What is a Difference Maker?

Difference Makers are those who have decided to become part of the River family by joining the prayer team, serving in the community, or donating.

How do I become a Difference Maker?

Become a Difference Maker by doing at least one of the following:

  • Join our prayer team, and pray for the requests and needs that arise on our prayer wall.
  • Volunteer and fill needs with The River and other local organizations.
  • Donate to The River. Your generous donations keep The River on-air and positively impacting Central Ohio and beyond.

Still have questions or want to learn more?

God is using your support to make a difference in so many lives.
Watch the video or click read stories to learn of some of the ways that God is working and consider getting involved by sharing your story, joining the prayer team, the volunteer team or making a gift.


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Looking for an opportunity to volunteer and serve with amazing organizations in our city? Get connected with Love Columbus.

love-cbus-retinaLocal organizations are loving Columbus every day. Join in by getting involved and serving alongside these amazing organizations and #LoveCbus in a deeper way.


Fill out the sign-up form below to learning more about serving opportunities at The River and across Central Ohio.

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The River Prayer Team is made up of people just like you committed to lifting up the prayer requests of others in need. Thousands of people share their prayer request with 104.9 the River and it is our privilege to pray for them. To receive a weekly reminder of the prayer needs of The River family, please sign up!

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When you donate to 104.9 the River, you are a Difference Maker. Your donations, whether as a business or individual, are an integral part of continuing this ministry. Through the songs played on 104.9 the River, you are directly impacting thousands of lives in Central Ohio and far beyond.



Manage Your Giving

Thank you for your support of 104.9 the River. Please use the form below to submit your questions or updates so we can serve you.

Sharathon Challenge Fund

When you choose as an individual, church or business to support 104.9 the River with a gift of $500 or greater toward the matching fund, your gift will be used to encourage others to support God’s work. Not only will you be playing a part in changing lives, you will be encouraging others to do the same.

In recognition of your generosity, with your permission, we will recognize your name, business, or church on the radio during the on-air fundraiser,  and on our website in the section below.

Click the button to contribute a gift toward the matching fund, and once your gift is submitted, we will be in contact with you to further discuss your matching gift and how it will be used. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-609-1049 or by email at give@riverradio.com if you have any questions or would like to discuss anything before, or after your contribution. If you are interested in providing an in-kind gift, or would be interested in a payment plan for your gift please contact us.

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Church & Business Partners

104.9 the River relies on you for the ministry of this radio station to happen. That’s why we say, you are 104.9 the River. This ministry is blessed by a number of businesses and churches who have also stepped in to say, “I am 104.9 the River” as well. Click the link below to see a list of businesses and churches who have donated to 104.9 the River.

Church and Business Partners Make a Challenge Gift

What My Gift Supports

God has called the River to a mission of encouraging connections and sharing the love of Jesus. The mission is accomplished through the generous support of businesses and listeners like you. When you give you invest in the growth and outreach of three main ministry areas:




Recent Difference Maker Blog Posts

  • I Googled “How to put God First”

    Get on my level. (GOML). Most of the time GOML is used as slang to put someone down for being inferior. To Gabriel it is the answer to the …

  • Be Ecoregaged!

    Little 6-year-old Ava just wanted us to know that The River is the most “encouraging” station that she knows! What Ava didn’t realize is that she is an encouragement …

  • Eric’s Story

    Eric was struggling to breathe. He had fallen off a ladder and thought that he may have broken some ribs. When he went to the hospital he found out it was much worse. But, God wasn't finished with him yet. Through faith, the support of his church and his favorite radio station to keep him grounded he is still here to share his story.

  • Let Your Light Shine

    It’s an amazing moment. Maybe you remember the day when you found hope. The real, life-changing hope that can only be found in Jesus. For individuals all across Central …