There’s never been a better time to listen to Christian radio

anomalyThere have been a ton of new albums released by Pulse 99.5FM artists recently, and with the huge success of Lecrae’s new project Anomaly out this week, I got to thinking…

Back when we started Pulse 99.5FM in the early ’90s, the goal was to bring the first all-music Christian station to Des Moines. And while we were the only ones doing that here at the time, there were other Christian stations popping up all over the country. The timing was just right, and the result was a boom in innovation – the fact that this music was becoming more widely available through radio allowed for more artists to find recognition, and it was SO good for the industry (and for you and me!). We quickly moved beyond Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith (each great artists in their own right) to new, original sounds from the likes of Third Day, Jars of Clay, Skillet, Plumb and Sixpence None the Richer. It was revolutionary! Today we see our artists (like Lecrae this week) topping the iTunes charts. How cool!

I’ve spent more than 20 years in the Christian radio industry, and what I’m seeing right now is exciting to me. While the past 20 years have brought many new artists, I’m sensing a renewed innovation these days among Christian music artists. No matter what your musical tastes, you can find something right now that fits the bill, and has the added benefit of a great message.

Twenty years ago, the arrival of Christian hit radio in Des Moines expanded our horizons. Now, I believe the accessibility of the internet and things like Pulse’s listening app are allowing artists to reach even more listeners. And it’s a good thing. I have never seen so much variety in Christian music. And not just variety, but depth of lyrics and REAL, developed TALENT. It’s just awesome!

There has never been a better time to listen to Christian hit radio. If you don’t currently listen to Pulse 99.5FM, I challenge you to try us for 30 days. Listen exclusively for just one month and become familiar with the music we play – and I GUARANTEE you won’t want to switch back! You can find us on the radio in central Iowa (99.5FM in Des Moines and 95.5FM in Ames), stream through our website, and download our new interactive app for your smart phone. Check us out! And thanks for listening!

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    Sometimes silence can be deafening

    It’s rare, but it happens. This morning I was in my office after a few days out of town, working to get my tasks organized for the week and listening to Pulse 99.5FM in the background. And then… silence! I looked up. Reached over to turn up the radio. Nothing. Just static.

    The staff snapped to attention – we have specific things we do any time the station is off the air. And as we worked our way through our checklist, it became apparent this was not going to be a quick fix. A major piece of equipment had gone down at our broadcast tower, and we would have to wait for a replacement to be overnighted from California.

    It’s very rare for Pulse 99.5FM to be off the air for a long stretch of time. As I went about my day, I cannot tell you how many times I reached over to turn up the radio, only to realize that it wasn’t there. Which got me thinking about how grateful I am!

    Grateful for Pulse, which is there for me (and my kiddos) 24 hours a day. Grateful for the on-air personalities who do their best to encourage me and remind me that God loves me. Grateful for online streaming and our smartphone listening apps, which allow me to tune in even when I’m out of range of our on-air signal. Grateful for YOU, because your support makes what we do at Pulse 99.5FM possible.

    Our Fall Pledge Drive takes place next week. If you, like me, have missed the presence of Pulse 99.5FM today, won’t you consider its impact in your daily life? YOU make Pulse 99.5FM possible. It’s YOUR gifts that allow us to offer hope to thousands each day through the music and message of Pulse.

    You can pledge securely here. Thank you for joining the cause! And thanks for listening. While we anticipate getting back on the air ASAP, please consider listening online or downloading our new app for your smart phone – and let your friends know they can do the same!

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      Dave with Pulse Mornings

      Back to school, crisp autumn days, beautiful leaves – I love fall!

      I also love Pulse 99Five, and I want it to continue for another year – helping you to stay focused on who you know you want to be!

      Our Fall Pledge Drive is coming up on September 17th and 18th.  Please consider making a monthly pledge to your station to further the mission of Pulse 99Five. Your gift of $20-$30 or $40 a month is huge to our success.

      It’s important to keep Pulse 99Five strong as we shine a light in a troubled world. Thanks for listening – and thanks for your partnership in the mission! Make your gift today at Pulse 99Five dot com.

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        CityStop Update – 8/22

        We had an awesome opportunity to stop out at First Church Of The Open Bible in
        Des Moines on Friday for a HUGE garage sale they were putting on. The two-day event was put on to raise money for the church’s Tijuana mission in Mexico. The church is working on expanding their missions base and will be taking a trip down there in April of next year!


