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'Joni and Friends' Coming to the NRB Network

Program reaches out to those affected by disabilities.

Contact: Troy Miller, Senior VP/COO, NRB Network, 615-338-5826

NASHVILLE, Oct. 5 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today the NRB Network announced plans to air a new program developed by "Joni and Friends". The program will be hosted by Joni Eareckson Tada and will communicate the gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities. "Joni and Friends" will air Fridays at 7:00pm (ET) starting October 19th, 2007.

A diving accident in 1967 left Mrs. Tada a quadriplegic in a wheelchair, unable to use her hands. During two years of rehabilitation, she spent long months learning how to paint with a brush between her teeth. Her high detail fine art paintings and prints are sought after and collected.

Due to her best-selling books, beginning with her autobiography, Joni, as well as having visited 35 countries, Joni's first name is recognized around the world. World Wide Pictures' full-length feature film, JONI, in which Mrs. Tada recreated her own life, has been translated into 15 languages and shown in scores of countries around the world.

Mrs. Tada's role as a disability advocate led to a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability for three and a half years, during which time the Americans with Disabilities Act became law.

NRB Network broadcast on DIRECTV channel 378. DIRECTV (www.DIRECTV.com) has over 16 million subscribers, making it the nation’s leading and fastest-growing digital multi-channel satellite television service provider in both residential and commercial markets. The NRB Network is included in DIRECTV's base package, TOTAL CHOICE, making it available to all DIRECTV subscribers.
NRB Network is a unique Christian television experience, and a "revolution" in a way, being the first of its kind to provide "genre" blocks of programming slotted in specific times of day to meet the needs of the viewing audience.