OVERLAND PARK, Kan., October 29, 2014 – The Missouri Baptist Convention’s Christian Life Commission presented Bott Radio Network (BRN) Founder and Chairman Dick Bott its Lifetime Achievement Award during the MBC’s annual state convention held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Mo.
Since its founding in 1962 with one radio station (KCCV – Kansas City’s Christian Voice), BRN has grown to become a world leader in quality Christian Talk Radio with 97 radio stations reaching into 15 states and a combined coverage of 51 million people. BRN also has expanded worldwide via the Internet and other digital media. “I am both honored and humbled to receive this recognition,” said BRN Founder and Chairman Dick Bott. “BRN shares the vision of the Missouri Baptist Convention’s Christian Life Commission to address the social, moral and ethical concerns of our times from a Christian worldview, and to do so with the Word of God.”
“We are delighted to recognize the outstanding contributions Dick Bott has made to Christian broadcasting and the advancement of God’s kingdom,” said Don Hinkle, director of public policy for the Missouri Baptist Convention. “Bott Radio Network has enriched the lives of millions of listeners and it is fitting that we pause to thank Dick Bott, the driving force behind BRN’s success.”
Mr. Bott was joined on stage by Missouri Liberty Project founder Joshua Hawley, who received the Outstanding Christian Service Award for his work defending religious liberties, including his representation of Hobby Lobby before the U.S. Supreme Court. The case, Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, concerned the Obama Administration’s rules that would have forced business owners to fund abortion-inducing drugs in violation of their Christian conscience. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby upholding the religious liberties of business people to practice their faith at work.
The Christian Life Commission’s awards are inspired by a quote from Daniel Webster, who represented Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate during the first half of the 19th century, argued 223 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, and served as Secretary of State in the administration of three Presidents. Webster, who is considered to be among the five greatest senators in our nation’s history, once said, “Whatever makes men good Christians makes them good citizens.”
About Bott Radio Network
Since its founding in 1962, Bott Radio Network (BRN) has grown from one radio station to become a world leader in quality Christian Talk Radio with 97 radio stations reaching into 15 states and a combined coverage of 51 million people. BRN can be heard 24/7 worldwide at BottRadioNetwork.com and on mobile devices with BRN apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. Additionally, BRN can be heard on iHeart Radio, iTunes and TuneIn Radio. Bott Radio Network also connects with listeners on Facebook and Twitter.
About Christian Life Commission
The Missouri Baptist Convention’s Christian Life Commission is the public policy arm of the state’s largest evangelical denomination. Its members are composed of both laity and ministers from across the state whose primary task is to educate and advise Missouri Southern Baptists about public policy issues of concern from a Christian Worldview. The Missouri Baptist Convention comprises approximately 2,000 churches with total membership of about 650,000.
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