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Veteran CCM personality Doug Hannah (at left) has joined Christian FM for mid-days. Hannah has worked in Detroit, Chicago, Houston, and Nashville, and has been featured on Christian FM client stations during key weekend day-parts for several years. Paul Tipton, Christian FM VP for Operations said, “Doug Hannah is a name that has become synonymous with Christian radio. We were thrilled when Doug expressed a desire to bring his talents to Christian FM Media.”

Doug Hannah added, "Having worked for them on weekends for a few years now, I've come to really appreciate Paul, Jon, and the whole team at Christian FM, and their proactive work to help affiliates sound great AND be local. I couldn't be happier to be on middays for this network."  (12/1)

NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Jacksonville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online hereSponsored By ShareMedia Services... (11/30)

BITS: November Nielsen Audio PPM day 4 scheduled for release Monday afternoon, ratings on HisAir.Net sponsored by ShareMedia Services... The Columbus Post Dispatch reports WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) is Ohio Supreme Court is set to rule on the stations Tax Exemption status, WCVO attorney argues “Christian radio is public worship” and that commercial advertising is “no different than a traditional church selling advertising space in the weekly bulletin,” ruling expected in 3-6 months... WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) now playing all Christmas Music... (11/30)

NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia Services...(11/25)

BITS: Chris Chicago and have announced a new partnership. branded as " Live with Chris Chicago", this new show will officially be introduced next month to's 300,000 monthly unique visitors and 75,000 SoundCloud followers, enabling the program to reach more than half a million listeners around the world.... Bott Radio announces the selling of 11 translators this week... Michelle Johnson has joined WWIB/Chippewa Falls, WI as Traffic Manager... (11/25)

NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2 Minneapolis, St Louis & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia Services...(11/24)

KSBJ/Houston is bringing back some former air personalities this week for Thanksgiving. KSBJ PD Ty McFarland says, "The holidays are about family coming together, reuniting, and spending time together. We’re calling it “KSBJ’s Big Family Celebration".

"Susan O’Donnell co-hosted with Coppelia, Liz Jordan did our Midday Show, Jon Hull and Amanda Carroll did PM Drive with Rachelle Renee today, and JP Spees has Dave Cruse on his night show. We pre-promoted it and gave out hints. It’s been fun to see reaction from long-time listeners, and the type of content they’ve been doing has been good for the newer listeners too." Pictured at right BMG artist Danny Gokey with Coppelia and Susan Monday morning.  (11/24)

Sherri Lynn, (at left) the producer of The Brant Hansen Show, has released a comedy DVD about race and the church. Brant says,"I was blown away at how great it is." "Sherri's crazy-talented, but so are her friends. This is Saturday Night Live-level stuff, and it's hilarious and profound at the same time." The DVD is called "The Very Funny Church Comedy Show", and is recorded live in front of a packed house in Pittsburgh. (More at

"The idea actually came to mind after the Trayvon Martin case. It's clear we're divided, but the church shouldn't be. Not at the deepest level. We're family," Sherri says. "Unity is top priority for Jesus, and I love that we can use humor to talk about this stuff, whether on stage or on our radio show or podcast." (11/24)

Lanser Broadcasting has closed on the purchase of WBNK/New Bern, NC. The station is expected to flip to CCM as 92.7 The Beacon. The station will feature local shows in morning and afternoon drive, plus Wally in evenings. Exact launch date is not known at this time. (11/23)

NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  Sponsored by ShareMedia Services... (11/23)

KKSP/Little Rock (93.3 The Fish) has hired Jeff Akin for mornings. KKSP PD Steve Marston told HisAir.Net, "We are excited to have this final piece in place for 93-3 FM The Fish! Jeff's a great fit for what we are wanting to do...exciting days are ahead"... (11/18)

BITS: Salem has reached agreement on an extension of The Michael Medved syndication deal through the end of 2018, the show airs from 3 to 6pm ET on more than 300 stations nationwide...   Moody Radio presents  "December Live! Featuring Mark Schultz", recorded before a live audience in Torrey-Gray Auditorium on the campus of Moody Bible Institute on Dec 11,12, &14... Family Life/Bath, NY has earned Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for the third consecutive year, signifying Family Life’s commitment to good financial stewardship, sound governance, and transparency...  (11/18)

This Christmas, CURE International is partnering with radio stations to send “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” to children in CURE Hospitals.  It’s an opportunity for stations to invite their listeners to send electronic “get well” wishes and Christmas greetings to children with disabilities in one of CURE’s hospitals. Your greeting can even include a picture of you and your family.  It is a simple, yet powerful way to make a difference in the life of child this Christmas!  CURE will provide stations with a link and web graphic to invite their listeners to send “Tidings of Comfort and Joy” this Christmas!  For information and to participate, contact Eric Allen at  (11/17)

Dick Whitworth, Assistant VP for Media at the University of Northwestern tells HisAir.Net, “We are sad to report that Austin Hill, (at left) host of Austin Hill in the Morning and Austin Hill’s Big World of Small Business on Faith Radio passed away unexpectedly Friday evening, November 13th.” In a statement from the Hill Family, “It is with great shock and sorrow that we announce Austin Hill unexpectedly died on Friday night, November 13th. At this time, doctors suspect the cause of death was cardiac related. As a follower of Jesus, Austin’s faith permeated and influenced all aspects of his life. He was committed to speaking the truth and engaging people in thoughtful conversation. In addition to writing and public speaking, Austin had a national radio presence with dedicated listeners across the country. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, and as his son describes him, an avid father.  We ask for your prayers for the Hill Family as we mourn his loss during this time.

