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FamilyNet affiliates hope TruthQuest will pull teens away from MTV
Introducing the team
FamilyNet Vice President for Programming Martin Coleman, left, introduced the TruthQuest: California team during a reception at the National Religious Broadcasters Convention held at Opryland Hotel.  by Jim Veneman.
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Meeting affiliates
Katie Royals, left, of Jackson, Miss., and Melissa Deming, center, of Fort Worth, Texas, listen as a FamilyNet guest makes a point during a dessert fellowship at the Opryland Hotel.  by Jim Veneman.
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Heading to California
TruthQuesters Janie Jo Allen, of Denver, and Cara Yates, of Cleveland, Tenn., visit with a FamilyNet affiliate member from San Jose, Calif.  by Jim Veneman.
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Meeting FamilyNet
The TruthQuest: California team recently gathered for a photo with FamilyNet Vice President for Programming Martin Coleman, back row, center, and FamilyNet Program Marketing Manager Denise Cook, back row, center. Pictured above, front row, left to right, are Sarah Brown, Richard Sparkman, David Hicks, Cara Yates, Shanna Hawkins, Andy Botts, Janie Jo Allen and Katie Royals; back row, left to right, Tim Harms, Freeman Field, Chip Luter, Coleman, Cook, and Josh Merritt.  by Jim Veneman.
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Posted on Feb 25, 2002 | by Staff

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Network affiliates that carry programming from FamilyNet gave their thumbs-up support to the TruthQuest: California team after the 12 teenage participants were introduced at a National Religious Broadcasters reception.

"The concept really excited people," said Darin Davis, director of sales and traffic for FamilyNet Television, a broadcast division of the North American Mission Board. "But what really excited them was when each young person spoke about what they expected to happen spiritually during the trip."

Wearing FamilyNet ball caps, each TruthQuest member shared a brief word of testimony before personally greeting network guests.

"Their testimonies really capped off the whole night," Davis noted.

Nearly 300 people turned out for the Feb. 17 dessert reception at Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., and many represented television stations and radio stations that carry FamilyNet programs.

"We have heard from several affiliates who believe this is the type of program that will pull kids away from MTV," Davis said. "They are really excited about having a television program that shows the cool side of being a Christian teenager.

"They were kind of pumped that this side of Christian teens was finally being shown," he said.

Martin Coleman, FamilyNet's vice president of programming, said he was proud of how the students handled themselves at the reception.

"We threw the kids into the fire by forcing them to speak in front of a large crowd and I've got to tell you that we are no longer worried about getting them to come out of their shells," Coleman said. "They are all going to grow on this trip and I believe that other students are going to live vicariously through the TruthQuest team."

TruthQuest: California is a joint project between Baptist Press, FamilyNet Television, and Broadman & Holman Publishers.
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