Arizona Shine Honored for Support of Military

Patrick Kuykendall, Sally Barton and Major General Robert F. Dees

Radio Shine Station Manager Sally Barton and former Radio Shine Program Director Mike Medlin have received prestigious Seven Seals Awards on behalf of Radio Shine, for leadership in support of the men and women who serve America in the National Guard and Reserve.

Patrick Kuykendall, Executive Director of the California Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), presented the awards Monday evening, November 5, during a prayer dinner at the station. ESGR Awards are presented at the discretion of the ESGR State Chairman in recognition of significant individual and organizational achievement, in addition to initiative or support that promotes and bolsters the ESGR mission. The Seven Seals Award is the only ESGR award that bridges both employer and volunteer recognition awards programs.

“We count it a privilege to honor, through Radio Shine programming, those young men and women who are willing to offer the ultimate sacrifice to serve our Country,” said Barton. “This is a humbling award, made all the more so by the heroes who daily put themselves in harm’s way, by returning service men and women who live among us, and by generations of warriors who have carried this Nation to greatness through their loyalty and courage.”

The awards presented to Barton and Medlin were tied to the Veteran’s Day programming presented by Radio Shine in 2011, and for support of National Guard and military community activities during the last decade. Major General Robert F. Dees, US Army, Retired, who was the keynote speaker at the Greater Prescott Area Prayer Breakfast Tuesday morning, November 6, offered his congratulations to Radio Shine, “Sally Barton gives great leadership to a dynamic Radio Shine Team that is having a significant positive impact in the lives of thousands in Prescott and beyond, including strong support for our nation’s uniformed servants.”

Medlin, who now serves with his wife Kimberley and six children as missionaries in the Philippines, was Program Director for Radio Shine from March, 2001 through May, 2012.  Barton, who has served as Station Manager since February, 2011, was instrumental in the founding of the Presidential Prayer Team in September 2001, in support of the military and the Commander-in-Chief.