Industry News Bits TUE 12-13-22
Fundraisers this week .. Positive Life Radio/College Place, WA .. WCVO/Columbus .. WayFM .. WAWZ/NYC
Nielsen AQH Share for Persons 12+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid – Nov 2022
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WOLZ HD2/Naples – 0.2
WCSG/Grand Rapids – 7.2
WJQK/Grand Rapids – 3.7
WPNW/Grand Rapids – 0.2
Despite low odds that the American Music Fairness Act, a bill that would mandate a performance royalty on radio, will pass in Congress during the lame duck session, the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance it on Wednesday. Supporters of the bill said they plan to continue seeking a resolution to the longstanding stalemate when a new Congress is sworn in next month. The bill may also be renamed to include the year 2022 as an indication that it will be reintroduced in the coming months.
The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has stated that more than 250 members of Congress, including a majority in the House, oppose the performance royalty bill.
NAB President Curtis LeGeyt has also called on the music industry to meet with them. LeGeyt said, “Broadcasters urge the recording industry to join us in serious discussions instead of using the few legislative days left in the calendar to pursue divisive legislation that faces broad congressional opposition.”
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KLJY/St Louis (99.1 Joy FM) got some excellent local TV coverage just in time for Christmas shopping. The JOY Store located at the Joy 99.1 studios features station apparel, books and a lot of accessories, including local collaborations.
Watch the report HERE.
Over 5,600 unwrapped gifts were collected as part of Family Life Radio’s (FLR) annual Toy Drive. The toys will benefit over 500 families this Christmas.
Nearly 100 local businesses opened their doors to be drop off locations. The FLR regional promotion coordinators held 15 donation events where members of the local community dropped off their gifts that included puzzles, basketballs, dolls and radio-controlled cars.
FLR partnered with nine local ministries nationwide who support with families in need. In Arizona and Michigan, Youth Haven, a sister ministry of FLR, was the beneficiary. Youth Haven provides life-changing, Christ-centered experiences for disadvantaged children. FLR also teamed up with Wings for Life and Victory Outreach in New Mexico and Carry the Cross Ministries/On Eagles Wings Farm in Wisconsin.
“We realize times have been especially difficult for families and our listeners stepped up in a big way to provide hope for those in need this Christmas,” said Brian Neuwirth, national events and promotions director for FLR.
WRDR/Freehold Township, NJ (The Bridge Radio) announces its annual Bridgefest will be held June 23-24 in Ocean Grove, NJ. Music will be from “We The Kingdom”
Bridgefest, is the annual outreach event of The Bridge Christian Radio Network, consistently draws thousands to Ocean Grove, NJ each summer. Bridgefest features two full days of on-air Bridge pastors teaching on the Word of God and opportunities to ask questions at several Q&As. Also, there will be kids activities, sponsors, a live concert Friday night and a beach baptism on Saturday. Now in its 18th year, Bridgefest remains the largest and longest running Christian Summer festival of its kind to be held on the Jersey Shore.
The Andrew Brunet Show is growing and recently become an international syndicated radio show, reaching millions of listeners with Christian music.
Andrew Brunet shared, “Our goal is to spread a positive and encouraging message to the world, reminding people that Jesus Christ is still in control, no matter what challenges they may be facing in today’s chaotic world.”
The Andrew Brunet Show is heard in countries such as Africa, Brazil, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Canada.
Doug Williams is launching his own independent label, DLW Music Group. Williams has spent nearly three decades at the helm of Blackberry Records, and was instrumental in the success of Blackberry Records and was the driving force behind the label’s numerous Grammy and Stellar Award nominations. Williams says that after retiring from Blackberry in 2019, he felt a prompting from the Holy Spirit to start his own label.
Williams teamed up with co-producer Stan Jones in 2021 to begin production on the label’s first project, Doug Williams’ “Colour Of Love” EP, set for release in 2023. The first single from the EP is a Christmas song written and arranged by Williams called “An Unusual Child,” featuring jazz great Gerald Albright on saxophone.
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HisAir is saddened to report the passing of Robert Michaels. For 30 years, Robert operated Lord & Michaels Entertainment, a highly respected marketing and PR firm in the music business in Nashville. He received 25 gold, platinum, and mutli-platinum albums for his work with those artists. Robert is survived by his wife of 49 years, Christina, his daughter Hollyn Michaels and his son David Michaels, as well as his grandchild.
Paul Kretschmer 41 years at WIHS/Middletown, CT
Anthony Barkhuizen 21 years at TWR
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