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Industry News Bits 5-10-19

PraiseLive/Minneapolis adds 5 more FM affiliates – including 3 in New Zealand and 1 in Uganda. Tim McDermott, COO, says “PraiseLive’s vision is to see every tribe and nation experiencing Jesus together – and it continues to happen. Next week we are signing on in New Zealand – Blenheim, Observatory Hill and Takaka Hill on FM stations. This is in addition to the FM stations we just signed on last week in Kankakee, Illinois (outside Chicago) and Kampala, Uganda. Praise and worship is the most unifying platform in the world and we are thrilled to see people from all over the world worshipping Jesus together!”

WMIT/Black Mountain (The Light FM) listeners donated enough money on May 9 to provide 1,790 women with ultrasounds and faith-based support through the station’s “Heartbeat of Hope” campaign. Three days before Mother’s Day, the station partnered with seven area pregnancy centers to bring awareness to their services including pregnancy tests, counseling, ultrasounds and post-abortion programs.

The Light FM’s campaign reminded listeners that they could provide women with an ultrasound and faith-based support for $175. The station shared the compelling message that 95 of 100 women who are wrestling with a decision about their pregnancy will choose life when they see their child’s beating heart at a crisis pregnancy center. The flood of responses in such a short amount of time showed how much The Light FM’s listening community supports these centers.

The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted unanimously in favor of new guidelines on how to process disputes between translators and full-power FMs. “The interference resolution process can be lengthy, contentious and expensive for all parties concerned,” said Lisa Scanlan, Deputy Chief of the FCC’s Audio Division. “There is a need for more certainty and clarify regarding how we expect stations to report and resolve issues with translator interference.” For more go here.

Salem Media Group released its results for the three months ended March 31, 2019.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2019 compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2018:

Total revenue decreased 5.2% to $60.5 million from $63.8 million;

Total operating expenses increased 5.7% to $61.5 million from $58.1 million;

Net broadcast revenue decreased 4.1% to $46.1 million from $48.1 million.

April PPM for Christian Radio results from Nielsen Audio PPM are due starting this Monday 5/13. Numbers for subscribing stations will be available here. Christian Radio ratings are sponsored by ShareMedia Services on HisAir.Net.

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