2017 CMB Special Awards

In addition to the Station of the Year Awards, CMB recognizes those in our industry for their exceptional service to the Christian Music Broadcaster community.

Join us as CMB presents all awards on Wednesday, September 6 during Momentum 2017 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.


Nominations open: May 1 
Nominations close: June 5
Nominees announced: June 26
Winners announced September 6, 2017 

Learn more about each of our CMB Special Awards below…

Scott CampbellScott Campbell Industry Achievement Award

Presented to a Christian broadcaster or associated professional for outstanding and long-term contributions to the growth of Christian Music Radio.

Read more about Scott Campbell and see past recipients HERE.


Rob Gregory Community Service Award

Presented to a Christian broadcaster, radio station or associated professional who, during the past year, has shown outstanding effort in community service.

Read more about Rob Gregory and see past recipients HERE.

Rich_MullinsRich Mullins Artist Impact Award

Presented to an artist or group to recognize their long-time contributions to the music and ministry of Christian radio.

Read more about Rich Mullins and see past recipients HERE.



Celebrating 50 years of broadcasting and community involvement, Family Life Radio has come a long way from a basement studio in Michigan. Today, Family Life Radio impacts more than 15 million people in 11 states.

The network serves families who have lost everything, children who go hungry on a regular basis and individuals who are in need of medical and dental care. Family Life Radio strives to make a difference in lives throughout their coverage area. In Phoenix, a partnership with Hopefest helped 20,000 people in need to get medical services, meals, dry foods, fresh groceries, personal care items, haircuts, and dental procedures. In Michigan, the Family Life Radio Car Care Clinic helped 77 single moms and widows with free services – oil change, lube, filter, and forty-point inspection – to make sure their car was ready for another winter. Events were coordinated in Albuquerque and Lubbock to collect supplies to help hundreds of students. Family Life Radio also works with various churches to bring listeners together to educate and provide hope for men and women and the special challenges they face into today’s world.

Family Life Radio looks forward to 50 more years of serving their listeners in any way God deems great.


104.9 the River’s mission continues to be encouraging connections and sharing Jesus. Each year The River serves the community in several different ways like the city-wide Vacation Bible School Tour reaching 75 churches, The Christmas Gift contest in December where listeners nominate other listeners to receive a gift that they need, and partnerships with several local organizations to bring awareness and support to the community of girls and women rescued from sex trafficking. Each month you’ll find their Community Impact Team visiting area classrooms to record and feature kids reciting the pledge of allegiance and visiting offices to surprise and delight their passionate listeners with station coffee mugs filled with things to make them smile. The prayer page at 1049theriver.com receives over 450 prayer requests each month that are prayed for by other listeners and The River team at least three times.

The team at 104.9 the River saw a conclusion to the 8-year court battle with a 4-3 Ohio Supreme Court ruling in favor of The River continuing as a tax-exempt non-profit ministry conducting public worship as a radio station in Ohio. Even with this challenge, 104.9 the River continued to faithfully serve their listeners.


Chris Hauser has charted a formidable path in the Christian Music community. Both radio programmer and promoter, Chris’s talents have touched the careers of Amy Grant and Caedmon’s Call – more recently Lauren Daigle and Danny Gokey – and others.

His career in radio began at WYRD in 1979. A few years later, they acquired an FM signal and Chris was named PD of the AM/FM combo. During this time, he also promoted concerts with 80s CCM artists like Petra and more.

Chris was the first record promoter hired out of Christian radio when he accepted a job at Myrrh Records in 1987. There, Chris worked legendary projects including Amy Grant’s Lead on Me. Soon after, he was hired by Warner Alliance and eventually became VP of Promotion and promoted artists like Take 6 and The Winans. In 1998, Chris branched out on his own and has been blazing the indie trail ever since. His commitment to projects he genuinely loves is at the core of Chris’s success, solidifying trust and camaraderie in a business thriving on those tenets.

Taking every opportunity to mentor those looking to transition from radio to records, Chris strives to be in a position to help others blossom.


