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Industry News Bits Fri 2-11-22

WRVL/Lynchburg (The Journey) GM Mike Weston is joining Way Media as the KXWA/Denver (WayFM) Station Manager. Mikes Christian Radio history includes the Columbia SC, Greenville SC, and Lynchburg VA markets.


Parks Stamper (Photo: Business Wire)After 21 years at WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) midday personality Parks Stamper announced today she is hanging up her headphones and moving into a new season of her life.

Stamper said, “When my husband, Greg, and I prayed about accepting the position at The Fish, God made it clear that it was for a season. I had no idea that the season would last 21 years! I am so thankful to the listeners, coworkers, and sponsors for inviting me into their work and homes to see Jesus Christ transforming and literally saving lives.”

Mike Blakemore, VP of Programming for Salem’s CCM stations and Program Director of WFSH, Atlanta, stated, “We wish Parks the best after a long distinguished career serving the Atlanta community. She has touched and changed so many lives over the years. She, more than anyone at The Fish, sounded like Atlanta, and was the radio co-worker and friend to millions of listeners during her tenure. Parks on the air is the same Parks in person. She is 100% authentic. She cares and prays for our listeners every day. Fortunately for us, she will continue to be a voice on the air on a part-time basis.”

Parks Stamper’s broadcast career began in 1997 after a career as a trainer in the telecommunications industry. Her passion for spreading the Gospel on The Fish in her own unique way through stories and music, has made a great impact in Atlanta and beyond with our large online listenership. Her final day on her midday show will be Friday, February 25th. Blakemore added, “We encourage listeners and friends to reach out on her final day via social media and call in to her show to wish her the best!”

WLAB/Ft Wayne (Star 88.3) Director of Marketing & Events Jared Ballenger exits the station effective today. Jared has accepted a position with Destiny Rescue which is an organization that rescues children from sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Jared says, “Being a part of STAR 88.3 has changed my life. So thankful for Melissa Montana and the entire STAR team. Although today is my last day of employment here, it is not my last day doing kingdom work with them. You will still occasionally hear me Josh & Friends or during the partnership drive this spring. I am looking forward to how God continues to work through them

As people get information from more sources than ever, radio is still among the most trusted, according to the results of a recent survey. That underscores the theme of World Radio Day 2022, “Radio and Trust,” and highlights a hallmark of TWR, also known as Trans World Radio.

“Broadcasting in over 300 languages has its challenges,” said Jon Fugler, TWR’s chief content officer. “TWR is tenacious in accurately translating content, so it is true to the speaker’s original language and intent. This is especially important with Bible teaching. Our creation process is highly detailed from translating to writing to production.”

UNESCO in 2012 established Feb. 13 as the annual observance of World Radio Day. In announcing this year’s theme, organizers noted that “in order to keep or raise listeners’ trust, journalism must continue to be based on verifiable information.”

A study released in December by consumer research agency MRI-Simmons found that 64% of adults in the U.S. find radio to be either “trustworthy” or “very trustworthy.” That’s 1 percentage point behind newspapers, but ahead of network and cable TV, internet and computer, magazines, and mobile internet. Social media lagged, with 26% finding it “trustworthy” or “very trustworthy” in the survey, which was conducted last summer.

As the world’s farthest-reaching Christian media organization, TWR strives to provide reliable biblical content to its radio listeners and on its online and video services. Listeners say they count on that.

KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) has announced the line-up for FishFest 2022, at the FivePoint Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 11, 2022.
Featured will be Hillsong Worship, Tauren Wells, Bethel Music, and Ryan Ellis. With Special Guest Evangelist, Author and International Speaker Christine Caine.

Margie Shafer celebrates 26 years at Encouragement Media Group KVNE/Tyler
Chuck Finney 13 years at Finney Media
Patrick Green 8 years at KJIL/Meade, KS
Steve Marston 8 years at KKSP/Little Rock

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