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Industry News Bits Wed 7-14-21

June Nielsen PPM numbers Day 1 are posted HERE

Overall Day 1 results were not positive for Christian Radio subscribers with the exception KSBJ/Houston holding on to it’s #3 ranking AQH. Day 2 arrives today including Wash DC, Tampa, St Louis & more. 

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

KTMT/Medford has changed from Top 40 to CCM as JOY 93.7. The station is owned by Stephens Media Group of Tulsa. 

EMF is adding another station in a deal to purchase WROZ/Lancaster, PA, a mainstream AC “Fun 101.3” from Hall Communications for $1.725 million. 

Curb Word artist and Grammy-Award winner, Francesca Battistelli, will have a starring role in the upcoming “God’s Not Dead: We The People,” the latest film in the popular “God’s Not Dead” franchise. Click HERE to see the official trailer.

God’s Not Dead: We the People is expected to premier in theaters nationwide this Fall 2021.  The inspirational drama centers around a riveting fight for freedom that starts in the heart of
the country, and runs to the corridors of Wash DC.  The plot parallels current news headlines regarding the challenge against the freedom of speech and religious liberties as the fundamental right to educate children.

Songwriter and producer Jeff Pardo has extended his decade-long publishing deal with Capitol Christian Music Publishing. As a writer he has received a Grammy nomination as co-writer of “When Mercy Found Me” by Rhett Walker Band. He currently has five songs on the Christian radio charts, including Anne Wilson’s “My Jesus,” which he co-wrote with the rising singer-songwriter.

Pardo has had cuts with top artists across multiple genres including Lady A, Mandisa, Zach Williams, Francesca Battistelli, Ben Rector, Micah Tyler, Danny Gokey, Tauren Wells, Matthew West, Austin French, CAIN, Jasmine Murray, Jesus Culture, Ryan Stevenson, Andrew Ripp, Josh Wilson, Unspoken, Rhett Walker, Chris McClarney, Travis Cottrell, Brandon Heath, I AM THEY, and many more. Pardo has also achieved success in the film and TV space with placements on networks such as ABC, NBC, MTV, E!, Fox, in the movie trailer for On The Basis Of Sex with “Can’t Knock Me Down,” and a recent advertisement with Toyota.

“We’re so grateful to continue this partnership with Jeff Pardo,” says Karrie Dawley, VP and Creative Director of Capitol CMG Publishing. “He’s been an integral part of our writing roster for almost a decade, and we’re confident the best is yet to come!”

Don’t miss results from Finney Media’s 2021 study “Why Listen.” Full story HERE.  

The Jesus Music — a new documentary about contemporary Christian music — is set to hit theaters on Oct. 1. Maybe you saw the preview presented at Momentum last month. 

Featuring interviews with the likes of Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, TobyMac, Kirk Franklin, and Lauren Daigle, the film tells the untold story of the genre and how “the universal power of music from these artists shine through from their messages of passion, sacrifice, and redemption that inspire millions of devoted listeners,” according to an official synopsis. 

Check out the story from People HERE. 

This weekend on The Singing News Top 20 Weekly Countdown, guest artists include Tiffany Coburn, Donna King of Zane and Donna King, Joseph Habedank, Jordan Wilburn of Wilburn & Wilburn, Kelly Nelon Clark of The Nelons, and Chris Jenkins of The Kingsmen, plus classic #1 songs from July 1993 by The Isaacs and July 1984 by The Hinsons.

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