Whitworth said, “Words cannot express the loss that we feel for our friend and co-worker but most importantly our hearts are broken for Austin’s wife and son” (11/16)

Bible League International Vice President of Broadcast Media Scott Thunder has accepted the position of Station Manager at WFCM/Nashville, the Moody Radio affiliate there. He will start at WFCM 12/1/2015. The Bible League is looking to fill Thunders position ASAP. If interested check the listing on the HisAir.Net jobs page... (11/16)

BITS: TWR global fund development strategist Barbara Shantz was named senior associate for resource mobilization and Rudolf Kabutz TWR project coordinator based in South Africa.was named senior associate for media engagement for the Lausanne Movement, which grew from Billy Graham’s passion to unite evangelicals in reaching the world for Christ... Chris MacCourtney, General Manager of Salem's Detroit radio cluster has been promoted to Operational Vice President for Salem's Radio Division effective January 1, 2016... Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA) will host five regional connection events across the country in Dallas, New York City, Nashville, Hollywood, and Minneapolis, each event will feature a keynote speaker as well as a media seminar... Shine.FM has set up a special memorial page for Operations Director Carl Fletcher, who unexpectedly passed away last weekend, click here....  (11/13)

Equipped with Chris Brooks, Moody Radio's newest national program will launch on Jan. 4. This live, 54-minute program from Moody Radio encourages listeners to grow spiritually, think critically, and live compassionately in their community. Equipped with Chris Brooks will aim to reach a multicultural male and female target audience, 18 to 49 years of age, with a fast-paced mix of special guests, caller interaction, and social media engagement. Chris Brooks is the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries of Detroit. He also serves as campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, MI  and author of the books Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics.  (11/11)

Mike Russell (left) joins WAY-FM/Louisville as Operations Director.  Mike was previously with KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind). He will fill the vacant slot left by Bryan Johns who joined WAY-FM/Dallas for the launch of the new station. WAY FM Regional Manager Matt Hahn says, " I’m excited Mike will be joining the WAY-FM family and bring his strategic experience to the Louisville market."  Russell starts Monday, November 30th. (11/10)

John Dale has joined KTLF/Colorado Springs ( Light Praise) as Program Director.  Dale previously held positions with the Bott Radio Network as the Director of Marketing and Focus on the Family as Manager of Broadcast Production. (11/10)

BITS: Megan Berry is now Marketing Manager at KSBJ/Houston... Salem Q3 revenue performance at radio is up nearly 2%, total broadcast revenue this time is up 1.9% to $49.2 million... KLOVE's San Diego station (102.1) has changed calls to KLVJ... Houston Chronicle has named KSBJ/Houston as on of the cities "2015 Top Workplaces"...  (11/10)

Eric Allen is returning to the Christian radio airways weekends on Christian FM affiliated stations. The former K-LOVE and AIR1 Radio Networks personality departed AIR1 in January, and currently serves as the Radio Marketing Manager for CURE International. Christian FM’s Jon Hamilton said, “Following the success of The Brant Hansen Show, we are delighted to continue working with CURE International to help distribute the talents of the amazing broadcasters who now work with CURE. Eric Allen is exactly the kind of leading personality we seek for our clients at Christian FM.”

Eric said, "Radio has been a huge part of my life the last twenty-plus years, so I’m excited to join the Christian FM team to do something that I genuinely love to do. Plus, as a bonus, being able to help spread the word about the work God is doing through CURE, makes it that much more exciting! For CURE’s Paul Goldsmith, it’s a continued expansion of the ministry’s radio presence. "We are thrilled to add Eric Allen, yet another experienced and passionate host, to CURE's roster of on-air talent." Eric Allen will launch weekends on more than 100 stations beginning this month. For information contact Paul Tipton   (11/9)

Moody Radio took part in a media convention sponsored by AbR Media in South Africa recently, to help radio station leaders get up to speed on where radio fits into the new media landscape, which is part of the Global Partners Project launched in 2010, by Moody Radio creating international relationships with media ministries and training broadcasters to advance the gospel through radio. AbR Media is a network of Christian media organizations across sub-Saharan Africa. They are committed to “seeing that every man, woman and child in Africa is provided the opportunity to turn on a radio and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way and language they can understand, so they can become responsible members of His Church.” The next Global Partners Training conference will take place Nov. 10–13, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya. Twenty-one facilitators, including 13 Moody staff, alumni and students, will lead sessions on radio production, on-air work, digital media, video and leadership.(11/9)

HisAir.Net is sorry to report Shine.FM Operations Director Carl Fletcher (left) passed away unexpectedly this afternoon. Please pray for his wife, Camille and for their four daughters: Caitlin, Camryn, Carly, Cara, the Shine.FM family and the Olivet.  Shine.FM Network GM Brian Utter says," I've called Carl my friend for more than 25 years. He was passionate about training future Christian broadcasters. The outpouring of tributes by colleagues in CMB and his students past and present shows what a huge impact Carl had on us all. My thoughts are on Camille and his girls."   (11/7)

