FamilyNet affiliates hope TruthQuest will pull teens away from MTV

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.


(BP) photos posted in the BP Photo Library at http://www.bpnews.net. Photo titles: INTRODUCING THE TEAM, MEETING AFFLIIATES, HEADING TO CALIFORNIA and MEETING FAMILY NET.