It’s Reformation Week at Issues, Etc., the syndicated radio program that you can hear online both live and on demand. I’ll be interviewed today 5:00-6:00 p.m. ET on the Reformation on the Visual Arts. Other topics this week will be the Reformation and Education, the Reformation and Government, the Reformation and Music, and the Reformation on Science. See the week’s lineup after the jump.
The talk radio show Issues, Etc., has a great line-up for Holy Week. This would be a good time to check it out and to see what the big deal is about that program. It airs live from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time and can be heard on the web, as well as a number of radio stations across the country. (Go to the website for a list of stations that carry it.) The daily programs are archived on the website, so you can listen to them at your leisure. (And check out the iPhone and Android apps, the latter of which is a creation of Michael O’Connor, who goes to our church.)
Here are the topics and guests for each day of Holy Week:
Monday, April 2–The Events of Holy Week. Dr. Paul Maier of Western Michigan University
Tuesday, April 3–The Last Supper According to Luke’s Gospel. Dr. Arthur Just of Concordia Theological Seminary
Wednesday, April 4–The Last Words of Jesus from the Cross. Pr. Bill Cwirla of Holy Trinity Lutheran-Hacienda Heights, CA
Thursday, April 5–The Passion of Christ. Dr. Norman Nagel of Concordia Seminary
Friday, April 6–The Hymn, “O Sacred Head Now Wounded.” Pr. Will Weedon of St. Paul Lutheran-Hamel, IL
Saturday, April 7–Luther on the Passion of Christ. Pr. Paul McCain of Concordia Publishing House
For those of you who are fans, what would you say is so special about Issues, Etc.? What would you say to convince someone–say, who is not a Lutheran–to tune in?
The saga of Issues, Etc., after much drama, is moving to a happy resolution. The confessional Lutheran radio show was booted from the LCMS-owned radio station KFUO for its uncompromising theological stands, sparking an uproar that, arguably, contributed to the election of new, more conservative leadership in the church body. After being killed off, Issues, Etc., hosted by Todd Wilkens and produced by Jeff Schwarz, rose from the dead on the Internet, raising their own money and purchasing some time from another St. Louis station.
But now the program is coming back in triumph to KFUO AM. (Though the Missouri Synod sold the classical FM station, it still owns the AM facilities.) But the program will retain its internet presence, its own funding, and its independence. Paul McCain tells the tale:
It was, to say the least, a horrendously bad decision when Issues, Etc. was removed from KFUO AM. Issues was, by far, the most popular show on KFUO and the only theological programming The LCMS was producing of this depth and substance.
After that most unhappy incident, Issues Etc. went on to establish itself as a strong, independent voice for confessing Lutheranism. I officially learned today that they are returning on March 12 to KFUO AM in syndication which will allow them to retain total control over their content, while giving the St. Louis and KFUO AM listening audience access to two hours of programming, Monday to Friday.
This is great news! Here is the press release.
“Issues, Etc.”, a radio talk show produced by Lutheran Public Radio and hosted by Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Pastor Todd Wilken, will begin broadcasting live Monday, March 12 from 3-5 p.m. CST weekdays on KFUO, 850 AM in St. Louis. “Issues, Etc.” has been broadcasting on KSIV, Bott Radio Network in St. Louis since June 30, 2008. KFUO is owned and operated by the LCMS. The popular radio show aired for more than 15 years on KFUO. However, the LCMS cancelled the program on March 18, 2008.
“By purchasing airtime on KFUO instead of KSIV, we will be able to offer ten hours of live programming each week to St. Louis area listeners instead of five hours of programming. KFUO also provides a stronger signal for our listeners in southern Illinois,” said Jeff Schwarz, general manager of LPR.
“We will not become employees of KFUO or the LCMS,” said Pastor Todd Wilken, host of Issues, Etc. “Lutheran Public Radio and KFUO are totally separate entities. When listeners donate to KFUO, they won’t be supporting LPR and vice versa. It is vitally important for us to have complete editorial control and financial independence from the LCMS.”
Scott Brown takes the Kennedy seat in the Senate, McCain-Feingold gets gutted, and now this:
Air America Radio, a radio network that was launched in 2004 as a liberal alternative to Rush Limbaugh and other conservative commentators, on Thursday shut down abruptly due to financial woes.
The network once boasted hosts such as Al Franken and Rachel Maddow, but struggled from the outset, including multiple management shake-ups, a bankruptcy in 2006 and sale for $4.25 million the following year.
Air America ceased airing new programs Thursday afternoon and said it will soon file to be liquidated under Chapter 7 bankruptcy. It began broadcasting reruns of programs and would end those as well Monday night.
Why was it that when the conservatives were in power, all we got was liberalism, and now that the liberals are in power, we are getting conservatism?