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Industry News Bits THU 1-12-23

Nielsen AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid – Dec 2022
-Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company

WERC HD2/Birmingham – 3.3
WAGG/Birmingham – 1.9

WBHJ HD3/Birmingham – 0.4
WMJJ HD3/Birmingham – 0.2

Nielsen AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid – Fall 2022
-Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company


WLFA/Asheville – 0.8
WPER/Fredericksburg – 2.4
WLFJ/Greenville – 3.5
WGTK HD3/Greenville – 0.4
WTSK/Tuscaloosa – 6.2
WSIV/Syracuse – 0.2


WVFJ/Atlanta (The JOY FM) is off the air due to tornados and strong winds that brought down a 1600+ foot antenna on Thursday. The affected signals are 93.3 and 102.1 Phenix City and Columbus. RTN engineers will visit the area on Friday to determine what the extent of damage is and establish a temporary signal on the air.


Truth Broadcasting WSJS/Winston-Salem (AM 600) remains off the air and 2 of the stations towers were vandalized earlier this week, according to owner Stu Epperson Jr.

A criminal investigation is currently underway, with the FBI involved as it is a federal crime. The station’s news/talk/sports programming is simulcast on four translators, with the main signal and W268CG (101.5) currently offline. However, W276DS (103.1) and W285EU (104.9) continue to broadcast. The status of WZZ9CH (93.7) is unclear. 

Truth Broadcasting owns 17 full-signal stations and several translator signals across North Carolina, Virginia, and Utah.


Andy Massingill (Photo: Business Wire)Salem Media announced today the promotion of Andy Massingill to the position of Senior Director of Digital Sales.

Jon Latzer, Vice President/General Manager of Salem Surround said, “Over the past three years, Andy has led his team to unprecedented revenue heights. His leadership across the Western Region played a significant factor in Salem’s overall revenue growth. In addition to Andy’s leadership for the Western Region, Andy will work closely with Chris Gould, Senior Vice President National Programming and Ministry Relations and all our National Ministry partners to better leverage our digital assets, generating more time with our quality audience while delivering outstanding results,” Latzer said.

“The last three years have been an incredible journey with Salem and the Western Region. I’m proud of our work, the work we will continue to do, and the relationships established across the board. I am very excited to work with Chris and our National Ministry partners who are at the core fabric of what Salem stands for,” said Massingill.


Amanda Carroll checks in with HisAir. Amanda says WNWC/Madison (Life 102.5) afternoon host Summer Shepherd will be her guest on “Get Your Brave On” podcast sharing the BIG NEWS that she has been nominated for “Military Spouse of the Year”!

Amanda tells HisAir, “What an honor to have such an amazing talent in our industry also honored for her family’s service to our country! She’s had a very challenging few months.  Her house flooded, her minivan was totaled, and she spent Christmas in a hotel room with 4 kids all while her husband is deployed. However, her listeners NEVER missed her. Her show and her podcast continued.  What an incredible talent!”

To listen to her story go HERE.


Congratulations to KVNE/Tyler (Encouragement Media Group) Pres/CEO Troy Kriechbaum who celebrates 15 years of service today. 

“We have gone from 2 stations and frequencies to 4 stations and 7 frequencies as well as 2 digital/streaming stations under Troy’s leadership. It is a joy to serve under Troy as he so faithfully serves his staff and our community, always pointing people to Jesus and doing things with excellence”, says Bill Bumpas VP of Programming. 

Troy’s previous radio experience includes 17 years at KCBI/Dallas where he served as Marketing & Promotions Director.  He has served on the CMB Board of Directors, the NRB Radio Advisory Committee and the Southwest NRB Board. Check out the 2019 HisAir interview with Troy HERE.


The Gospel Industry Network (G.I.N) 2023 Summit will hold its Winter Summit Board Meeting from February 2-4, 2023 in Los Angeles, CA. The Sonesta Los Angeles Airport LAX will be the host hotel. This year’s meeting will be interactive and focused on celebrating the accomplishments of the executive board, affiliate leaders, music industry professionals, influencers, and media changemakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to network, grow their ministry, and have their voices heard.


Salem Media Group is expanding its partnership with Triton Digital to further develop its podcast business. The company will now have access to Triton’s Podcast Metrics Demos+, which offers advanced metrics such as demographic, sociographic, media behavior, and purchase intent data at the individual level. Salem has been working with Triton for the past decade to expand its streaming and podcast services.

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Triton Digital, which has helped drive a significant increase in digital revenue while delivering our engaging content to our growing audience,” Salem CEO David Santrella said in the announcement. “We’re looking forward to this next chapter together, gaining increased visibility and a more comprehensive understanding of the behaviors and demographics of our audiences.”


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Milestones:
Robin Robinson 21 years as Station Manager at WHIF/Palatka
Dave Conour celebrates 27 years in Christian Radio ministry


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