“The Wally Show” featuring Wally, Zach, Bekah, and Betty airs on WAY-FM and across the nation. They are passionate about doing great radio and about helping the poor and needy of the world. They spend almost a month each year traveling internationally and fundraising for ministries.

Thousands of kids have been sponsored through Compassion International, and thousands more have clean water because of their tireless work.

They also serve the local listeners. WAY-FM’s Live (service) Out events are held across the US to help communities in need. Insistent on a personal touch, “The Wally Show” staff typically spends 90 minutes a day personally answering every email that comes into the show.

“The Wally Show” pushes to expand the conversation on Christian radio outside of the family friendly boundaries. The show values “real” over “safe”, making them unique, difference-makers in the lives of thousands that have struggled in the dark with things not typically acknowledged on Christian radio. Issues like porn addiction, failing marriages, why did God let this happen, and so many more are part of the show’s content, helping countless numbers of people know they aren’t alone.


Doug Erickson  •  @dougerickson1
Content Consultant, Erickson Media

Doug is a former Major Market award winning Program Director of the Year. He was VP of Programming for one of the first large consolidated radio companies before leaving to open his consultancy. He works with most of the largest media companies in the world but, uniquely, he consults everyadult format, including News/Talk, where his stations have won the distinguished Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism. Doug helped NOSTALGIE, an OLDIES-based station in Paris, become the fastest-growing radio station in French history. While you are in Nashville, you can hear one of his American clients, MIX 92.9! Also uniquely, Doug limits his client list to 8 per year so that each gets virtually unlimited market access.



94.9 KLTY partnered with their amazing listeners to raise more than $900,000 for various organizations such as Food for the Poor, World Concern, Cross International and their own 501(c)3, Christmas Wish. Christmas Wish alone helped hundreds of families in Dallas/Fort Worth in need during the Christmas season.

Throughout the year, the station acknowledged the people who serve their community – teachers, schools and churches – with the Teacher of the Month program, School of the Week and the Pastor Appreciation Dinner. KLTY’s 2nd annual Calibrate: The Worship Leader Event equipped 500 local area worship leaders to serve their flocks.

The 94.9 KLTY Storm Tracker Radar provides live and local severe weather coverage, which saved lives when severe weather affected parts of Dallas/Fort Worth particularly this past December 26th when 11 tornadoes went through the area.

To KLTY, radio is more than just playing music. It’s about community. It’s about sharing in their listener’s joy as well as their heartache. It’s about life.


89.5 KVNE exists to glorify God by encouraging people, connecting their community and pointing people to Jesus Christ. KVNE identifies local needs and engages listeners to meet those needs in many ways including their “Voice of Encouragement” to support local Christian ministries, mentorship of inner city children (increasing the number of mentors by 12%), partnering with Orphan Outreach to take 45 listeners to Guatemala, 1,100 “Care Packages” to the homeless on Christmas Eve, Pastor Appreciation Dinner for 150 pastors and spouses, and raising $40,500 for The Seed Company for bible translation.

During their “Back to School” drive, KVNE listeners donated over 2,000 pairs of shoes to East Texas children in need. Additionally, KVNE listeners donated 572 fans during their “Beat the Heat” fan drive for those less fortunate.

The KVNE prayer ministry launched a “30 Days of Prayer” campaign, which united and encouraged listeners to pray for students & teachers, law enforcement, neighbors, and community ministries.

When a tornado hit Van, Texas, KVNE began round-the-clock weather coverage. KVNE’s community connections team prayed with victims and partnered with a local ministry to become a hub for tornado relief donations collecting over 23,500 items and monetary donations.

89.5 KVNE is committed to connecting people to projects and throughout the process they point people to Christ.


Allen Henderson started his career in radio in 1972 in southeast Missouri. By 1983, Allen moved to Greenville, South Carolina to accept a position with WLFJ/His Radio, which lead to him becoming Network General Manager seven years later. In addition to his network-wide administrative duties, he programs the His Radio Praise channel. During his time as General Manager the His Radio Network has grown from one station to seventeen full-power stations and forty translators.

