Day 5: From the First Day Until Now
By: Joe Miller, Underwriting Representative & Sunday Evening Announcer
I was one of those kids who always seemed to be fascinated with radio. And, I was blessed with having a local Christian radio station whose teaching and music helped me in the early years of my faith.
I remember the very first time I toured a local radio station. A classmate’s mother took me and my friend where we were greeted warmly and shown around. I remember how intimidating everything looked. There was equipment literally everywhere along with seemingly hundreds of vinyl records, tape cartridges and other objects that I didn’t know what they were. Still, my intrigue with this very special communication medium didn’t wane.
Much later, when God called some friends and I to build a Christian radio station on our college campus, I remember praying that we’d have it done and ‘on the air’ before I graduated. That goal was met. During my final semester, I had the opportunity to ‘whet my appetite’ behind the controls and of course the microphone.
A lot has happened in Christian radio since those days. Vinyl records have become recreational and collector’s items. And, those tape cartridges… If a young person today saw one of those, like me ‘back in the day,’ they probably wouldn’t have a clue what they were.
Quite a number of artists have come and gone, too. Still, I’m amazed at how many performers from 1988 – when WGRC first started sharing contemporary Christian radio in Pennsylvania’s heartland – continue to perform, write or produce. People such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant are still blessing many people with their ‘message in the music.’
While the names, faces and equipment has changed, the message remains a timeless one. The writer of Hebrews says it this way: Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Heb. 13:8) And, if we continue ministering in this way and the Lord tarries, no doubt the technology will continue to change and evolve. And, as it does, we’ll have to learn new gadgets, widgets and doo-dads. But, praise be to God, the message will never change. To that, we may be eternally grateful.
Father, may we remain faithful to You, and to sharing your love and grace to others, even as you have done with us from the first day until now. In Jesus’ name, Amen.