Are Christian Talk & Teaching listeners younger than perceived? A new Nielsen-Edison research project on Christian Talk & Teaching finds that “half the listeners to these stations are under 55.” Salem Communications (the largest owner of Christian Talk & Teaching), commissioned “the largest research project ever done on the habits of Christian Talk & Teaching listeners across the country.” The study finds that 14% were 18-34. 18% were 35-49, and 18% were in the 50-54 demo.
The study also revealed that the younger listeners to CTT stations are listening about as long as the older listeners. On average those 55 and younger are spending 6.1 hours per week listening to CTT stations. That compares to 6.4 hours for those 55 and over.
One of the most surprising things revealed in the study is that listening among the 18-34 audience is actually increasing. This study reported that 48% of these younger listeners are actually listening more in the last 12 months and 38% are listening the same. That means 86% are listening more or the same.
"There is this perception that these are your father's or even grandfather's radio stations, but we found there is a significant pool of younger listeners spending a great deal of time with our CTT format," said Salem VP, Director of Spoken Word Format, Phil Boyce. "These listeners are loyal, fully engaged, and are truly listening to the content for its edifying value." Salem feels this data and other supporting data bodes well for its efforts to continue to encourage advertisers to reach this segment of the population that is often difficult to reach in other ways.
"At a time when we see younger listeners leaving traditional radio and going more to their iPads, smartphones, and computers, this format is growing a younger audience base that is seeking the kind of content we produce," said Boyce. Of all the age groups Salem researched, the growth in the younger demo was the most dramatic, by far. (3/6)
At a press event at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, K-LOVE announced the nominees for this year’s second annual K-LOVE Fan Awards set for Sunday, June 1. Among the attendees for the press conference were K-LOVE’s Mike Novak and David Pierce, as well as artists Mike Donehey (Tenth Avenue North), Jamie Grace, Michael McDowell (NASCAR), Bart Millard (MercyMe), Britt Nicole, Michael W. Smith and Michael Tait (Newsboys). (3/5)
KVNE/Tyler and KGLY/Tyler listeners made over 21,000 homemade valentines. The cards were delivered on Valentine’s Day to kids in the hospital, assisted living seniors and a veterans home. Over 1100 individuals received an entire bag of valentines not just one. It not only blessed those individuals receiving the valentines but those individuals, families, small groups that made the valentines. We have women’s shelters, brain injury patients, church groups, office and families all making cards! It’s my favorite promotion of the year because it’s not just a bunch of cards but it’s love hand delivered.
Pictured Morning personalities Carrie Parsons, Mike Harper, and RJ... (3/5)
Air1 Program Director Randy Chase (left) has been named Director of Programming for K-LOVE and Air1 Radio Network. Chase joined Air1 Radio last summer and was previously with Cox Media Group handling all of their country formats.
“I am thrilled to move into this new role with the K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks,” said Chase. “As we continue to expand and offer millions of listeners each day a relationship with Jesus Christ, I look forward to leading a team of great air personalities and delivering the best music and content from coast to coast.” (3/4)
Christian Radio for Russia Dan Johnson reaches out to HisAir.Net regarding the situation in Ukraine. Dan says, "The situation in Ukraine has taken a huge turn for the worse, and our station in Moscow, that targets large Christian audiences in both Ukraine and Russia, is trying to serve as a link to believers, urging them to take a Christ-like position in what is happening during this crisis. Our four radio staff are struggling to remain a viable broadcast operation, and perhaps in its 14 years of ministry, this time right now is the most important work it has ever undertaken."
Dan continues, "We really would request that Christian radio stations in America consider doing stories about how New Life Radio's radio missionaries are doing their best to promote Christian unity and peace as both nations seem on the edge of warfare. Also, we have not been successful in reaching our goal of funding a new satellite, accessed from Israel and beyond the Kremlin's ability to control it or us, that would give New Life Radio full nationwide, direct to home satellite radio coverage. We need help. We have no idea what is going to happen, but we know that NLR could be taken off the air by the Kremlin if they don't like the peace and Christian love message we are preaching to our listeners in Ukraine and Russia". Contact Dan at email@example.com or at their website www.CRFR.org website. (3/3)
BITS: Enjoyed meeting TruNews Radio Operations Manager Doc Burkhart (pictured left) at NRB 2014, who told us he located his new job on HisAir.Net jobs page... Fourth quarter total revenue shows Salem Communications increased 3.5% to $62.7 million, with net income up from $2 million to $5.3 million... Look for Salem VP News & Talk programming Tom Tradup's article "Giving Something Back" in the March issue of Townhall Magazine, "my goal was to shine a spotlight on the great work that nationally-syndicated talk hosts like Rush Limbaugh, Mike Gallagher, Don Imus, and many others do"... (2/28)
KSBJ/Houston was named "Radio Station of the Year" at the NRB 2014 Media Awards dinner last night. KSBJ edged out other station of the year nominees KTIS/Minneapolis, KLTY/Dallas, KCBI/Dallas, KKLA/Los Angeles, and WRMB/West Palm Beach. HisAir.Net's Ted Kelly served as one of the judges for station of the year. Also at the NRB 2014 awards dinner Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston was named Radio Program of the Year and The Ambassador Advertising Agency won the Radio Impact Award. In addition the International Radio Ministry Award was given to Radio 7/Albania and the late Frank Pastore (KKLA/Los Angeles) was given the William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service... (2/26)
WNYM/New York (AM 970 The Answer) has hired Joe Piscopo as its new morning personality. The comedian/actor has been on the air since January 3rd. He is joined on the air by morning show producer Frank Morano and newsman Al Gatullo. "One of the best things I get to do in this job is find talented people who have accomplished something on one stage and are ready to take on another one," said Salem VP Director of Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce.
"I have my college degree in Broadcasting. I remain a dedicated student of the most intimate medium, radio. And with legendary broadcast giants like GM Jerry Crowley and current day guru of all radio personalities past and present, Phil Boyce, this is the positively perfect storm of talk radio," said Joe. "I honestly believe that this is not only the reinvention, renaissance and revitalization of AM radio, (not to mention a totally new and exciting journey of my career) but the best thing to happen to NY radio since David Sarnoff." (2/26)
BITS: WLIR/Hampton Bays (107.1) has dropped its sports format and reverted Monday to the All-Christian programming format it had offered until last August... KDIS/Little Rock flips from Radio Disney to Christian talk as "Faith Talk 99.5" after the purchase by Salem... Crawford Broadcasting is donating KSTL/St Louis (Shine 690) to not-for-profit Church of God in Christ Inc. (2/25)
HisAir.Net has confirmed that Salem Music Network has signed New York Times best selling author Karen Kingsbury (at left) as new afternoon personality. She is expected to start on the air 2-7pm sometime in April "On Today's Christian Music" including flagship WFFH/Nashville (94FM The Fish). Kingsbury will officially be introduced Monday at NRB 2014 Monday (2/24). She will make an appearance at the HisAir.Net booth 242 on the exhibit floor Monday from 10:30a-11:30a.
Vance Dillard, program director of Salem's Today's Christian Music radio network and WFFH says, "Karen is a real communicator. She brings a naturally charming personality along with an ability to communicate one on one with our listeners. Every day will be a delight as she shares her wealth of stories and life experiences. This will be a unique listening experience."
"I feel like I'm living a dream," Kingsbury said. "I never could've imagined having my own national radio show. My new friends and co-workers at Salem are the best in the business. I can't wait to do my part to tell the nation and the world about this network's life-changing music." (2/23)
Family Game Night with Bob Lepine celebrated its 10th anniversary of fun on Sunday night at NRB 2014. Pictured at left are the "Name That Tune" finalists including the winning pair (Al & Ross pictured with straw hats )who won cruises courtesy of Family Life Today. (2/23)
Salem Radio Network VP/news & talk programming Tom Tradup presented a commemorative SRN clock to Dr. Uzi Landau, (left) Israel’s new Minister of Tourism, following Landau’s address Sunday (2/23) to a packed ballroom at the annual National Religious Broadcasters Association convention in Nashville. Landau warned a packed ballroom at the NRB about the dangers of Iran being on the verge of developing atomic weapons.
“Iran will soon be able to prepare a nuclear weapon,” Landau cautioned, adding that Israel’s government—along with broadcasters in America—“have a duty to raise our voices loud and clear, to be prepared and defend ourselves against this gathering storm.” Landau added that while 2013 saw the largest tourism increase in Israel’s history, Islamic radicals—“joined by extreme left wing radicals and extreme right wing racists”—are joining forces to try and promote a boycott of Israel which needs to be counteracted in the months ahead. “In the past, anti-Semites boycotted Jewish businesses…now they want to boycott the Jewish state.” (2/23)
HisAir.Net is getting word of a major announcement from the Salem Music Network happening at NRB. We'll release more details as they become available. NRB takes place in Nashville Feb 22-25. (2/21)
Congrats to this years winners of the ChristianNetcast Peoples Choice Awards to be presented this week at NRB 2014 in Nashville. The Winners are: The Gospel Station/Ada, OK, KAXL/Bakersfield, and Praise 2 Go Radio/Internet...
