NRB Hall of Fame: Joni Eareckson Tada
|Joni Eareckson Tada
Joni and Friends
In 1979, God called Joni Eareckson to launch Joni and Friends, a ministry to help families like hers, as well as equip churches to embrace disabled people. Joni became passionate about helping other people with disabilities, and their families, grasp what the Bible has to say about suffering and the sovereignty of God. In 1982, she married Ken Tada who, given his background coaching Special Olympics, was able to share the same passion. That year, Joni Eareckson Tada began recording Joni and Friends, her daily five-minute feature which provides inspiration and encouragement to hurting people. In 2007, she began recording her one-minute daily radio feature Diamonds in the Dust. Through radio, Joni has been able to raise a new awareness concerning God's purpose in physical hardships.
William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service: Peggy Campbell
Joining Ambassador Advertising Agency (Irvine, CA) in 1977 to help in the launch of Chuck Swindoll’s new radio ministry, Peggy Campbell was appointed President of the company in 2007, following the death of her husband, Jon, who had previously held that position. Today leadership remains a joint effort, now shared with Jim Sanders. Beyond the work of Ambassador, and serving as a member of the Executive Committee for NRB, Peggy is actively engaged at Azusa Pacific University, serving as a Trustee. She assumes the role of Chairman for the Board of Trustees in May this year, the first time in the university’s 112-year history that the Chairmanship has been awarded to a woman.
Board of Directors Award: Dave Ramsey
The Dave Ramsey Show
Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times best-selling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 5 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations.
Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications: Walk in the Word
Walk in the Word
Walk in the Word features the Bible teaching ministry of Dr. James MacDonald, Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Church located in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Harvest has grown to a multi-site church of more than 13,000 people meeting on six campuses each weekend. Every half-hour radio program heard on more than 1,100 stations in North America is designed to ignite passion in the people of God through the proclamation of truth. Widely known as a radio program, Walk in the Word continues to expand its outreach through every technological means possible, including audio, video, web based ministries, podcasting, printed resources and public events.
Milestone Award: The Christian Broadcasting Network
Fifty years ago, Dr. M.G. "Pat" Robertson named his broadcasting organization—located in a defunct Portsmouth, Virginia TV station—The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). Not only was CBN the first Christian television station in Virginia, it was also the first in the nation. Today, CBN is one of the largest television ministries in the world with programs broadcasting to 136 countries. In the United States, CBN’s flagship program—The 700 Club—reaches an average daily audience of one million viewers. On the air continuously since 1966, The 700 Club is one of the longest-running programs in broadcast history.
Milestone Award: Mortenson Broadcasting
Mortenson Broadcasting Company began with the vision of Jack M. Mortenson and his late father, Dr. E. M. Mortenson. As one of the early pioneers in Christian radio broadcasting, under Jack’s leadership MBC was strategically and prayerfully built and expanded into the successful Christian radio broadcasting network that it is today. As the years have passed and with the progress of new technology, MBC continues to lead a growing trend of transition from general Christian formats to formats directed to specifically targeted audiences. MBC is also at the forefront with the launch of a series of strategic digital media initiatives to provide its audiences, broadcasters and advertisers with new web- and mobile-based platforms to further the cause of Christ locally and globally.
Milestone Award: Ron Mighell
Ron Mighell was drawn to radio at an early age. He was miraculously healed of a terrible stuttering problem at the age of 21; years later, he was invited to play his own role in the story of his life on Unshackled! When a TV frequency became available in Lima, OH, Mighell resigned his management position with WTGN-FM and built WTLW-TV in 1982. He then built WLMB-TV in Toledo, OH, and has served on their board for more than 20 years. Ron attended Western Baptist Bible College and has been married to his sweetheart, Becky, for nearly 50 years.
Milestone Award: Strong Tower Christian Media (WEEC & WFCJ)
|Strong Tower Christian Media
In 1961, God led a few people in Dayton, and Springfield, OH, who were poor in cash but rich in faith to start WEEC and WFCJ. Over the years, these 50,000-watt radio stations have been committed to the teaching of God’s Word and Christian music. In 2008, WFCJ and WEEC formed Strong Tower Christian Media to promote Christian unity and good stewardship. Their signals cover Central and Southwest Ohio, Eastern Indiana and Northern Kentucky. They also operate five HD channels. The story of WEEC and WFCJ is God’s story of grace, faithfulness and provision through His people—a story that will continue until He returns.