BITS: It's ALL Christmas music at WFHM/Cleveland (95.5 The Fish) as the station turned the switch on Wednesday this week... Salem Radio is bringing nearly 500 of its listeners on a historic "Stand with Israel" trip to the Holy Land, listeners will be joined by network hosts Dennis Prager and Mike Gallagher, who will both broadcast their shows on two days in front of hundreds of those listeners... Alex and Stephen Kendrick will speak at the NRB Church Media Summit February 24, 2016, during Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, in Nashville... (11/6)

OCTOBER Tampa Nielsen PPM released today... WCIE (The JOY FM) scores a 2.6 AQH... Nielsen Audio PPM numbers for ALL Christian radio are online here, sponsored By ShareMedia Services... (11/2)

Jennifer Lambert (at left) has been hired as the new Network Director of Listener Engagement at Olivet Nazarene University’s Contemporary Christian SHINE.FM Radio Network (Chicago, Indianapolis, NW Indiana, and Lansing). She will start November 9th and will be based in Indianapolis. Lambert spent the last seven years as Promotions Manager with KLOVE/AIR1. Network PD Jeff Cruz says, "Jennifer is a very exciting addition to the SHINE.FM family. She not only brings an incredible amount of experience to the job, but an amazing energy too! I cannot wait to see the ways that Jennifer is able to make this job her own and find new, fun ways to connect more deeply with the SHINE.FM listeners across Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.”
Lambert said that the change was "bittersweet and full of emotion”.  She will of course miss all of her KLOVE/AIR1 coworkers, but adds, “My sadness at leaving is tempered by my excitement for what is to come. I am looking forward to creating relationships with my new co-workers and seeing what the Lord has for me. ‘For I know the plans I have for you...’" (11/2)

BITS: Salem VP News Talk Tom Tradup remembers the late Fred Thompson as a fellow talk host from his stint on Westwood One, and his many guest appearances on the Salem Radio Network, Tom last saw Fred on the set of “God’s Not Dead 2,” the sequel to the Christian film hit which will  be released soon, pictured at left is SRN host Mike Gallagher, Fred Thompson, and Tom Tradup at a Dallas appearance in 2013... WBDX/Chattanooga (J103) has moved into an expanded 6,800-square-foot facility, the new space includes a theater, which the station is planning to open to the community for use... EMF station KLDV/Denver (KLOVE) scores a 5.3 AQH in the just released OCT PPM's, that's good for #2 overall... Nielsen Audio PPM numbers for Christian radio are online here, sponsored By ShareMedia Services... (11/2)

Arizona Shine is back on the air. Former KGCB/Prescott GM Sally Barton says KNOT/Prescott (AM1450 & 103.9) has gained the trademark allowing "Arizona Shine" and will fill the local Christian radio void. The new Arizona Shine includes much of the former KGCB staff.  In mornings it's Dave Schreiber, mid-days with Amy Campos and afternoons with Fred Young.  Daniel White serves as General Manager and Sally Barton as Station Manager.  KGCB was purchased by EMF and flipped to KLOVE on Oct 16th ending KGCB's 20 year run as a local Christian radio station.  Barton says Arizona Shine will launch outreach efforts that enlighten and engage listeners, including hands-on involvement with Community Pregnancy Centers, HopeFest Arizona, Yavapai Food Bank, Greater Prescott Area Prayer Breakfast and Habitat for Humanity. (11/2)

WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) goes all-Christmas on Monday (11/2). Along with the flip to Christmas music, Star will also debut a newly designed station website that will feature a holiday theme. Program Director, Jeff Evans, tells HisAir.Net "This is an exciting time of the year for us. It's an opportunity for us to open up the radio station with music that is familiar to everyone. We love hearing from listeners like Christine who wrote to us last year and commented that she 'found the radio station, then church, then Christ after finding Star 93.3 before Thanksgiving during Christmas music.' We don't believe it's ever too early to celebrate and tell people about the birth of our Savior!" (10/30)

BITS: WAY Media Chief Content Officer, Faron Dice, has announced an extended partnership agreement with Blood:Water, that utilizes the Wally Show on WAY-FM, to provide water and lasting change in Africa, Dice says, “We believe we have created a partnership that is very unique to Christian radio that truly benefits the station, the ministry partner, and most-of-all, the people it is designed to help.  We are thrilled to continue working with Blood:Water," pictured at left L-R  Faron Dice WAY-FM, Jena Lee Nardella, Dan Haseltine, and Jake Smith of Blood:Water, Lloyd Parker WAY-FM... Joy FM/Winston Salem enters its last day of Sharathon today... Calvary Chapel Church has launched its new station WXMB-LP/Myrtle Beach (101.5), with 80% teaching/20% music... (10/30)

OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Jacksonville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online hereSponsored By ShareMedia Services... (10/29)

OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia Services...(10/28)

University of Northwestern - St. Paul, KTIS/Minneapolis Senior Vice President for Media, Dr. Paul Virts was honored for his 13-years of service. Dr Virts will retire from on Nov 13th. KTIS APD Dave Clutter says, "It has been an amazing journey with this leader and servant that loves broadcasting, and first & foremost loves the Lord. While his office is housed at 98.5 KTIS, he oversees all of our broadcast properties. We love you Dr. Paul & Viola and you will be sorely missed." Dr.Virts' retirement party was held last night at the Mel Johnson Media Center in St. Paul. Pictured L-R KTIS PD Keith Stevens, Viola Virts (Paul's wife), Dr. Paul Virts, Asst PD Dave Clutter. (10/28)

OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2 Minneapolis, St Louis & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia Services...(10/27)

Salem Media announced today that Salem Radio Network will syndicate the Steve Deace Show beginning Monday, November 2nd, in the 9pm to midnight ET time slot.  The show will air on many of the Salem owned NewsTalk stations around the country and will be available to other markets. "We couldn't be more excited to be partnering with Salem, which is a leader in conservative multi-media," said Deace.  "It's the perfect fit for our message, which unashamedly proclaims the pillars of American exceptionalism -- faith, family, and freedom. We are finally getting our shot at the 'big leagues' and look forward to reaching a new and bigger audience."

"I have been following Steve's radio career for several years now and felt he would be the perfect addition to the Salem line up at 9pm ET, following Hugh Hewitt," said Salem Radio Network Senior VP Phil Boyce.  "I can't think of a better time to do this, just as we are one year away from one of the biggest political elections in our country's history, and Steve is all over this."  (10/27)

OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  Sponsored by ShareMedia Services... (10/26)

BITS: Anne Graham Lotz, Founder and President of AnGeL Ministries, will speak at the Closing Gala Dinner on Feb 26, 2016, at Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, in Nashville...  In partnership with Air1, World Concern will provide 40 doses of deworming medicine for every EZ $40 gift given during the Air1 fall pledge drive taking place from October 20-29, 2015...  Nielsen Audio PPM numbers for Christian radio are online here, sponsored By ShareMedia Services... (10/26)

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has debuted a new podcast titled GPS: God. People. Stories. The free offering will feature in-depth stories showing how God is at work in individuals who, in turn, impact others and the world. The podcasts will also feature select audio from Billy Graham and Franklin Graham. A new episode of GPS will be released every week. The first episodes – which are available now – highlight people who have recently figured prominently in the news: Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly and his wife Amber; and Naghmeh Abedini, whose husband Saeed is imprisoned in an Iranian jail for his beliefs.

“Radio has been foundational in the development and reach of this organization,” said Jim Kirkland, the BGEA’s Director of Audio Media Services. “Today, content is expected to be available on digital platforms. At the receiving end are an untold number of people who are seeking the hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ.”  Kirkland continued, “GPS is an extension of the BGEA’s mission to use every technological means available to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel.”

The podcast joins a stable of audio offerings from the BGEA, including Hour of Decision Online and Decision Minute, and an archive of over 1,600 sermons, messages, and comments spanning seven decades.  GPS is available for download through both iTunes and Stitcher, and can also be streamed directly from the BGEA’s website at Listeners can also follow for regular updates and programs.  (10/23)

BITS: KAXL/Bakersfield (Lite FM) presented an exclusive premiere of the new movie Woodlawn in Bakersfield, staff and listeners lined up outside the theatre to see the movie (pictured at left)... American Family Radio Network (AFR) President Tim Wildmon was asked about the future of Christian Talk radio, read the interview from World Magazine here... Nielsen Audio PPM numbers for Christian radio are online here, sponsored By ShareMedia... (10/21)

BITS: WAFJ/Augusta kicks of their 4 day fall Sharathon tomorrow, please keep the station in prayer... WMVV/Griffin, GA (New Life FM) celebrates 20 years of radio ministry this year, the Atlanta-based radio ministry’s first FM station began broadcasting in 1995, the stations are affiliates of the Moody Broadcasting Network... HisAir.Net sends condolences to the family of Dr. Rochunga Pudaite, founder and longtime CEO of Bibles For The World, who passed away Oct 10th, this is the ministry sponsoring the Power of the Word project and the feature “40 Days of the Bible” in observance of the International Day of the Bible on November 23, 2015...  (10/19)

After 20 years of local Christian radio KGCB/Prescott (Arizona Shine) signed off late Friday afternoon one last time as the station was officially taken of by EMF and KLOVE hit the air on 90.9. Listen to GM Sally Barton's sign off here. But HisAir.Net has learned of a new station that will attempt to fill the local Christian radio void. KNOT/Prescott (1450AM/103.9FM) will flip from mainstream oldies to CCM Monday morning. The new station reportedly will carry much of the same programming, music and announcers from KGCB. More details on this coming soon. (1018)

Family Life Radio Founder Warren Bolthouse passed away at his home in Tucson earlier this week. Family Life Radio was born in the basement studio of the Bolthouse home, with a 30-minute radio program. That program expanded, airtime was given and soon – Family Life Radio’s first station was on the air in Mason, Michigan in 1966. Over the course of 30 years under Warren’s leadership, Family Life Radio grew into a nationwide radio network with radio stations, translators, educational ministries and the flagship program now known as Intentional Living with Dr. Randy Carlson. Now, nearly 50 years later, Family Life Radio covers over 16 million people in 40 cities and countless others online and through mobile streaming. Warren was 88 and was preceded in death by his wife, Char, in 2007.  (10/16)

