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 5 during Momentum 2018 at Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando.

2018 CMB SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS

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.

SOS Radio

 

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.

Paul Martin – President, Advocace

 

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.

Matthew West


CMB Board of Directors Award

Presented by CMB’s Board of Directors for the advancement of the gospel through radio.

Billy Graham & Bill Hearn

    

 

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.

Gregory

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.

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.

 

 

 

The Fish in Atlanta is deeply involved in community service. For years, during the Christmas season, The Fish holds their biggest community outreach, “Fish Christmas Wish.” Listeners write in Christmas wishes for those in need and Fish listeners come out to the daily month long broadcasts at Atlanta area Chick-Fil-A’s to look through the wish book and grant a specific wish that touches their heart or donate to the fund. Each year, thousands of wishes get nominated and often over half get granted. Often times, wishes are granted by listeners for other listeners without The Fish ever knowing. 

“Acts of Love” is another initiative The Fish Atlanta does to spread love in the Atlanta community. With “Acts of Love,” The Fish will do acts of love for listeners in need and in turn, encourage listeners to do the same for others and spread the love!

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On September 20, Dallas Christian radio stations, Air1, KCBI, KLTY and WAY-FM, united together to bring their community under one roof to support Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria victims. Night of Hope was an unprecedented event. It sold out to more than 6,200 Christian music fans who packed out the Verizon Wireless Theater in Dallas while another 2.5 million people tuned in on Facebook Live. These fans witnessed the largest-ever gathering of Christian artists in one place for one cause: to provide help and hope to those who were impoverished, hungry and hurting.  Air1, KCBI, KLTY, WAY-FM and the 20+ participating artists donated their time, efforts and talent. Night of Hope raised over $500,000 and 100% of tickets sales went to help the hurricane victims.  It took a collaborative effort with these stations, the venue, and production to pull off something of this magnitude.

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Positive Alternative Radio exists to create and deliver experiences that inspire people to live passionately for Jesus Christ.  Through the #ENCW Project, launched last year, PAR is leading a massive, cooperative effort among Christian stations and ministries to impact 1 billion lives in five years. PAR estimates more than 100 million lives have already been impacted through #ENCW, which stands for “Easy Never Changed the World.”  

PAR’s five local radio brands are focused on listener engagement as a means to impact local communities. Examples include: The Mom2Mom Diaper Drive, implemented by Spirit FM and Joy FM, which collected more than 50,000 boxes of diapers for moms in need in a single day; More than 100,000 meals to feed 500,000 people in Puerto Rico and Appalachia as part of Walk-FM’s participation in Send Relief; Your ‘PER blessed 11,600 people with hope boxes and prom dresses with its Hope for Appalachia campaign; WCQR’s Project Thanksgiving, which has provided 36,612 holiday boxes feeding more than 160,000 people in the past 10 years.  Additionally, PAR stations helped raise more than $1 million last year empowering God’s Pit Crew to help American hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. And, since 2016, PAR’s stations have provided the 44 Cent Cure to more than 1.5 million children worldwide.  PAR is working to share its ethos accomplishment through leadership training for the Christian Radio industry, using its platform, DearChristainRadio.Com.

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Shine.FM recognizes both the local needs of communities and the importance of advancing the global village by giving listening families opportunities to demonstrate generosity and be difference makers together.

Shine.FM is part of the “Give Where You Live Campaign,” providing thousands of meals at homeless shelters and missions in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. This past year when Hurricane Harvey hit southern Texas, Shine.FM switched their focus and delivered more than a semi-trailer load of relief supplies in cooperation with God’s Pit Crew. At Thanksgiving, Shine.FM hosted the ”back of the line” party at the Drumstick Dash in Indianapolis. More than 23,000 participants gave to benefit Wheeler Mission. They also helped provide more than 1,200 turkeys at the annual Turkeypalooza event in Porter County, Indiana.

