American Family Association of Michigan
NEWS RELEASE www.AFAMichigan.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, April 19, 2005
CONTACT: Gary Glenn 989-835-7978
Katherine Hooks, AFA Radio 800-326-4543 x 227
WMCQ 91.7 FM on air with 6,000 watts in Muskegon, Grand Rapids
American Family Association launches first Michigan radio station
AFA-Michigan says station will increase its impact on family values issues in the state
MUSKEGON, Mi. — The American Family Association — a traditional values organization and national religious broadcaster with over 180 radio stations in 35 states — this month launched its first radio station in Michigan, a move the group’s statewide affiliate in Michigan says will increase its impact on family values issues in the state.
“We’re ecstatic,” said Gary Glenn, president of the American Family Association of Michigan. “American Family Radio will join other Christian stations in informing and empowering listeners who care about protecting marriage and the family and our religious free speech rights. For the first time in Michigan, AFA will have the in-house ability — on a daily basis — to directly inform, motivate, and call Christian listeners to action on important issues that affect families and family values in Michigan and nationally.”
“We’ve been effective before in promoting a Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution, warning parents about the dangers of pornography, and defending the free speech rights of people of faith,” Glenn said. “With a new station promoting our traditional family values views seven days a week in one of the state’s major media markets, AFA-Michigan will be all the more effective now.”
Call letters for the new 6,000-watt FM channel will be WMCQ, located at 91.7 on the FM dial. It will broadcast roughly 20 hours a day to listeners in Kent, Muskegon, Newaygo, and Ottawa counties featuring religious programming plus news and commentary by AFA Chairman Don Wildmon, Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson, religious broadcasters Dr. D. James Kennedy and Chuck Colson, the Family Research Council’s “Washington Watch” and traditional values activist Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum. (Programming schedule: www.afr.net/newafr/program.asp)
The American Family Association was founded in 1977 by United Methodist pastor Dr. Don Wildmon, who still serves as its chairman and launched the first American Family Radio station in 1991. (History of American Family Radio: www.afr.net/newafr/about.asp)
The American Family Association of Michigan was formed as AFA’s statewide affiliate in 1988. Glenn has served as president of the state group since 1999.
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