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Bott Radio Network Leadership Transition

Top BRN Management Transition -- Dick Bott Passes the Baton...Rich Bott Steps Up

Our Long Anticipated Transition Plan -- Same Message, Same Vision, Same Calling, Same Purpose... "Getting the Word of God Into the People of God"

Contact: Rachel Launius,  Marketing Manager, Bott Radio Network, 913-642-7770, rlaunius@bottradionetwork.com

MEDIA ADVISORY, Feb. 12 /Christian Newswire/ -- Since its founding 48 years ago, Bott Radio Network (BRN) has been a nationally recognized pioneer and leader in the development of Christian Talk Radio. BRN has led the way in broadcasting its carefully crafted programming format of: "Quality Bible Teaching and Christian News and Information."

Honoring The Past

It all began in 1962, when founder Dick Bott and his wife Sherley purchased a radio station in Kansas City with the dream of establishing a full time Christian Radio Voice to serve the Lord's people with "quality Christian programming, all day...every day." They moved their family, including four children, from California to Kansas City.

Dick Bott learned important radio format concepts at the start of his broadcasting career in 1952, as he managed and later owned a secular radio station in California. Utilizing many of these key radio format concepts honed on the west coast, Bott Radio Network was born as "Kansas City's Christian Voice" on November 12, 1962. Soon thereafter, ABC News commentator Paul Harvey featured KCCV on his nationwide broadcast. Click here to listen.

Serving In The Present

Today, Bott Radio Network has grown to 82 stations, reaching into 15 states with a combined coverage of 40 million people. Click here for station map.  BRN also broadcasts Nationwide over Sky Angel and Worldwide over the internet at www.bottradionetwork.com, as well as through various other new media including smartphones like the iPhone and Blackberry.

The same original vision propels BRN today: Quality Bible Teaching, Christian News and Information to help people grow in their faith and apply it in their daily lives.

In 2008, BRN Founder, Dick Bott, was honored by National Religious Broadcasters Association (NRB) with induction into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Also in 2008, Dick Bott was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Carver Baptist Bible College and Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. Carver, named after renowned African American scientist George Washington Carver, was founded in 1942 to educate and prepare African American men and women to enter the ministry. Dr. Bott was only the eighth person in the 66-year history of Carver to receive an honorary doctorate.

Rich Bott, born in 1955, grew up in Christian Radio. While working at BRN as a teenager, he learned to appreciate the programming concepts and the importance of 'Quality' Christian Talk Radio that has made BRN unique in its service to a growing audience during the past forty-eight years.

After graduating college and earning his MBA degree from Harvard Business School in 1981, Rich joined Bott Radio Network full time. As Executive Vice President, he guided the development of BRN's format and oversaw much of the network's growth from 3 stations in 1981 to its present size of 82 stations, plus satellite, internet and new media.

Anticipating The Future

About his appointment as BRN President/CEO, Rich Bott said: "The need for the clear teaching and preaching of God's Word has never been greater, here in the United States and around the world. I intend for Bott Radio Network to honor the past, serve in the present and anticipate the future. I'm excited about the future with its new technology innovations, together with the power and reach of today's terrestrial AM and FM radio."

"But it is our original vision -- to get the Word of God into the People of God to change lives and make a difference for eternity -- that really excites me. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with so many of America's best Bible teachers and Christian leaders who share that same vision."

As Founder, Dr. Dick Bott continues to serve as BRN's Chairman of the Board. He is also one of the longest serving members of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters association with headquarters near Washington, D.C.

In addition to his service as President/CEO and Board Member of BRN, Rich Bott serves on the Executive Committee as a Vice President and Board Member of National Religious Broadcasters. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Life Issues Institute, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Back to the Bible, Lincoln, Nebraska. And he serves on the Board of Governors of Council for National Policy, Washington, D.C.

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For More Information, Contact:
Bott Radio Network
Rachel Launius, Marketing Manager
10550 Barkley, Ste. 108
Overland Park, KS 66212
913-642-7770 • rlaunius@bottradionetwork.com