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Industry News Bits MON 7-10-23

The Nielsen JUNE PPM release starts TOMORROW. Markets include Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and more on Day 1. Nielsen PPM Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company on HisAir. The latest number are HERE.


KFNW/Fargo (Life 97.9) Listener Engagement Director Elaina Bekkum is now handling middays 10a-2p. Previously in that timeslot was Theresa Ross. Elaina joined KFNW in September, 2021. 

Life 97.9 Station Manager Jarrett Stevens tells HisAir, “I’m really excited that Elaina has become part of our on-air team. She has been doing an excellent job with our listener engagement and I’m confident she will do the same with this added role of midday host. She is very passionate about connecting people to Jesus and I know our listeners will be encouraged every day.” 


Tim Cardascia has exited Radio By Grace/Amarillo where he served in the role of Marketing and Programming Director since September 2020. Tim’s previous Christian Radio experience includes Director of Development at KAMB/Merced, CA (Celebration Radio) and WBYN/Redding, PA (107.5 Alive).

Tim and his wife Gayle are seeking the Lord for guidance on the next step of their journey. If you have an opportunity at your organization or if you know someone who does, please reach out to Tim at Cardcomm@gmail.com or 717-940-6735.


KXBS/St. Louis (BOOST 95.5) debuted its new morning show with Nikki & NTEG today. Nikki was previously afternoons on WPEG/Charlotte (Power 98). NTEG (short for N’Tegrity), moved to a full time role with BOOST in December, 2022. Previous morning co-host JBo Marie exited the station in Jan this year.

At the time of the morning show announcement Operations manager Mike Couchman said “Nikki’s track record in Hip Hop radio, her off-air skills, and most importantly her passion for faith make her a great fit for the mission of BOOST.” Couchman added “NTEG is a man with many talents, including a natural knack for doing great radio! We’re excited to see how God uses him and Nikki to bless BOOST listeners.”

BOOST 95.5/St. Louis is the flagship signal for the BOOST Radio network, currently simulcasting in Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Portland, Pittsburgh, and Fayetteville, NC.


KNLB/Lake Havasu City, AZ (Your Celebration Radio Network) is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this month.

KNLB’s Deborah Eckelbarger told HisAir, “KNLB will celebrate 40 years on the air, July 16, 2023.  It was early, 1981, when Pastor Richard Tatham took a thousand dollars (borrowed from his dad) to an auction in Phoenix and came home with a vintage 1962, Gates Console and an old Mosley STL, and other pieces of equipment to start a Christian Radio Station in a small community of approximately 23 thousand.  Today, what started as KNLB, now echos many call letters throughout much of Arizona and into parts of California, Nevada, Utah and New Mexico.  Pastor Tatham said, “It was all God!” Read the miraculous faith-filled story at www.knlb.com.”

KNLB (91.1 FM) went on the air in July 1983. Today KNLB is available on several translators, and is owned by Advance Ministries, Inc.


The results from the 2023 Finney Media Why Listen®? Webinar are in! Results from this year’s survey will be shared in a FREE webinar.

Join Finney Media on TOMORROW – Tuesday, July 11 at 11 a.m. CT/Noon ET for the first webinar in the 2023 Why Listen Webinar Series. Register for the free, 30-minute webinar HERE.


Consultant Brian Wright was in a very serious, high-impact bicycle crash on a Michigan bicycle trail this past week. The result was three broken ribs, a broken clavicle, partially collapsed lung, leg injury and deep muscle bruising. After a couple of days in the hospital he is now confined to a recliner at home. Good news it doesn’t appear that surgery will be necessary.

Keep Brian in your prayers as he is in a lot of pain level, but prescribed meds are helping him get through it. 


StowTown Records announces the addition of PromisedLand Quartet to its artist roster. Their debut StowTown project, Golden Road, is set to release early this fall.

Speaking for PromisedLand Quartet, Gene Hamman says they are looking forward to producing great music with the StowTown team. “We are so thankful to God for blessing our ministry with this amazing opportunity to join StowTown Records. Wayne Haun, Ernie Haase, Landon Beene and Nate Goble are proven winners, and we are super excited to be a part of the winning team at StowTown Records.”

Also at StowTown Scotty Inman has decided to leave the group Triumphant Quartet to focus on a solo career.

“This is not a ‘going home to spend more time with my family’ type of announcement,” explains Scotty. “Mainly because that implies that those of us who travel for a living do not spend time with our families, which is not true. However, what I do know is that I have a deep desire to be even more involved in my kids’ lives at these crucial ages. They are growing up quickly, and I want to be at as many ballgames and recitals as I can.”


Milestones:
7/7
David Jackson 18 years at Salem Web Network
Kurt Leander 33 years at Focus on the Family

7/8
Mike Harper
34 years at KVNE/Tyler

Tristi Hendrick 6 years at KTSY/Boise
Beth Bacall 12 years at WFSH/Atlanta
KSBJ/Houston 41 years on the air

7/9
Matt Ingle 3 year at AESTHETYK


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