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FamilyNet now available on SIRIUS satellite network


FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–FamilyNet radio and television programming can now be heard on one of the largest satellite radio networks in North America, according to an announcement by SIRIUS Satellite Radio and the North American Mission Board which owns and operates the faith-based FamilyNet broadcast ministry.

“On this new channel, listeners will hear a message of hope and encouragement that’s as relevant now as it was at the time of Southern Baptists’ initial radio broadcast in 1941,” said Martin Coleman, FamilyNet’s chief operating officer. “We’re grateful for the opportunity SIRIUS has given us to build upon our rich heritage in radio broadcasting.”

SIRIUS provides more than 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk, news and extensive sports programming to subscribers across the country in digital quality sound. The network already has begun airing audio versions of FamilyNet’s most popular television and radio programs on Christian Talk Channel 159 and will add new radio-specific programs after the first of the year.

Jay Clark, SIRIUS executive vice president for programming, said SIRIUS aims to be “the leader in Christian programming, and we welcome FamilyNet’s popular talk programming as the perfect complement to our Christian music offerings. This addition brings another element of balance and diversity to our programming lineup.”

Such popular FamilyNet programs as “ACLJ This Week” with Jay Sekulow, “At Home — Live!” and “Your Health” will be heard on the new Christian Talk Channel, along with “The 700 Club” with Pat Robertson and some of the nation’s leading pastors, including Charles Stanley, Jack Graham and David Jeremiah. In addition, special radio programs such as “Way of the Master,” a daily, two-hour program featuring actor Kirk Cameron and evangelist Ray Comfort, and leading evangelical talk personalities such as Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, and Pat Robertson of “The 700 Club” will be featured.

NAMB President Robert E (Bob) Reccord said the move to satellite radio is a significant step for Southern Baptist broadcast ministry.

“This is taking the Gospel message to the heart of our target area -– the secular world and is an exponential leap forward in reaching North American with the Gospel,” Reccord said.

Christian Talk channel 159 will be the companion to SIRIUS’ Christian music programming, which offers three commercial-free channels devoted to Christian Hits (Spirit, channel 66), Christian Rock (Revolution, channel 67) and Gospel (Praise, channel 68).

SIRIUS radios are offered in most new cars and trucks and in Hertz rental vehicles. Equipment and subscriptions also are available in more than 25,000 retail locations.
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More information about FamilyNet is available at www.FamilyNet.com; SIRIUS can be accessed on the Web at www.sirius.com.

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