Major Changes At Singing News

The Singing News and its parent company, Salem Communications, have announced some fairly sweeping changes that are coming over the next few months.  The details are all in the article, but the gist of it is this:  the Singing News offices are relocating from Boone, NC to Nashville, TN.  Salem is moving their headquarters to Nashville from nearby Brentwood, TN as well.  Jerry Kirksey is remaining in Boone and will become the editor emeritus of the magazine.  Danny Jones is (I assume since it isn’t exactly specified) moving to Nashville and will become editor in chief.  There are several other personnel moves outlined in the article, but one of the most interesting is Les Butler becoming the “Executive Brand Manager – Southern Gospel Properties.”  It sounds as if Salem is trying to tie the SN more closely to their Solid Gospel radio network, as Butler will be dealing with both areas.

In terms of the business side of this, I’m sure in this economic environment, it makes MUCH more sense for Salem to consolidate their subsidiaries instead of having offices strewn all across the South.  What remains to be seen is the environmental change that all of this will bring to the table.  Kirksey will apparently be doing “special projects” for the SN, while Jones assumes the day to day responsibilities for the magazine.  Just simply moving the offices from Boone to Nashville will create a new culture for the magazine.  It will be quite interesting as this transition is made over the next few months to see how this all pans out.  I’m also not sure how the SN charting will change with the magazine becoming more closely tied to Solid Gospel radio.   That may be an interesting side note to all of these changes.  One way or the other, I’d imagine we’re in for some pretty major changes with the industry’s leading publication.

About Wes Burke
I'm a .NET developer and Southern Gospel music fan. Married with a wonderful family.

2 Responses to Major Changes At Singing News

  1. djsfromcleveland says:

    I sure hope that the magazine won’t ever go to only digital format, or out of business altogether.

  2. burkesbrainwork says:

    Their announcement stated that the print magazine should be unaffected by the changes. So all systems are a go for the print version, at least for now.

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