Barry & Linda Armstrong Retire From Spirit FM Lynchburg VA
July 8, 2013 at 3:55 AM (PT)
CENTRAL & SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA will soon be saying goodbye to part of the family. BARRY & LINDA ARMSTRONG have decided to retire from POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO (PAR) Contemporary Christian WRXT (Spirit FM)/LYNCHBURG-ROANOKE VA effective 7-31.
BARRY & LINDA joined the vision of building a new Christian station in LYNCHBURG alongside MAC & THERESA MILLER in 1992. BARRY & LINDA were the first voices on the air when the station signed on in 1994 and they shared the morning show for the next 11 years. LINDA continued to wake up & encourage listeners when BARRY stepped away from the mic in 2005 to focus on GM duties and her last day on air will be Friday 7-12.
ALL ACCESS enjoyed coffee with BARRY recently, and he shared, "We watched God build something from nothing. Thanks to our many friends and supporters, the station is financially stable. There is a godly leadership team in place with a fresh vision. They are fully capable of taking SPIRIT FM to the next level".
LINDA said that she will miss meeting with listeners in the morning, and that they both treasure the close bond that was formed with SPIRIT FM listeners. "This has been the greatest time of my life in so many ways," she added. "But, I am a grandmother with another grandchild on the way. I look forward to having more free time to enjoy my family. BARRY and I really thought both of us being on the air would be temporary, until we could afford to pay a real staff! Who knew I would be on the air for another 19 years? But it really never felt like a job. I was just hanging out with friends."
BARRY surprised many in the industry when he was instrumental in forging a partnership in 2002 between two competing radio companies. SPIRIT FM became part of the PAR family including WCQR/TRI-CITIES TN and WPER/RICHMOND VA "We both ran Christian stations serving the same communities in the early years," BARRY explained. "By coming together, we were able to eliminate duplication of efforts, combine our strengths, grow stronger and better serve our listeners."
PAR Pres/EDDIE BAKER said, "The legacy of BARRY & LINDA ARMSTRONG will impact for years to come. Their passion and commitment are unequaled. They leave us with strong operations and management team in place, as well as a very supportive listening family."
SPIRIT FM GM/MARC TISCHART says that they are in the process of completing a nationwide search for a new morning show co-host, and will be naming someone to fill Linda's position in a few weeks.
SPIRIT FM morning show listeners can enjoy a nostalgic look back at close to 20 years of radio highlights as LINDA says goodbye the week of JULY 8-12. She & BARRY will also host a station open house WEDNESDAY JULY 17, from 10a to 2p. RSVP by calling (800) 774-9798.
ALL ACCESS congratulates BARRY & LINDA for their service and leadership over the past 21 years, and wishes them the best in the next chapter of their adventure!