By: Lee Ann Jackson May 1, 2017


May 3, 2017 marks over 9,200 recorded programs and 35 years of radio for “Joni and Friends”—the daily 4:00 inspirational program with Joni Eareckson Tada—now airing on over 1,000 outlets nationwide.

A diving accident in 1967 left Joni a quadriplegic.  She wrote of her experience in her best-selling biography, Joni.  In 1979 she founded Joni and Friends to accelerate Christian ministry in the disability community throughout the world.

In commemorating this 35-year milestone, Joni says:

“I keep thinking of the thousands of people who have listened to our program over the years. . .each listener a precious soul.”

It was in 1981 when Ambassador’s Al Sanders and Jon Campbell approached Joni about a daily radio program.  They had read her books, listened to her messages and suggested she could be a voice of real encouragement from someone who has experienced the daily challenges of disability.

Joni says, “Now 35 years later—to my amazement—I am still sharing fresh lessons from this wheelchair and from the Word of God.”

The Joni and Friends International Disability Center (IDC) serves as the administrative center for ministries providing outreach to thousands of families affected by disability around the globe.

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“Joni and Friends” radio is represented by Ambassador, headquartered in Irvine, CA., and serving media ministries worldwide for five decades.

In Joni’s own words:



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