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.

Please join us in congratulating the following nominees:

(Click the names to learn more about each finalist!)

Scott 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.

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.

Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award

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

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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.



Bob Anthony, founder and former President of EMF 

In 1978, after Bob Anthony reached the crest of success in secular radio (93KJH/LA and 610 KFRC/San Fancisco), he got saved and discovered Christian music.  At that point he felt that God had put a vision inside of him for a high quality CCM station that would be strongly committed to a ministry purpose and that could reach the entire country using satellites. 

His first Christian radio conference was in 1980 where he met Brad Burkhart, Jon Rivers, Rick Tarrant and others.  His vision led him to sell everything and start the Educational Media Foundation, which eventually became the K-LOVE. Along the way, Bob consulted several other Christian stations. In 1986 he hired Dick Jenkins to be EMF’s second president and moved to Portland to start Spirit FM.  The Spirit FM team and Bob converted KLRD into the Air1 Radio network to start into the CHR format in 1995. Eventually they merged Air1 and K-LOVE into one ministry under EMF. Bob continued to consult EMF through much of the 90’s and into the 2000’s, acting as National Program Director and Air1 GM.  In 1998, Bob started Gospel Spots using mass media to reach listeners for Christ. He left EMF in 2002 and went into full time work for Gospel Spots.  In 2015 he moved back to his hometown of Spokane, WA where he purchased KOOL 107.1.

With not much more than an idea, faith that God would take care of the details, and an attitude of prayer, Bob Anthony is responsible for creating a national network that has influenced millions of listeners on a daily basis.


Brant Hansen
Storyteller/Radio Guy

Brant started as a youth pastor and part-time radio newsman in Champaign, Illinois. He then went on to work as a news assistant (before ultimately becoming a morning show host) at KSBJ-Houston.

Since 2003, he’s hosted morning and afternoon shows for both WAY-FM and Air1. In 2014, he launched a new show in order to advance the global medical ministry of CURE International. That show is now syndicated on 200+ stations. 

Brant’s show stresses themes of brokenness, healing, and the grace of God.

He’s also a writer, having written for the Washington Post, CNN.com, US News & World Report, and Relevant, among others. 

He’s written two books for HarperCollins Christian Publishing: Unoffendable, and a second book, Blessed are the Misfits: Great News for Believers Who are Introverts, Spiritual Strugglers, or Just Feel Like They’re Missing Something, which arrives in November 2017.


Allen Henderson
GM, His Radio Network

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 twelve 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.


Troy Kriechbaum
President, KVNE & KGLY / Tyler 

Troy is a 30-year Christian broadcast veteran whose passion for CCM music shaped his formative years, leading him to complete a Radio/TV degree at Baylor University.   

Troy’s experience includes 17 years at KCBI in Dallas where he served as Marketing & Promotions Director, helping the team win an NRB Station of the Year Award.  At KCBI his & Promotions Director, helping the team win an NRB Station of the Year Award.  At KCBI his experience covered all facets of the station, including programming, development, marketing, public relations and community outreach. 

Since 2008, Troy has served as President/CEO of 89.5 KVNE and 91.3 KGLY in Tyler.  Under Troy’s leadership, KVNE has won multiple awards: Station of the Year awards from CMB (2010, 2012, 2015) and NRB (2011, 2013, 2016) as well as CMB’s Rob Gregory Community Service Award in 2016.  

During Troy’s tenure the Lord has enabled them to complete over $3.5 Million in capital improvements, including a new broadcast facility, two broadcast towers and a 36’ two-sided digital billboard.  

In the past 9 years, there has been a 282% increase in donors actively supporting the ministry as well as tremendous audience ratings growth, earning KVNE the position of #1 station in East Texas with Persons 12+, and achieving a 7.8 Share (Nielsen).  

Troy has also served on the CMB Board of Directors, the NRB Radio Advisory Committee and the Southwest NRB Board.


Johnny & Stacey Stone
Afternoons, WGTS 91.9 / Washington, DC 

From Chicago, to New York to the Family Life Radio Network to Washington DC, Johnny & Stacey Stone have not only grown Christian music radio listenership in each market, they have mentored team members, served their communities with heart, and through their influence they have raised the bar of excellence for all in CCM. 

Johnny’s career began at age 8 when he declared that he was going to be “the voice on the radio.” Now with over 42 years of radio career behind him, he seems to have realized that dream. Stacey walked into a studio for an internship and never left. God’s plan for their marriage and careers was more than they could have ever expected or planned themselves.  

In 2000, God decided that they should take what they had learned in their secular radio careers and grow a few stations for Him. Johnny and Stacey were the first morning show on WZFS, The Fish Chicago. From there they spent almost nine years at STAR 99.1 in the New York metro area, where the station thrived in community service and ratings through their leadership. Four years were spent at Family Life Radio network.

Now they find themselves serving at WGTS 91.9 beside the most incredible staff that includes college students from Washington Adventist University in a program called Service Gateway.  

Johnny and Stacey smile when they realize that they have sent as many interns to serve in the mission field abroad as they have to work in radio itself. Seeing someone, who is searching for their purpose in life, find their own path because they have spent time learning from them is one of their greatest joys.


