Shine FM is now Rise FM – Online Examiner
Local radio station unveils new name, same message
R – Reflects the Love of God,
I – Inspire hope,
S – Share His Word,
E – Encourage hearts.
As its 10th anniversary approaches in the coming months, local radio station Shine FM unveiled a new name on Friday – announcing that it is changing its name to Rise FM – while adding a new twist to its mission to âinspire hopeâ in its listeners and the community.
Founder and CEO Mark Boyer said that although the name of the Christian radio station changes, its ministry, music and overall mission will remain the same.
âGod provided us with a new challenge to force us to grow as a resort, and we are up to the occasion,â he said this week.
âWhen we got together as a team to discuss a new name, our goal was to find one that would fit well with the current state of our world. But also a name that would be “a call to action” for believers.
âFrom the Bible, Ephesians 5:14 says, ‘Awake, sleep, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’
âThe foundation of our faith is based on the resurrection of Jesus. As the saying goes: âHe is risen! He really came back to life !’ “
Rise FM will continue to provide local programming and community support that reflects God’s love, shares His Word and encourages hearts, while incorporating the new aspect into its mission statement.
âOur new mission as an acrostic for RISEâ¦ R – Reflecting the love of God, I – Inspiring Hope, S – Sharing his word, E – Encouraging hearts,â said Boyer.
âI believe God is calling us to bigger and better thingsâ¦ for a time like this. Now is the time to be an agent of light and love in this very broken world. It’s time to get up!
âOur staff and board of directors are excited about our new name and expect God to continue to use our stations to be a voice of hope in our community. We will continue to bring the message of God’s love and salvation to thousands of people every day. We will continue to be a place where you will find calm, comfort and encouragement.
In the spring of 2012, Shine FM was launched from a studio based in downtown Bellefontaine, with two radio signals – 88.5 FM Kenton and 88.9 FM Bellefontaine, which continue to operate today.
Prior to the station’s launch, Christian radio coverage of the Logan County area was neither reliable nor consistent, Boyer explained in a reviewer article at the time.
âThere are about seven Christian radio stations that provide some coverage here, but this area is only on the fringes of their coverage areas. As a result, it is difficult to get a clear and consistent signal from these stations, âhe said previously in 2012.
âThe two things that will set us apart is that you can hear us and you can see us. We will provide a consistent signal and a consistent presence in the community.
After its founding in the local community, the station received the 2018 Nonprofit of the Year award from the Logan County Chamber of Commerce.
The radio station has also seen strong growth over the past 1 1/2 years, expanding into five new communities during that time, Boyer said.
In February 2020, 88.9 FM Tiffin was added to the lineup. Then in November, the Mansfield office was added and this facility now serves the following radio signals: 90.7 FM Mansfield, 91.1 FM Ashland, 102.7 FM Wooster and 90.1 FM Canton.
In addition to this expanded reach, Rise FM recently moved its Bellefontaine office to a new space along North Hayes Street from its former leased location on County Road 11.
âIt has been a busier than normal year for the resort,â said Boyer. âIn addition to changing our name, we bought the building at 325 N. Hayes Street in Bellefontaine, next to Dairy Queen.
âGod not only provided us with a building that we could purchase, but one with additional square footage and high visibility. We moved in at the end of October and we are settling in little by little.
“We look forward to having an open house in the spring as we celebrate our 10th broadcast anniversary.”
In addition to daily radio shows on local airwaves, Rise FM will continue to host its popular concerts in the Logan County area in 2022.
âOur biggest event each year is Rock the Lake, which averages 5,000 people in Indian Lake on the first weekend of August at Old Field Beach,â Boyer said of the free show. “Our headliner for Rock The Lake 2022 on August 6 is American Idol Season 8 finalist Danny Gokey.”
Rise FM’s second largest local concert takes place each year during the West Liberty Labor Day Festival. The free Sunday evening concert brings together an average of 2,500 spectators. On September 4, 2022, award-winning group Cain will perform live at the festival.
To continue the 10th anniversary celebration, the station will host a special concert on April 23 featuring Chicago’s Vertical Worship group at the Holland Theater in Bellefontaine.
For more information on programming, upcoming concerts and ministry donations, the station’s new website is risefmohio.com.
âYour prayers and financial support are greatly appreciated as we make this transition,â Boyer said of Rise FM. âWe look forward to an incredible 2022 and beyond with an even greater platform to inspire hope across our resort. “
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