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KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) GM Chalmer Harper tells HisAir.Net the station will be heading in a different direction regarding personnel and internal structure. The KWND format will remain unchanged. Current PD Mike Russell will exit the station May 15th. Chalmer is starting a search for a PD. Check the listing on the JOBS page... (4/20)


BITS:  WMVV/Griffin, GA (New Life FM) celebrates 20 years of radio ministry this June... KLOVE/NYC (96.7) presents Arise New York with a concert May 3rd in Central Park...  If you are a Christian radio broadcaster that has been able to successfully stop others from coming into your market The LIFT FM's Joe Burke would like to talk to you,  at 856- 497-4200...  Music Biz 2015 will take place at the newly renovated Sheraton Downtown Nashville from May 12-14..  (4/20)


HisAir.Net hears that a group of investors is planning to relaunch WVRS/Winchester, VA as a CCM in the next few months. WVRS has been off the air since last March. When the station returns to the air it will be called "The Cross FM" and will be a CHR-formatted station with a little extra edge, including some rock and hip-hop in the evening hours. The station is currently looking for staff so if you're interested jump to the HisAir.Net JOBS page for details... (4/17)


MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (4/16)


BITS: Salem Radio Network has hired Chris Himes (left) as producer of The Eric Metaxas Show on SRN, Himes served as Supervising Digital Producer at NBC, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon... WHRD/Freeport, IL (106.9) gets a power increase to add coverage of NW Illinois... The TWR AM transmitter facility on the Caribbean island of Bonaire is gettin an upgrade in wattage by nearly five times, the Power Up project is aimed at covering all of Cuba with a stronger signal while also expanding the ministry’s programming reach to Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, the Yucatán Peninsula and other parts of Latin America... KPUL/Des Moines (99.5 The Pulse) moves its frequency to 101.7... Sparrow Records founder Billy Ray Hearn has passed away at the age of 85...  (4/16)


MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (4/15)


BITS: KCMS/Seattle (it 105.3) PD Matt Stockman checks in with HisAir.Net to share some great news, "March W25-54, KCMS ends the month with an 8.4 share, which is .4 higher than our previous highest monthly share (8.0- Holiday 2012). Praise GOD"... CreativeCardio.com will hold a group brainstorm on the phone with a bunch of CCM radio personalities to share show ideas Tuesday, April 21 at 10:30 Pacific/1:30 ET, call in number is: 712-775-7031 and the meeting id is: 624771597... March PPM day 3 numbers will be posted later today on the RATINGS page... (4/15)


The Shine.FM Network announces staff changes including Gary Dearth who has been appointed director of broadcast systems. He has been an Olivet staff member for 12 years, supporting Shine.FM through the information technology office.  Rob Rodewald is now the assistant program director graduate assistant of the Shine.FM network. A graduate of Olivet’s radio broadcasting program, he has worked in several capacities for Shine.FM over a 10-year period and currently serves as the morning news anchor.  And Charles Sheldon is now the traffic director graduate assistant.  (4/14)


WRVL/Lynchburg (The Journey) has named Mike Weston Program Director.  Weston served as APD and Midday host at WMHK/Columbia for 14 years, exiting the station when it was purchased by EMF last fall. Previous to WMHK, Mike served as PD, and hosted Afternoons at mainstream AC stations in Charleston, SC and as APD/Afternoon host in Norfolk, VA. Mike stated “I’m very grateful for this opportunity to help execute a truly fresh and innovative ministry vision.” The Journey Network GM Barry Armstrong says, “Mike Weston brings the hands on experience and passion we need to drive the Journey to it’s extraordinary potential.” (4/14)


MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (4/14)


"KeepTheFaith with Penny," the local version of KeepTheFaith that airs evenings on WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) is going national. The show will be fed from midnight to 5 a.m. on SMN. Stations can time shift the program and air it in another daypart. The show will also be offered via ftp for those stations who want to control their playlist. Straight barter/no license fee. The show, hosted by WFSH personality Penny, is a co-production of Salem Media's TheFishAtlanta and KeepTheFaith Radio, a service of CharityOne.

KeepTheFaith executive producer David Sams told HisAir.Net: "We have been beta testing this evening version of KeepTheFaith with our great production partners at WFSH, theFishAtlanta for the past 16 months. Mike Moran (GM) and Mike Blakemore (PD) have been "all in" since day #1. Best of all, they found a needle in haystack with Penny. She is an amazing talent. She has a heart for telling and sharing stories. She is amazing as both a producer and on-air talent. We are excited to see our first KeepTheFaith HyperDriveLocal beta station go national! We are also excited to team up with Salem for this daily effort."  (4/14)


MARCH PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (4/13)


Starting tomorrow (4/14) Eric & Heather are back on the air doing mornings at Air1. Eric Calhoun and Heather Shelley, who did mornings on WRCM/Charlotte (New Life 91.9) before the station was sold to EMF late last year. Eric spent nearly a decade at WRCM. Heather says "We hit the air Tuesday morning 6 to 11am eastern. We're SO very grateful for this opportunity, and excited to see where this next leg of the adventure takes us." Eric & Heather will originate from Indianapolis. Current Air! morning personality Mandy moves to middays.  “We are excited for the Air1 listeners to be introduced to the on-air experience that Eric and Heather create that is fun, compelling, encouraging and relevant to the audience,” shares Air1's Chief Creative Officer, David Pierce. “Both Eric and Heather are just wonderful and will bring something special to the Air1 Morning Show every day!” (4/13)


BITS: iHeart flips KZFS/Spokane to CCM, (Up 93.3) airing on 1280AM & FM translator... Mike Gallaher, host of The MIKE GALLAGHER Show on the Salem Radio Network, will appear onstage in Los Angeles April 26-29  in the cast of FERGUSON (at left), a new play based on the controversial 2014 shooting of black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. TRUNEWS launced their mobile app less than a year ago, and this week, passed the 100,000 download mark... Former Salem President/COO Dr Frank Wright has joined President of D. James Kennedy Ministries...  (4/13)


HisAir.Net is very sorry to report former WORQ/Green Bay (Q90) PD Jim "Kid" Raider has passed away. Jim served at Q90 FM for more than 20 years as Program Director and co-host of the Q Breakfast Club. According to the WORQ website, "He will be remembered for his passion for God and this ministry and his great love of his wife Amy and his son John. He brought a youthful enthusiasm to the music and mission of Q90 FM. His imprint will be felt by all of us for many years to come." HisAir.Net sends deep condolences to family and friends. (4/8)


BITS: KLYT/Albuquerque has dropped "Static Radio" and relaunched on Easter day as "Star 88" with a new website... Since Jenn Pooler is exiting Production Director at KJIL/Abilene for KNWS/Waterloo, KJIL is looking for a replacement, if interested check the listing on the jobs page... At KAMB/Merced Tim Cardascia drops morning host from his duties to concentrate on Director of Development responsibilities, PD Dave Benton is filling in on AM drive while a new host is found... Former KLOVE personality Lisa Williams is launching a daily podcast May 1st called "Life With Lisa Williams"... Personality Brant Hansen's first book "Unoffendable" is being released by Thomas Nelson publishers next week (April 14)...  (4/8)


Personalities Aaron and Deneé (at right) have joined Christian FM. Formerly KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) morning show hosts and currently heard mornings at KPVR/St. Louis (Boost 101.9), Aaron and Deneé have been described as authentic, fun and quirky with a unique take on faith and life. Christian FM VP of Operations Paul Tipton said, “We are very proud to add Aaron and Denee' to our family. They are solid communicators and they bring a perspective that relates well to millennials.” 

Aaron Dicer said, "Christian FM truly understands the importance of how great content is the key to connecting with an audience in a real and powerful way. Through them we are so thrilled to be able to provide more people with a fun Christian show that highlights all of our uniqueness and unity in Christ.” He added, “Also, Paul Tipton has this incredible beard, seriously, how do you say no to that?"  Aaron and Deneé will be available immediately for any daypart via FTP. (4/8)


KZTH/OKC (The House FM) has expanded coverage with a new signal at 93.9 FM on the air in Ada, Oklahoma as of April 2 covering southeastern Oklahoma. This new addition brings The House FM network to 12 frequencies heard across much of Oklahoma all the way to Wichita, Kansas. Pastor Zac Christian of H20 Church in Ada was on hand for the dedication prayer. Pictured at left L-R David Land, Chief Engineer of The House FM and Pastor Christian. (4/6)


BITS:  Bob Biermann joins Tru News for production duties... A radio station catering specifically to northern Iraq's large displaced population began broadcasting on Sunday near the Kurdish capital Arbil, Radio Al-Salam broadcast several hours of programming daily on 95.5 FM... (4/5)


HisAir.Net has learned that the new CCM KKSP/Little Rock (93.3 The Fish) went on the air around 8a today. PD is Steve Marston. (4/2)


WKNZ/Harrington (88.7 The Bridge) is being sold by owner Eagle's Nest Fellowship Church to a new non-profit ministry established to operate and grow the ministry and keep it local and community-oriented. No on air or staff changes are expected. The application to assign the license to The Bridge of Hope, Inc. was filed with the FCC on March 18, 2015. Station Manager Bill Sammons, who has been with The Bridge since before it signed on, is excited about the future. “Eagle's Nest always believed the radio station belonged to the community, not to just one church. We are grateful they are allowing the station to grow and develop new ministry opportunities in the broadcast and online media world.” The FCC is expected to make its decision on the transfer within 90 days. (4/2)


KNWS/Waterloo (LIFE 101.9) names Jennifer Pooler (at right) as new Morning Show Co-Host and Listener Engagement Director. Pooler has previously served at KJIL/Abilene and KJCK and KQLA/Manhattan-Junction City. KNWS PD/Bryon Mengle, with whom Jenn will team-up, says, "Jenn has an contagious passion for Christian radio and connecting with her listeners. We look forward to her joining the team.” (4/2)


Salem is set to launch a new CCM on KKSP/Little Rock. Local owner Larry Crain is expected to sell the station, along with KHTE/Little Rock, to Salem after the stations were placed under receivership in result of the owners civil dispute with his partner. Salem has already launched a website at 933FMTheFish.com and social media for the station. In addition, the rebranding of KHTE as Salem’s “Answer” Conservative Talk has begun with the launch of 965TheAnswer.com. KHTE went on the air Wednesday evening. KKSP is currently all sports. On air launch date for KKSP is unknown at this time. (4/1)


BITS: Laura Ahumada is exiting her promotions director at Salem Media Group/Portland, KFIS PD Chris Kelly is looking for a replacement, check here for the listing... Centricity Music announced the promotion of GM Caren Seidle to CEO of the company that encompasses Centricity Music, Centricity Publishing, and the artist management division, Eaglemont Entertainment, and VP Marketing Steve Ford will now serve as General Manager of all divisions of the firm beginning immediately... The NRB 2015 Leadership Meetings will be held June 11-12 at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott near Washington, DC.... (3/31)


BITS: Co-founders Doug White and Mike Schlote celebrate the 5th anniversary of ClassicChristian247.com on March 31st, Doug says, "We’re seeing first hand that a professionally programmed pure play station can draw a significant audience, ClassicChristian247.com plays hits and rock from Christian artists from the late 70s through the 90s... UK communications authority Ofcom has awarded the second national digital radio multiplex license to Sound Digital, channels will include Premier Christian Radio, and UCB Inspirational, set to launch by March 2016... Lindsay DeBach has exited her news anchor position at Family Life/Bath, NY... (3/27)


BITS: After 12 years with the station Ken Bishop has exited WCLQ/Wausau (89Q), Ken remains on evenings at Christian FM Network, but is on the look out for additional non-conflicting tracking work, 866 582 4046... WRVL/Lynchburg (The Journey) completed their very first fund-raiser since transitioning to an all new A/C format just 90 days ago, and ended up eaching 106% of the goal... Pictured at left, last month KNWC/Sioux Falls (Life 96.5) brought hope to individuals and families experiencing hospice care through Cards of Compassion by making new greeting cards for caregivers to use on various occasions with their patients, the station shared over 1400 cards with Hospice patients... (3/26)


BITS: After 5 years with the station KNLR/Bend (New Life Radio) MD Andy Kahn will exit to join mainstream AC KITI/Centralia, WA, his last day is April 11th... The staff at WREH/Ft Lauderdale (Reach FM) has produced a video to show the power of Christian radio, check it out here... Check out some of the guest articles on a wide range of topics, go here to read... (3/26)


BITS: KLOVE is on the air on KXMG/New Orleans (107.5)... Lindsay DeBach has exited her news anchor position at Family Life/Bath, NY... Check out all the Feb PPM Christian radio ratings from Nielsen here... (3/25)


WMIT/Asheville (106.9 the Light) and (106.7 the Light/Knoxville) General Manager Alice Knighten has resigned. Her last day is April 2... (3/24) 


BITS:  Lisa Michaels joins the Bott Radio Network as account executive... BBC News reports on a Christian radio station in Bagdad, Iraq that has been on the air for 10 years, in the midst of persecution from extremist groups like ISIS, click here to read the story... Jeremy Robinson exits KLTY/Dallas... (3/23)


The Shine.FM radio network and Olivet Nazarene University have hired Jeff Cruz as the new network program director and station manager of WHZN/Indianapolis, effective April 1, 2015. He will be based in Indianapolis. “Shine.FM is excited to welcome Jeff to our team” said Brian McIntyre Utter, network general manager. “As a recognized leader in the broadcast industry, he is an asset to our ministry. He brings skills, talents and programming savvy that will help Shine.FM continue to impact lives and build stronger families in our markets.”  Prior to joining Shine.FM, he was with PD WMHK/Columbia and APD at WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3).  (3/19)


The Heart Share Group announces two new additions to the team in 2015. Isaac Fineman, Director of Strategic Partnerships, will oversee events like HONOR, a strategic luncheon honoring ministry leaders which partners churches with Christian radio. Bryce DeHart joins the team as Creative Director, handling graphics, web design, and digital media for Heart Share partners. The Heart Share Group is still committed to empowering organizations through Partnership and Brand Development as well as Fundraising. For more info, check out www.theheartsharegroup.com (3/19)


FEBRUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (3/19)


FEBRUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (3/18)


Tom Taylors "NOW" newsletter reports EMF is about to purchase Spanish contemporary KXMG/Jean Lafitte (Mega 107.5), from seller Sunburst Media-Louisiana. Currently the signal is a Class C2 but set to improve with a construction permit to upgrade to Class C1, running 100,000 watts at 981 feet. EMF already airs K LOVE on WNKV/Norco, a Class A at 91.1 and KMRL/Buras.  (3/18)


FEBRUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (3/17)


KSBJ/Houston scored some monster numbers in the Feb PPM released yesterday. KSBJ had two weeks with P6+ Cume over 900k and one week where it was over 1 Million!  KSBJ PD Ty McFarland told HisAir.Net today, "This is a HUGE blessing for KSBJ. I remember 20 years ago, these types of ratings were just unheard of in our format, so we’re thrilled. God gets all of the credit and glory. We are thankful to Him that we get to serve, and that more and more people are listening. The staff, leadership, board, supporters, and listeners in Houston are amazing! Thank you, God!"... (3/17)


The NRB Radio Advisory Council held its post convention meeting in Nashville at the conclusion of NRB15. Radio Committee Chairman John Hayden reports members found many positives at this years convention including: New schedule – liked the Monday start... Allowed to attend church with no buying (expo) on Sunday...Liked that the expo was free... Appreciated the effort that went in to obtain quality speakers with great content... Content was heavy but needed...Pleased that controversial issues were addressed with examples on how broadcasters can approach the issues... and Dramatic improvement in the sessions.  Sessions were well attended. Among the challenges the committee found: New schedule took away from office time... Missed having the Sunday worship service... Communication issues regarding day passes / expo only etc... Tight schedules... Need transition time from different sessions... and Need to work on transition from the luncheon to speaker – allow for people to leave and enter.

