Station Spotlight


Springfield, MO


Station CUME:


Non-Commercial .

Staff Size: 10

 Tell us about your station:

88.3 The Wind has served the Southwest Missouri area for over 20 years. The station was started by a local radio celebrity and a local church, but after a falling out between those entities, Radio Training Network (Jim Campbell, PRES/CEO) was approached about purchasing the station. In 1995, it became a part of the Radio Training Network family of stations.

We look to connect our listeners with God, with each other, with local churches, and with our community through our daily message of hope and encouragement.

We long to be the place that all can feel comfortable listening, and desire to make a difference in our community.

We always strive for radio excellence, and remain constant students in the craft, so that we can continue to share the love of Jesus in meaningful ways until His triumphant return.

Your station’s most successful promotion:

God has taken the banner with this promotion, and basically said….WATCH THIS!

Our most successful promotion is our CleanAIR Kids Club! The station has long wanted a way to touch the hearts and lives of the kids in our area. So, our team designed an incredible way to make an ongoing difference in their lives.

It was just recently launched, but it is obvious that we are meeting a need here in the Ozarks.

Each membership for a child 12 and under is FREE…They receive a T-Shirt, Membership Card, Kids’ Club exclusive events. Parents receive a themed E-Newsletter with activities, devotions, and conversation starters to help them as they teach their kids how to grow in the Christian faith – what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus. Plus, the kids each receive a giving card – to teach them about generosity, and how they become a vital part of the giving process for our radio ministry. We are excited that it gets the entire family involved, but keeps the kids at the center.

We opened registration on the air at 7:15am, January 4th, and by 9:00, we had over 200 signed up…two weeks later, the number has jumped to over 1000…Exceeded our expectations by leaps and bounds!!! We had to do an extra large order of T-Shirts.

Our kickoff event this weekend saw over 300 kids – plus parents/family members come through our doors to receive their membership packets – plus, enjoy face painting, a balloon artist, mascots, and meeting the staff face to face.

Resources your station uses:

Consultants – 3DMedia Ventures – Jon Erdahl & Daniel Anstandig

Show Prep – Topic Pulse, Creative Cardio, Christian Radio Show Prep FB Group, Local News, Forums

Social Media – FB, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube for Promotional Music, MurrVox (Greg Murray) for Imaging, Kurt Wallace, Linda O’Brien Image Voices

One bit of wisdom to share with others:

We often say that life is all about a relationship with Jesus…I believe we should use that principle with our listeners, donors, business partnerships, record company partnership…any one we come into contact with.

Radio is relational…It is ALL about relationships. Make them great!

Share an impactful listener story:

About a month ago, Lisa was in her car, flipping through stations to find one playing some ‘hard core’ what she refers to as ‘monster music,’ because she was ready to end her life by running into a concrete wall…She had been going through a lot – finally in remission from cancer, but was having a really hard time making ends meet…rent and bills…taking care of her children…So, she said, she was set to do it. End it all. Then, as she was scanning stations, it stopped on 88.3 The Wind…the song, The River by Jordan Feliz was playing. Lisa said she got so filled with the Holy Spirit that she had to pull over, because she was crying so hard. Right there, in her car, she said she raised her hands asking God to take all of her burdens…her life…and lead her in the directions she should go. That afternoon,instead of driving into a wall, she picked her son up from school – took the long way home – but drove by a church, and she decided that was the one she was going to try out on Sunday. Now, she is going/serving that church…and she tells us that she has not changed the station on her car radio since that very day…She uses our app for working out, because she says it keeps her going. She recently did her first 5k since her cancer, and that miraculous day.

Tell us why you’re a member of CMB:

CMB Membership is an extraordinary value!

CMB members work hard each day to create a community of building each other up…see each other succeed in our communities – not just in ratings and creating an excellent radio product, but in sharing the love of Jesus; making a difference in people’s lives.

I am grateful for our CMB Family.

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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.