Programming Momentum Summit – Atlanta 2018

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PROGRAMMING MOMENTUM SUMMIT  •  Thursday, FEBRUARY 8th  •  8:30a – 5:00p

With smart technology adding new ways of listening, how can radio remain the #1 way of discovering new music? Where can our format make the greatest impact in the current cultural climate? We’ll dive in to questions like these as we work through developing on-air talent, music strategy, and new media platforms.


“Three Secrets to Coaching Talent to a Heart-Connective Level in 2018”
Chuck Finney  •  President, Finney Media

With specific examples and concrete steps, Chuck provides you with the tools to take your station to the next level of sound in 2018—for new or experienced talent. Your time crunch can be cured by Finney Media’s three time-tested secrets!

Chuck has over 35 years experience helping radio stations grow audience and deepen relationships with listeners. He led Salem’s KLTY Dallas to record audience levels and served as National Program Director for Salem’s Fish CCM stations. While with KLTY, the station won multiple awards, including CMB Major Market Station Of The Year, NRB Music Station Of The Year and NAB Religious Station Of The Year. He is the 2015 recipient of the CMB’s Scott Campbell Industry Achievement Award. Chuck served as Chairman of Christian Music Broadcasters and currently serves on the Radio Committee of NRB. Since 2009, he has consulted Christian Music and Teaching radio stations and ministries internationally, helping them reach more people while being Gospel-focused.

“Programming Into the Future”
Mike McVay  •  Executive Vice President / Content & Programming, Cumulus Media and Westwood One

Radio is only ONE platform where your audience gets their entertainment. Programming Into the Future examines multi-platform entertainment marrying radio, social media, on-line, podcasting, video, smart audio, SMS-texting and on-air.

Mike oversees the programming of 450 radio stations and two radio networks. Mike is a 40-year programmer with consulting, management, ownership, sales, programming and on-air experience, as well as having developed and launched several nationally syndicated programs. He has programmed around the world as a consultant with more than 300 stations to his credit. Stations programmed or consulted include those in America, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico.

McVay has received numerous awards and acknowledgements. Mike is a recipient of the prestigious Rockwell Award, was ranked #4 among America’s Top-Programmers by Radio Ink magazine, is #14 on the Top-40 Most Powerful Broadcaster list from Radio Ink and he was named one of the Titans of Talk by NTS magazine every year 2012-2016. Mike was recognized as Broadcast Executive of the Year for the now defunct Radio & Records Magazine (2006, 2007 and 2008). He is a member of the Country Radio Broadcasters board of directors, on the board of directors for the Country Music Association (CMA), a board member for the National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum, a Gracie Voter for the Alliance for Women in Media and is chairman of the Radio Show Steering Committee for the 2017 NAB/RAB Convention.

“Speaking of Alexa”
Bob Thornton  •  Owner, Radioservers, LLC  |  National Programming Manager, Stephens Media Group/PD, KXOJ Tulsa

In this session we’ll talk about and demonstrate how to use Alexa and other smart speakers to extend your programming offerings through podcasting, flash briefings and custom skills. You could add several quarter hours every week to your listener habits and go deeper with an audience that is actively listening to your product.

Bob Thornton began his broadcast career on his hometown station at the age of 16. In 1990 he took his first programming job in Christian radio in Oklahoma City and has worked in the format continuously ever since. He has served as the National Programming Manager for Stephens Media Group’s 27 stations since 1998 and serves as local Program Director for KXOJ in Tulsa. In 1996 Thornton founded his online company Radioservers, which serves various needs of the Christian broadcast industry including music research, app development, skills authoring, web development and more. Bob has been married to Jackie for 27 years and has 2 children, Joshua and Emily.

“A Discussion About Worship Music and Radio”

With so much worship music being released and worship songs seeing strong scores, how can stations choose the best ones for airplay while maintaining diversity in their playlist? We’ll discuss what goes into the decision-making process for stations who are consistently ranked top in their markets. From an overall music industry perspective, we’ll hear from a label executive on how worship music on the radio has changed and whether or not it’s here to stay.

Mike Blakemore, The Fish/Atlanta  •  Ty McFarland, KSBJ/Houston  •  Brad O’Donnell, Capitol Christian Music Group
Moderated by Randy Chase, K-LOVE & Air1





Wednesday, February 7
Let’s kick off the Atlanta Momentum Summits with a Worship Night featuring Cory Asbury of Bethel Music. You may know Cory from his song “Reckless Love” which is being sung in churches all over the world. Transportation to and from the CMB host hotel, Courtyard Atlanta Midtown, and food will be provided.

Thursday, February 8
Capitol Christian Music Group is excited to host attendees of the Atlanta Momentum Summits for an evening of food, friends and fun with their artists! Following the conclusion of the Programming Summit on Thursday, attendees will be bussed to Venkman’s for dinner and performances from Chris Tomlin, Crowder and Riley Clemmons. At the end of the night the busses will return guests to the the CMB host hotel, Courtyard Atlanta Midtown.


Gold Member – Free to one or all Summits  //  Please register your free admission.
Silver Member – $109 for 1 day Summit OR $199 for 2 day Summit Bundle
Non Member – $159 for 1 day Summit OR $279 for a 2 day Summit Bundle

Momentum Summits include a full lunch on the day(s) registered.

*Registration closes on January 31st. NO walk up registration will be accepted at any CMB event. CLICK HERE for more information about CMB membership levels, benefits & pricing.


Grace Midtown
642 Northside Dr NW
Atlanta, GA 30318


Courtyard Atlanta Midtown/Georgia Tech
1132 Techwood Drive NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
*Our hotel room block has expired. Please contact the hotel for availability.
Parking is $11 per night


Suggested Arrival/Departure – Plan your travel to come early/leave late as there will be evening events both Wednesday and Thursday before/after the Summits
Airport –
 Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Airport
Ground Transportation – You will need to make arrangements to/from the airport and the event location



CMB’s mission is rooted in our faith in Jesus Christ and our desire to equip Christian music broadcasters.  We acknowledge that all sponsors, speakers and event partners may not affirm our statement of faith.  However, we believe that their participation will strengthen CMB’s overall mission and Kingdom objectives.

2021 Membership Exclusives

January – Your 2021 Radio Goals – Virtual Event
March – Radio Station Field Trip
April – A Webinar for YOUR Board
May – Virtual Mentoring Event
June – SURPRISE BENEFIT at Momentum
July – Salary Survey Webinar
August – Fundraising Webinar
September – Creative Images
October – Techsurvey Webinar
November – Radio Station Field Trip
December – Virtual Christmas Party

*subject to change


Wise, Weird & Welcome: Learning and Leading with the Lepers and the Locust Eaters

We’ve all read the same books about teamwork, leadership, communication, and culture that everybody reads. We’ve mastered Maxwell, studied Sanborn, Sinek, and Sun Tzu, and liberally cribbed Collins in aborted attempts to go from good to great, but…

How’s that working out for you? 

What if you left St. Louis with an entirely new lens through which to view and act upon improvements in:

Let’s examine how this all connects together, but approach it from an entirely different angle. Don’t just think outside the box. Kick the box to the curb and start at zero.