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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.

Why that matters

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.

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A Tucson Staple Since 1985

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

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President / CEO

Doug Martin

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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.

Vice President / Client Services

Mary Martin

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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.

Creative Content Strategist

Bekah Collins

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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.

Business Manager

Rhonda Curtis

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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 Manager

Micah Samuelsen

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I was born in Seattle but my parents moved to Tucson when I was just a few months old, so the desert has always felt like home. 

From the time I was about 6 years old, I have always had my sights set on a career in marketing, along with being an artist, pop star, and some sort of traveling doctor (of course.) The latter interests never seemed to pan out, but I did graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from Northwest University. 

I quickly jumped into a role at an experiential marketing agency working with the world’s top automotive brands; I worked my way up to Influencer Marketing Manager, a role that where I learned how to manage large-scale events, brand storytelling, and to contract influencers and content creators to carry out national and regional campaigns. Though it was fun and exciting, I left the big business scene with hopes to connect with more local and small businesses.

In 2017, my husband Mackenzie and I decided it was a great time to move to Tucson, see my family, enjoy a slower pace of life, and get more sunshine! What we thought would be a short-term reset to plan out our next chapter in our careers, turned into purchasing a home, setting roots, and getting connected in our Tucson community. We’ve been here for two years now, and I am excited about being a part of the Good News Communications team as the Marketing Coordinator! 

When I’m not in the office you can find me renovating my 1950’s house with Mack, playing in our garden, rock-climbing, snapping photos, or cruising in our van with the windows down (year-round because she doesn’t have A/C.)

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