The four year old was in her Grandpa’s arms. She wasn’t singing and it was hard to tell if she was paying any attention to the worship music. As the congregation in the Springfield church started singing a praise song she leaned away from her Grandpa toward her mother, smiling. “That’s a song from our car” she tells her mother. Mom and others around them smile at the words. Grandpa says a silent prayer. “Thank you, Jesus, for Christian radio.”
That true story has been repeated many times in many churches in Springfield as well as other communities around the United States. Christians are blessed in many areas to have a choice in entertainment. Secular radio is not all that is available. The Ozarks are especially fortunate to have a number of stations with different Christian formats.
KWND at 88.3 on the FM band plays adult contemporary Christian music and calls themselves The Wind Radio. Their selection of music is more in the easy listening genre. Very little Christian rock and no heavy metal or rap. This was the station the girl in the story knew. A very usable feature on their web site is the song browser. By going to this page you can identify a song by the time it played and even watch a video of some songs.
For southern gospel music, check out Springfield’s first Christian radio station. KWFC (Keep Witnessing for Christ) at 89.1 FM, was founded in 1969 by The Baptist Bible College. It, like KWND, is not for profit and supported by donations from listeners and corporate sponsors. Many southern gospel groups have come to Springfield thanks to KWFC.
KADI is a profit making station that runs commercials and plays contemporary Christian music of all kinds. This is not Grandpa’s gospel music. At 99.5 FM they have focused on the music since 1990 and call themselves 99 Hit FM. Community involvement is big with Vision Communication, the parent company. They have been instrumental in bringing many CCM name artists to Springfield.
Bott Radio Network (BRN) is represented in Springfield by KSCV at 90.1 on the FM dial. They broadcast Christian teaching and talk programming such as Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah, In Touch with Charles Stanley, Back to the Bible with Woodrow Kroll and Bible Answerman with Hank Hanegraff. Dick Bott founded the network with one station, KCCV 1510 AM in Independence, MO in 1962. Bott now has 80 stations in 14 states.
If you are not familiar with all of these stations, check them out and comment if your Christian station was not mentioned.