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An interview with our founder

What was the vision that moved you to start WCNP whenthere are so many Christian radio stations already available?

We visualized a radio ministry that would encourage spiritual growthin individuals, families and communities through a unique format ofboth classical and sacred music, solid Biblical teaching, and localinvolvement.

What have you, your wife and family invested in WCNP over the years?

Personally-owned broadcasting equipment, plus countless hours of research: finding available station frequencies, filling out legal documents, and searching for appropriate studio and tower locations.

Once the station was granted, we installed the transmitter and other studio equipment, contacted various ministries to receive their programs, and set up the programming. My wife reviewed hundreds of CDs, choosing selections that best fit our format.Our young adult children also contributed to the project.

Mark gave valuable technical assistance to put the station on the air, and also helped run the sound board during Friend-Raisers. He continues to help me as needed.

Shelley and Ryan, both accomplished musicians, were recorded in our initial promotional video and played live at the WCNP Grand Opening Celebration. Shelley enjoyed air time with the staff during the Friend-Raisers, and Ryan’s piano recordings are still heard in the regular rotation of our music selections.

You’ve been general manager, program director and chief engineer since WCNP went on the air over 6 years ago. How much time does it take to accomplish all those responsibilities each week?

About 15 hours each week keeps the station on the air, operating legally. Much more time is required to adequately fulfill all the duties of a General Manager and a Program Manager.

Why do believe now is the time to step down from WCNP?

Two years ago I was diagnosed with Stage-IV Prostate Cancer. By God’s grace, my health has stabilized, and I am able to continue with many of my regular activities. However, my energy level is only half what it used to be, and I have an increasingly low tolerance for stress.

The day-to-day responsibilities of station operation and unexpected urgent crises have become burdensome as my priorities become more focused on enjoying life with my wife and family.

The future is uncertain. If I were suddenly unable to fulfill my responsibilities, the Board would find itself in dire straits, just to stay on the air. It seems wise to be pro-active and make the transition now.

What is your hope and prayer for the future of WCNP?

Our station is unique – we know of no other that combines classical and sacred music, with solid Biblical teaching and local involvement. We would love to see this format continue in the future, bringing it to a wider audience through translators in other cities such as Madison. Additional income would enable paid to staff to most fully develop the potential of WCNP.

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