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Industry News Bits THU 3-30-23

Fundraisers this week .. Family Life Radio/Tucson .. Word FM/Harleysville, PA .. Shine.FM/Chicago .. WMIT/Asheville .. KTSY/Boise .. KSBJ/Houston .. KNWI/Des Moines .. KNWC/Sioux Falls .. KJNW/Kansas City .. KDNW/Duluth .. KBNJ/Corpus Cristi

Nielsen AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid – FEB 23

WCSG/Grand Rapids – 8.3  (#1)
WJQK/Grand Rapids – 3.2

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In response to a tumultuous first quarter that has resulted in workforce reductions across various industries, Salem Media Group has implemented a companywide reduction in force that will reduce its workforce by 3%. The layoffs were carried out on Wednesday.

In an email to Salem employees obtained by Inside Radio CEO Dave Santrella said, “We do not take decisions like this lightly. I want you to know that Salem looked for every other opportunity to improve before this decision was made.” “While other broadcasters were cutting staff over the November and December holidays, Salem did not.”

In the memo, Santrella stated that there are no further layoffs planned for the future. “We do not have any plans to implement additional reductions,” he said, indicating that the company does not intend to make any further cuts.

Salem Media Group Director of Satellite Operations Jim Barto informed HisAir he has departed the company, as has WFIL/WNTP/Philadelphia Chief Operator Ted Winkler.

More on former WayFM PD/MD Steve Shore and his new position as EMF Music Platform Program Manager that began today.  

Steve takes over the programming of all current and new streams (other than the simulcast streams of the radio networks). He reports to Jarrod Graetz, Vice President of Streaming & International. 

Steve has come a long way from Cedarville University, where he graduated. As a matter of fact he joins 3 other Yellow Jackets at EMF, Kristen Wilmot in Community Engagement, Mandy Young, VP of EMF Radio and Jim Houser, Chief Content Officer. 

The Family Radio Network/Appleton, WI 31st annual Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive celebrates another a record-breaking year! Over $665,000 worth of new hygiene and cleaning supplies now stock the shelves of 101 crisis programs in 19 communities across Wisconsin. 

Since 1992, The Family Radio’s Help for the Homeless Hygiene Drive has provided more than $5.4 million dollars’ worth of hygiene and cleaning supplies for local Wisconsin crisis programs and those they serve. The goal of the hygiene drive is to supply a year’s worth of products to each of the participating programs, with donations remaining in the communities where they are collected.

New Job Alert:
WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) is adding a midday personality to the on air team. 

Check the listing HERE

WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) has added Julie West for weekends/swing.

Also, this year’s annual WPOZ Easter Sunrise Service at SeaWorld’s Bayside Stadium is set for April 9th. Evan Craft will be leading in worship and Tedashii will be bringing the message. Last year was the first year back and there was a capacity at Bayside and this year it’s expected to be over capacity, there will be room for overflow at Orca stadium. 

Today (March 31st) is the deadline to renew your membership or to become a new member of The Southern Gospel Music Association and be eligible to vote on the inductions to the 2023 Hall of Fame class.  More details available at SGMA.org.

After 40 years of dedicated ministry with RTN/His Radio Network, Gary Miller, Manager of His Radio Talk, is setting his sights on a well-deserved retirement effective March 31st, 2023. Gary joined WLFJ/His Radio in its first year of operation in 1983 and over the years has covered almost all air shifts. Gary’s talent and spiritual leadership will be greatly missed by staff and listeners alike.


HisAir is sorry to report the recent passing of F.W. Robert Broadcasting founder Fred Westenberger at age 90. Please keep the Westenberger family and staff in your prayers.

The company owns 10 Christian radio stations in the Southeast.

Christian Studer 3 years at WCQR/Kingsport
Al Kim celebrates 12 years at WSDK/Hartford CT
Bill Maier 1 year at Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll

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