For Immediate Release
August 10, 2010

Linda Smith (703) 331-4507
Craig Parshall: (703) 330-7000




Washington, D.C. – The National Religious Broadcasters is saddened to learn of the sudden and tragic death of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) in a plane crash last night.

“During his tenure in the United States Senate, Ted Stevens was an enormously influential friend of broadcasters and a staunch defender of religious freedom. And he had a special interest in Christian broadcasters,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. “He told me once that his favorite radio station was the Christian station located in North Pole, Alaska. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family.”

NRB had a long-standing relationship with Sen. Stevens while he was the Chairman, and then the Ranking Member, of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. Not only did he hear the voice of religious broadcasters, but Sen. Stevens carefully considered their needs whenever he was addressing policy issues that affected members of the association. “Every time we met with Sen. Stevens, he would name Christian radio stations in Alaska with which he was intimately familiar, and ask questions about those stations,” remembers Bob Powers, NRB’s Vice President of Government Relations. “He was very supportive of the small broadcasters and well aware of the challenges they face.”

In 2006, Sen. Stevens was honored with NRB’s prestigious “Faith and Freedom Award.” It is given annually to that Member of Congress who most clearly demonstrates a stalwart commitment to defend religious liberty.

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