt Pelishek, says, “When I was first pursuing a career in radio, Jon Engen was the guy I listened to that made me say ‘I want to do a show like that." Jon Engen says, "Being a part of the air staff of Life FM is a dream come true. Christian radio will always be my first love of service for the Kingdom. Finding a home at KAXL is something that I count as an amazing privilege and honor." Pictured is KAXL staff with its new member, (L to R) Matt Pelishek (PD, afternoons) Dan Schaffer (mornings) Aaron Perlman (afternoons) and Jon Engen (mid-day). (4/11)
WCVK/Bowling Green (Christian Family Radio) welcomes Bridget Kehrt-Groce (left) as the newly appointed Director. Its a return for Bridget who for the last 8 years Bridget was the Exec. Director of Crossroads Life Center in Glasgow, KY. Prior to leaving for Crossroads Life Center she was morning co--host and promotions at Christian Family Radio. The station will welcome her back officially tomorrow, April 11 at CFR studios... (4/10)
London's Premier Christian Media has rebranded its broadcasting and publishing group as Premier. Premier Christian Radio has a redesigned logo and uses, "Where Faith Comes To Life" Peter Kerridge, Premier’s CEO, said: “Each of our broadcasting and publishing titles now has a new logo and a shared ‘Premier’ pre-fix so that we have created a new Premier family with a distinctive look and imagery. We believe that the new look will support and assist our future plans to successfully promote the Christian message and Christian values on a nationwide basis.” (4/9)
BITS: WREH/Ft Lauderdale (Reach FM) welcomes John Hudson (doing the show remotely from KLTY/Dallas) as new Afternoon Drive host and Production Director... WNYM/New York (AM 970 The Answer) has officially added Joe Walsh to the lineup, Walsh will continue his 5-8pm CT hours at WIND/Chicago (AM 560 The Answer), only the 5pm hour will air in New York... Amy Gibson will join The Bott Radio Network as Marketing Coordinator starting in mid-May... original Billy Graham Crusade Team member and longtime music director Cliff Barrows, announced a new Internet program called Hour of Decision Online on his 91st birthday which was Sunday, April 6, meanwhile the Hour of Decision, which has been broadcast continuously since 1950, will receives a new name (HisAir.Net 4/1) "Peace with God" effective May 4... (4/7)
BITS: 89.5 KVNE/ Tyler and 91.3 KGLY/Tyler Jill Smith Director of Community Connections checks in with an update on their new building and studios (pictured at left)... K-LOVE launchedits new mobile app myKLOVE with more than 120,000 downloads in just a few weeks, the app available for download on IOS and Android, features Biblical resources, weekly challenges and a share wall as well as feature articles by best-selling Christian authors and exclusive access to K-LOVE artists... HisAir.Net sends condolences to Reach Beyond (formerly HCJB) President Wayne Pederson who lost his wife Norma yesterday after a battle with cancer... (4/4)
BITS: Rick Wiles, host and director of the one hour daily Christian news program TruNews, is syndicating the program to Christian radio, for more information contact Doc Burkhart at 772-569-8880 or visit the website... Former CSN/Twin Falls OM Daniel Davidson, has accepted an offer and is expected to start as OM/PD of KNKT/Albuquerque in mid May... Christian radio pioneer Brad Burkhart, who some say is the architect of the modern-day AC Christian format, will receive the 2014 “Founders and Directors Award” from Georgia Radio Hall of Fame at the October 25 hall of fame ceremony in Atlanta... (4/3)
As news of the Fort Hood shootings broke, SRN's "Hugh Hewitt Show" was just hitting the air Wednesday evening. "Hugh's program served as a Petrie dish for how talk radio can turn on a dime," stated Tom Tradup, v.p./News & Talk Programming for the Salem Radio Network, Hewitt's syndicator.
Hewitt's producer Duane Patterson coordinated wall-to-wall Fort Hood coverage, including weaving news conferences with the FBI and Killeen, TX into the show along with special reports live from the SRN News digital news center in Texas. Guests (including a long-planned fundraising campaign to help children in Haiti through the charity "Food For The Poor" and experts reacting to Tuesday's major Supreme Court decision on campaign financing) had to adapt to the breaking developments and they became part of the programming.
At the conclusion of Hewitt's national program, he then agreed to stay on for an extra hour of live coverage on his Los Angeles flagship KRLA-AM. "Tragedy draws listeners to talk radio as they seek perspective on breaking news and an electronic town hall where they can react and vent," Tradup added. "Wednesday evening's events at Fort Hood give just the latest evidence why Talk Radio remains radio's #1 format." (4/2)
After eight years as Operations Director at WCIC/Peoria, Scott Wheeler has transitioned to focus exclusively on his drive time air shift, Scott & Cat in the Afternoon, and have more time with family. “We love this guy, and are thankful for his continuing part-time role as afternoon co-host,” said Station Manager Dave Brooks. Digital PD Jeremy Tracey has transitioned to the role of Operations Director, overseeing on-air and digital content. Meanwhile, WCIC welcomes Kira Kwon as Creative Content Specialist. “As a photojournalist, Kira understands the art of story, and has a keen eye for visual presentation,” said Brooks. “She will bring invaluable perspective and insight through her role on the WCIC leadership team.” (4/2)
WRXT/Roanoke (Spirit FM) announced today that Isaiah “Izzy” Knight (at left) has joined the Team as Afternoon Show Host & Media Director. He has been part of the Positive Alternative Radio family previously, served as Digital Media Coordinator at WAWZ/New York (STAR 99.1), and recently was Director of Media Production/Event Marketing for the American Association of Christian Counselors.
Izzy Knight will eventually take the helm of Afternoon Show Host creating a highly interactive, dynamic and fun afternoon show. “Spirit FM has always had a special place in my heart. It’s where God gave me my start in radio ministry in 2005. The team at Spirit FM have always felt like family and it's such an honor to be welcomed back as part of their team! exclaims Izzy. “The energy and family atmosphere at Spirit FM is contagious and I’m excited to share that with our listeners.” Izzy continued. Spirit FM General Manager Marc Tischart says, “We are thrilled to have Izzy join our Team. He’s a story teller, a husband and a dad. Like all of us, Izzy has gone through rough waters that have prepared him for this next assignment.” (4/1)
HisAir.Net has learned that beginning the weekend of May 4, the "Hour of Decision®" radio program will be renamed "Peace with God," which ties together the program's past, present and future with one message that has united the organization since its beginnings, the peace found in a relationship with Jesus Christ. Hosted by veteran broadcaster Bill Maier, the weekly half hour program continues on stations nationwide and around the world. The historic 30-minute radio program, "Hour of Decision®," was first heard in 1950 and literally began the media outreach of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The Gospel Mr. Graham has preached never changes. Human methods of proclaiming the Gospel change. Music changes. Radio programs change. But, the Gospel never changes. It remains timeless and always relevant. (4/1)
Salem announced an aggressive campaign to cross promote its various formats in a new and imaginative way. After recent research performed by Neilsen Audio and Edison Research showed Salem that when listeners of its Christian Teaching and Talk stations leave for another station, they are most likely to go to a News Talk station or a Contemporary Christian Music Station, it made sense to make sure they were going to Salem stations in these formats. Listeners will soon begin hearing promos on one station designed to encourage listeners to sample the other Salem stations in a different format.
