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Staff Size:
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Tell us about your station:

From a basement studio in Jackson, Michigan to a national headquarters in Tucson, Arizona, Family Life Radio Network has continuously lifted up the name of Jesus Christ for all who listen. When Warren and Char Bolthouse started the network, Christian radio programming was relegated to Sunday mornings on secular stations but they had a different vision for their station. In April 1966, Warren launched the Family Radio Evangelistic Corporation which would ultimately become Family Life Communications.
Family Life Radio Network now broadcasts on 21 full power stations and 21 translators across the country in eleven states with more than 18 million as the population within our service contour. Several of those areas have multiple signals reaching more people with the good news of a life in Christ. A perfect example is Roswell, New Mexico where we have translators in Alamogordo, Artesia, Carlsbad, Clovis, Demin, Portales, Ruidoso, and Tucmcari as well as Alamosa and Lamar, Colorado in the same area. Phoenix, AZ is the largest signal for Family Life Radio Network and we have the largest signal for the market coming from the tower on South Mountain.
The Valley’s Family Life Radio, 90.3, KLFR is the biggest signal that Family Life Radio network broadcasts upon. According to Nielsen ratings, KFLR has shown a tremendous growth in April 2016 over May of 2015. Cume is up 30% (242,800 in April 2016), Share is up 20% (1.8 in April 2016) and AWTE is up 9% (3:00 in April 2016). During that span, KFLR is fastest growing English radio station in Phoenix according to Nielsen ratings (excluding Spanish stations and stations with less than 150,000 cume). So far in 2016, KFLR is averaging a 6+ cume of 212,500 (6+ Avg Wkly Cume Jan – July 2016). KFLR is currently the most listened to Christian radio station in the Phoenix market. KFLR is in the top 15 in the market among Women 35+ P1 (Avg Wkly Cume Jan – July 2016); in the top 20 in the market among Persons 6+ P1, Women 35+ and Persons 35+ P1 (Avg Wkly Cume Jan – July 2016).
Family Life Radio Network also recently purchased K-LIFE in San Luis Obispo, CA so God continues to bless the work of the network.

Your station’s most successful promotion:

Each of our large markets for Family Life Radio has a Regional Promotions Coordinator that is responsible for promotions in that area. One of the most impactful promotions that is held in our founding area of Michigan is the Family Life Radio Car Care Clinic. For the single mom or widow, the cost of a car repair can mean cutting back on food or simply doing without. The Family Life Radio car care clinic helped 77 single moms and widows. Each woman received a free oil change, lube, filter, and forty-point inspection to make sure their car was ready for another Michigan winter. Those whose cars were too dangerous to drive home received free repairs paid for by partnering churches. Before leaving, every woman was prayed for by our staff and volunteers.
In Arizona each year, Family Life Radio broadcasts live from Hopefest. In two events within our Phoenix and Tucson markets, Hopefest and Family Life Radio help tens of thousands of people in need obtain free medical and dental care, baby items, and food. In Tucson, Family Life Radio hosts the Pack the Park event at Kino Stadium prior to Hopefest that collects the groceries, individual personal care items, etc. Then we are onsite to participate in the distribution of what was collected. In the Phoenix area alone, 20,000 people were served with over 2,000 medical services,10,000 Meals, 800 boxes of dry foods, 2500 bags of fresh groceries, 250,000 individual personal care items, more than 950 haircuts, and over 115 dental procedures.

Resources your station uses:

Our radio network has a great resource that is part of our ministry, Family Life Communications, titled “The Intentional Living Center”. This is where our staff can take content relevant to their shows and improve what is to be included on air. From single parenting to high stake relationships like blended families, the resources that Dr. Randy Carlson provides add something for everyone in our audience to learn from. In the area of donor development and the 44 Cent Cure, we work with David Harms and his team at i58:10 Media to raise the bar on our team each year. We have experienced great success working with Sharemedia throughout the Compassion campaigns on our network. Our various air shifts use different show prep tools but one of the most popular is Christian Radio Show Prep Services and several Christian Radio Show Prep Facebook pages.

One bit of wisdom to share with others:

“God values people; God values me and did I add value and encourage others today?” Our staff recently had the privilege of hearing John Maxwell speak and he asked the question above. It made me think about what our main goal at Family Life Radio revolves around. The verse Ephesians 5:10 reminds us to find what pleases Christ, then do it so adding value and encouraging our listeners has to be something that pleases Christ. Every day, as broadcasters, we come to work with good intentions, but get hung up with agendas, content creation and promotional campaigns that grab the listener (or ratings if we are honest). Don’t let the daily routine interfere with valuing the audience by telling them about Christ first.

