March 2008 / Dick Bott Inducted Into NRB Hall of Fame, Tuesday, March 11th
On Tuesday, March 11th, 2008, Richard P. ‚ÄúDick‚ÄĚ Bott, Sr., Founder and President of Bott Radio Network was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the organization‚Äôs annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The NRB is the world‚Äôs largest association of Christian communicators, with over 1,400 member organizations, and the Hall of Fame Award is the highest honor the organization confers. Past recipients have included Dr. Billy Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Dr. Theodore Epp, Dr. Charles Swindoll, Dr. D. James Kennedy, and Dr. Charles Stanley.
According to the NRB, the Hall of Fame Award ‚Äúis presented to an individual who has made invaluable contributions to the field of Christian communications, all the while exhibiting the highest standards of conduct and evidence of faithfulness in Christ.‚ÄĚ
During a broadcasting career now spanning 55 years, Dick Bott has made a lasting mark in the development of Christian ‚Äútalk radio‚ÄĚ by pioneering a format of carefully selected quality Bible teaching programs, together with Christian news, information and public policy features. From the beginning, he was motivated with the idea of ‚Äútalk‚ÄĚ programming to help people grow in the Lord and apply their faith to their daily lives.
Dick Bott began his broadcasting career in 1952 at KSAN Radio in San Francisco, California. He was soon named the station‚Äôs General Manager, thus becoming the youngest GM of any major-market radio station in America. Dick and his wife, Sherley, then purchased their first radio station, KDON, in Salinas/Monterey, California in 1957, quickly achieving a high level of commercial success.
However, Mr. Bott wanted to achieve something more. His vision was to own and operate a radio station fully devoted to quality Bible teaching, as well as Christian news and information, a concept that was virtually unknown at the time. He and his wife sold KDON and moved their family to Kansas City, where they launched KCCV, ‚ÄúKansas City‚Äôs Christian Voice,‚ÄĚ in 1962. That single radio station became the flagship of Bott Radio Network, now comprising 80 stations in 10 states, with a total combined coverage of nearly 40 million people. Bott Radio Network also broadcasts nationwide over the Sky Angel Direct Broadcasting Satellite Service, and worldwide at bottradionetwork.com.
Mr. Bott has served as a member of the NRB Board of Directors for over 45 years, including service as a member of the NRB Executive Committee, Chairman of the Ethics Committee, and as NRB Vice President.
Bott Radio Network founder Richard P. ‚ÄúDick‚ÄĚ Bott (center) is inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Hall of Fame by NRB Chairman Ron Harris (right) and President Frank Wright (left) at the annual NRB Convention in Nashville, Tennessee on March 11th, 2008.
Mr. Bott addresses the National Religious Broadcasters after being inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame.
Mr. Bott and his wife Sherley share the joy and honor of the NRB Hall of Fame recognition. Previous Hall of Fame honorees include such notables as Billy Graham, Dr. James Dobson, Chuck Swindoll, Theodore Epp and Charles Stanley.
A Bott family celebration. From left, Rich Bott, Executive Vice President of Bott Radio Network, Mrs. Sherley Bott, Richard P. ‚ÄúDick‚ÄĚ Bott, Sherry Gaut, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bott, and Sherry‚Äôs husband Gayland Gaut. Mr. Bott is holding the plaque that will hang in the NRB Hall of Fame at the National Religious Broadcasters Headquarters in Manassas, Virginia.
BRN staff gathers around Mr. ‚ÄúDick‚ÄĚ Bott (center) to celebrate his induction into the NRB Hall of Fame at the annual National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
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