About those 64 live listeners, David Strand . . .

Mollie here. Another great day for Issues, Etc. Petition-signer Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., dropped by to discuss policy issues of concern to constituents. Shimkus, who is a member of an LCMS congregation, provided assistance to Jeff and Todd in getting their studio up and running.

Anyway, Jeff and Todd explained a bit about the difficulties some of you had hearing Issues, Etc. in the first couple of days. They said that if you paid to hear Issues, Etc. you have five days to get your money back. And you should. Because Issues, Etc. gets none of those funds and Pirate Christian Radio fixed the problem.

Basically the deal is that in the history of Live365’s streaming of live radio, Issues, Etc. was the first program to ever max out their servers.

And it just reminds me that the claim of the Board for Communication Services Executive Director David Strand was that Issues, Etc. had, what, 64 live listeners and no on-demand listeners?


About Pastor Tim Rossow

Rev. Dr. Timothy Rossow is the Director of Development for Lutherans in Africa. He served Bethany Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL as the Sr. Pastor for 22 years (1994-2016) and was Sr. Pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran in Dearborn, MI prior to that. He is the founder of Brothers of John the Steadfast but handed off the Sr. Editor position to Rev. Joshua Scheer in 2015. He currently resides in Ocean Shores WA with his wife Phyllis. He regularly teaches in Africa. He also paints watercolors, reads philosophy and golfs. He is currently represented in two art galleries in the Pacific Northwest. His M Div is from Concordia, St. Louis and he has an MA in philosophy from St. Louis University and a D Min from Concordia, Fort Wayne.


About those 64 live listeners, David Strand . . . — 16 Comments

  1. Ah Mollie, remember that the great joy of being a bureaucrat like Mr. Strand is that neither facts nor reason get to stand in the way of your plans. I’m sure if anyone asked the IC about the great number of live & on demand listeners for the new show, we’d get an equally nonsensical explanation, because they don’t have to make sense; reality is what they create.

    But I may be too cynical.

  2. Mollie here. I went ahead and emailed David Strand to tell him about the listener overload. Something tells me he doesn’t listen to Issues, Etc.

  3. I’ve listened live all three days. I’ve heard several people call in, from St Louis in the first hour when they have to be listening on the computer. Has anyone heard if anyone is listening to the Afternoon Show? Of course, they’re probably a different sort then the Issues fans. It’d be fun to see a poll of St Louis station listenership comparing the AM stations from 4:00-5:00. I used to listen to KFUO most of the day. I’ve hardly ever since March 17th. I could count the hours on one hand. Chris Rosebroughs show after Issues on Pirateradio is good, too.

  4. Maybe Pirate Christian Radio was counting on only 64 listeners based on the numbers provided by Mr. Strand. Plus it usually takes a bit to get a radio show up to speed and build an audience, so they were understandably right if they thought 64 would even be on the high side. Hmmm, something doesn’t sound right, if I could only put my finger on it…

  5. Mollie,

    I am super excited that the program is back. It is a wonderful blessing. Before the fiasco our Synod was doing this good work and I was “proud” I suppose to be associated with them in doing it.

    Now every time I listen to it, whether the LCMS is even mentioned or not, I will be reminded of how misguided our Synod was, is(?), and will continue to be(?). How sad.

    Synods I suppose are made up of sinners though and will from time to time let us all down, but the Gospel will not!

    Kevin in Indiana

  6. This is not the first time that our “theories” of church growth in the Synod have blinded us to the real avenues of success. A friend of mine about ten years ago, a former missionary who caught malaria, served as a campus minister. He wore his Roman cassock on campus, which attracted attention. He had a successful ministry on this commuter campus if kids showing up for Bible study and worship was any indication. But his methods embarrassed the district board, so they replaced him with a conventional business suit (or was it golf shirt?) type of minister whose ministry was invisible and eventually (I understand) defunded.
    I am reminded of how Detroit lost it’s classical music station 15 years ago. It had been a successful niche station with high-end advertisers and a very faithful listening audience including my teen daughter. But another company bought the station and turned it into a pop-40 station in an attempt to get in on the “bigger” audience. It failed within two years, unable to compete with the established stations. It has comeback with several formats (the latest is “young country”), but never achieved the visibilty (or I think the profitability) it had in its classical format. (Its host, Dave Wagner, was LCMS, btw.).