Share an impactful listener story:

“Family Life Radio, are you calling to play Bible or Not?” That is what each Bible or Not contestant hears when they begin their journey. On a recent Tuesday, Nancy picked up the phone and said a short prayer that she would make it on to play. She was Number 5 and as she was giving her contact information, she shared something wonderful. Each day Nancy was listening to Family Life Radio all day long from her hospital bed. Right before going on the radio to play, she shared that her radio was her only company all day long and that she had found Family Life Radio a little over three years ago.
The game started, Nancy got the first two phrases correct no problem. Then something happened that had never taken place in Bible or Not before, Johnny and Stacey felt the need to pray for Nancy. This is what happened next; Stacey explained, “I was talking to Nancy before we on and she actually is in her hospital bed. Is that correct?” Nancy confirmed that she had several health problems and that she was just trying to get through each day. “And you guys make it possible,” Nancy shared, “I wish that I had discovered Family Life Radio and contemporary Christian music years ago. I can’t believe you guys have been on 50 years!”
Then, as the Lord led, Johnny and Stacey began to pray for Nancy in the middle of Bible or Not. “Father, we ask every day that we are allowed to enter people’s homes, enter people’s cars, and help through whatever they are facing. In nursing home and hospitals or hospital beds, Father, and today Nancy stands as a testimony of your power. That you allow this radio to come through and to reach into people’s lives, Father. I thank you so much for bringing us here that we could speak to Nancy in this moment, at this particular time. This was set aside for you Father God, but it’s also set aside for anyone that has ever supported this radio network because Father God they are the ones that have partnered with You to make this moment possible. Thank you. We ask for healing for Nancy. We ask that you touch her body in the way that only You can as the Great Healer and give her peace and comfort. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Tell us why you’re a member of CMB:

Each of our on-air talents is a great storyteller and, for many of them, the training that they have received from CMB events has added to that talent. From donor development to social media, CMB gives Family Life Radio resources that allow us to grow as a radio network and as individuals. There is no greater place for training and inspiration than each year’s Momentum conference. As an organization we greatly appreciate the industry survey and the support that our staff receives from the online forums.

    The team at 94.9 KLTY has served the Dallas/Fort Worth community for over 35 years. In 2020, the need was never greater. Through their local campaigns, Christmas Wish and Speak Love, they were able to assist many families who were impacted by not only the pandemic, but by hard times in general. The Speak Lovecampaign helped first responders, teachers, servers, food service staff, and many more within the community throughout the year. In 2020 94.9 KLTY’s Christmas Wish campaign brought Christmas joy to hundreds of families in the DFW area. They provided vehicles, food, toys, and other forms of relief to families in their community. They could not have reached any of these needs if not for their listeners and their generous donations to 94.9 KLTY’s nonprofit programs. In total, Speak Love and Christmas Wish raised more than $160,000 for those in need in Dallas/Fort Worth. They also recognized those sacrificial front-line workers and first responders who keep our community safe. Each week, 94.9 KLTY honored them, raised funds throughout the summer, and then presented each first responder with a check as a token of their gratitude. With countless families in need because of the pandemic, 94.9 KLTY also helped the Tarrant Area Food Bank distribute food essentials on multiple occasions in September, October, November. It is 94.9 KLTY’s sincere honor to serve our listeners in Dallas/Fort Worth.

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    LIFE 96.5 seeks to empower and serve the Sioux Falls area by reaching out in faith to help make it a better place to live and work. They want to lead their listeners to Jesus and help them grow in their faith through opportunities to love and serve others. In January 2020, LIFE 96.5 listeners donated over 950 brand new baby items during the Sioux Empire’s Largest Baby Shower. The Baby Shower grows every year, demonstrating their community’s love and support of the couples who are choosing life for their unborn children. LIFE 96.5 listeners, in partnership with Dacotah Bank, provided gift cards and cash donations to the Sioux Falls School District social workers to meet the needs of 1,000 homeless students. LIFE 96.5 also invited listeners to participate in a city-wide prayer parade, where they prayed for health care and government officials while driving past hospitals, schools, and city government offices. During the months of September and October 2020, LIFE 96.5 listeners provided over 250 twin sheet sets and 100 mattresses to the Sioux Falls Sleep in Heavenly Peace organization for children who are sleeping on floors. Through LIFE 96.5, listeners also made a difference in the lives of patients spending Christmas at Avera Behavioral Health Hospital. Each patient received a Christmas stocking filled with gifts and a note of encouragement. In addition, each Saturday morning LIFE 96.5 staff host Life Connection, a program featuring community leaders and discussing the needs and concerns of the Sioux Falls Community.

