Welcome to 2018, a year that marks a watershed in the life of Ancient Faith Radio! We have been blessed from the beginning with good friends and steady growth, but this year is different. Because we value your partnership and your company on the journey, I’d like to begin 2018 by sharing what’s happening and outlining our plans for the coming year.
As many of you know, Ancient Faith Radio has officially moved out of our home for the first time in its history. As of January 1, all of our programs are broadcasting from our new studio in Chesterton, IN. Why did we move? Because we outgrew our old home in the Maddex basement! With live shows three nights of the week, hosted in-house or remotely, and new podcasts being added every quarter, AFR needs a full-time, dedicated space that’s all radio station, all the time. After a busy month of work, the new studio has been transformed from an empty room to our broadcast headquarters! We thought you’d enjoy these photos from the move!
Live Show Update: Dr. Jeannie Constantinou and More!
We are blessed with a growing collection of wonderful live-show hosts! These are the people you can talk to directly by calling in during their hour-long programs that air live from our main studio with connection to one of our remote studios. Did you know we have remote studios? We have four now, and we’re thrilled to announce two new ones coming this year. Dr. Jeannie Constantinou will be launching a live edition of her beloved podcast, Search the Scriptures, from a studio we’re installing in her home. We are also excited to be installing a studio at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, from which a variety of rich Orthodox content will emanate. Our friend Bill Marianes will also be expanding his important outreach to the Church with his Stewardship Calling ministry. A remote studio was only recently installed in his home.
The Grow-A-Thon: Spend the Day with Us!
On January 26 and 27, we’re inviting you to join us for another AFR landmark – our first Grow-A-Thon! What’s a Grow-A-Thon? It’s a day-and-a-half of live broadcasting showcasing our people and our programs as we invite you to become a committed monthly donor. Monthly donors are the backbone of our work. They are people who sign up to go the distance with us, offering whatever amount they feel able to share (and never at the expense of donating to their local parish!). Our goal is to enlist 100 new monthly donors for 2018. Monthly donors help us grow, and that’s why this “invitation day” will be called the Grow-A-Thon. It will also be our longest stretch of live programming yet, and the best possible house-warming party for our new studio and our growing family of content contributors, Ancient Faith staff, and friends. We hope you will join us! We’ll be sharing more information shortly, including a number you can call to tell stories, share encouragement, and chat with the people you hear and love on AFR.
Communication with You: Beginning Now
We see this time of change as an opportunity to strengthen every aspect of our work, and that includes the ways we communicate with you, our listeners and friends. As a small startup, we often felt like we were shouting news to you on the run, just snatching moments to communicate between meeting other needs. We remember our early days with affection (and a chuckle or two), but as we move into our new studio, we’re moving into a new phase of operations. We’re ready to share our plans and projects with you on a regular basis. We love our community. We love hearing from you, and we love serving you. We want you to know what we’re accomplishing, what we’re still working on, and what we’re planning to do next. In 2018, you can expect to hear from us. You can expect to be part of a conversation in which we report to you, listen to you, and work with you. This letter is just the beginning.
The entire Ancient Faith staff joins me in wishing you every blessing in the coming year! We look forward very much to spending time with you, on the air, online, and in person.
John Maddex, CEO
Ancient Faith Ministries