Industry News Bits THU 12-1-22
Fundraisers this week .. KZTH/OKC .. WPOS/Holland, OH .. Family Life Radio/Tucson .. Vision Christian Radio/AUS
Nielsen Nov PPM day 2 release today. Numbers from subscribing stations in Tampa, Baltimore, Miineapolis & more arrive today. Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company on HisAir. The latest ratings are HERE.
WPOS/Holland (Proclaim FM) ended its year end fundraiser 8 hours early today, above being fully funded.
Salem Media Group announced today that Tom Moyer, General Manager of Salem Media Group’s cluster of stations in Washington, D.C. will retire at the end of the year. Tom is a 30-year veteran of the Salem DC management team, playing a major role in the growth and development of the cluster.
Salem Media Group Chief Executive Officer Dave Santrella commented, “Our cluster of stations in Washington DC, and particularly WAVA-FM, are crown jewels in Salem’s portfolio of stations. Tom Moyer has been a tremendous leader for us, holding fast to the principles that have guided our company and allowing these stations to be glimmering examples of what a Salem radio station should be in any community. We will miss him and wish him great success in the next chapter.”
Moyer commented, “I’m very grateful for my time at Salem. For my wife Sharon and me Salem has been such an important part of our lives for 30 years. There is certainly a sadness in my heart in moving on, but I have confidence that the timing is right.”
Salem Media Group Senior Vice President Allen Power also commented, “It is not an overstatement to say Tom Moyer has been a part of the very fiber of our DC cluster over the past 30 years. Replacing a longtime leader like Tom is no small task so we considered all the stakeholders of Salem Media DC in deciding on a succession plan.”
StowTown Records Donna King is leaving the promotions dept at the end of the year.
Donna tells HisAir, “This past 14 months has been an HONOR. I LOVE this label. I feel like we have done some incredible work in this past year but that the time for me to return to touring and songwriting FULL-TIME again has come. The label is very supportive of my decision. As an artist on this label, I could not be more proud of the HEART of what we do and I will continue to be a CHEERLEADER in making music, along with my label mates, that reaches hearts for JESUS.”
Replacing Donna is Kim Hudgins who will officially begin on January 1, 2023.
NRB has passed along info on various ministries and media groups special Christmas programming.
Focus on the Family Broadcast is airing the sixth season of an all-ages podcast, “Christmas Stories,” that invites listeners to experience heartwarming tales, learn the importance of Christmas, and hear ideas for holiday activities the whole family can enjoy! Stream the most recent “Christmas Stories” episode, “Celebrating Advent as a Family,” here. Focus on the Family also provides plentiful Christmas resources, such as “Christmas Activities That Focus on Jesus,” “Fun and Faith Activities for Celebrating Christmas,” “Why is Advent Important?” “Traditions: Old and New Way to Celebrate Christmas,” and ”Advent for Kids.”
The extensive Pure Flix offering of 190 movies and shows includes 14 original and exclusive films and series, thoughtfully created and curated to enrich your family’s Christmas celebrations. New movies and shows will stream exclusively on Pure Flix until Christmas, highlighting various facets of the Christmas season with a new theme each week. This week, Pure Flix celebrates the theme of “giving” with three films that inspire generosity. Celebrate Christmas with Pure Flix here!
SalemNOW, the Salem Media Group streaming platform, has several Christmas titles for families such as “The Key to Christmas,” “A Christmas Tree Miracle,” “Christmas Coupon,” “Miracle on Christmas,” and more available to watch with a SalemNOW subscription. Click here to watch.
In partnership with Turning Point Studios, Turning Point Ministries unveils its first docudrama, “Why the Nativity?”, giving viewers a fresh look into the birth of Christ. The full-length feature will officially premiere on December 2 at the Museum of the Bible, with special remarks from Dr. David Jeremiah and will be available to watch free online. Click hereto see this moving Christmas docudrama.
This Christmas, K-LOVE will host two multi-city 2022 K-LOVE Christmas Tours. The first tour will feature Crowder, Matt Maher, Jordan St. Cyr, and Katy Nichole from November 30-December 11. The second tour will feature Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Brandon Heath, Tasha Layton, and Jon Reddick from December 1-18. Click here to find tickets.
PLG artist Zach Williams appears tonight on “Dolly Parton’s Mountain Magic Christmas” special airing on NBC at 8pm ET.
Find out more HERE.
The Moneyball Chart is posted…
While Colton and Katy maintain their top spots respectively, there is still some notable forward movement in these last few weeks before our format becomes trampled by holiday songs.
Typically, Christmas break highlights the songs that have great depth, and begins shining light on the ones that will breakthrough come December 26th.
This week, Elevation, Lampa and MercyMe show the strength to get the nod for strongest three songs on the move, but not to be outdone or overshadowed by them, is one many have missed, but that the few who have supported have seen does well in research and quickly and that is Gratitude from Brandon Lake.
For King & Country and CeCe’s Goodness of God thrive in the Top 10.
Check it out HERE
New opportunities in Christian Radio:
KLTY/Dallas PD Mike Prendergast has started a search for a new morning show co-host. Longtime morning talent Frank Reed will be retiring this month.
The listing is HERE.
WAFJ/Augusta is in need of a new Promotions Director. Contact John Bryant, the listing is HERE.
The annual Men of Radio Winter Retreat is coming January 19-22, 2023 in McCall, ID. Host Bill Scott says if you are in radio, you are invited.
Musical guests are Evan Craft and more. There are still a couple of spots left. Go HERE for all the details.
Bill Ronning celebrating 18 years at Family Life Radio/Tucson
Jon Fugler podcast “FRESH FAITH in Real Life” celebrates 1 year
WCQR/Gray, TN celebrates 25 years on the air
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