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Industry News Bits 12-18-20

WMIT/Ashville (The Light FM) listeners packed over 1,600 virtual shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). The Light FM originally set a goal of packing 500 virtual boxes for OCC’s National Collection Week on Nov. 16-23. Once that goal was quickly met, it was moved to 1,000, then to 1,500, and ended with over 1600 boxes.

“This is just the latest example of how generous The Light FM listeners are,” said John Owens, general manager of The Light FM. “Our original goal was 500 virtual shoeboxes, but they stepped up and provided over three times that amount to bless children around the world with the hope of Christ through OCC!”

Here’s a fun video Compassion US Director of Radio Marketing Matt Hahn shared with HisAir today. Who’s ready to say “GOODBYE 2020”? Compassion looks forward to partnering with your station in 2021. Watch the video HERE. 

Congratulations to WJQK/Grand Rapids (Joy 99.3) morning hosts Tommy & Brook who celebrate 16 years on the air. Tommy and Brook have been a morning show team since December 2004. Their mission from the beginning has been “To encourage others to encourage others”. 

Missouri River Christian Broadcasting sells translator K285FC/Jefferson City, MO to Lake Area Educational Broadcasting Foundation for $55,000. The primary station is KCKP/Laurie, MO  (The Pulse) sister station to KCVO/Camdenton, MO. 

Good News Media Inc. closed on the purchase of WSRJ/Honor, MI (105.5 FM) from Northern Radio of Michigan Inc. The acquisition was made possible in part by the generous charitable donation by the owner of Northern Radio of Michigan Inc. as a portion of the sale price.

Good News Media, Inc. is based in Traverse City, Michigan serving northwest Michigan. Utilizing any form of media necessary to promote the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Good News Media operates WLJN 89.9 FM and WLJW 95.9 FM.  WSRJ will become an expansion of FUEL FM 95.9 gives FUEL FM complete coverage and building penetration into the downtown Traverse City area.

Special prayer request for WMIT/Ashville (The Light FM) Production Director Kevin VanBuren and his family. Kevin and his wife Kim traveled to California last week to visit their daughter when Kim unexpectedly passed away. WMIT GM John Owens says, “We were all in Israel together last year and I took this picture (below) of them in the empty garden tomb – I can’t help but think of Kim hanging out with Jesus who also left this tomb! She will be missed by many, especially “Kevie” and the girls, Emily, Katie, Laurie and Christy…along with all 4 son-in-laws and the grandkids. ” Kim’s obituary is HERE

Dawson McCallister has passed away at the age of 74.  McAllister, whose call-in program for teens and young adults, Dawson McAllister Live! was one of the most popular longtime radio programs on Christian radio and Top 40 secular radio, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 17.

He will long be remembered as a dedicated spokesman to, and for, teenagers and young adults in need. Dawson frequently quoted: “We run a rescue shop within a yard of hell.” His straightforward, truthful, compassionate presentation of the gospel brought millions of teens and young adults from the brink of suicide into new life with Christ.

Dawson has written 18 books and was awarded an honorary Doctorate by Biola University. He married his beloved wife, Ruth Hill, in 1977. They have two sons, Fulton and Gene McAllister.

Dawson will be greatly missed — but his life’s ministry to the young people of America will continue. The Board of Directors and Dawson made careful plans for the ongoing ministry of TheHopeline. Dawson’s mission of reaching hurting and broken youth and young adults with God’s transforming love will continue unabated.

Blake Carter 8 years at KJIL/Meade

Prayer List:
Kevin VanBuren
Kenny Nobles

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