Press Release: June 14, 2022 – Family Life Radio Listeners Celebrate Life by Donating 19,500 Baby Gifts

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Family Life Radio Listeners Celebrate
Life by Donating 19,500 Baby Gifts

In Support of Local Community Pregnancy Centers

Answer Center in Buton, MI. Listeners with their donations.
Care Net NE in NM with all the donations they received.

TUCSON, AZ (June 14, 2022) — Over 7,000 families in 11 states were impacted as part of Family Life Radio’s (FLR) Sixth Annual Ultimate Baby Shower that resulted in 19,500 items being donated.

Listeners showed up to one of the 20 FLR hosted baby showers or visited one of 129 drop off locations in their city with their donations of diapers, bottles, car seats and more.

“Family Life Radio has been committed to serving our local communities for the last several decades. Collecting baby items for community pregnancy centers is just one of the ways we work with our listeners to give back,” said Evan Carlson, president and ceo of FLR.

Mike Kankelfritz, FLR’s chief broadcast engagement officer, said, “It’s an incredible opportunity for us to be able to work with the listeners in our communities across the nation to stand in the gap and provide hope for moms and babies in need through our annual Baby Shower.”

FLR hosts the Ultimate Baby Shower in the spring and is grateful for the continued support of their local listeners and businesses.

FLR vehicle filled with listener donations.
Donations received at New Life Pregnancy Center in AZ

Contact:
Laura Kruszewski
Family Life Radio
(520) 219-7704
LauraK@flc.org

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: May 25, 2022 – Family Life Radio’s Kankelfritz Promoted to Chief Broadcast Engagement Officer

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Family Life Radio’s Kankelfritz Promoted to Chief Broadcast Engagement Officer

Kankelfritz & FriendsTUCSON, AZ (MAY 25, 2022)Mike Kankelfritz has been officially promoted to chief broadcast engagement officer at Family Life Radio (FLR). Kankelfritz is also the host of FLR’s Kankelfritz and Friends Morning Show. 

Kankelfritz had previously served as the program director and show host since January of 2018 and in November of 2021, he moved into an interim role as the chief broadcast engagement officer.

“Mike’s passion for Family Life Radio is evident, and the skill sets he brings to the workplace on a daily basis have blessed the ministry tremendously,” said Evan Carlson, president and ceo of FLR. 

“It’s been an incredible journey at Family Life Radio. I’m thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to lead our team to create compelling content that foster’s the best possible listening experience, which in turn, will help people to live an intentional life in Christ,” said Kankelfritz. 

Kankelfritz will continue to host FLR’s morning show as he transitions into his larger job scope. He officially started in this role on Monday, May 23, 2022. 

Contact:
Laura Kruszewski
Family Life Radio
(520) 219-7704
LauraK@flc.org

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: May 9, 2022 – Family Life Radio Partners with for King & Country for Sold Out Show

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Josh Havens from The Afters Visits with Family Life Radio Staff

PHOENIX, AZ (MAY 9, 2022)Family Life Radio (FLR) and for King & Country partnered together and hosted a sold-out concert at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, AZ.  (View a special recap video here.) 

The FLR team was there to visit with attendees, along with a free photo fun booth. Joel and Luke Smallbone of for King & Country also met with some of FLR’s ministry champions and shared the importance of ministries like FLR who connect the listeners to their music.  

“For King & Country are so genuine! I was in the middle of talking to our donors before the concert when Joel and Luke popped in and surprised us all. They wanted to tell us how thankful they are for Christian radio and the support from donors who help keep us on the air. Joel and Luke are the real deal with a heart to help others to experience hope through Christ,” said Mike Kankelfritz, director of programming and morning show host for FLR.

Arizona is just one of many stops on for King & Country’s “What Are We Waiting For” tour. The FLR team would like to thank Josh Smallbone and Curb/Word Records for the opportunity to collaborate on this event.

Family Life Radio Partners with for  King & Country for Sold Out Show
Photo: Joel and Luke of for King & Country surprising Kankelfrtiz and FLR ministry champions.

Contact:
Laura Kruszewski
Family Life Radio
(520) 219-7704
LauraK@flc.org

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: April 20, 2022 – Josh Havens from The Afters Visits with Family Life Radio Staff

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Josh Havens from The Afters Visits with Family Life Radio Staff

TUCSON, AZ (April 22, 2022) — Josh Havens from The Afters recently visited the staff at Family Life Radio (FLR), playing fan favorite songs and giving insight into the life of the band and their songs.

