Longtime NRB member Richard P. “Dick” Bott, Sr., was inducted into the Missouri Broadcasters Association (MBA) Hall of Fame on June 2, 2023, at the MBA Annual Convention held in Osage Beach, Mo.
The award, according to the MBA, “recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the Missouri Broadcasting industry and/or society through radio or television.”
Since its establishment in 1969, the MBA Awards Program has long served as a platform to acknowledge exceptional achievements in Missouri broadcasting. The program now extends its reach to over 350 radio and television stations across Missouri, receiving nearly 1,000 entries for consideration each year.
Bott holds the title of Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Bott Radio Network (BRN). BRN stands as a national leader in Christian Talk Radio, offering a diverse range of programming, including quality Bible teaching and Christian news, available 24/7. With a history spanning over six decades, BRN originated in 1962 when Dick and Sherley Bott acquired KANS, a Country Music Station in Kansas City, Missouri, which they transformed into Kansas City’s Christian Voice (KCCV). Bott’s illustrious career commenced 71 years ago at radio station KSAN in San Francisco, Calif., in 1952, and his contributions to the field of Christian broadcasting have positioned him as a true pioneer in his industry.
Presently, Bott Radio Network operates a network of 120 stations, effectively reaching 16 states and a combined coverage of approximately 63 million individuals. To expand its global reach, BRN is also available through online streaming and mobile apps, iHeart Radio, TuneIn Radio, Apple Music, Smart Speakers, Roku, and Apple TV.
BRN has been an NRB member since 1965 and Bott now serves as a member of the Board of Governors. In 2008 he was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame–– NRB’s most prestigious award presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contribution to the field of Christian communications, exhibition of the highest standards, and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.
Bott’s induction into the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame is a testament to his unparalleled dedication and impact within the broadcasting industry. NRB congratulates Dick Bott and the BRN family on this honor!