For the past eleven years, Allen has helped shape future generations of broadcasters as an adjunct instructor of media at North Greenville University. He has also given back to his community by serving on many local boards and committees, including Habitat for Humanity, St. Francis Hospital System, and Southern Wesleyan University.


Todd Isberner is co-founder and president of ShareMedia Services, a fundraising consulting company devoted to improving and expanding the ministry of Christian radio and the ministries that use it as an outreach tool.

He has dedicated his life to telling others about Jesus. With a media background, Todd has helped train, coach and host over 1,000 fundraising events for over forty years. Because of this, many radio leaders and stations are now using his methods of Christ-centered fundraising.

Todd is “in his element” when he is behind the mic connecting the need of a ministry with the hearts of listeners. His team has taken their Christ-centered approach to hundreds of radio stations, producing over 3,000 broadcast fundraisers and raising over $1.5 billion for media and non-profit ministries domestically and abroad.

In addition to being a fundraising consultant/talent coach and on-air host, he has published articles for religious radio publications, taught workshops, lead worldwide educational forums and has conducted fundraising schools, tele-seminars and webinars.

Throughout his career, Todd’s mission remains the same: to help Christian radio broadcasters and faith-based organizations expand their ministry to reach more people for Jesus.


Paul Martin’s passion is bringing the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to more and more people, especially through Christian radio.

Paul began his radio career while still in high school, becoming a lifelong student of our medium. He put his radio skills to work at KCFO-FM in Tulsa (which became an early commercial full-time Christian music station). He moved to Dallas to help start KLTY – twice! – before being called to lead the radio sales division for Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach. Paul returned to Dallas again to start Salem Radio Representatives and, later, managed the Salem Radio Network—all in an effort so more people would grow in their faith.

In 2003, Paul started Advocace to help fund listener-supported radio stations. Today, Advocace’s six consultants train business development and donor development teams to grow income for radio stations, Christian colleges, rescue missions, social service agencies, K-12 Christian schools and others who take the Gospel to people.


For thirty-five years Tim McDermott has had a passion to see lives impacted through Contemporary Christian Music radio. Tim’s career started with his first full-time job as Music Director at KCFO/Tulsa in 1980. Today, he leads KSBJ/Houston, the largest non-commercial radio station in America for the last 25 years.

Industry service has been a part of Tim’s life. He served nine years on the NCRS Steering Committee, and as its Chair in 2004, started Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB). Tim has also served on the NRB Board and as its Radio Chair, helped bring more Christian music sessions to NRB.

Under Tim’s leadership, KSBJ has won multiple CMB and NRB Radio Station of the Year Awards and CMB’s Rob Gregory Community Impact Award. The station has grown in listenership (from 119,000 to 850,000) and in staffing (11 to 100+). A lot has happened in Tim’s years at the station including the KSBJ Mentoring Program. This program has mentored 38 Christian music stations across the US. For his efforts, NRB presented Tim with its International Strategic Partnership Award in 2009.

Wherever there has been an opportunity to impact lives through Christian music radio, Tim has stepped up and continues to do so.


John Frost  •  @JohnFrost3
Partner, Goodratings Strategic Services

John Frost has been a successful major market disc jockey and program director for such companies as CBS, Gannett, Cap Cities, Westinghouse, Multimedia, and Sandusky during his 40+ years broadcast career. In the last decade and a half, John has been involved in the dramatic growth of Contemporary Christian radio, bringing mainstream programming strategies and research principles to help grow and develop some of America’s most successful Christian music stations including Z88.3 in Orlando, Salem’s Fish stations in Los Angeles, Portland, and Atlanta, CRISTA’s Spirit stations in Austin and Seattle, and many more. CMB honored John in 2004 with the Scott Campbell industry achievement award. Radio and Records and Christian Radio Weekly have recognized John as one of the most influential people in the Christian music industry.



