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Smile FM's Spring Fun Drive Live from Where It All Began

Josh Strickland, Mike Couchman, Scott Herrold Hosting Homecoming Fun Drive at Smile FM Williamston Studio

Posted by Uplift Shiawassee at 12:28pm 4/11/18

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The listener-supported Christian radio network, Smile FM, has launched its Spring Fun Drive, asking for continued support of the 20+ year ministry that began as a single radio station serving the Lansing market. 88.1 FM, then known as "The Light," broadcast from a studio facility in Williamston. Today, Smile FM morning host, Josh Strickland, is joined by Mike Couchman, one of the original station's personalities, and Scott Herrold, a longtime Smile FM listener and Michigan radio personality who now is Program Director for the Las Vegas-based SOS Christian Radio Network, broadcasting the Spring Fun Drive from that Williamston studio, on more than 30 Smile FM network radio stations. In Lansing, you'll still find Smile FM on 88.1 FM.
 
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With hopes of hitting its fundraising goal by Friday evening, Smile FM's Spring Fun Drive stood at 27.5% just a few hours into the official event, though fundraising efforts actually began in March.

Listeners have shared stories of the impact of the music heard on Smile FM. One young woman said she had been contemplating suicide just hours before phoning into the station to say "thank you" for songs that changed her perspective about her own situation. A mother called in to share about how the music on Smile FM helped bring her back to Christ 13 years ago, and how today, her daughter, who is enduring her own struggles, including time behind bars, has been inspired by the music and ministry of Smile FM to reset her situation and focus on God as she changes her life. 

Dozens of similar stories are heard during the broadcast. They are shared with Smile FM on a near-daily basis. 

The non-commercial license issued by the FCC to Smile FM does not allow the stations to sell or air advertisements. This means a lot more music gets played, but it also means that listener contributions sustain and grow the ministry. While there are occasional contributions of $1,000 or more, Smile FM's primary support is made up of recurring small monthly donations. The average monthly gift is $40. 

To support the ministry of Smile FM, call 888-887-7139 or donate online at smile.fm/donate

For a complete list of Smile FM stations, click here.

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