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Industry News Bits Thu 6-17-21

On day three of the Nielsen May PPM release we came thisclose to another Christian station topping the market. KSOS/Las Vegas (SOS Radio) ranked second and came within .3 of the top station trending 6.1-6.8 AQH P6+.

SOS Radio PD Scott Herrold told HisAir “It’s such an honor to serve a city like Las Vegas. Brad & Chris Staley have championed our team to tangibly serve and solve problems for our listeners. That opens an amazing door to share the hope of Jesus!”

Christian Radio PPM Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company on HisAir. Day 4 PPM will be released later today. Latest PPM numbers are HERE.

KLOVE morning co-host Skip Mahaffey checks in with HisAir. Tomorrow on The Kip & Amy show they’ll interview for King & Country. This will be Luke Smallbone’s first interview since vocal chord surgery. Also, just ahead of Father’s Day Joe is asked how he’s becoming more like his dad and Luke tells his greatest thing about being a dad.

The Podcast: “An Evening With the Smallbone’s “ (currently available on Accessmore)

WGTS/Wash DC continues to expand its live on-air team with the addition of market veteran Tom Miner. Miner will serve as an on-air producer for the evening show, which runs weekday from 7:00 to midnight. He joins Brandi Lanai, who moved to D.C. from KSGN/Riverside this past May. Previously, Miner served as the afternoon show producer and traffic anchor for WGTS from June 2015 to October 2018. The new show has already started in a soft-launch mode. However, the official show kick-off will be on Tuesday, July 6th.

“It is truly a great privilege and honor for me to rejoin the family at WGTS,” said Miner. I’m joining an incredible team of dynamic and gifted communicators who are passionate, focused, and committed to service. Our new evening show will encourage, empower and inspire our listening family. It’s wonderful to work with Brandi Lanai as we create something new at WGTS. We are ready.”

The ChristGEO™ Media Group Inc., a Christian entertainment and educational company announces today the launch of its Christian country music station, “Gods Country.”

ChristGEO offers an array of Christian music channels in all types of genres for listeners. ChristGEO is launching hundreds of hosted talk radio programs and educational programs for listeners around the globe. To expand Christianity to not only Christian Households but also showing non-Christians that being Christian is not about speaking about love but living with it.

Don’t miss this weeks HisAir EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with The LifeFM Network PD Rodney Baucom. Rodney also hosts mornings on The LifeFM with his 22 year old daughter Reagan. She joined the morning show this past January. Ross On Radio (Sean Ross) has a nice follow up on the HisAIr interview with his his piece at Radio Insight. Check it out HERE.

Your Network of Praise (YNOP) has announced a partnership with the founders of Vox Radio 97.5FM in Liberia to work together to operate and expand the ministry of the
station. Full story HERE.

The FCC closed the door on LPFM stations boosting the maximum power to 250-watts, but has opened the window for comments to another proposal.

REC Networks “Simple 250” calls for a new LP250 class of service with an effective service contour of 7.1-kilometers and 451-meter maximum tower height.

The Petition is HERE.

Good news for radio. According to Nielsen, radio’s weekly reach and average audience is at highest levels since March 2020.

  • The May 2021 PPM survey saw yet another month of gains in radio listening across the aggregate of markets as America continues to reopen and consumers return to pre-pandemic routines.
  • Radio’s weekly reach is now at its highest levels since March 2020, and has grown during each of the past four months.  In May 2021, radio’s weekly reach surpassed 122 million weekly listeners, within 2 million of where it was before the lockdown precautions took effect last year.

Salem Media Group, Inc. announced today a partnership with noted film director Dinesh D’Souza on a new documentary. The attempts by left wing social media giants to silence the views they disagree with on the right has led to the new documentary, produced by D’Souza and Salem Media Group. The film, tentatively titled “Silenced,” will look into the chilling impact these cancellations are having on American society, and how they are now becoming common place across most social media platforms. The movie is tentatively slated for release in the middle of 2022.

Legendary entertainer Pat Boone will receive the top award from America’s leading Christian broadcast group, The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), at the group’s annual convention in June, it was announced today. He’ll be presented with the ICVM Crown LEGEND Award, which is the top award given, and his powerful crossover movie from 50 years ago, THE CROSS AND THE SWITCHBLADE, in which he starred, will receive the ICVM Crown LEGACY Award.  Both awards are being bestowed for the first time ever.

“It’s a huge honor to receive these awards from the Christian broadcast community,” says Boone. “TV and radio have been at the core of my career since winning The Ted Mack Amateur Hour on CBS-TV six decades ago.”

In 2003, Boone was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, along with Amy Grant and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

WRMB/Boynton Beach, FL (Moody Radio) Chief Engineer Rick Congleton has resigned the position. A new CE is needed at WRMB ASAP, the opening is listed HERE.

KLTY/Dallas weekend air personality Blake Powers checks in with HisAir on his 6th month anniversary with the station. Blake told HisAir, “God gave me major secular success for 6 years with Audacy/Entercom/CBS Radio Dallas’ 98.7KLUV and the former 103.7KVIL. In addition, I have been blessed with secular successes in Denver, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Kansas City, West Palm Beach, and guest shows in Chicago and Manila, Philippines. Due to Audacy’s nationwide budget cuts and staff reductions hitting myself and others in Dallas, plus the financial effects of Covid on the Radio industry, I am praying for and looking forward to a new challenge. Fortunately KLTY PD Mike Prendergast and Westwood One – Dallas VP of Network Formats Cheri Marquart brought me aboard their respective teams for weekends/fill-in while seeking my next full-time blessing. 94.9KLTY’s management and staff gave me the warmest welcome I have received from any radio station. The positivity plus spiritual and professional support I continue receiving from Mike Prendergast and Salem Media Group – Dallas, is amazing!” Blake Powers can be reached at blakepowersradio@gmail.com and heard at www.soundcloud.com/BlakePowersRadio ,

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