The following were elected for the Class of 2018 (a three-year term):  Jennifer Hayden Epperson, Dave Gordon, John Hayden, and John Summerville. (3/17)


FEBRUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (3/16)


As reported first on HisAir.Net Wednesday 3/11, KZTH/OKC (The House FM)  welcomes Tom Scott, (left) the new Host of "Mornings with Tom and Jenn", joining current Co-Host, Jenn Derrick.  Tom says, "I'm thrilled to be joining The House FM as the new Morning Show Host. This return to radio is very exciting for me and for my family! I'm looking forward to some special moments on-air with our listening audience each day, on The House FM and online at TheHouseFM.com. (3/16)


BITS: Last fall, The JOY FM/Tampa reached their Sharathon goals in 4 days, due in part to the popularity of the "Do It All in 4" video featuring Dave Cruse, Jayar, and Kris P. Kreme, this time, the trio is back trying to "Raise It All" for Friendraiser 2015, check out the latest videos, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_4JaoR_myg and https://vimeo.com/122209144... An event sponsored by KKEQ/Grand Forks (Q FM) featuring Christian speaker Usama Dakdok, to instruct people about Islam, is drawing attention from organizations who say they are planning to protest outside the Empire Arts Center Tuesday night... Johnnie Johnson , a 35 year radio vet and the only blind TV producer/host in Colorado, joins the staff of KUHS/Denver to do a Sunday show offering a mix of Christian music... (3/16)


BITS: Tom Scott has been hired for mornings at KJTH/OKC (The House FM) he was previously Afternoons/Production Dir. at KDUV/Visalia (Spirit 88.9)... Salem CEO Ed Atsinger says the layoffs across the company, in radio, publishing and digital, and together with cuts taken in late 2014, should save the company $2.5 million a year. Tom Taylors "Now" newsletter has more... Rick Welke's MyChristianHits.com enters the music awards scene as it debuts “My Christian Hits Awards” via the website that will be decided solely on fan-based voting over the next three weeks, ending March 18, 2015... (3/11)


Christian AC and Christian CHR radio formats were the big winners in 2014 according to a Radio Insights and Harker Research report. The report tracks the performance of all stations in a format, not just large markets. The winners are the formats where a majority of stations are growing, losers are where stations are losing share. More than two thirds (69%) of Christian AC and CHR stations ended 2014 ahead of where they ended 2013.  Click here to read more.  (3/10)


BITS: Reach Beyond is sending 4,000 new SonSet® radios (solar-powered and fixed-tuned to a local Christian radio station) with FM, AM, satellite and shortwave to the Asia Pacific Region for distribution, the Asia Pacific Region has the highest concentration of those who have not heard the Gospel... WOKE/Wheelersburg (98.3 The Bridge) launched yesterday with a modern gospel format... be sure to check out all the guest articles currently available on HisAir.Net, click here... (3/10)


BITS: At The Light Radio Network. Essex Junction PD Bob Pierce will come off the air once a new morning person is hired... As reported on HisAir.Net in January The Promise in Jacksonville has officially re-launched with new call letters to WMUV and dial position to 100.7... Sorry to report the passing of Billboard Christian and Gospel Chart Manager Wade Jessen yesterday of a heart attack... (3/6)


This morning (Thursday, March 5), The JOY FM/Tampa/Atlanta The Morning Cruise shared a conversation with Mark Hall, (pictured at right) in which he shared the difficult news that he has been diagnosed with cancer. The entire conversation including Mark's thoughts on his diagnosis, Melanie Hall's (Mark's wife) reaction to the news and a discussion about Casting Crowns' new album, Glorious Day: Hymns of Faith, available at Cracker Barrel.  To hear the audio and watch a video featuring a portion of the interview, visit http://themorningcruise.com/casting-crowns-mark-hall/.   Video is also available on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdoGaNbABq0 (3/5)


Rick McConnell and Brad Fisk announce the creation and launch of the Christian Radio Mall. Rick and Brad have created the Christian Radio Mall in order to “Super Serve” the Christian radio market with one stop “shopping”.  A few select businesses to become “tenants” in our Mall (including HisAir.Net) that have a proven track record of serving their clients with excellence. More tenants we will be invited to “join” the Mall in the near future. Brad commented, “The primary focus of the Mall will be on the small to medium market Christian formatted radio stations offering a pricing structure that makes our services very affordable.”

“Brad and I are excited to be able to offer this professional group of service providers to radio stations throughout the United States”, cites Rick. For questions about the Mall you can contact Brad or Rick. Go to christianradiomall.com to review our inaugural service offerings. (3/4)
 


The ChistianNetcast booth at NRB 2015 held last week in Nashville was once again one of the most popular places on the exhibit floor. ChistianNetcast  had record numbers of conventioneers stopping by for a chance to win prized including Beats by Dre headphones, A GoPro, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4. ChistianNetcast consistently draws the largest crowds every year for the drawings. Pictured is ChistianNetcast's David Palmer (right) with some of the lucky winners. (3/3)


The NRB reports that attendance at NRB15 held in Nashville last week was up 15 percent over last years convention. More than 4,300 communicators from radio, television, publications and websites representing millions of listeners, viewers and readers gathered this year at NRB15.

Participants heard from key religious leaders and potential presidential candidates, focused on militant Islam and current cultural topics and gained insights into emerging facets of communications.  Pictured at left NRB President Jerry A. Johnson addresses the final session, Feb. 26 at Nashville's Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.    (3/2)


BITS: Urgent prayer requested for KGLY/Tyler morning personality Gary Lesniewski who became disoriented and sick on the air this morning and was rushed to the hospital where he is being observed... Lake Area Educational Broadcasting adds Megan Albers to mornings on KCVO/Camdenton (Spirit FM) and as Operations Director for their new CHR/Rock station - The Pulse Channel, she was previously with the CSN Network, Twin Falls... GSF Media EVP Mike Murray was elected to the NRB board last week in Nashville... EMF is set to purchase WNBR/Greenville, NC for 700k... Condolences to KVNE/Tyler President/CEOTroy Kriechbaum who lost his mother.... (3/2)


BITS: Bill “Taylor” Grimmeisen joins WAY FM/Huntsville as its new Operations Director, he was previously with WYPH-LP/Manchester (Y102.5)... Expression Production Group takes over WZAG/Louisa, KY (Ignite FM) Monday 3/2, new manager is Kevin West... Check out the latest Nielsen PPM ratings from HisAir.Net click here... (3/1)


WAY-FM has promoted afternoon personality Carlos Aguiar, (the Carlos & Joy show), to Music Director. Carlos will be working under Network Program Director Rob Wagman0 and Network APD Steve Shore.  Carlos takes over for Katie RoseE, who is soon to announce her newest venture.  Carlos was previously with NGEN/Houston and joined WAY FM one year ago this week. Concurrently with his new MD stripes, Carlos also takes over as Program Director to WAY-FM’s new music stream WAY-NEW, playing new Christian titles in rock, hip hop and other genres; found at wayfm.com and on iHeartRadio.  (2/27)


EMF is entering the Seattle market with the purchase of KMCQ/Seattle. Tom Taylors Now Newsletter says "This station was the center of a multi-station, multi-market, multi-national, multi-act melodrama that ran through much of the last decade. The move in process (Dalles/Hood River, Oregon to Seattle) took far longer than anticipated and the station missed a window in terms of finding a buyer. Now it’s going to not-for-profit Christian broadcaster K-Love, transferred by current license-holder Chuck Dreifus of Queen Cities Broadcasting. That’s good for iHeart’s classic hits “95.7 the Jet” KJR-FM, not so good for Crista Ministries’ highly-rated commercial contemporary Christian “Spirit 105.3” KCMS. EMF has no Seattle-market outlet for K-Love, but has a South Sound O&O for Christian rock/CHR “Air1”, KWAO Ocean Park (88.1) K-Love parent EMF."  (2/27)


BITS: The Power Foundation headed by longtime Christian broadcaster Bob McClure will put his newest station 103.1 WHQA (The Life FM Network) on the air this Sunday... The Donnie McClurkin Show scores #1 ratings for affiliates WBLS/New York and in the Jan15 Nielsen ratings... Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Kirk Cameron have signed on to host the 2015 KLOVE Fan Awards May 31st at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville...  (2/26)


At NRB15 in Nashville the annual Affiliate Event "Name That Tune" was held last night. The event is hosted by Family Life Today host Bob Lepine. Name That Tune is attended by mainly radio folks (surprise) that attend NRB. The winning team this year was KSBJ/Houston GM Tim McDermott and Steve Green from WBDX/Chattanooga (J 103) pictured at right (Lapine, Green & McDermott)... (2/26)


Salem has signed author, columnist, speaker and TV personality Eric Metaxas (at left) to do a new afternoon talk show on SRN starting Monday, April 20th. The two-hour program will air live weekday afternoons 2pm to 4pm ET. "We are extremely enthusiastic to have Eric join the Salem platform," said Phil Boyce, Senior Vice President of Salem Radio Network.  "I have tried to get Eric to join us for two years, and this opportunity seemed to be a perfect match.  He'll do a great show every day that will inspire listeners and help stations grow their audience."

Eric Metaxas is a #1 New York Times bestselling author known for mobilizing people to ask bigger questions and live more meaningful lives. His smash best-seller Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet Spy is ranked #21 by Amazon in "most highlighted books of all time," and his books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Eric created a national stir in 2012 when his keynote address at the National Prayer Breakfast created a tidal wave of support and his recent Wall Street Journal article "Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God" is the most popular article ever published at the WSJ online. Eric lives in Manhattan with his wife and family and will broadcast the daily program from Salem Radio Network studios in the Empire State Building.

"I've waited for the right opportunity, and this is it," said Eric. "Stu Epperson, Ed Atsinger, Phil Boyce, Hugh Hewitt, and Dennis Prager and all the rest are people I've revered for years. To be a part of what they are doing is an honor and a privilege. What's more, it will be fun and I'm champing at the bit to get started."

"In our continuing efforts to add value to all of our platforms, we are delighted to have Eric Metaxas join us to create a new and exciting daily radio program that will be entertaining, enlightening, and will truly make a difference," said Salem Media Group CEO, Ed Atsinger.

“Our goal is to create a great talk program that Christian stations will feel proud to carry, but could also be a true cross-over to the News Talk arena," said Dave Santrella, Salem President of Broadcast Media... Click here to watch the announcement and signing... (2/26)


BITS: LifeWay/NRB study examines whether Christian media is used for discipleship or evangelism, click here to read more... KJTH/OKC (The House FM) was recognized by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters as a Community Service Award recipient, this is the thirteenth year in a row that the radio network has been a recipient of the award... Positive Alternative Radio is launching  “PAR Impact," a new division of its ministry that will empower local listeners to impact their communities and the world for Christ, Coordinator of PAR Impact will be Derek Withrow...  FCC has granted construction permits to the Worship Radio Network to change frequencies and increase power on two of their FM properties in Augusta, Maine and also in Gloucester, Massachusetts...  (2/25)


After a successful return to Christian radio earlier this month on WAY-FM, The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister is now offering clearance to the general Christian market focusing on CCM radio stations.  “When WAY FM asked the question, ‘What would it take for you to return to Christian radio?’, it did not take long to realize that this was a divine appointment.” said Tim Altman, CEO of the Dawson McAllister Association. “I could not be more excited about the high quality of the production, the opportunity to take the show to new stations, and most especially, the teens and young adults we will be able to serve.”  For 17 years Dawson McAllister was heard Sunday Nights on over 300 Christian radio stations with Dawson McAllister Live before transitioning exclusively to Top 40/Mainstream stations in 2007 in a syndication agreement with Premiere Radio Network. After years of requests from Christian stations and former listeners for Dawson to return along with the recent opportunity presented by WAY-FM, he made the decision to launch this new Saturday Night show. 

“The unique thing about this show is that I have the opportunity to challenge my audience to make a difference in their world by having an impact in the lives of their friends – I love of idea of partnering with teenagers and young adults to change the world one life at a time.” said McAllister. The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister is a three-hour interactive call-in show, airing Saturday nights from 9pm to 12 midnight Eastern Time, where 13-29 year olds can call and talk to Dawson about all the issues of their lives. In return, Dawson and his co-host Sarah Lee offer trustworthy Biblically-based common sense advice and encouragement that is truly life-changing. Sarah Lee will also bring a unique and valuable female perspective. The critical backend to the show is TheHopeLine, Dawson’s off-air coaching center with Hope Coaches available via phone or live chat 24 hours a day. The HopeLine with Dawson McAllister will be distributed on the Ambassador AMB-OS platform with the first official general Christian market broadcast on March 28th, 2015.  (2/25)


Bill Thrasher, Network Manager for the Worship Radio Network based in Augusta, ME reports that the ministry has formed a new prayer partnership with the Branch FM team in the UK.  According to Thrasher, “The two partnering stations will exchange prayer requests, announcer shout-outs,  testimonials and creative promotional ideas periodically.” Thrasher said, “He and the Worship Radio Network team are hopeful of developing other partnerships with other Christian media outlets in all seven continents forming a prayer circle around the world.”   He further stated that he would like to encourage other Christian stations to form their own prayer partnerships, or contact him, if they wish to join the Worship FM – Branch FM prayer circle.  (2/25)


KGCB/Prescott (Arizona Shine) has been named the National Religious Broadcasters 2015 Station Of The Year. KGCB Station Manager Sally Barton told HisAir.Net, "This award represents the pinnacle of Christian media and is a result of the 20 years of prayerful support of our listening family. To receive the 2015 National Religious Broadcasters Station Of The Year Award is to be recognized as effective in encouraging believers in their faith and introducing people to Jesus, this is God's gift to His Arizona Shine team."   Pictured at left: Dr. Paul Hertz, Sally Barton, Roger Barton, John Hayden, NRB Radio Committee Chairman.   (2/24)
 


SRN News is originating network casts from the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville all this week. Rich Thomason’s lead SRN News story at 6AM live today from NRB 15 it was announced that it Salem Media Group will team up with CNN as the exclusive radio outlet to broadcast three televised GOP presidential primary debates, sanctioned by the Republican National Committee. Salem will air the debates live with special pre- and post-debate coverage on the Salem Radio Network. "We are pleased to be working with CNN," said David Santrella, President of Broadcast Media at Salem. “I am confident that both the access to our audiences and the incorporation of Salem talent will make the debates more accessible for the American electorate.”

