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 Friday, September 6 during Momentum 2019 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!)

Industry Achievement Award

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

  • Andrea Kleid – President, Boxer Poet
  • Chris Lemke – Executive Director, WCSG (Grand Rapids)
  • Melissa Montana – CEO / President, WLAB / Star 88.3 (Fort Wayne)
  • Randy Pierce – Vice President of Business Partnerships, Positive Alternative Radio
  • Wally – On Air Talent, WAY-FM

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.

  • Jeremy Camp
  • Casting Crowns
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Newsboys United
  • Chris Tomlin

Learn more about each of our CMB Special Awards below…

CMB Industry Achievement Award

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

CMB 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.
View past recipients >>

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.
View past recipients >>



The Fish Atlanta is proud to be a community servant that’s known for its Acts of Love. Fish Acts of Love happen consistently as God prompts, on ways to support and bless others.

Examples of Fish Acts of Love include delivering thousands of VHS tapes to Matthew, a boy with Down Syndrome who absolutely loves the now-defunct VHS tape, a surprise engagement with Needtobreathe was arranged for a couple whose courtship revolved around seeing this band in concert all across the country, new heating and air conditioning units were installed in homes that needed them, transportation was provided for cancer patients unable to get to and from their chemo treatments and 800 plus prom dresses were collected for Love Travels, a nonprofit that dresses girls for prom and provides college scholarships.

Most of all, the Fish Atlanta is known for its Fish Christmas Wish program, which distributed God’s provision throughout the community. During the Christmas season, members of the Fish team traveled to 48 Chik-fil-a locations where 1000+ wishes were granted and over $120,000 was raised. Listener stories were shared on the air from all perspectives and later shared in promos and podcasts. Gifts were purchased, pantries filled, bills were paid, hope was restored, and families came together as receivers and givers. Transportation, dental procedures, adoption costs, a wide variety of wishes happened all for the glory of God.


The Life 88.5 vision is to share God’s unconditional love with every person across Kansas City. This vision is Life 88.5’s filter for every community activity they initiate. The Life 88.5 Team includes staff members and a core group of 28 volunteers, called the Life Support Team.  

In a recent free, outdoor, concert-in-the-park with Josh Wilson, Life 88.5 listeners provided 1,300 new and partially used gift cards to be provided to local victims of Human Trafficking rescued through KC Street Hope.  Attendees of another free concert with Matt Maher, filled three box-trucks with Back-to-School supplies for the Grandview Assistance Program. A matching gift to Life 88.5 provided meals for a week for 400 local homeless people at City Union Mission.

In November, Life 88.5 listeners filled Christmas wish lists for all 5,200 eligible, local foster children during their Holiday Heroes initiative. Prior to Life 88.5’s March Casting Crowns concert, listeners brought 1,700 new children’s books for kids in the HIKE inner-city reading program. During a recent F-4 tornado that ripped through Kansas City, Life 88.5 and partner meteorologists provided live coverage over the two hours the tornado was on the ground. Immediately following the historical storm, a comprehensive list of relief service opportunities and offerings were provided. also provided Kansas City’s only comprehensive VBS listing, along with Easter activities, Trunk or Treat events, July 4th Fireworks locations, and more. Each week, Life 88.5 hosts six area free Christian networking events across Kansas City.


Encouraging believers. Uniting the city. Sharing Jesus. That’s the mission behind everything JOY FM does.  

During Help & Hope, which is a morning of being vulnerable about real struggles, St Louis pastors answered studio lines while over 800 listeners called in for prayer. Several listeners gave their lives to Jesus for the first time. JOY FM and over 100 inner city/suburban pastors also met weekly for prayer and ideas. As a result, hundreds of listeners worked on projects throughout the summer to rejuvenate areas of St. Louis. A sense of pride and unity is being restored in St Louis.

