Industry News Bits Tue 8-30-22
ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers announced that its 44th Annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards will take place Wednesday, September 21 across all @ASCAP social media platforms. The awards recognize and celebrate the writers and publishers of some of the most performed Christian songs of the past year.
Programming will include performances and other surprises from some of Christian music’s top stars and songwriters. Friends, fans and peers can join in the one-day celebration via @ASCAP on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #ASCAPAwards.
A complete list of winners will be available on the ASCAP website the morning of September 21.
WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) air personality Beth Bacall says she had a dream come true thanks to Steven Curtis Chapman.
According to Beth, “He was visiting The Fish a few weeks back, sharing his new song. During a conversation I mentioned how the Grand Ole Opry’s legacy fills my heart so much, I sometimes cry about it, and should he ever have space for a backstage interview, to please keep me in mind. Steven immediately pulled out his iPhone and says “what are you doing in three weeks on a Tuesday night?” I was already scheduled to be in Nashville at this time, so Steven invited me to his Opry appearance for this interview. Somebody pinch me!! What gift!”
WGTS/Wash DC and CCMG artist TobyMac celebrated the release of his latest album, Life After Death by having a party with local listeners and donors. Guests enjoyed TobyMac’s commentary on his favorite new songs, which describe his recent journey through grief. The night concluded with a cornhole tournament where Toby
battled the winner and was a tough competitor.
“What an honor to invite listeners and TobyMac together into the WGTS 91.9 studios to hear his story. And what a unique experience to hear him play a bit of songs from his new release and hear the stories behind the songs. Bringing listeners together with us and TobyMac was a real blessing for all,” said WGTS 91.9 president and CEO Kevin Krueger.
Morning host Jerry Woods admits, “We love all our artists, but there’s a soft spot in our hearts for TobyMac. It was a privilege to be able to welcome him home.”
Salem announced that former KNUS/Denver morning host Peter Boyles will transition in to a new weekly program on Saturdays from 9 am – 12 pm starting September 10th.
Operations Manager Kelly Michaels said, “Pete is a Denver radio legend and we are blessed to have him back sharing his unique take on the issues of the day.” As part of the lineup change, Randy Corporon’s weekly live call-in program moves to Saturdays from 5 pm – 8 pm on 710 KNUS.
Since the 1970’s Peter Boyles has been a driving force in Denver radio, beginning as a traffic reporter. Later becoming a disc jockey and talk host at legendary Denver radio stations including KAAT, KLAK, KWBZ, KYBG, KHOW, and KOA. He received national attention in 1997 for his investigation and commentary about the death of JonBenét Ramsey. Boyles, who is no stranger to controversy commented, “One reason to come back is to make the right people angry.”
Also at KNUS Deborah Flora will begin a new daily program weekdays from 3pm – 4pm on starting September 6th.
Google’s newly announced “Helpful Content Update” plans to tackle what it considers “unhelpful content” versus content that’s created to truly help users. Their focus is set on reducing “search-engine-first” content and highlighting valuable “people-first” content. Read what you need to know from Dunham+Company HERE.
The NAB reports a majority of the House of Representatives are now cosponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes “any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charge” on radio stations. The Local Radio Freedom Act now has 222 cosponsors in the House and 28 in the Senate.
Brian Curee from Killer Bee Marketing checks in with HisAir, “We are lining up several Artists to join us for interviews at the Killer Bee Studios in the Metaverse. If you’re confused about “the Metaverse” reach out to Brian and he promises to help.
You can learn more HERE.
BOOST Radio/St Louis PD Mike Couchman is raving about his stations new jingle package from TM. Take a listen HERE.
Former KJNW/Kansas City (Life 88.5) afternoon host Joe Cheesman land at mainstream Country KBEQ/KC (Q104). Joe left KJNW in June this year.
Congratulations are in order for Southern Gospel artist 11th Hour member Amber Eppinette Saunders and husband Garrett. They welcomed their son, Vincent Wayne Saunders into the world on Saturday. The little miracle weighs in at 5 pounds 6 ounces and he’s 18 and a half inches long. They’re calling him Vinny. We are so happy for Amber and Garrett! Here’s 11th Hour’s new song, “Awake.”
And last week, Taylor Cain from PLG artists Cain, and husband Steve welcomed a new baby girl to the family.
Rick Sheldon 18 years at Daywind Publishing
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