Shine 104.9 Hosts New Outreach

September 28, 2017 | Kathy Marson

Shine 104.9 FM radio hosted its first ever ShineFest in Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane, Wash., Aug. 20, 2017. About 4,500 listeners showed up for an afternoon and evening of testimonies and music from local bands as well as recording artists Matthew West, MercyMe, Matt Maher and Jordan Feliz.

This seven-hour family-friendly event was held in the Lilac Bowl in Riverfront Park, which is right along the north side of Spokane River and between two bridges. Attendees enjoyed two stages with inspirational music, food from local vendors and a variety of booths hosted by organizataions like Water for Life, the Union Gospel Mission and Life Center Church. And, of course, there was a Shine booth selling T-shirts and hats and handing out free bumper stickers.

“It was a powerful witness for Christ and His kingdom," says Paul Hoover, Upper Columbia Conference president. "I’m already looking forward to next year.”

Shine 104.9, owned by Upper Columbia Conference, is a top-10 radio station in the Spokane community and has been ministering to listeners for nearly 25 years. Conference leaders started the station with the vision to share truth with the largest population area in the conference.

In the summer of 2016 the station relaunched as Shine 104.9 and added a translator at 94.9 FM in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Shine 104.9 utilizes local announcers to enhance the station’s community focus while serving the large urban area of Spokane and Kootenai counties.

The station takes its name from the heavy use of the word “shine” throughout Scripture. The staff and station board seek to daily reflect the light of Jesus.

Ron Hessel, the station's weekend pastor says, “I meet with local pastors [of various denominations] on a monthly basis to pray together. Without exception, they are so appreciative of the [​Shine 104.9] ministry for them, their church and their members.”

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