Industry News Bits Wed 4-28-21

American Family Radio (AFR) is purchasing WALV/Lakesite, TN (105.1 FM Chattanooga) for $610,000 from Brewer Media, pending FCC approval.

The Tupelo Mississippi-based American Family Association, founded by Dr. Don Wildmon in 1977, operates the non-commercial “American Family Radio” network with more than 180 radio stations across the country, including 11 other stations in Tennessee. 

“We are excited to bring American Family Radio to the greater Chattanooga area,” Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association, said in a statement about the pending purchase of WALV-FM. “We have a unique brand of Christian talk radio covering politics, government, popular culture and other areas of life from a biblical worldview perspective. We know there are other fine Christian stations in the area and look forward to adding our voice to the mix.”


Crawford Broadcasting says it will shut down its Portland, OR station at the end of this month. KKPZ/Portland (1330 The Truth) was acquired by Crawford in 1995 as KUPL, will be put on sale.


Daywind Records has produced an hour long radio special around DOVE AWARD winner, Joseph Habedank’s forthcoming project, Change Is Coming, which releases April 30th.  This radio special is offered in a full hour format, as well as a segmented version which will allow for 4 minutes of commercials.  Stations airing the special are asked to report the usage to Greg Goodman at Daywind Records, giving call letters as well as date and time of airing.  [email protected] Download HERE.


KLOVE Fan Awards are back this year. Last year was cancelled due to to COVID-19. This year’s KLOVE Fan Awards is set for May at The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.


Remember stations having fundraisers this week… The LifeFM Network, My Bridge/Nebraska, WWIL/Wilmington, WPER/Fredericksburg, WALK FM/Ashland, KY, and WGRC/Lewisburg PA and others…


Nominations are NOW OPEN for Australia’s 2021 Excellence in Media Awards!

The categories for 2021 are:

  • Community Impact
  • Outstanding Innovation by an organization, team or individual

Entries will be accepted for any activities, initiatives or projects that occurred in the 2020 calendar year – January 1st to December 31. Each category will be judged by a panel of independent judges.

Entries close 10am (AEST) on June 28, 2021. Finalists will be announced in August, and all winners of the 2020 and 2021 Excellence in Media Awards will be presented Friday September 3rd.


Congratulations to Olivet Nazarene University in Kankakee, IL radio program alumni from 2020 and 2021. They include 2020 grads WONU/Chicago (Shine.FM) APD Megan Groen and Dan DeBord. And 2021 grads Bailey Sherman will be joining WCVO/Columbus (104.9 The River) as promotions assistant, Shemara Fontes will be working with World Mission Broadcast in Africa and Mikayla Browne will be a graduate assistant working in Production and directing the students at Spark HD here at Olivet.


Have you registered for tomorrow’s FREE  Zoom HisAir Webinar with Dick Jenkins. Dick is former EMF CEO & helped K-LOVE grow from a single FM station in Santa Rosa, CA, to become the largest listener-supported Christian radio network in America. He was instrumental in growing annual revenue from $110,000 yearly to 90 million dollars by 2008, while financing the acquisition of 550 signals. 

“Increasing Revenue With Data-Driven Pledge Drives” will be the topic.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 at 1 pm ET

To receive an invitation, email your request to Dick Jenkins at [email protected]


Milestones:
Rob Carolan 20 years at Hometown Forecast Services

Prayer List:
Lynn McCain


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