Attention St. Louis-area Issues, Etc. listeners!

March 5th, 2012 Post by

You may have heard that “Issues, Etc.” is “returning” to KFUO radio. This is true, in the sense that KFUO listeners will get to hear fresh episodes of “Issues, Etc.” on the station for the first time since the LCMS cancelled the program and fired its host and producer in 2008.

But don’t worry, they’re not returning under KFUO’s jurisdictional control. They’re simply buying airtime from the station. Here’s the press release with more details:

“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. “LPR 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.”

“We are extremely thankful to the Bott family and to the Bott Radio Network for providing us the opportunity to broadcast Issues, Etc. on KSIV,” Schwarz said. “Almost immediately after the cancellation, we were contacted by Rich Bott and presented with the opportunity to continue broadcasting on a terrestrial radio station in St. Louis.”

LPR will continue to produce “Issues, Etc.” from its studios in Collinsville, IL.

Want to listen to Issues, Etc. on a radio station near you? Click here for radio stations. (It will be updated when they start broadcasting on KFUO)

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  1. Martin R. Noland
    March 5th, 2012 at 13:46 | #1

    Dear Mollie,

    Thanks for the great news! It is great news for both Issues, etc., which will get twice the programming hours and a stronger signal to carry the show to more distant towns and cities; and for KFUO, which will get the best Lutheran program available today, with “carry-over” effect for its other shows. This is a WIN-WIN in my book!

    Supporters of “Issues, etc.”, still need to keep the program in your personal and congregational budgets, and your prayers.

    Yours in Christ, Martin R. Noland

  2. LW
    March 5th, 2012 at 13:57 | #2

    This sounds like a good programming and financial decision.

  3. Wallenstein
    March 5th, 2012 at 14:59 | #3

    From the article: “KFUO is owned and operated by the LCMS.”

    I thought it was now owned and operated by Joy FM. I am confused.

  4. Mollie
    March 5th, 2012 at 15:00 | #4

    @Wallenstein #3
    KFUO-FM was sold. KFUO-AM is still owned and operated by the LCMS.

  5. March 5th, 2012 at 18:32 | #5

    Hmmm… I wonder if Pastor Wally Schulz can buy air time from the Lutheran Hour…

  6. boaz
    March 5th, 2012 at 20:31 | #6

    Kfuo should have a daily matins and vespers with readings from the treasury. Id listen 5 hours a day.

  7. mbw
    March 5th, 2012 at 20:35 | #7

    Congratulations to everybody involved. Let us be thankful for the work being done by our synodical leaders to set things right. May it continue for a long time. Let us diligently pray for that.

  8. Our God Reigns
    March 5th, 2012 at 23:30 | #8

    Great news for everyone.

  9. March 6th, 2012 at 10:26 | #9

    I first started listening well after the 2008 incident, so I don’t know the whole history. What happened and why were they fired?

  10. Mollie
    March 6th, 2012 at 10:30 | #10

    I wrote about it for the Wall Street Journal then:

  11. Rev. MLKumm
    March 6th, 2012 at 12:46 | #11

    @boaz #6
    Stay tuned….

  12. mbw
    March 6th, 2012 at 13:14 | #12

    Rev. MLKumm :
    @boaz #6
    Stay tuned….

    For this to happen, people here will have to LISTEN to KFUO! : – ) (navigate to the Flash player at “Listen Now Online” on the main page)
    in iTunes player: Library -> Radio -> Religious -> KFUO AM 850

  13. March 6th, 2012 at 14:54 | #13

    @Mollie #10
    Wow, great article. Thanks!

  14. sumbody
    March 6th, 2012 at 17:31 | #14


    # 6 Boaz

    I agree with you. Have missed for a long long time the GOOD Con. Sem. Chapel services. This would be a fine thing for the matins also.


  15. Marcus Zill
    March 7th, 2012 at 19:40 | #15

    This is fantastic news! I’m thrilled that Todd and Jeff can be “in” KFUO, but not “of” KFUO! More importantly, the more that can hear their broadcasts the better!

  16. Paul Wilcoxen
    March 7th, 2012 at 22:13 | #16

    From an original supporter of IE: What an amazing, overwhelming response on this blog to this incredible news! Happy days are here again!

  17. Rev. Michael Piper
    March 8th, 2012 at 05:26 | #17

    Happy to hear this. When do they start?

    3 to 5 is so much better for us in the St Louis area. I’ve never heard it mentioned: 3 p.m. is when most Lutheran schools get out. What a wonderful blessing it was to pass on the faith to the kids during those long drives to and from school. I actually turned KFUO back on for the first time in years.


  18. mbw
    March 10th, 2012 at 09:49 | #18

    Paul Wilcoxen :
    From an original supporter of IE: What an amazing, overwhelming response on this blog to this incredible news! Happy days are here again!

    Even though KFUO operates under the direct supervision of our good executive office, it is still not quite socially acceptable here to say anything good about it. When we say “KFUO” we reference 88 years (so far) of public Lutheran radio ministry.

  19. mbw
    March 12th, 2012 at 14:59 | #19

    KFUO is not just for St. Louis!

    Listen NOW at and you won’t have to hear any growling pirates right after the show.

  20. April 6th, 2012 at 12:01 | #20

    Pastor Randy Asburry of Hope in St. Louis ( ) began a new morning show this week. 7-9 am each day. At least on the first couple of shows, it began with what sounded like one of our seminary choirs doing Matins. KFUO sounds a bit like a church in the early mornings. Later, there’s a call-in feature where long time listeners can be heard on the air and hear the Word personally from the pastor. is again broadcasting a St. Louis multi-congregation Tre Ore service, starting at 12 noon CDT today (NOW).

  21. April 6th, 2012 at 12:03 | #21

    boaz :
    Kfuo should have a daily matins and vespers with readings from the treasury. Id listen 5 hours a day.

    They have Matins now.

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