Industry News

Industry News Bits TUE 1-31-23

Nielsen AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid – Fall 22

KNWS/Cedar Rapids 3.8
KDNW/Duluth 5.3
KFNW/Fargo 3.6
WPDT/Florence, SC – 4.7
WBZF/Florence, SC 8.8
KNWS/Waterloo 5.7
WAIW/Winchester – 1.6
WUSQ HD3/Winchester – 0.5

Nielsen Holiday 2022 PPM ratings have all been released. Look for Jan 2023 PPM numbers starting on Feb 21. Christian Radio Ratings on HisAir.Net are sponsored by Dunham+Company. Go HERE for latest.

As the Christian Radio Industry mourns the loss of Randy Zachary yesterday, Family Radio President Tom Evans has published a tribute.

“It is with deep sadness and bewilderment that we must share that our friend and afternoon host, Randy Zachary, has gone home to be with the Lord. We have mixed emotions as we mourn the loss of our brother but celebrate his life—a life devoted to loving others and loving our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Read the full tribute HERE.

Most recently Randy was afternoon host on Family Radio.

Family Radio PD Vance Dillard told HisAir, “Randy helped us transform Family Radio. He loved talking with listeners, hearing their stories and sharing Jesus. He has stepped into eternity. We will miss him greatly but we are rejoicing with his promotion.”

Prior to joining Family Radio Randy was with i:58:10 Media as a Fundraising Host and Creative Director.  Previously he and his wife Monica hosted afternoons at WBGL/Champaign exiting in June 2017 to become Senior Pastor at Lighthouse Assembly of God Church in Coarsegold, CA.

Please keep Randy’s wife Monica, family, and friends in prayer during this difficult time.

After 10 years with Brisbane-based Vision Christian Radio, Craig “Elmo” Johnstone is returning to New Zealand. He is leaving his role as Radio Content Manager at Vision to become Head of Audio Operations at news organization Stuff Ltd (stuff.co.nz). Stuff has established a new division to expand in the digital audio space and has already made a significant impact, winning Podcast of the Year for “The Commune” at the New Zealand Podcast Awards.

Elmo was also known for his work as a radio presenter and news host, in addition to his role as Radio Content Manager at Vision.


Faith Artist Agency has announced the addition of a speaker division. The roster of speakers includes Jon Micah Sumrall (Kutless), James Mead (Kutless), Ryan Ries (The Whosoevers), Grace Graber and Trevor Tyson (Trevor Talks).

“I am excited for this new chapter for Faith Artist Agency!” agency founder Brandy Wahlman shares. “For years we have been able to partner with some of the most talented, ministry-focused artists in the music industry. Adding a speaker division is the next natural step in furthering our mission to meet people where they are with the hope and love of Christ.”

To see the full Faith Artist Agency lineup, visit faabooking.com. To book a speaker or band for your event, contact info@faabooking.com or call (833) 293 8814.

After 21 years of service as the Production Manager at Hope 103.2 FM/Sydney, AUS. Phil McNab has exited. He also served as Creative Director and Content Producer in recent years. Prior to joining Hope Media, Phil worked at various radio Australia stations including 2WS, 2GB, AFTRS, and 2CH in various roles such as production manager, commercial production, and religious production. He is now running his own company, Sounds Kreative, which focuses on radio commercials creative and production.


The 2023 NRB International Christian Media Convention announces some speakers for the conference this May in Orlando.

  • On Monday, May 22, respected attorney, analyst, and broadcaster Abraham Hamilton III will deliver remarks as a featured speaker at the Opening Session. 
  • On Tuesday, May 23, Eric Metaxas will moderate an NRB Forum with pro-life leaders on fighting for the sanctity of life, post- Abby Johnson (ProLove Ministries), Jeanne Mancini (March For Life), Bradley Mattes (Life Issues Institute), and Dr. Ingrid Skop, M.D. (Charlotte Lozier Institute) will speak from their extensive backgrounds in life issue advocacy. 
  • On the final evening of convention, May 25, NRB will welcome acclaimed theologian, broadcaster, columnist, and commentator Dr. Albert Mohler to deliver a keynote address at the Closing Gala. 

Shane & Shane return March 17 with Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Live). The Worship Initiative set, recorded live at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, captures a powerful night of worship featuring 10 selections—both previously released and all-new songs. Produced by Bryan Fowler (TobyMac, Chris Tomlin) along with Shane Barnard—who also co-wrote each track—Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs (Live) includes additional vocals from The Worship Initiative’s Davy Flowers, Aaron Williams and John Marc Kohl, as well as Trenton Bell.

HisAir is sorry to report the passing of Radio Guide Publisher/Owner Ray C. Topp.

Ray’s wife Rita says, “Ray considered all his colleagues he partnered with on Radio Guide and Media Magazine his friends and spoke warmly about everyone. He worked tirelessly for nearly40 years on his publications and enjoyed meeting and working with those that shared his passion for Radio and Broadcasting.”

The November/December 2022 issue will be the last publication for Radio Guide.

Rita adds, “I will be holding a memorial for Ray in the next few months. I will send additional information when we have a date and time arranged. My family and I would like to welcome all his friends and colleagues who wish to share in the celebration of Ray’s life. As a family we request that instead of flowers, those who wish to send money please know we will be donating to one of Ray’s passions, a local Mission in Cottonwood AZ that support the homeless and those in need of shelter.”

Mike Kankelfritz celebrating 5 years at Family Life Radio/Tucson
Bill Ingram 26 years at KSBJ/Houston
Ron Corino 21 years at KBCU
Becky Carlson 41 years at WCSG/Grand Rapids
Stacie Vining 15 years at Vining Media Relations

Prayer List:
Monica Zachary

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