OK, who doesn’t love a trip to Universal Orlando? Who doesn’t also love the chance to rub elbows with the best and brightest in your field, all while learning the latest in industry trends…set to an awesome soundtrack? That’s what’s ahead for one and all as part of Momentum 2018. Nearly 10 years in, Christian Music Broadcasters’ premier event spans 4 days, drawing hundreds of industry luminaries representing no small fraction of listeners. (32 million weekly, to be exactish) It is after all the one and only conference devoted solely to the format. It all takes place September 5th-8th at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando. Let’s also not forget that two of those elbows you’ll be rubbing could belong to our own Laurie Gail, VP of Label and Radio Relations. (So, make sure you say Hi and line up all those upcoming releases!)
Mz. Gail will also be on hand to capture the glory that is the audio from the always captivating keynote speakers. This year promises to be no exception. Sure to offer many pearls is psychologist Dr. Kevin Leman. Leman is the New York Times best-selling author of Have A New Kid by Friday and is also an on-air personality in his own right. He has appeared on Fox and Friends, Oprah, The View, and many more. The founder of Couples of Promise, Leman is committed the noble effort to helping couples remain happily married.
Leman joins a myriad of standout speakers, including Tony Banks, director of talent development at iHeartMedia, don’t ya know. Previously the Senior Vice President of Programming for iHeartMedia’s Midwest Division, Banks cut his teeth as the Regional Programming Manager. The Rhode Island College grad is now iHeart’s go to for mentoring, coaching, and training existing talent, as well as recruiting new talent.
Erica Farber will be on deck as well. The President and CEO of the Radio Advertising Bureau is tasked with the formidable responsibility of increasing the bottom line, and effectively communicating radio’s changing digital landscape. Farber’s resume boasts all manner of Radio Sales and Management positions including Executive Vice President at the INTEREP Companies, where she landed following her days at KIIS-AM, KRTH-FM, and KABC-TV in Los Angeles. Farber also spent time in Boston where she served as General Sales Manager and General Manager of WROR-FM, leading to her role as Vice President and General Manager of WXLO in New York.
The aforementioned is just a sampling of notables due to speak at Momentum. There are more audio nuggets for you by way of, of course, musical talent. Dozens of performers are slated for the festivities, including Chris Tomlin, Hillsong Worship, Stars Go Dim, Casting Crowns, The Afters, and many more.
Todd Stach, WAY-FM Network Program Director, encapsulated the well-rounded event, sharing “Momentum is a place to either walk away with confidence or challenge the way you’re doing business. It reminds you to unite as a format, in an ever increasingly competitive environment, and to focus and refresh your life, station and career goals.”
While focusing and refreshing their lives, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the Annual 4k and 1 Mile Run/Walk (no pressure!) through Universal Studios. In an effort to get the most out of the unique experience Momentum offers, participants may also employ the services of a “Momentum Guide.” Guidance may lead one to the scheduled “Digital Checkups,” courtesy of Jacobs Media. It’s a chance for attendees to meet one-on-one with a specialist who’ll assess station’s digital sich and note potential growth areas. (Suh-weet!) Also in the “more bang for your buck category” and always in high demand, Aircheck Clinics feature talent-coaching and feedback to on air peeps and Program Directors.
For more deets and your chance to register for this unmatched celebration of Christian Music Broadcasting, head to http://cmbonline.org/.