Be sure to stop by the ChristianNetcast booth 414 while at NRB. Their prize drawings on the last day of the show draw hundreds. You never know, this may be the year you win the big prize!
Pictured L-R is Megan MacDougall (ChristianNetcast) Randall Christy (the Gospel Station) and David Palmer (ChristianNetcast)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, Nashville, & more... AQH 6+ KFMK down 4.8... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/20)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, Cleveland, & more... AQH 6+ KJNW down 3.7... WPOZ down 7.1#2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/19)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: Seattle, Wash DC, & more... AQH 6+ KCMS down 4.1 #8... KTIS up 7.0 t#2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/18)
Visit HisAir.Net at NRB 2014 booth 242... Win prizes from Capitol CMG... The NRB International Christian Media Convention is an event that networks thousands of Christian communicators, from program producers to authors, pastors to engineers, directors to vendors. It is the "must attend" event on the Christian communicator's calendar. You will hear outstanding internationally known speakers and musicians; have the opportunity to attend numerous educational sessions on Radio, TV, Film, Church Media, Internet, and Leadership, and receive helpful industry training... (2/17)
JANUARY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Houston, Atlanta, & more... AQH 6+ KSBJ up 4.8 t#6... KLTY down 4.9 #4... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (2/17)
BITS: January Christian radio PPM numbers start to roll out and will be posted later today... His Radio provided a few morning show video's of their coverage of the extreme winter, from sliding on a cooler in the parking lot, skiing down a neighborhood road, flying a drone over Falls Park in Downtown Greenviile, SC, check them out here... Tom Taylors "Now" reports KARR/Seattle may go dark on Feb 28th due to the loss of their transmitter site last month... (2/17)
BITS: KVNE/Tyler spent Valentine's day delivering over 21,000 special handmade cards to seniors and children in the hospital, local TV covered it, watch it here... New NRB President & CEO Jerry A. Johnson will be formally installed on Saturday, February 22, at the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville... WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 The Light), is the first station to carry a new 15-minute Bible teaching and life-application program, “Crossroads with Clayton King”... VSR Music Group announces the addition Dove Award winning artist Seventh Day Slumber to their roster... (2/14)
BITS: Tuesday 2/18 Scott Herrold and Jayar Reeves of Creative Cardio.com host another national jock brain storm, theme is "The Art of the Ask" and to join the call and share some of your opinions on fundraising tactics and how to compel the audience while asking for money call 213.493.0800 Access code: 502051#... Steve Marston joins Salem's KDIS/Little Rock as Operations Manager... Connection Receptionist Colleen Claphan is now Radio Traffic Manager at KNKT/Albuquerque... SRN News will provide live coverage of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) addressing religious liberty at the Reagan Library tonight at 9p ET... (2/13)
Happy birthday to WBSN/New Orleans (LifeSongs). February 2014 marks the 35th year of listener-supported music and ministry on LifeSongs Radio. The station celebrated the event with their listeners at the Hands of God Tour (w/ Francesca Battistelli, Sanctus Real and All Things New). Everyone marked the occasion by posing for pictures in the LifeSongs Birthday Photo Booth & the station gave away cake and prizes. Pictured L-R Morning Show team Julie & Libby and Allen & Daniel from the Afternoon Drive)... (2/13)
The staff at WMHK/Columbia grabs the attention of local TV as they have been at the station for over 50 hours because of a 3-day Ice Storm. WIS TV interviewed JP, the Morning Show Producer, about the situation, while showing video clips of what WMHK was doing at the station. Watch the live coverage here... (2/13)
BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) morning show team Kevin Avery and Taylor Scott, along with their producer, Prod G, made the best out of being stuck at the radio station during the latest Atlanta ice storm and did a little parking lot sledding, check out the video here... K-LOVE announces their 12th Annual Caribbean Cruise set for 2015, featuring music by Casting Crowns, Mandisa, Newsboys and more, it set sail from Miami next January... Joe Gomez joins KNEO/Neosho, MO for production and on air duties... earlier today on Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had what his Senate office describes as a “wide-ranging Education discussion” with Bennett, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, listen here... (2/12)
State College, PA based Way Truth Life Radio has closed on the purchase of WPCL/Northern Cambria, PA. This will extend the reach of Way Truth Life Radio throughout more of central Pennsylvania with their teaching/inspo formatted stations. Way Truth Life Radio also operates State College 89.9 FM, Lewistown 107.1 FM, Altoona 93.9 FM, Cambria County 97.3 FM... (2/11)
HCJB Global announced today that the 82-year-old ministry, founded in Quito, Ecuador, is changing its name to Reach Beyond. The new name and the release of the Reach Beyond Mission Manifesto are intended to encourage and challenge Christians worldwide to reach beyond their comfort zones and perceived limitations to share the love of Jesus in places where the gospel has seldom, if ever, been heard. The mission is defined by the tagline, “The Voice and Hands of Jesus. Together.” Through its “voice” ministries, the mission works with partners to use radio and modern media to make the gospel accessible in places where it typically isn’t available. The “hands” ministries of the mission provide much-needed healthcare service in places where even common medical help isn’t readily available. Reach Beyond “hands” ministries takes many forms, including mobile community healthcare clinics, counseling centers in war-torn areas, clean water projects and general hygiene training, all with an emphasis on demonstrating the love of Jesus to recipients of the care.
Reach Beyond also values partnership with local Christians, churches and ministry partners as its core way of operating, signified by the word “together” in its tagline. “For more than 80 years our missionaries and partners have boldly been going to places where people have never had the opportunity to experience the love of God,” said Wayne Pederson, president and CEO of Reach Beyond. “But now is the time to accelerate and multiply those efforts. Through the use of modern media and healthcare, we work arm in arm with partners to show people that a relationship with Jesus Christ can change their lives forever.”
The “Reach Beyond Manifesto” challenges believers to reach beyond borders and their own comfort level in an effort to accomplish the “great commission.” It serves as a declaration for how the renamed Reach Beyond wants to invest its time and efforts in making Christ known to the ends of the earth. It’s also a call — and a challenge — for other Christians to recommit themselves to the same effort. To read and sign the “Manifesto,” visit www.reachbeyond.org. (2/10)
BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) moves Penny from weekends to evenings replacing Mike Stoudt... Lauren Johnson is the new Operations Director at KTLF/Colorado Springs (Light Praise Radio)... The NRB International Christian Media Convention will be Feb 22-25 in Nashville. stop by and visit HisAir.Net at booth 242... (2/7)
WAY-FM has announced the addition of NGEN/Houston PD Carlos Aguiar as the new network afternoon drive host, effective in early March. Carlos replaces Melissa Moore who exited last fall for KYGO/Denver. According to WAY Media VP of Content Faron Dice, “We are very excited to have Carlos join our team of real, authentic, and transparent on-air communicators. He is going to be a great addition!”
Network Program Director Jeff Connell, adds, "I've been a fan of Carlos for a long time and to have him joining WAY-FM is extremely exciting. He knows how to connect, challenge, and create a really interesting show and radio station. His passion and creativity will make WAY-FM even better. It's going to be a lot of fun."
According to Aguiar, "I had such an amazing time at KSBJ the last 3 years. Building NGEN radio from the ground up is an experience I will never forget. While leaving the station I’ve grown so close to is difficult, I know the team I have left in place will continue to do amazing things. I’m excited to join the team at WAY-FM and begin this new chapter in my life. I hope to bring the same kind of culture shifting impact to my new role and can’t wait find new ways to reach and influence people for the glory of God. (2/7)
Pictured at left: Bill Bennett (former U.S. Secretary of Education and host of Bill Bennett’s MORNING IN AMERICA on the Salem Radio Network) delivered the keynote address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California….as Bill led the official celebration of President Reagan’s 103th birthday on Thursday Feb 6th. (2/7)
KJTH/Ponca City (The House FM) welcomed The Roadshow Tour 2014 to Wichita last. Pictured is Assistant Program Director, Darren Clonts, with mascot "Homie" as they engaged listeners at the show, including a text-to-win contest." (2/6)
Several Salem radio station personalities including Dawn O’Brien from KAIM/Honolulu, Brooke Taylor of WFHM/Cleveland; Jodie Stevens of KKFS/Sacramento and Morgan Smith KFIS/Portland recently accompanied Salem V.P./News & Talk Programming Tom Tradup on a trip to Haiti. It's the 4th anniversary of the devastating 2010 earthquake that killed nearly 300,000 and left millions homeless in tent cities…. SRN will feature an upcoming 5-part News series: “The Poorest of the Poor.”
Embedded with the relief organization “Food For The Poor,” the group saw the poverty, devastation, and the still-vivid impact of the quake. Haiti has 80% unemployment and hunger and thirst are pervasive.