Havens told the FLR staff about the testimony of his brother, who was a meth addict for 10 years, but found Christ and has been sober for 15 years and his sister, a former atheist, who found God later in life. Both helped to inspire The Afters newest song, “Say Goodbye (Say Hello).” Havens penned it as a reminder that God can change any heart, with lyrics like “if you’re carrying your past like it’s a ball and chain,” and “there’s mercy like an ocean you can sail away.”

“Hearing the meaning behind The Afters latest song, ‘Say Goodbye (Say Hello),’ gave me goosebumps. It’s the ultimate turnaround story about how God can transform any life, no matter the disparity,” said Mike Kankelfritz, director of programming and morning show host for FLR.

Havens also strummed many of the band’s top hits like “Light Up the Sky,” “Broken Hallelujah” and “When You’re with Me.” He talked about The Afters history together, beginning in the year 2000 in a Starbucks coffee shop. He shared the joys of raising his four kids, two of whom are teenagers, and the struggles faced in today’s world of social media.

The FLR team would like to thank Kai Elmer, senior director of national promotions for Fair Trade Services, for orchestrating the visit.

Josh Havens
Josh Havens performs for FLR staff
Mike Kankelfrtiz and Josh Havens
Mike Kankelfrtiz and Josh Havens

Contact:
Laura Kruszewski
Family Life Radio
(520) 219-7704
LauraK@flc.org

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: February 23, 2021 – Family Life Radio Listeners Pledge to Support 932 Children through Compassion International

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Family Life Radio Listeners Pledge to Support 932 Children through Compassion International

Top left, Joel Davis, FLR director of operations, Shannyn Caldwell, FLR midday host and Bill Scott with Vidare Creative.

TUCSON, AZ (February 23, 2022) — Over 900 children will have food, medical care and more thanks to the listeners of Family Life Radio (FLR) who pledged their support during a recent Compassion International Sponsorship Drive.

The three-day fundraiser encouraged listeners to change the lives of children who are living in poverty in Hatti – the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The earthquake in 2021 worsened conditions for families, leaving them without access to food, clean water, shelter and more.

“It’s been incredible to see Family Life Radio listeners step up and provide hope to those who are in desperate need of help,” said Mike Kankelfritz, director of programming and morning show host at FLR.

For just five quarters a day, each sponsorship will help a child living in poverty get access to education, clean water, food and chance to see a doctor. The team at Vidare Creative joined with the FLR on air hosts to run the fundraiser.

Contact:
Laura Kruszewski
Family Life Radio
(520) 219-7704
LauraK@flc.org

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: February 21, 2021 – Family Life Radio Welcomes New Development Manager

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Family Life Radio Welcomes New Development Manager

TUCSON, AZ (February 21, 2022) — Family Life Radio (FLR) is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Toussaint as their new development manager, joining the ministry’s marketing team.

Toussaint brings with her to FLR an impressive background in development. She was most recently the program coordinator, students and diversity, at New York University Long Island School of Medicine. She previously served in various development roles at New York University Langone Health.

“We are looking forward to having Jessica on our team! Her creativity and experience will further elevate our donor development efforts, making for an even better experience for our donors. Additionally, her passion to use her faith to motivate and help others will help Family Life Radio and Intentional Living to better connect with our listeners,” said Taylor Anderson, marketing director for Family Life Communications.

Toussaint says, “Media has the capacity and capability to influence. As a Christian, we all have a role to play in conveying the good news to the world. Family Life Radio and Intentional Living lead this well. I am excited at the opportunity to add value and lend my gifts to a ministry that is creating Kingdom impact.”

In her role at FLR, Toussaint will be overseeing donor communications, strategy, initiatives and fundraisers. Her official start date will be Monday, February 21, 2022.

Contact:
Laura Kruszewski
Family Life Radio
(520) 219-7704
LauraK@flc.org

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: February 17, 2021 – Family Life Radio Staff Helped Pack 34,000 Meals for Starving Children

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Family Life Radio Staff Helped Pack 34,000 Meals for Starving Children

TUCSON, AZ (February 16, 2022) — The staff at Family Life Radio (FLR) participated in a recent Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event, preparing thousands of nutritious meals for the hungry.

