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Scaggs Steps Down At WayFM

Warren Cole Smith

Way-FM is one of the “bellwether” Christian radio networks in the nation.  Founded in Florida, it is now headquartered in Colorado Springs, and has stations in 12 states.

Yesterday, the Way Media Board of Directors and President/CEO John Scaggs announced he is stepping down from his post, effective immediately.  The new first broke on HisAir.net, an industry website.

Scaggs said, “Leading through the pandemic is the hardest thing many of us have done. The board recognized this and recommended a season of rest for me, to which I’ve agreed. My wife Cathy and I plan to relax and catch our breath before finding another great Kingdom role to serve in.”

Curt Swindoll, Board Chair for Way Media, told HisAir, “Succeeding a beloved founder is never easy, as John did in 2017 following the retirement of Bob Augsburg. But in his four years of service, he established a fresh vision and course for tremendous ministry. We are grateful for the passionate contribution John made.”

Way Media COO Tim Dukes has been appointed interim President while the board prepares for a national search to select a permanent replacement.

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Way Media was founded in 1987 by Bob Augsburg.  It began as a single FM station in Ft. Myers, Fla.  By 1992, WAY-FM had a presence in Nashville, one of the key music markets in the nation.  Moving to Nashville raised the profile of WAY in the Christian music business.  In 2001 it moved its corporate office to Colorado Springs, and it operates a station there.  Colorado Springs is likewise a strategic market in the Christian ministry world.  Its revenue in 2019 (the last year available) was just over $17-million.  You can see MinistryWatch’s profile of Way Media here.

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Warren Cole Smith
Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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