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          CityStop Summer Recap – 2014

          Thank you to all of our supporters and listeners who invited us out for a CityStop this summer… you have helped us reach over 22,000 people in the spring and summer alone!

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            Dove Award Nominations 2014

            doveawards21The Dove Awards nominees have been announced, and there were many Pulse 99.5FM artists who were nominated in multiple categories! We’ve listed categories involving our artists below, and you can find the entire list here.

            Category 1: Song of the Year
            Fix My Eyes – For King & Country
            Hello My Name Is – Matthew West
            Hurricane – Natalie Grant
            I Can Trust Him – The Perrys
            Lord I Need You – Matt Maher
            Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UNITED
            Overcomer – Mandisa
            Revival – Karen Peck and New River
            Say Amen – Brian Free & Assurance
            That’s Why – Ernie Haase and Signature Sound

            Category 3: Contemporary Christian Performance of the Year
            Fix My Eyes – For King & Country
            Hurricane – Natalie Grant
            Lord I Need You – Matt Maher
            Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UNITED
            Overcomer – Mandisa

            Category 6: Artist of the Year
            Casting Crowns
            Hillsong UNITED

            Category 7: New Artist of the Year
            1 Girl Nation
            Andy Mineo
            Ellie Holcomb
            Hillsong Young & Free
            Love & The Outcome

            Category 9: Rap/Hip Hop Song of the Year
            100 – KB (feat. Andy Mineo)
            Dear Mr. Christian – Derek Minor (feat. Dee-1 and Lecrae)
            Head Held High – Rapture Ruckus
            Stop The Traffic – Andy Mineo (ft. Co Campbell)
            You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo

            Category 10: Rock Song of the Year
            Die for You – RED
            Not Gonna Die- Skillet
            Run And Escape – RED
            We Are the Brave – VERIDIA
            Zombie – We As Human

            Category 11: Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year
            Don’t Deserve You – Plumb
            Let It Be Love – Family Force 5
            Love Alone is Worth The Fight – Switchfoot
            Multiplied – NEEDTOBREATHE
            Never Gone – Colton Dixon

            Category 12: Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year
            Alive – Hillsong Young & Free
            All The People Said Amen – Matt Maher
            Fix My Eyes – For King & Country
            Hurricane – Natalie Grant
            Oceans (Where Feet May Fail) – Hillsong UNITED

            Category 20: Rap/Hip Hop Album of the Year
            100 – KB
            Invader – Rapture Ruckus
            Minorville – Derek Minor
            Never Land – Andy Mineo
            Royal Flush – FLAME

            Category 21: Rock Album of the Year
            Fear Inside Our Bones – The Almost
            Proof of Life – Scott Stapp
            Release the Panic: Recalibrated – RED
            Rise – Skillet
            We As Human – We As Human

            Category 22: Rock Contemporary Album of the Year
            Everfound – Everfound
            Fading West – Switchfoot
            I Am Mountain – Gungor
            Inland – Jars of Clay
            Rivers In The Wasteland – NEEDTOBREATHE

            Category 23: Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year
            As Sure As The Sun – Ellie Holcomb
            If We’re Honest – Francesca Battistelli
            Overcomer – Mandisa
            Thrive – Casting Crowns
            We Are Young & Free – Hillsong Young & Free

            Category 35: Praise and Worship Album of the Year
            Home – Kim Walker-Smith & Skyler Smith
            Kingdom Come – Bryan & Katie Torwalt
            Majestic – Kari Jobe
            Passion: Take It All – Passion
            We Are Young & Free – Hillsong Young & Free

            Category 39: Recorded Music Packaging of the Year
            Brave- Shawn Mcdonald
            Collapsible Lung – Relient K
            Kingdom Come – Bryan & Katie Torwalt
            The Extremist – Demon Hunter
            The Water & The Blood – Dustin Kensrue

            Category 40: Short Form Video of the Year
            Love Does – Brandon Heath
            Love is Stronger – Jason Crabb
            Never Gone – Colton Dixon
            Overcomer – Mandisa
            Shake – Mercy Me
            Speak Life – TobyMac

            Category 41: Long Form Video of the Year
            Endless Praise – Planetshakers
            Fading West – Switchfoot
            Glorious Ruins – Hillsong LIVE
            Hope Is What We Crave- For King & Country
            Strong God – New Life Worship

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              BTWI Job Opportunity

              Did you hear the employment ad on Pulse 99.5FM about a job opportunity with BTWI as a wireless internet installer? Click here for details!

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