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Industry News Bits WED 6-7-23

Fundraisers this week .. WayFM/Nashville .. Salt 106.5/Australia ..

Fundraising Updates:

WayFM Network is on the air today getting kids sponsored through Compassion.

Pictured L-R WayM personality Bekkah Eaker, Vidare Creative’s Dave Kirby, and Jay who is from Kenya and sharing his story on the air what it’s like to be a Compassion child.












Salem has added the “Main Street Matters” podcast, produced by Job Creators Network, to the Salem Podcast Network. Main Street Matters is America’s small business megaphone and will feature inspirational real-life stories of the struggles and successes of small business owners. By highlighting their grit, determination, and passion Main Street Matters will prove the American Dream is still alive. The podcast will be co-hosted by Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO of Job Creators Network, and Elaine Parker, President of Job Creators Network Foundation. Two episodes of the podcast will be released each week.

“We are so happy to add a podcast to our lineup that talks to small business owners and entrepreneurs — the lifeblood of the economy,” said Salem Senior Vice President of Spoken Word, Phil Boyce. “Alfredo and Elaine are two of the best voices out there in this space and will be able to help so many people grow and succeed.”

Shayne Alcantara is the new Community Engagement Intern at WCIC/Peoria for the summer. He will be working with the entire WCIC team for the next 12 weeks as he learns about the world of radio.

According to M Street Corp/Inside Radio’s latest Format Counts report for May, CCM and religion-based formats are the only two formats experiencing notable growth in terms of station count. The religion format, which includes teaching and variety, is currently ranked third overall among total stations in the U.S. It has gained 14 new stations compared to last year and an additional 12 since January 2023. On the other hand, CCM holds the fourth position, and has gone above and beyond, with an impressive increase of 26 stations from May 2022 to May 2023. This marks a significant growth rate of 1.9% in station count, including 11 new stations that joined since the beginning of this year.

On Friday evening (6/9/23) Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated talk host Mike Gallagher will headline a special listener event in Greer, South Carolina…which will feature a performance by the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir from Greenville, SC. The choir recently generated international publicity when its performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol was abruptly cut off by members of the Capitol Police…despite the children having been invited to perform by U.S. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA.)

Gallagher, who will appear with SRN colleague Dr. Sebastian Gorka and Joey Hudson, morning host on 94.5 The ANSWER in Greenville—says “We had already scheduled an evening of lively discussion about politics and current social issues when a video of these wonderful kids being cut off went viral,”…adding “When we meet at the historic Greer Depot on Friday night, I can assure you the Rushingbrook Children’s Choir will perform our National Anthem unencumbered and will only be interrupted by thunderous applause from our listeners.”

At the Vidare Creative Fundraising 23 event next month in Nashville, Fair Trade will be hosting a new artist showcase featuring the newest additions to the Fair Trade team: Artists include Caleb & John, Megan Woods, Jordan Janzen, Emerson Day, and Luke Bower. Fundraising 23 takes place July 19-20. 

Vidare’s latest webinar is now ONLINE. Bill Scott & Don Burns discuss 3 ways to keep fundraising through the summer months, building relationships with your listeners and donors.

Watch HERE

At the K-LOVE Fan Awards, Fair Trade artists MercyMe shared advice for up-and-coming Christian artists. 

“We tell young artists all the time to never treat where God has you as a stepping stone. That this may be the very reason and moment He called you up, and more opportunities will be given to you,” MercyMe’s lead vocalist Bart Millard said. 

Read the article on Movieguide HERE.

Indie artist Paul Good tells HisAir his daughter Grace is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” next Tuesday June 13th. Grace Good is world renown Fire Performer & Cirque Extraordinaire who specializes in hula hoops, fire performance stunts, and aerial acrobatics.

And, have you heard Paul’s latest release to Christian Radio, “Finish Strong” check it out on Plaympe and HERE.

NRB and Momentum may be over but that doesn’t mean the meaningful conversations have to end. Finney Media has some things you can do post-conference for each. Chuck Finney has provided a webpage where you can download a copy of Chuck’s presentation and other resources from the 2023 Finney Media Why Listen?® Survey.


Sterling Tarrant
17 years at KSBJ/Houston
Carol Davis
21 years at Blue Ridge Broadcasting

Frankie Morea 24 years at WPER/Fredericksburg
Lauren Glancy 2 years at Dunham+Company

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