Pictured is Tom Tradup with some of the beautiful children who offered hugs, warm smiles and a demonstrable love of Christ amidst the poverty that is humbling and inspiring. (2/4)
BITS: After 13 years with the station, Mike Stoudt exits evenings at WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish)... Rush Limbaugh will be joining the on-air line-up of SAlem Talker KTIE/Riverside (AM 590 The Answer) in the Inland Empire... Christian teaching WWJC/Duluth (The Light) has been sold to Milwaukee based VCY America... (1/31)
WNLI/Sturgeon Bay (88.5) and WPFF/Sturgeon Bay (90.5) have both started airing programming from EMF. Former teaching station WNLI is now carrying "Air-1" network while WPFF carries the "K-LOVE". EMF purchased the stations from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting, who owned them since 2007, for $825,000. The deal also included two translators in Sheboygan and one apiece in Appleton, WI and Escanaba, Iron Mountain, Ishpeming, and Marquette, MI. Final FCC approval is pending. (1/31)
BITS: Doc Burkhardt joins Trunews as Manager of Radio Operations... WQQR-FM/Paducah, KY is the latest affiliate of Looking Up to #1 with Johnny Stone...Reflecting a vision to proclaim Christ in hard-to-reach places, HCJB Global has changed its name to "Reach Beyond"... Holiday PPM ratings are all posted here, Sponsored by Curb... (1/30)
Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) has announced the eligibility period for the 2014 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards. Eligibility dates for the 2014 awards will be May 1, 2013 thru April 30, 2014. Stations wishing to enter the 2014 competition will only be allowed to submit airchecks, ratings information and station activities which took place between those dates. Stations wishing to enter the competition may submit their entries starting May 1st and have full entry completed by June 14, 2014. Radio Station Of The Year Awards are presented to stations which show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media and industry leadership. One award is given in each of four market categories – Major, Large, Medium and Small. (1/29)
Afternoon personality Matt Pelishek (left) has been elevated to Program Director at KAXL/Bakersfield. The station had been operating without an official PD and responsibilities fell on Operations Manager/morning host Dan Schaffer. Matt has been at KAXL for over 6 years, and previously was with KNDR/Mandan, ND. (1/28)
BITS: WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) production director Daryl Pierce exits due to budget cuts, contact Daryl at firstname.lastname@example.org... Continental Broadcast Group has launched what they say is "Indy’s first Christian Music format in Spanish", on WSYW/Indianapolis (810AM) calling it "Pescador Radio"... (1/28)
New Life Radio/Moscow Founder/Director, President Dan Johnson Checks in with HisAir.Net. "I wanted to share a situation in Moscow that might be of interest to fellow Christian broadcasters, and could really use some networking to get prayer on our behalf. In one week, New Life Radio (NLR) is being forced to terminate their satellite audio channel on the TRICOLOR satellite service, transmitting over Eutelsat W4. This is from pressure by the Russian Federal communications agency, ROSSVAZNADZOR. NLR will lose a very large audience on this secular satellite TV/radio service, the largest in Russia. Further, NLR will lose its sole remaining FM radio affiliate in Dudinka, Russia that will be out of signal range when NLR shuts down on Tricolor. While we still have a second satellite audio channel on the Hotbird satellite we need to get on a new satellite that can cover all of Russia with high power, free to air satellite radio signals, as well as to our affiliate, that can only be off the air for one month before losing their FM license (there is no radio staff, being a repeater of our satellite feed).
We have found a new satellite called YAMAL, that NLR can access from Tel Aviv, Israel. The challenge: it will cost us $2250 a month, so we are looking for 15 churches in America to pledge $150 every month for the next three years (the length of a satellite contract), so we can get back to providing a guarantee of signal access to any Russian community that wants Christian programming. 99% of cities in Russia have no local Christian FM radio station, and Putin has systematically stopped the development of Christian broadcasting since 2000. There is less than 1% spiritual content on the secular media of Russia, so it is critical that NLR keep its nationwide voice available to the Russian people." Reach out to Dan at email@example.com and and the website is here http://crfr.org/nlr.html... (1/27)
BITS: Former KSBJ/Houston PD/mornings Susan O'Donnell will be the APD/midday jock at KVNE/Tyler starting this Wednesday... Bob King returns to radio after 21 years off the air as a part time air personality at KSBJ/Houston. Bob formerly was on the air at KKBQ/Houston among others... Holiday PPM ratings are all posted here, Sponsored by Curb... (1/25)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, Nashville, & more... AQH 6+ KFMK up 5.5 #5... WAYF down 2.4 t#9... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/23)
KWND/Springfield (88.3 The Wind) is excited to announce that Mid-day host, Trina Wilcox, (at left) has been promoted to Music Director. Station Manager, Chalmer Harper, said, “Trina began as a volunteer with the station as a blog writer. This promotion is a testament to her hard work, willingness to learn, determination, and being a true team player. I am really thankful to have Trina at the helm of such an important part of our ministry.” Tracking times are 1-3 central Wednesdays & Thursdays.
More news from KWND as the station was recently announced as 2013 Winner of ‘Best Radio Station’ by readers of the Springfield News-Leader. A first time nominee, and winner. “We are humbled, amazed, and grateful that our listeners would give us this honor,” said Station Manager, Chalmer Harper, “It speaks volumes about the amazing work and heart of this amazing, and dedicated team. “
The community nominated & voted awards didn’t stop there. Morning team, Aaron & Deneé, was also selected as second runner-up in the ‘Best Radio Personality or Team’ category by the readers of 417 Magazine. Another first time nominee, Aaron & Denee’ shared, ‘You did it! Thank you so much for your votes as Best of 417 Favorite Radio Personalities…So excited to continue to share our lives with you.” (1/24)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, Las Vegas, & more... AQH 6+ WAKW up 6.0 #6... WPOZ up 8.9 #2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/23)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 2: DC, St Louis, & more... AQH 6+ WGTS up 4.1 #7... KCMS UP 5.7 #2... KTIS up 6.5 #3... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/22)
BITS: Tess Tillman is joining the BEC/Tooth & Nail radio team... The NRB Radio Advisory Council Meeting will be held Tuesday, February 25th, at 3:30pm in Delta Mezzanine (same locale as before, look for “Radio” next to the door) at this NRB convention starting Feb 22nd... (1/22)
WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) recently had the privilege of not just being a radio station, but also becoming a movie set. A new Christian movie called Power of the Air spent 4 days filming at the Z88.3 studios in Orlando. The plot centers around a secular radio station and a Christian radio station. We are told that instead of making a fictitious radio station, they may let Z88.3 play themselves as the Christian radio station in the movie. ClearChannel Orlando also allowed the movie production to take place in their studios. The star studded cast is full of recognizable names including Patty Duke, Tracy Goode who you may recognize from Facing the Giants and CCM's own Karyn Williams. Z88.3 Afternoons with Jen and Shadow had a chance to crash the set while filming was taking place. Jen and Shadow spent time with actor Tracy Goode and even took him into the studio with them. Rumor has it Goode is playing a GM and on air personality in the movie. We’ve also heard that Karyn Williams is set to play the wife of the lead actor in the film. The movie is being produced by the Christiano Brothers who own Christianfilms.com. Their mission is driven by their philosophy of Christian films, which is the need to have a sincere message for Jesus Christ. They look for a message first when selecting which films to choose. Their goal is to make sure every movie offered has the person or presence of Christ in it. Pictured at left is actor Tracy Goode and actress Karyn Williams on set at Z88.3 along with a sneak peek at the production. Power of the Air is set to release around early next year. (1/22)
HOLIDAY PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more... AQH 6+ KLTY up 5.1 #4... KSBJ UP 4.5 #6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (1/21)
Morning In America host Bill Bennett (left) has weighed in on the national debate over legalizing marijuana. From his unique perspective as our nation’s first Drug Czar, Bennett posted a CNN commentary which—in part—castigates recent moves in Washington State and Colorado to legalize sale of pot by citing observations of pop singer Lady Gaga: "If you don't want to take my word that it can be harmful, perhaps you'll take Lady Gaga's. In a recent interview, the world-famous pop star admitted she was heavily addicted to marijuana. "I have been addicted to it and it's ultimately related to anxiety coping and it's a form of self-medication and I was smoking up to 15 or 20 marijuana cigarettes a day with no tobacco," she said. "I was living on a totally other psychedelic plane, numbing myself completely." Lady Gaga said she was speaking out to bust the myth that marijuana is just a harmless plant. "I just want young kids to know that you actually can become addicted to it, and there's this sentiment that you can't and that's actually not true." Morning In America is heard nationally and syndicated by Salem Radio Network, a division of Salem Communications. (1/21)
Centricity Music announces staff promotions. Ben Stauffer has been promoted from Finance Director to Vice President of Finance, and Kris Love from Director of Radio Promotions to Senior Director of National Promotions. Stauffer will take on an expanded role of the financial duties for Centricity Music and Centricity Publishing, while Love will now oversee all activities in the radio department including tracking, promotions, radio visits and promotional tours. Stauffer will continue to report to General Manager, Caren Seidle and Love to Steve Ford, Vice President of Marketing. (1/20)
BITS: KLTY/Dallas morning personality Frank Reed's book about his radio career is out, go here for more on "Frankly Speaking"... Gary Vaile has been named as General Manager of Salem's soon-to-be acquired KDIS FM in Little Rock, Arkansas... Holiday PPM ratings are due out starting later today and will posted here sponsored by Curb records... (1/20)
CMB held its Dallas Programming Momentum Summit (pictured left) Thursday Jan 16th. A broad range of topics included air checks, how to juggle priorities, tasks and your calendar, were discussed.
