Industry News Bits Tue 10-18-22
Fundraisers this week .. WRGN/Sweet Valley, PA .. MyBridge Radio/Lincoln, NE .. WOW Radio/Pensacola .. WYSZ/Toledo .. SOS Radio .. KVNE/Tyler ..
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The 53rd Annual GMA Dove Awards take place tonight, co-hosted by Chris Tomlin and Erica Campbell and held live at Nashville’s Allen Arena. SiriusXM’s The Message (Ch. 63) will air the entire live broadcast of the show on October 21 at 8pm ET.
The Message listeners will hear live performances from tobyMac, Crowder, Karen Peck, Jeckalyn Carr, Phil Wickham, Anne Wilson and hosts Chris Tomlin and Erica Campbell. Plus, backstage chats with the winners throughout the event.
Salem Media announced today it has entered into an agreement to purchase the assets of two Miami radio stations. In a transaction with Fenix Broadcasting Corporation and co-owned WRHC Broadcasting Corporation, Salem will purchase the assets of WWFE (AM 670) and its FM translator on 103.1 (W276DV) along with WRHC AM (1550) and its FM translator on 98.7 (W254DV). The stations currently broadcast Spanish-language formats and it is Salem’s intent to continue broadcasting in Spanish post-closing.
Salem Media Executive Chairman Edward Atsinger commented, “From this nation’s early days its voices of freedom spoke loudly and were heard. This is one reason we are a true democracy, and not a totalitarian regime. At a time when the voices of freedom in Spanish-language programming are threatened, it is our duty to step up and serve the South Florida audience. For over four decades Salem Media Group has provided a platform for conservative voices on-air, and now online, and in print. Now we will do the same for South Florida’s Spanish-speaking community as well, as we add leading Spanish-speaking voices of freedom to our lineup. The recent passing of Fenix Broadcasting’s President and Founder Jorge Rodriguez, Sr. makes this effort even more timely as we work to build upon the broadcast legacy that he and his wife Ana, and son Jorge, Jr. have created. Jorge Sr.’s passionate fight for freedom defined his operation of WWFE AM 670 ‘La Poderosa’ and WRHC AM 1550 ‘Cadena Azul.’ We are grateful to be entrusted with these legendary stations as a platform for our new Spanish-language conservative programming.”
Salem has a long history in Spanish-language broadcasting starting in 1984 in New York City with WNYM AM 1380, which was sold in the late 1980s and remains in the Spanish-language format today. Currently Salem owns Spanish-language radio stations in Dallas – KLTY FM 94.9 HD2 and translator FM 102.5 (Spanish Christian Contemporary Christian Music) and KTNO AM 620 (Spanish Christian Teaching and Talk), in Portland – KRYP FM 93.1 “El Rey” (Regional Mexican), and in Denver – KBJD AM 1650 (Spanish Christian Teaching and Talk).
Artists Anne Wilson and Katy Nichole are nominees for this year’s American Music Awards for “Favorite Inspirational Artist.” They were nominated last Thursday alongside For King and Country, Matthew West, and Phil Wickham.
KGTS/College Place, WA (Positive Life Radio) has exceeded its fall fundraising goal by soaring over 100%.
“Reaching goal while we’re in steep inflation is a huge blessing for our ministry. We’re especially grateful for the gifts that came from areas we’ve only been covering for three months.,” says Chris Gilbreth, general manager of Positive Life Radio.
“How awesome it was that the first gift came in from the recent expansion into Portland and western Oregon,” said Garrett Michaels, senior fundraising specialist at Vidare Creative. “Positive Life Radio connects with their listeners so well – and they responded by helping go over the goal,” Michaels says. “We are humbled to partner with a great ministry like Positive Life Radio.”
Positive Life Radio is located in College Place, Washington, broadcasting to three states, including eastern Washington, northeast Oregon and northern Idaho. In 2022, the station expanded its coverage in Portland and surrounding areas.
With nearly 100 years of collective experience, Vidare Creative offers clients custom fundraising services, strategic planning, and marketing support to help further the mission of organizations across the country. For more information, visit VidareCreative.com.
Congratulations to The Erwins who have the #1 southern gospel song this week! This is “The Blood Of Jesus.” Check out the Singing News “Power 50” chart HERE.
WTGN/Lima Station Manager Scott Young is celebrating an incredible 44 years at the station this month.
Scott started working at WTGN at the age of 24. He currently hosts Country Faith and Co- Hosts the morning show Rise and Shine. The WTGN staff says one of the unique blessings they have at WTGN (and part of the heart of the WTGN ministry) is their listeners love to come in to visit the station. Many personal relationships were nurtured by Scott, and listeners know when they come in they are loved and known!”
Chris Hauser celebrates 35 years in promotion, 43 years total in the Christian Radio/Records industry this month… (Started in Christian radio in Oct. 1979 at WYRD/Syracuse)
Doug Hannah 18 years at Sirius/XM
Adam Frase 28 years at WCTL/Erie
Shawna Beyer 4 years at Moody Radio/Grand Rapids
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