BITS: Salem Radio Network Talk host Hugh Hewitt has been named as a panelist in the GOP debates on 12/10 in Las Vegas and 3/10 in Florida... TWR is mobilizing its media resources to address the needs of Middle East migrants by complementing the work of refugee-relief ministries by providing them with gospel-based media content in their own languages, multilingual content from TWR360 and other TWR sources is being made available for outreach... Nielsen Audio PPM numbers for Christian radio are online here, sponsored By ShareMedia... (10/14)

The 46th annual Dove Awards held last night in Nashville. 20 The Countdown Magazine host Jon Rivers was honored with a "Lifetime Achievement" award. Radio Impact Awards were given to The JOY FM/Tampa for CCM and WPRS/Wash DC for Gospel. For complete list of winners click here. Pictured at left Radio Promoter Chris Hauser (who presented the award to Rivers), Sherry Rivers, Jon Rivers and their daughter Lexi at the Dove Awards. (10/14)

The Brant Hansen Show continues to grow in number of partner stations. New stations recently adding Brant to their lineup include WLAB/Fort Wayne, KTSY/Boise, and WCSG/Grand Rapids.  Jon Hamilton, President of Christian FM said, “In less than a year, Brant has made an amazing impact on stations. The spike in numbers reported by stations during Brant’s show is simply about the connection Brant and Sherri make with listeners. It’s unique.”

The Brant Hansen Show is presented by CURE International and is produced and syndicated by Christian FM Media. The show originates from the CURE headquarters near Harrisburg, PA. Brant’s first book, Unoffendable: How Just One Change Can Make All of Life Better, is published by Thomas Nelson and was recently distributed to all attendees at CMB’s MOMENTUM conference, where Brant was a featured speaker. For information about carrying the Brant Hansen Show, contact Paul Tipton

BITS: WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 the Light) Impact Days (10/6-7) included a re-dedication to Christ, a suicide adverted, a single mother with one of the more significant financial gifts of the day, said what God had done through the music and teaching was priceless, and many more testimonies, plus raising $616,921, 10% of all the gifts will go to Arabic-language sister station serving North Africa and the Middle East, through a long partnership with Reach Beyond... EMF is searching for a PD for Air1 to serve under Director of Programming Randy Chase, the new Air1 PD will be hands on Air1, if interested check the listing on the HisAir.Net jobs page... Jay Daniels will exit the Community Impact Manager at Spirit FM/Lynchburg to pursue his music education and career...  (10/12)

BITS: Christian radio stations and networks are invited to air “40 Days of the Bible” in observance of the International Day of the Bible on November 23, 2015, visit to listen to program samples and to sign up, contact Brad Fisk for details at or call 719-649-8505...  New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff will speak at the NRB Digital Media Summit on February 22, 2016 – one day prior to the opening of Proclaim 16, the NRB International Christian Media Convention, in Nashville... Yours truly pictured at right at the WBSN/New Orleans (Lifesongs) Sharathon with PD Libby Carver (left) and promotion director Julie Headrick (right)... (10/9)

WAY-FM/Dallas Update:  The new station KAWA 89.7 is on the air as of October 1. Formerly Christian rocker KVRK/Dallas (PowerFM), the new format began with a stunt of broadcasting the Newsboys’ song “God’s Not Dead” 24/7 for 2 days before the official switch to WAY-FM. According to GM Tim Dukes, “It’s been a whirlwind of activity. The station has been giving away tickets to the State Fair of Texas and the new CD release from DFW’s own Gateway Worship, with the promise to hand deliver the prizes within 89.7 minutes of a listener winning. All 4 counties of the metro have been well represented with a good mix of geographically diverse cities, basically it overlays with our signal strength... not to anyone's surprise.”

Dukes continued, “We are getting so many compliments on the air staff, especially Wally. It seems that the former PowerFM Christian rockers who've hung around for WAY-FM are intrigued by our authenticity & entertainment value. And they LOVE the fact that they are getting their prizes delivered to their home or office the same day they win them! It's not easy to execute, but worth it!

WAY-FM was founded in 1987 by Bob and Felice Augsburg as a single station in Ft Myers, FL. WAY-FM and WAY Media Network Services airs on over 100 radio stations in 26 states. Markets served include: Dallas/Ft Worth, Denver, Portland, Nashville, and West Palm Beach. For more info, visit  (10/8)

A number of stations are conducting Fall Sharathons this week and next week including WBSN/New Orleans, KLRC/Fayetteville, KCMR/Mason City, KSWP/Lufkin, His Radio/Greenville, and KLOVE. Please lift up all the stations and ask the Lord to bless them during this time. (10/8)

TAMPA SEPTEMBER PPM RATINGS RELEASED TODAY: WCIE jumps to a 3.0 AQH.... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia...(10/5)

BITS: Last week we mistakenly reported news on Jake Sommers, while he has returned to Vero Beach, he is actually production director for Flowing Streams Media, and continues imaging for KTIS/Minneapolis... The Book, a new feature program from Museum of the Bible launched this week on more than 300 outlets reaching more than 1 million listeners in 42 states... K-LOVE will send 40 MannaPack™ rice meals for every EZ $40 gift given during K-LOVE’s Fall pledge drive from October 6-16... Naghmeh Abedini, wife of imprisoned American Pastor Saeed Abedini, will speak at the Closing Gala Dinner at the NRB's Proclaim 16 in Nashville... Family Life Radio Regional Promotions Coordinator in Albuquerque Chad Smitch has exited... (10/5)

