The Christian Music Broadcasters (CMB) announced the recipients of its 2019 awards last week during a special webcast.
Among the winners were NRB members WAWZ in Middlesex-Somerset-Union, New Jersey, in the Large Market category; and WMIT, in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the Major Market/Network category.
In addition, Mike Novak and the late Lee Geysbeek were named the recipients of the CMB Board of Directors’ Award.
Novak, who retired last year as the CEO of the Educational Media Foundation (EMF), had served as a member of the NRB Board of Directors and the NRB President’s Council.
Geysbeek, who passed away last December, was also a member of the NRB President’s Council and a member of the association’s Board of Directors for several years. He served with Compassion International as the radio marketing director for the last nine years before his death.
Open to any station that plays Christian music for a majority of its broadcast day, the CMB Radio Station of the Year Awards are presented to stations that show outstanding achievement in on-air presentation, community service, ratings, new media, and industry leadership.
CMB also presents Special Awards including the Industry Achievement Award for outstanding and long-term contributions to the growth of Christian music radio, the Community Service Award for outstanding effort in community service in the past year, and the Rich Mullins Artist Impact Award for long-time contributions to the music and ministry of Christian music radio.
Award recipients in the past have been announced at CMB’s annual Momentum event. This year, however, the event, slated for September 4-6 in Orlando, was cancelled as Hurricane Dorian was expected to make landfall over Florida.