On October 4, WARV in Warwick, Rhode Island, celebrated 40 years of broadcasting “Life Changing Radio” with a special anniversary banquet with ministry leaders Ed Cannon and Alistair Begg as featured speakers.
It was in 1978 – a year after leaving Bob Jones University with a B.A. in Radio & Television Production and post-graduate work in business studies – that then-24-year-old Bill Blount purchased a struggling Christian radio station from a husband and wife team that he had been working for.
Blount went on to purchase WFIF in Connecticut from a group of investors in 1982. In 1990, he purchased the construction permit for WVNE from four Christian businessmen in Worcester, and built the station “from scratch.” Then, in 1995, Blount was able to purchase rock station WBCI in Maine, converting the programming to Christian talk and teaching in May of that year. In 2000, he purchased WDER, a religious station in New Hampshire. And in 2011, Blount purchased WSDK in Hartford, Connecticut.
In total, Blount Communications Group now operates seven Christian radio stations in five New England states with the mission to use mass media to help the people of New England enter into and develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
“The radio goes where people can’t go,” Blount told the Providence Journal for a special feature on Life Changing Radio's 40th anniversary. “[And] we’re the go-anywhere kind of ministry.”
In addition to his role at Life Changing Radio, Blount has served as chairman of NRB’s Board of Directors, a member of the NRB Executive Committee, and chairman of the NRB International Standing Committee, along with various other roles. He has traveled extensively, and his radio group has partnered with international ministries such as TWR, HCJB, The Bible League, and Compassion International.
Blount Communications Group has been a member of NRB since 1993.
By NRB Staff
Published: October 11, 2018