WPRS/WASH DC was named Religious Station of the Year last night at the NAB Marconi Awards in Atlanta. Established in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are given to radio stations and outstanding on-air personalities to recognize excellence in radio. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm. KLTY/Dallas was a finalist for the general Major Market Station of the year. NAB reports 2,170 broadcasters attended this years Radio Show in Atlanta, up slightly from last year.  (10/2)

The Heart Share Group just finished producing the first of 12 HONOR Events (pictured at left) for Pastors and Ministry Leaders with  WNFR/Port Huron, MI (90.7 Hope FM). The remaining 11 events will also partner with Christian radio in Virginia, Kentucky, and North and South Carolina. Heart Share does all the work behind the scenes and the local Christian radio station promotes the event and makes it their own as a gift to local pastors and ministry leaders. Not only do the pastors receive a free lunch, but walk out with hundreds of dollars of free resources, plus will be blessed by the music of John Waller, whose song "Crazy Faith" is featured in the #1 movie in America, WAR ROOM. Station are already contacting Heart Share about bringing the HONOR EVENT to their city in 2016. If your station is interested in finding out more, contact (10/1)

The stunting on KAWA/Dallas (89-7 WAY FM) ended at midnight last night with the unveiling of WAY-FM, launching with live jocks and local content; including local partnerships with LeCrae and MercyMe concerts at the State Fair of Texas; and a contest with one of the largest church congregations in the country, Gateway Worship in Dallas promising the delivery of concert tickets within 89 minutes of winning; anywhere in the metroplex.  WAY-FM’s AM Show, The Wally Show spent the morning talking with new listeners from DFW.  To listen, click here  (10/1)

BITS:  KAXL/Bakersfield (88.3 Life FM) has hired Becky Pelishek for middays beginning October 5th... With Bryan Johns headed to Dallas, Matt Hahn needs a replacement in Louisville asap, check the listing on the HisAir.Net jobs page... Get all the Christian Radio September Nielsen PPM numbers here, sponsored by ShareMedia... (10/1)

SEPTEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3&4 Columbus, Austin, Las Vegas, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia...(9/30)

Personnel changes at Moody Radio: Brad Law has joined as station manager to oversee stations in Alabama on WRNF 89.5 FM (Selma), WMBV 91.9 FM (Dixon Mills), and WMFT 88.9 FM (Tuscaloosa and Birmingham), and in Mississippi on WMBU 89.1 FM (Forest)... Moody's Urban Praise adds Cassandra Blakely, Bionce’ Foxx to evenings 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Central), Pastor DeAndre Patterson will host Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Paul Porterfield will host Sunday mornings from 6 a.m. to noon, Ashanti Pettaway will host weekdays from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Central), and Calvin Robinson returns to host the weekday afternoon shift from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Central), he also serves as director of underwriting at Moody Radio... (9/30)

SEPTEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1&2 Baltimore, Seattle, Chicago, Minneapolis, St Louis & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia...(9/29)

BITS: KLOVE goes on the air in San Diego with the EMF purchase of KPRI/Encinitas, CA (30k @ 102.1)... Flowing Streams Media announces that two of its productions, TRUNEWS Headlines and TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles is now available on Amb-OS... Dave Cobb has been named GM at WPLL/Gainesville (106.9 The Pulse)... Spirit Radio/Dublin extends its reach to Northern Ireland by launching on 549MW...  This month Nielsen will double its PPM releases starting today, in other words day1 and day 2 will be posted today, with the remainder coming on Wednesday, sponsored by ShareMedia... (9/29)

If you're attending the NAB Radio Show in Atlanta this week, let us know. We'd like to meet you there., or 225-773-5676.  (9/28)

BITS: WAY FM/Dallas will go live on Oct 1st... KNOF/St Paul has been sold by Praise Broadcasting, HisAir.Net hears that PraiseFM will definitely live on, and is using the sale to ramp up its syndication efforts... Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In” feature, anchored by culture analyst  Bob Waliszewski will move to a daily 1 minute format, Monday-Friday, across the country, expanding from two days to every weekday beginning October 5... Dave Hunter is now in the PD chair at KSLT/Rapid City... (9/25)

Bibles For The World is inviting all Christian radio stations and networks of any format to carry the feature “40 Days of the Bible” in observance of the International Day of the Bible on November 23, 2015. The 2:00 program features stories of the power of God’s Word to change lives. The feature will air for the 40 days leading up to the International Day of the Bible. Listeners will be encouraged to visit to learn more about how they can participate in this special celebration day. On Monday, Nov. 23 at noon local time―in public or online―people of all ages and faith backgrounds are being invited to participate in International Day of the Bible by taking pause for a few minutes to read or even sing Scripture or otherwise creatively express their love of The Word of God. The event is being sponsored by a collation of Bible ministries: The National Bible Association. The American Bible Society, Bibles For The World, YouVersion, and Bible Gateway.

John Pudaite, President of Bibles For The World said, “I am very excited to see this event grow. God’s Word is foundational, not only to our culture in the United States, but also to cultures across the globe. Not only that the message of the Bible is transformational – it profoundly changes people’s lives. I can’t think of a better way to acknowledge the power of God’s Word than to simply read it aloud in public.”

