News Bites for September 16...
...Sun Broadcasting “93X” WXNX Ft. Myers-Naples has dropped its modern rock format and is stunting as “Trump Country,” which may, or may not, signal the new direction of the station. The changes began at noon Wednesday, Sept. 16 with the station posting a “Trump Country 93.7” logo online with the sub header “Make Country Great Again.” The logo links to TrumpCountry937.com, which pulls up a domain holding page hosted by Go Daddy. If a true flip to country happens, displaced modern rock fans may still have an outlet. “To all our 93X friends & family, we’ll be back on a new channel soon,” the station posted to Facebook. “Hang tight, we’ll have details to come.” The market is already home to two country radio stations, Renda Broadcasting’s WWGR (101.9), which is ranked second in the market with a 5.8 in Nielsen’s July survey, and iHeartMedia’s WCKT (107.1), which posted a 3.4. As a modern rock station, WXNX managed a 1.8 share (6+).
...The National Association Of Broadcasting’s PILOT innovation initiative is offering up to $10,000 in media technology scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students in 2021. Four scholarships of $2,500 each will be awarded by the program in conjunction with the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) in 2021 to successful applicants. Applications are due by Oct. 15, with winners to be announced in February. “These scholarships expand awareness of broadcast technology in the academic world, and can assist those students with interest in the technical elements of media to pursue their goals,” Executive VP/CTO Sam Matheny said in a release. “We are pleased to once again be working with BEA on this program, as an important part of PILOT’s technology education efforts.”
...The Johnjay & Rich #LoveUp Foundation will provide nearly 5,000 free lunches to COVID-19 frontline workers in the Phoenix area. The seven-day food truck tour will visit seven different Banner Health hospitals Sept. 16-22. The #LoveUp Foundation is covering the $56,000 cost of the food truck tour. “Thank you to the Johnjay & Rich listeners and #LoveUp supporters who responsibly purchased #LoveUp masks in effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. We now get to use that money to help pay it forward,” Johnjay Van Es said in a release.
...A number of Christian radio networks will air a two-hour special program “Where is America Headed? Finding Faith in a Time of Fear” on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 8:30-10:30pm (ET). The program is distributed by Salem Radio Network and will be carried by many affiliates of Point of View Ministries and Celebration Radio Network. Bott Radio Network and American Family Radio Network plan to air excerpts of the program on a delayed basis. The program will feature Vice President Mike Pence and author Joel C. Rosenberg.
...Santamaria Broadcasting regional Mexican “La Raza” KMNV Minneapolis (1400) opens a new facility in Richfield. The station’s previousl location was burned during protests that followed the killing of George Lynch while being placed under arrest by Minneapolis police. “We have gone through a lot in the last three months,” CEO Maya Santamaria said in a statement, according to TwinCities.com. “First the pandemic and then the May social unrest hurt La Raza tremendously, but we are happy to be moving to our new facility and continue to serve the Twin Cities.”
...The New Jersey Broadcasters Association (NJBA) has a new headquarters. The new address is 2608-2610 Lakewood Road, Suite 3, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742. “Our relocation from our former HQ in Monroe Township was deemed necessary by the Board as a cost cutting measure, and the new location is much more cost effective to operate with easier access to many of our stations,” President/CEO Paul Rotella said in a release.