We are a Tucson-based full service marketing and business consulting firm and we specialize in Content Development, Strategic Consultation, Brand Management, Marketing Plans, and Execution. In short – we take your business, nonprofit, or cause and help communicate who you are and why you exist to your ideal customer, client or donor so that you can focus on serving your customers and clients.
Our agency doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. We believe you are unique and so we take the time, prior to our first meeting, to analyze your business and your competition. We then offer an analysis of your brand and recommendations on how to effectively attract your potential customers, clients or donors.
In 1985 my wife and I drove from Albuquerque, NM to Tucson, AZ in the dead of winter during a snowstorm. We had never been to Tucson and had no clue where we would live once we arrived.
My boss told me that a “state of the art” modular office space awaited us in Tucson. When we arrived I drove to the radio station and was greeted with a broken down, pest-infested trailer that leaked when it rained. The radio station was barely hanging by a thread with a sales staff that waited for the phone to ring, books that were horribly in the red and a weak AM signal.
I was young and enthusiastic with a strong belief that God was going to do something special. In 1987 Good News Communications absorbed Abundant Life; with the help of my partners George Mehl and Tom Regina we rose out of the ashes.
Over the years we have had so many incredible opportunities. Our FM signal, KGMS, became the local radio station for Christian Rock and that meant we promoted lots of concerts to attract young people. We also ran a newspaper and local TV station. At our height we operated 7 radio stations throughout Southern Arizona.
Our mission was: “Using the tools we have to bring Good News to our community, and to influence our culture with Christian values.” That mission continues today with an expanded vision to make our clients successful.
For many decades radio was king. Advances in technology have changed the way people consume news, music, and information which has had a dramatic impact on the world of radio. Though radio continues to be a powerful medium, I believe we are living in an exciting time. I want to be on the front edge of influence that is moving us forward instead of looking back.
-Doug Martin, CEO and Founder of Good News Communications
In the early 70s I was in a band called the Rainbow Brothers and did TV commercials and modeling. It was fun but when I married Mary in 1981, I needed to provide for my family and landed a job as a nighttime DJ on KKJY, the number one station in Albuquerque, NM.
I moved into sales for the earning potential and quickly found myself in management.
In 1985 I came to Tucson to manage a nearly bankrupt radio station (KVOI). It was a privilege to be able to grow that one struggling station into 7 radio stations, a newspaper and TV station.
When we decided to sell our radio stations I realized that our strength wasn’t exclusively radio; in 37 years I found myself consulting business professionals to maximize their business and creating branding and advertising far more often than simply selling them “air time.”
With Good News Communications, we now have the opportunity to match the best method of communication with our clients sans restrictions.
I have been a leader in the community, creating public service campaigns to make Tucson a better place to live and work and have received numerous awards including: Lute and Bobbi Olson Community Service Award, Tucson Parks and Recreation Commissioners Award, LULAC/FBI Community Service Award, Advertising Professional of the Year Award (American Advertising Federation).
I have served, and continue to serve on numerous boards including : Tucson Police Foundation (board member), Cradle to Career Partnership (council member), Secretary of State Technology Transparency and Commerce (council member), Pima County Joint Technical Education District (advisory council member) and have been an elder at Calvary Chapel, Calvary Christian Fellowship and U City Church.
I was born in South Korea but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico most of my life. When I was eleven, I met my lifelong best friend, Renee. I began working in her mom’s restaurant (long before child labor laws were in place) several days a week after school as a dishwasher, then learned how to chop 50 pounds of onions and cucumbers each week, and eventually graduated to being a waitress. Renee and I had a lot more disposable income than our peers and we loved it!
Years later I married her brother, Doug, and together we embarked on this wonderful journey raising four children and working in partnership to build and operate Good News Radio Broadcasting.
I’ve spent over 30 years in the advertising industry building a diverse portfolio of clients within both the nonprofit and for-profit sector. I have earned the American Advertising Federation’s Ad Professional of the Year (2004) the Silver Medal Award (2008) and the Hall of Fame Award (2015). I have served as President for the following organizations: American Women in Radio and Television, American Advertising Federation Tucson, Tucson Advertising Federation Educational Foundation and the Rotary Club of Tucson. I am passionate about community service, making a difference and impacting lives.
I love work that is meaningful!
In 2006, I was a freshman at the University of Arizona with a double major in English and Secondary Education. When my dad asked me what I planned on doing with that degree I told him “It would be great if I could write essays for a living.”
In 2014 I fell into grant writing with a large local nonprofit and became instantly enamoured with the world of nonprofits. I spent three years honing that craft, grateful for the opportunity to use my creative talents to close the gap between funding and need.
