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Industry News Bits Thu 6-9-22

KKJM/St Cloud (Spirit 92.9) PD Jess Hart tells HisAir the station is expanding its staff. Jess is looking to hire an APD/air talent.

Hart says this is a new position we’re adding to our team. This person would eventually replace a tracked timeframe on air. Listing is HERE

WDJC/Birmingham afternoons has been filled by Steven Jenks and Lauren Kitchens-Steward (at left) who will start on the air this Monday June 14th. The show will be called “At Home with Lauren & Jenks.”

Steven Jenks is a 30 year radio vet and comes from Country WLX/Lawrenceburg/Columbia, TN. Lauren Kitchens comes from Ohio, and continues her show for Strong Tower Christian Media WFCJ/Dayton “Living Life with Lauren”. Lauren has also worked for American Family Radio and Salem.  

Former WDJC afternoon hosts Russell P & Jessica “Joyful Noise with Russell P. & Jessica” will officially start this Monday as well.

KJTM-LP/Lincoln (TiM FM) has hired Matt McKay and Beth (Swihart) to host a new morning show. Matt McKay & Beth will be on the air weekday mornings 6-9am on “Positive Hits & Hope” 98.9 TimFM. Matt was last heard on KFRX (Alpha Media) in Lincoln and makes a return to the Lincoln airwaves after 3 years. The show will blend fun & games with a Christian worldview.

Founder and General Manager Brad Leggett commented, “TiM FM is so fortunate to have this great communicator join our team. Only God could have put this together. You have never heard a Christian show quite like this before. Beth is the perfect partner for this show, with her knowledge of the Bible and family, she will make this something really special”

Chuck Finney checks in with HisAir today. Finney Media is providing resources post Momentum 2022, to help you enhance your connection with your listener.

Go HERE for the resource page from Finney Media.

Moody Radio/Chicago Manager of Digital Radio Rick Hall is exiting to join mainstream AC WSHE/Chicago (She 100.3) as MD/afternoons. Rick joined Moody in July 2019 after a five year stint as PD/mornings at WAWZ/NY (Star 99.1). Previous Christian Radio experience includes KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9), SOS Radio/Las Vegas, and WFZH/Milwaukee (The Fish).

Les Butler and Family Music Group announce the signing of the McBride Family from Pisgah, Alabama to the FMG Bluegrass label.  

Les Butler stated, “In the past few weeks we have lost some of the greatest writers in the history of Gospel Music. You cannot replace Dianne Wilkinson, Kyla Rowland and James Easter. But, for some reason, the Lord has allowed some of the greatest new songwriters in our industry to be a part of what we are doing here at BMG/FMG/Real Records. Heaven’s Mountain Band has Roger Johnson. The Marksmen has Mark Wheeler. The McBride Family has Brannigan McBride. These three write with an unusually strong anointing under the power of God.”

The McBrides added, “We are honored and thankful to God that we get to work with such great people like Les Butler and Matt Butler and everyone at FMG. We believe wholeheartedly that God put us together with Bro. Les to help point souls to Jesus Christ. We can’t wait to see what God has planned.”

Dunham+Company invites all to a FREE webinar on June 22nd to unpack important data and insights from the recently released Giving USA 2022 Annual Report on Philanthropy.

Rick Dunham says, “The landscape of philanthropy is changing in America. That’s why we want you to join this webinar to explore the valuable research and recent findings on giving data in America from the Giving USA 2022 Annual Report on Philanthropy.”

Join the live stream and then stick around after the presentation for a special Q&A session with Rick Dunham and Dr. Una Osili.

Jun 22, 2022 1pm PM CT. Sign up HERE.

KTIS/Minneapolis morning host Keith Stevens returned to the air this past Monday after his leave of absence following the death of his wife.  It was an emotional morning as Keith spoke about his loss.

Keith says, “My first week back on mornings in Minneapolis -98.5 KTIS after Sue passed away. This has been an emotional week. But I feel so humbled and honored to share my life with you.”

Audio HERE.

CORRECTION: Frankie Morea 23 years at WPER/Fredericksburg, not 10 years as reported!
CORRECTION: Carol Davis 20 years at Blue Ridge Broadcasting

Steve Strout’s “Celebration of Life” will be held in Nashville, TN, on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at 2 PM. (It will be live-streamed for people unable to attend.)
Strout passed away Friday June 3rd after a long battle with cancer and other complications.

HisAir is asking those that can, to make a donation to help the Strout family pay for medical expenses. Go HERE to donate.

Cleve Walker 31 years at WAFJ/Augusta
Alana Chambers 20 years at WPOZ/Orlando
Dan Connors 2 year at WPOZ/Orlando

Prayer List:
Parks Stamper
Danielle Marie

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