Industry News Bits 3-31-20

Christian radio veteran Dick Whitworth has joined Next Level Insights, a Chicago-based media management and communications agency as a strategic brand consultant. Most recently Whitworth was Family Stations Senior Director of Marketing, Fundraising, and Outreach. He also has experience as Director of Radio for New Life Media, Assistant VP for Media at the University of Northwestern, and General Manager of Faith Radio. 

“I am pleased to join Robb Hansen and his team at Next Level Insights. I have seen their commitment to excellence and I am looking forward to working with them. It will be an honor to work with the clients and ministries that they serve.”

The breadth of Whitworth’s experience will come as a real plus for Next Level clients, according to NLI president Robb Hansen. “I am confident the organizations we serve will see immediate benefits as Dick joins us,” noted Hansen enthusiastically. “It is my conviction that every ministry today is, in a certain sense, a media ministry. The integrated communication platform of the web and social media begs to be used in reaching people with pictures, words, and sound. Dick will help us increase our effectiveness in executing on that principle.” 

Next Level Insights provides a wide range of services for small- and medium-sized ministries, including fundraising counsel, communications strategy, writing, editing, graphic design, and video/audio production. Current and past clients include media ministries Unlocking the Bible and God Centered Life, as well as human need organizations such as Bright Hope International, Emmanuel Hospital Association, and Global Fingerprints. Their work also includes supporting Christian educational institutions such as Christian Heritage Academy, RCE International, Emmaus Bible College, and Trinity International University. 


WLFE/Miami (Life FM) plans to air a “Marathon of Hope” this Sunday. WLFE GM Chip Lusko says, “I want LiFE FM to help tell Miami there is hope in Jesus during the Corona crisis, that is what our station is all about 24/7.”

The Marathon of Hope will present a special series of teachings from 8 AM to 5 PM featuring current messages from teachers like Louie Giglio, Ben Courson, Jentzen Franklin and Alex Sagot from Calvary Church.


The American Urban Radio Networks Inspirational Network (AURN) will air The Bobby Jones & Friends Easter Special Sunday April 12. The two hour program will feature Gospel music performers and inspirational messages and be hosted by AURN daily host Dr. Bobby Jones with other AURN network hosts along with some of the top stars in the Gospel community sharing thoughts about Easter and messages of hope.


Curb Word has hired Craig Powers as VP Media. Most recently Powers was VP/Operations at Cameron Broadcasting based in Arizona.


Congratulations to Black River Christian artist Hannah Kerr who was married on Sunday March 29.


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