The first of the three televised debates will take place September 16th at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, CA. Salem’s nationally syndicated radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt (pictured) will join in the Q&A of this debate. Hewitt will also broadcast special editions of his program pre- and post-debate. At the conclusion of the debate, candidates will be invited to join Hewitt to talk candidly about the event and the pressing issues facing the nation. "I am delighted to be included with journalists posing questions as part of one of America's finest political traditions -the presidential debate," said Hewitt. "These televised debates come at a critical time, and good questions will allow Republican primary voters the opportunity to see and hear their would-be nominees provide answers to issues that genuinely concern them. Any reporter who is also a political junkie welcomes the chance to be on such a panel, which of course I do."  (2/24)


96.9 KEPT-LP FM/Hayward CA signed on Saturday night February 14th 2015 at 9:26pm. KEPT FM GM Matt Tuter says the first song broadcast was Amazing Grace done by Tramain Hawkins. The station airs a combination of Contemporary Christian music of the last 40 years aimed at an adult demographic plus gospel and contemporary recordings of Hymns and Praise music.  Teaching and talk programming air mid day and and some evening hours. KEPT FM serves the cities surrounding the southern end of the San Francisco bay with a potential audience over 2 million and is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Hayward. (2/24)


BITS: AT NRB 2015 in Nashville former Moody on air host at WMBI/Chicago Mike Kellogg was inducted into the NRB Fall Of Fame... Truth For Life, the Bible-teaching ministry of Alistair Begg, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its daily radio broadcast... Jay Schield has been hired as the Director of Content Acquisitions at New Day ... Joshua Pauley was hired as Marketing Manager for Essential Worship - PLG ... Kayla Spelling was named Web Developer for Provident Label Group ... (2/24)


Salem Media Group and CharityOne, producer of the syndicated radio program "KeepTheFaith," have announced a joint advertising sales and syndication agreement that will give the program 80% U.S. population coverage. Beginning April 1, Salem will handle all national advertising sales for the show, as well as the early pre-morning drive show, which currently reaches more than 1.7 million listeners. Salem will add the show to many of Salem's top-25-market Christian teach/talk radio stations, plus the majority of its music stations. Salem President, Broadcast Media, David Santrella says, "Salem and Salem Media Reps are enthusiastic about the opportunity to represent KeepTheFaith. The program gets high praise from affiliates and from Salem's own veteran, contemporary Christian music program directors. This is a quality program that advertisers are eager to be a part of and we are thrilled to provide the access."

Executive Producers of the KeepTheFaith brand include Christian Radio veterans, Joe Battaglia and John Frost, and CharityOne executive director David Sams. Sams comments on the arrangement saying, "We are very humbled that Salem recognizes the hard work that has gone into building the KeepTheFaith franchise. We are even more humbled that the audience appreciates the mix of great stories, music, and unprecedented production. Content matters. The execution of that content for today's very demanding audience is vitally important. Face it, with the likes of Twitter, we live in a 140 character universe. Attention spans are short. So, you have to make every word you put out over the air really matter. Our mission is simple, to make encouragement contagious through positive, life-affirming stories and songs."  (2/23)


Salem Communications Corporation announced today that it has changed its name to Salem Media Group, Inc. to reflect the dynamic growth of Salem’s multi-media business, including radio, digital, print and mobile. Salem owns 106 radio stations across the country, and produces several of the largest nationally-syndicated radio shows on-air today. In addition, Salem owns several of the most influential brands in the Christian and conservative media space, including Crosswalk.com, GodVine.com, Christianity.com, BibleStudyTools.com, TownHall.com, HotAir.com, RedState.com, Human Events.com, the Conservative Book Club, and Regnery Publishing.

“Salem’s mission has always been to serve our two core audiences – Christian and conservative – with engaging and meaningful content” explained Edward Atsinger, Salem’s Chief Executive Officer. “That mission brought us into radio, and it has guided our growth ever since. As more and more of our audience seeks new ways to get information and inspiration, we have added new media platforms to our traditional radio offerings. Now nearly one-third of our total revenue comes from non-broadcast sources. This rebranding of Salem acknowledges our evolution and confirms our commitment to serve our market.”  (2/23)


WBFJ/Winston-Salem/Greensboro announces some on air line up changes effective today. Tonia Cornett joins Verne Hill on the Morning Show as co-host.  Tonia previously worked in the market with mainstream stations WTQR, WVBZ and others… Tami Rumfelt moves from the Morning Show to Afternoon Drive. John Hill moves from Afternoon Drive to Evenings. (2/23)


JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (2/20)


Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to speak the evening of Monday, February 23, at the opening session of the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN. “Governor Walker is a man of faith and action,” noted Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). “He is a voice for freedom and has shown that he is not afraid to put principles into practice. We are honored that he will be with us for the opening of NRB15.”  (2/20)


Positive Alternative Radio announces the addition of Taylor Morgan to the WCQR/Gary morning show. She will join Breakfast Radio with Adam McCain Longtime WCQR morning show co-host Hannah Ayers resigned to pursue other opportunities. WCQR GM, Mike Perry stated, “This is huge for us. Absolutely huge! And it is truly a God story. Taylor has been the co-host of one of the top rated morning shows in our market for a number of years. Through a series of events, the Lord began dealing with her heart. Even though she was on another station, she began listening to WCQR and because of that – Jesus changed her life. Through a crazy series of events in her life, she joins our morning team on Monday, February 23rd.”

Morning Show co-host Adam McCain said, “We originally hired Taylor for mid-days. But when Hannah left we had this huge need. Taylor and I did some breaks and it was like instant on-air chemistry. The Lord has taken care of us and we’re excited to welcome Taylor Morgan!”  When asked about the move to WCQR, Taylor said, “I’m thrilled. It’s a dream come true. I now get the opportunity to encourage people through the station that has encouraged me!”  (2/19)


JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (2/19)


BITS: As SRN talk host Michael Medved continues his medical leave recovering from Stage Three throat cancer, his regular Townhall.com audio commentaries are now being voiced by his son, Danny, click here to listen... WONU/Chicago (Shine.FM) is conducting interviews for its Network PD position, is an announcement coming soon... Alistair Begg is scheduled to preach at the open-to-the-public Worship Service Wednesday, February 25, at NRB 2015 in Nashville... Condolences to ShareMedia President Todd Isberner on the passing of his father Edgar this week... (2/18)


JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (2/18)


KFMK/Austin has named Kevin Peterson as its new PD. (2/17)


JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...   AQH 6+ WFSH #4 5.5... KLTY #2 5.6... KSBJ #5 5.6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (2/17)


BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) presented Valentine’s cards to the patients of Sibley Heart Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, over 75,000 Valentine’s cards were dropped off or mailed to the station and Beth Bacall (at left) broadcast live from the hospital... KAGA/San Angelo (98.1 The Word) GM Andrew Justis has filed for candidacy in the May city elections running for the Single-Member District 4 seat... The GMA has published the report: The Next Evolution of In-Car Radio and What It Means for Christian Music, click here to read...  (2/17)


Positive Alternative Radio has added Angela Stevens to co-host the morning show WPER/Fredericksburg (Positive Hits) joining PD Don Burns. Longtime WPER morning show co-host Happy Anderson is leaving the morning show to focus more time on his construction business. But he isn’t leaving the station. WPER GM/VP of Programming for PAR, Frankie Morea stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Angela to WPER’s morning show. This is a new day for Positive Hits, PER. I’m also pleased to announce that longtime morning show co-host Happy Anderson will be joining me for a Saturday Morning Show.”

Angela was previously on air at WGTS/DC and Christian FM. When asked about the move to WPER, Angela replied, “Excited is one word that comes to mind! I’m thrilled to be interacting with listeners on a local level once again and WPER, and its’ parent company Positive Alternative Radio are committed to that. PAR’s mission statement is to create and deliver experiences that inspire people to passionately follow Jesus and I can’t wait to get started crafting those experiences!” (2/17)


KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal checks in with HisAir.Net.  Bryan says, "I had a Transient Ischemic Attack. also known as a TIA, or mini stroke. A tiny clot gets to the brain and disrupts something. You brain actually can dissolve it. I this case it affected my speech and then went away. They are untraceable at that point. We did ALL the test to see if it came from a bigger clot, there are none. Neurologist checked me thoroughly and sent me home. I'm also preparing for a vocal chord injection and radiation of the thyroid on the 27th. I'm doing light duty for now. I felt good enough to help with the last morning of our Compassion fundraiser. Thanks for checking in on me." Continue praying for Bryan! (2/16)


Renaissance Communications founder and president of  Joe Battaglia has released his new book, "The Politically Incorrect Jesus". Battaglia who has more than four decades in journalism and broadcasting is a seasoned communicator and politically incorrect thinker who gives believers short, readable chapters long on common sense.  A press release says "As fresh as today’s news aggregate, as timeless as Truth, if there’s an edge, Joe’s there: where religion turns deadly and arrogant, where Christian views get suppressed, and where society turns schizophrenic, Jesus speaks into those issues." check out the website here. (2/13)


In an agreement with EMF KTIS/Minneapolis (Faith Radio AM 900) is now available on FM at 90.7. The 99-watt translator is located on the Wells Fargo building in downtown Minneapolis. Prior to the switch, EMF relayed their primary station, K-LOVE, over 90.7 FM.  Faith Radio’s Senior Vice President for Media, Dr. Paul Virts, stated, “We at Faith Radio deeply appreciate the kindness of the EMF board and trustees!” Virts went on to say, “This 99-watt translator will have a potential audience of 1.5 million people and give Faith Radio listeners an opportunity to listen to a FM quality signal in the Twin Cities, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”  Currently, AM 900 KTIS is licensed by the FCC for 50,000 watts during daylight hours, but only 500 watts at night. The night-time pattern of AM 900 KTIS, with towers located in Oakdale, MN, covers only a small portion of eastern St. Paul, Oakdale, and Woodbury. (2/13)


BITS: Thomas Kenney has joined TruNews... Rick Welke's FreQ Media, has launched it's seventh music channel called "Heartland, " a Country station with an inspirational slant... WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) is collecting Valentine’s cards for the patients at Sibley Heart Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Beth Bacall is broadcasting live each day this week from various locations to allow listeners to drop off their cards in advance... Urgent prayers requested for KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal who suffered a stroke while on the air Wed morning, he's currently being observed in the hospital.... (2/12)


 

WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) welcomes Shadow Stevens (on far right in picture at left) to the Z family as part of Z88.3 mornings with Ellis and Tyler. Shadow who has been filling in for Ellis while he has been on vacation, also did nights previously at WPOZ and will officially join the show Monday morning, February 16. (2/10)


HisAir.Net hears Eric Allen has exited Air1. On his departure Eric says, " I'm very happy and at peace with my decision. Looking forward to whatever is next!" Eric previously was with WONU/Chicago (Shine.FM) (2/9)


Provident Music Group President/CEO Terry Hemmings announces they have hired Andrew Patton as the Vice President of National Promotions. LAst month Patton announced he was retiring from artist management.  Andrew’s first day in the office will be Tuesday, February 17th.  (2/9)


HisAir.Net is sorry to report former WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) PD Randy James passed away Tuesday. Our condolences to his family. (2-5)


BITS: Trent Misak and Jamie Olivas have joined the staff at KJTH/OKC (The House FM) and KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise FM) as Assistant Promotions Directors... Cara Bosco joins WMUZ/Detroit as Sales Assistant/Producer for Defending the Truth... Check out the guest articles this week from John Frost.. Brian Wright.. and Bill Scott... (2/4)


WAY Media, Inc. and Dawson McAllister Network announce their partnership for a new Saturday night Christian radio show, “The Hopeline with Dawson McAllister (at left),” launching Saturday, February 7, 2015. “We are excited to be the flagship for Dawson McAllister’s return to Christian radio,” says WAY-FM Network PD Rob Wagman. “It was God who opened the doors for Dawson to take his radio program to the secular airwaves thirteen years ago, and we are thankful that God is utilizing WAY-FM for Dawson’s return.” 

The Hopeline with Dawson McAllister will be a three-hour interactive call-in show, airing Saturdays 8-11p CT. Teenagers and young adults will share their struggles. In return, Dawson offers thinking based on Biblical values. Joining him in the studio will be Sarah Lee, listeners’ online connection to the show via social media.  There are plans to offer syndication for this show to other stations around the country in the future.

“I can’t tell you how excited Sarah and I are to help people face life God’s way. I think it’s going to be big, because God is big” said Dawson McAllister.

“At WAY-FM, our mission is to influence this generation to love and follow Jesus, and we believe this new show fits that mission perfectly,” added Faron Dice, VP of Content.  (2/4)


BITS: EMF has asked the FCC to let it move the KLVS/San Francisco (107.3) antenna in toward the Bay Area, but remain licensed to Livermore, KLVS has grandfathered Class B status, which helps it out with second- and third-adjacent short-spacing situations... Barry and Linda Armstrong are back on the air at WRVL/Lynchburg (The Journey), The Armstrongs retired on the air at Sprit FM/Roanoke in July 2013... Sorry to hear that CJYE/Toronto (Joy 1250) morning personality Jim Leek passed away Jan 29th... (2/4)


During January, KGCB/Prescott (Arizona Shine 90.9) organized Arizona Biggest Baby Shower, collecting thousands of baby items for Community Pregnancy Centers across Arizona. In celebration of Sanctity of Life Month, listeners were encouraged to get involved in caring for their community; to fill the needs of new parents by providing diapers, baby clothes, formula, bottles, baby furniture and car seats.  The Arizona Shine on-air team broadcasted the need, and listeners responded by abundantly providing for these treasured lives. Station Manager Sally Barton praised the generosity of listeners who recognized the critical need and responded.  “New parents need someone to help them know how to care for their little one.  The heart behind everything we do at Arizona Shine is to use this microphone to make a difference in our community. What a privilege to know that moms and dads and babies in need will have some of their physical needs met through the generosity of our listeners.”  (2/3)



Garrett Michaels (at right) has been hired as the Network Program Director for The Family network of stations in Wisconsin (WEMI/Appleton/Oshkosh, WEMY/Green Bay and WGNV Wausau/Stevens Point).  He will also develop and host a new morning show for WGNV.  Michaels previously was PD/Morning Host at PAR's WPER/DC) (Positive Hits PER). Garrett tells us, “I am SUPER excited to be part of what God has been building at The Family, and help to grow the network!  Being a Wisconsin native I’ve watched the ministry grow over the years and we know that God is calling our family to be part of THE FAMILY!”  Garrett’s first day on the air will be Monday, February 9.  (2/3) 


WAY-FM adds the talent of female VO Renamarie Villano as the voice of the network, in conjunction with male VO talent Dave Meffert. WAY-FM Network PD Rob Wagman is still in search of an air talent to handle the overnight shift, and is open to both live and VT options for the shift.  The new night talent for WAY-FM has been acquired and will be announced as the ink dries on the paperwork.  Meanwhile, send your demos to rwagman@wayfm.com. WAY-FM is a network of Christian stations in numerous markets, including Portland, Denver, Wichita, Nashville, Charleston, Huntsville, West Palm Beach, Ft. Myers, Tallahassee and many more. (1/30)


BITS: After three years on the show, today was Katie Rose’s last day on the WAY FM's Wally Show, click here to listen to the farewell... Chip Bailey has exited his Regional Promotion position at EMF based in Baton Rouge... Michael Medved, host of the nationally-syndicated Michael Medved Show on the Salem Radio Network, today announced he has been battling stage three throat cancer since December 2014, and effective today, he will be taking a medical leave of absence until his recovery is more advanced.... (1/30)


Kenya's Christian radio station Hope FM was hijacked by suspected terrorists late Tuesday night.  A message on the Hope FM Facebook page said that its signal was "interfered with, by a foreign signal", and verses from the Quran were played over the air. The Christian post reports that the radio station cut its broadcast, resuming three hours later in the early hours of Wednesday morning. The station's website says it is "based on a firm Christian foundation," with a vision to see "Kenya and the rest of the world impacted with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit." Hope FM is run by the Nairobi Pentecostal Church, and was the site of a petrol bomb attack in 2006, in which a security guard was shot dead and two others suffered gunshot wounds. The incident occurred soon after a program discussing Christianity and Islam had been aired.  (1/29)
 


BITS: KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) has once again been named "BEST RADIO STATION" by the readers of local newspaper, the Springfield News-Leader... The Word Network (TV) has purchased WFDF/Detroit (910 AM) from Disney... KLOVE picks up a translator in Harwood, ND... (1/28)


