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Industry News Bits Mon 8-2-21

KKEQ/Grand Forks (Your QFM) PD Josh Jones checks in with HisAir. Josh says, “My wife Yvonne has been added to the staff of Your QFM. She is co-hosting the morning show with me.  We call the show “Waking Up With The Joneses”  She also has social media and graphics duties.”




WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) Zoraido Brown is now Community Engagement Director. She joined WPOZ in 2019 as the Promotions Assistant. Also at WPOZ CEO Jim Hoge says the new Z transmitter should be online this week. Its a 40kw liquid cooled x-mitter to save on air conditioning costs plus will add boosting capabilities.

WPOZ had a strong showing in latest Spring ’21 book, Daytona Beach #7, Melbourne #2 (Nielsen AQH 12+)

Speaking of Nielsen numbers in Spring ’21 KTSY/Boise rose 2.9-4.4 (#2) and WSCF/Vero Beach 1.6-2.3 at #10 (Nielsen AQH 12+).

Peter Chagnon starts his new position as Business Development Manager at WCLQ/Wausau (89Q) today. In addition Peter will be a weekend on air host. 

Australia’s CONNECT21 Experience conference has decided it will be a “virtual” event only. CONNECT21 starts Aug 30. 

New Zealand’s Life FM is now available on 98.1 FM in Wellington, NZ. Life FM, a listener supported Christian radio station, has expanded into the nation’s capital with overwhelming support from Wellington locals. Operated by Rhema Media, Life FM broadcasts on 37 frequencies across the country from Kaitaia to Invercargill. Life FM expects an extra 11,000 with its Wellington reach. 

Life FM Content Director, Luke Weston says the turn out for live events from ‘Percy’ the Life FM caravan exceeded expectations this week, with over 360 people attending the launch celebration event on the evening of Friday 30th July. 

Life FM was first launched in 1997, but it’s origins date back to 1961, with the founder of Rhema Media, Richard Berry having a “God given” vision to establish a Christian radio station in New Zealand. Rhema was officially opened in 1978, by then Prime Minister, Robert Muldoon.

On “20 The Countdown Magazine” with host William Ryan lll we hear that Micah Tyler had a pretty big surprise when Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger wore a t-shirt from Micah’s merchandise to training camp. ESPN reporters were guessing what the message on the shirt meant in regards to his upcoming season, only to discover that it is based on the lyrics from the song, “Different.”

Micah shared, “This is WILD!! I always dreamed of being on ESPN… did not think it would be for fashion purposes! It has been crazy to hear so many people talk about this shirt that represents a song that’s so special to me.”

Independent Gospel Music label StowTown Records welcomes three of Christian music’s top artists to its roster. Platinum-selling tenor David Phelps, genre-spanning trio the Booth Brothers, and award-winning group Legacy Five have each signed exclusive recording agreements with the Johnson City, TN based company. Helmed by music industry veterans Ernie Haase, Wayne Haun, Landon Beene and Nate Goble, StowTown Records (Provident/Sony Distribution) already boasts some of Southern Gospel and Inspirational music’s biggest names.

“When I was a kid, I used to pretend the living room was my world-class recording studio and the kitchen served as my international headquarters—until Mom made us clean it up for dinner,” StowTown Records co-founder Wayne Haun shares of his childhood goal now achieved. “As much as I hoped and dreamed it would happen, even I couldn’t imagine what a landmark year 2021 would be for me and our amazing team. I love being surrounded by people who really love this music!”

Tonga Christian Radio 93.1 introduced ‘Sowing the Seed Week’. Each day this week they’ll highlight a different ministry birthed from the station and how it has significantly impacted the people of Tonga. Tonga Christian Radio has been broadcasting the Good News of Jesus Christ all across the Kingdom since 1993.

Donna Cruz tells HisAir the launch date for new Austin based station “JOY 512” has been delayed indefinitely. Donna who recently hosted the #1 afternoon drive show at Spirit 105.9/Austin (VT) and #1 nights for KTIS/Minneapolis (VT) is a pro and looking for new VT opportunities. She’s also available to fill for vacationing full-timers too.

Reach out here: Donna@DonnaCruzRadio.com

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