Industry News Bits Fri 5-7-21
The Light FM/Asheville, NC listeners donated enough money in a single day to provide 2,530 pregnant women with ultrasounds and faith-based support during the 2021 “Heartbeat of Hope” campaign held on May 6. The Light FM partnered with seven area faith-based pregnancy centers to bring awareness to their services including pregnancy tests, counseling, ultrasounds and post-abortion programs. The Light FM teamed with David Harms i:58:10 Media.
“The incredible amount of calls and donations that were received in such a short amount of time truly shows how much our listeners care and want to support these faith-based pregnancy centers,” said John Owens, general manager of Blue Ridge Broadcasting. “Because of the generosity of The Light FM donors, we are able to send every penny of these donations directly to the center selected by people who gave to ‘Heartbeat of Hope.’
Salem Media broadcast revenue declined in 2021 Q1 to $45.2 million from $44 million while digital revenue was up 5.7% to $9.6 million and publishing was up 43.4% to $5.7 million. Total revenue for the company increased 1.9% to $59.4 million.
Pandora reports Fair Trade artists MercyMe has surpassed 1 billion streams on the platform.
KJRN/Keene, TX (88.3 The Journey) PD Danae Songy tells HisAir, “We reached 111% of Spring Sharathon goal enabling us to buy the remaining generator we need to make the station self-sufficient in emergencies. I have lots of student turn over during the summer but somehow, God always comes thru!”
Heartfelt Radio in Northeast Ohio recently partnered with Trans World Radio in a campaign called, “Radios for Africa”. Listeners were encouraged to donate in $50 increments to purchase windup powered radios for needy Africans who cannot afford a radio of their own. Each $50 donation pays for the cost of the radio, shipping to Africa, customs and hand delivery by TWR staff to Africans.
Heartfelt Radio’s General Manager, Mark Channon says the station has only been on the air for 14 months, yet God used our listeners to raise up enough support to purchase 300 radios!” Recipients of the radios will be able listen to Trans World Radio broadcasting the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Family Life Radio/Tucson air personality Peter Brooks ends his Christian Radio career today.
After 44 years behind the mic at Family Life Radio (FLR) afternoon host and WUGN/Midland, MI GM Peter Brooks announced his retirement in March this year. Brooks held various positions at FLR over the years from mornings to afternoons, while also managing stations in Michigan and New Mexico.
Brooks shared on his experience, “The Bible says, ‘There is a time for everything and a season for every activity.’ My broadcasting season is ending, and the time to hang up my headphones has arrived. Over the decades, the programming and music may have changed; but the heart, mission and integrity of Family Life Radio and its leadership have never changed. And through those years, my co-workers and listeners have truly been family. Words cannot express my thankfulness to God and this ministry for the blessings I have experienced serving here.”
Check out the last HisAir interview with Peter in Jan this year HERE.
Marcus Sullivan 2 years mornings at NGEN/Houston
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