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Industry News Bits THU 12-15-22

Fundraisers this week .. Positive Life Radio/College Place, WA .. WCVO/Columbus .. WayFM .. WAWZ/NYC


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

WKDD HD2/Akron – 0.2
WJNI/Charleston, SC – 2.6
WSPO/Charleston – 0.9
KGOR HD3/Omaha – 0.3


Monica Rabassa (Photo: Business Wire)Salem Media Group announced today the appointment of long-time Miami broadcast executive Monica Rabassa as Vice President and General Manager of its soon to be acquired cluster of radio stations in Miami.

Rabassa comes to Salem after more than 20 years in executive positions with Univision. Prior to joining Univision, she was Marketing Research Director for Cisneros Television Group. Rabassa’s career highlights also include being named “Woman of the Year” by the Association of Women in Communications, and “Radio Corporate Employee of the Year” by Univision in 2010. In 2014, she was recognized as a “Hispanic Woman of Distinction” for her work in the South Florida community. Most recently, she has been honored as one of the “Most Influential Women in Radio” by Radio Ink magazine (2015 through 2020) and as “Marketer of the Year” with the prestigious “Medallas de Cortez” Award in 2015. She received Univision’s UNICO award for her outstanding contributions to the company.

Salem Media Group Senior Vice President Allen Power commented, “As we prepared to return to the Miami market with a new vision, we sought a leader with knowledge of the market and a shared passion for that vision. Monica’s track record in Spanish-language audio across multiple markets and her deep understanding of the South Florida communities are evidence that she possesses both. We’re excited to have her join us to lead our team in making a positive difference in South Florida.”

Rabassa commented, “I’m thrilled to join Salem Media Group as the General Manager of its Miami properties. It is an honor to be part of Salem’s vision to offer high quality, unique and insightful programming to Spanish-language audiences and advertisers. “


Jason B. Jones has been promoted into the newly created role of Vice President, Creative at Integrity Music. In this new position, Jones will lead a cross-functional team of creatives and marketers to expand global influence through Integrity Music and David C Cook’s publishing and curriculum arm.

“Jason has a unique ability to create at the highest level and translate that creativity into wide-reaching, meaningful impact,” said Jonathan Brown, president of Integrity Music. “Over the past six years, I’ve personally seen Jason’s care and intentionality in the way he leads others. I have no doubt that in this next season of his career he will continue to foster a culture of imagination and elevate the overall ministry of David C Cook and Integrity Music.”


Centricity Music, based in Franklin, TN reports a record-breaking year with unprecedented growth and success. The label has added three new members to its marketing and finance teams: Tyler Osswald as Digital Marketing Manager, Sarah Shinn as Marketing Manager, Radio, and Camy McArdle as Sr. Manager Finance / Business Affairs.

The label has also received RIAA Platinum and Gold certifications for Lauren Daigle and reached the top of the charts four times with songs from Brandon Heath, Jordan Feliz, and Katy Nichole.


WNZR/Mt Vernon’s Joe and Marcy Rinehart are recipients of this year’s Stephen W. Zelkowitz Memorial Award from Food For The Hungry (FFTH).
The nominating committee stated, “Joe and Marcy have been the ‘gas to the FFTH engine’ for thirty years, giving their time, energy, and passion. Marcy, as an on-air host, off-air organizer extraordinaire, and FFTH board member, and Joe, behind the scenes directing the broadcasts, have set an example for us all. Moved by the example of Joe and Marcy, countless MVNU students have volunteered to stay after Fall finals were over to assist in the production and learn broadcasting experience from their mentors.”

Vidare Creative is offering a $50 discount on next years “Fundraising 23” event in Nashville. Use the code “merryfundmas” at checkout. 

Go HERE to register. 


SoundStack, a digital audio platform, announced on Thursday the hiring of Hailey Feagans as its new Vice President of Marketplace Operations and Heather Smith as its Vice President of Publisher Enablement. In their new roles, Feagans and Smith will work with audio publishers, including podcasters and enterprise platforms, to help them grow their businesses on the SoundStack platform. Feagans previously worked at LiveOne, the parent company of Slacker Radio and PodcastOne, as the Senior Director of Ad & Systems Operations. Smith previously worked at Advisr, a sales enablement software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for digital media publishers, and spent nearly six years at Triton Digital as its Vice President of Publisher Development.


Milestones:
Sonny Delfyette 1 year at KCBI/Dallas
Ellis B Feaster (WPOZ) celebrates 40 years in radio
Tommy and Brooke (WJQK/Grand Rapids) morning hosts celebrating 18 years as a morning team waking up W. Michigan
WEEC/St Mary’s, GA celebrates 37 years since the AM station went on the air, and 17 years after launching the FM at 89.3.

Prayer List:
Al Ross 


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