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 rating738 of 107419 of 28
Fund acquisition rating987 of 107525 of 28
Resource allocation rating555 of 107518 of 28
Asset utilization rating429 of 10749 of 28

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$589,947$472,678$549,527$636,595$602,087
Short-term investments$1,493,924$1,298,069$1,352,269$1,259,917$587,019
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$3,125,221$2,826,291$2,689,706$2,486,799$1,558,941
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$1,870,154$1,807,617$1,889,742$2,038,955$2,203,847
Other long-term assets$1,048,026$1,257,951$1,441,606$1,603,680$1,927,931
Total long-term assets$2,918,180$3,065,568$3,331,348$3,642,635$4,131,778
Total assets$6,043,401$5,891,859$6,021,054$6,129,434$5,690,719
Payables and accrued expenses$117,971$92,846$133,107$131,503$162,275
Other current liabilities$0$0$8,000$0$0
Total current liabilities$117,971$92,846$141,107$131,503$162,275
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,030$1,623$1,765$0$1,980
Total long-term liabilities$3,030$1,623$1,765$0$1,980
Total liabilities$121,001$94,469$142,872$131,503$164,255
Net assets20192018201720162014
Without donor restrictions$5,922,400$5,797,390$5,878,182$5,997,931$5,526,464
With donor restrictions$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$5,922,400$5,797,390$5,878,182$5,997,931$5,526,464
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,501,137$1,370,078$1,176,724$1,049,518$599,150
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$128,034$108,764$153,096$133,371$116,262
Other revenue$2,218,573$2,358,807$2,502,023$2,671,494$2,915,121
Total other revenue$2,346,607$2,467,571$2,655,119$2,804,865$3,031,383
Total revenue$3,847,744$3,837,649$3,831,843$3,854,383$3,630,533
Program services$3,014,205$2,920,023$2,951,565$2,489,243$3,093,976
Management and general$413,622$442,782$683,182$572,109$673,204
Total expenses$3,861,664$3,800,110$3,981,623$3,320,897$3,987,594
Change in net assets20192018201720162014
Surplus (deficit)($13,920)$37,539($149,780)$533,486($357,061)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($13,920)$37,539($149,780)$533,486($357,061)


Dan BaughmanPresident/CEO$191,167
Scott ThomsonCFO$161,664
Bill MontgomeryDirector of Sales$147,226
Joshua HooperProgram Director$104,437
Steven LevinChief Engineer$101,494

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

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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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