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Industry News Bits WED 4-19-23

Fundraisers this week .. KSWP/Lufkin .. Sound of Life Radio Network/Lake Katrine, NY .. WRVL/Lynchburg .. Kinship Radio/Mankato .. KFNW/Fargo .. The LifeFM Network .. WKNZ/Milford .. K-LOVE ..

Nielsen MARCH PPM release tis week. On Day 2 we’ll see Tampa, Wash DC, Seattle more markets. Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company on HisAir. Latest PPM numbers are HERE.

“KeepTheFaith Dallas-Fort Worth” edition scored a #1 with women 25-54 in the March PPM released yesterday. The show hosted by former KLTY/Dallas morning talent Frank Reed pulled an 8.7 AQH in the demo. 

The Sunday morning weekly show designed specifically for the Dallas-Fort Worth metro launched Jan 1st this year and airs 6am-noon, plus weekdays 5-6am on KLTY

Frank told HisAir today, “I love bringing ‘contagious encouragement’ to Dallas-Ft Worth! It’s a perfect fit for this new season I’m in. The stories, the guests, the high production values and the intentionality of everything they do is an honor to be a part of.”

KLTY PD Mike Prendergast added “Frank has done a great job with his Sunday show, we’re so exited for him. Our whole team has had a great run of books in 2023 and we continue to get better every day on KLTY!”

WBCL/Fort Wayne News Director Larry Bower announces he is retiring after a 58-year career in broadcasting. Larry has been on the WBCL Morning Show for the past 19 years. Prior to that he did afternoon news at WBCL for 3 years. Larry’s last day on air at WBCL will be Wednesday, April 26.

Larry’s long and illustrious career began by hosting classical music programs on WOI-FM, the Iowa State University station heard throughout central Iowa. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1966 as a 2nd Lieutenant at Dow AFB in Bangor, Maine, where he served as Information Officer.

In 1972 he joined WLYV-AM/Fort Wayne. Besides copywriting and production, Larry was also part of the Phil Gardner Show as a character in the popular Zetta and Roxie morning show romp. He was instrumental in the creation of the WLYV Raft Race which, at the time, was among the most popular events of the Fort Wayne Three Rivers Festival. In 1975 Larry began a number of years at WKJG TV 33 in Fort Wayne where he was a copywriter and commercial producer plus the station Promotion Director. Larry was a local host of the Jerry Lewis Telethon for 13 years. As Promotion Director, he interviewed a number of celebrities on his show “Star Talk” including Bob Hope, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Rock Hudson, Michael J. Fox, Denzell Washington, Alex Trebek, McLean Stevenson and Ted Danson, among others.

Soon afterward Larry became the WBCL News Director and joined the morning show, Jim, Phil and Larry, weekday mornings from 6 to 10. Besides delivering the news, Larry became the foil for many of the WBCL morning show feature bits like “Battle of the Brains” and “Mystery Theater.” Larry was instrumental in helping the WBCL Morning Show earn two IBA nominations as best Middle Market Morning Show. The trio won the IBA Spectrum, best morning show, and first prize in 2005.

During his tenure, Larry won numerous individual awards from the Associated Press, Indiana Broadcasters Association, and National Religious Broadcasters.

WLGT/Washington, NC (My Bridge) founder/mornings Johnny Jones tells HisAir, “We are partnering with BETTER TOGETHER out of Florida to host an Eastern North Carolina second chance job fair tomorrow. Ignite Church in Greenville, North Carolina is the host location and we will be doing our morning show from their live tomorrow morning. Connecting those needing a second chance in employment with local employers.


WRNP/Ft Wayne (Rhythm and Praise 94.1) morning host DeShawn Moore checks in with HisAir as the station is preparing for their Spring Partnership Dive beginning, Wednesday, May 3rd – Friday May 5th.

DeShawn says “We exceeded our goal last Fall and hope to do the same this year.”

Darren Ryder 2 years at Salem Media/Houston
Steve Green celebrates 4 years at WAY FM/Louisville
John Hayden 11 years at “Revive Our Hearts”

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