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Industry News Bits Thursday 3-11-21

KSBJ/Houston has been named a finalist by the NAB for the 34th annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their year-round commitment to community service. The finalists will be celebrated and the winners announced during a special awards program held Tuesday, April 13th. Ten Crystal Radio Award winners will be chosen from the above finalists by a panel of judges representing the broadcast industry, community service organizations and public relations firms.

KSBJ has a long history that started with its sign on July 8, 1982. It began as a Christian Rock station, but moved toward CCM shortly after. KSBJ originally operated at 88.1 MHz, but changed frequency to the current 89.3 MHz in 1987.

WAKW/Cincinnati (STAR 93.3) completed its partnership with Heart for Lebanon on Wednesday. Nearly 300 refugee families received survival essentials, and the good news of the Gospel. The fundraiser ended at 197% of the goal!

 Director of Programming, Jeff Evans, said: “God continues to pour out his blessings. Each fundraiser we’ve had this past Covid year, either for the station or third-party ministries, has ended at or well above 100%. To God be the glory!”

The Vermont Daily remembers WGLY/Burlington (The Light Radio Network) morning co-host Heather Sheppard. Vermont Daily writer Guy Page says, “It’s impossible to start talking about Heather Sheppard without going on and on and on.”  Heather had such an impact in her community that the journalist honored her first before his two top stories. Go HERE to read more. 

Heather passed away last Sunday. She was an inspiration and a true example of faith and love who will be greatly missed by all she touched on the radio and off. Please keep her husband Jerry and daughters close in your thoughts and prayer during this most difficult time.

Evangelist Luis Palau has died at age 86 of lung cancer. His radio programs, including the international Spanish-language “Luis Palau Responde,” are broadcast on 3,500 stations in 48 countries and his Portland, Oregon-based organization, the Luis Palau Association, organizes dozens of events each year on five continents.

“We Christians—and especially Anglo-Saxons—have this notion that we know what the other guy is thinking before we even begin to talk to him. We really don’t,” said Palau. “The Holy Spirit said he would convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. Do you believe that? I believe it.”

Palau is survived by his wife, four sons, and many grandchildren.

Susan Hart 3 years at CBN

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