  7. “God worked it for good.” That’s the part of the Bible verse that keeps running through my head.

  8. Would it be too much to expect from a Synod that supports ministry outreach to at the very least advertise somewhere somehow that Issues Etc. is now back and available at Lutheran Public Radio? I mean the Synod’s financial problems with Issues Etc. are now solved . . . Correct? Can we expect at least a little support?

    President Kieschnick? Mr. Strand?

    I would hope so. Sadly, I have my doubts.

  9. Of course, with the great anticipation, maybe more people are listening live this first week. I know I rarely listened live when it was on KFUO, but I have listened at least some of the time each of the first three days.

    I would be interested in the numbers–how many people are listening live from Live365.

    By the way, Live365 seems to be a good company. I wrote them with a question about how to listen to Pirate Christian Radio with my Phoenix wifi radio, and they responded right back with a link that works great. They seemed impressed with the number of listeners to Pirate Christian Radio as well.

  10. I too have been listening live, for the most part, the last couple of days. But I’ll probably switch back to listening to the podcasts, which was how I mainly listened in the past.

  11. LCMS Communication Services is irrelevant. The only thing they know how to do is parrot the LCMS bureaucratic party line.

    But it will just keep rollin’ along. Let it roll.

    This new show is so much improved, because they don’t have to dance around the bureaucracy anymore.

    Praise God for the new show!

  12. Since the synod claims that Issues, Etc. was cut for “financial reasons”. I think it is time for the next round of cost cutting measures for KFUO AM.

    KFUO AM needs to cancel the Afernoon Show and fire Diane Summers and the Rev. Steve Siegel (hosts of the Afternoon Show) and put Issues, Etc. back on the air in its normal time slot.

    This would save KFUO AM at least $150,000 per year in employee overhead. Lutheran Public Radio may even be willing to pay a ‘nominal fee’ for the air time at KFUO AM. That being the case, KFUO AM could be making a profit during that time slot rather than losing money.

    As I see it, canceling The Afternoon Show is the ONLY financially responsible thing for them to do.

  13. Count me in as a listener, this weekend! I will be catching up on the computer, can’t wait!
    It will be interesting to see if the synod recognizes the success.

  14. I listened to the show live before Black Tuesday and I am listening live now although I get terrible AM reception in my house. Have not tried listening in the car yet to see if I can get a good signal or not. In any case, if you listen, please send money. We cannot lose them again and money is one of the easier problems to solve in this world.

  15. Chris,

    It is good to hear you chime in. Thank you for all your work with PCR. Also, I got to hear your show after Issues and it was excellent.

    We will let you, Pastor Wilken, and Jeff determnine how you want to use any financial help from BJS but this notion of airtime at KFUO or elsewhere is one of the things that I have always had in mind would be a great project for BJS.

    I hope to be going out to SoCal later this month to promote BJS and hope to get some photos for upcoming installments of the Steadfast Parish of the month and am targeting your home congregation for one. It would be great to get a few shots of your Bible class. I am working through our steering committee member out there, David A. and will keep in touch through him.

    Again thanks for all your work. I remind people that the best way to support Issues is to do so directly on thier website or at Pirate Christian Radio. BJS is a longer term support mechanism for Issues. Our goal is to get chapters started in congregations so that we can reach even more people with the message of Issues and other new Lutheran media than could otherwise be done. Don’t get me wrong. We need you all to become members of BJS so that we can accomplish more and more but the most direct way to support Issues is directly

    Hope to meet you soon.

    Pastor Rossow

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