JOY FM also held a month long effort to pray for children impacted by foster care. Over 700 foster kids requested prayer. Thousands of listeners wore prayer bands as a daily reminder to pray for them by name. Last summer, JOY FM led 50 listeners on a mission trip to Guatemala. They installed smokeless stoves and water filters in 60 homes and served orphans and students with Down Syndrome.  

JOY FM’s unique Sofa Concert Series and Summer Nights Concerts were broadcast live for the city to enjoy together. These concerts reach tens of thousands of listeners each night as the artists literally sing over the city.

You just got “JOY’D” – is the note listeners share when they do a random act of kindness in St Louis. Tens of thousands of notes are shared each year. This grass roots campaign encourages listeners to Share Some JOY each month in creative meaningful ways.


The Bridge got its name because that’s who they are and what they do. They connect people to God and to each other, and strengthen their communities. Last year that included adopting a village of several hundred people in La Union Abajo, Dominican Republic. The Bridge sent teams of listeners down twice last year with supplies, and provided education and skills training.

The Bridge also sponsored an annual service-day called Hands & Feet. 200+ listeners spent a Saturday in September serving local non-profits. They also assessed the needs of the community and focused on four major areas. It is called “Love Worth Sharing” and focused on homelessness, opioid epidemic, fatherlessness & human trafficking.

The Bridge also served through hurricane relief efforts to Florida and North Carolina last year, raising funds for Cross International and Crossover Cups International, holding two marriage conferences, and organizing a full day worship technology conference for church tech teams. They helped feed needy children over the Christmas break via guidance counselors, held a purity event for moms and tweens, led a Facebook prayer group with 2900 members, held a weekly women’s bible study at the station, sponsored Christian music night at the State Fair, promoted Drive Through Connection encouraging people to pay for the car behind them in the drive thru, helped start addiction recovery classes at half a dozen churches, and provided home visits to shut ins and elderly with the help of their volunteer street team.


WGTS 91.9, Washington, DC, believes that they exist to encourage anyone they encounter to take one step closer to Christ. At times, those they serve in that way are in crisis and need the help of those that listen to the station.

The WGTS 91.9 Hands and Heart community service initiatives for 2018-2019 included collecting Metro cards and diapers for women and children who have suffered domestic violence, partnering with the Salvation Army to collect toys for children who would go without on Christmas Day, filling two 18-wheelers full of bottled water for Hurricane Florence survivors while friends at His Radio helped with distribution, and collecting more than 11,000 Mother’s Day cards for women in domestic violence and homeless shelters.

And, while WGTS is always there for those who serve in our nation’s government, they also became the radio station for encouragement during the government shutdown in December and January. Families were trying to find ways to buy groceries for their children, so WGTS 91.9 collected food for families that were affected by the furlough and distributed them at a free “Forget Your Furlough” concert for government workers with comedian, Nazareth.

Each Saturday and Sunday morning, WGTS 91.9’s President and GM hosts the longest running talk show in the Nation’s Capitol, “Breakaway.” Topics have recently included finding hope in the hard places, Operation Kid Safe, Bulletproof Marriages, and Shame Eating among many others.



Andrea Kleid is a 20-year music industry veteran with a passion to help people grow. She started her career working in Christian radio at WNLT/Cincinnati, then WAY-FM in West Palm Beach, followed by The JOY FM in Tampa/Sarasota. In 2004, Andrea moved to Nashville to begin her career path in radio promotion at what is now Capital CMG. In 2008, she became the VP of Promotion at Word Label Group and led one of the most successful and influential radio promotion teams in the Chrisitan music industry. Andrea developed a reputation for launching artists and growing their careers using her signature brand of honesty, laser sharp insight and unstoppable passion, but most importantly, focusing on relationships. She also uses the Enneagram as a catalyst for growth for both artists, industry, and radio teams. In 2017 she launched her own company, Boxer Poet, as a service to the music and radio industry.


