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Industry News Bits Fri 7-23-21

At WKNZ/Harrington (The Bridge) Mandy Wallace transitions to Community Engagement Specialist.

In her role as Community Engagement Specialist, Wallace partners with Ben Sorrells, the Director of Community Engagement, to develop and deepen The Bridge’s commitment to regional non-profit organizations, churches, and individual listeners.


Finney Media shared historical results from the 2021 Why Listen® national listener survey in a recent webinar. The free, 30- minute event focused on changes in Christian radio listeners as seen in the 2018 and 2021 Finney Media Why Listen® national survey. This spring, nearly 11,000 Christian radio listeners from across the United States were included in the 2021 survey.

“Eye-opening,” said Chuck Finney, president. “With the pandemic and cultural changes over the last year, we discovered that listeners look to their Christian radio stations to be a spiritual
source of encouragement even more than in the past. And it was already a strong relationship. Net promoter scores, already high, were higher. Worship and spiritual growth scored big.”

The webinar presentation of this key data for CCM, Hybrid and Teaching stations/ministries is now available on-demand for free through Zoom. Additional data will be released on all three formats throughout 2021 and will be available at finneymedia.com. Go HERE for report.

Truth Broadcasting KTIA/Des Moines (99.3) is being purchased by VCY America (Voice of Christian Youth) for $825K, It already owns KVCI/Montezuma, IA (89.7).

VCY operates stations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas. Recently VCY bought KREV/San Francisco (92.7), KFRH/Las Vegas (104.3) and KRCK/Palm Springs, CA (97.7). 

WBDX/Chattanooga (J103) is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an aspiring musician/singer/songwriter to work with Citizen Way’s Ben Calhoun. Bids are taken in an online auction for the chance to spend two days in Franklin, TN Ben Calhoun in his studio in Michael Tate’s house. The winner will work with Ben on an original song or a brand new song written together, plus there is a chance Citizen Way will record the song.

This is  to break into the industry. All proceeds of the J103 Online Auction benefit the ministries of Partners for Christian Media.


Prayz Network in SW Wisconsin GM Darla Ozanne tells HisAir she has a current opening for a Fundraising/Community Engagement Director to fill an anticipated vacancy when current Director, Heather Schedler, is promoted to stay-at-home mom the end of the year.”  If interested go HERE

And speaking of opportunities:

Dan Watts says WayFM is looking for its next great Business Development Director – HERE.

With the coming departure of Dave Moore to Family Life Radio WAWZ/NYC/NJ has started its search for his replacement – HERE.

Dave Margalotti has a new position in news to fill at Family Life in Bath, NYHERE.

The GMA announces the addition of five new members to its Board of Directors. Joining the GMA Board is Terry Hemmings / Provident Entertainment, Al Skop / SiriusXM, Tia Smith / talentedSOL Productions , Johnny Rays / Hillsong Music and Bryant Scott / TYSCOT Records.

Re-elected members include Demetrus Alexander / Compassion International, Howard Gentry / Metropolitan Government of Nashville, Ed Harper / The Harper Agency, Eric Eitel / MediaShout, Mike Snider / William Morris Entertainment, Wendy Miller DeGolia / Cantinas Arts Foundation, Chris Estes / Maverick City Music and Mike Chandler / Rejoice! Musical Soul Food. The goal in adding and re-electing these esteemed professionals is to continue the GMA’s goal to Expose, Promote and Celebrate the Gospel through music.

“We believe these new members will be great additions to the Board and will help us as we continue to advocate for and celebrate our great community,” says GMA President, Jackie Patillo. “Together with the re-elected members, we have a strong Board ready to tackle the days ahead.”

The KSBJ/Houston Morning Show (Carder, Rachelle, Reyna, & Bill Ingram) was nominated for the Houston Chronicle Best of the Best Morning Shows on Houston Radio. 

A nice birthday surprise at Busch Stadium in St Louis for consultant and super baseball fan John Frost. A nice gesture by his fellow Cardinal friends (announcing the game time temperature in the pressbox PA) for his birthday and 22 seasons working the Cardinal spring trainings. 

Thirty years ago, 1991, Amy Grant’s album “Heart in Motion” went platinum, selling more than 5 million copies thanks to hits like “Baby, Baby,” “Every Heartbeat,” “Good For Me” and “That’s What Love Is For.” The success of “Heart in Motion” made her a household name and worldwide star. 

Former WCSG/Grand Rapids air talent Michael Sirianni has passed away after a long battle with MS. He was 63.

Australia Christian Radio pioneer John Edmondstone passed away last week. John began his radio ministry in 1957 on Radio 2NZ Inverell where he was appointed following graduation from the Baptist Theological College. Later he transferred to Queensland, where he became active in radio ministry and in the Christian Television Association.

Justin Brown celebrates 18 years at WDJC/Birmingham

Prayer List:
Dave Margalotti
Rebecca Carrell

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