In the summer of 2002, forty-six Christian music radio professionals met seeking to increase awareness of the impact of Christian music radio and to promote its excellence, growth and influence. Led by Jon Hull, Chris Lemke, Linda Meyers, Wayne Pederson, and Joe Battaglia, Christian Music Broadcasters was born.
The first Board of Directors – Tim McDermott (Chairman), Dick Jenkins (Vice Chairman), Jon Hull (Secretary), and Jim Campbell (Treasurer) were appointed as representatives of various markets; Joe Davis (Large Market), Jim Marshall (Medium Market), and Jim McDermott (Small Market).
“An important accomplishment from these historic meetings was the formation of a new organization focused primarily on Christian music radio,” said Tim McDermott upon the conclusion of the meeting on June 22, 2002.
Since that date, Christian Music Broadcasters has been committed to educating and encouraging industry professionals. CMB began working in strong strategic alliance with Gospel Music Association (GMA) on the annual National Christian Radio Seminar. In 2009, the decision was made to create a conference called Momentum that was solely focused on the needs of Christian music radio professionals. Today, Momentum continues to grow as CMB strives to find new ways to enhance the experience for each attendee.
In 2003. CMB also launched Educational Roundtables – regional, hands-on interactive forums for Christian music radio personnel established to bring radio leaders together to discuss trends, challenges and best practices. These Roundtables eventually became what are now known as Momentum Summits, held four times a year at varying sites and designed to provide specialized training in an intimate environment.
In 2012, CMB transitioned its membership structure from station and organization membership to individual membership. The move was made to broaden the base of participants regardless the size of a station’s size, budget or experience, and to underscore the value of people with their respective skills and passion for Christian music radio. Today, there are three levels of membership with CMB – Gold, Silver, and Student.
As CMB continued to grow, it recognized it served an industry whose members are scattered across the country. The CMB Chatroom was created, providing educational experiences without borders. It eventually morphed into monthly webinars, now a benefit for current CMB members. Each webinar focuses on a specific topic that relates to different aspects of a Christian radio professional, whether work-related or spiritual. CMB also purchased a popular online forum hosting several smaller forums for specific job related conversations. CMB email forums have now grown to boast close to 2,000 participants covering nearly a dozen different emphases in the Christian music radio industry.
Research has always been an important component of CMB’s services offered. Since the first Salary Survey in 2003, CMB has been committed to conducting studies to ensure that members have access to the most up-to-date information. In 2017, CMB is offering the Salary Survey, the CMB Techsurvey 4, and Advocace’s Listener Supported Radio Development Outlook Study. Results for each of these projects will be available to participants and CMB members.
Looking back on the past fifteen years, it is clear to see how God has used Christian Music Broadcasters to help stations and their staffs across the country reach their communities for Christ! We are honored to be a part of this history and are thankful for the people who laid the foundation of the plan that He has put in motion.