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Industry News Bits FRI 2-10-23

Peter & John Radio Fellowship, owners of WRBS/Baltimore (Bright FM) will take over their newly acquired station WRNR/Grasonville, MD (Annapolis) tonight at midnight.

WRNR will simulcast WRBS programming starting tonight (2/11) at midnight. 

“We are excited to be expanding our organization to a greater portion of Maryland’s eastern shore than BRIGHT-FM now reaches,” says Steve Lawhon, General Manager of Brighter Media Group. “This also allows for improved coverage of BRIGHTFM programming in the northeast Baltimore suburbs and the I-95 corridor,” Lawhon says. “We grateful for the opportunity to reach more people with hope and encouragement.”

The station was purchased from Empire Broadcasting System, Inc last Nov 2022 for $1.54 million. WRNR (103.1) is a Class A 6kw @ 328 ft and serves the Annapolis, MD market.

The new station will cover 1,000,000 people. Its new call letters, upon approval from the FCC, will be WRHS. 







Better Than I Found It, the outreach arm of the nonprofit organization founded by three-time GRAMMY® nominee and American Idol alum Danny Gokey, today announced the details surrounding their Better Than I Found It  “Bus Stop” give back events during Gokey’s spring “Jesus People” Tour featuring special guests Jordan Feliz and Blanca. 

“During my exit interview on American Idol when the host asked what was next for me, my response was, ‘I see my music as a movement,’” said Gokey. “I didn’t fully know what that would look like at the time, or where the journey would take me. I just knew that God wanted it to be about more than just music. It’s been a long time coming, but I’m so grateful that we are able to launch the Better Than I Found It ‘Bus Stops’ as part of my regular music touring this spring! These stops are a way of giving back to the local communities where we are doing shows by raising awareness about needs, doing our part to help meet those needs while we’re in town, and activating concert attendees to get out in their area and ‘be’ Jesus People to those around them long after we’re gone!”

Better Than I Found It “Bus Stops” will take place in eight cities this spring as Gokey’s nonprofit partners with local community nonprofits in McDonough, GA, Houston and Dallas, TX, Scottsdale, AZ, Spring Valley and Sacramento CA, Minneapolis, MN, and his hometown of Milwaukee, WI.

Former Christian Radio broadcaster and fundraiser Jeremiah Beck is set to release his 1st novel “Recollection” on Tuesday morning 2/14/23.

Beck says “Recollection” follows Jeremy Peoples—a school shooting survivor & radio talk show host with a perfect memory. While on the air, an unexpected caller draws him into a revenge plot that brings him back across the country…to the scene of the shooting…and deeper into the darkness caused by violence and betrayal.”

Beck’s Christian Radio experience includes Station Manager and Morning Host at WIBI/Carlinville and GM/mornings at KBMQ/Monroe, LA. He also  was VP and GM at ShareMedia.

BEC Recordings announce artist and songwriter Jordan St. Cyr has been nominated for a Juno Award. Recognized for his debut self-titled album in the Contemporary Christian/ Gospel Album of the Year category, this is St. Cyr’s first Juno nomination. The Juno Awards honor all genres of Canada’s top musicians, singers, songwriters, and producers. The 52nd Annual event will be announced live on March 13 at Rogers Place Arena in Alberta, Canada.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Juno nominee class of 2023,” St. Cyr exclaims. “Growing up in Canada, the Junos represented a sense of pride and belonging, and I’m grateful to continue this trend along with my fellow nominees for Christian/Gospel Album of the Year.”

At KSBJ/Houston Ana Herrador has been promoted to Director, Human Resources for Hope Media Group. Previously she was Manager, Human Resources.

Lizz Ryals 3 years at His Radio/Greenville
Robyn Sedgwick 1 year at WayFM/Colorado
Josh Raines 3 years at WLAB/Ft Wayne

Margie Shafer celebrates 27 years at Encouragement Media Group KVNE/Tyler
Chuck Finney 14 years at Finney Media
Patrick Green 9 years at KJIL/Meade, KS
Steve Marston 9 years at KKSP/Little Rock

Prayer List:
David Harms (sister)

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