Visit the web site to listen to program samples and to sign up to air the features. Questions can be directed to Brad Fisk who is coordinating on behalf of Bibles For The World all the details of this radio project. Contact Brad at or call 719-649-8505. Or contact Brad through the web site (9/23)

BITS: Tom Dupree has joined WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) for on air duties... Hudson Thorpe is now doing afternoons at RadioU/Columbus... Aaron Mitchell has joined KNLR/KNLX/Bend, OR (New Life Radio) for afternoons...  Michaela Hines lands the Assistant Station Manager position at KGCR/Brewster, KS (The Praise Network)... Emily Lamb is now  handling afternoons and Community Impact Director duties at WCLQ/Wausau (89Q)... (9/22)

KSOS/Las Vegas (SOS Radio) rallied the community to say thank you to hard working police officers. The SOS team encouraged listeners heading into the Newsboys concert to write a quick thank you on a sticky note for local Las Vegas police officers. The car was COVERED with thousands of colorful thank you notes by the end of the concert! SOS Radio morning show host Scott Herrold (at right) says: "Our local officers truly serve AND protect. We just wanted to share a little encouragement with them! Thousands of SOS Radio listeners wrote thank you notes and stuck them to a Las Vegas Metro Police car that was parked right by the entrance of the Newsboys concert this weekend! You should have seen the look of joy on the officers faces when they came back to pick up the car!" There have been 4 local police shootings in Las Vegas recently. (9/22)

WRDR/Freehold Township (The Bridge Christian Radio) will take part in a prayer vigil for Saeed Abedini, (at left) the imprisoned American citizen in Iran. On Monday, September 28th, at 6:30pm, Naghmeh Abedini, wife of Saeed Abedini, will be the in-studio guest on The Bridge. During this exclusive interview, Naghmeh will share updates about her imprisoned husband Saeed. “We are asking our listeners to join us in prayer for the release of Saeed,” said The Bridge Radio’s General Manger Robert Taylor, “Please pray during the radio interview with Naghmeh and during the pray vigil to follow later on Monday night, and keep praying until he is released, and is back home with his family. His story needs to be told and prayed for, please help get Pastor Saeed released. ” At 7:00pm, Christians will gather at Calvary Chapel, 123 White Oak Lane in Old Bridge, N.J., to join Saeed’s wife Naghmeh in prayer for his release.

Monday, September 28th, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will address the United Nations, even as his government unlawfully holds and tortures Americans.  Pastor Saeed Abedini has been imprisoned for the past 3 years for his faith in Christ.  (9/21) 

BITS: KBMQ/Monroe (88.7 The Cross) hit their Fall Fundraiser goal 24 hours early, and went PD Jack Robertson says the staff will take Friday off to sleep in & rest... WJLY/Ramsey, IL celebrates 25 years of radio ministry next week... Get the latest Christian Radio ratings for PPM markets here, next release due Sep 29, Sponsored by ShareMedia... (9/17)

WAY Media has named Tim Dukes (at left) as the general manager and Bryan Johns as the operations director of the new WAY-FM station in Dallas/Fort Worth. Dukes comes to WAY-FM after operations and marketing positions at NextMedia Group and Tribune Interactive, both in Chicago. He also was PD WLUP/Chicago, and Clear Channel (no iHeart Media) regional programming stops in Atlanta, San Diego and Cincinnati from 1994-2004.  Most recently Tim was Chief Operating Officer at Halftime Institute and Pastor of Gateway Business Leaders at Gateway Church in Dallas/Ft. Worth. WAY Media Chief Operating Officer Lloyd Parker  stated, “I couldn’t be more excited about Tim joining the WAY-FM team. He brings passion along with a wealth of knowledge and experience to our new station in Dallas/Ft Worth.”

Dukes added, “I’m thrilled to join the talented team at WAY-FM and combine my 24 years in media with my last 4 years in non-profit. Bryan and I have already bonded over barbeque and are ready to bring this ministry to the Metroplex.”

Bryan Johns returns home to Dallas after 8 years as operations director at WAY-FM/Louisville where he oversaw the local programming, operations and promotions, as well as the recent addition of a full power station in Evansville, IN. (9/15)

BITS: American Family Radio listeners raised enough funds in a one-day campaign last week to supply approximately 200 bikes for Pastors in Uganda... Dove Award-winning Newsboys have signed an exclusive recording agreement with FairTrade Services, their debut release on the label is due in March... The first nationwide audience figures put together by Audiomonitor show that 1.3 million people listen every week to the UK's Premier Christian Radio, across all platforms - on air and online... The Salem Radio Network has partnered with CNN to provide the exclusive national radio broadcast of the GOP presidential debates this Wednesday night, raising SRN’s national profile to a higher level than at any point in the network’s history...  (9/14)

KSBJ/Houston production director Sterling Tarrant is offering his site, FREE to Christian radio. Sterling told HisAir.Net, "the site I’ve done for the past four years as a show prep site, is now a place to quickly grab a song’s lyrics, videos, and applicable scriptures. With the revamping, I’ve now made the site free.  No subscription, and no login required." also includes short devotional thoughts to go along with the songs.

