NASHVILLE, Tenn. March 20, 2009 -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the finalists for the 2009 GMA/Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) Radio Station of the Year contest.
The radio station awards are designed to publicly acknowledge those Christian radio stations that meet the highest standards of quality and have the strongest impact on their listening areas. Awards are given to major, large, medium and small market stations. The winners in each market category will be determined by a panel of judges who review the following areas - community involvement, ratings, air-check and industry leadership.
KCMS - Seattle/Tacoma, Wash. - Stan Mak, Station Manager
KTIS Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. David Fitts, Station Manager
WPOZ Orlando, Fla. Dean ONeal, Station Manager
WDJC Birmingham, Ala. Laura Scotti, Station Manager
WMHK Columbia, S.C. John Owens, Station Manager
KKCM Tulsa, Okla. Dan Lawrie, Station Manager
WRCM Charlotte/Gastonia/Rock Hill, N.C./S.C. Joe Paulo, Station Manager
KGCB Flagstaff/Prescott, Ariz. Stephen R. White, Station Manager
WCVK Bowling Green, Ky. Mike Wilson, Station Manager
WLAB Fort Wayne, Ind. Melissa Montana, Station Manager
* Due to the number of qualified entries, the Large Market and Medium Market categories only have two finalists.
GMA will notify the winners before the 40th Annual GMA Dove Awards on April 23, 2009. The winners will be acknowledged during the GMA Dove Awards broadcast. The GMA Dove Awards are the culminating event for GMA Music Week 2009, which will be held at various locations in downtown Nashville from April 18-22, 2009 and include radio specific programming through the Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB). Registration information for GMA Music Week can be found at http://www.gospelmusic.org/events/summaryDetail.aspx?aid=9&pid=33.
The 2008 winners were KLRC Fayetteville, Ark. for Small Market; KTSY Boise, Id. for Medium Market; WPOZ Orlando, Fla. for Large Market and KSBJ Houston for Major Market.
ABOUT THE GMA
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves the Christian/gospel music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the gospel through music of all styles including pop, rock, praise & worship, black gospel, R&B, hip hop, southern gospel, country, and more. On behalf of its 4,000 members which include agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers and songwriters, the GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, which recognizes achievement in all genres of Gospel music and is the premiere television awards show for Christian/gospel music. Other programs presented by the GMA are GMA Music Week, GMA Music in the Rockies and the GMA Academy. GMA is also actively engaged in advocacy efforts with members of Congress and other governmental agencies on issues like copyright protections, digital rights and music piracy. For more information, visit www.gospelmusic.org and www.doveawards.com.
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