BITS: New Christian station WONS/Cannonsburg, KY (1080 AM) goes on the air today with a Ministry/Teaching format... Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, John R. Bolton, is scheduled to speak on Monday, February 23, 2015, at a special event during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... Swaziland’s government monopoly on broadcast media will merge its radio and television operations by the end of the year, according to King Mswati’s Minister of Information, Communications and Technology, Dumisani Ndlangamandla...  (1/26)


Internationally-known psychiatrist, author, and radio personality Dr. Frank Minirth, (left) 68 of Richardson, TX passed away on January 24, 2015.  A pioneer in Christian-based mental healthcare, his medical practice was distinguished by integrating Christian principles into treatment through the Minirth Clinic in suburban Dallas.  Dr. Minirth co-hosted weekday radio and television programs for many years. The live nationwide call-in radio programs were especially popular because of the practical applications to individual lives. Dr. Minirth was a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and the American Board of Forensic Medicine. One of only 122 North American physicians certified by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, he was a member of American Mensa and the American Association of Christian Counselors. He authored or co-authored over 100 books including best-sellers Happiness Is a Choice, How to Beat Burnout and Love is a Choice, plus 50 self-help workbooks and three medical reference dictionaries. Over five million of his books are in print.  (1/24)


BITS: Branch FM/Dewsbury, UK has a new website address is www.branchfm.com and new email is studio@branchfm.com you can also find them on www.facebook.com/BranchFM... Tim Dukes has exited Halftime Institute has joined Gateway Church in Southlake, TX as Pastor/Marketplace Ministry for its new Gateway Business Leaders initiative... Ken Mayfield is back home after having another surgery to remove a blood clot from his lung, Ken has been recovering since last month when he fell 4 stories onto a concrete floor while doing work in the attic of his church Suffering broken ribs and a bruised lung.  (1/23)


HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more...Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (1/23)


HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (1/22)


Kid Raider has exited the PD position at WORQ/Green Bay (Q90 FM).  (1/22)


K-LOVE has named former WRCM/Charlotte Director of Broadcasting Joe Paulo (at left) as Director of Pledge Drives and Donor Communications. Paulo exited WRCM last month after the purchase of WCRM by EMF. "I'm thrilled that Joe will be joining our K-LOVE family in a role that can impact millions of lives," shares K-LOVE and Air1 Chief Creative Officer, David Pierce. "As K-LOVE is supported by generous listeners who step out in faith and support our ministry, Joe's role will help facilitate these efforts by using his knowledge and years of experience to continue to expand the reach of our pledge drives and donations."  (1/21)


HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (1/21)


WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) tied for first place in the Nielsen Holiday 2014 PPM Atlanta book yesterday. WFSH scored a 7.6 AQH p6+. WFSH PD Mike Blakemore told HisAir.Net, “God really blessed us this holiday season.  It was a record breaking month for us!  In addition to #1 6+, we were also #1 W25-54 and Women 18+.  I am so very proud of our team!”  This was WFSH's highest monthly in history. Prior to that it was a 6.4 share last year during the holiday book.  The Fish has never been #1 6+ before in a monthly.  (1/21)


HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...   WFSH #1 AQH 6+ 7.6... KLTY #3 5.5... KSBJ #6 4.6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (1/20)


Advocace has released "The Listener-Supported Radio Development Outlook", a study into the best practices for Christian-formatted, listener-supported radio stations from coast to coast. Listener-supported, Christian radio stations spend a great deal of time, effort and resources to raise money. The Outlook shows insight from high-performing radio station managers and the position of current and future fundraising performance.
Just a few benefits from this resource include:
• The Power of a Vision
• How Donor Relationships Affect Your Bottom Line
• That Setting Goals Drives Success
• Pledge Drive Days—How Many?
• The Importance of Board Member Fundraising
• The Importance of a Leader’s Time Spent Fundraising

To receive your free copy of The Listener-Supported Radio Development Outlook (LSRDO) click here.  (1/20)


BITS: Changes at WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) as morning co-host Mary O’Brien moves to mid-days as O’Brien recently became the mother of a baby boy and the move allows her more family time, mid-day host Eric Faulds will now move to mornings permanently, also departing the morning show is Olivia Lomeli who will continue her role as the station’s Social Media Director... At WLCQ/Springfield (The Q 99.7) welcomes Heidi West to evenings, she has been working with partner station WYQQ/Worcester and at WLCQ Leslie Prieto (from Middays) has joined the morning show  (Leslie & Nate) and will track her midday show... Slaem rebrands two of it Teaching/Talk stations with WMCA/New York “The Mission AM 570/Help Us Change the World.” and KKMS/Minneapolis “The Mission 980 AM, Twin Cities Christian Voice.”  (1/20)


BITS: SRN talk host Janet Mefferd has tweeted she will end her show on April 17th, saying it was completely her decision... Regarding his surgery last week for thyroid cancer KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal says, "All went well and I feel great today. It didn't set back my recovery at all. I am now awaiting another pathology report to see if there was more cancer. I'll have several follow up appointments before we can say the words "cancer free" but I'm trusting in God for my future."... Don't miss the guest  article this week from John Frost as he remembers his former boss Bud Paxson he passed last week, click here for the article... Neilsen Hoilday PPM's are scheduled to start release tomorrow, all the Christian radio numbers will be posted on HisAir.Net...  (1/19)


WTRJ/Jacksonville (The Promise) PD Calvin Grabeau checks in with HisAir.Net and has some new information on all the frequency swapping going on. Calvin says, "91.7 The Promise is switching to commercial with 100.7 and 94.1 - this will give The Promise the biggest footprint for Christian radio in Northeast Florida and South Georgia. 91.7 will change formats in February to The Truth, an all teaching/talk format which will also simulcast on 91.9 in St Augustine and on WATY FM in Folkston, GA. (1/16)


Veteran Dallas-Ft Worth newsman Ron DeRoxtra (left) has joined the Salem Radio Network as an anchor/reporter in the SRN News Dallas Bureau. DeRoxtra has been a news anchor, editor and producer at a number of broadcast operations including KVIL-FM/Dallas, KLIV/San Jose and KLIF/Dallas-Fort Worth. He is a five-time winner of the “Katy” Award presented by the Dallas Press Club. The move to SRN News reunites DeRoxtra with Salem Radio Network V.P./News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup, who was DeRoxtra’s boss when both worked at KRLD/Dallas in the 1980’s. “Ron is a stellar on-air talent and a solid, award-winning journalist,” Tradup says. “We are pumped to have him as part of our Dallas Bureau and having Ron cover Southwestern stories for SRN News in Washington, as well.”  (1/16)


During its annual Vision Week, Positive Alternative Radio announces a new wing of its ministry called: PAR Impact. Eddie Baker, president of PAR, said, “This new wing of PAR allows us to have a concentrated effort on partnering with other national and local non-profits. This is critical to our long term success for it allows us to grow our local ecosystem.” As a result, PAR announces a partnership with global ministry, World Help.

“We couldn’t be happier with this partnership. World Help has the ‘entire package’ as an impact ministry. They’ve planted more than 68,000 churches around the world, provided impoverished villages with clean water through their water-well projects, helped children out of poverty through their Child Sponsorship Program, and they’ve been able to print and distribute over 9.7 million Bibles—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg,” said Eddie Baker, president of Positive Alternative Radio.

Brian Sanders, Executive VP of PAR, commented, “We’re working hard to adopt a Gospel-centered business and ministry model. This is a huge piece of that effort. World Help has an amazing legacy and a very bright future. PAR looks forward to engaging our listeners and raving fans by inspiring them to change the world through World Help. We’re also amazed that the Lord led us to a global ministry that is based right here in our own backyard. Our corporate offices are within 90 minutes of each other!”  (1/16)


At CMB Leigh Anderson is named Communications & Member Services Manager. She replaces Lori Cline who resigned yesterday. Previously she was Director of Marketing for WRCM/Charlotte. Also CMB has hired Jessica Arrendell in the newly created position of Multimedia Manager. Jessica was the Digital Media Specialist at KSBJ/Houston.  (1/15)


Katie Green is leaving Provident. Her last day will be Friday, Jan 16. Katie says she will be launching her own promotions company, Green House Promotions, on Monday, Jan 16. You can reach Katie at katie@greenhousepromo.com starting Monday.  (1/14)


Lori Cline (left) has left her position at CMB effective today. Lori told HisAir.Net, "My love and connection with CMB began back in 2002 as an organization and it has truly been an honor and with great joy that I’ve been able to serve and love the staff, board and members over the past few years as Member Services/Communications Mgr.  I count this time as a cherished season in my personal and professional career and after much prayer and seeking over the past couple months am saying ‘YES’ to stepping out into a new season of life with my family and future career and calling. Reach out to Lori here lori.cline@comcast.net   (1/14)

 


JUST IN: Kurt Wallace will exit WONU/Chicago (Shine.FM) effective today. The station has added Scott, Sam, & Rob to mornings. (1/14)


BITS:  Dave Masters has exited the PD slot at KSLT/Rapid City... Salems WMCA/New York has begun on air stunting saying Monday WMCA will be no more"... Salem Radio Network host Dennis Prager, will join author Eric Metaxas, Archdiocese of New York’s Father Jonathan Morris and author Anne Graham Lotz on a panel discussion in 650 theatres across the United States this coming Monday, January, 19th following the theatrical premiere of the documentary PATTERNS OF EVIDENCE: The Exodus, FOX News Channel’s Gretchen Carlson will moderate the debate... If you are attending NRB 2015 in Nashville next month please visit HisAir.Net at our booth 221... (!/14)


Changes announced today at WAY FM/Nashville. At the Wally Show co host Katie Rose will exit Feb 6th. Bekah Eaker, who handles content distribution for Wally Show affiliates, will be promoted to Co-Host/AM Show Producer. Betty Rock, who is presently handling the local Nashville Operations Coordinator role, is promoted to the Network, taking Bekah Eaker¹s role. This leaves the position of Operations Coordinator open. Betty will also be more present, as a personality on the WALLY SHOW, which she has been a part of in the past.

WAY FM Network PD Rob Wagman, who is on a trip for Compassion in Honduras, tells HisAir.Net, "When I return from Honduras, I will make an official job opening for two on-air positions; a night position and an overnight position.  Because of our flexibility, these positions will be looked at both for live options and voice tracking.  The candidate may also, fill a role in programming as an assistant Music Director.  Look for an official job listing for that position, but until then, please have qualified and interested candidates send me their demos and resumes at rwagman@wayfm.com". Also the Brant Hansen show is moving from nights to midday. If interested in the WAY FM  Operations Coordinator opening click here to jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the listing. (1/13)


Positive Alternative Radio has struck a 5-year partnership with Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) as the Night of Joy sponsor during CMB’s annual Momentum convention. “We believe in local Christian radio,” Brian Sanders, Executive Vice President of PAR said. “CMB and Momentum are dedicated to helping Christian radio get stronger, and so are we. That’s why this long term partnership makes so much sense.” “In a day and time when Christian radio stations are struggling with leadership, vision, and adapting to ever changing platforms, PAR is motivated to share how God has blessed our stations in not just surviving, but thriving,” Sanders added. “Providing this sponsorship is our way of saying how much we appreciate and value Christian radio. We also want to extend an offer to help any way we can,” he said.

Eddie Baker, PAR’s President, stated, “This is a huge day for PAR and we’re honored to partner with CMB. We’re making the investment to be a sponsor, have 6 leaders as gold members, 8 others as silver and we’ll have 10-12 PAR team members attending Momentum in September. We look forward to sharing our story and blessing the attendees to Momentum.”

Regarding the 5-year partnership, executive director of CMB, Michelle Younkman said, “"It is an honor to partner with our friends at PAR in offering the Momentum 2015 attendees tickets to the highly anticipated Night of Joy event. We are blown away by PAR's commitment to CMB and Momentum. We appreciate their desire to serve Christian music broadcasters in such a significant way."  (1/13)


Moody Radio has flipped the switch on three of its AM stations, from English to Spanish, the stations include WDLM/East Moline, Ill. WFCM/Smyrna, TN; and KMBI/Spokane. Radio Moody’s Spanish network now includes six owned and operated stations and two affiliates. “Moody Radio is committed to reaching across the globe, cultures and generations to equip people with the truth of God’s Word and we are thrilled that our Spanish-speaking listeners in these markets will now have quality biblical programming in their own language,” said Collin Lambert, vice president of Moody Radio. The FM counterparts of these stations will continue in English.  (1/13)


BITS: EMF is purchasing WMSJ/Freeport, ME (Positive 89.3) from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting for 925k...  The Andraé Crouch Facebook page has posted information regarding the funeral, which will include a viewing and tribute concert on January 20, with a “Celebration Service” on January 21, both at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ... Condolences today to KLJY/St Louis (JOY FM) MD Kelly Corday who lost her husband today to cancer... (1/12)


Salem Radio Network VP/News and Programming, Tom Tradup, (at left) recently raised concerns over what he characterized as a “double standard” by the AP when it chose to not distribute any Charlie Hebdo cartoons following the terrorist attacks in Paris, citing prior editorial policy. But while refusing to distribute any cartoons which might be considered “deliberately provocative”, the AP was SELLING online images of Andres Serrano’s highly offensive Piss Christ ‘artwork’ depicting a crucifix submerged in a vial of his own urine. When the Washington Examiner newspaper discovered this, AP quickly pulled the images from their online store. Tradup sent a letter to AP management asking why an apparent double standard applies when it comes to images that offend one religion but not to those that offend others. AP issued a reply via its blog saying, “AP Images has an archive of 22 million photos, including AP pictures that predate our current editorial standards and pictures from many other photo partners. Sometimes photos that don’t meet our current editorial standards are found among those millions of pictures. Thus, on Wednesday (1/7) we removed some Charlie Hebdo cartoons that had come from a non-AP source. We also became aware that a 25-year-old image of the controversial Piss Christ photo was among the photos there, and removed it. Of course, every removal is a judgment call, and we took some flak over the decision on Piss Christ.”

Tradup is  member of the Associated Press’ Stylebook Review Committee. (1/12)


UPDATE: As reported here on HisAir.Net yesterday WSOS/Jacksonville has been purchased by Chesapeake-Portsmouth Broadcasting and flipped to a Christian AC format from Classic Rock. WTRJ/Jacksonville (91.7 The Promise) is owned by Delmarva Educational, who's board of directors own Chesapeake Portsmouth Broadcasting, is planning to will move from a non-com to a commercial format. As for now PD Calvin Grabeau, who has joined Theresa Ross in mornings, says The Promise is currently simulcasting on 91.7, 919, 100.7 and 94.1. The Promise will most likely migrate to 100.7 while 91.7 is likely to adopt a teaching/Talk format. (1/9)


KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal (left) checks in with HisAir.Net, "My thyroid, tumor/mass removal went very well. Voice was not affected by surgery, the Dr. didn't have to cut anything near the vocal chords or their nerves. However, this is phase One... after I do our Compassion fundraiser, I will need an injection on my vocal chords (that initially screws up your voice for about a week), then it gets better, Also, allergist will weigh in on what I need to do also." Continued prayers for Bryan are appreciated.  (1/9)


BITS: WSOS/Jacksonville (94.1) has flipped from mainstream classic rock to CCM... Family Life's Dennis Rainey is scheduled to speak on Wednesday, February 25, at the Media Excellence Dinner of the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... As mourners gathered in New York City to pay final respects to former Gov. Mario Cuomo who died last week, Salem Radio Network host Bill Bennett was interviewed live on CNN from the MORNING IN AMERICA studios in Arlington, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota asked Bill to recall his many face-to-face debates with Cuomo and other memories, click here to watch interview.  (1/8)


KLFF/San Luis Obispo (KLIFE-FM) has rebranded the station to LIFE 89.3.  KLFF GM Larry Walters told Paso Robles Daily News “After 20 years of being an the air, we realized that reevaluating who we are and who we are trying to reach was a necessity. “Our goal is to be locally unique from other Christian stations. While our music will remain contemporary, we will also be bringing back some of our listeners favorite music from the past.” (1/7)


WMIT/Asheville (106.9 The Light) Director of Programming and Promotions Carol Davis checks in with HisAir.Net with an update on Ken Mayfield. Last month Ken fell 4 stories onto a concrete floor while doing work in the attic of his church Suffering broken ribs and a bruised lung. The update was actually written by Ken's son Kellan.

