Industry News

Industry News Bits FRI 2-24-23

Fundraisers this week .. WCIF/Melbourne .. WayFM

Jan 2023 Nielsen PPM numbers release this week. Today’s results include Nashville and more.

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Cassie Conley announces she is leaving Spirit FM/Lynchburg, VA and will relocate to Nashville. Today is her last day.

Cassie says, “I’m not sure I can even put my feelings into words right now (especially without crying). I’m forever grateful for the the countless friends I’ve made through this ministry and the way Jesus has taught me to trust him!”

Conley joined Spirit FM as its Director of Listener Engagement in August of 2018. She also co-hosts Spirit FM afternoons with General Manager, Doug Day.

Jan 2023 Positive Alternative Radio promoted Cassie Conley to Director of Listener Engagement for the ministry.

New Job Alert:

With KAMB/Merced (Celebration Radio) GM Tim Land announcing his upcoming retirement Central Valley Broadcasting Company has started a search for its next General Manager.

Check the listing HERE.

WRVL/Lynchburg (The Journey) has successfully wrapped up their annual World’s Largest Baby Shower with incredible support from listeners. Listeners were able to shop online for diapers, baby clothes, blankets, and other items a new or expecting mother needs through a registry at myjourneyfm.com. Listeners could select the items to be delivered to any of the participating pregnancy centers throughout the listening area. There were over 700+ donations in the month-long promotion.

Journey Promotions/Donor Development Director Becky Mahle said, “We love babies here at The Journey, and it is always an exciting time for us to kick off The World’s Largest Baby Shower! Who doesn’t love shopping for baby stuff? Our listeners did not disappoint and gave big time!”

Susan Campbell, Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Pregnancy Center, was thrilled with the campaign. “We were blown away by this year’s event. Over and over people told me they heard the promotion on The Journey and the station’s coverage helped make it a huge success.”

Curb | Word Entertainment’s We Are Messengers who capture the essence of home on fresh EP, Hills Of Tyrone, dropping today. The band also celebrates a major milestone as “Maybe It’s Ok” — from their sophomore album, Power — achieves an RIAA Gold certification.

“The song has blown all of my expectations out of the water,” front man Darren Mulligan shares of the track. “‘Maybe It’s Okay’ was written for someone I love and has reached millions around the world, giving them hope to hold on when everything hurts. I am a very thankful man and so grateful for our Curb | Word Entertainment family and partners in the music industry who have championed this band and this song.”

Samantha Steele, who has over a decade of experience as an artist manager at Triple 8 Management, has been promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer. With a team of 30 managers, marketing, radio, and partnership professionals under her leadership, she is responsible for overseeing operations and promoting a positive company culture and vision. Additionally, she focuses on solutions for internal communications and growth potential for both employees and clients.

One of her clients, Drew Holcomb, describes her as “a diamond, with the rare ability to both dream and execute a vision for her clients while maintaining kindness and humanity throughout the process. According to him, her promotion to COO is not at all surprising and he is proud to have her in his corner.”

KLRC/Fayetteville, AR GM Sean Sawatzky checks in with HisAir, Sean says the stations “More than Small Talk” podcast has reached 1,000,000+ downloads.

More than Small Talk is hosted by three authors and real-life friends. Every episode includes a confession question as well as helpful truths, tips and resources. The podcast has been heard in over 150 countries. ,



This Wednesday March 1, the price for Fundraising 23 registrations goes up. Vidare Creative Fundraising 23 takes place July 19-20, 2023 in Franklin, TN. 

Grab your registrations at the Early Bird pricing HERE.

TWR partners in Ukraine have endured danger, hardships, and turmoil since the war with Russia began one year ago today. However, they have also witnessed the incredible work of God amidst the chaos. TWR Ukraine Director Alexander Chmut recently revealed that they are receiving more responses to their programs than ever before in their history. While they do not know when the war will end, they are witnessing a remarkable display of God’s power in the lives of millions.

Despite being on opposite sides of the war, the governments of Ukraine and Russia, as well as the government of Belarus, are united in their resolve to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to those who are lost. Our ministry friends in Russia and Belarus, along with our partners in Ukraine, are working together towards this common goal.

From the outset of the war, TWR has been proactive in addressing the demands and possibilities that have arisen. Some of the measures taken include:

  • Shortly after the war broke out, TWR commenced transmission to Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus using a second transmitter.
  • In April 2022, TWR unveiled a round-the-clock livestream for Ukrainian refugees.
  • TWR was able to provide assistance to team members who were displaced by the fighting, acquire resources to maintain ministry operations, and finance substantial alterations to ensure that broadcasts could continue airing thanks to donations to our Ukraine-Russia Crisis Fund.

If you are involved in speaking, strategizing, or producing content for Christian radio, the NRB Radio Committee at the upcoming 2023 NRB International Christian Media Convention will have industry-specific convention sessions organized. You’ll collaborate with your peers and counterparts to exchange insights on listener habits, crisis management, and regulatory compliance. These sessions will equip you with valuable information and resources to tackle the unique challenges and opportunities facing Christians in radio.

More info on NRB 2023 workshops HERE

Matt Stockman 3 years at WAWZ/NYC/NJ

Jake Townsend 9 years at WayFM
Andy Youso 10 years at KTIS/Minneapolis

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