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Industry News Bits Wed 9-22-21

Family Life/Bath, NY has acquired WUFR/Bedford/Altoona, PA from Family Stations. 

“The Lord has opened doors for Family Life to strengthen its broadcast ministry,” says Family Life CEO and General Manager, Rick Snavely. “We’ve been praying for the opportunity to focus more of our radio expansion in the Central Pennsylvania area, and that’s exactly what the Lord has allowed us to do. It’s been incredible to witness God at work.”

Salem announces Larry Elder will return to hosting his show on SRN around Oct 18th. Elder who’s on the air 6-9p ET, took a leave to make a bid for the Governor seat in the California recall election. Filling in has been 

“Larry is taking an additional 30 days to de-compress after a grueling run for Governor of California,” says Phil Boyce, Senior VP/Spoken Word Format at Salem. “He plans to be back on the radio for Salem on or about October 18th. He wishes to thank all of his affiliates who supported him during this trying time, and he assures them when he comes back, he will be on fire and ready to save America once again.”

WORL/Orlando host Carl Jackson has been filling in since July. 

Remember these stations having fundraisers this week YNOP/Kalispell.. Radio 3,16/Norway.. The JOY FM/Florida.. KCBI/Dallas, LF Radio, Christian Family Radio/Bowling Green & KAMB/Merced, WRBS/Baltimore, KJNW/KC, KTIS/Minneapolis, WNWC/Madison, WRVL/Lynchburg.

Kevin Mote has been re-hired by Salem Media Group, and will be working for the Salem News Channel, reporting directly to Phil Boyce, Sr. VP.  Kevin exited the Video Imaging Director position for KLTY/Dallas in July. Kevin originally joined Salem in 2011, and transitioned to KLTY in 2016. 
Kevin says, “This is a very different position than I had before, and I’m grateful for Salem reaching out to me this week when creating this new position. And they’ve said they want to use my voice. Being trained in voice work, and having done voice work here in the Metroplex on TV commercials, radio and web over the past 12 years, this position appears to put together some of my core skills which have never been put together in a single job before. Like motion graphics — which I always did, but it will be a much larger part of this new job.”

Don Burns has started his new gig as PD at KBMQ/Monroe (88.7 The Cross) & KBYO/Monroe (Power 927.FM). Don is also co-hosting mornings on The Cross with GM Sheryl Ford.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) celebrates its annual ASCAP Christian Music Awards across all social media platforms today through Thursday, September 23. Honoring the most performed Christian music of the past year, the social media event will feature exclusive photos, videos, performances, acceptance speeches and more from some of the winning songwriters and publishers posted with the hashtags #ASCAPAwards to @ASCAP on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Matthew West is named ASCAP Christian Songwriter of the Year, honoring his work on hit songs including Jeremy Camp’s “Keep Me in the Moment” and Casting Crowns’ “Love Moved First” and “Start Right Here.”

Artist and worship leader Cory Asbury takes home ASCAP Christian Songwriter-Artist of the Year for the first time. After winning ASCAP Song of the Year in 2019 for his chart-topping hit “Reckless Love,” he now adds two ASCAP most-performed song awards for “The Father’s House” and “Sparrows.”

The Grammy and Dove Award-nominated, and now ASCAP Award-winning, “Famous For (I Believe)” wins ASCAP Christian Song of the Year. Co-written by ASCAP member Alexis Slifer and published by All Essential Music and Buddybabe Music, the Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson hit spent 54 weeks on the charts.

Capitol CMG Publishing receives ASCAP Christian Music Publisher of the Year for the 19th consecutive year for songs including “Good God Almighty,” “Out Of My Hands” and “Peace Be Still.” 

David Woodworth celebrates 37 years at Moody Radio/Chicago

Prayer List:
Steve Culberson (daughter)
Chris Scotland

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