“We are so overwhelmed at God's goodness. Yesterday was full of milestones for Dad, as the Lord continues to work miracles in the process of his healing. We were initially given a scare in the morning after the doctors said that the fluid in Dad's chest had returned and that he would need an ultrasound to see just how much was there. If it was a substantial amount, he would more than likely have to undergo surgery. We started to pray that God would reverse this and that an operation would not be necessary. We asked the Lord for good news... and He began to provide in ways that we could not imagine. The results of the ultrasound showed that the fluid was nearly gone. Dad would not need surgery! Not only that, but after a walk all the way down the hall (which he was able to do without any assistance) his heart monitors showed that he was now getting enough oxygen on his own without the need for a breathing aid, and was able to have his nasal cannula removed.

But the good news didn't stop there... his condition has improved so dramatically that the doctors said he didn't need the IV to deliver his body fluids any longer. In 2 days, Dad lost 3 tubes, and is now free of every single medical apparatus that his body has had to rely on these past couple of weeks.  This morning he took his first walk down the hall without a single tube or wire, and to watch it happen was nothing short of incredible, because we know how far he has come and how many miracles the Lord has worked in his body. And we have felt your prayers. We’ve been made aware that his story has been told to hundreds of churches across the nation (and even in Africa), whose people have been lifting him up in agreement with us in prayer. We could not feel more blessed by our friends and family right now. To see Dad's strength return, to see him smile, to watch him break down in tears because he is so overwhelmed at the love of God and His people, is truly an experience that is humbling and unforgettable. Today, Dad is stronger than ever, and another prayer request was answered when we were told he would be able to go home this week where he can continue to rest and heal. God hasn't stopped answering our prayers yet, and we don't anticipate that He will anytime soon. To Him be all the glory.”  (1/6)


Salem has converted 7 more of its News Talk stations to "The Answer" bringing the number to 20 Answer branded stations owned by Salem around the country. The following stations made the brand change: KCBQ/San Diego, now AM 1170 The Answer, KLFE/Seattle, now AM 1590 The Answer,  KZNT/Colorado Springs, now AM 1460 The Answer, WGKA/Atlanta, now AM 920 The Answer, WGUL/Tampa, now AM 860 The Answer, WGTK/Louisville, now 970 AM The Answer, WLSS/Sarasota, now AM 930 The Answer.

Salem began using the Answer branding for AM 970 WNYM, its News Talker in New York City in April of 2012. The name caught on, and soon Salem stations in LA, Dallas, and Chicago had joined the crowd. "We discovered that our listeners are information seekers, always craving the answer to every possible question, from why am I stuck in Traffic to who won the November election," said Salem Senior VP of Spoken Word Formats Phil Boyce. "This branding allows our stations to cut through in markets where they are competing with more established stations that only need their call letters as a brand. We needed something more, and this works," said Boyce.  (1/16)


BITS: The Reclaiming America for Christ Radio network has launched and is airing programs nightly on Salem's WROL/Boston... CCM Classic Radio announces a new partnership with Salem Music Network, doubling their natonal reach to over 200 stations, the program  will air on SMN's 90 stations, right after CCM Radio Magazine...  KEWR/Cedar Rapids (Enduring Word Radio) has gone on the air as a LPFM at 97.5 FM & 105.1 FM... WDVW/Jackson, TN (The Dove) has flipped to mainstream classic hits...  (1/5)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ 99.3) announced their new on-air line up today (1/5). The new morning team is Ceci LeBarge & Adam McNutt (at left) followed by Sabrina Fairchild who moves from mornings to the workday. Afternoons has a new team as PD Ace McKay moves from mornings and joins up with sidekick Jeff Veley for the drive home. As for nights "The Wally Show" remains in place. Program director Ace McKay says, "its a new year and we are excited about the changes about what God's gonna do as we move into the next chapter." (1/5)

 


BITS: After just one year on the job, Dr. Frank Wright has left the President/COO position at Salem no replacement has been named... WAY FM/Huntsville Operations Director Claire De Cleene, will be leaving at the end of the month, to relocate to Jacksonville where  her husband has accepted a youth pastor position... After 10 years at the station, KSDW /Temecula/San Diego Operations Manager/Afternoon Host Steve Bessette has left the building, he can be reached at stevebessette@gmail.com... (1/5)


DEC PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more... KFMK 3.9... WTLC 1.6... WGNR 0.9... WHZN 0.2... WNNL 7.1... WRTP 0.9... WGH 1.4... WAYM 2.0... WAYQ 0.5... WXRI 0.5... WEAL 0.1... WTJY 0.1... WAYF 4.1... WRMB 0.7... WHAL 9.7... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (12/29)


Liberty University WRVL/Lynchburg and its stations around VA and parts of NC drop all teaching programs and is now all CCM; adopting the moniker "The Journey".  The station website says, "Teaching and preaching programs made up the bulk of the programming for nearly all of the station’s history. On December 26, 2014, after over a year of prayer and planning, Liberty University leadership and the radio team launched a fresh vision for radio. The station has adopted a new name, The Journey, and a new format that features testimonies of transformed lives, stories of hope along with music that glorifies God and encourages us on our “journey.”  Liberty is directing listeners of the Christian teaching shows to Salem's OnePlace.com. 

Journey Radio Network GM Barry Armstrong told HisAir.Net, "Our small, passionate team caught the vision early and literally transformed the radio station during the month of December. Comfort zones were left behind months ago! That is how we were able to roll out the all new Journey the day after Christmas. I am profoundly humbled, and grateful to God for the team, the opportunity and relationships that made this total transformation possible. You never know what lies ahead on this heavenward journey!” (12/29)


BITS: Bott Radio Network (BRN) expanded its nationwide Christian Talk Radio network with the launch of a new FM signal at 97.1 FM in Jefferson City on Dec. 10 and a new FM signal at 95.9 FM in Pittsburg, Kan.... Moody's KMBI/Spokane will switch to all Spanish, the format will remain the same and the affiliation with Moody will remain, but the language will switch to Spanish Jan 5th... Tom Baker joins WMUZ/Detroit as writer/producer... Richard Trejo is retiring from Salem Communications at the end of December, Trejo managed KDAR/Oxnard during his 14 years with the company...  (12/26)


Prayers are needed for WMIT/Ashville (106.9 The Light) air personality Ken Mayfield. Last week he fell 4 stories onto a concrete floor while doing work in the attic of his church. The nurses and doctors are calling him their Christmas Miracle since he fell that far, back first, and has no real spinal injury. He does, however, have several broken ribs and a bruised lung and is having trouble breathing, therefore his oxygen levels are very low. He's also been in a lot of pain. Today his wife Debbie and son Kellan posted a facebook update saying "this morning during his physical therapy session, he was able to stand nearly by himself and use a walker to cross the room and sit in a chair for his meal."... (12/26)


DEC PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... KFIS 3.1... WMIT 0.6... WLFJ 0.2... KZAR 1.1... WCRF 0.9... KSOS 3.2...  WPOZ 5.7... WPOZ HD3 3.1...KJNW 1.9...  WCVO 4.1... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (12/26)


DEC PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  AQH 6+... WGTS 3.0...... WAYF 1.2... WRMB 0.9... WPZR 2.1...  KCMS 4.6... KFLR 2.1... KTIS 4.9... WCIE 2.4... WBVM 0.9... KLDV 4.1... WRBS 2.6... KLJY 5.6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (12/23)


DEC PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  AQH 6+ KFSH 1.2... WMBI 0.6... WGRB 0.7... WONU 0.1... KLTY 4.4... KCBI 1.9... KSBJ 4.4... WBYO 0.1... WFSH 5.4... WPZE 3.0... WVFJ 1.0... KSGN 2.4... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (12/22)


BITS: After a slight delay on Thursday, EMF closed on the purchase of WMHK/Columbia and WRCM/Charlotte Friday afternoon, watch local TV coverage in Columbia on WIST here, to hear the WMHK sign off click here... 3 radio stations have been donated to The Power Foundation in Greenville by an attorney, the stations are WRIX 103.1 FM, WANS 1280 AM and WRIX 1020 AM, The Power Foundation currently operates 17 Christian stations scattered throughout several states...  SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston has written the 16th annual "White House Christmas Poem," click here to read the story... (12/22)


The Brant Hansen Show is asking listeners to put paper crosses on their Christmas trees, to remember - and encourage - the Abedini family. Saeed was forced to take his lone Christmas decoration down, in his cell in Iran. Brant tells HisAir.Net, "We'd love to have believers take photos of their cross, in his honor, and allow his wife, Naghmeh, to see just how many people are remembering him during the holiday. People are posting photos on my Facebook page (facebook.com/branthansenpage) but it's something other stations could do, as well, on their own pages or Twitter (tagging Naghmeh Abedini). Saeed does get news about us from his occasional family visits, and I can't imagine how much it would mean to him to know how many people continue to pray for him."  

This Christmas marks the third year Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini has been separated from his family. Abedini, an American citizen, is currently serving an eight-year sentence after an Iranian court found him guilty of trying to establish a network of churches in private homes.  (12/19)


WRCM/Charlotte ends local programming today as EMF takes over the station. The change to KLOVE is expected sometime this afternoon. To listen to WRCM's last day as a local Christian radio station go here... All WRCM staff will be laid off today. EMF purchased WRCM and sister station WMHK/Columbia in Oct for $10.5mil... (12/18)


BITS: WMHK/Columbia is expected to flip to KLOVE programming today around 5pm,  ending an era of local Christian personalities and programming that extends back nearly 40 years. To listen online to WMHK's last day go here... WBYO/Sellersville (Word FM) has partnered with Univest Foundation to establish the Stone & Flick Children Fund to assist in raising funds for the Stone daughters and for Anthony Flick, surviving children who lost their parents and sibling after the devastating tragedy in Montgomery County, PA on Monday, December 15... Steve Forbes, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Forbes Media is scheduled to speak at the by-invitation-only Media Leadership Dinner on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, during the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... (12/18)


The Brant Hansen Show is returning to Houston. The show will air 3-8pm starting tomorrow on (KSBJ/Houston) sister station NGEN ...  Brant told HisAir.Net today,  "We love what NGEN is doing, and we love Houston. VERY excited to be part of the family there!" (12/16)


BITS: PAR (Positive Alternative Radio) unveiled new innovative benefits for its employees today, all aimed at job satisfaction, improved performance and long term retention, according to Brian Sanders, Executive VP of PAR, watch the video press release here... Salem is purchasing WDYZ/Orlando (AM 990) from Disney for 1.3mil... Don't miss the guest article from John Frost "The Power Of Christmas (programming)" and all the other great guest articles this week... (12/16)


London's Premier Christian Radio is in danger of losing its Digital One license and could be replaced by a pop music station. Terms of a new contract have not been reached, the current contract runs out on Dec 20. Premier Christian Radio celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2015. Premier chief Peter Kerridge said: “Despite months of negotiations with Arqiva, we have been unable to secure the renewal of our Digital One licence. But we still hope and pray for a last minute reprieve from eviction from the national network.” Media regulator Ofcom is expected to judge if Arqiva is entitled to change the content of the Digital One network in consideration with the interests and tastes of the public, while ensuring fair and effective competition in the process. (12/16)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ 99.3) has promoted Ace McKay to Program Director effective immediately. McKay succeeds Troy West who after 21 years with the station exited to join KSBJ/Houston.  Ace will continue as WJQK music director and morning host. In the past he programmed stations with WAY FM in Tallahassee & Huntsville.  On the promotion Ace says, "This is an exciting time in the history of JQ. We want to build on where we've been and where we're going to bring relevant content and Radiate Christ into the listeners lives. That is the staff's passion for this next chapter."   (12/12)


WMDR/Oakland, ME (God’s Country 88.9) 200 foot tower collapsed yesterday in a windstorm. Scott Fybush of Northeast Radio Watch reports the antenna had been put into service just last year. For now the station is off the air while a plan is worked out to get it back in service, at least at reduced power. The tower collapsed within a tight 50-foot radius, as it was designed to do, and the transmitter shack appears relatively undamaged, but the big challenge now for the station is a basic one: clearing the road so that there’s any kind of vehicle access to the site at all. Owner Light of Life Ministries is hoping to find a replacement tower for the Christian country and southern gospel music station which is part of the Worship Radio Network, other signals in the regional network are mostly fed via Internet. Bill Thrasher, General Manager of the Worship Radio Network will be meeting with staff and the network’s Board of Directors to access the damage and plan a course of action in restoring the full operations of WMDR. Presently, Thrasher moved the primary station for God’s Country from WMDR-FM to WMDR-AM 1340 for the greater Augusta area while repairs are being made to the station’s FM tower.  He also advised that listeners can continue listening online from the Worship Radio Network website and also several of the sister stations that form the God’s Country group.  (12/11)


BITS: Salem Morning Radio personality, Jaci Velasquez, appeared on TV last weekend on the DIY Network program "Renovation Realities", Jaci and Nic Velasquez (at left) had a hazardous front porch that needs to be renovated... an arrest was made by Burke Co. Sheriff’s Officers in regards to vandalizing the transmitter site for WCIS/Morganton... check out the latest FREE music research from Hit Music research and HisAir.Net, click here... (12/10)


BITS: KJTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) has hired Dave Hunter as new morning host... WCIS/Morganton (760 the Cross) was knocked off the air after being the target of copper thieves who cut through the barbed wire fence at the transmitter site and did as much as $50,000 in damage... Television and film star Chuck Norris will speak on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the closing session of the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... Nov PPM numbers for Christian radio are posted here, Dec due out on 12/22... (12/5)


WBGL/Champaign Morning Show team of Tim Sinclair & Pam Peoples are exiting the station. A station news release said "Life is composed of seasons, and Tim & Pam feel their season at WBGL is coming to a close. After 6 years on air together, Tim, who also served as Digital Strategy Director and Pam, who served as producer for the show, sense God is calling them to new and unknown places. They have served WBGL and its listeners with great love, thriving passion, and unending creativity, and they will be greatly missed." Their last day on air will be Friday, January 2, 2015.  WBGL has started a search for a new air talent, listing is on the HisAir.Net jobs page. (12/5)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) afternoon personality George Flores has exited the station. (12/2)


NOV PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more... KFMK 4.9... WTLC 2.0... WGNR 0.9... WHZN 0.3... WNNL 5.8... WRTP 1.1... WGH 1.9... WAYM 2.3... WAYQ 0.4... WXRI 0.6... WEAL 0.1... WTJY 0.1... WAYF 3.5... WRMB 0.8... WHAL 8.6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (12/1)


