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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Internet radio station, Rebels create "Faith Night"

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  • A church bulletin may not be a free ticket to heaven, but Sunday it is a free ticket to “Faith Night” at the Newton Rebels.
    The night will feature free food, a free concert and free baseball game at Centennial Park.
    NextGen Radio of Newton is sponsoring “Faith Night” at the Newton Rebels game, starting at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at Klein-Scott Field in Centennial Park.    
    “What better way to spend Fathers Day than with free food, free music and free baseball?” said Rob Britton , NextGen owner.  
    With a church bulletin those coming to the ball diamond can get a free hot dog and chips at 5:30, then hear a free concert by praise band “Outside the Walls” at 6 p.m. Game time for the Newton Rebels is 7 p.m.
    “Baseball is Americas pastime and faith is part of Americas Foundation,” Britton said. “Mix in music and I believe it is a perfect combination.”
    Outside the Walls is a praise and worship band at Riverpoint Church of Newton.
    “They are the weekly Worship Band at RiverPoint, but also play Christian and mainstream music when playing at other venues,” Britton said. “Sunday music will vary between some of the music you hear at church most every Sunday to even some classic rock.”
    Britton has signed on as a board member of the Newton Rebels baseball team, a summer college baseball team which competes in the Walter Johnson League and the National Baseball Congress.
    NextGen has aired a number of games this summer on the internet-based radio station, and a faith night seemed like a perfect partnership for the station to pursue. Having the event on Father’s Day is a bit of bonus.
    “Although we are heard by listeners all over the world, we are based here in Newton and loved the opportunity to partner with the Rebels to host a great, family-friendly Newton event and make it free to attend,” Britton said. “It's all about the local community teaming together.”
    Britton said he hopes for a crowd of around 200 Sunday night — but drawing a huge crowd to the ball park really isn’t the main goal.
    “We want to have fun,” Britton said. “We want Newton to get to know us.”
    NextGen Radio is an Internet radio station that plays positive and Christian music of various genres, with a specific focus on independent and local bands.
    Concert sound for the night is provided  by Brick House Studios in Wichita, which is also listed as a sponsor for the evening.

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