As a Creative Content Strategist I see value in creating content that helps businesses and nonprofits reach their full potential. Whether that is in marketing a product that benefits others and turns a profit for all the people who work hard to provide for their families, or in consulting with nonprofits on how to best communicate with current and prospective donors.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to use the gifts and talents I have been given as a tool to help others.
I have been married for 12 years to my best friend and together we have 3 children. When we are not chasing kids we are chasing each other or competing together running and cycling.
I grew up living next door to my grandparents in a small town in western Kansas. Grandpa had a farm and my grandma loved to bake with the fresh eggs, milk and cream the farm provided. Our backyard was a quarter acre garden. I spent most of my after school time next door helping grandpa with the farm animals or watching grandma bake the most delicious confections I had ever seen! I really believe that is where my love for baking came from.
We moved to Colorado when I was in high school and then I moved to Arizona in my early 20’s where I met my husband Keith.
In 1994 I was finishing up my coursework at Pima for a degree in Business Administration and working at a law firm downtown when I heard about an opening for a Business Manager position at Good News Communications.
It felt like an answer to prayer to be able to use my degree while also working for a Christian organization. I believed then as I do now in the mission so it was an easy decision for me to stay and branch out into this new venture.
Over the past 24 years I’ve watched the organization grow and have had to learn on my feet. It has been an exciting adventure and definitely unexpected at times but I am grateful to be a part of the team.
Creative Marketing Specialist
I’m a born and raised Tucsonan! While some people may not understand the appeal of desertliving, I feel proud to have had Saguaro Cacti and the dramatic Pusch Ridge landscape as thebackdrop of my childhood playground. Around town, you can usually find me singing theNational Anthem for different events. Some of my favorite stages include U of A men’sbasketball, the Phoenix Suns and the World Axe Throwing Championships on ESPN.
If you asked me what I wanted to be when I was 10, my answer would have undoubtedly been“a Disney Princess!” My imagination found comfort inside the infinite creativity teeming withinthose classic stories of resilience and happily-ever-after.
While receiving my Associates Degree at Pima Community College, poetry classes became myexpressive outlet while I juggled how I wanted to direct my future. Studying the structures ofSonnets, Epic, Cinquain, Free Verse and Ekphrastic poetry challenged my abilities as a writer tofind meaning through different patterns and meters of emotional pull. As much as I wanted toconvince myself I was going to be a poet, I realized I needed to find a more conventional career.
Feeling overwhelmed by the pressures of ‘finding myself,’ I took a giant leap outside of mycomfort zone and moved to Northwest Montana to work on a dude ranch for a summer. It wasthere on Flathead Lake, immersed in western hospitality, that I realized what beautiful thingscan happen when you allow yourself to welcome change and embrace new adventures. Afterone summer turned into four (and one humbling winter), I became motivated to move backhome to Tucson and finish my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications at The University ofArizona.
While at the University, I became an On Campus Recruiting intern for U of A Football. Seeingthe 2022 recruiting class ranked No. 2 in the Pac-12 is a great success I’m proud to have playedan intensive role in. As much as I enjoyed the high-pressure environment of the sports industry,I was ready to apply my creative talents in other avenues. After graduating, it wasn’t long beforeGNC became a vessel of blessings! I’m so thrilled to be a part of this team as a CreativeMarketing Specialist, bringing vision to life through content creation and graphic design.
Social Media/Digital Strategist
Everything happens for a reason, and it’s all according to God’s plan.
I was born and raised in Tucson, and I’ll be completely honest I couldn’t wait to get out. I went to college at Arizona State University (I know I know) because I just had to leave Tucson. After 2 years there I met my now fiancé, who coincidentally went to the U of A, and lived in Tucson. Even though I had so badly wanted to leave this city, I found myself coming back every weekend.
While in college, I changed my major 3 times, and was even undeclared for half of my sophomore year. I felt so lost, not knowing what I wanted to do or even simply what my calling was. All I knew was that I wanted to work with people and didn’t want to do the same thing every day. I ended up graduating with my Bachelors degree in General Studies, with an emphasis in Business and Real Estate.
Then, I moved back to Tucson with no job and no plan.
For seven months, I applied to job after job, and got more and more discouraged with every rejection. Everyone in my life just kept reminding me that this is for a reason, and it’s God’s perfect plan for me. I started to become interested in Media and Marketing, but felt no way qualified to apply to those positions. However, one day I received a message saying that Good News Communications was hiring for a position in digital media. I hesitantly applied, and the next day was called for an interview, and hired.
Now here I am, at a job that is simply an answer to prayers, starting my career in Tucson. I’m getting married, moving into a new house, and settling down in this town I wanted to leave so badly.
God truly has the best plan for us, mine has been full of growth and learning, and I’m very thankful to continue that at GNC.
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