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Industry News Bits Fri 12-10-21

Stations having fundraisers this week.. WGTS/Wash DC.. Air1.. KDNW/Duluth.. WWIL/Wilmington

Moody Radio/Florida Station Manager Andrew Leuthold tells HisAir they’ve done some shuffling since Pierre Chestang retired.  John Blok has moved over to the Operations Manager position. Andrew is looking for a Morning Show Producer/Listener Engagement Coordinator. If interested check HERE

NRB’s 2022 convention in Nashville is less than three months away. Two new conference speakers who will participate in the opening session of NRB 2022 announced this week are A.R. Bernard and Dr. Michael Youssef. NRB 2022 is March 8-11. 

PLG artists Casting Crowns will release their new album, Healer, on January 14, 2022. Currently, the group is on the KLOVE Christmas Tour along with Mac Powell, CAIN, Dante Bowe, and Jordan St. Cyr.

“I was walking through the world being shut down, just like everybody else,” shares Mark Hall. “I’ve been a youth pastor for over twenty years and here I was counseling teenagers who’d just lost their senior year, lost their friend groups, felt hopeless for the future. As I started working on this record, I realized all the songs I was writing dealt with healing in some way, something we all need. And more than that, we need a Healer. This whole album is about healing, about how God meets us where we are and what His healing looks like.”

WNWC/Madison (Life 102.5) listeners are providing Christmas for hundreds of kids in Dane County, Wisconsin this year. For the last 21 years, listeners have donated wrapped shoeboxes filled with toys, mittens, gloves, and hygiene items. For many of these kids, the shoeboxes are the only gift they receive at Christmas. In partnership with W.I.N.R.S. For Christ and KleenMark, kids from single-parent households, and underserved families, are celebrating Christmas thanks to the generosity of Life 102.5 listeners. Shoebox Gifts for Kids is running from November 19 until December 6, with 7 drop off locations. 

Moody Radio is offering four new Christmas specials for the 2021 Christmas holiday season on Moody-1 and FTP download:

  • The Son of David – Haven Ministries – Now Available on FTP
  • Nativity – a 3-part x 54-minute series – Now Available on FTP
  • Candlelight Carols| Unwrapped: The Gifts of Christmas – Now Available on FTP
  • Unwrapping Christmas in the Old Testament – Coming to FTP Dec. 16

In addition, Moody Radio is re-releasing four older Christmas specials for affiliates available via FTP only:

  • A Stirring in Bethlehem – Now Available on FTP
  • The Lesser Characters of Christmas – Now Available on FTP
  • The Hope of Hanukkah – Now Available on FTP
  • Trail of Two Kings – Now Available on FTP

Moody Radio’s Production team has produced a new radio special, MBI Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. This 54-minute special will not be broadcast on Moody-1, but is now available to all stations via FTP. 

This program is suitable for airing on Christmas Day. This can be used as a timeless production, as it does not mention a date, but it does mention that it is an MBI Excerpts from Handel’s Messiah program. It has been reduced to a 54-minute program, but many of the favorite excerpts are included.

Provident Entertainment welcomes worship leader, songwriter, and producer Ben Cantelon to the team as Senior Director of A&R. As a songwriter, Cantelon has co-written songs with Chris Tomlin, Phil Wickham, Matt Redman, Maverick City, Newsboys, Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, Matt Maher, Michael W. Smith, Passion and many more. He has released five projects as a worship artist with Survivor Records and Kingsway Music. Cantelon also held the role of worship leader and pastor at Soul Survivor, Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), and Worship Central in the UK.

“We are thrilled to have Ben join us at Provident,” shares Blaine Barcus, Senior Vice President of A&R of Provident Entertainment. “His diverse background as an artist, worship leader, songwriter, and producer will be a huge benefit to our A&R team and the creatives he will serve/support. Most of all, Ben is a person who loves artists and understands their hearts.”

For the first time the impact of Christian radio in Australia has been qualified, including the vital ways in which it is helping make our families and communities stronger. A webinar with Mark McCrindle from McCrindle Research will walk you through the findings and implications from the first Social Impact of Christian Radio in Australia Report. Watch HERE

Rhema 99.7/Newcastle, AUS CEO John Marks announces he will retire on February 4, 2022. Marks joined Rhema 99.7 in 1992. 

“Rhema’s mission statement ‘A Home Mission, with a Mission to Reach Every Home,’ is something that God gave to this ministry many years ago,” said John, “My retirement seems a little surreal after so many years but as I’ve said before, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. It’s been the most amazing journey for the past 30 years, not always easy but worth every minute.”

Jonathan Unthank 7 years at WMIT/Asheville

Prayer List:
Brian Curee (father n law)
Ryan Gagne
Robert Michaels

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