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Industry News Bits Mon 1-3-22


Nielsen Dec 2021 PPM Ratings have all been released and posted on HisAir HERE.

Dec PPM’s brought good news to KSBJ/Houston as departing PD Troy West leaves the station in great shape with a weekly cume over 806k (largest in Christian Radio) and its AQH P6+ was steady at 6.3 and #2 overall. WFSH/Atlanta was the biggest gainer moving 5.0 to 7.2 and just one tenth point behind the market leader. KLTY/Dallas grew 3.2 – 3.7 and is #9 overall in the market.

In Las Vegas KSOS (SOS Radio) continued its strong showing at #3 AQH. Also in the top ten were WCIE/Tampa (#2)..  KTIS/Minneapolis (#6).. KCMS/Seattle (#6).. KLJY/St Louis (#3)

Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company on HisAir. Holiday 2021 PPM arrive 1/25.

KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) afternoon host Ethan Milburn has been hired by WAFJ/Augusta, GA as Afternoon Host/Production Director starting January 17th. Ethan has been with the RTN station in Springfield for 3 1/2 years.

Ethan replaces Kevin Davis who left to join KWAM/Memphis as General Manager.

Curb Word Entertainment issued this statement regarding the passing of Big Daddy Weave bassist Jay Weaver: “Our Big Daddy Weave brother Jay Weaver went to be with the Lord on Sunday afternoon, January 2, after a battle with COVID-19. We are devastated by this loss and are trusting the Lord to guide us through this difficult time. All of your thoughts, prayers, and support have been and continue to be deeply appreciated.”

Weaver who was 42, entered hospital care in late December due to complications from Covid. Last August, Weaver left the road after a period of intensive care stemming from dialysis treatment. Big Daddy Weave launched in 1998 out in Mobile. Jay Weaver lived with his family in Navarre, Florida.

After 4 years at Curb Word Entertainment Traci Hite exits the promotion department at the label.

Mike Scott (Photo: Business Wire)Salem Media announced that WIND/Chicago (AM 560 The Answer) will begin 2022 with an overhaul of its news and traffic operations. For the past 17 years, Mike Scott (left) has anchored newscasts on the station between 5am and noon each weekday. Scott appeared on the station through an agreement between WIND and Total Traffic and Weather Network and NBC News Radio. That agreement is not being renewed when it expires at the end of the year. Effective January 1, 2022, Mike Scott will transition into a full-time position with WIND as News Director where he’ll continue to anchor newscasts and will begin handling traffic reporting duties, as well.

“I’m incredibly gratified to be able to continue in my role on the air with AM 560 and Salem Media,” Scott said. “We have some of the best listeners in all of Chicago radio and some of the best on-air talent. I look forward to providing the first look at the day’s news for our audience.”

On the Singing News Top Twenty Weekly Countdown is airing two special shows looking at the top southern gospel hits of 2021 according to the Singing News POWER 50 year end chart!

Guest artists appearances from Mark Bishop, Ian Owens of Tribute Quartet, The Isaacs, Amber Eppinette Saunders of 11th Hour, Bill Gaither of The Gaither Vocal Band, Clint Brown of Southbound, Maria Kramer Wolfe of The Kramers, Tim Rackley of The Old Paths, Chris Taylor of The Taylors, Jake Anglin of Brian Free & Assurance, Ernie Haase of Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, Chris Jenkins of The Kingsmen Quartet, Will Lane of The LeFevre Quartet, Dean Hickman of The Guardians, Danny Riley of Gold City and Donna King of Zane & Donna King.

The Singing News Top Twenty Weekly Countdown is distributed by Sea Walker Media/ Singing News Radio

January 1st, 2022 The Blast FM celebrates the birthday of all their stations.  The Blast turns 16;  The Blender turns 9;  The Implosion turns 8; and The Blastozoic Era turns 5.  Congratulations to South Dakota based The Blast Ministries founder, program director and president Colin Cruz.  

HisAir is sorry to report Gospel Music Hall of Fame member, founder of the popular quartet New Legacy Project, and former Blackwood Brothers member, Rick Price, passed away in a Detroit area hospital on December 30th as a result of Covid. A small, private funeral will be held in Detroit in January, and an open Celebration of Life concert and memorial service will be held in Nashville in early Spring. 

Rick Price spent much of his early career with the Grammy and Dove Award winning Blackwood Brothers, and was subsequently inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame with the legendary quartet. For the past 23 years, Rick has been traveling across the U.S. with his own group, carrying on the grand tradition of Southern Gospel music. In 2016 Rick changed the group name from Blackwood Legacy to New Legacy Project, recognizing that it was time to break new ground and begin adding a contemporary touch to the traditional sound. 

Ross McCampbell celebrates 32 years at WBCL/Ft Wayne
Corey Mann celebrates 13 years at WHPZ/South Bend
Scott Smith 14 years at KLOVE
Nancy Rosenblad 3 years at EMF
LuAnn Schaffer 13 years at WAWZ/NYC

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