Shine.FM is creating community experiences that make a difference by hosting “The Love My City Lansing Day,” bringing together dozens of churches and thousands of volunteers to do service projects and minister directly to their neighbors, they work with with Elim Christian Services to host Dutch Fest in Chicagoland, and are partnering with Marriage, Inc., to host an annual “Date Night” at Olivet Nazarene University.

Shine.FM is also raising awareness and sharing volunteer opportunities for local Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Gigi’s Playhouse, Right To Life chapters, and The Ravine’s Marriage Restoration Center. They have also deepened their efforts for engaging their communities by addressing the issues facing families today through a new weekly talk-show program. “Stronger Together” addresses issues like racism, the #metoo movement, parenting and marriage. 

Shine.FM continues to focus on fulfilling their mission of providing opportunities to make a difference and build stronger communities.

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The team at SOS Radio shows how service to its city empowers a community to volunteer together. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the team at SOS showed how it truly is a conduit to service in Las Vegas. With about 500 people injured in local hospitals, the SOS team drove listeners to wait three hours to give blood, donate thousands of dollars in gift cards to Las Vegas police stations and host trauma healing workshops. SOS also partnered with Central Church to host a family harvest party for over 1000 first responders.

SOS has partnered with Champion Center to give groceries, shoes and haircuts to 10,000 struggling families. Over 1,000 SOS volunteers served to make it possible and 6000+ hot thanksgiving meals were served. SOS Radio also partnered with The Crossing Church to feed the entire staff of first responders (450 doctors, nurses & social workers) at Henderson Hospital for Hospital week.

In addition, SOS hosted a Christmas party for children with incarcerated parents. Twenty families had their own personal living room setting with gifts, music, stockings and a catered meal inside the prison chow hall. SOS listeners donated thousands of dollars in gifts to make this possible. SOS listeners have also donated over 72,000 bottles of water to meet every homeless water need in Las Vegas this summer.

The team at SOS Radio believes volunteers move the community and that service opens hearts and makes Las Vegas a better place to live.

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Mike Couchman has spent most of his CCM career as an advocate for audiences who have yet to be reached by traditional Christian radio formats. Much of his focus has been on perfecting an approach today’s young, multicultural generations can love passionately. When he was 15, Mike’s professional career began at a mainstream Hip Hop station in his hometown, Lansing, MI. After his early years working in Detroit, Grand Rapids and Lansing at various Top 40 and Country stations, Mike jumped into Christian radio programming. WLGH/Lansing gave Mike his first shot at being a PD. From there, Mike served at WAYK/WAYG, an early CHR format leader based in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. WAYK received an R&R Station of the Year award in 2007. Mike then went on to the SOS Radio Network in Las Vegas followed by the WAY-FM Network and now currently at 99.1 JOY-FM and BOOST 101.9 in St. Louis, MO.

Mike collaborated with RadioServers.com to create The Hot Chart, an invaluable resource at connecting the hotter side of CCM radio to each other and to the songs their format needs. He’s the recipient of multiple CMB awards for “Air Talent of the Year” and “Music Director of the Year”. Mike is also passionate about the future survival and success of Christian AC, while continuing his efforts to take CCM to a broader audience AC isn’t positioned to reach. He’d be the first to say anything significant that he’s been part of has only happened because of the awesome peers and leaders God has put in his life. Mike strives for a day where the innovation he and his peers have initiated turns into an “only God” success story.

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For more than 30 years Kevin Krueger has made an impact on Christian radio and it’s listeners. From his early days as a young General Manager, he has had the ability to inspire those around him. In 1991 he took KGTS/Walla Walla, WA to number one with an all-student staff. He followed that up by building a broadcasting network, Positive Life Radio that continues to inspire people in the Inland Northwest with a message of hope.

Throughout his career it has been a priority to mentor and train university students in broadcast ministry. Training them in everything from on-air to engineering to the front office has resulted in a second wave of influence in communications leadership positions across the country.