Salem will be driving listener traffic from its News Talk stations back to its Christian Teaching and Talk stations, or its Contemporary Christian Music stations, and vice versa. "This research was a real eye-opener," said Salem Radio President Dave Santrella. "It showed amazing synergy between the three primary Salem formats, and it only makes sense that we should take advantage of this opportunity." (4/1)
KGBI/Omaha has adopted a new name "100.7 The Fish". Programming Coordinator/ Jeremiah Kuhns tells HisAir.Net "We rebranded last night. Kicking off the rebranding at the Omaha stop of Winter Jam. On air changes include Jeremiah Kuhns moving to afternoons, and adding Nightlight with Andrea evenings. New website is www.thefishomaha.com. (3/31)
BITS: KTIS/Minneaolis PD Keith Stevens checks in with HisAir.Net, KTIS Ranks #3 in MSP for Feb 2014, shares over the last 3 months has increased nicely from a 6.5-7.0-7.4 (February), congratulations to mornings with Pam Lundell and Andy Youso #3 P6, #3 W-25-54, Middays with Lisa Barry #1 W 35-49, #2 w 25-54, Afternoons with Keith Stevens top 3 in all categories, #3 P6+ #3 W 25-54 #3 W 35-49, evenings with Donna Cruz #2 P6+ #3 W 25-54, #2 W 35-49, and Keep the Faith weekends continues to hold #1 P6+... Janet Scott welcomes new stations to her short sixty second feature called Chocolate and God, they are JOY FM in Florida, KGBI/Omaha and The Passion Radio Network... KZTH/OKC (The House FM)& KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise FM) are bringing advanced screenings of Ragamuffin, The True Story of Rich Mullins to six cities in their listening area six days, Mullins died in a tragic auto accident in 1997... (3/31)
KXOJ /Tulsa has hired KSOS/Las Vegas (SOS Radio) personality Gary Thompson (left) as Production Director and on-air host, effective May 1st. This will be a return to KXOJ for Gary who was with the station in the early 2000's and is originally from the Tulsa area. Gary will fill the opening left by Caryn Cruise, who is moving to WFFH/Nashville (94.1 The Fish) to be the Co-Host for the new Karen Kingsbury show launching on the Salem Music Network and the Fish Nashville starting in April. (3/28)
BITS: KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) welcomes Katie Gladding as the new Director of Promotions & Marketing, she was most recently with Hope International University... WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) announces the return of Dean O'Neal to afternoons this Monday, Deano hasn’t been on the air consistently since August and will be rejoining his partner Jen Winborn in the 3-7pm slot... In case you missed the Feb Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers they are online here , sponsored by Curb Records... (3/27)
BITS: KWFC/Springfield adds Night Light with Andrea from Salem Music Network to its lineup... KPVR/St Louis (BOOST 101.9) officially signed on the air with a Christian CHR format at 12 noon Monday 3/24... Don't miss the new HisAir.Net guest articles this week from Lisa Williams, Johnny Stone, Jayar Reeves, and Kris Byerly... Prayers are requested for KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) morning co-host Kim Bindel, who was diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma, a rare and dangerous form of cancer, and is at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for radiation and chemotherapy. (3/25)
WAY-FM announces the launch of a new show, “Afternoons with Carlos and Joy,” (at left) hitting the airwaves on Monday, March 24, 2014. “This show is the perfect addition to WAY-FM,” says Network Program Director, Jeff Connell. “Carlos and Joy both have unique and interesting perspectives to share and a true desire to welcome everyone, no matter where they are in their faith, to their show and WAY-FM.” According to Aguiar, "I’m ready to bring something new to the afternoon drive at WAY-FM and really make an impact in the lives of our listeners." Summers added, "It has been an honor to work with WAY-FM for the past few years and I'm so glad that Carlos has joined the team! He has an amazing blend of life experiences that I have not had and his outlook on faith is engaging and exciting. I can't wait to learn from him and work with him on this fun, new show!" (3/24)
His Radio has expanded to serve listeners in Claxton, Statesboro, Metter, Pembroke and other communities in Southeast Georgia. His Radio 88.9 signed on the air on Friday March 21st. Area Coordinator Jody Robinson for His Radio 91.9 in Savannah will oversee the day-to-day operations for His Radio 88.9. This is the latest addition to the His Radio Network which is part of Radio Training Network. (3/24)
BITS: A “historic” week in Christian-themed films as this weekend, the faith-based film “God’s Not Dead” stunned Hollywood by generating, in only 780 theatres, over $8.2-million in box office receipts, secondly, the Mark Burnett-Roma Downey “Son of God” film passed the $55-million mark in boxoffice receipts, and now: “NOAH,” is set to release this week, (pictured at left is Executive producer Ari Handel (right) with Salem Radio Network VP of News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup on Sunday in Hollywood) Handel co-wrote “NOAH” and SRN News will air a 5-part special series entitled “NOAH: The Flood of Controversy” beginning Wednesday (3/26) on the Salem Radio Network... KXOJ/Tulsa MD Caryn Cruise is leaving for a position at WFFH/Nashville (94.1 The Fish) reportedly to be the Co-Host for the new Karen Kingsbury show launching on the Salem Music Network and the Fish Nashville in April. ... Feb Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here , sponsored by Curb Records... (3/24)
BITS: Gateway Creative Broadcasting, Inc is gearing up for its launch of its new station in KPVR/St Louis (BOOST 101.9) this Monday, March 24th at 12:05 PM CT, BOOST 101.9 PD Mike Couchman says the station is stunting now leading up to the official launch. Listen online here... Salem announces New York radio icon John Gambling is coming out of retirement, to join the lineup at WNYM/New York (AM 970 The Answer) starting April 14th in the 11am to 1pm time slot... (3/21)
FEB PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more... KFMK 4.7 #6... WAYF 2.6 #10... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (3/20)
FEB PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Portland & more... WPOZ 7.5 #3... WCVO 5.2 #5... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (3/19)
BITS: Salem Radio Network host Michael Medved, based in Seattle, paid tribute at the start of his nationally-syndicated talk show Tuesday to his fellow Seattle broadcasters at KOMO who died in today's helicopter tragedy, listen here... Prayers to WLFJ/Greenville (His Radio Network) promotion director/personality Brian Sumner who lost his father this week... Dr. Robert H. Bowman, co-founder and President Emeritus of Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC), passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 after a brief illness... (3/18)
FEB PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more... AQH 6+ WGTS up 3.7 #10... KTIS up 7.4 #3... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (3/18)
The Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters has named the "Wake Up! with Carder and Jenn" morning team (at left) from KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) as a finalist for the 2013 Personality of the Year award. The winner will be announced at the Outstanding Achievement Awards Banquet March 28. Also for the 12th consecutive year in a row The House FM (and sister network My Praise FM) have been awarded the prestigious Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Community Service Award for events and projects including Kid DJ Day, Turkey for Tunes, Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Collections, Too Much Too Lose Anti-Drinking Campaign, and free showings of the movie Home Run which was co-sponsored by a local twelve-step program. (3/18)
Gateway Creative Broadcasting, Inc. announces it will launch its new station in St Louis (BOOST 101.9) on Monday, March 24th. The BOOST 101.9 signal covers all of St. Louis proper and the immediately adjacent suburbs. BOOST will also simulcast on 94.1 for the Westplex out past Truesdale, 97.7 for those south and west of Arnold, down past Perryville and Salem, and on the HD2 channel of 99.1. Program Director Mike Couchman says “think of it as Clean Top 40 music. A diverse mix of Pop, Hip Hop, Rock, and EDM for teens, college students, and anyone with a young mindset. The music will be positive, fun, and faith based.” BOOST 101.9 format will feature artists like Lecrae, Skillet, Family Force 5, and Britt Nicole as well as St. Louis locals like Flame and Thi’sl (among others) and utilize Listener Driven Radio technology, BOOST 101.9 fans will be able to influence the music mix every hour: voting songs up and down the playlist at www.boost1019.com, plus through the BOOST 101.9 iPhone, iPad, and Android apps.
