River Radio Ministries / One Connection Media Group

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We believe music can bring people hope. Some days, you might play The River for some nice background music. Some days, you'll play it so your kids don't hear anything inappropriate. But some days, you listen because life has knocked you down, and you need help getting back up. We're here for all of them.

Uplifting and Encouraging® 104.9 the River gets to pour life-giving Christian music into the community, thanks to generous donations and local businesses. We're a licensed radio station in Columbus, OH, whose mission extends far beyond.

We realize that spreading the gospel shouldn't stop with music. You'll see The River out and about at community events and concerts, loving on people and connecting them to resources.

Life is CRAZY, right? We've developed content and DJ's you can relate to. You can laugh with Mornings with Mary & Josh or be inspired by a video on Facebook. Plus, it's content that's safe for even the littlest ears in your family.

Contact information

Mailing address:
River Radio Ministries
881 E. Johnstown Road
Columbus, OH 43230

Website: riverradio.com

Phone: 614-289-5700

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 316068737

CEO/President: Bill Montgomery

Chairman: Roy Hall

Board size: 10


Ruling year: 1967

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1994


River Radio Ministries (RRM) is the parent company of 104.9 the River (Columbus), 89.3 the River (in Newark & Chillicothe), 90.9 the River (Lancaster) and LoveCbus. Founded in 1965, its mission is built around connecting others to Jesus and each other. Then, together, making a difference in the community. While the story started with a radio station, the RRM Team noticed a need to connect people to more music and more help. From there it's been a growing phase, and it hasn't stopped.

Mission statement

Our mission is to introduce as many people as possible to Jesus through music and service.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating939 of 111225 of 29
Fund acquisition rating1047 of 111326 of 29
Resource allocation rating1040 of 111327 of 29
Asset utilization rating280 of 11129 of 29

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$412,330$753,660$462,287$589,947$472,678
Short-term investments$1,480,920$1,699,357$1,580,196$1,493,924$1,298,069
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,818,545$4,061,926$3,156,744$3,125,221$2,826,291
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,636,428$1,651,509$1,813,545$1,870,154$1,807,617
Other long-term assets$1,189,052$916,820$1,113,623$1,048,026$1,257,951
Total long-term assets$2,825,480$2,568,329$2,927,168$2,918,180$3,065,568
Total assets$6,644,025$6,630,255$6,083,912$6,043,401$5,891,859
Payables and accrued expenses$120,837$97,857$91,692$117,971$92,846
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$120,837$97,857$91,692$117,971$92,846
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$580,611$0$0$3,030$1,623
Total long-term liabilities$580,611$0$0$3,030$1,623
Total liabilities$701,448$97,857$91,692$121,001$94,469
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$5,942,577$6,532,398$5,992,220$5,922,400$5,797,390
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,942,577$6,532,398$5,992,220$5,922,400$5,797,390
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,875,151$2,393,127$1,815,896$1,501,137$1,370,078
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$59,045$89,681$70,841$128,034$108,764
Other revenue$1,889,690$1,910,831$1,752,721$2,218,573$2,358,807
Total other revenue$1,948,735$2,000,512$1,823,562$2,346,607$2,467,571
Total revenue$3,823,886$4,393,639$3,639,458$3,847,744$3,837,649
Program services$2,640,596$2,717,258$2,582,887$3,014,205$2,920,023
Management and general$982,333$646,295$558,505$413,622$442,782
Total expenses$4,124,256$3,914,945$3,606,975$3,861,664$3,800,110
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)($300,370)$478,694$32,483($13,920)$37,539
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($300,370)$478,694$32,483($13,920)$37,539


Scott ThomsonCFO$181,783
Dan BaughmanPresident/CEO$176,727
Bill MontgomeryDirector of Sales$166,245
Joshua HooperProgram Director$114,076
Steven LevinChief Engineer$108,563

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/23/2023. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


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