The staff joined with members of the community at the Oro Valley Church of the Nazarene near Tucson, AZ. During their shift alone, the FLR team helped pack over 34,000 meals, which will help 94 children have at least a meal a day for a full year. The event over all saw a total of 1,018,972 meals put together.

“It’s a blessing for us to be able to join together as a team to support this amazing cause, helping to provide hope to kids all over the globe,” said Evan Carlson, president and chief executive officer of FLR.
The meals that were prepared will benefit children in need around across multiple countries in various parts of the world.

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: December 29, 2021 – Family Life Radio President to Assume CEO Role

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Family Life Radio President to Assume CEO Role

TUCSON, AZ (December 29, 2021) — As of January 1, 2022, president of Family Life Radio (FLR), Evan Carlson, will also assume the role of chief executive officer (CEO). His father, Dr. Randy Carlson, has been CEO since 1995.

FLR has humble roots dating back to 1966, starting its first broadcast in the basement of the home of Warren and Char Bolthouse, Evan’s grandparents. “It’s a joy for me to be able to continue forward with our mission of reaching and equipping our listeners to live a more intentional life in Christ,” said Evan.

Dr. Carlson will continue in his role as founder and host of the ministries’ Intentional Living program and as the chairman of FLR’s board of directors. “The Board has great confidence in Evan’s leadership, training and experience, and it’s an honor for me to see the ministry continuing into a third generation,” said Dr. Carlson.

Several years ago, FLR’s board of directors appointed a leadership succession committee to assess future needs for the ministry. After completing their work, the succession committee recommended Evan’s appointment as president, which began in November 2018. Evan has an MBA from Grand Canyon University and has served in several different roles at FLR, including as Vice President of Marketing and as Executive Vice President.

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Press Release: December 8, 2021 -3,800 Toys Collected During Family Life Radio Toy Drive

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3,800 Toys Collected During Family Life Radio Toy Drive

TUCSON, AZ (December 8, 2021) — Over 3,8000 unwrapped gifts, including board games, backpacks, puzzles and more, were collected as part of Family Life Radio’s (FLR) annual Toy Drive held in nine states from Arizona to Florida. The toys will benefit over 950 children, who otherwise would not receive gifts at Christmas.

In Arizona and Michigan, Youth Haven, a sister ministry of FLR, was the beneficiary. Youth Haven provides life-changing, Christ-centered experiences for disadvantaged children. FLR partnered with several other non-profits in other states including Wings for Life International in New Mexico and The Grant County Holiday Project in Wisconsin. The FLR regional promotion coordinators also held several “drive through” donation events where members of the local community were able to drop off their gifts.

“We enjoy the opportunity to be able to team up with Youth Haven and other community organizations during the Christmas season to bring hope to children in need,” said Evan Carlson, president of FLR.

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Family Life Radio donation drop off in Arizona.
Family Life Radio Promotions Coordinator Elisa with members of the community who donated gifts.
Family Life Radio Toy Drive donation drop off in Michigan.

Press Release: November 16, 2021 -1,500 Attend Intentional Love Marriage Date Nights

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1,500 Attend Intentional Love Marriage Date Nights

Hosted by Family Life Radio’s Intentional Living Ministry

TUCSON, AZ (November 16, 2021) — Over 1,500 attended the Intentional Love Marriage Date Nights with Dr. Randy Carlson. Three separate events were held, one in Tucson, Tempe and another in Phoenix. They were hosted by Intentional Living (IL), a flagship program of Family Life Radio (FLR).

The event has been organized nearly every year over the past decade in various cities across the country. Dr. Randy Carlson, founder of IL, shares with couples the habits it takes to build a successful marriage, how to build long-term relationships and how living intentionally can help them as parents.
Not only did many accept Christ into their hearts for the first time, but several hundred committed to the “One-Thing” challenge for their marriages, vowing to work on that one thing for 30 days (being more patient, understanding and loving to name a few).

“We enjoy creating experiences for our listeners where they can learn what it takes to strengthen their relationships and take a hold of the promises that God has for them,” said Dr. Randy Carlson.

About Family Life Communications
Family Life Radio operates 41 stations in 11 states with an expanding worldwide online audience. The Intentional Living radio program is heard nationwide and conducts marriage and family events throughout the year. For more information, visit myflr.org and theintentionallife.com.

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Photo from the Tucson Date Night
Photo from the Tucson Date Night