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Industry News Bits TUE 7-9-24

Fundraisers this week .. Passion Radio/New Mexico .. WCIF/Melbourne .. 

Let us know when your Station Fundraiser takes place… news@hisair.net

Christian Radio Ratings on HisAir.Net are sponsored by Dunham+Company.

Nielsen JUNE 2024 PPM arrive today, Day 1 markets include NYC, Atlanta, Houston.  Go HERE for latest PPM ratings. 

JUNE Cume Top 5

Congrats to KSBJ as the station sits in the #1 spot in the market for the 2nd month in a row.  In the Nielsen JUNE PPM KSBJ dropped 9.6 to 8.6 (AQH Share Persons 6+ Mon-Sun 6am-mid) but leads the #2 station by nearly 3 points. 

Hope Media Group Chief of Programming Scott Herrold told HisAir, ‘This week, KSBJ’s heart and hustle shine bright. Even with most of our crew dealing with power outages at home, they showed up pre-storm, ready to uplift Houston and share their own journeys. When a hurricane causes stress, our team steps up, addressing real listener concerns head-on. We love seeing consistent ratings, but it’s weeks like this that remind us of our true purpose: spreading Jesus’ hope through every storm.”


Many Houston Christian Radio station staff remain without power after Hurricane Beryl made landfall in Texas as a Category 1 hurricane. More than 2.7 million homes and businesses are without power, and a large stretch of the coast is under flood warnings.

Convoy of Hope is responding there and continuing their response on Grenada and St Vincent, where Beryl originally made landfall.

KSBJ/Houston midday personality Denise Pagano told HisAir, “I can tell you that the air staff has been here round the clock since Sunday-some of us even sleeping at the station (Randy, Yoshi, Rachelle and Carder) to make sure if there were any updates we could get on the air quickly. All of the air staff’s homes have no power, I live the farthest and in an area that was hardest hit (south by about 1hr 20 min of the station) and we had damage to our roof & fence. Thank you for praying!!! We are doing our best to give information and encourage our listeners & reminding them that God is in charge of the wind and the rain and loves us so very much!”

KHCB/Houston President Scott Krus reached out to HisAir, “President Emeritus, Bruce Munsterman was in early on Monday to anchor most of the day on KHCB.  Providing listeners with relevant news and weather updates until relieved by Buck Hardy in the afternoon. We have about four signals without power still on Tuesday (including Radio Amistad’s 101.2 FM and AM 1400), but we were never without electricity at our headquarters and have been able to provide continuous streaming audio. “Many in the Greater Houston area are still without power and cleanup efforts are in full force.  Praise the Lord for His protection and for the opportunity to serve listeners during these challenging times!”

MCBI stations KTIG/Pequot Lakes (The Word) & WZFJ/Pequot Lakes, MN (The Pulse) hosted a Listener Appreciation Picnic, celebrating listeners, supporters, and friends of the stations.

MCBI Social Media Director Amanda Ledford says, “The centerpiece of the event was a delicious BBQ spread that brought people together over good food and conversations. Children laughed and played non-stop in the lively bounce house, while others eagerly lined up for creative face painting sessions. Games of cornhole added a competitive edge to the day, while having Christian music playing complementing the relaxed, family-friendly ambiance. The highlight for many was the charming ice cream bike, serving up sweet treats that kept smiles on everyone’s faces throughout the afternoon.”

Pictured MCBI Engineer Aaron Pearson giving out ice cream.

Dunham+Company shares the latest research on the listening and giving habits of Christian radio audiences. This fresh research will open your eyes to some surprising trends.

Rick Dunham says, “For example, did you know that Christian music radio listenership has declined from 91% in 2021 to 87% in 2024, while listening to Christian teaching/talk has increased from 42% to 46%? Get answers to questions about your audience such as, Who are they? Why do they listen? How long do they listen? And why do they give?”

Download the free PDF HERE

HisAir Job Alert sponsored by FaithSearch Partners 

KGBI/Omaha, a Northwestern Media station is seeking an experienced incentive-based sales person to fill the role of Underwriting Director.

If interested go HERE.

Online station Christian Mix 106 adds “Shaped by Faith” with Theresa Rowe to the Sunday night lineup. The program airs 7PM Eastern.

Former WFFH/Nashville (94 FM The Fish) personality Doug Griffin made an appearance on the Mostly Middle Tennessee Business Podcast this week. Doug talks about everything from his personal radio broadcasting techniques and experiences, to overcoming fear and pursuing new opportunities. to job loss, career development, and salesmanship.

Check out the hour long show HERE.

Tracy Johnson Media Group is offering a new, free webinar to demonstrate how radio stations can create AI prompts that will unlock the power of AI this Thursday (July 11) at 1 pm ET.

Tracy Johnson explains, “Everyone knows about AI, and most broadcasters have tried it with varying degrees of success. The biggest problem is that most who get poor results haven’t learned how to write effective prompts. In the last two years working with my partners at Radio Content Pro, I’ve discovered what works and what doesn’t. This webinar will help you maximize this amazing technology.”

You must register in advance HERE.

50-year member of The Oak Ridge Boys Joe Bonsall passed away this morning (July 9) from complications of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. He was 76.

With The Oak Ridge Boys, Bonsall was a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

HisAir NEWS FLASHBACK – July 9, 2020 – The KSBJ/Houston Morning Show with Rachelle and Carder was named in Houston Chronicle’s inaugural community choice awards, Best of the Best 2020 as a finalist for Best Radio Morning Show last week, the awards were nominated and voted on by Houstonians across 204 different categories.  “This is an incredible honor for KSBJ’s Morning Show. Rachelle and Carder work so hard to create a show that is fun, upbeat, caring, and welcoming to all of Houston. I hear from people in Houston and all over the country that this morning show is on another level,” said Troy West, KSBJ Program Director.

Frankie Morea 25 years at WPER/Fredericksburg
Joe Pellegrino 6 years at Christian FM Media
Matt Ingle
4 years at AESTHETYK

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