Industry News Bits 7-28-20
The first round ballot for the 51st Annual GMA Dove Awards will close TONIGHT, July 28 at 11:59pm CT.
WIHS/Middletown, CT announces the promotion of Neil Knudsen (at left) to Music Director effective immediately. Neil is a long-time WIHS producer and on-the-air host. WIHS GM Steve Tuzeneu says, “Dennis DeLuzio, who has been serving in this capacity will continue to host and produce the Sacred Performance show. Thanks to both men for their enthusiastic labors for WIHS and the Lord’s work.”
BMI names Essential Music Publishing (EMP) Christian Publisher of the Year. Additionally, EMP writer Ethan Hulse is BMI’s Christian Songwriter of the Year. This is a repeat for both as they each received these honors in 2019.
Salem Media Group WIND/Chicago (AM 560 The Answer) afternoon drive host Steve Cortes will be temporarily stepping away from his daily radio talk show to join President Trump’s re-election campaign in the role of Senior Advisor of Communications.
“While we wish Steve could stay on the air with us during these next few critical months before the election, we also understand the pull that Steve feels to help President Trump,” said Jeff Reisman, regional vice president and general manager of AM 560. “Steve will have a front row seat to history between now and the election, and we look forward to welcoming him back in November and having him share his firsthand account of how this campaign unfolded with our audience.”
Cortes is expected to rejoin the station in early November, following the presidential election. In the interim, AM 560’s afternoon drive will feature a fill-in host to be announced.
Cortes joined AM 560 The Answer in January of this year as the host of “The Steve Cortes Show,” heard weekday afternoons from 5 to 7pm.
On the new Dunham Podcast episode, as we find ourselves in late July still wrestling with the impact of a global pandemic, Trent Dunham candidly shares his own reflections on what it looks like to lead through something you’ve never experienced before… through the power of the Holy Spirit. Check it out HERE.
Southern Gospel group The Erwins
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