As far as the on air lineup: Monday through Saturday mornings from 6 -10 AM it will be The Morning DNA, with Denee’ Hughes (D) and (N) Aaron Dicer (A) with Scott Anthony traffic and weather updates. Middays with Mike Couchman, Monday through Saturdays 10 AM – 3 PM. Afternoons with Neal Hopson, Monday through Saturdays 3 PM – 7 PM. Nights with Joey Landara, Monday through Saturdays 7 PM – Midnight. Late night and Sunday hosts include The Lou’s very own Scott Anthony, Kim Underwood, and Nick Spiniolas.
BOOST 101.9’s Positive Hits & Hip Hop will air commercial-free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thanks to the generous listeners of BOOST parent station KLJY/St Louis (99.1 Joy FM). General Manager Sandi Brown says “We're launching BOOST because we know the impact music has on people; this is going to be a lifeline for teens in St. Louis!" (3/18)
FEB PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more... AQH 6+ KLTY down 4.7 #4... KSBJ up 4.9 #7... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (3/17)
Saga Communications has launched another Christian AC station, Sunny 99.1” W256CI Clarksville/107.9 WCVQ-HD2 is on the air with the same programming heard at its “Sunny 98.5” K253BQ Jonesboro AR. Sunny is featuring programming from Salem Media’s Todays Christian Music network including Doug & Jaci Velasquez in mornings and “Night Light with Andrea” in evenings. Its a 250 watt translator that Saga purchased from Edgewater Broadcasting along with the Jonesboro signal in December for $65,000. (3/17)
HisAir.Net hears Shannon Steele has exited WVFJ/Atlanta (93.3 The JOY FM) . She's looking for her next opportunity. Reach her at 1-615-815-5877 or sha[email protected]. (3/12)
WNWC/Madison (Life 102.5) has hired Dave Conour to host its morning show beginning May 12th. Dave will host the new morning show along with Candice Grey and will also be the director of listener engagement. “We can’t wait for Dave to start!” said Station Manager Steve Young, “Dave’s experience and giftedness as a communicator make him just the right person to help build and grow the relationship between Life 102.5 and its listeners.” Prior to joining Life 102.5, Dave served with WAY-FM and the New Life Media network. (3/12)
URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: His Radio promotion director/personality Brian Sumner's dad is having some major health issue right now and Brian and family are asking for our prayers and guidance on decisions that need to be made. Please keep him and the entire family in your prayers and for God's direction and healing. (3/11)
BITS: Owners Rick & Janie Torstick announce their new station WUIC-LP/Harlan, KY is on the air with a CCM format... WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) is teaming up with recording artist Third Day to present Fish Fest featuring Third Day (pictured left) on Saturday, May 31 at The Arena at Gwinnett Center...
KLRC/Siloam Springs listeners donated over 26,000 diapers (pictured right) to Loving Choices Pregnancy Center as part of KLRC’s annual diaper drive, a one-day drive held at area Chick-Fil-A restaurants...
Nielson Feb '14 PPM numbers are scheduled to start rolling out on 2/17, we'll have all the latest ratings here on HisAir.Net... (3/10)
Are Christian Talk & Teaching listeners younger than perceived? A new Nielsen-Edison research project on Christian Talk & Teaching finds that “half the listeners to these stations are under 55.” Salem Communications (the largest owner of Christian Talk & Teaching), commissioned “the largest research project ever done on the habits of Christian Talk & Teaching listeners across the country.” The study finds that 14% were 18-34. 18% were 35-49, and 18% were in the 50-54 demo.
The study also revealed that the younger listeners to CTT stations are listening about as long as the older listeners. On average those 55 and younger are spending 6.1 hours per week listening to CTT stations. That compares to 6.4 hours for those 55 and over.
One of the most surprising things revealed in the study is that listening among the 18-34 audience is actually increasing. This study reported that 48% of these younger listeners are actually listening more in the last 12 months and 38% are listening the same. That means 86% are listening more or the same.
"There is this perception that these are your father's or even grandfather's radio stations, but we found there is a significant pool of younger listeners spending a great deal of time with our CTT format," said Salem VP, Director of Spoken Word Format, Phil Boyce. "These listeners are loyal, fully engaged, and are truly listening to the content for its edifying value." Salem feels this data and other supporting data bodes well for its efforts to continue to encourage advertisers to reach this segment of the population that is often difficult to reach in other ways.
"At a time when we see younger listeners leaving traditional radio and going more to their iPads, smartphones, and computers, this format is growing a younger audience base that is seeking the kind of content we produce," said Boyce. Of all the age groups Salem researched, the growth in the younger demo was the most dramatic, by far. (3/6)
At a press event at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, K-LOVE announced the nominees for this year’s second annual K-LOVE Fan Awards set for Sunday, June 1. Among the attendees for the press conference were K-LOVE’s Mike Novak and David Pierce, as well as artists Mike Donehey (Tenth Avenue North), Jamie Grace, Michael McDowell (NASCAR), Bart Millard (MercyMe), Britt Nicole, Michael W. Smith and Michael Tait (Newsboys). (3/5)
KVNE/Tyler and KGLY/Tyler listeners made over 21,000 homemade valentines. The cards were delivered on Valentine’s Day to kids in the hospital, assisted living seniors and a veterans home. Over 1100 individuals received an entire bag of valentines not just one. It not only blessed those individuals receiving the valentines but those individuals, families, small groups that made the valentines. We have women’s shelters, brain injury patients, church groups, office and families all making cards! It’s my favorite promotion of the year because it’s not just a bunch of cards but it’s love hand delivered.
