CCM Magazine

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CCM Magazine
Categories Music magazine
Frequency Monthly
First issue July 1978 (1978-July)
Company Salem Publishing
Country United States
Based in Nashville
Language English
Website www.ccmmagazine.com
ISSN 1524-7848

CCM Magazine is a monthly online magazine about contemporary Christian music, published by Salem Publishing, a division of Salem Communications.

History[edit]

CCM was first published in July 1978, as a printed magazine. It has been owned by Salem since 1999. On January 16, 2008, Salem announced that the April 2008 issue would be the final printed issue of the magazine.[1] On July 8, 2009, Salem announced that CCM Magazine will be re-launched as an online publication, released 4 times a year.[2]

When the magazine was first published, it was actually called Contemporary Christian Music and specifically covered that music genre. The name was later shortened to CCM, which was still an acronym for "Contemporary Christian Music". For a short time, the magazine changed its name to Contemporary Christian Magazine (keeping the CCM but broadening the scope) but then ultimately went back to Contemporary Christian Music (CCM). Then in May 2007, the name's meaning was changed to "Christ. Community. Music." The editor explained that the term "contemporary Christian music" was dated and marginalizing and that Christ, community, and music are three entirely different things—thus, the periods after each word of the acronym to show that they are not related. The editor's explanation of the name change can be found in the May 2007 issue of the magazine.

In October 2006, CCM launched its own social networking site, MyCCM.

Since its start, CCM has covered musical artists that mix spiritual themes with their music, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, T Bone Burnett, Victoria Williams, The Call, Sam Phillips, U2 and Bruce Cockburn, as well as more mainstream Christian radio artists such as Amy Grant, Larry Norman, Michael W. Smith, Steven Curtis Chapman, Benny Hester, Steve Taylor, Phil Keaggy and Randy Stonehill. In the 1980s, CCM also focused on some of the more obscure spiritual artists coming out of the Southern California punk rock and new wave music scene like the 77s, Daniel Amos, Undercover, Altar Boys, Crumbacher, The Choir, Adam Again, and others. However, as the 1990s rolled around, the magazine focused more and more on artists that were heavily played on Christian radio.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Salem Communications Corporation - Investor Relations - Press Release
  2. ^ "Salem Publishing To Re-launch 'CCM Magazine". All Access. July 7, 2009. 

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