Industry News Bits Mon 8-1-22
Clayton Bjelan has been named and voted in by the Board of Directors of Positive Media Incorporated as the new CEO effective immediately. Bjelan replaces Jarrod Graetz who resigned the position last December. Bjelan. who joined the organization in 2004, has held a number of key roles with Positive Media including Announcer, Content Director, Chief Operating Officer, and most recently served as Interim CEO.
Annemarie Numa, Chair of the PositiveMedia Board, said: “We are thrilled to be able to announce the appointment of Clayton as CEO. There were several highly qualified candidates identified and interviewed in the search. The diversity of the experience Clayton has, his credibility within the industry, and his passion for the mission of PositiveMedia combined to make him the successful candidate for the role. The Board has full confidence in Clayton’s ability to lead the organization and are looking forward to working closely with him to deliver on PositiveMedia’s mission to see every life alight with the love of Jesus”.
Bjelan says, “It is an absolute honor to accept the role of CEO of PositiveMedia. I am inspired daily by the stories we hear from listeners of how TheLight impacts their lives. We have an incredible opportunity to expand the work we do to see more lives transformed by the love of Jesus. It’s an enormous privilege to work with our key supporters and lead the team of talented people that work so passionately to make such a positive impact on the community”.
2022 Stellar Awards winners have been announced:
MAJOR MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WPZE Praise 102.5, Atlanta
LARGE MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WJYD JOY 107.1, Columbus
MEDIUM MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WNZN 89.1, Lorain
SMALL MARKET OF THE YEAR
- WYPZ – FM 99.5, Macon
INTERNET STATION OF THE YEAR
- WVTC Gospel Radio Network, http://www.wvtcradio.com
GOSPEL ANNOUNCER OF THE YEAR
- Melissa Wade, WNNL – The Light 103.9, Raleigh, NC
The 37th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards airs this Sunday, August 7th at 8 and 10PM EST on BET and hosted by Jekalyn Carr & Kierra Sheard with a special all-star tribute performance to Aaron Lindsey by Brian Courtney Wilson Koryn Hawthorne and Marvin Sapp.
KFIS/Portland (104.1 The Fish) morning co-host Crystal Thornton was honored with the Enthusiastic Leadership award by the Salvation Army for her dedication, commitment, and enthusiasm to the Army’s mission of Doing The Most Good.” Crystal also won a Salvation Army Media Award in 2020.
98five Sonshine FM/Perth, AUS midday host “Mike” Crichton has exited the station.
Nielsen Audio Spring 2022 AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
WBCL/Ft Wayne 5.7 #2
More than 400 KCBI/Dallas volunteers served at three local ministries – nearly double previous years’ turnouts – creating life-saving “Love Boxes” for moms facing unplanned pregnancies at Embrace Grace, and at Mission Arlington and Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls, sending kids back to school in style with new shoes and brand new backpacks.
At Embrace Grace, Inc., volunteers assembled and prepped 1,200 Love Boxes for single and pregnant moms. “It is an honor to partner with KCBI for its Summer of Service,” said Co-Founder and President Amy Ford. “We are thankful for the hundreds of KCBI volunteers that came and assembled over 1,200 Love Boxes for single and pregnant moms. That translates to a potential of 2,400 lives saved!”
That was just the beginning. At Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex, volunteers prepped back to school backpacks and sorted clothing. “Many of the school supplies they put together were delivered that very afternoon,” said Mission Arlington’s Jim Burgin. “They were already in the homes of families who needed them before the volunteers who helped went to bed that night.” And volunteers serving at Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls prepped over 2,000 shoes to be placed on the feet of kids whose parents otherwise couldn’t afford them, just in time for back to school.
“This is answered prayer,” said KCBI Assistant General Manager and Outreach Director Sharon Geiger. “More volunteers than ever before responded to this year’s Summer of Service, which means we were able to do even more with our ministry partners. We are blessed to have so many listeners in DFW who are willing to put their faith into action. Their love for Jesus shone brightly as they gave so much to so many in need.”
Nathan Burnett 5 years at Gods Pit Crew
Brian Driver celebrates 7 years at Way Media
Dan Parker 21 years at Atlantic Coast Communications
Todd Gaddy 10 years at WRBS/Baltimore