Pictured Morning personalities Carrie Parsons, Mike Harper, and RJ... (3/5)
Air1 Program Director Randy Chase (left) has been named Director of Programming for K-LOVE and Air1 Radio Network. Chase joined Air1 Radio last summer and was previously with Cox Media Group handling all of their country formats. Chase replaces Chuck Pryor who remains with EMF in another capacity.
“I am thrilled to move into this new role with the K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks,” said Chase. “As we continue to expand and offer millions of listeners each day a relationship with Jesus Christ, I look forward to leading a team of great air personalities and delivering the best music and content from coast to coast.” (3/4)
Christian Radio for Russia Dan Johnson reaches out to HisAir.Net regarding the situation in Ukraine. Dan says, "The situation in Ukraine has taken a huge turn for the worse, and our station in Moscow, that targets large Christian audiences in both Ukraine and Russia, is trying to serve as a link to believers, urging them to take a Christ-like position in what is happening during this crisis. Our four radio staff are struggling to remain a viable broadcast operation, and perhaps in its 14 years of ministry, this time right now is the most important work it has ever undertaken."
Dan continues, "We really would request that Christian radio stations in America consider doing stories about how New Life Radio's radio missionaries are doing their best to promote Christian unity and peace as both nations seem on the edge of warfare. Also, we have not been successful in reaching our goal of funding a new satellite, accessed from Israel and beyond the Kremlin's ability to control it or us, that would give New Life Radio full nationwide, direct to home satellite radio coverage. We need help. We have no idea what is going to happen, but we know that NLR could be taken off the air by the Kremlin if they don't like the peace and Christian love message we are preaching to our listeners in Ukraine and Russia". Contact Dan at [email protected] or at their website www.CRFR.org website. (3/3)
BITS: Enjoyed meeting TruNews Radio Operations Manager Doc Burkhart (pictured left) at NRB 2014, who told us he located his new job on HisAir.Net jobs page... Fourth quarter total revenue shows Salem Communications increased 3.5% to $62.7 million, with net income up from $2 million to $5.3 million... Look for Salem VP News & Talk programming Tom Tradup's article "Giving Something Back" in the March issue of Townhall Magazine, "my goal was to shine a spotlight on the great work that nationally-syndicated talk hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Mike Gallagher, Don Imus, and many others do"... (2/28)
KSBJ/Houston was named "Radio Station of the Year" at the NRB 2014 Media Awards dinner last night. KSBJ edged out other station of the year nominees KTIS/Minneapolis, KLTY/Dallas, KCBI/Dallas, KKLA/Los Angeles, and WRMB/West Palm Beach. HisAir.Net's Ted Kelly served as one of the judges for station of the year. Also at the NRB 2014 awards dinner Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston was named Radio Program of the Year and The Ambassador Advertising Agency won the Radio Impact Award. In addition the International Radio Ministry Award was given to Radio 7/Albania and the late Frank Pastore (KKLA/Los Angeles) was given the William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service... (2/26)
WNYM/New York (AM 970 The Answer) has hired Joe Piscopo as its new morning personality. The comedian/actor has been on the air since January 3rd. He is joined on the air by morning show producer Frank Morano and newsman Al Gatullo. "One of the best things I get to do in this job is find talented people who have accomplished something on one stage and are ready to take on another one," said Salem VP Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce.
"I have my college degree in Broadcasting. I remain a dedicated student of the most intimate medium, radio. And with legendary broadcast giants like GM Jerry Crowley and current day guru of all radio personalities past and present, Phil Boyce, this is the positively perfect storm of talk radio," said Joe. "I honestly believe that this is not only the reinvention, renaissance and revitalization of AM radio, (not to mention a totally new and exciting journey of my career) but the best thing to happen to NY radio since David Sarnoff." (2/26)
BITS: WLIR/Hampton Bays (107.1) has dropped its sports format and reverted Monday to the All-Christian programming format it had offered until last August... KDIS/Little Rock flips from Radio Disney to Christian talk as "Faith Talk 99.5" after the purchase by Salem... Crawford Broadcasting is donating KSTL/St Louis (Shine 690) to not-for-profit Church of God in Christ Inc. (2/25)
HisAir.Net has confirmed that Salem Music Network has signed New York Times best selling author Karen Kingsbury (at left) as new afternoon personality. She is expected to start on the air 2-7pm sometime in April "On Today's Christian Music" including flagship WFFH/Nashville (94FM The Fish). Kingsbury will officially be introduced Monday at NRB 2014 Monday (2/24). She will make an appearance at the HisAir.Net booth 242 on the exhibit floor Monday from 10:30a-11:30a.
Vance Dillard, program director of Salem's Today's Christian Music radio network and WFFH says, "Karen is a real communicator. She brings a naturally charming personality along with an ability to communicate one on one with our listeners. Every day will be a delight as she shares her wealth of stories and life experiences. This will be a unique listening experience."
"I feel like I'm living a dream," Kingsbury said. "I never could've imagined having my own national radio show. My new friends and co-workers at Salem are the best in the business. I can't wait to do my part to tell the nation and the world about this network's life-changing music." (2/23)
Family Game Night with Bob Lepine celebrated its 10th anniversary of fun on Sunday night at NRB 2014. Pictured at left are the "Name That Tune" finalists including the winning pair (Al & Ross pictured with straw hats )who won cruises courtesy of Family Life Today. (2/23)
Salem Radio Network VP/news & talk programming Tom Tradup presented a commemorative SRN clock to Dr. Uzi Landau, (left) Israel’s new Minister of Tourism, following Landau’s address Sunday (2/23) to a packed ballroom at the annual National Religious Broadcasters Association convention in Nashville. Landau warned a packed ballroom at the NRB about the dangers of Iran being on the verge of developing atomic weapons.
“Iran will soon be able to prepare a nuclear weapon,” Landau cautioned, adding that Israel’s government—along with broadcasters in America—“have a duty to raise our voices loud and clear, to be prepared and defend ourselves against this gathering storm.” Landau added that while 2013 saw the largest tourism increase in Israel’s history, Islamic radicals—“joined by extreme left wing radicals and extreme right wing racists”—are joining forces to try and promote a boycott of Israel which needs to be counteracted in the months ahead. “In the past, anti-Semites boycotted Jewish businesses…now they want to boycott the Jewish state.” (2/23)
HisAir.Net is getting word of a major announcement from the Salem Music Network happening at NRB. We'll release more details as they become available. NRB takes place in Nashville Feb 22-25. (2/21)
Congrats to this years winners of the ChristianNetcast Peoples Choice Awards to be presented this week at NRB 2014 in Nashville. The Winners are: The Gospel Station/Ada, OK, KAXL/Bakersfield, and Praise 2 Go Radio/Internet...