Special speakers included consultant Tracy Johnson, former Radio Disney VP of Programming Robin Jones, and Byron “Ron” Harrell on “Time Management.
In addition the summit featured special musical performances from MercyMe & Francesca Battistelli. (1/16)
Salem Radio Network talk host Mike Gallagher will be broadcasting tomorrow (Thursday) and Friday from Las Vegas at the annual SHOT Show. (“Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show”) at the Sands Hotel. Gallagher’s guests Thursday will include noted gun enthusiast and “rocker” Ted Nugent. In addition to live broadcast of The Mike Gallagher Show, Mike has a booth for his Gallagher’s Army Fallen Officers Fund, Mike’s 501c3 foundation which provides funds to families of police officers killed in the line of duty. “It is such an honor to represent the Gallagher’s Army Fallen Officers Fund before over 62,000 industry professionals from all 50 states and over 100 countries,” Gallagher states. “These guys live every day confronting issues and policies that keep average citizens safe.” (1/15)
BITS: WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ 99.3) has launched a new countdown show called "Radiate" including the Top 20 songs of the week and hosted by MD Jeremy Henry airing Sundays from noon-2 EST... WNFR/Sanduskey drops "Wonderful News Radio" and becomes 90.7 Hope FM starting today... Former Korean actress Shim Eun-ha, is now hosting a Christian radio program on the Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC)... PD Colin "Cruz" Strombeck (firstname.lastname@example.org] needs CHR and Rhythmic servicing for his new station The Blender... (1/13)
Positive Alternative Radio has promoted within to add an Executive Vice President, two Vice Presidents and two new directors all as part of a continuing effort to advance the organization through innovation. Edward Baker, President of PAR, made the appointments. "Brian Sanders, who has been leading the pursuit of a new vision for PAR since March of 2012, is now promoted to Executive Vice President. " Baker said in his address to PAR leaders at the non-profit organization's annual Vision Conference. "Brian's leadership has helped PAR stations reach new heights in the past three years, and I am confident he is taking us in the right direction with our new vision to become the standard by which all Christian media is measured," he added.
Baker also announced: Frankie Morea, General Manager at Positive Hits WPER, which reaches the Richmond, Va. market, is being tapped as VP of Programming for PAR. Daniel Britt, General Manager of Joy FM, PAR's southern gospel group of stations, has been promoted to Vice President of Culture Integration. David Hodges, staff engineer for the organization, has been promoted to Director of Engineering for PAR. Kayla Sanders, Donor Services Manager, has been promoted to Director of Partner Services.
"Each of these individuals will help lead us toward the future," Baker said. "We are so blessed to have this incredible talent pool in our midst and look forward to a bright future creating powerful experiences for our listeners that lead them to passionately follow Christ."
Positive Alternative Radio, with corporate offices in Blacksburg, Virginia consists of the Spirit FM network, Lynchburg-Roanoke, Va.; WCQR, Johnson City, TN; Joy FM network (southern gospel), Winston-Salem and Charlotte, NC; Positive Hits Network (WPER) Richmond, Va.; WALK-FM network, Ashland, Kentucky/Huntington, West Virginia and WJYW, Union City, IN/Greenville, OH. (1/10)
NRB announces this Monday morning Val Geller session at its annual convention next month in Nashville. Here's the NRB description and Val's session summary:
The demise of Christian radio has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Christian radio is seeing growth in a number of areas throughout the country. But why not everywhere? Come to this session where you'll be challenged to look at your definition of success differently and how you measure it turned upside down. Listeners come when they are engaged, leave when they are bored. Are you informing, entertaining, inspiring, your audiences? In an over-communicated world where media is democratized, mobile and everyone can be a broadcaster, when anyone from virtually anywhere can create and send content to anywhere else, and to anyone else— what distinguishes you? It is the quality of your content - and here, good storytellers rule.
The session will be moderated by WRAF/Toccoa Falls Assistant Station Manager Michael Shelley. NRB 2014 takes place Feb 22-25. (1/9)
BITS: Brian Sanders has been appointed Executive Vice President for PAR (Positive Alternative Radio)... Kim Bindel joins KNWS/Waterloo (Life 101.9) as APD/mornings starting Feb 9th... Dec PPM ratings are all posted here, "Holiday" numbers due starting Jan 20th... (1/9)
WBCL/Ft Wayne announces the hiring of Lori Reese (left) as Promotions Director. In this position, Reese will be responsible for the overall promotional strategy for WBCL including development and implementation of station wide promotions, brand management, social media strategies, deepening community partnerships, and more. Prior to joining WBCL, Reese worked as a Promotions Director for CRISTA Media's KWPZ/Bellingham .
WBCL Executive Director Ross McCampbell adds, “we are extremely excited to have Lori on the team and we strongly believe that the Lord put it on her heart to be involved with the WBCL media ministry.” (1/8)
BITS: GSF Media is now overseeing syndication of CitizenLink, a 2-minute daily radio feature heard on over 500 Christian radio stations nationwide... The Blast Ministries has launched its second radio station, The Blast Blender , PD Colin "Cruz" Strombeck, says The Blender is playing a lot of the lighter rock songs that are too light for the hard rockin' station The Blast... Looking for a new opportunity to start off 2014, then check out the listings on the HisAir.Net jobs page... (1/7)
WPER/Fredericksburg VA (Positive Hits PER) has named Don Burns Program Director/Morning Host. WPER general manager Frankie Morea stated “It is rare to find someone like Don who is extremely talented, experienced and passionate about Christian radio. I am very excited to see PER taken to the next level! Don joins WPER from WPFF/Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin which was recently purchased by the educational media foundation late last year. (1/7)
BITS: SRN News Religion Correspondent Michael Harrington will host daily segments with new NRB Dr. Jerry Johnson discussing the state of Christian broadcasting, what the future might hold and how the mid-term elections could affect Free Speech as well as individual local radio stations... Moody Radio South's 25th anniversary celebration will include keynote speaker Tony Evans in Tuscaloosa on Jan. 16 and 17... Salem Talk KSKY/Dallas (660 AM The Answer) adds Sean Hannity to the weekday line-up from 3pm-5pm... (1/6)
Advocace, the development and management consulting firm for Christian organizations, has hired the former Senior Development Director for Grove city College, David Hollenbaugh, as its newest Senior Consultant. Hollenbaugh began his work for Advocace January 6th. “We are very excited to have David as part of Advocace,” Paul Martin, Advocace President, said. “David brings a wealth of fund raising knowledge and a solid track record of professionalism and performance to the team.”
“I am looking forward to helping more Christian organizations find the funding needed to fulfill their missions,” Hollenbaugh, said. He added that he will continue to be based in the Pittsburgh area, serving Advocace clients nationwide. (1/6)
At American Family Radio (AFR) Lauren moves from co-hosting afternoons (John and Lauren), to solo Mid-days. Lauren formerly was on the air at KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish)... (1/6).
Former WPHN/Gaylord (The Promise FM) PD/afternoons Patrick Green has landed at KJIl/Meade as the stations new PD/OM/PM drive host. Patrick tells HisAir.Net, "I got my start in Christian radio there 15 years ago as production assistant and then moved to production director. I left there to be PD at Northern Christian Radio in 2004. I am excited to come back to such a great ministry and working with such a great group of people". Patrick exited WPHN at the end of 2013. He starts at KJIL February 3rd... (1/6)
KZTH/Oklahoma City (The House FM) & KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise FM) announce line up changes to start the new year. Afternoon host Jenn Derrick is now the new Morning Show Co-Host on "Wake Up! With Carder & Jenn". Jenn replaces Janelle Keith who exited Oct 31. Also, James Wood is the new Promotions Director coming from concert promotions in Arkansas. And as previously reported on HisAir.Net Ryan Van Fleet is in the building as the stations as new Operations Manager. (1/6)
A feature story in Politico is calling Salem Communications "A new power in conservative media". Click here to read the story. Salem was founded more than 26 years ago when CEO Ed Astinger and his brother-in-law, chairman of the board Stu Epperson, combined their radio assets to create a for-profit Christian media company. Epperson and Astinger, both devoted Christians, have also been involved in politics for years, supporting conservative causes and candidates. (1/6)
Sean Hannity joins Salem talk WIND/Chicago (560 The Answer) live weekday afternoons 2-5pm. In addition Bill Bennett's Morning in America returns live to AM 560 in the 5am hour. Big John and Amy will follow with their morning show, 6am to 11am. Dennis Miller will remain 11am to 2pm, but will now be live for three hours. Joe Walsh, who was moved into the 5pm hour last summer, will continue with a live and all Chicago show 5pm to 8pm. Michael Medved will air 8pm to 11pm, followed by Dennis Prager at 11, and Hugh Hewitt at 2am. "We couldn't be more excited to join the fantastic lineup on AM 560 The Answer, and share our program live with the great city of Chicago," said Eric Stanger, VP of Operations and Affiliate Marketing for The Sean Hannity Show. The new lineup will begin Monday, January 6th. (1/3)
BITS: WKSG/Ocala drops CCM for mainstream jazz... SOS Radio/Las Vegas wrapped up it's Random Acts of Christmas with a TON of amazing stories of generosity, ABC News/Channel 13 Las Vegas/KTNV did a feature, click here... Dec PPM ratings are all posted here, "Holiday" numbers due starting Jan 20th... (1/2)
DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, W Palm Beach, & more... AQH 6+ KFMK down 5.1 #6... WAYF down 2.7 t#10... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/30)
KFIS/Portland (104.1 The Fish) announces a new on air line-up starting Jan 6th. APD Morgan (Smith) moves from middays to join Nelson mornings 6-10am. Former morning co-host Kat Taylor jumps to middays 10a-4p, while PD Chris Kelly holds down PM drive 3-7pm and syndicated Delilah is heard in nights. (12/30)
WAY-FM Louisville (pictured at left) encouraged its listeners to live out their faith and bless the kids who will be spending Christmas at Kosairs Children’s Hospital in Louisville. WAY-FM collected over 900+ new toys and handed them out room-to-room and shared the joy of the season during this difficult time.
