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PAR Names New Morning Show

10-26-16wperPositive Alternative Radio (PAR) has tapped Mike Kelly and Megan Billingsley as its permanent morning show team for both WRXT/Lynchburg (Spirit FM) and WPER Fredericksburg (Your ‘PER).

The Fredericksburg duo, known best for “Afternoons with Mike & Megan” at Your ‘PER, has been filling in for Spirit FM’s “Good Morning Radio” since July to cover the open slot at Spirit FM.  Although PAR conducted a national talent search, listener response made it evident to PAR leadership that the qualities being sought were already available in Mike and Megan.

“PAR strives to be the standard in Christian media,” said Brian Sanders, executive vice president of PAR.  “Mike and Megan’s shared talent, passion and ability to connect with their audience is representative of that standard.  We are thankful to have their ministry represented on two outstanding PAR stations.”

The decision to move “Mike & Megan” to mornings at both stations has created other opportunities as well.  Long-time WPER morning show host Angela Stevens will now occupy the afternoon drive time slot at Your ‘PER.  The transition has also produced an immediate need for additional show producers at both Spirit FM and Your ‘PER.  Details are available at parfm.com/about-us/job-openings.

Mike and Megan have a solid history with PAR.  Mike has been with the Christian media organization for thirteen years, while Megan has been with the company for more than four years.  They have hosted “Afternoons with Mike & Megan” since August of 2013.  At the heart of their unique, and often zany, ministry is a love for community.

“I’m inspired by this opportunity to touch lives in both northern and central Virginia,” said Mike. We are eager to see how God will increase the combined ministry of Spirit FM and Your PER.”

Megan said, “I feel like I’m on the edge of something great. It’s as if we’re seeing the beginning steps of an incredible plan set in motion by God.  We’re so honored to be a part of His plan. If we can start each day by adding smiles to faces or encouraging words to ears, then that’s perfectly awesome!”

Combined, Spirit FM and ‘PER reach more than 200,000 listeners, per week, through their terrestrial signals. Spirit FM’s markets includes: Roanoke, Virginia; Lynchburg, Virginia; and portions of North Carolina. Your ‘PER’s markets includes: Fredericksburg, Virginia; Richmond, Virginia; and parts of northern Virginia.  Mike and Megan will continue to host their show from Fredericksburg, but have a strong belief that they will deliver a real sense of fun and faith to all of those areas.

“We’re real people,” said Megan.  “We like to have fun…to live life with our listeners.  We all share the same experiences, the same struggles, the same joys and even the same heartaches.  If we can keep the focus on God, we know we can get through it together, no matter what it is.  Hopefully, we can help people laugh a little more along the way!”

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