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 will present all awards on Friday, May 29 at the CMB Awards Dinner as part of Momentum 2020, being held at the 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. See past winners >>

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. See past winners >>

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. See past winners >>

  • Chris Tomlin 
  • Lauren Daigle
  • Natalie Grant 
  • Newsboys
  • Tenth Avenue North

90.9 KCBI is not just a radio station. Their ministry exists to be a discipleship force in DFW—a movement of God to communicate the Good News of Jesus’ love and transforming power. The Bible is the center of all they do. 2019 was the Year of 10,000 Bibles at KCBI. They kicked things off with the second annual Day of 1,000 Bibles and a goal to distribute 1,000 new Bibles in the New Year. 10,700 more Bibles were placed in four Texas prisons, exceeding the station’s goal of 10,000 Bibles by putting a total of 11,700 copies of God’s life-changing Word into the hands of inmates and other community members.KCBI listeners provided sonograms to women in crisis pregnancies through Preborn Ministries, saving nearly 2,700 babies’ lives, exceeding the goal of 1,800.A record 340 KCBI listeners volunteered for Summer of Service, 7% more than last year. These volunteers worked on nine Habitat for Humanity projects, prepared 1,800 shoes at Buckner International to distribute to children in need, and helped Mission Arlington serve many who needed help by sorting clothing, distributing food, and stuffing back-to-school backpacks. KCBI listeners donated 3,000 new pairs of shoes for impoverished kids to the KCBI-Buckner Shoes for Orphan Souls DFW Shoe Drive. KCBI’s Prayer Center prayed with 565 people at six different events, up 16% from last year. Over 10,000 listeners prayed for each other using KCBI’s Online Prayer Center. And through KCBI’s “Make Somebody’s Monday” feature, listeners were able to bless dozens of friends and loved ones.

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Matthew 25:40 drives the community service efforts at Life 97.9Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” The station encourages their listeners to be bold for Jesus in the Fargo/Moorhead community and to share God’s love. Down Home is a local ministry dedicated to helping women and children transition from homelessness into permanent housing. Life 97.9 listeners contributed 56 queen and twin sheet sets, along with an additional $1,800 to help provide new mattresses for children. Life 97.9 listeners gave to the “Valley’s Largest Baby Shower” for the Women’s Care Center in Fargo. Listeners dropped off hundreds of new baby items last January.Children who have to be removed from an abusive home often carry nothing with them. A local ministry called Project Ignite Light provides a backpack filled with a blanket, pajamas, underwear, shampoo, toothbrush, water bottle, flashlight, and the book You are Specialby Max Lucado. Life 97.9listeners provided 143 backpacks for children in eastern North Dakota. A local ministry called Fix It Forward repairs cars for free, and gives donated vehicles to those in need. With every vehicle they give or repair, they provide a winter car care kit, along with a Bible. Life 97.9 listeners helped provide 210 of these kits. Life 97.9 asked concertgoers to bring toothbrushes to the Chris Tomlin concert for Toothbrush Ministries, and station listeners responded with 742 toothbrushes and 808 other dental items.

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WCIC’s passion is to share the hope found in Jesus… one song, one conversation, one heart at a time. In 2019, the WCIC community made two concerts possible at area prisons. The band UNSPOKEN shared music, and the leadsinger, Chad Mattson, shared his own story and relatable words of hope. Close to 500 men were reminded that they have value, they are not forgotten, and there is a God who loves them deeply no matter what mistakes they’ve made. These concerts reached beyond the prisoners, guards, and community to the families of those in prison. WCIC continued its annual “Marriage Celebration” the weekend before Valentine’s Day with two events that sold out in 90 minutes. Couples enjoyed an evening out with a catered meal and music from Josh Wilson and his wife, Becca. Then, Kristin & Danny (Adams) encouraged couples with laughter and honest conversation about married life that reflected the heart God has for marriage. Throughout the year, WCIC listeners showed God’s love through “beentippedover.com.” By tipping beyond the normal 20%, listeners brought tears of joy to restaurant servers across the countrywho were surprised by the unexpected generosity. WCIC helped raise awareness of local ministries, including Deeper Still, which offers weekend healing retreats for men and women dealing with loss and guilt after an abortion; In His Hands Orphans Outreach, a ministry committed to creating lasting change for vulnerable children in communities around the world; and the Adopt-a-Senior organization, which provides gifts throughout the year to seniors living in long-term care facilities to let them know they are not alone.

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WGTS 91.9 strives to make the Washington D.C. area a better place to live and to lead their listeners one step closer to Christ with each community service project they create. With a full-time staff of 18 community-minded employees and a team of volunteers, WGTS 91.9 Hands and Heart community service initiatives served approximately 69,147 individuals in 2019. Generous WGTS 91.9 listeners provided more than 11,000 cards for mothers experiencing homelessness who would not receive one on Mother’s Day, a backpack for every foster child in Washington D.C., and more than 21,000 pairs of socks for those experiencing homelessness in the District. In order to address the special concerns of their listeners in Washington D.C., WGTS 91.9 provided a free “Forget Your Furlough” comedy show that was preceded by a food drive for families that were furloughed during January 2019 by the U.S. government. Feeding those families who were going without paychecks with the 800 pounds of food collected and providing a night to get away was a top priority, as was pulling together a team of volunteers to pick up the trash at national monuments when the Park Service was also on furlough. Each Saturday and Sunday morning, WGTS 91.9’s President and GM Kevin Krueger hosts “Breakaway,” the longest running talk show in the nation’s capital. Topics have recently included finding hope in the hard places, bulletproof marriages, and shame eating, among many others.