One mother posted this on the WAY FM facebook page: "My son was just visited by you all! Thank you so much! This is our first time in the hospital with a child and we cannot begin to express our thankfulness for what everyone has done including you all! Merry Christmas to you all!" (12/30)
DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, KC, & more... AQH 6+ WPOZ down 8.1 #1... WAKW up 5.2 #6... KJNW down 4.4 t#10... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/27)
DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2: Wash DC, Baltimore, & more... AQH 6+ WGTS down 3.1.. KCMS down 4.0 t#9... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/26)
DECEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston, & more... AQH 6+ KLTY down 4.4 #6... KSBJ down 4.0 t#6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/23)
BITS: Nancy Harris is the new Ministry Director KTLF/KTPL/Colorado Springs (Lightpraise Radio)... Longtime WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) Pillar of Fire GM Rev. S. Rea Crawford passed away December 20 from Mesothelioma, he was 86... San Antonio gets a new online radio station this week as Thefishsanantonio.com debuts on December 26th at 10am... On 12/23, Truth4Life Radio will launch online from Ghana... Dec Nielsen PPM numbers will start to be released today and will be posted on the ratings page later today... (12/23)
On February 25, 2014, the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) will present the 2014 NRB Media Awards to honor and celebrate the most outstanding ministries, facilities, and programs/producers in the world’s preeminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators. NRB’s Media Awards program is designed to encourage excellence in production service to the community, faithfulness to the mission, commitment to the Gospel, and personal integrity. There are seven areas of focus for the 2014 awards: Church Media, Radio, Television, Internet, International, Intercollegiate, and Special Service.
All award recipients will be presented their awards during the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention, which will take place February 22-25, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, TN.
The recipients of the Church Media, Radio, Television, Internet, International, and Special Service awards are as follows:
Best Video Production for Use in a Worship Service (Large Churches)
First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, TX
Radio Program of the Year
Parenting Today's Teens with Mark Gregston, Heartlight Foundation
Radio Station of the Year
Radio Impact Award
Ambassador Advertising Agency
SRN News White House correspondent Greg Clugston unveiled the 15th edition of his annual White House Christmas poem this week at the White House Press Basement Christmas party.
Presidential press secretary Jay Carney and several members of his press office staff came down to the crowded basement to mingle and hear the poem. This year, Carney stood at Clugston’s side for the 2013 reading.
Clugston observed: “What was meant as a one-time only poem in 1998 has turned into an annual tradition spanning three administrations.”
Pictured (Left to right) are: Steve Thomma, president, White House Correspondents' Assn; Greg Clugston, SRN News White House correspondent; and Presidential Press Secretary Jay Carney. (Photo credit: SRN News). (12/19)
Libby Carver (left) has been promoted to APD/MD at WBSN/New Orleans (Lifesongs). Libby also co hosts the WBSN morning show. ... (12/18)
Effective January 1, 2014, Dr. Frank Wright will be joining Salem as its President and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Wright will be reporting directly to Salem's Chief Executive Officer, Edward Atsinger.
Dr. Wright has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Religious Broadcasters, a position he held for the past 11 years. Prior to joining the NRB in 2003, he served for seven years as the Executive Director of the Center for Christian Statesmanship based on Capitol Hill. Having managed the world's largest Christian media association, Dr. Wright has significant and wide-ranging experience in the electronic media market place, including active engagement in the regulatory and public policy processes centered in Washington, DC. Dr. Wright also has earned a doctorate in finance.
Mr. Atsinger said, "Frank has nearly twenty years' experience working on Capitol Hill, ten years' experience working with the Federal Communications Commission and various Executive Branch agencies, and more than 20 years' experience working in and with broadcast media organizations. Frank has also developed a robust network among DC-based public policy organizations, as well as DC-based political organizations." (12/17)
Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio and end times Bible teacher, has died at 92 years of age. Camping sustained a fall in his home on Saturday, and he was not able to recover from his injuries. Harold Camping started Family Radio in 1958 and hosted a daily call-in show. According to the Family Radio bio of its founder, "Harold Camping is a full time volunteer, receiving no salary or other financial compensation." (12/17)
BITS: Steve Gandy joins the production team at American Family Radio in Tupelo, MS, he was formerly with Focus on the Family... Brian Whitman has signed a contract extension to remain part of 'The Morning Answer' on KRLA Los Angeles (AM 870 The Answer)... In case you missed the November Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers sponsored by Curb go here, December numbers due out 12/23... (12/16)
WMIT/Black Mountain (106.9 the Light and in 106.7 the Light/Knoxville) joined with Prison Fellowship this past Tuesday (12/10) for a one-day event for Angel Tree. Listeners provided for 6,751 children with a parent or parents in prison at Christmas. The giving totaled just over $83,000. The listener’s generous response to what God asked of them means that in nine-and-a-half hours, 66% of all children registered in the Angel Tree program within our two station’s listening areas were taken care of. These kids will know how much they’re loved, at Christmas and always. Translated another way, 66% of all the children registered for Angel Tree in the cities of Charlotte, Knoxville, Greenville and Spartanburg, SC, Asheville, NC, Johnson City, TN, Kingsport, TN and all towns in between, are now taken care of for Christmas. (12/13)
WRDR/Old Bridge, NJ (The Bridge) GM Robert Taylor checks in with HisAir.Net. Robert says, "The Bridge Christian Radio has been given permission to construct a translator atop of 4 Times Square, right in the heart of New York City! With this expansion, The Bridge will be the only Christian radio station in the New York market with a transmitting antenna that is located in Manhattan. “God has made it very clear that our new mission field to bring His light to is the dark oppressed area of NYC”. (12/11)
BITS: Nationally syndicated Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson is suing the federal government over a requirement in the Affordable Care Act that his ministry must include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception in its health insurance... SRN host Janet Meffert calls out Pastor Mars Hill Church in Seattle Mark Driscoll in an on air interview accusing him of using author and Westminster Seminary California professor Dr. Peter R. Jones’ content in 14 pages of “A Call to Resurgence” without properly citing or footnoting it, read story here... Salem has acquired the Twitter curation site, Twitchy.com from syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin... (12/11)
Christian broadcaster Darren Marlar announces he has created a new sitcom called "Rock And a Hard Place" which is set to be filmed in Rockford. The show is about a pastor who unexpectedly inherits a bar directly across the street from his church. The show will be starring actor Stephen Baldwin and Darren and will primarily use Rockford and Chicago filmmakers.
Monday Dec 16th Baldwin will be flying in Rockford for a red carpet event open to the public to let people know about the show and how they can get involved. They will also be able to take photos with cast members including Baldwin, and singer/ongwriter John Schlitt. We'll keep you up to date with this project on HisAir.Net. (12/9)
BITS: EMF is purchasing WHWT/New Hope, AL (Huntsville103.5 FM)... WAKW/Cincinnati (Star 93.3) adds Delilah for nights starting 12/16... In case you missed the November Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers sponsored by Curb go here, December numbers due out 12/23... (12/6)
After nearly 15 years, WMBI/Chicago (Moody Radio) morning host Mark Elfstrand has exited the station. His last day on the air was Wed 11/27. Monday Elfstrand wrote in his blog “Radio is not who I am. My identity is not wrapped up in being a radio personality. . . . Our work should never define us as human beings. God created in each of us something much greater. The Creator of all things has made every human being in His image. He doesn’t stamp us with a job title. He gives us His divine imprint.”
