Industry News

Industry News Bits Mon 4-4-22

247 Media Ministries is expanding the reach of Worship 24/7 with the acquisition of KYOZ/Spokane, WA. Full story HERE.

Salem Media Group announced today that Larry Elder has decided to move on from the Salem Radio Network, after a six year run on the SRN lineup, 3-6pm PT, 6-9pm ET. SRN will be announcing a replacement for Larry in this slot very soon. This change is effective immediately.

“Larry is an icon as a radio talk show host and is a powerful voice as a leading black conservative, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors,” said Salem Senior Vice President of Spoken Word, Phil Boyce. “I hope there will be future opportunities for us to work together,” said Boyce, who added this was “completely 100% Larry’s decision.”

KCBI/Dallas afternoon host Sonny Delfyette and Digital Content Director Emily Haring have produced a mini-documentary of Sonny’s visit to church shelters along the Polish border, where refugees fleeing war-torn Ukraine are housed.

“One Week Near Warsaw” offers a gripping, firsthand account of the Ukrainian war refugee experience and the courageous efforts by churches and ministry groups, such as KCBI’s ministry partner, Texas Baptist Men, to help them.  KCBI had asked listeners to match a $10,000 donation to Texas Baptist Men, which is financing five church shelters for Ukrainian refugees along the Polish border and Western Ukraine. They generously gave more than triple that amount, serving more than eight thousand refugees so far with food, water, clothing, blankets and Bibles.

“We are so thankful to have had this opportunity to serve with Texas Baptist Men,” said KCBI Program Director. “Sonny was fearless in agreeing to go with them to Poland to set up refugee shelters for those affected by this war, and his heart and desire to show God’s work and saving grace in this documentary is evident.” 

Sonny Delfyette is available for interviews. Contact Kelly Corday, (469) 801-7014 for more information. Watch HERE

FEBC Ukraine’s presenters are doing everything they can to stay on air and broadcast gospel message of hope across the country, despite the fact that two of the station’s studios have been damaged by Russian invasion attacks. Pastor Sergey Nakul, their senior broadcaster, claims that they are seeing unparalleled chances to convey the Gospel message with their audience.
FEBC Ukraine celebrated the opening of their new studios in Kyiv, Ukraine only a few months ago. Since the Russian invasion, however, their team has faced enormous obstacles to continue on the air, including damage to two of their seven Christian radio stations. However, their senior broadcaster, Pastor Sergey Nakul, claims that they are witnessing incredible miracles as they continue to broadcast across the country.

Mike Shields (Photo: Business Wire)Salem announced today that Mike Shields (at left) , General Manager in San Francisco has announced his plan to retire. 
David Santrella, Chief Executive Officer, said “Mike has been leading Salem’s San Francisco cluster for 11 years and has built a solid team, terrific culture, and delivered growth in both revenue and operating income yearly. Mike has had a great run than includes nearly 50 years in media and he has been a pleasure to work with. We wish them a multitude of blessings!”

The company also announced that Segar Kannan, General Sales Manager in Portland, will become the next General Manager in San Francisco. Mr. Kannan has served for 23 years with Salem, beginning as an Account Executive, Local Sales Manager, and the past 15 years as General Sales Manager. Mr. Santrella added “he is a leader who has worked hard, driven his team to excellence in digital revenue and earned this opportunity at the next level of leadership.” Kannan said, “I am looking forward to a new chapter in this journey and excited to see what Gods plan is for me, the stations, and the City.”

Colin Lambert checks in with HisAir today. Colin is starting a new video podcast tomorrow that will focus on creativity and innovation and will feature many in our industry in addition to other types of art, media and ministry. Colin gives more info: “Insights from Innovators begins tomorrow on all of my media channels (FB and YouTube). Each week or two I will have a conversation with someone engaged in creative arts, innovation, leadership and/or engagement. I won’t be asking the traditional questions like, “Tell me about your latest book/art/movie/project etc.”. I will be digging into the processes, struggles, victories and learnings of engaging in this type of work. I begin tomorrow with my friend and colleague Chris Fabry, award-winning author and radio host. Please SUBSCRIBE HERE, Watch/Listen, and SHARE with those you come in contact with! I pray we all will learn something together in the process!”

Colin adds, “As I begin my 42nd year in media and ministry, I’m praying that the Lord continues to open doors and provide direction as I seek to serve him.” 

Congratulations to Elevation Worship for receiving a GRAMMY® Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Old Church Basement, their collaborative album with Maverick City Music. This is their first GRAMMY Award win. They also received two additional nominations going into the awards: Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Jireh” and Best Gospel Song/Performance for “Wait On You.” Both songs are featured on Old Church Basement. 

For the Spring 2022 survey, which began last Thursday, Nielsen has released revised Radio Market Survey Population and Rankings.  Based on current population figures, total of 253 radio metros have been re-ranked.  While the top ten markets have remained stable, there have been major changes in markets 11-50 and beyond.

No photo description available.HisAir is very sorry to report longtime KSBJ/Houston air talent Mike Cannon passed away this weekend.  Mike was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2020.

On that day Mike told HisAir, “Using the gifts God gave me for Him is the icing on the cake of my radio career. Being on the air has always been a blast, but answering the phone and talking a distraught listener out of suicide or leading them to The Lord is way better. I’m grateful for this honor but more so that God can and has used me in the lives of others.”

Watch Mike Cannon’s induction into the 2020 Texas Radio Hall of Fame HERE.

Hope Feaster 7 years at G Praise/Orlando
Brian McIntyre 11 years at Shine.FM/Chicago

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