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106.9 The Light - Contact - Ways to Partner With Us, 1 April 2011 [cached]
Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ron Knighten, at 800-330-9648 or through email at Knighten helps radio ministry reach out in WNC, 2 Jan 2006 [cached]
Ron Knighten, a volunteer at Blue Ridge Broadcasting, explains why he gives so much of his time to the radio ministry. (155 KB)
"Even though they come to us as volunteers to help minister to our listeners, we also are here as a ministry," Knighten said, "and it's very important to value and minister to them also."
During the busiest times of the year, being volunteer coordinator can feel like a full-time job for the 46-year-old retired Teamster.Wait.Didn't we tell you?The volunteer coordinator is himself a volunteer.
"The volunteer program that Ron coordinates saves our ministry some $55,000 in 2005," General Manager Jim Kirkland said.
Along with his team of volunteers, Knighten has been able to collect more than 42,000 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, 10,000 CDs for third world Christian radio stations and 5,100 pairs of shoes and 6,000 pairs of socks for Buckner Orphan Care International's orphanage in China.They have also processed 230 wheelchairs for Joni and Friends' Wheels for the World program and more than 24,000 Bibles and study books for Book Link to send to missionaries who use them to teach English overseas.
Knighten is "one person who is making a difference at home and around the world," Atema said.
Knighten and his wife, Alice, who is the director of administration and finance at Blue Ridge Broadcasting, live in Asheville.They have two sons, Keith, 25, a student at Gardner-Webb University, and Carson, 22, a student at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.
"I feel like that is what God has lead me to do," Knighten said of his role as volunteer coordinator."That's what he has placed on my heart that I should do is to serve others and that makes it all worthwhile."
"Ron has a true servants heart," Kirkland said, "and when you talk about somebody embodying the love of Christ in action, you're talking about Ron.""Ron has a true servants heart," Kirkland said, "and when you talk about somebody embodying the love of Christ in action, you're talking about Ron."
Blue Ridge Broadcasting volunteer coordinator Ron Knighten, second from right, works with volunteers, from left to right, Jean Morrow, Janice and George Whitehead, and Willie Moore stuffing envelopes at the radio station offices in Black Mountain.
Knighten oversees more than 200 volunteers and has helped Blue Ridge Broadcasting save more than $50,000 through volunteer labor.
For information about joining Ron Knighten as a volunteer with Blue Ridge Broadcasting, call (800) 330-9648; write to Blue Ridge Broadcasting, P.O. Box 159, Black Mountain, NC 28711 or visit
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