From his blog Eflstrand continued “Make no mistake, here, I ENJOYED it! Radio is a wonderful line of work. The connection to people from all walks of life . . . travel . . . the opportunity to be creative and use your gifts . . . are all such a blessing. But radio can also be a very transient line of work. Most of us in this business have experienced changes in station ownership, management, and formats at some point. . . . The radio management team where I’ve served in Chicago recently decided to make a change in morning programming. Like most changes, ‘in with the new and out with the old.’ Marketing impact is always made with ‘new and improved.’ That’s usually how I came to get my jobs!”
In a statement released on the station website vice president of Moody Radio Collin Lambert said, "After many months of prayer and discussions regarding the future of the morning show in Chicago, Moody Radio's leadership decided that it was time for a new direction," "The population in Chicagoland is rapidly changing, which presents an opportunity for a wider, more diverse ministry in order to reach more people with God's Word." The new direction of the morning show will be focused on reaching a multicultural audience and will feature co-hosts, news and information delivered in a conversational manner, caller and guest interaction, social media integration and much more. Moody Radio is initially planning to launch the new program in January 2014. (12/5)
BITS: After 5 years as KVNE/Tyler (Encouragement FM) APD/middays Jeff Johnson is exiting Dec 13 to become the Senior Communications Specialist at a Tyler hospital... Salem is purchasing 2 stations former Radio Disney stations in a $2 million deal, including KDIS-FM/Little Rock and KRDY-AM/San Antonio... EMF is purchasing WWLV/Lexington for $10mil, KLOVE has been airing on a LMA for three years... WZAQ/Huntington, WV (ignite) is sold five months following the death of its owne Harold Britton to Kevin West and his associates at Expression Production Group, they have began LMAing the station back in September... (12/2)
NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, W Palm Beach & more... AQH 6+ KFMK up 7.1 t#2... WAYF up 2.9... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (12/2)
BITS: Salem launched a new on line station Thanksgiving day (thefishsanantonio.com) serving San Antonio playing “real Christmas music” through the holiday season and on Dec. 26 will begin airing its regular format... As reported last month on HisAir.Net WAYG/Grand Rapids has gone off the air.... The Tallahassee Democrat has a nice feature article on WAKU/Tallahassee (Wave 94.1) in honor of its 15 years serving the community (read here) ... (12/2)
Christian television pioneer TBN founder Paul Crouch passed away Saturday Nov 30. Although Crouch will be be best remembered for his work with TBN, he actually began his broadcasting career while studying theology at Central Bible Institute and Seminary in his native Missouri by helping build the campus' radio station. He moved to California in the early 1960s to manage the movie and television unit of the Assemblies of God before founding Trinity Broadcast Network in 1973 with his wife, Jan. Paul Crouch was 79. (11/30)
KQLC/Sealy, Tx has gone on the air. KQLC has operated as a LPFM since 2004 and was granted a full power license last year. The founder of the station, L.C. Orrick, a deceased Methodist minister, had a passion for radio, said Donna Schlitt. Orrick left his money to a little non-profit corporation he had formed, and during the settling his estate it was discovered that he had applied for a radio license and it was granted. “We felt that we owed it to him to make his dream come true, and originally it was a low power FM station located in Brookshire,” said Schlitt, who was Orrick's business manager for 14 years. KQLC is a Class A Non-Commercial FM Station with 1700 watts. (11/29)
NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, Las Vegas & more... AQH 6+ WPOZ down 8.6 #1... WCVO up 4.3 #6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (11/27)
NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2: Seattle, Wash DC & more... AQH 6+ KTIS up 5.9 t#7... KCMS even 4.1 t#96... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (11/26)
WAY FM/Denver helped a local school with a shoe collection that garnered both local and national attention. A charter school called SkyView Academy in Highlands Ranch, CO (Denver Suburb) has a student led Operation Christmas Child shoe box collection at their school every year. This year however the principle encouraged the teachers to remind the students that it was coming up. The American Humanist Association sent them an official “Cease and desist” letter. The school didn’t want to try to go through legal costs to try and keep the event going. The students and parents decided to collect the boxes on the public sidewalk just outside the school anyway. It became a national story as WAY-FM/Denver was on air and on site to help bring awareness to the collection point that these dedicated students and parents wanted to continue to help these children who otherwise wouldn’t receive anything for Christmas. Pictured the WAY-FM van on site as the Wally show talked about what was happening and encouraging listeners to participate in the collection. It ended up being the largest collection that they have had since it started. (11/25)
NOVEMBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston & more... AQH 6+ KLTY up 5.5 t#2... KSBJ up 4.6 #6... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (11/25)
WCIE/Sarasota (The JOY FM) has upped its power at 91.5 as of last Friday. The JOY FM now reaches a potential 3.5mil listeners in the Tampa Bay market. The station celebrated with a 91.5 Pre Show Power up party last Friday . Pictured at left is air personality Jayar and youth band Young and Free. (11/25)
Columbia International University has agreed to purchase WGWG/Boiling Springs, NC from Gardner-Webb University pending FCC approval. WGWG (88.3) is a 50kw C2 FM, the WGWG studios and call letters are not part of the deal expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2014. Columbia International University is the owner of WRCM/Charlotte (New Life 91.9). A price on the purchase was not released. (11/25)
BITS: KLFF/San Luis Obispo (K-LIFE) has promoted Chris Durban to Music Director, he was previously production director/pm drive host and replaces Noonie Fugler who stays on in a consultant role... KNWS/Waterloo (LIFE 101.9)/ adds Bryon Mengle for pm drive/listener engagement director duties... EMF has closed on its $20.25 million cash purchase of WWIQ/Philadelphia from Merlin Media, calls have been changed to WKVP... (11/20)
BITS: WIHS/Middletown, CT has hired Mark Channon as its new Station Manager starting December 1st... Jonathan Nagle joins WMUZ/Detroit as sales executive... KLYT/Albuquerque (Static Radio) morning show Team Awesome Morning Party (Steve Jeter and Matt Lott) discovered an unexpected visitor as a black bear (pictured left) had come down from the Sandia Mountains to the the station parking lot, police were alerted and after a few tranquilizers the bear was captured, local TV station KOAT featured a story on the adventure, watch here. (11/19)
Rahny Taylor has been named Assistant Program Director at K-LOVE Radio Network. He will begin his new position on December 2 and will be based at K-LOVE/Air1's Rocklin, CA office. K-LOVE Director of Programming Chuck Pryor stated, "We are very excited to have Rahny join our K-LOVE family. With his experience in radio and his passion to combine his skills with his love for the Lord, there is no question he will be an excellent addition to our team."
Rahny Taylor joins K-LOVE from Kiss FM in Milwaukee, where he was APD/MD and on-air DJ. Taylor was part of Kiss FM's "Wes, Rahny and Alley," the station's morning show. He also was the in-game announcer for NBA's Milwaukee Bucks home games. Prior to Kiss FM, Taylor worked at KDWB/Minneapolis/St. Paul. (11/18)
BITS: After 10 tears with KFSH/Los Angeles (95.9 The Fish) Promotion director Jenny Estebo is exiting to join Viacom in NYC... Strong Tower Radio (WGCP/Cadillac, MI) is expanding with a new television station (TV23) planning to hit the air by Feb 2014... On Monday, November 18, TWR will begin air a one-hour daily program produced in the Philippines on it's high-power station on Guam, the program addresses the psychological and spiritual needs of those who have been impacted by the devastating Typhoon Haiyan... (11/18)
Moody Radio announces new hires including Joe Gonzalez who has joined as KMBI/Spokane Station Manager. Joe previously worked for Salem Communications. Jason McKaig is the new Program Director/Morning Show Host at WMBW/Chattanooga. He was previously Station Manager at Wilkins Communications. Former church planter in Northport, AL, Greg Rogers is now the Mornings Co-Host at WMFT/Tuscaloosa. And Yahir Vergara is a new air talent for the Radio Moody (Spanish) program. He joins from Client Services at BAM Studios. (11/15)
BITS: Ryan van Fleet joins KLTH/Ponca City (The House FM) and KLVV/Ponca City (My Praise) Operations Manager starting Jan1st... Danielle Madsen joins WAY-FM/West Palm Beach as Community Impact Director... Zach Evans is the new Operations Coordinator at WAY FM/Huntsville... Check out the new articles including "The Evolution of a Christian DJ" from KTIS's Lisa Barry and "Volunteers, Interns & Capes" by WCIC's Dave Brooks this week... (11/15)
BITS: Digital Frontiers Media (DFM) has launched a new iPhone and Android application for WPOZ/Orlando (Z88.3) including its 3 brands, Contemporary Christian Z88.3, Hot 95.9 Positive Hip-hop & R&B, and 106.3 The Rock... Advocace announces the promotion of Sr. Development Counselor Jerry Grimes to VP effective 12/1... In case you missed the October Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers sponsored by Curb go here, November numbers due out 11/25... (11/13)
WCVO/Columbus (104.9 the River) was the only radio station in Columbus to join the festivities by participating in the Columbus Veteran’s Day Parade for a fifth consecutive year . Thousands of downtown workers, veterans, and families lined the streets to enjoy the annual tribute to those who have fought to protect our freedom.
