Congratulations to the 2019 CMB Award Winners!

During a very special webinar on September 11, Christian Music Broadcasters announced the 2019 Station of the Year, CMB Special Awards, and Board of Directors recipients. Please join CMB in congratulating these honorees.



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LARGE MARKET WINNER: WAWZ – Middlesex-Somerset-Union, NJ

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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.

KLJY – St. Louis
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 grassroots campaign encourages listeners to Share Some JOY each month in creative, meaningful ways.

Industry Achievement Award

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

Chris Lemke – Executive Director, WCSG
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.

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.

Casting Crowns

CMB Board of Directors Award

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

Lee Geysbeek
Lee Geysbeek began his radio career as a Cornerstone University freshman in 1975 at the school’s fledging station of WCSG. Within six years, he became the station’s manager, and soon after moved WCSG from its small basement studio to a new facility. By 1990, he led the station to be among the top ten stations in West Michigan.

By 1987, Geysbeek and his team launched and developed the Children’s Sonshine Network, a programming mix of Christian music, drama and stories designed for kids. CSN was broadcast on dozens of stations across the country either as supplemental programming or on a station’s SCA service.

In 1995, Lee initiated the university’s acquisition of the daily news feature, Mission Network News. With his oversight, MNN paved the way in providing timely, compelling news of God’s global work through believers. MNN grew from ~200 stations to over 1,000 outlets worldwide. And by 1997, Lee’s passion to connect with youth and young adults came to fruition with the delivery of the hot contemporary Christian formatted, WaYK and WaYG.

In 2009, Lee’s 34-year leadership role at Cornerstone took an intentional turn to become the U.S. Radio Marketing Director for Compassion International. Visiting scores of stations over the next ten years, Lee introduced tens of thousands of children to listening families, building bridges to make a positively eternal difference.

By our standards, Lee was taken home to be with Jesus unexpectedly and far too early. In Lee’s mind, he was ready to meet Jesus at any time. His example of grace, of joy, of urgency and zest for life and the transforming power of the Gospel continues to inspire those who served with him, knowing, as he would say, “the separation between here and Heaven is but for a moment, we will all be together with Jesus soon enough.”

Mike Novak
Initially poised to pursue Agronomy in college, Mike Novak’s life took a radical turn that led him to radio and to eventually fulfill God’s purpose of leading the largest radio networks in the world. While attending college in Modesto, California, Mike left his studies to pursue a job as a weekend announcer at KYOS in Merced, CA. After only six months, he was offered a full-time position as afternoon drive announcer at rock station KDON in Salinas, CA. From there, Mike continued to excel in radio at various top radio stations such as KFRC in San Francisco and KSON in San Diego.

After 11 years in San Diego, Mike joined K-LOVE as an on-air personality. Mike would go on to be the Program Director, Senior Vice President, and ultimately President and CEO of K-LOVE and Air1 networks. Since 2007, he has led a team of people to transform a Christian music ministry into a successful radio network reaching listeners in the U.S. and around the world. Looking back on his journey, Mike has realized his calling and is thankful to God for entrusting him with such great opportunities to share the mission of K-LOVE and Air1. 

“Never in one million years could I have guessed the path God has taken me on,” reflects Mike. “But, His plans are greater than ours, and all we can do is trust Him for the ride.”

Mike and his wife, Cheri, now live in San Antonio, TX where they are both enjoying Mike’s retirement.

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At Hope Media Group, the passion for Christ and the city of Houston shine in its efforts to mobilize the community to do good works so that more people can experience God’s love. After Hurricane Ida, generous KSBJ and NGEN listeners raised over $276,000 with God’s Pit Crew, sending 684 KSBJ Team Help Crews to Louisiana and sponsoring the distribution of 2,711 Blessing Buckets. KSBJ listeners also provided 20,000 bottles of water for fellow Houstonians after the winter freeze, and over 2,450 KSBJ and NGEN listeners participated in our annual Blood Drive with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center saving more than 7,000 lives. A ministry committed to prayer, KSBJ formed the Greater Houston Prayer Council (GHPC), unifying 48 prayer groups across the city with an interdenominational, multi-ethnic, and multi-generational focus. KSBJ was also a beacon of joy to the community serving 3,000 cups of Blue Bell ice cream last summer and handing out 4,175 Easter Crosses for listeners to display as a reminder that “He is Risen.” During the holiday season, 91.7 Vida Unida blessed 100 families with Thanksgiving meals, and KSBJ listeners fulfilled the Christmas wishes of 9,315 children under the care of Houston CPS in partnership with Be A Resource. Beyond loving their neighbor, caring KSBJ and NGEN listeners sponsored 1,233 Kenyan children through Compassion International. In a year of unforeseen challenges along with the enduring effects of COVID-19, Hope Media Group listeners served as the hands and feet of Jesus like never before.