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For 24 years, WHIF Hope FM in Palatka, Florida, has been building community. Besides being an encouraging voice for the Body of Christ, and informing listeners, the station has become a vital part of a community in great need of hope. Hope FM’s rural county of 72,000 is one of the poorest in the state. Station volunteers packed 60 bags of food per week for children at a neighboring elementary school, and also helped with food drives for a program that supports each school in the county.Hope FM’s summertime school supply drive generated enough donations to stuff over 300 backpacks with back-to-school essentials that were delivered to local elementary schools. Teachers distributed them to children that started school without supplies. Hope FM listeners rallied around local foster families, collecting over 15,000 diapers with a diaper drive to bless them as they raise this generation of orphans. Holidays for Heroes was a Christmas outreach for former military veterans in need. More than 300 grateful recipients were given hand-delivered gift bags of essentials. “You are not forgotten” was the message written in 100 hand-made custom Thanksgiving greeting cards mailed to inmates at a Florida state prison where two of the station’s DJs regularly visit to deliver devotions in chapel services. Over 400 runners participated in Trot for Hope, a two-mile fun-run on Thanksgiving morning, which has become a much-anticipated community-wide event. Hope FM hosted the community Easter Sunrise Service, as well as a prayer booth and a Christian concert stage at the county fair.

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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. She then moved to 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 Christian music industry. Kleid 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, by focusing on relationships. She employs the Enneagram as a catalyst for growth for artists, industry, and radio teams. In 2017, Kleid launched her own company, Boxer Poet, as a service to the music and radio industry, and in 2019 she partnered with two colleagues to create Co-Lab Management, representing I AM THEY and Blanca.

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Allen Henderson started his career in radio in 1972 at KYMO in southeast Missouri. After graduating from college in 1979 in Springfield, MO, Allen moved to Greenville, SC, in 1983 to accept a position with WLFJ/His Radio, where he has worked for 37 years—30 of those years as Network General Manager. In addition to his network-wide administrative duties, he programs the His Radio Praise channel. During Henderson’s time as General Manager, the His Radio Network has grown from one station in Greenville, SC, to twenty full-power stations and forty translators across the Carolinas and Georgia. For twelve years, Henderson 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, the St. Francis Hospital System, and Southern Wesleyan University.

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Todd Isberner, the Founder/President Emeritus 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, is a 44-year veteran of the Christian music industry who has dedicated his life to telling others about Jesus. Utilizing his media background, Isberner has personally helped train, coach and host over 1,500 fundraising events since launching ShareMedia Services in 1976. Because of this, many radio leaders and stations are now using his methods of Christ-centered fundraising. His teams have 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 2015, ShareMedia was merged with Dunham+Company, a fundraising agency based in Dallas, TX. Throughout his career, Isberner’s mission remained the same: to help Christian radio and faith-based organizations expand their ministry to reach more people for Jesus. Now retired from fundraising, he draws from his years of experience in training, consulting and coaching, and invests his time mentoring men along their journey of faith.

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Jeff Moseley, a 39-year veteran of Christian music, owns Fair Trade Services, the largest independent Christian/Gospel music company, currently home to artists such as MercyMe, Newsboys, Phil Wickham, Anthony Brown, and Maranda Curtis. Moseley has also led companies with artists such as Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and many others. Cumulatively, Moseley’s artists have sold more than 150 million records and garnered numerous accolades, including Number One albums and singles, and multiple Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications. An Oklahoma native, Moseley attended Baylor University and served as president at Reunion Records, Benson Records, and Star Song Records before starting Fair Trade Services (then INO Records) in 1999.

Moseley has also served as president of the Gospel Music Association, the Christian Music Trade Association, and on the board of various philanthropic and educational endeavors. He is also owner of Fair Trade Music Publishing, which has had numerous Writers of the Year, and is an investor in faith-based films through his company, Fair Trade Films.

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Peter York has enjoyed a 50-year career in the music business, including 37 years dedicated to developing Capitol’s Christian music artists and label properties. He has devoted his considerable talents to the leadership of artists and the A&R process, including signing and/or developing artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, TobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Switchfoot, Amy Grant, and Hillsong United, among many others. York leads the Capitol Christian Music Group, consisting of the following label imprints: Sparrow Records, ForeFront Records, sixstepsrecords, Hillsong Music, Motown Gospel, Worship Together, and Capitol Christian Music Publishing. Under his leadership, Capitol Christian Music Group has achieved incredible success, including more than 120 Gold, Platinum and Double Platinum records, more than 30 Grammy Awards, and nearly 200 Dove Awards. Capitol Christian Music Group is consistently named Billboard and R&R Magazine’stop Contemporary Christian label of the year, and is the market leader in the category. York has announced his retirement from CCMG effective April 2020.

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Wise, Weird & Welcome: Learning and Leading with the Lepers and the Locust Eaters

We’ve all read the same books about teamwork, leadership, communication, and culture that everybody reads. We’ve mastered Maxwell, studied Sanborn, Sinek, and Sun Tzu, and liberally cribbed Collins in aborted attempts to go from good to great, but…

How’s that working out for you? 

What if you left St. Louis with an entirely new lens through which to view and act upon improvements in:

Let’s examine how this all connects together, but approach it from an entirely different angle. Don’t just think outside the box. Kick the box to the curb and start at zero.

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