Be sure to stop by the ChristianNetcast booth 414 while at NRB. Their prize drawings on the last day of the show draw hundreds. You never know, this may be the year you win the big prize!
Pictured L-R is Megan MacDougall (ChristianNetcast) Randall Christy (the Gospel Station) and David Palmer (ChristianNetcast)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, Nashville, & more... AQH 6+ KFMK down 4.8... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/20)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, Cleveland, & more... AQH 6+ KJNW down 3.7... WPOZ down 7.1#2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/19)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: Seattle, Wash DC, & more... AQH 6+ KCMS down 4.1 #8... KTIS up 7.0 t#2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/18)
Visit HisAir.Net at NRB 2014 booth 242... Win prizes from Capitol CMG... The NRB International Christian Media Convention is an event that networks thousands of Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors. It is the "must attend" event on the Christian communicator's calendar. You will hear outstanding internationally known speakers and musicians; have the opportunity to attend numerous educational sessions on Radio, TV, Film, Church Media, Internet, and Leadership, and receive helpful industry training... (2/17)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Houston, Atlanta, & more... AQH 6+ KSBJ up 4.8 t#6... KLTY down 4.9 #4... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/17)
BITS: January Christian radio PPM numbers start to roll out and will be posted later today... His Radio provided a few morning show video's of their coverage of the extreme winter, from sliding on a cooler in the parking lot, skiing down a neighborhood road, flying a drone over Falls Park in Downtown Greenviile, SC, check them out here... Tom Taylors "Now" reports KARR/Seattle may go dark on Feb 28th due to the loss of their transmitter site last month... (2/17)
BITS: KVNE/Tyler spent Valentine's day delivering over 21,000 special handmade cards to seniors and children in the hospital, local TV covered it, watch it here... New NRB President & CEO Jerry A. Johnson will be formally installed on Saturday, February 22, at the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light), is the first station to carry a new 15-minute Bible teaching and life-application program, “Crossroads with Clayton King”... VSR Music Group announces the addition Dove Award winning artist Seventh Day Slumber to their roster... (2/14)
BITS: Tuesday 2/18 Scott Herrold and Jayar Reeves of Creative Cardio.com host another national jock brain storm, theme is "The Art of the Ask" and to join the call and share some of your opinions on fundraising tactics and how to compel the audience while asking for money call 213.493.0800 Access code: 502051#... Steve Marston joins Salem's KDIS/Little Rock as Operations Manager... Connection Receptionist Colleen Claphan is now Radio Traffic Manager at KNKT/Albuquerque... SRN News will provide live coverage of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) addressing religious liberty at the Reagan Library tonight at 9p ET... (2/13)
Happy birthday to WBSN/New Orleans (LifeSongs). February 2014 marks the 35th year of listener-supported music and ministry on LifeSongs Radio. The station celebrated the event with their listeners at the Hands of God Tour (w/ Francesca Battistelli, Sanctus Real and All Things New). Everyone marked the occasion by posing for pictures in the LifeSongs Birthday Photo Booth & the station gave away cake and prizes. Pictured L-R Morning Show team Julie & Libby and Allen & Daniel from the Afternoon Drive)... (2/13)
The staff at WMHK/Columbia grabs the attention of local TV as they have been at the station for over 50 hours because of a 3-day Ice Storm. WIS TV interviewed JP, the Morning Show Producer, about the situation, while showing video clips of what WMHK was doing at the station. Watch the live coverage here... (2/13)
BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) morning show team Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott, along with their producer, Prod G, made the best out of being stuck at the radio station during the latest Atlanta ice storm and did a little parking lot sledding, check out the video here... K-LOVE announces their 12th Annual Caribbean Cruise set for 2015, featuring music by Casting Crowns, Mandisa, Newsboys and more, it set sail from Miami next January... Joe Gomez joins KNEO/Neosho, MO for production and on air duties... earlier today on Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had what his Senate office describes as a “wide-ranging Education discussion” with Bennett, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, listen here... (2/12)
State College, PA based Way Truth Life Radio has closed on the purchase of WPCL/Northern Cambria, PA. This will extend the reach of Way Truth Life Radio throughout more of central Pennsylvania with their teaching/inspo formatted stations. Way Truth Life Radio also operates State College 89.9 FM, Lewistown 107.1 FM, Altoona 93.9 FM, Cambria County 97.3 FM... (2/11)
HCJB Global announced today that the 82-year-old ministry, founded in Quito, Ecuador, is changing its name to Reach Beyond. The new name and the release of the Reach Beyond Mission Manifesto are intended to encourage and challenge Christians worldwide to reach beyond their comfort zones and perceived limitations to share the love of Jesus in places where the gospel has seldom, if ever, been heard. The mission is defined by the tagline, “The Voice and Hands of Jesus. Together.” Through its “voice” ministries, the mission works with partners to use radio and modern media to make the gospel accessible in places where it typically isn’t available. The “hands” ministries of the mission provide much-needed healthcare service in places where even common medical help isn’t readily available. Reach Beyond “hands” ministries takes many forms, including mobile community healthcare clinics, counseling centers in war-torn areas, clean water projects and general hygiene training, all with an emphasis on demonstrating the love of Jesus to recipients of the care.
Reach Beyond also values partnership with local Christians, churches and ministry partners as its core way of operating, signified by the word “together” in its tagline. “For more than 80 years our missionaries and partners have boldly been going to places where people have never had the opportunity to experience the love of God,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of Reach Beyond. “But now is the time to accelerate and multiply those efforts. Through the use of modern media and healthcare, we work arm in arm with partners to show people that a relationship with Jesus Christ can change their lives forever.”
The “Reach Beyond Manifesto” challenges believers to reach beyond borders and their own comfort level in an effort to accomplish the “great commission.” It serves as a declaration for how the renamed Reach Beyond wants to invest its time and efforts in making Christ known to the ends of the earth. It’s also a call — and a challenge — for other Christians to recommit themselves to the same effort. To read and sign the “Manifesto,” visit www.reachbeyond.org. (2/10)
BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) moves Penny from weekends to evenings replacing Mike Stoudt... Lauren Johnson is the new Operations Director at KTLF/Colorado Springs (Light Praise Radio)... The NRB International Christian Media Convention will be Feb 22-25 in Nashville. stop by and visit HisAir.Net at booth 242... (2/7)
WAY-FM has announced the addition of NGEN/Houston PD Carlos Aguiar as the new network afternoon drive host, effective in early March. Carlos replaces Melissa Moore who exited last fall for KYGO/Denver. According to WAY Media VP of Content Faron Dice, “We are very excited to have Carlos join our team of real, authentic, and transparent on-air communicators. He is going to be a great addition!”
