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University of Northwestern-St. Paul (UNW) and Northwestern Media President Dr. Alan Cureton announced on Monday his intention to step down as the organization’s chief executive in the coming months. Cureton, who became Northwestern’s eighth president in January 2002, will serve in his current capacity until the board of trustees appoints a successor, likely in the summer of 2022. With what will amount to more than 20 years at the organization’s helm, Dr. Cureton’s tenure is more than three times longer than that of today’s average private college president. Many campus buildings and facilities were constructed or refurbished under Cureton’s leadership. Among them was the Mel Johnson Media Center (2003), home of KTIS/Minneapolis and the Northwestern Media offices, along with the university’s communication department.

“The last twenty years serving at Northwestern has been the highlight of my professional life,” Cureton told the organization’s internal community. “From our very first day on campus in 2002, both Gayle and I have treasured our time as a part of this incredible community, with its incredible mission—one that is changing this world for the Kingdom. We are grateful for what He is doing at Northwestern, and for us to have been a small part of that work.”

Northwestern’s board has been actively engaged in this pending transition for several years with the goal of a smooth and successful shift in leadership. CarterBaldwin Executive Search has been retained to assist in identifying Cureton’s successor. More information about the search process will be made available at unwsp.edu in the weeks to come.

Salem announced today that well-known inspirational gospel on-air personality Pastor Lenny Gaines has been added to Salem Music Network’s lineup of syndicated music hosts. Salem Music Network will produce Gaines’ five hour show for daily syndication (Monday-Friday) beginning January 31, 2022. “Pastor Lenny’s Praise Party” is a show filled with daily inspiration, interviews and a cultural call-to-action. Gaines has been doing his Praise Party on Salem’s Rejoice 96.9 FM radio station in Greenville, SC. After deciding to take his show to syndication Gaines said, “I am humbled and so excited to join the many listeners that will be in ‘Pastor Lenny’s Praise Party’ on a daily basis. God has a mighty way of connecting lives together, and I’m assured that as I connect to new and current listeners, we will grow, inspire and most of all Praise together. Don’t be late, we’ve got a praise party to get to.”

The Praise Party will be Salem Music Network’s first syndicated program designed for Inspirational Gospel/Urban Gospel radio stations. Network General Manager Kevin Anderson said, “Everyone who knows Pastor Lenny sings his praises. We are honored to partner with him as we expand our syndication offerings with this show that already inspires so many. Pastor Lenny and The Praise Party deserve a national platform. My team and I are excited to be a part of helping build that platform and spread the Word nationally.”

The five hour “Pastor Lenny’s Praise Party” will debut on Monday, January 31st. The preferred daypart is mid-days (10am-3pm); however, it can be aired in any daypart.

WJTL/Lancaster MD/personality Nik Curtis Beal interviews Newsboys Michael Tait on her online community Bandkind this week. Check out Bandkind HERE

CMB announced the dates for the 2022 “Station Of The Year Awards” today. The awards are open to any station that plays Christian music for a majority of the broadcast day and voted on by a panel of radio professionals primarily outside of the Christian music industry. 

  • Eligibility period is January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021
  • Submission period begins January 17, 2022
  • Submissions must be completed by February 18, 2022
  • Finalists announced March 31, 2022

The 2022 Station Of The Year Awards will be given out in June at Momentum 2022 in Orlando. 

Join our GMA Membership Community in prayer lifting up our industry, nation and world.  GMA Member and Manager Dave Steunebrink hosts these weekly online gatherings. Please see meeting dates and times below. 

Thursday, December 9th
11 AM–12 PM CST

Thursday, December 16th
11 AM–12 PM CST

Zoom Meeting ID: 898 5343 0401 
Password: 662950

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