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AFR Founder Don Wildmon Passes

Donald Wildmon, the founder of American Family Radio (AFR) died Thursday, from complications related to Lewy body dementia, he was 85.

Wildmon passed away in Tupelo, MS where he first founded the American Family Association, a conservative Christian advocacy group.

Wildmon launched AFR in 1991 as a ministry of the American Family Association, with the flagship station being WAFR/Tupelo. WAFR originally was a CCM station that featured some Christian talk and teaching programs. Eventually, American Family Radio included three networks – Classic Gospel; a Christian AC network; and Inspirational, which included Christian talk and teaching programs. In 2009, AFR launched AFR Talk, and most of its stations joined the new network. The Christian AC network was discontinued at this time. At its peak, American Family Radio was heard on over 200 stations and today is a network of more than 180 radio stations in over 30 states. Don stepped down in 2010, and his son, Tim Wildmon, now leads AFA and AFR. 

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said, “His impressive legacy of Christian ministry will live on for many years to come.” 

AFR has produced a “Brother Don Memorial” radio special, HERE

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