April 1, 2019

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Ron Harris Receives NRB’s William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service

Ron Harris receiving the William Ayer AwardANAHEIM, Calif. (NRB) – Dr. Ronald L. Harris, president of MEDIAlliance International, received the William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service on Friday, March 29, during the Closing Gala at Proclaim 19, the NRB International Christian Media Convention in Anaheim, California.

Pioneer broadcaster and pastor William Ward Ayer was NRB's first president. Instrumental in the formation of the Association, Ayer drafted the Code of Ethics that formed the basis of evangelical response to the radio networks' threat against religious broadcasting in the 1940s. The William Ward Ayer Award is presented to an individual NRB member with excellence and integrity for outstanding and significant contributions to the field of Christian communications.

“We at NRB are thankful for Ron Harris’ long-time service to the association, and for the impact he has had in the Christian radio industry and on ministries overseas with which he’s served,” said Troy Miller, executive vice president and COO of NRB. “Ron has mentored so many here in the U.S. and around the world, and he has contributed so much to the development and expansion of Christian media. We are delighted to honor him with this award.”

Ron Harris has been around broadcasting for most of his life, beginning in radio more than 50 years ago. Harris served with KCBI Radio in Dallas, Texas, for 15 years – most of that time as executive vice president and general manager and host of the morning program. Harris also served in the U.S. Air Force as a radio/TV specialist. Today, he is the founder and president of MEDIAlliance International, a ministry that trains and mentors Christian broadcasters and media leaders in more than 20 countries to grow the impact of Christian broadcasting and the Gospel of Christ.

In addition, Harris has been a part of the National Religious Broadcasters for more than 30, serving through the years as a workshop leader and speaker, board member, executive committee officer, as well as chairman. After serving two years as assistant professor of communications and special assistant to the president at Dallas Baptist University, Harris served as senior vice president for strategic partnerships for NRB. He now serves on the NRB International Committee.

The William Ward Ayer Award for Distinguished Service was one of 20 awards that were presented during Proclaim 19, which took place March 26-March 29, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim. For the complete list of 2019 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, promote media excellence, and defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. This year, NRB marks its 75th anniversary as an association. 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 and award-winning Exposition consists of around 200 organizations and is an active marketplace for those seeking products and services to enhance their own organization. The next Convention will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center & Resort in Nashville, Tennessee, February 25-28, 2020. For more information, go to




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