Justin Wise  •  @JustinWise
Founder/CEO, Think Digital

Justin Wise helps people share what matters most. As the Founder & CEO of Think Digital, Wise and his team help clients through online coaching programs and done-for-you digital marketing. He speaks on the topic of digital marketing strategy at national conferences such as the Digital Media Summit, CLA Internet & Ministry Technology Summit, and the Nonprofit Leadership Academy. Wise lives in Des Moines, IA (by choice), with his wife and three children.



Wally  •  @wallyshow
Morning Show Host, WAY-FM

Wally hosts mornings on the WAY-FM radio network. He’s been entertaining listeners for more than two decades with the belief that “Content is King”. Wally came to Christian radio as host of “Total Axxess” on WAY-FM in 2007. Since then, The Wally Show has grown to air during morning drive on the entire WAY-FM network, plus other affiliate stations across the country.



Louie Giglio  •  @louiegiglio
Pastor, Visionary Architect and Director of the Passion Movement

Louie Giglio is Pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, GA, and the Founder of Passion Conferences, a movement gathering collegiate-aged young people since 1997 in events across the US and around the globe. Most recently, Passion hosted over 40,000 people at Passion 2016 in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX, uniting students in worship and prayer, and raising awareness for modern-day slavery. In 2008, Louie and his wife Shelley led the team that planted Passion City Church, a local community of faith with the DNA of the Passion movement. Their desire is to inspire this generation to live for what matters most.



Rick Dunham  •  @rjdunham
President & CEO, Dunham+Company and ShareMedia

Rick is a 38-year veteran in fundraising and organizational development for nonprofit organizations. After serving for 11 years in nonprofit management and fundraising leadership roles, Rick began his consulting career in 1989. In 2002 he founded Dunham+Company, which has become a global leader in providing fully integrated fundraising strategy for nonprofit organizations. Today, Dunham+Company serves over 50 organizations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, South Africa, and Australia, providing integrated fundraising and marketing strategies. Rick is the author of Secure: Discovering True Financial Freedom and If God Will Provide, Why Do We Have to Ask for Money? He has also been published and quoted in USA TodayDallas Morning NewsWashington Post and numerous other publications.



Ty McFarland & Sterling Tarrant
@TyMcFarland  •  @sterlingTKSBJ

Ty is the Program Director at KSBJ in Houston, and over the last 27 years, has enjoyed serving alongside the talented crews at WGTS in Washington, D.C., K-LOVE/Air1, and KTSY/KTFY in Boise/Twin Falls. He loves radio, and the opportunity to make a difference in a format that points people to the Lord. He admires creativity that connects to people’s hearts, for a good purpose. Ty is married to his high-school sweetheart, Tonya, and has a daughter, Audrey, 11, who is his favorite kid in the whole world.


Sterling Tarrant has been in Christian radio since 1988. He’s worked at stations in Indianapolis, Orlando, Rapid City, Colorado Springs, and Houston. From 1998 to 2008 he was the Senior Creative Producer in Broadcasting at Focus on the Family where he was in charge of all the Creative and Dramatic promos and radio spots. Sterling is a Certified Professional Commercial Copywriter from the Radio Advertising Bureau, a graduate of Roy Williams “Wizard of Ads” Academy, and winner of multiple awards. Sterling has also been a Program Director, Music Director, Special Projects Director, Account Executive, and an On-Air Personality, but his first love is production. He loves to create messages that connect to people’s hearts, and for decades he’s honed that craft. Since 2008 he’s been leading production at KSBJ in Houston.



Dan Young  •  @DanonSOSRadio 
SOS Radio Afternoon Show Host – Music & Creative Services Director

Dan Young is the Music and Creative Services Director for SOS Radio Network, based in Las Vegas. His 15-year radio career includes awards from CMB, NRB, and GMA. Edison Research named him one of their ’30 Under 30′ up-and-coming broadcasters in 2011. He started out in mainstream radio, but likes Christian radio better. Dan also serves as a host and coach for ShareMedia, and repeats toll-free phone numbers in his sleep.