KCBI shares Jesus’ love and transforming power in Dallas-Fort Worth, inviting listeners to join the station in serving the community. KCBI Outreaches blessed nearly 67,000 individuals in 2021. In February, KCBI listeners provided 25,000 bottles of water to people in DFW whose water supply had been contaminated after an unprecedented winter storm disrupted power for several days. Later that month, nearly 1,300 women gathered for KCBI’s HeartStrong Faith Conference in Dallas to worship, pray and grow. Speakers included bestselling author Margaret Feinberg, podcaster Tara-Leigh Cobble, and theologian Nika Spaulding. Through KCBI’s Summer of Service, listeners donated over 13,000 meals, along with 9,000 Bibles, to community members still struggling with the COVID pandemic. Another 350 KCBI volunteers served at local ministries on our Summer of Service Day. They assembled 1,000 Love Boxes for women facing unplanned pregnancies; prepped backpacks, sorted clothing and distributed food to those in need; and prepped nearly 2,000 shoes for kids whose parents otherwise couldn’t afford them. Thanks to listeners’ generosity, KCBI distributed more than 32,000 Bibles to Texas prisons, human trafficking ministries and humanitarian ministries in 2021. Listeners purchased sonograms for pregnancy centers, which helped save more than 5,500 babies from abortion. They provided 38,000 bottles of water, along with 500 Bibles, to victims of the devastating tornadoes that swept through Kentucky in December. And throughout 2021, listeners offered more than 21,300 prayers for requests through KCBI’s Online Prayer Center. KCBI is grateful to God for the opportunity to impact DFW and beyond with Jesus’ love and transforming power.


Life 102.5 has a heart for Madison! For the 4th year in a row, during Valentine’s season, Life 102.5 invited listeners to share the love of Jesus with children and families receiving care at the Children’s Hospital. Listeners generously provided 2,234 Lego kits for the children. Afternoon host Summer Shepherd interviewed Dr. Melissa Mork on her award-winning podcast, “No Seriously, How Do I Do This?” Their conversation inspired the station’s “Embrace Play” giveaway, supporting families’ mental health during the pandemic. Life 102.5 provided a week’s worth of experiences for listeners, including art classes, game nights, and more. Morning Show host Dave Conour joined Team World Vision and rang two full marathons to bring attention to World Vision’s efforts of providing clean water to children and families around the world, Dave’s many miles provided 260 families with clean water for life! Life 102.5’s 21st annual Shoebox Gifts for Kids drive collected more than 1500 Christmas boxes of school supplies, hygiene items, toys, and winter clothing for children in Dane County. It was the station’s largest year yet. Amanda Brooks, Morning Show co-host and host of the weekly program “Faith & Life Today” focused on giving voice to women’s health, family and children’s issues in Madison including, education, marriage and divorce, immigration, and social justice. Life 102.5 had a wonderful year of reaching families, through children, with the love of Jesus. That’s why in 2022, Life 102.5’s outreach goal is focused on helping the most vulnerable children and their families in Madison and Southern Wisconsin.


Spirit 92.9 continued its commitment of blessing the central Minnesota community through intentional service projects. As the pandemic affected another year, station listeners rose to the challenge of uplifting and encouraging those feeling loss, loneliness, or burnout. Thanks to the help of generous listeners and business partners, Spirit 92.9 raised more than $8,000 in an online tip jar that blessed the staff at 19 local restaurants returning to work full time with huge tips during the Big Tip promotion. The restaurant workers were grateful for the visibility and appreciation. Numerous area teachers nominated by their students and families received special honor at the end of the school year with flowers and $500 VISA gift cards as part of “Thank A Teacher” organized by Spirit 92.9. In the fall, Spirit 92.9 partnered with two local ministries and provided free holiday meals to the community. During the ‘More Than A Meal’ event, the station worked with community members who donated enough to provide 6,000 meals and give help to people in need. Station team members also prepared and served meals together at the local homeless mission. At Christmastime, 11 community members wrote Spirit 92.9 and shared the story of someone they believed deserved some extra joy due to personal hardships. The individuals received $1000 to bless that person during Spirit 92.9’s Share The Joy promotion. Phone calls were made to hundreds of listeners to offer prayer and encouragement. Prayer support and a personal response is offered all year long.


2022 Membership Exclusives

January – 2022 Calendar
February – Social Series for Holy Week
March – Virtual Radio Station Field Trip
April – Book
May – Mediabase Webinar
June – Surprise at Momentum
July – Exclusive Momentum Content
August – Virtual Peer Networking Gathering
September – Fall Fun Box
October – Techsurvey Webinar
November – Noisemaker Promotions Vol 2 Book
December – Christmas Surprise 

*subject to change


Jim Campbell, Founder & Network President of Radio Training Network, Inc. began his radio career in commercial radio in Tennessee in 1964.  In 1966 he moved his family to Lakeland, Florida to attend college, and upon graduation he joined the staff at First Assembly of God Church where he and the church launched in the mid 1970s the first Contemporary Christian Radio Station in the nation, WCIE-FM. The station grew in both market impression and influence not just in Lakeland, but around the country inspiring others to follow Jim’s lead. In 1989 Jim left the church and founded Radio Training Network, Inc. (RTN) and over the next 30+ years, he oversaw the acquisition and development of 40+ stations plus translators. With 130 team members, RTN stations serve the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Missouri. These stations are well recognized in their respective markets thanks to the servant leadership of the staff, aggressive marketing, and a commitment to a strong emphasis on Jesus first. At present RTN has some two million listeners each week on air and approximately the same number online.


