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Industry News Bits THU 12-14-23

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AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid NOV

WJNI/Charleston – 2.0
WSPO/Charleston – 0.7

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KCBI/Dallas is adding a new signal just south of the Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex that covers the Waco-Temple area of Central Texas.  KCBI’s DFW format will be recrafted for KRMX/Waco likely to launch in mid-summer of 2024. KRMX is being sold to First Dallas Media by M&M Broadcasters.

“This is a dream we’ve been working on for about five years,” said KCBI General Manager  Matt Austin, Vice President of Operations at First Dallas Media. “God has opened a door for a powerful new radio station which will extend KCBI’s reach to over 560,000 people with Encouraging Music and Words of Hope found only in the Bible.”

“It’s our prayer that the Lord uses the station to strengthen listeners’ faith everywhere they live, work, play and worship,” said Matt. “As we face challenges and uncertainties in a broken world, there’s no more opportune time than now to expand beyond our current reach, building up many communities to be firmly rooted in God’s Word.”

WXML/Upper Sanduskey, OH has named long-time Christian radio enthusiast, Joe Emert, to serve as Interim VP and General Manager. Emert, is the founder and Chairman of Life Radio Ministries of Atlanta. Some of Joe’s past responsibilities have been with WTLR/State College PA, WAKW/Cincinnati OH, Moody Broadcasting, Leading The Way with Michael Youssef, and construction of a network of FM stations in Papua New Guinea.

Joe tells HisAir, “It is my sincere desire to serve NewVision FM in such a way that any mark I am honored to leave will be hidden by the marks left by the entire team. And, it’s a good team!”

Joe is a 2021 recipient of NRB’s Milestone Award, and is in his 53rd year of service in Christian radio. NewVision FM is a 5-station group of Christian radio stations in Northern Ohio founded by Daniel Kayser over 30 years ago.  Kayser, retired, serves as the organization’s President and board chairman. Joe Emert can be reached at jemert@newvision.fm or by calling the radio station at (419) 294-2900.  www.NewVision.FM

Trans World Radio (TWR) is offering the audio program Grieving at Christmas again this year. TWR360 staffer Jim Hill added the program in 2020 to A TWR Christmas Collection on the TWR360 app and website.

Hill knows that many people are dealing with fresh grief each year as Christmas nears. Others may feel sorrowful every year because of memories of losing a loved one around Christmas. They may feel a sense of guilt that they are unable to join in the celebratory feeling of the season.

Hill, who has had his had his own losses says, “I think people need the help of someone else saying, ‘Hey, it’s OK to grieve at Christmas and give yourself permission to grieve at Christmas and not feel guilty.”

TWR’s Andy Napier later recorded Hill sharing his thoughts in the studio and then added a musical background. It comes across not as professional counseling, but as a caring friend sharing his hurts with another. Hill said he wants people “not to feel like I’ve got to be singing ‘Joy to the World’ when, you know, ‘Silent Night’ is probably my thing right now.”

Grieving at Christmas, and the rest of A TWR Christmas Collection, can be found at TWR360.org.  Offered in more than a hundred languages, TWR360 is the portal for a multitude of Christian ministries, with access to Scriptures, topical studies, worship music, and programs aimed toward men and women, teenagers and children.

Sean Astin joined ABC-TV’s GMA3, the third hour of Good Morning America, to discuss his role as Ebenezer Scrooge in the new episodic podcast from Hope Media Group and Compassion International, SCROOGE: A Christmas Carol. In his interview, Sean shared how he brought the character to life in the star-studded dramatic audio adaptation of Dickens’ classic story and why this version stands out.

“We are thrilled God is using national media like GMA3 to reach people with His message of hope and redemption through Sean Astin and SCROOGE: A Christmas Carol podcast. We must be innovative to engage a broader audience for Jesus and Hope Media Group is committed to innovation.” said Joe Paulo President and CEO of Hope Media Group. 

Watch Sean Astin’s interview with GMA3 HERE

HisAir FLASHBACK – Dec 14, 2015 – WAY Media announced the addition of new operations directors at four local WAY-FM stations. WAY-FM/Portland Paul Van Sickle, WAY-FM/Nashville Aaron Traylor, and WAY-FM/Denver welcomes Dan Raymond. 

Year End Openings at some great stations:

Base Communications/Blacksburg, Virginia – HERE
KSBJ/Houston – HERE
Moody Radio – HERE

Correction: The FCC has announced an extension for LPFM ONLY – NOT FM translator filings applications until 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 15th. This is the first LPFM filing window for new CPs since 2013.

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HisAir is sorry to report the passing of John Wetherbee, know as “Big” John, who did weather reports on UCB/Canada Radio.

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