- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Concerned Women for America has selected Chicago Christian radio talk show host Sandy Rios as its new president.
Mrs. Rios, 52, will start work Oct. 15 as head of the nearly 600,000-member organization, one of the nation's largest women's organizations with 500 chapters. The Washington-based group was founded in 1979 by Christian activist Beverly LaHaye.
"We are rejoicing today that she has accepted this challenge, and I look forward to her working alongside me," Mrs. LaHaye said.
"Sandy Rios is uniquely qualified to serve; she has a wealth of experience as a talented radio talk-show host with a reputation for tackling hard issues in a compassionate and forthright way."
Mrs. Rios has hosted the drive-time slot for Chicago Christian radio station WYLL-1160 AM since 1994, where she discussed contemporary cultural news events, politics, people and issues from a Christian point of view.
"This is a time of great honor but also of sober responsibility," Mrs. Rios said. "Now in the wake of the nation's tragedy, has there ever been a more important time for us to consider 'How then shall we live?'"
She is replacing Carmen Pate, who quit in May 1999 after one year because of differences with Mrs. LaHaye.
Mrs. Rios, a mother of two grown children, began her professional career giving private piano lessons and teaching music in public schools. In 1984, she joined a studio recording group, the John Wilson Singers of Hope Publishing Company, where she made her first solo album, "Lord I Believe."
In 1987, she co-hosted the broadcast edition of Guidepost magazine in Carmel, N.Y.

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