Members of 104.9 the River’s Community Relations team drove in the parade, provided candy to spectators, played patriotic music, and relayed a Thank You message to veterans from Mornings with Mary and Josh hosts Mary O’Brien and Josh Hooper. Mary and Josh honor Veterans daily as kids from Central Ohio classrooms say The Pledge of Allegiance on-air each morning. (11/12)
BITS: Paul Van Sickle has been promoted from Writer/Producer at Crawford Broadcasting/Denver to Operations Manager of KKPZ/Portland (1330 The Truth)... Moody station KMBI/Spokane was knocked off the air Sunday morning when copper thieves pulled the wiring off its transmission tower... Look for new guest columns this weekend from WCIC/Peoria Station Manager Dave Brooks and KTIS air personality Lisa Barry, to submit a guest article send it to email@example.com (11/8)
BITS: This weekend, a special radio program will air in the place of The Hour of Decision, BGEA Director of Radio Jim Kirkland tells HisAir.Net, "To our knowledge, it’s the first time in 63 years that content has pre-empted The Hour of Decision", all the details are on the website here... WAY-FM announces that their World’s Biggest Small Group (listeners who have signed up to read through the “Flyover Route”) found in Tyndale’s Wayfinding Bible, now has over 10,000 members... Salem Communications announces third quarter 2013 total revenue of 3.1% to $58.5 million, radio station revenues up from $45.9 million to $46 million... (11/7)
Last week, The Daily Caller ran a story on the potential FCC snooping into radio newsrooms, and ultimately, Talk Radio. Today, Salem Radio Network host Janet Mefferd interviewed Brent Bozell, founder/president of the Media Research Center….who called the possible FCC move “frightening” and “Big Brother in all its worst manifestations: the Federal government deciding what should be and what should not be acceptable public discourse in the nation.” We thought as broadcasters you would want to hear this portion of todays "The Janet Mefferd" Show on SRN. Click here. (11/5)
EMF moves K LOVE from WKVP/Cherry Hill (89.5) to its new big signal at WWIQ/Philadelphia (106.9). EMF purchased WWIQ from Merlin a few months ago for $20mil. WWIQ adopts the the WKVP calls. Meanwhile WKVP changes to WYPA and will transition to AIR 1 soon. (11/5)
This week (Thursday, 11/7) will mark the 95th birthday of evangelist Billy Graham. Dr. Graham will mark his birthday with his first nationwide address in years, and SRN News will provide coverage as well as an SRN News special, 5-part series for over 1,400 SRN News affiliates nationwide. SRN News Religion Correspondent Michael Harrington will anchor a five-part series on Graham and his "My Hope America" program, in which the legendary evangelist will deliver the Gospel message to the country for perhaps the last time in his life. The series will air in the top of the hour newscast Monday (11/4) through Friday (11/8) at 8 AM, ET; 12 NOON, ET; 4 PM, ET; AND 8 PM, ET.
In addition, for the first time in almost exactly 63 years, the Hour of Decision, featuring Billy Graham will not air in its regular time slot next weekend. Instead, a special "My Hope America" with Billy Graham program called Defining Moments, will be broadcast in the place of its place on the nearly 600 radio stations nationwide and XM/Sirius that air the weekly program featuring Billy Graham messages. American Family Radio, Salem Broadcasting, Moody Broadcasting and the Bott Broadcasting Network are all scheduled to air the My Hope America program on Nov. 9 and 10. "To the best of our knowledge, it’s the first time since it’s debut on Nov. 5, 1950, that Hour of Decision has stepped aside for any other program," Jim Kirkland, BGEA director of radio.
Defining moments was produced by KSBJ's Sterling Tarrant, and it features the voice talents of Jason Rackow from WBGL, along with Joey K and Coppelia from KSBJ. (11/4)
KSBJ/Houston GM Tim McDermott (left) checks in with HisAir.Net. Tim was connecting flights at LAX on his return from a mentoring trip to Melbourne, Australia Friday when spent the entire day there in lockdown. Tim describes the day this way in a memo to the KSBJ staff:
“There’s a gunman loose in the building. We are putting everyone in lockdown!” the customs agent yelled to us all as we entered the immigration area at LAX. I asked another customs agent what was going on. She said that the gunman had fired several shots and at least one person was killed. They weren’t sure if there were more gunmen there. My first thought after the 15 hour flight from Australia to LAX wasn’t one of panic. It was really, “This is going to be one long day.” I tried to text Trudy to let her know I was okay, but I couldn’t get a signal. Everyone was remarkably calm and I felt good – surrounded by officers and customs agents who were armed.
So there wasn’t much to do but wait. And we did. 5.5 hours with no food. I was able to get a signal later on and kept in touch with everyone. I felt good knowing I was on American soil, but this whole thing seemed surreal. Because of the events, most of our group wound up outside security and TSA wouldn’t let us into the Terminal. Transportation around the airport was restricted so no one could get in and no one could get out.
Finally, after a lot of false hope, TSA reopened the gates after 4 PM. The gates were chaotic and filled with frustrated passengers. I heard one gate agent say she had enough and wanted to go home. My flight was canceled and I tried to get on another flight which was also delayed. As I walking down past one of the gates to go get something to eat, I heard an announcement, “last call for Flight 1169 to Houston.” I ran to the gate and they let me go on that plane. Yeah! There were very few passengers on the plane. It reminded me of the travel after 9/11. Everyone was friendly, relieved and ready to get home. I watched CNN on the way home – and it was surreal, being at the place where all this happened.
I got home close to midnight Houston time – starting my day at 5 AM on Friday in Melbourne. The media was at baggage claim and they interviewed several of us about the day. It was literally and figuratively the longest day of my life – 40 hours on one long Friday. The love and concern I received from family and friends were overwhelming. Although my day was long, it was just a time delay for me. For the family of the one TSA agent who was killed and the others injured and other TSA agents there and across the country, it will be a lot longer. I am praying for them and hope you do too. It is good to be home." (11/2)
OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 4: Austin, W Palm Beach, Nashville & more... AQH 6+ KFMK 3^ up 5.1... WLVU down 2.2... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/31)
BITS: WPHN/Gaylord (The Promise FM) PD/afternoons Patrick Green will exit the station at the end of this year, reach out to Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org ... After 6 years WHCB/Bristol, TN MD/mornings Dave Purin has exited the station... Night Light with Andrea adds KYTT/Coos Bay (K-Light) to its list of affiliates... Shine.FM Chicago/Indy is playing all Christmas music today during Halloween, GM Brian Utter says "No tricks, just our treat to you!", a digital billboard campaign is supporting in both markets... For the latest Christian radio PPM numbers go here, sponsored by Curb, October PPM day 4 will be released later today... (10/31)
WAY-FM Florida Regional Manager Jim Marshall has announced that effective December 2, Tom Sullivan (at left) has been named Station Manager of WAYJ/Ft Myers (WAY-FM). Sullivan had previously been General Manager of KTLF/Colorado Springs. Before joining KTLF, he had stints as General Manager of KCFN/Wichita, KS and WGCF/Paducah, KY.
