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Historical Year for KSBJ Annual Fundraiser

The summer is off to an amazing start for KSBJ, Houston’s number one contemporary Christian radio station, despite Tropical Storm Bill, a lightning strike to one of the KSBJ transmitters and a phone outage during the beginning hours of KSBJ’s annual fundraiser, Sharathon. In fact, not only did the ministry of KSBJ meet their annual operating goal of $265,000/month, but received the station’s largest donation to date from a well-known Houstonian.

A listener-supported station, each year during Sharathon KSBJ looks to its listeners to sustain the station in its ongoing ministry efforts to be a voice of hope connecting people to God. Sharathon’s broadcasting brings an energized environment to the airwaves. On-air hosts broadcast from an auditorium filled with volunteers taking donation calls, special guests drop by, and stories and music of hope are shared.

Many Houston influencers joined KSBJ during Sharathon including Chief Terry Garrison of the Houston Fire Department, Jim McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, his daughter Liz McIngvale, founder of the Peace of Mind Foundation, as well as Joel Cowley, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the first DJ to sign on KSBJ in 1982, Buddy Holiday. One of the biggest surprises came when Jim McIngvale, famously known as “Mattress Mack,” and his wife, Linda, personally donated $10,000 a month, totaling $120,000, to the ministry live on the air – the biggest gift in KSBJ’s history.

“What an amazing Sharathon. Despite some major challenges, we saw an incredible response in giving,” explains Tim McDermott, KSBJ President and General Manager. “For the first time ever in our 33 year history, two different businessmen who love KSBJ gave gifts of $100,000 and $120,000. Wow! We have an exciting vision for the next year and thousands of listeners responded to that vision. Our goal was met and God was glorified!”

At the close of Sharathon on Saturday afternoon, June 20, the ministry raised a total of $3,194,140, meeting the fundraising goal. As a result of the funds raised, KSBJ plans to extend the station and ministry’s reach through adding a counseling component to the prayer ministry, expanding the mentoring program with a bilingual mentor and continuing to spread the hope of Christ through billboards and other communication channels. <br>

“For the first time ever in our 33 year history, two different businessmen who love KSBJ gave gifts of $100,000 and $120,000. Wow! We have an exciting vision for the next year and thousands of listeners responded to that vision. Our goal was met and God was glorified!”

Tim McDermott,
President and General Manager

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