The River is proud to celebrate 20 years of Dan Baughman serving as President and CEO. Twenty years ago Dan was living comfortably in a corporate job that provided security and stability, but God had other plans for his life. I can imagine God calling him out of that situation was much like asking Jonah to go to Nineveh. Thankfully it didn’t take him ending up in the belly of a whale, it just took his amazing wife Vicky saying, “this is what God wants”. At the time WCVO was struggling. Struggling with direction, focus, and struggling financially. Dan came in with a plan, and he boldly put that plan into action. The station moved from preaching and teaching with multiple genres of music to a very focused music station that was relevant. He also put a formidable team together of respected leaders in the industry. He brought one of the best sound engineers in the business in and said, “I want to sound as good or better than ANYONE in our market”.
The rest is history, however that history is still being written. The River as we’re now known represents four radio stations in contiguous markets: WCVO Columbus, WFCO Lancaster, WZNP Newark, and WZCP Chillicothe.
Dan doesn’t look for credit, and would even be embarrassed about this press release because he doesn’t do it for the praise or adulation. But the purpose of this press release is quite the opposite. It is to show that when we answer God’s call, work hard, and love people, amazing things can happen. That’s what Dan does. He has never fallen into the trap of judging the world or looking down at people. He just consistently models that we are a welcome mat for our community. And our job is to be Uplifting and Encouraging to those we serve!
Please join me in celebrating this milestone.