Also, the KSBJ "Station of the Year" 5 minute production entry that the station submitted is posted for you to listen to. Check it out here.  KSBJ was named 2015 Station of the Year at Momentum in Orlando this week. (9/11)

The 2015 CMB Awards were presented Wednesday at Momentum in Orlando. Winners are:
Major Market Station: KSBJ/Houston
Large Market: WPOZ/Orlando
Medium Market: WCQR/Johnson City
Small Market: KVNE/Tyler

Rob Gregory Community Service Award: KCBI/Dallas
Scott Campbell Industry Achievement Award: Chuck Finney
Rich Mullis Artist Impact Award: TobyMac
CMB Board Of Directors Award: Billy Ray Hearn

BITS: Brad Law has been named new Station Manager in Tuscaloosa, overseeing the Moody Radio South group... KSBJ/Houston has hired Vaughn Walwyn to be Sr. Manager, NGEN Marketing.  (9/9)

BITS: Salem Radio Network (SRN) is the exclusive national radio distribution source for the CNN Republican Presidential debate, which features Hugh Hewitt on the panel alongside moderator Jake Tapper and co-panelist Dana Bash, also SRN host Mike Gallagher will moderate an exclusive Focus Group during the CNN debate... Brian Russell, the Director of YouVersion, is scheduled to speak at the NRB Digital Media Summit that will take place in Nashville, starting February 22, 2016... Just in time for Momentum going on this week in Orlando, PAR's Brian Sanders writes "We Do Life On A Dial", check it out here... (9/8)

Liberty University’s WRVL/Lynchburg  (The Journey) has received the donation of an existing full power station, WBOP/Buffalo Gap, VA to add to its network.
The new station will add The Journey coverage to the Virginia towns of Waynesboro, Staunton and Harrisonburg. Journey General Manager Barry Armstrong said, “It usually takes years and hundreds of thousands of dollars to develop a new full power station – this happened so quickly my head is still spinning! We are grateful to God for this amazing gift” WBOP at 95.5 will simulcast the Journey Network, which originates from studios in Lynchburg. The Journey Network has several upgrades still in the works that will result in a huge increase of coverage before year-end.  (9/8)

BITS: Steve Moore from TheBlaze and Jason Wert from USA Radio join Flowing Streams as correspondents... The Morning DNA  with hosts Aaron Dicer and Deneé Hughes is now available as a live morning show for all formats, meet them at the ChristianFM booth during Momentum to answer questions or contact Paul Tipton at ChristianFM... James Harrington has been named GM at Salem/Colorado Springs... “TRUNEWS with Rick Wiles” will start a new daily one hour service on FamilyTalk on SiriusXM airing at midnight ET September 14... Bott Radio expands in Indiana with their new station WMCV/Terre Haute at 96.3 FM... (9/5)

AUGUST PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Jacksonville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online hereSponsored By ShareMedia... (9/3)

AUGUST PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia...(9/2)

WBGL/Champaign has named Randy and Monica Zachary (pictured at left)  as the new afternoon show team. Most recently the team was the KAMB /Fresno (Celebration Radio. WBGL Program Director, Ryan Springer says, “After a lengthy journey of prayer and searching for our next afternoon team, we couldn't be more thrilled to have the husband and wife team of Randy and Monica Zachary join our team at WBGL. There's a real genuineness about them and natural likability I believe our listeners will fall in love with, and I feel they will connect easily and deeply with Randy and Monica.”

 As a couple, they also have a focus on building healthy marriages and a speaking ministry called, Better Marriage Today. Randy and Monica will begin on air at WBGL in mid-September. (9/2)

AUGUST PPM RATINGS DAY 2 Tampa, Minneapolis, St Louis & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. Sponsored By ShareMedia...(9/1)

BITS: At KTLF/Colorado Springs (Light Praise) Kim Tisor will now Host the “Sonrise Morning Show” with co-host Bill Arbuckle, Rick McConnell will step into a new role as talent manager and consultant, while Therese Romano continues as the Mid-day show host and now adds Music Director to her role... Josh Wilson recently stopped by to chat with The JOY FM "The Morning Cruise" they asked him to help surprise some folks and in turn surprised Josh, watch the video here... (9/1)

The GMA announces initial list of performers and presenters set to appear at the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. Acts include Casting Crowns, Kirk Franklin, Lauren Daigle and Danny Gokey. Bill Gaither, Blanca, Michael W. Smith and Michelle Williams will present top honors as they join recently announced co-hosts Erica Campbell and Sadie Robertson. The GMA Dove Awards take place at Allen Arena at Lipscomb University on Tuesday, October 13, 2015  (9/1)

ShareMedia Services announces the hiring of Lori Cline (left) to its staff. Starting today, Lori will be developing new relationships and deepening existing ones in her new role as a ShareMedia Engagement and Communications Strategist. She will be advising ShareMedia clients as they continue to create meaningful and sustainable connections with listeners and donors to achieve their ministry goals.

“We’re incredibly pumped about Lori joining the growing ShareMedia team. She is such a wonderful fit for ShareMedia and the amazing clients we partner with here in the U.S. and around the world. Lori is truly passionate about connecting listeners with the stations, networks, and causes we’re called to serve. And in these rapidly changing times, having her expertise will undoubtedly have a positive impact on our clients’ fundraising and donor engagement efforts,” Jason Parker, ShareMedia VP and GM. Lori's 20+ year career in Christian radio includes both on-air and in programming and promotions for five years at KSBJ/Houston, four years at Word Records as Manager of National Promotions and most with Christian Music Broadcasters as Communications and Member Services Manager.  (9/1)

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