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Richard Bott II, president and CEO of Bott Radio Network, is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Neff Award given by Moody Radio and sponsored by the Christian Law Association. “I am grateful and humbled to receive this award named for a hero and true champion of Christian radio broadcasting,” Bott said. Moody Radio presented the award to Bott during the National Religious Broadcasters’ Proclaim 18 convention in Nashville, on Feb. 28.

He has served with Bott Radio Network for 56 years. He grew up with Christian radio—his father, Richard Bott Sr., founded BRN in 1962. After graduating from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 1981, he oversaw BRN’s growth from three stations to 120. The network broadcasts in 15 states and runs around the clock, delivering Christian news, encouragement, and biblical instruction. Beyond BRN, Bott serves on the board of directors and executive committee for National Religious Broadcasters.

“Moody Radio is excited about the opportunity to present this award to Rich Bott,” said Collin Lambert, vice president of Moody Radio. “Rich has been a leader in this industry for many years, but more importantly has dedicated his life and his ministry to reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and helping people grow in their faith.”

In observance of World Radio Day on Feb. 13, TWR emphasized the valuable role that the medium continues to play in communicating the gospel to people everywhere – especially unreached people groups.  Often cited among radio’s strengths are its power to reach many people across long distances nearly instantaneously, but the medium also shines in another way: Reading isn’t required.

This strength is particularly important when trying to share information with people who haven’t learned to read or who live in cultures where the spoken word is given priority over the written word. UNESCO reports that at least 750 million people are illiterate, and other authorities estimate that more than 70 percent of the world’s population favor oral learning.

HisAir.Net is sorry to report World Radio Link Executive Director Steve Atkin has passed away. Steve had been battling liver cancer for some time. 

Steve was known in the industry for supplying Christian programming to Twin Falls based Edgewater Broadcasting stations as well as helping those interested in selling and upgrading stations and translators through the FCC. 

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