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Industry News Bits MON 4-3-23

Fundraisers this week .. WKJD/Columbus, IN .. WYGS/Columbus, IN

Nielsen AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid – FEB 23

WHKF HD2 – 0.2

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WLCQ/Springfield, MA (Q 99.7) Pres/GM Nate Thomas checks in with HisAir, “We hit our Fundraising goal during Listener Support Month (month of March). It was wrapped up with a 3-day fundraiser (last 3 days of the month). During the month stories were shared and listeners were invited to give. Heading into the 3-day event, we were at 27% and finished at 100% on Friday. Also, we saw the largest number of brand new donors in our history!”

The Brave Podcast Network flagship podcast, “What Else? with Corey Mann,” has been nominated for “Podcast of the Year” category by Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB). This highly anticipated nomination recognizes the exceptional dedication and passion that has been poured into making Corey Mann’s podcast the ultimate go-to for Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) fanatics. Corey is PD/mornings at WHPZ/South Bend (Pulse FM).

Corey says, “I celebrated 5 years of podcasting this week, over 200+ episodes, joined a new network this year, and now acknowledgement from my peers, I am humbled to be a finalist alongside great people.”

Amanda Carroll founder and CEO of The Brave Podcast Network has praised Corey’s dedication to excellence, stating, “We are so impressed by Corey’s commitment to excellence in podcasting, and letting his guests shine in every episode!” With its nomination for Podcast of the Year, “What Else? with Corey Mann has solidified its place amongst the best in Christian music podcasting.”

Salem Radio Network (SRN) talk host Mike Gallagher is bivouacked in Lower Manhattan for the history-making events set to unfold today and tomorrow as former President Donald J Trump is arraigned on criminal charges included in a sealed indictment from a Grand Jury.

Gallagher is originating his SRN talk show (9AM-12 Noon Eastern) from Salem’s New York City studios this week…and he will also host a live 30-minute Special Report on Salem News Channel on Tuesday (4/4) covering Trump’s arraignment at the Louis J. Lefkowitz state office building. SRN White House correspondent Greg Clugston will today report live from Trump Tower—where the former President will spend Monday evening—and then report live from Lower Manhattan as breaking news events occur on Tuesday.

Joe Battaglia’s Renaissance Communications helped promote “The Garden” livestream event from the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC. This was the official launch of The Garden Cartoon, App and The Garden Illustrated Children’s Bible published by Thomas Nelson with over 200 illustrations by The Garden creator Butch Hartman. The one hour event hosted by Danny Adams, included a sneak peek of The Garden cartoon Easter episode, interviews with Butch & Julieann Hartman and a special guest appearance by The Garden characters Lenny the Lion and Lucy the Lamb. The livestream event was a huge success with audiences from all over the world watching on platforms such as Facebook and YouTube. The in person audience enjoyed games, prizes, refreshments and received a commemorative poster designed and autographed by Butch Hartman. 

The Garden created by Butch Hartman, is a cartoon for ages 3-8 that teaches kids about the Gospel.  He is best  known for creating the classic Nickelodeon shows The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom along with several others.

Pictured L-R Brian Boyd (developer of The Garden App), Butch Hartman (creator of The Garden) and Joe Battaglia (President of Renaissance Communications)

The Christian Media & Arts Australia (CMAA) is looking for Legacy Award Nominations. This year is being held a little different.

The Legacy Award will be expanded into two categories for nomination:

  1. Lifetime Dedication Legacy Award
    Awarded to an Individual who, during their lifetime, has made a significant and consistent contribution as a Christian Leader in one organisation or field of Media or the Arts.
  2. Enduring Impact Legacy Award
    Awarded to an Individual who has made a remarkable and enduring contribution as a Christian Leader in Media and/or the Arts, whose efforts have built gospel momentum and impact, in and beyond one organization and/or one nation.

Entries can be made HERE.

KGGN/Hemet, CA (102.5 The Vine) will host “The $25,000 Gift Card Challenge” during April. The Vine is asking for 1000 listeners to provide one $25 gift card that will be given to one of two amazing local causes.

“We have held wildly successful community drives in the past, but this theme is a first for us,” says Chris Thompson, General Manager of 102.5 The Vine. “I was told a few weeks ago that the ask is way too big and that the chances for failure are high,” Thompson continued. “I then had to explain that the listeners of 102.5 The Vine are some of the most giving people in California.”

Through their nonprofit partner “Reach,” gift cards for food, gas, and clothing will support local survivors of human trafficking. Through Birthchoice, a Pregnancy Resource Center, gift for gas, Uber, or Lyft will help families make it to medical appointments.

“We have eight Donation Drop Off Live Remote Broadcast stops planned for April, and we’re asking churches, small groups, mom’s groups, and even softball teams to join in and pull together,” Thompson says. “It’s a big goal, and it’s out of our hands. We are simply the conduit for His blessings.”

Brian McIntyre 12 years at Olivet Nazarene University

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