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Industry News Bits Tue 11-30-21

Nielsen Nov PPM Ratings are due to release starting tomorrow. On day 1 the results from Dallas, Houston, Atlanta and more subscribing stations in the biggest markets will be available. Numbers will be posted after 5pm CT on HisAir. Christian Radio Ratings are sponsored by Dunham+Company.

It’s GivingTuesday today and Christian Radio stations are raising funds for operating costs and numerous other non-profit causes.

GivingTuesday started in 2012 as a global generosity movement. In the United States, GivingTuesday is locally-led in over 240 communities, networks, and coalitions.

WFHT/Garrison KY/Portsmouth, OH has flipped to Southern Gospel as “Grace-FM 98.3” with the calls WZGR. The station owned by Fowler Media Partners was Classic Country. New website is found HERE. The new format will launch this Thursday at 12 noon. Southern Gospel music will air from 12am – 7pm weekdays, all weekend, and ministries will be programmed weeknights from 7pm – mid.

“It was time. This Station was originally launched in the late 90’s as a Southern Gospel Station and changed a few times before we purchased it”, says Bryan Fowler of Fowler Media Partners.

KGBI/Omaha has partnered with Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha to provide 1,007 Cards for Kids stuck in the hospital over the holidays

Listeners can buy a gift card of any amount that they think a child or teen would like and bring or ship it to the KGBI studios by December 17th and they’ll be delivered to the hospital in time for Christmas. They’re given to inpatients and outpatients over the holidays.

The NAB Crystal Radio Award entry period will open on January 1. Ten NAB member stations will be honored with this prestigious award in recognition of their community service efforts in 2022. More information is available here

From Inside Radio: The FCC released its review of the 1,282 applications that were submitted earlier this month during the first filing window for noncommercial FMs in more than a decade. The Media Bureau spent the past few weeks analyzing the applications and has identified 883 applications from 231 different groups that have turned in what amounts to requests for the same signals.

To resolve those conflicts, the FCC has opened a 60-day settlement window where it hopes the competing applicants will voluntarily reach settlement agreements or submit to the Media Bureau technical amendments to resolve conflicts and potentially allow more than one broadcaster to emerge a victor.

The Daystar Television Network announced Tuesday that Marcus Lamb, the founder, and president of the ministry, has passed away from complications from COVID-19. He was 64.

“It’s with a heavy heart we announce that Marcus Lamb, president and founder of Daystar Television Network, went home to be with the Lord this morning. The family asks that their privacy be respected as they grieve this difficult loss. Please continue to lift them up in prayer,” the network’s Twitter post read.

StowTown Records Ernie Haase released the following statement on the death of Marcus Lamb / Daystar Television.

“Marcus was a lover of music. He never forgot his upbringing and the importance of Gospel music in his life. I am very thankful that Marcus allowed us to share his platform, allowing us to know him and his sweet tender heart for the Savior. As sad as this moment is, we are assured that Marcus is in Heaven now, because of his faith in Jesus. We mourn with Joni and the entire family, along with all those who loved the ministry of Marcus Lamb. Our hearts are with you and we will hold you in prayer as you navigate the days ahead.”

Prayer List:
Dianne Wilkinson
Kayla Sanders (mother)
Joe Burke (father)

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