Rev. Donald E. Wildmon is founder and chairman of American Family Association and American Family Radio. AFA is a pro-family advocacy organization with over two million online supporters and approximately 150,000 subscribers to its monthly flagship publication the AFA Journal .
In 1991 AFA started the AFR network which now consist of nearly 200 radio stations. The format is news, information, Bible teaching and inspirational music. AFR is the fastest growing radio network of any kind and built more stations in a shorter period of time than any other broadcaster.
AFA uses all these means to communicate an outspoken, resolute, Christian voice in America .
Donald's national influence and ability to generate grassroots activism manifested itself profoundly during the 2004 election in the values voter turnout and impact. He founded ValuesVoters.com, a web site that encourages voters to vote their values. He also founded the Arlington Group, the largest pro-family coalition ever formed in America comprised of over 50 organizations. Numerous media outlets including The New York Times , TIME and U.S. News & World Report have noted the significance of the Arlington Group .
Over the past nearly thirty years, Donald has led numerous successful campaigns to protect the family from obscenity and indecency. Due to pressure from boycotts and grassroots activism, Movie Gallery stores, 7-Eleven stores, Federal Prisons and thousands of other convenience stores discontinued their sale of pornography. AFA also boycotted several national advertisers because they were leading sponsors of TV sex, violence and profanity. Because of the boycotts, some companies - including Burger King, Clorox and S. C. Johnson - have changed their advertising policies.
Donald is host of the national radio program AFA Report , a daily panel discussion with members of the AFA staff regarding hot button issues of the day that airs on nearly 200 AFR stations across the country.
Recognition & Awards
Donald has appeared on Meet the Press , McNeil-Lehrer Report , Good Morning America , The Tomorrow Show , Today Show , Nightline , The 700 Club and numerous other programs. Donald has been featured in several publications including The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , USA Today , TIME , Newsweek , People and TV Guide . He was named in Advertising Age magazine's December 2004 "Book of Tens" as one of the top "10 Who Made a Mark on Marketing." He received the 2004 Richard D. Land Distinguished Service Award given by The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the 16-million member Southern Baptist Convention for his work as a spokesman for Biblical morality and traditional values, an encourager of grassroots activism, his promotion of decency in broadcasting and as a strong supporter of families threatened by a secular culture.
He has authored twenty-two books, selling over 500,000 copies.
Donald is an ordained United Methodist minister, having earned his MDiv. from Emory College in 1965. He also holds an honorary doctor of law from Asbury College and an honorary doctor of divinity from Wesley Biblical Seminary. After serving in the U.S. Army's Special Services, he pastored churches from 1965 until he founded the National Federation for Decency in 1977. NFD became American Family Association in 1988.
Donald and his wife Lynda have four children and six grandchildren.