Rob Gregory Community Service Award

Presented to a Christian Broadcaster, Radio Station or associated professional who, during the past year, has shown outstanding effort in community service.

2018 Rob Gregory Award Recipient

SOS Radio – Las Vegas

Past Winners

  • 2017 KTIS – Minneapolis
  • 2016 KVNE – Tyler, TX
  • 2014 WBGL – Champaign, IL
  • 2013 The Joy FM
  • 2012 KLRC – Fayetteville, AR
  • 2011 Jim Hoge and WPOZ/Orlando, FL
  • 2010 Jason Sharp and KTIS/Minneapolis, MN
  • 2009 Melissa Montana and WLAB/Ft. Wayne, IN
  • 2008 Jeff MacFarlane and The Joy FM Network
  • 2007 Allen Henderson and His Radio Network
  • 2006 Tim McDermott and KSBJ/Houston, TX
  • 2005 Jim Hoge and WPOZ/Orlando, FL
  • 2004 David Stephens and KXOJ/Tulsa, OK
  • 2003 Tim McDermott and KSBJ/Houston, TX
  • 2002 Bob Augsburg and WAY-FM Network
  • 2001 Brian Lowring
  • 2000 Jim Campbell
  • 1999 Randy Rich and KLYT/Albuquerque, NM

 

About Rob Gregory

GregoryRob Gregory worked as PD of WMHK in Columbia, SC before moving to Colorado Springs to work with Focus On The Family – where he was instrumental in developing Family News in Focus. He served as Director of FNIF for a number of years prior to his death from a ruptured aorta. Rob was a man who was passionate about three things: his family, sharing Christ with others, and excellence in broadcasting. When Rob passed away, the CMB (then NCRS) leadership wanted to find a way to honor his ministry by honoring Christian music stations that were as passionate about serving their communities through radio as Rob was.

 

The Fish in Atlanta is deeply involved in community service. For years, during the Christmas season, The Fish holds their biggest community outreach, “Fish Christmas Wish.” Listeners write in Christmas wishes for those in need and Fish listeners come out to the daily month long broadcasts at Atlanta area Chick-Fil-A’s to look through the wish book and grant a specific wish that touches their heart or donate to the fund. Each year, thousands of wishes get nominated and often over half get granted. Often times, wishes are granted by listeners for other listeners without The Fish ever knowing. 

“Acts of Love” is another initiative The Fish Atlanta does to spread love in the Atlanta community. With “Acts of Love,” The Fish will do acts of love for listeners in need and in turn, encourage listeners to do the same for others and spread the love!

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On September 20, Dallas Christian radio stations, Air1, KCBI, KLTY and WAY-FM, united together to bring their community under one roof to support Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria victims. Night of Hope was an unprecedented event. It sold out to more than 6,200 Christian music fans who packed out the Verizon Wireless Theater in Dallas while another 2.5 million people tuned in on Facebook Live. These fans witnessed the largest-ever gathering of Christian artists in one place for one cause: to provide help and hope to those who were impoverished, hungry and hurting.  Air1, KCBI, KLTY, WAY-FM and the 20+ participating artists donated their time, efforts and talent. Night of Hope raised over $500,000 and 100% of tickets sales went to help the hurricane victims.  It took a collaborative effort with these stations, the venue, and production to pull off something of this magnitude.

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Positive Alternative Radio exists to create and deliver experiences that inspire people to live passionately for Jesus Christ.  Through the #ENCW Project, launched last year, PAR is leading a massive, cooperative effort among Christian stations and ministries to impact 1 billion lives in five years. PAR estimates more than 100 million lives have already been impacted through #ENCW, which stands for “Easy Never Changed the World.”  

PAR’s five local radio brands are focused on listener engagement as a means to impact local communities. Examples include: The Mom2Mom Diaper Drive, implemented by Spirit FM and Joy FM, which collected more than 50,000 boxes of diapers for moms in need in a single day; More than 100,000 meals to feed 500,000 people in Puerto Rico and Appalachia as part of Walk-FM’s participation in Send Relief; Your ‘PER blessed 11,600 people with hope boxes and prom dresses with its Hope for Appalachia campaign; WCQR’s Project Thanksgiving, which has provided 36,612 holiday boxes feeding more than 160,000 people in the past 10 years.  Additionally, PAR stations helped raise more than $1 million last year empowering God’s Pit Crew to help American hurricane victims in Texas and Florida. And, since 2016, PAR’s stations have provided the 44 Cent Cure to more than 1.5 million children worldwide.  PAR is working to share its ethos accomplishment through leadership training for the Christian Radio industry, using its platform, DearChristainRadio.Com.

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Shine.FM recognizes both the local needs of communities and the importance of advancing the global village by giving listening families opportunities to demonstrate generosity and be difference makers together.

Shine.FM is part of the “Give Where You Live Campaign,” providing thousands of meals at homeless shelters and missions in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan. This past year when Hurricane Harvey hit southern Texas, Shine.FM switched their focus and delivered more than a semi-trailer load of relief supplies in cooperation with God’s Pit Crew. At Thanksgiving, Shine.FM hosted the ”back of the line” party at the Drumstick Dash in Indianapolis. More than 23,000 participants gave to benefit Wheeler Mission. They also helped provide more than 1,200 turkeys at the annual Turkeypalooza event in Porter County, Indiana.

Shine.FM is creating community experiences that make a difference by hosting “The Love My City Lansing Day,” bringing together dozens of churches and thousands of volunteers to do service projects and minister directly to their neighbors, they work with with Elim Christian Services to host Dutch Fest in Chicagoland, and are partnering with Marriage, Inc., to host an annual “Date Night” at Olivet Nazarene University.

Shine.FM is also raising awareness and sharing volunteer opportunities for local Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Gigi’s Playhouse, Right To Life chapters, and The Ravine’s Marriage Restoration Center. They have also deepened their efforts for engaging their communities by addressing the issues facing families today through a new weekly talk-show program. “Stronger Together” addresses issues like racism, the #metoo movement, parenting and marriage. 

Shine.FM continues to focus on fulfilling their mission of providing opportunities to make a difference and build stronger communities.

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The team at SOS Radio shows how service to its city empowers a community to volunteer together. After the deadliest mass shooting in American history, the team at SOS showed how it truly is a conduit to service in Las Vegas. With about 500 people injured in local hospitals, the SOS team drove listeners to wait three hours to give blood, donate thousands of dollars in gift cards to Las Vegas police stations and host trauma healing workshops. SOS also partnered with Central Church to host a family harvest party for over 1000 first responders.

SOS has partnered with Champion Center to give groceries, shoes and haircuts to 10,000 struggling families. Over 1,000 SOS volunteers served to make it possible and 6000+ hot thanksgiving meals were served. SOS Radio also partnered with The Crossing Church to feed the entire staff of first responders (450 doctors, nurses & social workers) at Henderson Hospital for Hospital week.

In addition, SOS hosted a Christmas party for children with incarcerated parents. Twenty families had their own personal living room setting with gifts, music, stockings and a catered meal inside the prison chow hall. SOS listeners donated thousands of dollars in gifts to make this possible. SOS listeners have also donated over 72,000 bottles of water to meet every homeless water need in Las Vegas this summer.

The team at SOS Radio believes volunteers move the community and that service opens hearts and makes Las Vegas a better place to live.

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