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Industry News Bits Thu 8-4-22

Nielsen Audio Spring 2022 AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid

WJYZ AM/Albany, GA 2.8
WBGA AM/Brunswick, GA 3.4
WHLW/Dothan, AL 3.0
WKNZ/Salisbury 4.5 #4
WSOK AM/Savannah 8.2 #1
KWND/Springfield 5.2
KWFC/Springfield 1.2
WHLW/Montgomery 6.3 #3

WNFR/Port Huron, MI (Hope FM) morning hosts Brian Smith and Ellyn Davey have be named the 2022 Best of the Best of the Greater Blue Water Thumb Area.

This is the 2nd time that Brian and Ellyn have won the top spot in the Best Radio Personalities category, repeating last year’s 2021 award. The Best of the Best Awards are sponsored by Gannett’s Port Huron Times Herald. All businesses were nominated and voted for by the people they serve in the local community.

Ellyn said, “We are honored, humbled and excited all at the same time. Thanks to all who nominated and voted for Brian and me. We love our Hope FM listeners!. ”

Brian added “We are incredibly humbled to have won this award two years in a row. It’s such a privilege to share Hope, to share life and to share Jesus with people every day on the air.” 

WGTS/Wash DC held their “Close the Gap” fundraiser July 27-29 to help cover a shortfall in their Spring Fundraiser. The listeners responded with over-the-top generosity, ending at 118% of the goal.

WGTS Chief Development Officer Dusty Rhodes pointed out, “Meeting and even exceeding our goal, especially in light of our nation’s economy and giving climate, was an encouraging and tangible demonstration of our listeners’ willingness to do what it took to continue proclaiming hope and encouragement for the 500,000 people depending on WGTS’s ministry each week in our Nation’s Capital!”

“We are excited to see our client stations raise more money and successfully engage their audience,” said Dave Kirby of Vidare Creative.

For more information, visit VidareCreative.com.

Gospel Music label StowTown Records announces the launch of its newest imprint, StowTown Worship. Created to serve the Church with a diverse range of music and resources, StowTown Worship has signed world-renowned genre pioneers The Brooklyn Tabernacle as its flagship artist.

In celebration, the label is set to make seven of the group’s acclaimed recordings from their historic catalog available for the first time on digital platforms. Leading the way is tomorrow’s reissue of The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s first GRAMMY®-winning release, 1993’s Live…We Come Rejoicing, as well as the 1995 GRAMMY®-winning album Praise Him…Live! Five additional catalog releases will bow later this month, ahead of StowTown Worship’s new recording from The Brooklyn Tabernacle in October.

Our company has always had a heartbeat and passion for the Church, so the addition of StowTown Worship is a natural progression of our vision,” explains Landon Beene, partner, StowTown Records and StowTown Worship. “It is fitting to announce this brand-new venture with the signing of the beloved Brooklyn Tabernacle as our debut artist on the StowTown Worship label. We are thrilled about this new journey and excited for what the future holds.”

53rd Annual Dove Awards Nominee Announcement is coming.

Watch August 10th on YouTube or Facebook (@GMADoveAwards) at 11am EST / 10am CST.

Salem Media Group, Inc. released its results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Results

For the quarter ended June 30, 2022 compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2021:

  • Total revenue increased 7.7% to $68.7 million from $63.8 million;
  • Net broadcast revenue increased 12.1% to $52.5 million from $46.8 million;
  • Digital media revenue increased 4.5% to $10.8 million from $10.3 million
  • Publishing revenue decreased 18.5% to $5.4 million from $6.7 million;

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