Network Program Director Jeff Connell, adds, "I've been a fan of Carlos for a long time and to have him joining WAY-FM is extremely exciting. He knows how to connect, challenge, and create a really interesting show and radio station. His passion and creativity will make WAY-FM even better. It's going to be a lot of fun."
According to Aguiar, "I had such an amazing time at KSBJ the last 3 years. Building NGEN radio from the ground up is an experience I will never forget. While leaving the station I’ve grown so close to is difficult, I know the team I have left in place will continue to do amazing things. I’m excited to join the team at WAY-FM and begin this new chapter in my life. I hope to bring the same kind of culture shifting impact to my new role and can’t wait find new ways to reach and influence people for the glory of God. (2/7)
Pictured at left: Bill Bennett (former U.S. Secretary of Education and host of Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA on the Salem Radio Network) delivered the keynote address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California….as Bill led the official celebration of President Reagan’s 103th birthday on Thursday Feb 6th. (2/7)
KJTH/Ponca City (The House FM) welcomed The Roadshow Tour 2014 to Wichita last. Pictured is Assistant Program Director, Darren Clonts, with mascot "Homie" as they engaged listeners at the show, including a text-to-win contest." (2/6)
Several Salem radio station personalities including Dawn O’Brien from KAIM/Honolulu, Brooke Taylor of WFHM/Cleveland; Jodie Stevens of KKFS/Sacramento and Morgan Smith KFIS/Portland recently accompanied Salem V.P./News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup on a trip to Haiti. It's the 4th anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 300,000 and left millions homeless in tent cities…. SRN will feature an upcoming 5-part News series: “The Poorest of the Poor.”
Embedded with the relief organization “Food For The Poor,” the group saw the poverty, devastation, and the still-vivid impact of the quake. Haiti has 80% unemployment and hunger and thirst are pervasive.
Pictured is Tom Tradup with some of the beautiful children who offered hugs, warm smiles and a demonstrable love of Christ amidst the poverty that is humbling and inspiring. (2/4)
BITS: After 13 years with the station, Mike Stoudt exits evenings at WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish)... Rush Limbaugh will be joining the on-air line-up of SAlem Talker KTIE/Riverside (AM 590 The Answer) in the Inland Empire... Christian teaching WWJC/Duluth (The Light) has been sold to Milwaukee based VCY America... (1/31)
WNLI/Sturgeon Bay (88.5) and WPFF/Sturgeon Bay (90.5) have both started airing programming from EMF. Former teaching station WNLI is now carrying "Air-1" network while WPFF carries the "K-LOVE". EMF purchased the stations from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting, who owned them since 2007, for $825,000. The deal also included two translators in Sheboygan and one apiece in Appleton, WI and Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Ishpeming, and Marquette, MI. Final FCC approval is pending. (1/31)
BITS: Doc Burkhardt joins Trunews as Manager of Radio Operations... WQQR-FM/Paducah, KY is the latest affiliate of Looking Up to #1 with Johnny Stone...Reflecting a vision to proclaim Christ in hard-to-reach places, HCJB Global has changed its name to "Reach Beyond"... Holiday PPM ratings are all posted here, Sponsored by Curb... (1/30)
Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) has announced the eligibility period for the 2014 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards. Eligibility dates for the 2014 awards will be May 1, 2013 thru April 30, 2014. Stations wishing to enter the 2014 competition will only be allowed to submit airchecks, ratings information and station activities which took place between those dates. Stations wishing to enter the competition may submit their entries starting May 1st and have full entry completed by June 14, 2014. Radio Station Of The Year Awards are presented to stations which show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership. One award is given in each of four market categories – Major, Large, Medium and Small. (1/29)
Afternoon personality Matt Pelishek (left) has been elevated to Program Director at KAXL/Bakersfield. The station had been operating without an official PD and responsibilities fell on Operations Manager/morning host Dan Schaffer. Matt has been at KAXL for over 6 years, and previously was with KNDR/Mandan, ND. (1/28)
BITS: WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) production director Daryl Pierce exits due to budget cuts, contact Daryl at [email protected]... Continental Broadcast Group has launched what they say is "Indy’s first Christian Music format in Spanish", on WSYW/Indianapolis (810AM) calling it "Pescador Radio"... (1/28)
New Life Radio/Moscow Founder/Director, President Dan Johnson Checks in with HisAir.Net. "I wanted to share a situation in Moscow that might be of interest to fellow Christian broadcasters, and could really use some networking to get prayer on our behalf. In one week, New Life Radio (NLR) is being forced to terminate their satellite audio channel on the TRICOLOR satellite service, transmitting over Eutelsat W4. This is from pressure by the Russian Federal communications agency, ROSSVAZNADZOR. NLR will lose a very large audience on this secular satellite TV/radio service, the largest in Russia. Further, NLR will lose its sole remaining FM radio affiliate in Dudinka, Russia that will be out of signal range when NLR shuts down on Tricolor. While we still have a second satellite audio channel on the Hotbird satellite we need to get on a new satellite that can cover all of Russia with high power, free to air satellite radio signals, as well as to our affiliate, that can only be off the air for one month before losing their FM license (there is no radio staff, being a repeater of our satellite feed).
We have found a new satellite called YAMAL, that NLR can access from Tel Aviv, Israel. The challenge: it will cost us $2250 a month, so we are looking for 15 churches in America to pledge $150 every month for the next three years (the length of a satellite contract), so we can get back to providing a guarantee of signal access to any Russian community that wants Christian programming. 99% of cities in Russia have no local Christian FM radio station, and Putin has systematically stopped the development of Christian broadcasting since 2000. There is less than 1% spiritual content on the secular media of Russia, so it is critical that NLR keep its nationwide voice available to the Russian people." Reach out to Dan at [email protected] and and the website is here http://crfr.org/nlr.html... (1/27)
BITS: Former KSBJ/Houston PD/mornings Susan O'Donnell will be the APD/midday jock at KVNE/Tyler starting this Wednesday... Bob King returns to radio after 21 years off the air as a part time air personality at KSBJ/Houston. Bob formerly was on the air at KKBQ/Houston among others... Holiday PPM ratings are all posted here, Sponsored by Curb... (1/25)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, Nashville, & more... AQH 6+ KFMK up 5.5 #5... WAYF down 2.4 t#9... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/23)
KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) is excited to announce that Mid-day host, Trina Wilcox, (at left) has been promoted to Music Director. Station Manager, Chalmer Harper, said, “Trina began as a volunteer with the station as a blog writer. This promotion is a testament to her hard work, willingness to learn, determination, and being a true team player. I am really thankful to have Trina at the helm of such an important part of our ministry.” Tracking times are 1-3 central Wednesdays & Thursdays.
