• 881 E. Johnstown Rd.
  • give@riverradio.com
  • 800-609-1049

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About the Ministry

Encouraging Connections. Sharing Jesus.

Our Purpose

God has called the River to a mission of encouraging connections and sharing the love of Jesus. The mission is accomplished through the generous support of businesses and listeners like you. When you give you invest in the growth and outreach of three main ministry areas:


You are reaching more people than ever before!

  • In 2004 - 33,000 listeners on radio
  • Today
    • 200,000+ listeners on radio.
    • 25,000 listeners online.
    • 15,000 free mobile app users.
Your support reaches far beyond your regular circle of influence with someone from almost every walk of life tuning in. Your investment provides uplifting and encouraging music and on-air personalities and the sharing of the message of Jesus. For 30% of our audience who don't have a church home, and 40% who only attend occasionally, the River may be the only place they will receive that encouragement. For the other 30% who have a church home, 104.9 the River is a great way to remind and strengthen them.


Connections lead to great conversations about life and hope. In 2014:

  • 75,000+ people connected on social media.
  • 145,000+ people had direct face-to-face engagement with someone on our team.
Your investment connects with local schools, non-profit organizations, and local communities to help provide resources, both professional and financial when possible. From workshops and seminars, to funding, volunteers, or materials for community projects, your gift is improving your community behind-the-scenes and without fanfare.

Your investment also brings hope to listeners through faith-based concerts, movies, and events.


Care and prayer is a vital part of this ministry. In 2014:

  • 1,800+ prayer requests were posted on our Prayer Page
  • 19,000 prayers on their behalf
In addition River supporters have provided hundreds of backpacks to children, thousands of dollars of diapers and baby items, thousands of meals to the hurting and homeless, and inspired thousands of kids during Vacation Bible School tours and Upward Sports League visits.

Exciting new initiatives are coming this year, including a "pay it forward" citywide movement and a Featured Ministry of the Month. Keep listening and watching your e-mail or mailbox for more!


The listener support of this radio station is what makes these extra things possible. We are often asked why we ask for donations, when we play commercials--It's because the River is not just a radio station. The River is a non-profit ministry, serving the Central Ohio community that is also a radio station.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to contact us below.

Ministry and Programming Questions
The River is mostly funded by commercials, but, because it is more than a radio station with community outreach programs, and other community-focused promotions and events, it takes more to operate the ministry than Commercials cover. Donations allow for the River to engage more with our listeners and the community directly. Read more in the about section above.
Commercials are a vital part of the ministry of the River and cover approximately three quarters of the operating budget. Because of the commercial revenue, the River can use your donations more strategically to impact our community for Jesus Christ.
The River is committed to playing commercials that uphold the River Promise – and will be safe for kids to hear. The River also does its best to ensure that all companies advertised are reputable. Commercials played, however, are strictly a business arrangement and should not be taken as an endorsement of all of the products and values of the company advertised.
Between the music and commercials played as well as the other programming offered, spending more time advertising the ways God is using the River outside of the radio ministry is not possible. If you are interested in learning more about our outreach ministry contact us, or read the about section above.
The River works hard to make sure that every song played is what the majority of our listeners want to hear, and relies heavily on the Music Team of listeners just like you. The large majority of listeners only have time to listen for 10-15 minutes at a time so the most popular songs are repeated often enough that you will hear one of your favorite songs every time you turn on the radio, but not so often you hear the same song every time you turn it on. If you want to have a say in the music we play, you can join our music team.
You can get involved by joining our music team, signing up for the River Insider, being a member of our X-Stream Team of phone volunteers, following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest, and by supporting financially.
Online Giving Questions
All of the River giving pages are secure. Once your transaction is processed, all donation entry and data storage adheres to strict PCI security..
All monthly gifts are until you ask us to stop. Once you have set up a monthly donation to the River, cancelling it is as easy as a phone call, or submitting a request on the manage my giving webpage.
If you would rather mail a check, or use your bank's Web-Bill-Pay system you are welcome to do that.

Make checks payable to the River.

Mail to:
the River
Attn: Gift Processing
881 E. Johnstown Rd.
Gahanna, OH 43230

Contact Us

Please let us know how we can serve you.

Contact details

It is our privilege to serve you as best we can. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or needs that you may in regards to the ministry, your gift, or anything else.

The ministry of the River is made possible by the generous support of listeners like you. Thank You!

881 E. Johnstown Rd. Gahanna, OH 43230
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