Industry News

Industry News Bits 9-26-18

EMF is acquiring WPFM/Panama City (Hot 107.9) from Powell Broadcasting. WPFM is 54kw, a Class C1 facility at 107.9. Selling price not disclosed.

WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) played Christmas music beginning Monday, September 24th at 3 pm until Tuesday morning, September 25th at 10 am. Star 93.3 transformed into “Cincinnati’s Christmas STAR” in honor of Brody Allen and his family. Brody is a two and a half-year-old boy from Cincinnati who has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. His neighborhood, and now the entire city is rallying around this family to help bring the holidays a few months early. 

“When we found out that the Allen family was treating the 24th and 25th of this month as their Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we wanted to provide a soundtrack for them to make memories to,” said Director of Programming, Jeff Evans.

Star 93.3 played only Christmas music during this time and invited listeners to call in to wish Brody and his family a Merry Christmas. “We were hoping to bring a little bit of the Holiday season to the radio for an extended period of time in hopes that it would help it sound like Christmas in the Tri-State for Brody and his family. We were also excited to give listeners a chance to personally wish Brody a Merry Christmas,” said Evans. It’s estimated that the station received over 1,000 phone calls and thousands more Christmas wishes on social media.

WARV/Warwick, RI (Life Changing Radio 1590 AM & 92.7 FM) will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Oct. 

Forty years ago at age 23 owner Bill Blount took his savings and signed personal notes with owners Jim and Ann Bocock to buy an AM radio station in Apponaug for $320,000. “A lot of people have made this grow,” he said. He considers much of what’s happened as “providential circumstance and being at the right place at the right time for God to open the door for it.” Read the full story here. 

Nielsen Audio & Nielsen Music are presenting a live webinar to look at trends and opportunities for Contemporary Christian radio. The release says you’ll the answers you need to drive your stations forward, including: – How has Contemporary Christian radio changed over the last 5 years? – How can genre-specific On-Demand Streaming data by market help you reach more listeners? – Who are the top performing stations for this genre & what do they have in common? – Where do Contemporary Christian fans fit into the music landscape? Who are they? How do they prefer to spend their time? And what else do they listen to? – How does Contemporary Christian music consumption compare to other genres? 

The webinar will be Thursday Oct 25, 2018 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CDT. To register go here. 

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