2017 CMB Station Of The Year Awards

The CMB Station of the Year Awards are open to any station who plays Christian music for a majority of their broadcast day, and voted on by a panel of radio professionals primarily OUTSIDE of the Christian music industry. The CMB 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.


  • Previous year’s winners of the Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Award are not eligible to enter in the same, or smaller, category the following year.
  • At least one staff member of the station must be a member of Christian Music Broadcasters.
  • Stations that are part of a network can enter individually IF they have their own locally originated programming, on-air presence and local community events. While the station may make use of network programming and on-air presence as part of their overall offering, ONLY content that originates from and applies to the local station may be submitted with an award entry.
  • When you submit your station for Station of the Year, everything included in your submission MUST be locally originated and executed.

One award is given in each of four market categories – Major, Large, Medium and Small.

Major: Markets 1-25 (including Networks*)
Large: Markets 26-75
Medium: Markets 76-125
Small: Markets 126+

*A Network is defined as any station that simulcasts their programming, on other signals, in more than 5 Arbitron rated markets.


Submissions must range from May 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017.
Deadlines for entries: June 2
Finalists announced: July 10
Winners announced September 6, 2017

Join us as CMB will present all awards on Wednesday, September 6th at the CMB Awards Dinner as a part of Momentum 2017 being held at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando™.

The following must be a part of each entry:

Audio Elements (30 points possible)

1. 15 minute scoped aircheck* from any locally-originating daypart(s)
2. 5 minutes of production / promotion / public service
*A scoped air check is a recording intended to showcase a station’s on air talent.

Community Involvement (25 points possible)

IN 700 WORDS OR LESS – The station should highlight original/locally oriented events, promotions or news coverage that display exceptional public service, ministry impact and responsiveness to the needs and problems facing their market and defined core audience. 700 WORDS OR LESS.

Ratings (20 points possible)

IN 200 WORDS OR LESS – The station should show exceptional ratings, or exceptional growth in ratings, within their market or the Christian music genre. Stations may submit any ratings information to which they have LEGAL access. Legal access includes any ratings information purchased by the station (it is up to the station to understand and follow the usage rules of whatever ratings service they may subscribe to), and any ratings information that has entered the public domain (i.e. printed in a trade magazine or in a local newspaper). All ratings information must be sourced. 200 WORDS OR LESS.

New Media (15 points possible)

IN 200 WORDS OR LESS – The station should show examples of how they utilize new media – including (but not limited to) their web-site, social media outlets, email and podcasts. Data for on-line listenership can be included in this section. 200 WORDS OR LESS.

Industry Leadership (10 points possible)

IN 150 WORDS OR LESS – The station should show how they have been a positive force in helping to improve the genre of Christian radio. Memberships and active participation in CMB, GMA, NRB, NAB, etc. are good examples of this. Also, the station may submit examples of how they are helping to make other Christian music stations better…such as mentorship programs. Any awards won by the station in the period of eligibility may be referenced. 150 WORDS OR LESS.

All entries become property of Christian Music Broadcasters. For more information regarding the 2017 Christian Music Broadcasters Radio Station Of The Year Awards, contact Mimi Renew at awards@cmbonline.org.





KCMS Aircheck Submission      KCMS Production Submission


SOS Radio Aircheck Submission      SOS Radio Production Submission


WNWC Aircheck Submission      WNWC Production Submission



KLRC Aircheck Submission      KLRC Production Submission

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.



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.