As a student at Cornerstone University, Chris began his career in radio as an intern and part-time employee of WCSG. Upon graduation in 1984, he was hired to handle production and on-air responsibilities. Over the years, as PD and then GM, he helped lead the team to become a top three station in the West Michigan market. In 2009, he was appointed as the executive director of Cornerstone University Radio, tasked with leading the university’s media ministries to greater growth and influence.

While at WCSG, Chris was an early adopter of online forums, facilitating discussions and collaboration with colleagues from around the nation. Over the past 20 years, he’s given assistance to other stations in programming, fundraising and management, inclusive of Arizona Shine where he also spent three years on the station’s Board of Directors. Chris served for several years on NRB’s Radio Advisory committee and has contributed articles to various trade magazines. As opportunities arise, he’s also served as a panelist at NRB and CMB conferences.

Chris’s passion for serving was most evident when he volunteered and led the charge of restructuring and retooling Christian Music Broadcasters. In 2011, he was appointed as CMB’s interim executive director and board chairman. He coordinated CMB’s new board and staff to forge the organization’s mission, vision and operation as it’s known today.


On May 1, 2019, Melissa began her 30th year at STAR 88.3, serving in her current executive role since the Spring of 2000. Her passion for ministry and to bring a message of hope to people both on and off-the-air has been nothing short of admirable. Under her leadership, STAR has been awarded Medium Market Station of the Year three times by CMB along with the Cardinal Community Service Award in 2017 and 2018 from the Indiana Broadcasters Association. She continues to be a part of the daily on-air lineup at STAR and serves as an MC at numerous fundraising banquets for area nonprofits. November 2018 marked the 20th anniversary of her annual Adoption Celebration event which began after becoming an adoptive mom to her daughter LaShay, born in Guatemala. While she doesn’t seek it out, she has also been a mentor to various female CCM artists over the years. She can also be seen and heard as a motivational speaker. Prior to STAR, where she serves as CEO / President, Melissa served as on-air host at WQFL/Rockford, IL and WVFJ/Atlanta.


Randy Pierce fell in love with radio in Greeneville, TN in 1975 as a junior at Greeneville High School. Randy started his career working in sales before being called to a new upstart Christian radio station, WCQR. He has worked on-air as a DJ and Talk Radio host and has won 27 Addy Awards as a Creative Director for a Tri Cities TN/VA radio station

Randy is beginning his 21st year in Christian Radio with WCQR Radio in the Tri Cities TN/VA. He has served as co-host of the morning show and for the last 13 years, he has secured Business Partnerships for WCQR Radio in Tri Cities TN/VA. Under Randy’s leadership, WCQR has been blessed with five Medium Market CMB Station of the Year awards.

He also currently serves as Vice President of Business Partnerships, overseeing underwriters at the five radio stations for the Positive Alternative Radio Network. They have signals that cover Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Delaware. He also consults other underwriting directors in the USA and South Africa through their ministry outreach.


Wally was making waves in this format from the moment he started at WAY-FM, and not just because he came from mainstream radio. The current he brought with him was authenticity that was both unprecedented and refreshing.

First, as the host for Total Axxess, and eventually leading The Wally Show…for 13 years, he’s been living out his faith by showing that you can have struggles and still love Jesus (and that sometimes laughter is the best medicine when the world seems dark.)  In the beginning, the CCM radio industry resisted. Today, it’s the normal.

This year, he surpassed the new milestone of 10 million podcast downloads and 10 million video views, which means listeners have consumed 570 years’ worth of heartfelt interviews and creative games. He’s also shared a common language of laughter with children in 15 countries before coming back to the States to advocate for them through partnerships with CURE, Compassion, Blood:Water, and World Vision.

Above all else, his passion for his team, this format, and everyone that WAY-FM touches is obvious. He advocates for the least of these and responds to every single email that listeners send, no matter how great the hurt that comes into his inbox. He is truly making a difference in radio and in the world.