BITS: Governor Mike Huckabee is scheduled to speak on Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the closing session of the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... At midnight on Thanksgiving WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) fired up their 2014 All Christmas Music campaign along with their Christmas Gifts promotion, this year marks the thirteenth consecutive year for the holiday season switch... Our condolences to Positive Alternative Radio Executive Vice-President Brian Sanders whose father in law passed away Sunday morning... (11/30)


NOV PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... KFIS 3.2... WMIT 0.8... WLFJ 0.2... KZAR 1.0... WCRF 0.9... KSOS 3.7...  KJNW 4.0... WPOZ 6.2... WPOZ HD3 2.4... WCVO 4.7... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (11/26)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) flipped the Christmas music switch, marking the beginning of the Christmas season in the tri-state area.  The station will play all-Christmas music through Christmas Day. “In Merry Christmas Charlie Brown, Linus shared, "that's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown;" a baby born in a manger.  That's why we're excited about playing all Christmas music, because we know who the Star of the season is!” said morning man Scott Valentine of “Star 99.1’s Scott and Sam Morning Show.” “Our listeners love Christmas music and have been asking for it for weeks.  We’re thrilled to go on-the-air with our unique mix of hope filled Christmas music,” said Rick Hall, Star 99.1’s Program Director.  (11/26)


NOV PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  AQH 6+... WGTS 3.4...... WAYF 1.1... WRMB 1.3... WPZR 2.5...  KCMS 4.5... KFLR 2.0... KTIS 5.0... WCIE 2.5... WBVM 0.8... KLDV 4.2... WRBS 3.1... KLJY 5.2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here.  (11/25)


NOV PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  AQH 6+ KFSH 1.4... WMBI 0.8... WGRB 0.8... WONU 0.1... KLTY 5.0... KCBI 2.0... KSBJ 4.8... WBYO 0.2... WFSH 5.0... WPZE 4.0... WVFJ 0.9... KSGN 2.1... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. (11/24)


BITS: Christian radio's longest-running one-hour weekly program Soul2Soul, is celebrating its 20th anniversary launched in 1994, the nationally syndicated show is heard on 781 stations in 41 countries... Thursday (11/20) WAKW/Cincinnati (STAR 93.3) held it's one day fundraiser to benefit the City Gospel Mission as listeners helped provide over 14,000 meals for the homeless living on the streets of Cincinnati this Holiday season... The NRB will debut the Film & Entertainment Summit at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention, the Summit is an all-day event on Monday, February 23, 2015... Branch FM/Yorkshire, UK, launched in 2007, is celebrating its seventh anniversary... (11/24)


KJTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) morning personality Carder Price has signed on with NGEN/Houston to be the new Production Director . He'll start at KSBJ's sister station on Dec 1... KJTH has begun their search for a new morning host. Click here to jump to the jobs page for the listing... (11/20)


As of 12:35 Friday 11/4/14, WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) is fully funded for 2015! Pictured at left is Station Manager Dean O'Neal Deano and the rest of the Z Crew are so very excited! To God be All the Glory! (11/19)


At KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) Listener & Community Engagement Director and Afternoon Show host Bryon Mengle is being promoted to Content Director, effective Dec. 1st.  He will also become the Morning Show host effective Jan. 1st.   Life 101.9 Station Manager Doug Smith says, “Bryon is a high-energy, high-capacity person, and he’s done phenomenal work as our LCD.  I know he is the right person to move into this position.”  Mengle succeeds former CD Rick Hall, who moved to WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) this past June.  Also, Life 101.9 announces that after several months of treatment for a very rare form of cancer, Kim Bindel has returned.  Shortly after she joined Life 101.9 in March she had surgery, radiation, and chemo.  In October, her doctors declared her to be “cancer-free”, and she has been back to work in a part-time capacity as she rebuilds her strength.  Beginning November 24th, Kim will be hosting the Midday Show on Life 101.9, and when she is healthy enough to resume working full-time, she will also take on the title of Music Director for the station.  (11/19)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) MD Jeremy Henry has been hired to fill the morning co-host slot left by John Balyo. Henry will team up with Amanda Hildabrand in morning drive. "We're thrilled to have Jeremy on board with the team here at WCSG.  We were looking for character, competency and chemistry.  WCSG Executive Director Chris Lemke says, "There's no doubt we've landed on the right person/the right mix to best serve our listeners." Henry is the second key employee to depart WJQK this month as PD Troy West announced he was heading to KSBJ/Houston starting Dec 1st... (11/19)


 Effective January 1, 2015 Salem is consolidating its radio and network divisions into one. Dave Santrella will move from President of the Radio Division to President of Broadcast Media, adding to his radio division responsibilities the oversight of the Salem Radio Network, SMR/VMR Rep Firm, and a variety of digital assets. Also at Salem Allen Power and Linnae Young take on new roles as Senior Vice Presidents dividing up the oversight of other operational vice presidents, as well as departmental managers in ministry relations, digital and business formatted radio properties. And Terry Fahy is promoted to an Operational Vice President role overseeing most of the company's stations west of Phoenix. Other Operational Vice Presidents including Brian Taylor, John Peroyea, David Ruleman and Mike Moran, all pick up additional station responsibilities.

Meanwhile on the network side Phil Boyce, Programmer and current VP, Director Spoken Word formats for Salem is promoted to Senior Vice President, Salem Radio Network and Spoken Word Formats. In his new role Phil will oversee all program and revenue aspects of Salem's News and News Talk Networks including its five Network Talk hosts, the Janet Mefford Show, and SRN News. Boyce will continue to work with other aspects of Salem's spoken word formats, most notably as a program consultant for national ministries. Boyce will continue to oversee Salem's New York operations. Mike Reed and Mike Miller are promoted to Senior Vice Presidents as well, with Reed taking on additional responsibilities in the Dallas office's network operations and Miller expanding his role in the Network's Music space.

Santrella commented on the overall restructure, "So many times companies seem to think the smartest people in the business are at other companies. It's inspiring to see that Salem recognizes the talent we already have on board as evidenced through these promotions."  (11/17)


The producers of "Keep The Faith" are offering a KeepTheFaith Christmas Marathon for Christian radio. The marathon will provide station 12 Hours of Christmas music, inspirational holiday stories, listener calls & contagious encouragement (24 Hour Double Run Available). Stations can run the marathon anytime between 12 Noon on Christmas Eve to 11:59 P.M. Christmas Night. Hosting the Marathon will be Keith Stevens and Donna Cruz along with guest co-hosts Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith. And special appearances from Mandisa, Louie Giglio, Matthew West, Plumb, MercyMe and others.

Both commercial and non com versions are available on a straight barter basis. For market availability contact Joe Battaglia (201) 960-3039 or David Sams (818) 939-1008.  (11/14)


The Heart Share Group partnered with 9 Christian radio stations across the country to bring the HONOR event to them. At the WBFJ/Winston Salem event Centricity artist Aaron Shust lead in worship with Pastors and Ministry Leaders at the HONOR event as well as Jack Eason, President of Heart Share Group (at left) shared a brief message from God's Word.

If you are interested in bringing the HONOR event to your city in 2015, please email Jack@theheartsharegroup.com or visit www.honorevent.com. Tentatively, they are already slated to be in 20 cities next Fall.  (11/13)


BITS: Former WAY FM Media Group and Salem Communications engineer Steve Tuzeneu joins Townsquare Media as market director of engineering in Grand Junction, CO... Julia Taylor has joined Family Life Radio in Tucson as midday personality... Salem Communications announces 3rd quarter net revenue increased 19.0%, Internet and e-commerce revenue increased 54.5%, Publishing revenue increased 164.7%... (11/11)


KLJY/St Louis (JOY FM) has hired KLRC/Fayetteville APD Jeremy Louis as Imaging/Production Director.  JOY FM GM Sandi Brown says, "We had some very qualified candidates apply.  We are so thankful that God led Jeremy to bring his skills and passion for ministry here to St. Louis."    Jeremy says, ""It's not often you leave one amazing job for another, but I am looking forward to this next adventure. Having admired the work at JOY FM and now Boost for a long time, I'm excited to work alongside a such a talented and fun team that is passionate about reaching the St. Louis metro area for Christ."  (11/10)


Fall Sharathon updates last week from Jim at ShareMedia...
KLJY/St Louis (Joy FM) reached their fundraising goal early last week. Sandi Brown and her team did an amazing job. KSBJ's Jon Hull provided onsite coaching for their team. WEMI/Appleton/Green Bay met their goal to finish their annual funding need. Garrett Michaels hosting from ShareMedia. WPER/Richmond/Fredericksburg met their goal earlier than expected and set a high water mark for funds raised in one event. ShareMedia Team consisted of Bill Scott, Jeremiah Beck and Larry Walters. (11/10)


BITS: KSGN/Riverside PD Bryan O'Neal has asked HisAir.Net to share something he wrote (Cancer Is Not My Thing) regarding his current medical challenges, click here to read the article, and please pray for Bryan during this trying time... Meghan Adkins joins WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) as Promotions coordinator... Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, Senior Pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, has been scheduled to speak on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN. (11/5)


WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) welcomes Mysti Jordan (left) to middays. STAR 99.1 PD Rick Hall says, “Mysti’s passion for using radio to bring hope makes her the perfect fit for our team at Star.  I am excited to introduce her fresh and upbeat personality to middays!” Most recently, Jordan hosted afternoons for KDUV/Bakersfield. Mysti’s first day with Star is November 10th.

"I cannot WAIT to join the Star team in New Jersey!” says Mysti.  “This is an amazing opportunity. Plus, we love the East Coast. Everyone knows that EST is the superior time zone! I also haven't seen snow in a few years, so heads up, Star co-workers: I will make snow angels on my lunch break!" continued Mysti. (11/4)


BITS: WYQQ-FM (The Q90.1 FM) welcomes Heidi West (left) to their on air team, she was previously with WSRS/Worcester and WAQY/Springfield, station manager/PD, Ryan Gagne says "We are so thrilled to have Heidi join our team and family here at THE Q90.1, she brings so much passion for life, our community, radio and faith, plus her experience will only help us to fulfill our mission even greater"... Family Life/Bath, NY is adding APD Terese Mains to their morning show starting Dec 1st... Joe Polek, formerly of WMHK/Columbia has accepted the job of "Digital / Internet Editor" with Fox TV WACH/Columbia, he will be in charge of their website and their social media platforms... Dr. Robert Jeffress, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, will speak Tuesday, February 24, 2015, at the NRB 2015 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... The Missouri Baptist Convention's Christian Life Commission presented Bott Radio Network (BRN) Founder and Chairman Dick Bott its Outstanding Christian Service Award at the MBC's annual state convention... (11/3)


WAKW/Cincinnati (STAR 93.3) is adding the Brant Hansen show to morning drive starting this Monday. Also WAKW officially went all-Christmas music today at 12noon. Click here to listen to their launch.  (10/31)


Movement at Salem Communications as Dale Hendry becomes the General Manager of the San Diego team and Mark Durkin will step into the GM position in Sacramento. Dale has been in radio for 32 years in several capacities, including station ownership. He joined Salem seven years ago as General Manager of Sacramento. One of Dale's strengths is building strong succession teams. Due to Dale's focus on team building, Salem is also pleased to announce the promotion of Mark Durkin, Director of Sales, to General Manager of Sacramento. Mark has been in radio for 31 years. He is on his second tour with Salem. Mark's first tour was with Salem Portland. He joined Salem Sacramento three years ago as Director of Sales. In addition Scott Hamilton will step into the General Sales Manager role in Sacramento.

Linnae Young, Senior Vice President for Salem's Radio Division stated, "We are delighted to have a seasoned pro like Dale Hendry take the helm in San Diego. His 32 years of radio experience will help take this market to the next level. We are equally excited to promote Mark Durkin to the GM role in Sacramento. He has over 31 years in the broadcast business and has demonstrated tremendous leadership in Sacramento as Director of Sales."  (10/31)


OCT PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more... KFMK 4.9... WTLC 2.8... WGNR 1.3... WHZN 0.3... WNNL 6.0... WRTP 1.3... WGH 2.0... WAYM 2.0... WAYQ 0.2... WXRI 0.6... WEAL 0.1... WTJY 0.1... WAYF 3.2... WRMB 1.3... WHAL 8.2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/30)


UPDATE: KSBJ/Houston has hired WJQK/Grand Rapids PD Troy West (left) as the station's APD/MD. "Troy is such an outstanding addition to our team. He's passionate about great radio, and knows how to engage with listeners. He has an abundance of talent in areas across the board, and we're blessed to have him joining us here in Houston" says KSBJ Program Director, Ty McFarland. West who spent 21 years at WJQK replaces Jim Beeler who relocated to Colorado Springs last week. West will start at KSBJ December 1st.  (10/29)


OCT PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... KFIS 3.2... WMIT 0.8... WLFJ 0.2... KZAR 1.4... WCRF 1.0... KSOS 3.9...  KJNW 3.0... WPOZ 6.7 (#1)... WPOZ HD3 2.5... WCVO 3.9... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/29)


After 21 years at the station WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99) PD Troy West is exiting the station. We can't share where he is headed just yet. Troy has started a search for his replacement, jump to the HisAir.Net jobs page for the full listing... (10/29)


OCT PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  AQH 6+... WGTS 3.1...... WAYF 1.3... WRMB 1.2... WPZR 2.3...  KCMS 4.3... KFLR 2.1... KTIS 5.1... WCIE 2.5... WBVM 1.0... KLDV 4.0... WRBS 4.1... KLJY 5.3... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/28)


OCT PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  AQH 6+ KFSH 1.4... WMBI 0.9... WGRB 0.8... WONU 0.1... KLTY 4.7... KCBI 2.2... KSBJ 4.3... WBYO 0.2... WFSH 5.6... WPZE 4.1... WVFJ 1.0... KSGN 3.0... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/2/7)


BITS: K-LOVE Pittsburgh Lead Manager Johnny V. Clements exits to become Operations Manager for WVRC/Clarksburg. West Virginia Radio Corporation... WMHK/Columbia's Joe Polek is now VoiceTracking weekends  at WCLQ/Wausau (89Q)... Be sure to check out some of the latest guest articles this week including What If Your Station Is The Tiara? from Family Life Radio's Stacey Stone, click here to go to the article... (10/27)


Day 1 Nielsen Audio Christian Radio Oct PPM's start to roll out later today. We'll post the the first numbers on HisAir.Net as they are released later today. (10/27)


WONU/Chicagoland, Indianapolis and Northwest Indiana (Shine.FM) adds Brant Hansen to its for afternoons. Hansen will start on Mon 3rd. (10/24)


BITS: Trans World Radio has people on its airwaves and on the ground in the Ebola hot zone to calm panic about the fatal disease, click here to watch local TV report on Raleigh ABC 11... Baptist Bible College is selling KWFC/Springfield, MO, for $1.3 million to Radio Training Network owner of KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind)... WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) PD Rick Hall and his wife Sarah welcome their new son born yesterday as well as WAY FM Network PD Rob Wagman and his wife Sarah who welcomed a new baby boy on 10/16... (10/23)


 

BITS: KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) celebrates 10 years on the air this month, since going on the air in 2004, The House FM has expanded to 11 total frequencies, to celebrate their anniversary, the station hosted concerts in Wichita, Oklahoma City and Ponca City with Tenth Avenue North and Matt Maher (pictured at left)... Students at Africentric School received a special visit from Mission Vision & Eyes of Faith through a partnership with WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River), students identified as being in need were given free eye exams and a new pair of glasses... KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) hosts its semi-annual FREE Women’s Night Out on Nov. 7th featuring music by Jonny Diaz and David Dunn... Family Radio is purchasing 50,000-watt WQEWNew York (1560) from Radio Disney...  Radio Voice Talent Terry Silverthorne is available, check out the demo here contact him at 480-238-0800... (10/21)
 


Christian Radio for Russia (New LIfe Radio) GM Dan Johnson checks in with HisAir.Net. Dan tells us Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law reducing the possible share of foreign stockholders in the Russian media to 20 percent. In effect, this will force New Life Radio to liquidate its current legal organization (a non-commercial partnership company, co-founded by Daniel Johnson).  Russian law makes no provision for founders of a non-profit, to turn the ownership over to another individual (in this case, other Russians who would allow NLR to comply with the new law), so the radio station will lose all of its licenses and privileges at the end of two years. They are currently investigating a solution to keep New Life Radio on the air in Russia.  (10/21)


 

WBYO/Sellersville, PA (Word FM Network) has added Brant Hansen's daily radio show through a partnership with Christian FM and CURE International. The Brant Hansen Show will begin on Monday, October 20, airing weekdays from 3 PM to 7 PM. Word FM first carried Brant Hansen’s Morning Show from 2009-2011; and since 2012, he’s continued on weekends. Word FM Program Director Meg Geissinger says, "Brant Hansen's ability to talk about the Kingdom of God and our role in it causes listeners to consider what it means to be Jesus followers. His vulnerability and silliness woven throughout the show disarms the audience and invites conversation.” 