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    89.5 KVNE exists to glorify God by encouraging people, connecting their community, and pointing people to Jesus Christ. When their community was turned upside down by COVID, they knew they had to jump into action and mobilize their listeners to make a difference for Christ. To best serve their local community, KVNE held multiple drives to support local ministry partners and those most impacted by the pandemic. They collected 1,500 gift cards (totaling more than $15,000) to benefit those in need because of shutdowns, gathered over 12,000 diapers for foster families, and collected 150 care packages for senior citizens. They also collected 1,032 fans for the Salvation Army and over 1,000 pairs of shoes for kids heading back to school. Additionally, listeners donated 1,512 care packages for the homeless in East Texas, and KVNE hosted two blood drives to help those fighting the coronavirus. People across East Texas needed connection during the pandemic, so they organized a social media outreach, called Praise Defeats, a coordinated time where listeners shot videos of themselves singing “Raise A Hallelujah.” The videos were shared thousands of times, as they deepened their community’s connection. In addition, KVNE launched a Hispanic Christian music station (Fuzión), started a worship station (Lift Worship), and began a Bible Teaching Station (The Well) – all to help people grow in their faith. God allowed them to impact His Kingdom in profound ways and serve their local community powerfully during an unprecedented time when people needed hope like never before.

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    Since 1986, The JOY FM has made community service a hallmark of its ministry to listeners – first in Sarasota, and then expanding to Tampa, other Florida markets, and most recently to Atlanta and Middle Georgia. Even with this growth, community outreach remains hands-on, with legacy events like T-Shirts for Turkeys, which helped feed more than 28,700 families in all markets served last year. 2020 created new challenges for serving, so The JOY FM innovated several service projects to accommodate contactless delivery and social distancing. JOY Drop and Restock, a brand-new outreach, collected 30 tons of food to restock local food banks hit hard by the pandemic. Partnering with Natalie Grant and Hope for Justice, Team Freedom approached a grand total of $1,000,000 in 2020 to fight human trafficking. As listeners faced political rhetoric and serious questions about race and justice, as well as practical challenges like hybrid classrooms, The JOY FM programming (on terrestrial signals, as well as its LF Radio and JOY Worship platforms) responded with a recommitment to our mission of “Helping You Find JOY.” Resources for listeners, such as the Off Air with Carmen podcast, was provided to help listeners wrestle with big questions like Christian citizenship. Possibly The JOY FM’s most relevant community service effort for 2020 was prayer. The JOY FM’s Prayer and Crisis Referral service interacted with 620,936 listeners in need of prayer or help. Of those calls and texts, 4,949 listeners reported praying to place their faith in Jesus Christ.

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    “Hope Starts Here” is more than The Light FM’s tagline. It’s their mission. In 2020, they were intentional in regularly offering community-needed resources and hope-filled encouragement. They hosted their 5th annual Make a Difference training to encourage listeners to share God’s hope and saw 14 people begin a personal relationship with Jesus. The Light FM also visited eight local Law Enforcement agencies to share words of encouragement and care baskets. They partnered with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and artists of Winter Jam for a private concert and time of prayer with families battling pediatric cancer. The Light FM listeners from five different cities donated 258 wheelchairs, 262 crutches, 259 walkers, 71 transport chairs, and 66 canes to Wheels for the World, which brings mobility and the hope of Christ around the world. During stay-at-home orders, The Light FM began offering free monthly virtual events, including: a graduation ceremony, featuring artists and Bible teachers; a conference with Crown Financial on how to manage finances during the pandemic; Girl Talk LIVE, a women’s event with worship and Bible study; God’s Hope in Crisis training with chaplains of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team; a pastor appreciation event for local churches, featuring Chip Ingram and Matthew West; and a Family Christmas Night with live music, games, and a devotion from The Light FM staff. Even throughout the pandemic, The Light FM also found ways to be out in the public, safely, with six drive-in events featuring movies and live music.

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    2021 Membership Exclusives

    January – Your 2021 Radio Goals – Virtual Event
    February – SURPRISE BENEFIT 
    March – Radio Station Field Trip
    April – A Webinar for YOUR Board
    May – Virtual Mentoring Event
    June – SURPRISE BENEFIT at Momentum
    July – Salary Survey Webinar
    August – Fundraising Webinar
    September – Creative Images
    October – Techsurvey Webinar
    November – Radio Station Field Trip
    December – Virtual Christmas Party

    *subject to change

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    Paul Cameron began his career in radio prior to graduating from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1980, starting his first job in 1979 as part-time on-air talent at WMKC 96.7FM (an adult contemporary station). In 1980 Paul moved to part-time on-air talent for WHBY-AM 1230 (a news/talk station), and while still working there, began working part-time for WEMI 100.1FM. In 1981, he went full-time for WEMI and over the years served as program director, music director, station manager, and director of radio operations. In 2002 he assumed the role of executive director and general manager for Christian Family Radio, now known as The Family Radio Network. Since 2016 Paul has been chief operating officer and afternoon on-air host. He was part of the transition from one full power station to five full power stations and six translators, all in Wisconsin. Paul has given back to his community by serving on several local boards in various capacities, including The Emergency Shelter of Appleton, The Community Clothes Closet of Menasha, and Loaves and Fishes of the Fox Valley. He also serves on the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Board of Directors and has been a fundraiser host with ShareMedia/Dunham+Company since 2002.

