Industry News Bits 9-22-16

news-iconWTGN/Lima is celebrating 50 years of Christian broadcasting. WTGN signed on for the first time on Sept. 27, 1966. And to mark the 50th anniversary of the event, the station is hosting a gala celebration at 7 p.m. Sept. 30 at Veterans Memorial Civic Center. “We signed on in 1966 and at that time there was no other Christian radio in Lima at all,” said Scott Young, who started out as an on-air personality in 1978 and today serves as the station’s general manager.


Evangelical leaders debated the appropriateness of a vote for Donald Trump during a Sept. 16 event at the National Press Club sponsored by the National Religious Broadcasters. NRB President & C.E.O. Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, who served as moderator, said in introducing the debate, “Clearly there are some strong disagreements among evangelicals, but after Nov. 8 we will still be part of the same family with common concerns about our nation and common commitments to improve our nation.” The debate was the final event of the Capitol Hill Media Summit held annually in Washington, D.C., for members of NRB’s President’s Council. 


Live on Moody Radio, Revive Our Hearts presents Cry Out! A nationwide prayer event for women. Join Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Janet Parshall, Kay Arthur, Bob Bakke, Joni Eareckson Tada, Tony Evans, Keith and Kristyn Getty and thousands of women as they cry out to God in prayer and worship. This three-hour live event from the True Women ’16 Conference in Indianapolis will be broadcast from 6-9 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 23…


Over a third of low-power FM (LPFM) radio stations in the U.S. are religious in nature, according to a poll from the Pew Research Center. More than 750 new low-power FM (LPFM) community radio stations have been licensed to join the FM airwaves since 2014, according to the Federal Communications Commission. This has nearly doubled the total number to more than 1,500 LPFM stations across the U.S. and its territories. This surge is in part the result of a new window for applications that the FCC opened from Oct. 15 to Nov. 14, 2013. Read the full report from Pew Research here...


Strong Tower Christian Media President/CEO Tracy Figley checks in with HisAir.Net and says, “When we consolidated operations for both stations in one location, we probably miscalculated how many people we needed and we got too lean.  Now we need to bring on more team members so we don’t burn out the ones we have.” Check the current openings at WEEC & WFCJ/Xenia, OH here


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