 

“Word FM has been so generous to CURE over the years in donating airtime to help heal kids. We are excited to now extend the partnership to include a daily radio show presented by CURE,” stated Paul Goldsmith, VP of Marketing for CURE International.  “CURE’s global headquarters is located in the Word FM listening area so we are thrilled to not just be partners but daily listeners!"  (10/17)


After 13 years with the station longtime KSBJ/Houston music director Jim Beeler announces he will exit KSBJ on 10/24.  He and his wife will move to Colorado Springs in early November.  Employment options are still open, so you can contact Jim at jbeeler100@yahoo.com. (10/16)


KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) has expanded their coverage with a new station in Shawnee, OK. at 94.3 FM. This new addition brings The House FM network to 11 frequencies heard across much of Oklahoma plus Wichita, KS.  (10/15)


BITS: The Light Radio Network/Essex Junction, VT names Sean Troland as its new General Manager, replacing Richard McClary who exited for Minnesota Christian Broadcasters last month... Salem has appointed Felix Perez as VP/GM of its Miami cluster... WMBI/Chicago (Moody Radio) hires Jason Beasley as morning show phone screener... (10/15)


WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ 99.3) has named Morning Show Co host Ace McKay (left) Music Director. McKay who in the past served as MD with WAY-FM/Nashville among others says he looks forward to his new role back in the music chair. He will still be apart of the "Ace & Sabrina" Morning show and will have tracking call times of Tuesday & Thursday 10:30-12:30.  (10/14)


BITS: Misty "Jordan" Jording's position (afternoons/production/MD) at KDUV/Visalia (Spirit 88.9) has been eliminated, she's seeking a new opportunity and is available to move immediately, contact her at 559-731-6878 or mistydjording@gmail.com... Bill Arbuckle is now Marketing Project Manager at Outreach, Inc... Congratulations to Salem Affiliate Relations Manager WFFH/Nashville APD Jeremy Sweat and Karen Kingsbury show Co-host and producer Caryn Cruise who were married Sunday near Nashville...  (1013)


KFMK/Austin (Spirit 105.9) PD/Morning Show host Steve Sunshine is stepping away from the PD position to focus on the Steve & Amy Morning show which airs in Austin and at sister station KCMS/Seattle (Spirit 105.3). The show is also newly available for syndication.  His new position will still have him involved with big picture, strategic level programming decisions at KFMK.  There is an immediate opening for the Program Director position.  Click here to find out more about the KFMK PD opening. (10/10)


PRAISE REPORT: Kim Bindel (left) had only been working for KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) for a month and a half when she found out in mid March that she had pleomorphic sarcoma a rare cancer that was a very aggressive. The mass was in her upper left thigh and it went from being the size of a marble to the size of a peach in a matter of a month. Kim continues, "Thankfully I was only 90 minutes away from Mayo Clinic one of the top cancer hospitals in the world. God knew this was coming and he set me up to be close to this wonderful hospital and to get the most amazing care. Before they wanted to remove the mass from my leg they wanted me to have several rounds of radiation and chemotherapy. In June I had surgery to remove the 6 center meter mass and because this kind of cancer is like a dandelion cancer meaning you have to go aggressive and get it at the root to wipe it out, I was required to go through four rounds of very heavy chemotherapy post surgery. I was told there was only one more formula for chemotherapy higher than what I was taking. Rough days and I would be lying if I told you I wasn't looking forward to 2015, but God has stretched me so much and helped me love people more and encourage people who are dealing with their own personal battles. Thankful to celebrate this day of being cancer free. Also thankful for the entirety staff of life 101. 9 and all the other Life stations. Their support through all of this has been amazing. My teammate for over 8 years and my brother for life, Doug Griffin has been amazing in rallying the troops and informing them how to pray for me. So much to be thankful for and so many people to thank. My cup runneth over and over." Kimberly Bindel  Also my mother was a rock. Such a beautiful support to me through it all. All glory to God!!! He is so Awesome!!   (10/10)


All staff members at WRCM/Charlotte and WMHK/Columbia are facing a lay off when their stations are taken over by EMF. Below is a list of names and contacts of those involved. HisAir.Net is asking for you to pray for these Christian radio professionals and to reach out to them at this time. And of course if you can help them find new employment that would be great!

John Owens - Operations Manager - John@WMHK.com
Jeff Cruz - Program Director - Jeff@WMHK.com

Mike Weston - Assistant Program Dir / On Air - Mike@WMHK.com
Michelle Renew - Afternoons/Donor Relations - Michelle@WMHK.com

Joe Polek - Promotions / On Air - Joe@Polek.org
Joe Paulo - Director of Broadcasting - Joe@NewLife919.com
Gary Moreland - Operations Manager / Afternoons - Gary@NewLife919.com
Dwayne Harrison - Program Director / On Air - Dwayne@NewLife919.com
Eric Calhoun - Mornings - Eric@NewLife919.com
Heather Shelley - Mornings - HeatherTalksGood@gmail.com 
Josh Uecker - Production / Copywriting -
Josh@NewLife919.com (available for freelance production/copy writing work!) 
Leigh Anderson - Promotions/Marketing/Events -
Leigh@NewLife919.com
Lindsey Bradley - Graphic Design - LindseyTaylorBradley@gmail.com  (available for freelance graphic design work!) 

(10/9)


BITS: Salem Radio Network  President Greg Anderson announces his retirement and will step down effective December 31, 2014...  Jeremy Dotts joins WMUZ/Detroit as Account Executive... Share your Christian Radio & Record Industry promotional pictures, send them to ted@hisair.net, please include full caption... (10/9)


A new blog has been launched intended to nurture local Christian Radio by the team at Positive Alternative Radio, Inc. According to the press release local Christian radio stations are facing challenges on numerous fronts. As national Christian radio networks expand by purchasing and thereby eliminating local voices, stations have stiff competition from apps and websites, not to mention one another in some markets. The blog can be found at www.dearchristianradio.com, and it will offer a host of information on leadership, station programming, marketing and fundraising, all designed to help local stations.

“Like never before, communities need local Christian radio,” Brian Sanders, Executive Vice President of Positive Alternative Radio, PAR, said. “But like never before, it’s a tough environment that demands creative, passionate leadership.”

PAR President and co-founder, Edward Baker, said “This is an exciting time for local Christian radio. We have an opportunity to step up to the plate and deliver a product with excellence and innovation.”

PAR, which owns six local station groups, has undergone a metamorphosis in the past three years. Each of its stations has dramatically improved audience share, increased donations from listeners and stepped up efforts to serve their respective communities. With the new blog, Sanders says he hopes to share what his team has learned about leadership, focusing on listeners and committing to real ministry with listeners. The blog will also feature ideas and input from qualified sources working in or with local, Christian radio stations.

“Our vision is to become the standard by which Christian media is measured,” Sanders said. “We’ve set the bar very high for ourselves, but we are all very passionate about reaching it. Part of ‘being the standard,’ we believe, is sharing what we have learned in our journey along the way.” The blog will cover include tips and ideas on Programming, Social Media, Culture Integration, HR, Accounting, Development, Office Management, Promotions, FCC, Leadership, Underwriting, Fundraising, Websites, Production, and Engineering, Sanders said.

“It’s time for local Christian radio stations to work a little harder to help one another grow,” he added. “We invite everyone who cares about serving a local market like we do to join us at dearchristianradio.com. Individually, we may not have the deep pockets some of these networks buying up stations have, but collectively, we have a voice that needs to continue to be heard.”  (10/9)


EMF is purchasing WKTZ-FM and WJAX-AM in Jacksonville, Florida from Jones College for the purchase price of $3,375,000.. (10/9)


Christian music promoter extraordinaire Chris Hauser Left) was a presenter of a special award in the afternoon pre-show event at the 45th Annual GMA Dove Awards happening today in Nashville... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced its partnership with the Trinity Broadcasting Network in airing the prestigious music awards show. For all the results go here...  (10/7)


BITS: We're discussing the EMF purchase of WRCM & WMHK on the HisAir.Net facebook page, join the discussion here www.facebook.com/hisair... Mark Oss, formerly an audio producer with Focus on the Family, has joined the AFR Creative Services... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records... (10/7)


In a press release from WRCM/WMHK Director of Broadcasting, Joe Paulo today: Columbia International University (CIU) has reached an agreement to sell its three Christian radio stations, WMHK/Columbia, WRCM/Charlotte (New Life 91.9) and WRZM/Boiling Springs, North Carolina to Educational Media Foundation (EMF), Price of the transaction is reported to be $10.5 million. CIU President Dr. Bill Jones says the sale assists CIU and K-LOVE in fulfilling their missions. "CIU will be in a stronger position to focus on its core purpose of educating students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.” Jones said. “Meanwhile, the radio stations will become part of an expanded outreach in the Carolinas with an owner who can continue their growth in the rapidly changing broadcast environment."

EMF President and CEO Mike Novak has expressed appreciation of the opportunity to continue the heritage of Christian music over the CIU stations saying, "K-LOVE has partnered with and been supportive of WMHK, WRCM, and WRZM for years and has seen their impact in the communities they serve. We look forward to working hard to continue the tradition, while bringing what we have to offer to listeners throughout the Carolinas."

At press time it wasn't clear exactly when KLOVE programming would be heard on the stations. All staff members at WRCM (9) and WMHK (7) are being layed off. (10/6)


WYSZ/Toledo (Yes FM) President & CEO Jamey Schmitz announced today that PD Jeff Howe has been promoted to be the new Station Manager & Chief Operating Officer of the YES-FM Radio Network effective immediately. Schmitz stated, “Jeff Howe started his career in radio 30 years ago, the last 21 of those at YES-FM, and of those 19 as the Program Director.  Jeff’s personal relationship with the Lord, his experience in nearly every facet of broadcast radio, and his clear calling to minister to families and youth through local broadcast radio has made this internal promotion the best possible choice for growing the ministry impact of the YES-FM Radio Network in the days ahead!”

Also at the YES-FM Radio Network April O’Brien has been promoted to Program Director replacing Howe. Jeff Howe stated, “April O’Brien, a 1996 graduate of Spring Arbor University, has been in radio for 22 years, 14 of those years have been at YES-FM, the last 8 as Production Director. April’s broadcasting experience, her music industry knowledge and her love for the Lord and ministry to youth and young families make her a hands down choice to fill this influential leadership role at YES-FM and in the community!”

And Kayla Minniear has been promoted to Production Director. Regarding the appointment Howe stated, “Kayla Minniear will be graduating in December with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Ohio University. During her education she held two internship positions at radio stations, including the last six months at YES-FM. During her time at YES-FM Kayla displayed impressive characteristics and talents that made her a must have addition to the YES-FM staff to help take this ministry to youth and families to the next level.”  (10/6)


BITS: Ace McKay is now voice tracking news and personality, mornings on teaching/talk WAYR-AM/Jacksonville (WAY Radio AM)... Russ Jones Cross Platform Media Group as its Senior VP of News Operations, at the newly-acquired IRN/USA Radio Network... Get all the Christian radio Nielsen Audio Sep PPM numbers here, sponsored by Curb Records... (10/3)


SEP PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more... KFMK 5.0... WTLC 1.8... WGNR 1.1... WHZN 0.4... WNNL 5.8... WRTP 1.2... WGH 2.7... WAYM 1.7... WAYQ 0.2... WXRI 0.5... WEAL 0.1... WTJY 0.1... WAYF 3.9... WRMB 2.2... WHAL 8.1... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/2)


SEP PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... KFIS 3.3... WRCM 2.5... WMIT 0.9... WLFJ 0.2... KZAR 1.5... WCRF 1.0... KSOS 4.3...  KJNW 3.4... WPOZ 7.0 (#1)... WPOZ HD3 1.9... WCVO 3.8... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/1)


TRUNEWS is now offering daily one-minute and three-minute news features for distribution. Stations interested need to contact Doc Burkhart at doc@trunews.com to get set up to receive the updates. In addition TRUNEWS welcomes new affiliates The FreedomFM Network and The American Christian Network, and shortwave broadcaster WWCR. (10/1)


WPAR/Lynchburg (Spirit FM) personality Izzy Knight has released a new service for fellow on air personalities called GOJOCK. Izzy says, "GOJOCK is all about creating tools to create great radio. Right now there’s a collaborative show prep section that ranks stories based on user votes. Currently the algorithm is “learning” and will eventually go out and find content based on a radio format in addition to content submitted by content creators from around the country. GOJOCK already has 24 stations signed up for the prep service."

Upcoming releases will include a feature to keep personalities and voice trackers connected with promos, including (optional) receiving text messages on updates, and a feature to share produced content. GOJOCK’s “prep” and “bin” features are free until the end of the year. Go here to sign up. (10/1)


SEP PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  AQH 6+... WGTS 3.4...WRMB 1.5... WAYF 1.2... WPZR 2.0... KCMS 4.5... KFLR 2.5... KTIS 5.5... WCIE 2.4... WBVM 0.8... KLDV 4.2... WRBS 4.3... KLJY 5.6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (9/30)


HisAir.Net has learned that a construction permit for a new FM station that will serve the cities surrounding the southern end of the San Francisco bay has been granted to Calvary Chapel Hayward. The station which will be called "KEPT FM" is shooting for a launch of January 2015. The station now in the construction stage will serve an area including over 2 million people in communities surrounding the southern half of San Francisco Bay. Calvary Chapel Hayward Pastor Paul Stockenger describes this as a "Gideon's Army kind of effort". This is a big project for a small church that has about 50 adults and children who attend regularly.

