AP Sports Writer, ESPN Affiliate Team up to Broadcast ‘Faith on the Field’ Show Featuring Christian Athletes
An Associated Press sports writer and an ESPN affiliate have joined forces to broadcast a radio show focused on faith in sports — including interviews with athletes who say faith has changed their lives.
Rob Maaddi, AP sports writer and author of Football Faith and Baseball Faith, will host the hour-long show. Called Faith on the Field, it will debut in April on ESPN’s Philadelphia radio affiliate, AM 610.
Maaddi told The Christian Post that, although he has many jobs, his “main job in the world is to be a messenger for Christ.”
“I want to increase the Kingdom, spread the Word, encourage Christians to share their faith and inspire nonbelievers to turn to the Lord,” said Maaddi. “So this show will be a forum for athletes to talk about the work God has done in their lives and hopefully we give all of our listeners an entertaining, engaging sports-talk experience that impacts them much greater than scores, stats, opinions and analysis.”
— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) March 15, 2017
Maaddi got the idea for the show after he attended a Bible study with friend Doug Horton and Pastor Phil Moser from Fellowship Bible Church in Sewell, New Jersey. Horton and Moser will co-host the radio show.
— Rob Maaddi (@RobMaaddi) February 15, 2017
Over the years, Maaddi’s work in sports and contact with athletes have given him the opportunity to minister to people, particularly inmates through Deacons Prison Ministry, a ministry that uses softball “as a tool to enter into prisons to minister the good news of Jesus.” “The work God does through us is amazing. Seeing so many men come to Christ and then start Bible studies and chapel service in their cells is such a rewarding experience,” Maaddi said. “But it only gave me a thirst to do more. I want to keep working to increase the Kingdom, to take my story and the Lord’s message to a bigger audience.”
ESPN’s Philadelphia affiliate, AM 610, will broadcast “Faith on the Field” on Thursday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. The program will debut on April 6.