|For Immediate Release
February 20, 2013
Manassas, VA - First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, TX, will receive the prestigious NRB Milestone Award during the Awards Dinner on Tuesday, March 5, at the NRB 2013 Convention & Exposition.
The NRB Milestone Award is presented each year at the annual NRB Convention to pioneers in Christian communications who have demonstrated exemplary service in the industry for five decades or more. First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, TX, began broadcasting nearly 84 years ago.
“Since broadcasting its services over radio more than eight decades ago, First Baptist Church has remained innovative in its broadcast ministry,” expressed NRB President & CEO Dr. Frank Wright. “Today, its ministry is not only heard but also seen literally around the world. I applaud the church for their longevity and for their exemplary service in Christian broadcasting all these years.”
First Baptist Church, Wichita Falls, TX, began broadcasting on radio in 1929. Beginning with a twice-monthly sharing of their services, the church never looked back.
During World War II, they aired on KWFT and reached Sheppard Field and the military community. In the ‘50s, The Family Altar, their morning program, reached homes. From the ‘40s until the ‘90s, their Sunday School program reached a general audience. Today, the program, now called The Word of Truth, has been in production for more than 25 years and is provided to shut-ins and those unable to attend a regular class.
In April 1958, then-pastor Dr. Jimmy Landes shared a message over the NBC television network. In June 1961, the church began weekly broadcasts over CBS Channel 6. The program currently airs on an NBC affiliate. FBC has also produced Christian talk and international programming.
About NRB The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
About the NRB Convention The annual NRB Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2-5, 2013. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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