Andrea Kleid is a 24-year veteran of radio and records. She began her career working in Christian radio at WNLT in Cincinnati, and then moved onto WAY-FM in West Palm Beach working in programming and promotions. Her next stop took her to JOY-FM in Tampa where she served as the Promotions Director. In 2004, Andrea moved to Nashville to begin her music industry career in radio promotion under Grant Hubbard at Capitol CMG. In 2008, Andrea became the Vice President of Promotion at Word Label Group where she led one of the most successful and influential radio promotion teams in the Christian music industry. Through her signature brand of honesty, passion for Christian music, and focus on relationships, Andrea developed a reputation for successfully launching new artists’ careers including for KING and COUNTRY, NEEDTOBREATHE and Francesca Battistelli. This year, Andrea celebrates her fifth year as the President of her own company, Boxer Poet. An advocate for both radio and artists, Andrea continues to zealously host conversations around further representation for women and people of color on Christian radio.


Jason Sharp has a rich history with CCM radio and leadership. His early years at WONU/Chicagoland and The Bridge/Delaware gave flight to his passion for great programming and innovative promotions. As Program Director of WCQR/Johnson City and eventually the network PD for Positive Alternative Radio, Jason’s influence grew across the industry. In 2007, Jason joined the team at Northwestern Media as Program Director and then Station Manager of KTIS, Minneapolis/St Paul. In 2015, Jason furthered his formal education and earned his master’s degree in organizational leadership. Applying his leadership knowledge and skills to work, he now serves as Senior Vice President of Broadcasting at Northwestern Media’s 23 stations in 14 markets across ten states that service 1.5 million listeners each week. Jason also served Christian Music Broadcasters, first as a charter member and eventually as the lead of CMB’s educational track at Momentum for more than ten years. He then served as the organization’s board chairman from 2017-2020. Jason continues to inspire others within Christian media toward excellence and compassion through a Christ-centered attitude, education, and practical application.


2023 Membership Exclusives

January – 2023 CMB Calendar
February – Virtual Air, Digital, Fundraising and Imaging Checks
March – CMB Website Case Study Webinar with Dunham+Company
April – Momentum Speaker Book
May – Virtual Peer Networking Gathering
June – Member Party at Momentum
July – Exclusive Momentum content
August – Salary Survey Results
September – Member Box
October – Techsurvey Webinar
November – Special Member Devotion
December – Christmas Gift

*subject to change


In 1972, while serving in the U.S. Air Force in Orlando, Johnny Stone dreamt of a second kind of “air force,” that of radio. He took an overnight position at WDIZ-FM, the station where Z88.3 now stands. In the past 50 years of his career, Johnny’s work and personality raised the bar for other programmers in markets ranging from New York City, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Diego, Tampa, Atlanta, Tucson, and Minneapolis/St. Paul. During his stint as Program Director and Morning Show host at Star 99.1 New York, his team won the NAB Crystal Radio Award and CMB Station of the Year. Presently, Johnny serves as afternoon host with his wife, Stacey, at 91.9 WGTS in Washington D.C. winner of the 2021 NAB Marconi Award for Religious Station of the Year. Owner of StoneStudios, LLC. and as a 22-year veteran in Christian media, Johnny mentored several on-air talents. Today, along with his on-air role at WGTS, he mentors college students at CMBU, teaching and modeling the belief that “you have to win in the hallways to win on the airwaves.”


Lisa Williams was called to Christian radio while praying in 1990. She walked into KCVO in Camdenton, Missouri and started on the air that same week. Over the past 32 years, Lisa served in various roles in on-air, programming, fundraising, and station management at radio stations and networks including K-LOVE, Z88.3, Star 99.1, KCVO, and KCWN. As an on-air personality, Lisa earned several number one ratings in several markets and was the recipient of three industry awards. Lisa now serves as the Network Talent Coach for Northwestern Media, owner of 23 stations in 14 markets across ten states that service 1.5 million listeners each week. While at Northwestern, Lisa hosted the nationally syndicated show Life with Lisa Williams from 2016-2021. She stepped away from the show to focus on coaching more than 90 on-air talents, encouraging and nurturing them to shine the light of Christ through excellent radio. When she’s not coaching talent, Lisa helps stations raise money for their operations. She also hosts a Facebook group for women on-air in Christian radio called GodsRadioGirls and helps facilitate their annual retreat.