After 25 years of growing the Positive Life Radio Network, Kevin accepted the invitation to lead WGTS in Washington D.C. after the death of then General Manager, John Konrad. In his five years at the helm of WGTS, he has led its growth in listeners, influence, staffing and revenue. He has formed partnerships with record companies, nonprofits, churches and local governments bringing everyone together to ​“Encourage everyone we encounter to take one step closer to Christ.”​ The full-time staff has doubled in size as has the ministries income, and average listenership is up more than 20-percent during his tenure. Kevin continues to cast a vision not only for growing the ministry of WGTS through connecting with listeners, but for growing Christian radio as a whole nationwide. He sees the effort in the Nation’s Capital as an opportunity to model and lead with a message of hope that ripples across the country.

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With over 30 years of work in building Christian media, Paul Martin’s passion is bringing the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to more and more people, especially through Christian radio. Paul helped grow KCFO-FM/Tulsa (an early full-time Christian music station) to acquire more audience and revenue.  He joined the start-up team of KLTY/Dallas-Ft. Worth – twice, before leading the radio sales division for Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach.  Paul returned to Dallas to start Salem Radio Representatives and, later, managed the Salem Radio Network—all in an effort so more people would grow in their faith.

Paul founded Advocace in 2003 to help fund listener-supported radio stations. Today, Advocace 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.

The National Center for Stewardship and Generosity recognized Paul’s work with the 2018 Lifetime Stewardship Achievement Award.  Dr. Scott Preissler, Executive Director of the NCSG said, “Advocace, led by Paul Martin, is one of the most innovative consulting organizations in the country in our time.  I have personally benefitted by counsel from Paul and team over a decade.  Innovative, genuine and sincere are how I would describe the mind of Paul Martin, and he is a treasure available to Christian ministries across the United States.”

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In the late 1970’s, Tim McDermott got his start in radio as the Music Director and On-Air Personality at one of the first CCM stations in the country, KCFO/Tulsa.

During his almost 50 year radio career, Tim has mentored stations across the US, Nigeria, Australia, England, Paraguay and Ecuador. Because of his vision for a mentoring program, he was personally honored by NRB with an award for his international work and was also named one of the “Top Influential People in Christian Radio”. Tim was one of the founders of CMB and became the first CMB Chairman. He has been an NRB Board Member and a GMA Board Member. He also served as National Christian Radio Seminars Chairman and an NRB Radio Committee Chairman.

In March of 2018, Tim wrapped up 27 years of serving as President and General Manger of KSBJ/Houston. Under Tim’s leadership at KSBJ, the audience grew from 119,000 to close to a million. Additionally, revenue grew from $500,000 to $19 million, and the staff also grew from 11 to over 85.

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As K-LOVE and Air1’s Chief of Ministry Partnerships, David Pierce works with partners across the country to create unforgettable events that leave an impact felt coast to coast.

David began his career when legendary Program Director, Bill Young, gave him a shot at the top-rated KILT/Houston. That first experience allowed David to learn from amazingly talented people in the radio music business, setting him on a path at 17 that continues to this day. In addition to KILT, David was part of the original team that launched Eagle 97 in Dallas/Fort Worth in the early 80’s. Living the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle began to wear thin for David and God started to get his attention. Through a series of events only the Lord could orchestrate, David gave his heart to Christ while at Eagle 97. Shortly after that decision, God laid a passion on his heart to get involved in Christian radio. He then became a founding member and Program Director of KLTY when it was launched in Dallas. Within a year, the station rose from obscurity to the top five in ratings in Dallas.

In July 2018, David celebrates 27 years with K-LOVE and Air1 and has been an incredible asset both on the air and in the executive ranks. That original passion the Lord put on David’s heart has remained to this day. K-LOVE and Air1 have grown from only a few stations when David arrived in the early 90’s, to over 950 stations throughout the U.S. The connections and ministry opportunities that have developed along the way have been among the greatest blessings of his life.

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