In 2008, Reverend Robin Blair, Executive Director and Founder of Common Good Radio™, began this digital ministry to fill a need: digital life seemed empty of faith formation for children.
She prayed to invite children to arts as expression of faith through the place children were appearing by the thousands – digital culture. She devotes herself to this interactive, web-based ministry where faith formation is lived inside and outside the walls of a faith community building and the voices of children are heard; the Internet is a mission field. As a media professional and ordained clergywoman, she is called and qualified to stand in the center of the project.
Blair and the Common Good Radio™ advisory board believe music invites people to participate in the transcendent. Their devotion to providing a contemporary interactive voice for children and their families is unparalleled and ground breaking.
Not only is the music on Common Good Radio™ age-appropriate, hip, fun, hopeful and faith supportive, Common Good Radio™ does not accept commercial advertising dollars. Rev. Blair uses her awareness of advertising impact statistics on children, consumerism and well- being; stating “For example, the average American 8-year old kid has been exposed to over 7500 food ads alone per year, which according to a recent Yale University study and common sense, adds to the illness and obesity in children in the USA today; 69% of parents are concerned about ads and their kids.”
These statistics are evidence of not only physical, but spiritual harm to our children and us. As stewards of the spiritual lives of children, we cannot support this negative trend. We are driven by Mark 9:42, If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to stumble, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. At Common Good Radio, we see how the children, due to their vulnerability, are exploited; this is a social justice issue and we offer Common Good Radio in resistance to the exploitation. We offer Common Good Radio as spiritual nurture.
Common Good Radio™ educates families about the messages media sends and creates media that offers alternative healthy, heartfelt, and caring choices, so they can make faithful choices in consumer culture.
Common Good Radio™ is a forum for addressing social justice issues. As 1 Corinthians 12:7 says: Now to each one the manifestation of the spirit is given for the common good.
Common Good Radio™’s philosophy, and manifestation of the spirit, embraced by the virtual audience, unites the worlds of cyberspace and lived experience in spreading the need for media literacy for families immersed in today's media culture. Common Good Radio™ does more than share the language and skills of media literacy with others; it creates digital media for children that provides a healthy alternative to the violent, sexualized, advertising-driven media that they are exposed to on a daily basis.
Common Good Radio™ fills a need parents have when looking for music/media options that offer positive messages. Listeners in over 60 countries are tuned in to the blessings of Common Good Radio™.
Advisory Board Members
- Robin Blair, Founder & Executive Director (Bio)
- Rev. Carl Johnson, Clergy, Parent
- Rev. Inell Claypool, Clergy, Parent
- Ms. Marie Russo, NFP Administration Expertise, Aunt
- Ms. Tessa Hill, NFP Administration Expertise, kidsforsavingearth.org, Parent
- Mr. Jack Allocco, Musician, Composer, Parent
- Ms. Michele Simler, Art Therapist
- Mrs. Karla Schwarz, Faith Formation Educator, Business Woman, Parent
- Mrs. Lydia Boddie-Rice, Parent,CEO Young Audiences, Inc., Community Activist, Visual Artist, Business Owner, Marketing expert, NFP Founder, Cross-Currents Minority Rowing
- Ms. Della Ludwig, Pastor, Middle school English teacher, Instructional Coach, Marketing Executive
- Ms. Shannon Zaccaria, Parent, Business Owner, Graphic Artist