More news from KWND as the station was recently announced as 2013 Winner of ‘Best Radio Station’ by readers of the Springfield News-Leader. A first time nominee, and winner. “We are humbled, amazed, and grateful that our listeners would give us this honor,” said Station Manager, Chalmer Harper, “It speaks volumes about the amazing work and heart of this amazing, and dedicated team. “
The community nominated & voted awards didn’t stop there. Morning team, Aaron & Deneé, was also selected as second runner-up in the ‘Best Radio Personality or Team’ category by the readers of 417 Magazine. Another first time nominee, Aaron & Denee’ shared, ‘You did it! Thank you so much for your votes as Best of 417 Favorite Radio Personalities…So excited to continue to share our lives with you.” (1/24)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, Las Vegas, & more... AQH 6+ WAKW up 6.0 #6... WPOZ up 8.9 #2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/23)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, St Louis, & more... AQH 6+ WGTS up 4.1 #7... KCMS UP 5.7 #2... KTIS up 6.5 #3... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/22)
BITS: Tess Tillman is joining the BEC/Tooth & Nail radio team... The NRB Radio Advisory Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 25th, at 3:30pm in Delta Mezzanine (same locale as before, look for “Radio” next to the door) at this NRB convention starting Feb 22nd... (1/22)
WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) recently had the privilege of not just being a radio station, but also becoming a movie set. A new Christian movie called Power of the Air spent 4 days filming at the Z88.3 studios in Orlando. The plot centers around a secular radio station and a Christian radio station. We are told that instead of making a fictitious radio station, they may let Z88.3 play themselves as the Christian radio station in the movie. ClearChannel Orlando also allowed the movie production to take place in their studios. The star studded cast is full of recognizable names including Patty Duke, Tracy Goode who you may recognize from Facing the Giants and CCM's own Karyn Williams. Z88.3 Afternoons with Jen and Shadow had a chance to crash the set while filming was taking place. Jen and Shadow spent time with actor Tracy Goode and even took him into the studio with them. Rumor has it Goode is playing a GM and on air personality in the movie. We’ve also heard that Karyn Williams is set to play the wife of the lead actor in the film. The movie is being produced by the Christiano Brothers who own Christianfilms.com. Their mission is driven by their philosophy of Christian films, which is the need to have a sincere message for Jesus Christ. They look for a message first when selecting which films to choose. Their goal is to make sure every movie offered has the person or presence of Christ in it. Pictured at left is actor Tracy Goode and actress Karyn Williams on set at Z88.3 along with a sneak peek at the production. Power of the Air is set to release around early next year. (1/22)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more... AQH 6+ KLTY up 5.1 #4... KSBJ UP 4.5 #6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/21)
Morning In America host Bill Bennett (left) has weighed in on the national debate over legalizing marijuana. From his unique perspective as our nation’s first Drug Czar, Bennett posted a CNN commentary which—in part—castigates recent moves in Washington State and Colorado to legalize sale of pot by citing observations of pop singer Lady Gaga: "If you don't want to take my word that it can be harmful, perhaps you'll take Lady Gaga's. In a recent interview, the world-famous pop star admitted she was heavily addicted to marijuana. "I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication and I was smoking up to 15 or 20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco," she said. "I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely." Lady Gaga said she was speaking out to bust the myth that marijuana is just a harmless plant. "I just want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it, and there's this sentiment that you can't and that's actually not true." Morning In America is heard nationally and syndicated by Salem Radio Network, a division of Salem Communications. (1/21)
Centricity Music announces staff promotions. Ben Stauffer has been promoted from Finance Director to Vice President of Finance, and Kris Love from Director of Radio Promotions to Senior Director of National Promotions. Stauffer will take on an expanded role of the financial duties for Centricity Music and Centricity Publishing, while Love will now oversee all activities in the radio department including tracking, promotions, radio visits and promotional tours. Stauffer will continue to report to General Manager, Caren Seidle and Love to Steve Ford, Vice President of Marketing. (1/20)
BITS: KLTY/Dallas morning personality Frank Reed's book about his radio career is out, go here for more on "Frankly Speaking"... Gary Vaile has been named as General Manager of Salem's soon-to-be acquired KDIS FM in Little Rock, Arkansas... Holiday PPM ratings are due out starting later today and will posted here sponsored by Curb records... (1/20)
CMB held its Dallas Programming Momentum Summit (pictured left) Thursday Jan 16th. A broad range of topics included air checks, how to juggle priorities, tasks and your calendar, were discussed.
Special speakers included consultant Tracy Johnson, former Radio Disney VP of Programming Robin Jones, and Byron “Ron” Harrell on “Time Management.
In addition the summit featured special musical performances from MercyMe & Francesca Battistelli. (1/16)
Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher will be broadcasting tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday from Las Vegas at the annual SHOT Show. (“Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show”) at the Sands Hotel. Gallagher’s guests Thursday will include noted gun enthusiast and “rocker” Ted Nugent. In addition to live broadcast of The Mike Gallagher Show, Mike has a booth for his Gallagher’s Army Fallen Officers Fund, Mike’s 501c3 foundation which provides funds to families of police officers killed in the line of duty. “It is such an honor to represent the Gallagher’s Army Fallen Officers Fund before over 62,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and over 100 countries,” Gallagher states. “These guys live every day confronting issues and policies that keep average citizens safe.” (1/15)
BITS: WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ 99.3) has launched a new countdown show called "Radiate" including the Top 20 songs of the week and hosted by MD Jeremy Henry airing Sundays from noon-2 EST... WNFR/Sanduskey drops "Wonderful News Radio" and becomes 90.7 Hope FM starting today... Former Korean actress Shim Eun-ha, is now hosting a Christian radio program on the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC)... PD Colin "Cruz" Strombeck ([email protected]] needs CHR and Rhythmic servicing for his new station The Blender... (1/13)
Positive Alternative Radio has promoted within to add an Executive Vice President, two Vice Presidents and two new directors all as part of a continuing effort to advance the organization through innovation. Edward Baker, President of PAR, made the appointments. "Brian Sanders, who has been leading the pursuit of a new vision for PAR since March of 2012, is now promoted to Executive Vice President. " Baker said in his address to PAR leaders at the non-profit organization's annual Vision Conference. "Brian's leadership has helped PAR stations reach new heights in the past three years, and I am confident he is taking us in the right direction with our new vision to become the standard by which all Christian media is measured," he added.
Baker also announced: Frankie Morea, General Manager at Positive Hits WPER, which reaches the Richmond, Va. market, is being tapped as VP of Programming for PAR. Daniel Britt, General Manager of Joy FM, PAR's southern gospel group of stations, has been promoted to Vice President of Culture Integration. David Hodges, staff engineer for the organization, has been promoted to Director of Engineering for PAR. Kayla Sanders, Donor Services Manager, has been promoted to Director of Partner Services.