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    Rob Dempsey has been serving the HIS Radio Network listeners faithfully since 2000, currently working as operations manager and morning show co-host on the HIS Morning Crew with Rob & Lizz. Rob worked as a security guard at television studios for the Home Shopping Network before he was called into the radio ministry. Now, Rob’s personal stories of overcoming obstacles, walking through a long journey to health, and stepping out in faith and selflessness inspire his listeners. Some know him as the guy who lost 140 pounds to overcome obesity, others know him as the 16-year-old kid kicked out of his home to live in the streets, and others know him as being a foster and adoptive parent. Rob and his wife’s kids range from a 34-year-old war hero, 25-year-old social media marketing specialist, 19-year-old honors college student, a 12-year-old they adopted in November 2009, as well as many foster children throughout the last 9 years. Recently, Rob has been on a health journey which included two surgeries, one a major reconstructive surgery. These past two years have been a challenge for Rob, but he continues to show that through God, anyone can become an overcomer.

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    Since 1989, Mike Harper has faithfully impacted East Texas on-the-air at 89.5 KVNE, where he serves as VP Communications and morning show host. He began as a volunteer weekend DJ, driving from 90 miles away. Mike advanced the cause of Christian radio by serving several years on the steering committee for CMB, and he has taken part in every NCRS/CMB since 1999. According to Nielsen, Mike and Carrie in the Morning has been the #1 Morning Show for a decade (#1 Persons 12+) propelling KVNE as high as an 8.3 share and helping KVNE become the #1 rated station in the Tyler/Longview market. During that time, KVNE won 8 Station of the Year Awards (CMB & NRB). Additionally, Mike and his co-host Carrie Parsons have been awarded “Best Morning Show in East Texas” for 9 years in a row. Mike has shaved his head to reach a pledge drive goal, donned white tights and a cape “for the children,” and stood on top of a building during a remote broadcast. He has daily arrived faithfully at 5:00 am and braved ice, snow, hail, and tornados in an effort to keep his listeners safe, encourage them, and point them to Jesus.

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    Bryan O’Neal has spent a lifetime entertaining, encouraging, and spreading God’s love to millions over the airwaves, landing his first radio job in 1972 in mainstream Top 40 radio. In 1978 Bryan hosted and produced Portland’s first CCM’s 30-minute radio show on Top 40 62-KGW. He then teamed up with his good friend Bob Anthony to plan a full-time CCM station in Santa Rosa. Eventually that station became K-LOVE. After K-LOVE moved to Sacramento, Bryan became their full-time employee #13 in 1994. In 1998 Bryan worked as the program director for another CCM station, KPAM/Pamplin Media. In 2001 Bryan teamed up once again with Bob Anthony at EMF’s Air1. Bryan was instrumental in moving Air1’s entire Portland staff to the new building in Rocklin, where he worked as operations director and then program director. In 2005 Bryan worked a short stint at KTSL in Spokane, and then became the music director and afternoon host at 89.7 KSGN in Redlands, California. Bryan O’Neal has worked as the program director at KSGN and co-host with Brandi Lanai for nearly 10 years of Bryan and Brandi in the Morning. Bryan hung up his headphones for retirement in March of 2021.

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    Bill Scott is one of the founders of Vidare Creative, a fundraising consulting company which helps Christian radio stations, through their 365 plan concept, raise the funds they need to grow. Bill has been a part of Christian radio for 39 years. He’s worked at WCIE, The JOY FM, and WAY FM as a production director, on-air talent, program director, and station manager. Bill co-hosted Dawson McCallister Live, which aired on 500 radio stations each weekend. Bill began ZJAM, a syndicated show that aired on 350 stations in the USA, Canada, the UK, and Guatemala each weekend. Bill’s latest show was Xtreme Talk Live, airing each Sunday night on over 200 radio stations. Bill has hosted 700 fundraisers on Christian radio in the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Bill also runs Men of Radio, a Facebook group with over 600 men from Christian radio. For the past three years, he has hosted the Men of Radio Winter Retreat in McCall, Idaho, with the focus of getting to know other men on Christian radio so they can walk through life together. Bill Scott believes passionately in Christian radio, and he has dedicated his life to see it grow.

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