January 10, 2017

James A. Smith Sr.





AFA Founder Don Wildmon to Receive the Prestigious 2017 NRB Hall of Fame Award

Rev. Don WildmonWASHINGTON (NRB) – Rev. Dr. Donald E. Wildmon will receive the prestigious 2017 NRB Hall of Fame Award on Thursday, March 2, at Proclaim 17, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Orlando, Florida.

The National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame stands as a witness for current communicators, a showcase of warriors for Christ who live exemplary lives of valor and compassion, blazing trails and leaving paths for succeeding generations to follow. NRB's most prestigious award is 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. Don Wildmon was selected to receive this year’s award.

Wildmon is Founder and Chairman Emeritus of American Family Association (AFA) and American Family Radio (AFR). AFA is a pro-family advocacy organization with more than two million online supporters and approximately 170,000 subscribers to its monthly flagship publication, AFA Journal. Over the past 33 years, Wildmon has led numerous successful campaigns to protect the family from obscenity and indecency, leading some companies, including Burger King, Clorox, S. C. Johnson, and Ford Motor Company, to change their advertising policies. He has appeared on numerous national television shows and has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, TIME, Newsweek, People, and TV Guide.

"When I started American Family Association 40 years ago, I had no idea how far God would lead this ministry,” said Wildmon. “It's been an honor to work toward restoring Christian values in our culture. I'm deeply humbled by this recognition and grateful to the culture warriors who fight on.”

In congratulating Wildmon, NRB President & CEO Dr. Jerry A. Johnson said, “I am thankful for the tireless efforts of Don Wildmon and American Family Association. It can, at times, be difficult to stand up for what is right, but Don and AFA have done so these past four decades as part of their commitment to protect families across the nation – thereby protecting the very building block of our society. Their impact has been broadly felt.”

The Hall of Fame Award is one of 21 awards that will be presented during Proclaim 17, which takes place February 27-March 2, 2017, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando. For the complete list of 2017 award recipients, click here.

About NRB

The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a nonpartisan, 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

About the NRB Convention

The annual NRB International Christian Media Convention 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. The next Convention, Proclaim 17, will be held at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida, Feb. 27-March 2, 2017. For more information, go to




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