Mike Novak, the chief executive officer of the Educational Media Foundation (EMF), has announced his intention to retire in the coming months from his role at the largest non-commercial contemporary Christian radio organization.
In the June 1 announcement, EMF – which operates the popular K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks – reported that Novak and its Board of Directors have been working closely the past couple of years on the timing of his retirement.
Novak, 68, joined EMF in 1998 and became CEO in 2007. When Novak began as CEO, K-LOVE and Air1 were heard on more than 600 stations in 45 states. Today, they are heard on more than 800 stations in all 50 states and streamed around the world online.
“Mike Novak has provided outstanding leadership to our organization for these last 11 years as CEO,” said Dan Antonelli, EMF’s chairman of the board, in a press release. “Mike has used his deep knowledge of the broadcasting industry and his passion and commitment to our ministry to create an organization that today reaches more than 20 million people each week.”
According to EMF, Novak will continue to serve as CEO while working with the Board of Directors in their search for his successor. As CEO, he oversees a staff of more than 400 team members, including everyone from on-air staff to an extensive pastoral team for listeners.
“It has been a great honor to be a part of God’s plan to use this radio ministry to connect people to Jesus Christ,” Novak said in his announcement. “I know there is a season for everything and my season for leading this organization is coming to an end. I am looking forward to serving EMF in an emeritus role, staying involved in the broadcasting world, and spending more time with my amazing wife, Cheri, and my family.”
EMF said it is looking forward to discovering whoever God will bring for the next season of its ministry reach, media growth, and continued positive impact to the markets and people it serves.
EMF is a longtime member of NRB, while Novak has served as a member of the NRB Board of Directors and the NRB President’s Council.
“God has used Mike Novak to bless NRB and Christian broadcasting. He brought new levels of excellence and success to EMF,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president & CEO. “We look forward to seeing how the Lord uses Mike in the next chapter of his ministry.”
By NRB Staff
Published: June 7, 2018