In Memoriam: American Family Radio Broadcaster Marvin Sanders

Marvin SandersMarvin L. Sanders, the former General Manager of American Family Radio (AFR) and Co-Host of Today’s Issues on AFR, went home to be with the Lord the morning of November 5. He was 69.

“His co-workers at AFA/American Family Radio knew him as a wise man, a Bible scholar and a faithful friend. We will miss him greatly,” read a statement by AFR’s Exploring the Word program.

Sanders had been in Christian radio since 1978 and had been with AFR since October 1992. Before that, he worked as an analyst for the Cincinnati Police Division. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Navy and had served in Vietnam.

Sanders and his wife, Donna, had moved from Tupelo, MS, to Collierville, TN, in order to be near their daughters, Debbie and Michelle, and their three grandchildren.

“He leaves behind his wonderful wife, Donna, their two daughters, and a legacy of work for the pro-family cause,” remarked Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council. “[P]lease join me in praying for the entire Sanders family and rejoicing in a life so devoted to advancing God's Kingdom.”

A memorial service for Sanders was held last Thursday at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Tupelo, MS. In tribute, American Family Association (AFA) Founder Don Wildmon, Tim Wildmon, and several AFA and AFR staff members also aired an hour-long special titled "Remembering Marvin Sanders." It featured reflections from the Wildmons and several AFR staff members, along with some Sanders pieces from the AFR archives.

To listen, click over to the AFR website,

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Published: November 15, 2012