Commenting on the appointment, Marshall noted, “I'm excited to have Tom join the team. He's a natural leader, and is well-equipped to lead WAY-FM's ministry in Southwest Florida. His skill set meshes great with WAY-FM's desire to help our listeners live out their faith in their local community." Sullivan replaces Jeff Taylor he joined KCBI/Dallas for mornings last month. (10/30)
OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 3: Orlando, Las Vegas & more... AQH 6+ KFIS up 3.2... WPOZ #1 up 9.3... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/30)
BITS: At KSBJ/Houston Coppelia officially moves from afternoons to morning co-host teaming with Bill Maier... RadioU/Columbus GM says a structural change within the organization creates an opening for a Promotions director, check the listing on the jobs page... Regarding the APD opening at KFMK/Austin (Spirit 105.9) PD Steve Sunshine says, "we are filling with existing staff and may reopen at some point in the future."... Ever wonder what your listeners think of themselves, in this report from Kassof Research you'll find out, click here... (10/30)
OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 2: WASH DC, Denver, Seattle & more... AQH 6+ KCMS down 4.1... KTIS t#8 down 5.3... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/29)
KLVV/KJTH/Ponca City Promotions/morning co-host Janelle Keith last day on the air will be Oct 31. Janelle tells HisAir.Net "I am leaving The House FM to pursue the dream that God has placed before me -- my love of writing matched with my call to missions. I will continue to blog and write, write, write but mostly I am trusting with obedience in God's wisdom as He unfolds His plans for whatever is next." Jenn Derrick will slip into the morning co-host chair replacing Janelle. (10/29)
OCTOBER PPM RATINGS DAY 1: Dallas, Houston& more... AQH 6+ KLTY #3 down 4.9... KSBJ t#9 even 4.0... Nielsen Audio PPM Christian radio cume numbers are online here. The latest ratings on HisAir.Net is sponsored by Curb Records. (10/28)
KNMI/Farmington, NM (Vertical Radio) GM Devin Neeley has announced he will exit the station at the end of the month. Devin has been KNMI GM for the past 3 years. Former KNMI GM Emmet Fowler will be replacing Devin starting Nov 4th. Devin plans to pursue a job in TV news. (10/28)
Salem Radio talk show host Don Kroah was presented with an earned Doctorate of Ministry Degree from Calvary Christian College in Waldorf, MD by College President Dr. Timothy Wood on October 7th . Before receiving the honor, Kroah delivered the Commencement Address to the graduating class of 2013. An alumnus of Valley Forge Christian College, Don's previous academic work included studies in psychology and philosophy at the University of Southern Maine and in journalism at Regent University's School of Communication and the Arts in Alexandria, VA. Now in his 16th year as host of The Don Kroah Show on WAVA/Wash DC, Don joined Salem Media of Virginia on October 20, 1997 following 34 years of fulltime pastoral work in Maine. While there he also worked extensively in general market radio as a news director, news anchor, commentator, and morning show host in the Augusta, Waterville, and Portland markets. (10/28)
Time for the next Creative Cardio National Jock Brainstorm. Mark your calendar! Tuesday October 29th 1:30pm Eastern/10:30am Pacific
Bring some Thanksgiving/November ideas that other radio personalities might find helpful. Call 213.493.0800 Access code: 502051#. Prepare for Thanksgiving! (10/28)
BITS: WFSH/Atlanta (104.7 The Fish) Promotions & Event Coordinator Leslie Greathouse, moves into the AM Promotions Manager role... KLTY/Dallas Production Assistant Joy Delaney will exit the station at the end of the year to pursue a degree in Nursing... EMF is buying WKFP/Navarre, FL a 25kw C3 at 95.7 for 1,750,000 and in a separate deal EMF purchases WPFF/WNLI/Sturgeon Bay, WI from Bethesda Christian Broadcasting... For the latest Christian radio PPM numbers go here, sponsored by Curb, October PPM will be released on 10/28/13.... (10/23)
WBSN/New Orleans PD Tom Krimsier (left) was inducted into the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Tom began his career at WQXI/Atlanta with his twin brother Paul who was also inducted. Together they were Quixie’s “Tiger Twins”. (10/22)
Here's an encouraging word from ChristianNetcast Account Executive Megan MacDougall, left, we thought you would be interested in.
"There’s just something about being in the presence of people who love Jesus and pumpkin candles. Both create a grateful spirit that can only be enhanced by pumpkin spiced coffee because, hello, it’s Fall people! I was certainly feeling grateful, as I listened to countless stories of how Jesus was using my local Christian station, Spirit FM, to change the lives of those listening. When you get the opportunity to be a part of something so special as Sharathon through your Christian Station, do it! Do it because it changes your life to hear about Jesus using your local station to impact so many people, and because maybe you will get the opportunity to pray with a woman over the phone whose mom is dying of cancer, or, if God decides you just may have not smiled enough today, you will get to hear a ten year old girl belt out Mandisa’s new hit, Overcomer, because she, and I quote “loves me some Mandisa!” Either way, Jesus used Spirit FM, a ten year old girl, and a pumpkin candle to change my world today". (10/21)
Sean Hannity will be joining its KSKY/Dallas (660 AM The Answer) starting January 1st, 2014. Hannity will be aired live from 2pm to 5pm CT. Hannity is the 2nd most listened to radio talk show host in America, heard daily on over 500 stations. He is also host of his own TV program seen nightly at 10pm ET on the Fox News Channel. Hannity launched his nationally syndicated radio show from WABC/New York the day before 9/11 on about 50 stations, and soon became the fastest growing nationally syndicated talk show in history.
"After 5 years I am finally re-joined with the monster I helped create," said Salem Communications VP Director, Spoken Word Format Phil Boyce. Boyce hired Hannity when he was the program director of WABC in 1996, moved him into afternoon drive in 1998, and spearheaded his national launch in 2001, before leaving WABC in 2008. "When the opportunity arose to place Sean on one of our top NewsTalk stations in Dallas, I had to ask the question 'are you kidding me? (10/18)
Three key individuals recognized among international organizations and ministry leaders for their efforts in media, leadership, and innovative thinking will take the stage during the International Keynote Session at the NRB 2014 International Christian Media Convention in Nashville, TN. The panel of speakers on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, will include Lauren Libby, President & CEO of TWR International; Wayne Pederson, President of HCJB Global; and Wayne Shepherd, Owner & President of Wayne Shepherd Communications. (10/18)
BITS: An on-line study of P1 Christian radio listeners by Mark Kassof reports about the motivations of the core (P1) listeners to Christian radio, read here... Matt Redman, TobyMac & Jason Crabb win big at 2013 Dove Awards last night, go here for entire winner list (TV broadcast will be Monday night at 8 ET, 7 CT on the UP Network, formerly GMC - The Gospel Music Channel).... Lubbock Christian University has launched a new online station, ChapRadio... In case you missed the latest Christian radio PPM numbers go here, sponsored by Curb. (10/16)
KLJY/St Louis (JOY FM) has hired Mike Couchman to take the lead on launching their new teen/young adult radio station for St. Louis in early 2014. Mike retains his responsibilities at his home base at SOS Radio in Las Vegas. Mike tells HisAir.Net "I'll be doing everything involved with programming a new radio brand from scratch. All of the obvious stuff like music, imaging, searching for talent, collaborating with promotions, digital media, plus probably all kinds of things I don't even know yet since I've never been on the exciting front end of building a brand new brand. I might be kissing sleep goodbye for a few months!" (10/15)
Former WAWZ/New York (Star 99.1) air personality Bob Taylor has been named General Manager at WRDR/Freehold, NJ (The Bridge). Bob replaces exiting GM Paul Bohlinger who is returning semiconductor manufacturing industry. Bob says "God opens doors to those who wait!" (10/14)
BITS: Janelle Keith is exiting her morning co-host/promotions position at KLVV/KJTH/Ponca City at the end of the month... EMF closes on the purchase of KEYN/Ft Collins... Jonny Diaz has signed on with Centricity Records... (10/14)
Night Light host Andrea Jaxson has been named the announcer for the 44th Annual Dove Awards. Marking the return of the awards to its home city of Nashville, the event will take place on October 15 at 8:30 PM ET at Allen Arena. For the first time the first Dove Awards, "Christian music's biggest night", will be held in the Fall. Also of note is the show's anticipated return to Nashville following two years of being held at the Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia.
"Andrea Jaxson is a natural choice to represent these entities," commented Michael Miller, vice president and general manager of Salem's Today's Christian Music radio network. "She's the most listenened to contemporary Christian music (CCM) radio night-time host in the country and she hosts Night Light(tm) on over 40 stations including KLTY/Dallas and WFFH/Nashville (94FM the Fish). We are all looking forward to a great evening as we salute CCM's best." (10/14)
Some great news from Nashville this weekend!! Curb's own Manager of national promotion Sean Hannon wed the Erika Linz in a ceremony and reception at Historic Cedarwood just north of downtown Nashville. Pictured at left are the groom with Erika and her father. (10/14)
4 Christian broadcasters joined representatives of Cross International in Haiti last week (October 6-9) to see first-hand how their station and listeners are helping feed and educate Haitian children. Broadcasters involved included Cross International, KKLA/Los Angeles, Lewis & Associates, WRAF/Toccoa Falls, GA, WKNZ/Salisbury, WJQK/Grand Rapids (JQ99)
Pictured at left is Bill Sammons from WKNZ/Salisbury/Ocean City (88.7 The Bridge) (10/11)
According to a new Radio Research Consortium analysis of PPM data from 25 religious stations (Christian teaching and/or music) listenership rose 22% Spring 2010 to this year. AQH also rose, from 88,100 to 107,300. To read the report go here. (10/9)
Beginning Nov 29th WAYK/Grand Rapids will begin simulcasting with sister station WCSG/Grand Rapids. The stations will merge together on WaYfm's frequencies 89.9 in Grand Rapids, 88.3 in Kalamazoo and 89.9 in Benton Harbor broadcasting the WCSG programming. WaYfm, launched nearly 17 years ago in the Kalamazoo area was designed to target teens and young adults. "As the music played and lives were transformed, the audience also changed, but not necessarily in ways we would hope," said Chris Lemke Executive Director, Cornerstone University Radio in a statement. "By 2007, the newness of the ministry faded, music tastes became more personal and eclectic especially for the younger WaYfm listeners, and sources to hear one’s music became more common through online sites and streaming. By 2009, economic challenges brought tough choices, and competition for listeners had grown even more intense."
"The challenges facing WaYfm are far more than financial. Industry resources and competition from other stations and sources of music have also played major roles in our decision to discontinue WaYfm," the statement continued. According to Lemke, listeners will still hear several of their favorite WaYfm songs on WCSG. No jobs will be lost because of the merger, Lemke said. (10/7)