"Each of these individuals will help lead us toward the future," Baker said. "We are so blessed to have this incredible talent pool in our midst and look forward to a bright future creating powerful experiences for our listeners that lead them to passionately follow Christ."
Positive Alternative Radio, with corporate offices in Blacksburg, Virginia consists of the Spirit FM network, Lynchburg-Roanoke, Va.; WCQR, Johnson City, TN; Joy FM network (southern gospel), Winston-Salem and Charlotte, NC; Positive Hits Network (WPER) Richmond, Va.; WALK-FM network, Ashland, Kentucky/Huntington, West Virginia and WJYW, Union City, IN/Greenville, OH. (1/10)
NRB announces this Monday morning Val Geller session at its annual convention next month in Nashville. Here's the NRB description and Val's session summary:
The demise of Christian radio has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Christian radio is seeing growth in a number of areas throughout the country. But why not everywhere? Come to this session where you'll be challenged to look at your definition of success differently and how you measure it turned upside down. Listeners come when they are engaged, leave when they are bored. Are you informing, entertaining, inspiring, your audiences? In an over-communicated world where media is democratized, mobile and everyone can be a broadcaster, when anyone from virtually anywhere can create and send content to anywhere else, and to anyone else— what distinguishes you? It is the quality of your content - and here, good storytellers rule.
The session will be moderated by WRAF/Toccoa Falls Assistant Station Manager Michael Shelley. NRB 2014 takes place Feb 22-25. (1/9)
BITS: Brian Sanders has been appointed Executive Vice President for PAR (Positive Alternative Radio)... Kim Bindel joins KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) as APD/mornings starting Feb 9th... Dec PPM ratings are all posted here, "Holiday" numbers due starting Jan 20th... (1/9)
WBCL/Ft Wayne announces the hiring of Lori Reese (left) as Promotions Director. In this position, Reese will be responsible for the overall promotional strategy for WBCL including development and implementation of station wide promotions, brand management, social media strategies, deepening community partnerships, and more. Prior to joining WBCL, Reese worked as a Promotions Director for CRISTA Media's KWPZ/Bellingham .
WBCL Executive Director Ross McCampbell adds, “we are extremely excited to have Lori on the team and we strongly believe that the Lord put it on her heart to be involved with the WBCL media ministry.” (1/8)
BITS: GSF Media is now overseeing syndication of CitizenLink, a 2-minute daily radio feature heard on over 500 Christian radio stations nationwide... The Blast Ministries has launched its second radio station, The Blast Blender , PD Colin "Cruz" Strombeck, says The Blender is playing a lot of the lighter rock songs that are too light for the hard rockin' station The Blast... Looking for a new opportunity to start off 2014, then check out the listings on the HisAir.Net jobs page... (1/7)
WPER/Fredericksburg VA (Positive Hits PER) has named Don Burns Program Director/Morning Host. WPER general manager Frankie Morea stated “It is rare to find someone like Don who is extremely talented, experienced and passionate about Christian radio. I am very excited to see PER taken to the next level! Don joins WPER from WPFF/Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin which was recently purchased by the educational media foundation late last year. (1/7)
BITS: SRN News Religion Correspondent Michael Harrington will host daily segments with new NRB Dr. Jerry Johnson discussing the state of Christian broadcasting, what the future might hold and how the mid-term elections could affect Free Speech as well as individual local radio stations... Moody Radio South's 25th anniversary celebration will include keynote speaker Tony Evans in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 16 and 17... Salem Talk KSKY/Dallas (660 AM The Answer) adds Sean Hannity to the weekday line-up from 3pm-5pm... (1/6)
Advocace, the development and management consulting firm for Christian organizations, has hired the former Senior Development Director for Grove city College, David Hollenbaugh, as its newest Senior Consultant. Hollenbaugh began his work for Advocace January 6th. “We are very excited to have David as part of Advocace,” Paul Martin, Advocace President, said. “David brings a wealth of fund raising knowledge and a solid track record of professionalism and performance to the team.”
“I am looking forward to helping more Christian organizations find the funding needed to fulfill their missions,” Hollenbaugh, said. He added that he will continue to be based in the Pittsburgh area, serving Advocace clients nationwide. (1/6)
At American Family Radio (AFR) Lauren moves from co-hosting afternoons (John and Lauren), to solo Mid-days. Lauren formerly was on the air at KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish)... (1/6).
Former WPHN/Gaylord (The Promise FM) PD/afternoons Patrick Green has landed at KJIl/Meade as the stations new PD/OM/PM drive host. Patrick tells HisAir.Net, "I got my start in Christian radio there 15 years ago as production assistant and then moved to production director. I left there to be PD at Northern Christian Radio in 2004. I am excited to come back to such a great ministry and working with such a great group of people". Patrick exited WPHN at the end of 2013. He starts at KJIL February 3rd... (1/6)
KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) & KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise FM) announce line up changes to start the new year. Afternoon host Jenn Derrick is now the new Morning Show Co-Host on "Wake Up! With Carder & Jenn". Jenn replaces Janelle Keith who exited Oct 31. Also, James Wood is the new Promotions Director coming from concert promotions in Arkansas. And as previously reported on HisAir.Net Ryan Van Fleet is in the building as the stations as new Operations Manager. (1/6)
A feature story in Politico is calling Salem Communications "A new power in conservative media". Click here to read the story. Salem was founded more than 26 years ago when CEO Ed Astinger and his brother-in-law, chairman of the board Stu Epperson, combined their radio assets to create a for-profit Christian media company. Epperson and Astinger, both devoted Christians, have also been involved in politics for years, supporting conservative causes and candidates. (1/6)
Sean Hannity joins Salem talk WIND/Chicago (560 The Answer) live weekday afternoons 2-5pm. In addition Bill Bennett's Morning in America returns live to AM 560 in the 5am hour. Big John and Amy will follow with their morning show, 6am to 11am. Dennis Miller will remain 11am to 2pm, but will now be live for three hours. Joe Walsh, who was moved into the 5pm hour last summer, will continue with a live and all Chicago show 5pm to 8pm. Michael Medved will air 8pm to 11pm, followed by Dennis Prager at 11, and Hugh Hewitt at 2am. "We couldn't be more excited to join the fantastic lineup on AM 560 The Answer, and share our program live with the great city of Chicago," said Eric Stanger, VP of Operations and Affiliate Marketing for The Sean Hannity Show. The new lineup will begin Monday, January 6th. (1/3)
BITS: WKSG/Ocala drops CCM for mainstream jazz... SOS Radio/Las Vegas wrapped up it's Random Acts of Christmas with a TON of amazing stories of generosity, ABC News/Channel 13 Las Vegas/KTNV did a feature, click here... Dec PPM ratings are all posted here, "Holiday" numbers due starting Jan 20th... (1/2)