Matt Stockman  •  @mattstockman 
Director of Programming, CRISTA Media (KCMS, KFMK, KWPZ, KCIS, Pure Music Radio, Sky Country Radio)

Matt has served as the Director of Programming for CRISTA Media for over 4 years, leading a team of talented communicators to create compelling radio, so that people who are lost might encounter Jesus. Matt and the CRISTA Media Programming team have recently been recognized with the CMB Major Market Radio Station Of The Year Award for 2016, for their efforts at SPIRIT 1053 in Seattle. Prior to joining CRISTA, Matt served on the mission field leading a Christian radio network in Barcelona, Spain, and with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association in Western North Carolina. He’s most passionate about using his talents and experience in communication and development to help others (whether broadcasters, missionaries, or church leaders) connect in meaningful and authentic ways with the cities they’re called to serve.



Brant Hansen  •  @branthansen 
Storyteller, CURE International, Radio Host, & Author

Brant is the host of the creatively titled “Brant Hansen Show”, which is syndicated on more than 200 stations. He’s also an author for HarperCollins Christian Publishers. His second book is due out this fall: Blessed are the Misfits (Great News for Believers Who Are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something). He and his wife, Carolyn, live in Harrisburg, PA near the headquarters of CURE International.



Randy Lane  •  @TheRandyLaneCo 
Talent Coach, The Randy Lane Company

Randy’s radio career began as a DJ in college where he became fascinated with Top 40 morning legends Rick Dees and Scott Shannon. Alongside his on-air work, Randy has served as Program Director at KYSR/Los Angeles, WKQX/Chicago and WRQX/Washington, D.C. The Randy Lane Company was launched in 1996 and has directed radio and TV personalities including Ryan Seacrest, Jimmy Kimmel, Kidd Kraddick, Jamie & Danny Bonaduce, Billy Bush, Mancow, The Bert Show, Lex & Terry, Mark & Brian, Ace & TJ and scores of others in every format.



Lisa Williams  •  @godsradiogirl 
Host, Life with Lisa Williams

Early in 1990, Lisa was begging God to tell her why she is on the planet. After pounding on Heaven’s door for several weeks, she clearly heard “Christian Radio”. She has been pounding on PD’s doors ever since. God has allowed her to do radio from Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, California, Indiana, and now in Colorado where she creates a daily syndicated show for Christian music stations. Privileged to have worked with extraordinary PDs and coaches, Lisa loves loving her listeners by being a human being alongside them. Podcasting, talent coaching, improv, and publicly speaking also fill her time. She’s Darin’s wife, JD & Jesse’s mom, and GodsRadioGirl. You can find her at lifewithlisawilliams.com.



Mandy Young  •  @air1Mandy 
Middays, Air1 Network

The oldest of 6 kids, Mandy fell in love with radio at Cedarville University. After graduating in 2000 with a degree in Communications, an internship landed her a full time job at WJQK in Grand Rapids. She worked her way up from voicing commercials to the morning show…where she spent 5 years as co-host. In 2009 she became the morning show co-host for the Air1 Radio Network. 8 years later, she’s still at Air1, but now in mid-days…the dark circles under her eyes thank her for the shift change. Like most in radio, Mandy has a side gig. She started “Young Productions” in 2005 and has voice tracked for 15 stations, done voice work for radio dramas, tv and radio spots and 2 books. Spending time with her family is her favorite. Her husband Rod and kids Jack (15) Owen (13) and Mamie (4) provide her with love, laughs and a ton of show prep!



Lisa Barry  •  @labarry
Middays – 98.5 KTIS/Minneapolis and Spirit 105.9/Austin

Lisa Barry is the Midday radio host at 98.5 KTIS in Minneapolis/St. Paul and on Spirit 105.9 in Austin Texas.  She was worked with Eisabeth Elliot for 9 year as the announcer and copywriter for Gateway to Joy.  Lisa has a passion for radio education and inspiring the next generation of DJ’s.  She has bachelors degree in Communication with an emphasis in Broadcasting and has more than 30 years of experience in radio.   She lives in Minneapolis ‘where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average’ (said Garrison Keillor).  She and her husband Ken have three daughters.

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