Beth Bacall
WFSH, The Fish Atlanta

Beth Bacall thrives off all the assignments God blesses her with.  A true public servant, she says “yes” to every opportunity she can to keep His Light shining. God’s orchestration through Beth’s Fish Afternoons show on 104.7 The Fish, has allowed an outpouring of blessings that unfold at a moment’s notice. On any given day, a button push and a couple phone calls will lead to answered prayers. 

One family was able to get a treasured wedding ring back after having to sell it to pay the bills. A single mom of two was given the refrigerator she desperately needed. Hundreds of free prom and wedding dresses and tuxedos have been gifted to those who couldn’t afford them. Over 75,000 valentines have been collected for the ill and injured kids at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. An Atlanta police officer was shot 7 times, yet his insurance wouldn’t cover an electric wheelchair. By the end of Beth’s show this man had a robo-wheel chair, a scooter, van lift, crutches an offer for complimentary physical therapy and $300 in gas cards, all delivered the next day.  During the Fish Christmas Wish, 1,200 wishes were granted with a value of approximately $500,000. One of these wishes included a deployed soldier who was gifted a visit to his family right before Christmas. 




K-LOVE’s San Antonio station, KZLV conducted a “Share the Love” campaign to engage listeners in thanking and assisting those who serve in their community, as well as increase their own levels of service. The campaign activated hundreds of volunteers for numerous organizations including the San Antonio’s Parks Department, St. PJ’s Children’s Home, Haven for Hope homeless shelter, and many others. The station helped provide 2,000 families with packs containing enough food to feed a family of four for a week. 

The K-LOVE Crisis Response Care program was developed to support first responders and assist with their emotional needs. The program includes critical incident stress management training for first responders and community volunteers. KZLV further served their community during their random acts of appreciation and gratitude campaign in February, which included a single-mom home makeover as part of the effort.





KTIS’ vision is for everyone in the Twin Cities to experience God’s love through KTIS or through a KTIS audience member.

KTIS has established three Anchor Initiatives that are key to reaching the KTIS vision:

Drive-Thru-Difference is 10 years running and more impactful than ever with creative listeners: Brian was having financial hardships on one particular weekend and on Monday when he was at work someone put an envelope on his chair with $300 and a Drive-Thru-Difference note. KTIS is also participating by sending a year’s worth of Drive-Thru-Difference cards with a surprise gift card from a KTIS sponsor to listeners who request them. Once a month they surprise a different community by paying for their morning coffee at the drive-thru.

PrayerWorks was developed by KTIS 7 years ago and remains strong today.  339,552 prayers have been submitted and 4,662,044 prayers prayed.  KTIS also has a PrayerWorks app that makes this service even more accessible.

Hands & Feet encourages others to share God’s love with acts of service. KTIS uses a singular focus through the Power of Many and the Power of One. The Power of Many enables the audience to contribute time, talents and items to those in need through various group outreach projects. The Power of One centers around the Hands & Feet app and is a unique tool for everyday impact. Users choose from 3 kind act ideas a day, track their progress and see how many others have done the same. 197,157 kind acts have been done around the Twin Cities and beyond, including Africa.





WCSG is known as being more than family friendly.  Listeners actively engage with the station as a major influence of positive change in West Michigan and in 2017, their community selected WCSG as Grand Rapids’ Best Radio Station. WCSG has completed its third year of “WCSG Hometown Hero” service awards, honoring every day people who go above and beyond as “unsung heroes.” WCSG also coordinated the collection of tens of thousands of non-perishable food items and diapers in two separate drives.  Donations were dropped off at various centers throughout West Michigan.

Last summer, WCSG took listeners to northern India to serve 80+ orphans in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. In the fall, WCSG collected more than 50,000 pairs of socks and underwear for children in Grand Rapids. The station arranged donation sites and distribution to public schools and refugee programs in the greater Grand Rapids area.  And this past winter, WCSG walked with two families through WCSG’s Family Financial Focus. Over a period of several weeks, the station arranged for counsel and followed the two families with on-air segments on the start of their journey to financial wellness.

WCSG is making a positive difference and being a leading, positive influence in West Michigan for the sake of the Gospel.






For 60 years, WGTS has served Washington, D.C. and has impacted the Nation’s Capitol in many ways, such as ministry at the inauguration, working with the White House and praying over our country’s leaders. As part of the station’s 60th anniversary celebration, WGTS added a community service element titled the “Hands and Heart Initiative.” This program allows the listeners and staff to become involved in making someone else’s life better. In January the “Hands and Heart” project took the WGTS team and volunteers to the Central Union Mission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They served the homeless men by scrubbing their rooms from top to bottom, praying with them and feeding them lunch.

Also, attendees at the WGTS Tyson Corner Concert with Colton Dixon brought backpacks and countless school supplies which the Salvation Army gave to disadvantaged kids.  At WGTSfest, volunteers packed 10,000 meals for children in Haiti. Every year the WGTS staff uses their staff Christmas party to assemble teddy bears for children at Shady Grove Adventist Medical Center.   

WGTS Service Gateway was created to provide the highest level of community service possible in a Christian radio setting. Service Gateway members are students at Washington Adventist University who are empowered and trained to meet the needs of WGTS guests and listeners. They staff events and attend community service projects, serving alongside the staff and listeners. They listen and pray with listeners whether on the phone, online or at events. This prepares them for future work experience in ministry or secular work environments while teaching them how to work in a team environment that is focused on the customer.

Overall, community service has been vital to WGTS’ service to God and Washington, D.C. over the past 60 years and for many, many more years to come.