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ChristianMusicWeekly wraps up 25 years, a quarter century, of publication. That's longer than CCM, CRR and most other.
Bill Hearn (Sparrow/EMI/Capitol Christian) died at 58, December 10, 2017
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Country and Christian Country artist and writer, Lari White, passed away January 22, 2018 at age 52, from Cancer. Three time Grammy winner, always for gospel category.
Edwin Hawkins died Jan 15, 2018. His Oh Happy Day crossed over to AC (white) radio worldwide in 1969 exposing millions to Black Gospel Choir music. He also backed Melanie on "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)"
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I Can Only Imagine, the movie. The story behind the Song.
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Mean spirited, political and just plain nasty, and worst ratings, to boot. The ones with class were the Christian winners at the 60th Grammys in late January 2018
It's a horrible question … but it's necessary to ask. Are you ready for the next disaster?
The past week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, is yet another reminder that we should be prepared to help our community in the event of a crisis. So here's a quick checklist to help you plan your response:
1) Know how to contact your team. Get the latest phone numbers and email addresses so that you can push out accurate information quickly to your on-air and social media teams.
2) Know who runs point at your station. Determine who – at your station – is the point person during an emergency. Make sure that everyone on your team knows who to contact and when. Have one point of contact to make sure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to communications.
3) Know your community leaders. You don't have to be on a first-name basis with your local sheriff, but you should have the contact number and be linked to the social media accounts of the local public information officers – or city council leaders - so that you can get the latest, most accurate information to your audience.
4) Know your support community. Make contacts with the local Red Cross or crisis relief agencies. Connect with counselors and spiritual leaders who can provide encouragement to your audience during tough times. Get the numbers to food banks, shelters and social agencies that can provide shelter or supplies to families.
5) Know your limits. None of us has infinite resources or energy. During a crisis, you will be called on to stretch your limits and do more than is usually required. But know that you can't do everything. Nor should you. It truly takes a team to help with a large-scale crisis. So know what your station can do. Do it well. Do your best to help your community. But make sure that you're taking care of your team – and yourself – during this difficult time. Take breaks. Get some rest and encourage your people to do the same. No one is asking you to become the next casualty. We need you fresh and sharp to do your part in the community.
Take time this week to put together a response plan. It may only take a few minutes or an hour. But it's time well spent. Don't wait until you're dealing with a crisis to decide the best way to help on your community.
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