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About Jon Rivers the Host:
He was born in Memphis, Tennessee and reared in the hills of Mississippi. He claims that if ever there was a real “hillbilly” he was it! Jon Rivers started his journey in radio while still in the United States Marine Corps as a Sergeant and Vietnam Veteran. After almost two years in Vietnam finally back in the USA he was stationed near Jacksonville, Florida. Jon spun the tunes at WAPE, the “Mighty 690 The Big Ape” whose air talent included Jay Thomas of Hollywood fame and whose Program Director was the renowned Jack McCoy. He worked the overnight ” graveyard shift” for free ate WAPE to gain experience. Jon says “I have been privileged and blessed to work with and learn from some of the smartest people in entertainment”. After serving in the Marine Corps Jon went back to Memphis and WMPS to do mornings. He then moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and the McLendon “Hybrid” KNUS FM, one of the most successful FM stations in the world boasting the talents of superb voice actor Beau Weaver and Coach Tommy Kramer among many other greats. He worked and learned from Bill Young “THE Coach” at KILT Houston. With the exception of the stint at KILT and a year at CBN in Virginia Beach, Jon has made the DFW area home. Jon helped launch the original KLTY in 1985 but after an unexpected format change Jon retreated to his production studio to work on countless Christian Music Specials with the top names in Christian Music. Jon then became VP of Programming for the re launch of the legendary KLTY and served there from early 1989 until August, 2001 when he and wife Sherry joined the KLOVE Radio Network doing mornings and music for the network. Additionally, Jon serves as the President of Christian Network Services. Jon nearly died in 2009 when while in intense treatment for pain that had existed for decades he became dependant on legally admistered, extremely powerful pain control medication. He recovered only with the help of God and he remains dedicated to helping those who still suffer from dangerous addictions that are totally misunderstood by most.
The voice of “Brother” Jon has been heard around the world for over 40 years through various outlets including the syndicated “POWERLINE” , “COUNTRY CROSSROADS, “MASTER CONTROL”, “THE BAPTIST HOUR”, “GOSPEL AMERICA” and “TWENTY THE COUNTDOWN MAGAZINE” which still can be heard around the world on over 1000 signals. Jon has been heard on numerous TV and Radio Commercials plus Documentaries. He is a “Voice Actor” and his work can be sampled at jonrivers.com.
Jon, “his lovely bride Sherry” and their “China Doll” daughter Lexi, whom God brought into their lives from China in 2004, live northwest of Dallas/Ft. Worth, on a ranch that includes 12 Morgan Horses, 2 burros, a llama, a dog, a cat, several chickens, a peacock, guineas, and a pair of camels. Jon and Sherry have shown their Morgan horses all around the country, from Texas to Vermont. They bred and raised the World Champion Jr. Reining Horse “River Riders Romeo”. He was World Champion many years thereafter and Sherry has often been the World Champion in Freestyle and in Non Pro. After Jesus, Family and Broadcasting and helping others with deadly addictions and their families those beautiful creatures and the Ranch are their life.
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