According to Matt Tuter who is overseeing the project, "The format will include a mix of Adult Contemporary Music with an emphasis on local news, weather, traffic, sports and public affairs particularly in drive times. Teaching programs and live talk will be heard mid morning, early afternoon and evening. We are striving to not be Calvary Chapel centric and are seeking the participation of various local churches and ministries. Our hope is to develop local teaching programs with a minimum of national broadcasters. Salem Communications KFAX, K-LOVE, and Family Radio over lap the coverage area of KEPT, "Calvary Hayward" hopes to offer something different for Christian and non-Christians to listen to."  (9/30)


SEP PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  AQH 6+ KFSH 1.2... WMBI 0.9... WGRB 0.7... WONU 0.1... KLTY 4.7... KCBI 1.9... KSBJ 4.5... WBYO 0.2... WFSH 5.3... WPZE 3.5... WVFJ 0.8... KSGN 3.0... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (9/29)


BITS: Mars Hill Network/Syracuse OM/mornings Mark Hard will exit on Oct 3rd, he has taken a counseling position with Syracuse Behavioral Health... Spirit FM Radio/Lake of the Ozarks, MO President & GM Jim McDermott tells HisAir.Net "Lake Area Educ. Broadcasting announces that it's new Christian CHR/Rock station is on the air, KCKP/Laurie, MO, and KCKV/Kirksville, MO are both broadcasting The Pulse Channel format... The high school football player, Apollos Hester, that took the internet by storm over his motivational TV interview was on the His Radio morning show with Rob Dempsey, check out the inspiring video here (9/25)


For up to the minute Christian Radio & Record industry news follow us on twitter... https://twitter.com/HisAir    (9/23)


After 12 years on the job Richard McClary has resigned his position as General Manager for The Light Radio Network based in Essex Junction, Vermont . Richard told HisAir.Net today, "We (my wife and I ) are excited to be "going home". We left Minnesota 32 years ago".  He will be starting his new job as General manager of Minnesota Christian Broadcasters on November 1st.  MCB owns KTIG, KCFB, and WZFJ (FM) in Pequot Lakes, MN. Current MCB GM Mike Heuberger is retiring... (9/23)


KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) has selected John Nolan (left) as the stations new afternoon personality. Nolan replaces Rob Wagman who left to join WAY FM as network PD in July. KFSH PD Chuck Tyler launched the ‘Fish Talent Search’ to replace Wagman.

Chuck says he received over 100 submissions, either though Facebook, or ‘traditional’ methods and narrowed it down to 7 finalists.  (9/23)

 


BITS: Ken Kettering is now in the afternoon driver’s seat on WFCJ/Dayton (The Source 93.7 FM) from 4-6 p.m. weekdays, he'll also handle news and listener engagement for both Strong Tower Christian Media WEEC/Dayton and WFCJ... Raleigh-based media company PRNewswire/ Cross Platform Media has acquired IRN/USA Radio Network (Information Radio Network), Christian and conservative broadcast pioneer Marlin Maddoux launched the USA Radio Network in 1985...  Christian Women in Media Association (CWIMA) announces their opening season of Regional Connection events in 5 cities, Dallas-Nashville-New York-Minneapolis and Hollywood,  for more info go to www.cwima.org/events  (9/22)


BITS: WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) has hired hired Daniel Kandel Director of Digital Content... Starting today Therese Romano will host the Mid-day Praise Show on KTLF/Colorado Springs Light Praise Radio... Tom Taylor's Now Newsletter reports Salem’s President of New Media David Evans has a new three-year deal... His Radio add Allison Storm to co-host mornings with Rob Dempsey... (9/22)


BITS: WORQ/Green Bay (Q90) has dropped its longtime support of the youth-centered Power of One conference in October, due to artist Gungor being on the ticket, Gungor has since pulled out from performing... The Sound of Life radio network is restoring WPGL/Albany, NY (94.9FM) with a dedication ceremony next week... Fair Trade artist Laura Story and her husband Martin have welcomed fraternal twin boys to their family, Benjamin Cary and Griffin James were born within three minutes of each other, weighing 6.5 lbs and 6.3 lbs respectively... (9/19)


Family Life/Bath, NY has hired Dave Margalotti as its new program director. Most recently Dave was the Operations Manager at WVNJ/Oakland, NJ in the New York City market and this is his first stop in Christian radio. He replaces Sammy Carillo who relocated to Houston earlier this year.  Dave wil start at his new position with Family Life Oct 20th.  (9/18)


WAY-FM Western Regional Manager Zach Cochran has announced that Dallas Hageman has been named Operations Director of WAY-FM in Denver and Wichita.  Hageman had previously been Regional Operations Manager for Appaloosa Broadcasting’s station clusters throughout Wyoming, Colorado, South Dakota and Utah.

Commenting on the appointment, Cochran noted, “I’m excited to have Dallas join the WAY-FM team.  His experience overseeing multiple station operations and his passion for Christian radio will help us reach even more lives for Jesus Christ.”

"WAY-FM has a proven record of not only reaching people for the Gospel but also creating in itself a stalwart and engaging company. I look forward to digging in and aiding this worthy cause, with so many invaluable people”, commented Hageman. (9/17)


BITS: Paige Sandberg is the new Promotions director at KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish). Paige replaces Katie Gladding who exits to have a baby and become a full-time mom...  KKEQ/Grand Forks (Your QFM) PD Josh Jones checks in with exciting news from NW Minnesota as the station has gone up nearly 200 feet in tower height and doubled from 50 to 100k, tower climbers shot the picture at left from the top... As first reported on HisAir.Net XM/Sirius will launch a new channel, Joel Osteen Radio, Monday 9/29, featuring Osteen messages, and weekly call in programs... (9/16)

 

 


WAY-FM Southeast Regional Manager Jim Marshall has announced that Bryan Fowler (at right) has been named Station Manager of WAY-FM in Charleston, SC, effective September 22. Fowler had previously been General Manager of WEMM/Huntington, WV. Before joining WEMM, he was General Regional Manager of Positive Alternative Radio based in Blacksburg, VA.

Commenting on the appointment, Marshall noted, “I’m glad to have Bryan join the WAY-FM family.  His enthusiasm for impacting the local community makes him a great fit for this ministry.  He brings a wealth of experience to this opportunity, and I’m excited to see how God uses him in this role.”

“WAY-FM has established a reputation as a leader and innovator in Christian Music Radio. I'm excited to roll up my sleeves in Charleston and be a part of reaching lives and providing encouragement through the ministry of WAY-FM", commented Fowler.  (9/15)


BITS: Radio Vera, an Orthodox Christian radio station, has gone on the air in Moscow, the station will offer programs about history, raising children, family problems, church calendar, the Holy Bible... KBYO/Monroe (Power 927.FM) has hone on the air with  "Positive Hip Hop and R&B"... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers for August are online here, ratings sponsored by Curb Records. (9/15)


On 9/11/14 the KLTY/Dallas Family Friendly Morning Show surprised local Irving, TX Fire Department station #6 with some goodies! Frank Reed, Starlene Stringer and Cowboy Chris just wanted to thank them for their work for the neighborhood. Watch the video here... (9/12)


KLTY/Dallas was named Religious Station of the Year at the 2014 National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night at the 25th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Indianapolis. Congratulations to KLTY GM John Peroyea and PD Mike Prendergast.

Peroyea told HisAir.Net “Salem Communications and KLTY Radio, Dallas are truly honored by receiving the Marconi Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. Our performance at KLTY is based on the strong commitment and performance of our staff and management team, and I am blessed with a group of professionals that are all committed and focused on our greatest mission of all: Growing the Kingdom ”

The Religious Station nominated stations included:
KKJM/St Cloud (SPIRIT 92.9)
KKLA/Los Angeles
KLTY/Dallas 
KNOM/Nome, AK 
WMHK/Columbia, SC


The prestigious awards recognize radio's outstanding personalities and stations. 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.  (9/12)


The JOY FM (Florida and Atlanta) is gearing up for the Fall Sharathon campaign and they've added to the challenge by going from the usual six days to raising the funds in just four days! This morning they shared a parody video featuring air personalities Dave Cruse, and Kris P. Kreme (Kris Byerly) in a FROZEN parody of the song, "Love Is An Open Door" with Dave and Kris in a duet now known as "We'll Do It All In Four!".  Check out the video here.   (9/10)


KBMQ/Monroe (88.7 The Cross) GM Jeremiah Beck checks in with HisAir.Net with info about their new station. Jeremiah says., "KBMQ owner Media Ministries, Inc -- a non-profit based in Monroe, LA -- has purchased 92.7 KBYO-FM and we plan to launch "Power 927.FM "Positive Hip Hop and R&B" in the very near future.  24/7 -- Lecrae, Andy Mineo, Thi'sl, Tedashii, Flame, NF, Swoope and more ... with a few Old School artists (Grits, KJ-52, LA Symphony) mixed in from time to time, and a Morning Show hosted by Hip Hop recording artist Big Al Cherry. The station will also feature new talent Kanada, Larresse Rollins ... and Wally from WAY-FM doing the Afternoon Show. We're excited about the potential in reaching a new, multicultural generation of Christian radio listeners, with one of the strongest, growing genres of music being produced today: Christian Rap and Hip Hop."  (9/9) 


AN update on New Life Radio Moscow: NLR station director Dima Vatoulya (at left) and radio missionaries are working under extremely difficult circumstances to keep the network broadcasting, even as the Russian government embarks on a total nationwide information control strategy that might result in the station being shut down for a variety of reasons. Writing to CRFR, Dima noted: “It's getting harder and will be getting harder to do our job, but we will go on as long as the Lord wills. This nation needs a voice of the Holy Spirit, a voice of peace, solid Biblical teaching, ethics and reason.”

Sadly, the Church in Russia and Ukraine is becoming split apart as nationalism and heated passions, even among evangelical leaders and pastors, are creating tremendous division that bodes ill for the witness of believers who are called to be ambassadors of Christ to this world. NEW LIFE RADIO has become a target in
many ways, not only from threats by the government, in the form of restrictive press and religious-extremism laws that could be interpreted and applied in ways to prevent NLR from carrying out their sole function as a Christian witness, but by those across the Church listening community in Russia and Ukraine that are demanding the station takes sides in the political crisis. The majority do not understand that NLR is a Christian radio station that is operating on the territory of the Russian Federation, and not a “Russian” radio station, despite its location in Moscow.  (9/9)


AUG PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Nashville, Austin & more... KFMK 4.8... WTLC 1.8... WGNR 1.1... WHZN 0.4... WNNL 4.2... WRTP 1.0... WGH 3.2... WAYM 1.4... WAYQ 0.2... WXRI 0.3... WEAL 0.1... WTJY 0.1... WAYF 3.7... WRMB 1.7... WHAL 8.2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (9/8)


Correction: Our Monday Morning Update Newsletter today stated that WCVO/Columbus was the Medium market CMB station of the year, when it was actually named the Large Market station of the year.  (9/8)


BITS: Jeff Matzka has been named Chief Engineer of the Salem Radio Network’s Washington, D.C. operation which includes the D.C. Bureau of SRN News and the nationally syndicated Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA program, Matzka replaces Dave Terry who departed SRN in July... Beginning Sept 9th TWR (Trans World Radio) will kick off a 22-day adventure in the Great Commission with a new online game, TWR Global Quest, daily questions will unfold the story of how God has used people to reach every corner of the world with His Word over the past 60 years... Radio Tamazuj, a Christian radio station in the South Sudanese national capital, was still off the air on Sunday, despite a report of a guarantee given by South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir to the church leadership that the station would reopen before Sunday...  (9/8)


BITS: KeepTheFaith (with Keith Stevens and Donna Cruz) adds WRVL/Lynchburg (Victory Network) for morning drive Monday-Friday 6 -8a... WGTS/Wash DC MD Ben Milton exits the station... Ave Maria University is selling WDEO/Naples/Ft Myers (18,5kw @ 98.5) to the Educational Media Foundation (EMF)... WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) midday personality Dawn Wheeler has left the building... Fred Young has joined KGCB/Prescott (Radio Shine) as its new PD... (9/5)


Pictures from Momentum 2014 in Orlando.....

Keep The Faith Executive Director David Sams (left) with KTIS/Minneapolis PD Keep The Faith host Keith Stevens WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) PD Jeff Evans with BMG artist Danny Gokey The JOY FM personality Jayar Reed with Curb artist Natalie Grant (left) at Curb promo Manager Sean Hannon (right)

AUG PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Las Vegas, Orlando & more... KFIS 2.5... WRCM 2.8... WMIT 1.0... WLFJ 0.3... KZAR 1.6... WCRF 0.7... KSOS 3.8...  KJNW 3.2... WPOZ 6.8... WCVO 3.5... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (8/6)


2014 CMB Station Of The Year Awards, and the winners are:

Major Market / Network
KTIS/Minneapolis

Large Market
WCVO/Columbus

Medium Market
WMHK/Columbia

Small Market
WKNZ/Salisbury-Ocean City

Scott Campbell Industry Achievement Award Winner: Frank Reed - KLTY/Dallas

Rob Gregory Community Service Award Winner: WBGL Network/Champaign.
(9/3)


AUG PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, Seattle, Tampa, & more...  AQH 6+ WGTS 3.4... WAYF 1.1... WRMB 1.0... KCMS 4.5... KFLR 1.8... KTIS 4.9... WCIE 3.1... WBVM 0.7... KLDV 4.1... WRBS 5.7... KLJY 4.9... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (9/3)


The Brant Hansen Show will join the WAY-FM Network, effective October 20, 2014.  according to WAY Media Vice President of Content, Faron Dice. Hansen exited AIr1 in July and previously was heard in mornings on WAY FM. Earlier today a new national radio show presented by CURE International was announced.  “Brant Hansen is exactly the type of real and authentic communicator that we want on WAY-FM,” says Dice.  “He will fit nicely into our evenings.   And, alongside our other talented line-up, which includes The Wally Show and Carlos and Joy, will create a dream team of WAY-FM DJs.” 

According to Hansen, “Being on WAY-FM stations means a lot to me, personally. They already have a stellar team, and they value their air staff's connections with listeners. I'm honored to be back." Paul Goldsmith, CURE’s Vice President of Marketing added, "Brant first introduced me and thousands of his listeners to the amazing work of CURE when he previously hosted mornings on WAY-FM. We are now thrilled to have the WAY network as a flagship broadcast partner for The Brant Hansen Show."  (9/2)   


AUG PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more...  AQH 6+ KLTY 4.4... KCBI 1.8... KSBJ 4.4... WFSH 4.7... KSGN 2.7... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (9/2)


BITS: KMOQ/Joplin, MO adds Night Light™ with Andrea starting September 2nd... Joel Osteen Radio will launch on September 29th on Sirius/XM channel 128...  (9/2)


Christian FM has signed former Air1 personality Brant Hansen. A partnership was announced between Cure International and Christian FM to nationally syndicate The Brant Hansen Show. After his departure from Air1 Hansen was hired by CURE as the organization’s Storyteller. The Brant Hansen Show will debut on stations across America on October 20, 2014 and will be sponsored by CURE International. Paul Goldsmith, CURE’s VP of Marketing, said,

"Brant Hansen is such a unique and engaging personality. I’m excited to bring his show back to radio and, best of all, have it result in healing children through CURE.” Hansen will be joined by his producer, Sherri Johnson. “Brant and Sherri have an amazing on air chemistry. It’s funny and profound all in the same breath. We know the future of radio is all about compelling content, and Brant is the definition of that. The fact that this show will debut on close to 200 radio stations coast to coast is proof of Brant’s reputation for drawing listeners like no else in our industry,” stated Christian FM President Jon Hamilton.

"Sherri and I form one of the top radio shows in the country that teams a white Midwestern nerd who has a form of autism with a very patient African American lady from Pittsburgh… we're at least one of the top five in that category," Hansen said. Hansen exited Air1 radio network in July, and previously his morning show was heard on WAY FM stations.  The Brant Hansen show on Christian FM will be a 4-hour show airing in the afternoons or evenings.... (9/2)


BITS:  Day 1 Nielson PPM numbers for August are released later today and will be posted on the HisAir.Net rating page sponsored by Curb Records... Attending Momentum?, don't miss the quick read "CMB Hand Shake" from Bill Scott... send pics from Momentum to ted@hisair.net... (9/2)



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