Mike Novak, the chief executive of contemporary Christian radio organization EMF, announced Friday he will retire as CEO of the ministry that operates the K-LOVE and Air1 radio networks. He will step down sometime in the coming months after 20 years of service.
Novak, 68, joined EMF in 1998 and became CEO in 2007. He led dramatic growth of the networks, now heard on more than 800 stations in all 50 states and streamed around the world online. Novak, who grew up in the Central Valley of California, has not only been President and CEO but also a familiar voice to K-LOVE and Air1 listeners for years.
“It has been a great honor to be a part of God’s plan to use this radio ministry to connect people to Jesus Christ,” Mr. Novak said. “I know there is a season for everything and my season for leading this organization is coming to an end. I am looking forward to serving EMF in an emeritus role, staying involved in the broadcasting world, and spending more time with my amazing wife, Cheri, and my family.”
“Mike Novak has provided outstanding leadership to our organization for these last 11 years as CEO,” said Dan Antonelli, Chairman of the Board of EMF. “Mike has used his deep knowledge of the broadcasting industry and his passion and commitment to our ministry to create an organization that today reaches more than 20 million people each week.”