HOUSTON (June 27, 2016) – Houston’s number one contemporary Christian music station, 89.3 KSBJ recently celebrated its most successful Sharathon, an annual four-day on-air fundraising event. On Friday alone, over 50% of funds needed to operate the station were raised, along with the largest one-time gift in KSBJ history, $150,000 by an anonymous donor.
“Houston has been hit hard by the price of oil and the recent flooding – and we really felt that impact during the first few days of our Sharathon. But then Friday happened,” said Tim McDermott, KSBJ’s President and General Manager. “We encouraged our listeners not to live in fear, but to trust in God. We raised over $1.5 million in one day, fully funding KSBJ.”
Thanks to KSBJ’s listeners, donors, and volunteers, the station will continue to be the voice of hope for Houston, as it has done for the last three decades. During the week, over 800 volunteers gave their time to answer phones and serve. Many listeners called in to share their stories of how KSBJ has brought hope to them throughout the years.
“We heard over and over again how important it is to our listeners to keep the ‘Radio on’ as a source of encouragement and prayer,” said Jimmy West, Senior Director of Donor Care. “KSBJ is family for so many and a companion in their journey of faith. Those who give of their time and money want to be a part of sharing that hope.”
At the close of Sharathon on Friday night, the ministry raised a total of $3.2 million, meeting the fundraising goal. As a result of raising the funds, KSBJ plans to expand the station and ministry through enhancing the counseling component of the prayer ministry, taking prayer into new places like senior living centers and Special Olympics, and continue to spread the hope of Christ through billboards and other communication channels.
Funds were also raised for NGEN, KSBJ’s sister station that will launch its full powered FM signal in August of 2016.
On the air for over 30 years, KSBJ is Houston’s leading listener-supported, non-profit, non-commercial contemporary Christian music radio station. The purpose of KSBJ is to be the voice of hope connecting people to God, through Christian music, community outreach and events. As a listener supported radio station, and a long-standing member of the ECFA, KSBJ’s ministry is managed by a group of volunteer men and women from across the Greater Houston area, who serve as members of its Board of Directors. The board members represent diverse denominations, backgrounds and professions to provide oversight, direction and accountability for the ministry. KSBJ can be heard on 89.3 FM (North/East of Downtown Houston) and 96.9 FM (South/West of Downtown Houston). For more information about KSBJ and additional frequencies, visit www.ksbj.org