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.
CMB STATION OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
SMALL MARKET WINNER: WAYP • Panama City, FL
MEDIUM MARKET WINNER: KLRC • Fayetteville, AR
LARGE MARKET WINNER: WAWZ – Middlesex-Somerset-Union, NJ
MAJOR MARKET/NETWORK WINNER: WMIT – Charlotte, NC
CMB SPECIAL AWARD 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.
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.
CMB Board of Directors Award
Presented by CMB’s Board of Directors for the advancement of the gospel through radio.
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.”
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.