After Family Radio, what now? Moving forward, embracing Christ and His Church
WFSO used to be a Family Radio affiliate station. There are several issues why WFSO had to part company with Family Radio, but first of all, be it known that our relationship was cordial.
The single largest issue that forced us to depart was that Family Radio denied the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Harold Camping developed this theory while still alive, and Family Radio has not repudiated it to it to this day. Since late 2015, there have been rumors that they may move away from this heresy, but we are not holding our breath. It would take weeks of public repentance and clear teaching by ordained pastors to clear up the deep-seated false teachings that have been promulgated since 2003. Family Radio has taught over the air that all Christians should leave their churches; that all churches are corrupt, and that Satan rules all the churches. Redeemer disagrees with this teaching. We know that there are many good churches which uphold the historic Christian faith, and we believe that it is obligatory that faithful Christians find such a faithful church and join themselves to it. Fairly recently, there apparently was some considerations by the current management of taking a new position of neither promoting churches, nor cursing churches; but until this becomes public then their anti-church stance still holds. Frankly, regarding the visible church, either you are for her, or against her. Neutrality is not an option. To reverse the anti-church position it seems, would require extended public repentance by Family Radio.
We believe that if you won't have the church, then you cannot have Christ.
A second issue was that of setting of dates for the return of Christ. We believe that man is not allowed to know the timing of the return of Christ, and that setting of dates is contrary to God's word. Fortunately, it appears that Family Radio has moved away from this practice now. Although to assert that Jesus is "coming soon," is in some sense an admission of claiming to know the timing of His coming. Redeemer feels that we should always be ready for His return, while not setting dates at all.
Thirdly, Harold Camping set himself up as the "only" voice of truth, and the Family Radio Board allowed this to occur. His "deeper spiritual meanings" were often fabricated and he would not entertain serious debate regarding them. He became completely unaccountable. During the final decade of Mr. Camping's life, Family Radio eliminated all pastors from teaching on the network. They allowed a couple of dead pastors, but none who were alive. To this day, this tradition has been maintained by Family Radio.
Those three factors made it impossible for WFSO to remain as an affiliate.
After Harold Camping's failed end-of-the-world predictions, Family Radio sold heritage 94.7 FM Newark, 106.9 Philadelphia, and 107.9 Annapolis stations to secular broadcasters. Pundits in the industry realize that these three FM stations are what kept Family Radio financially viable. WFME-TV (Channel 66 Direct TV) also no longer carries any Christian programming. The donors who invested in and supported these FM stations and TV station were disappointed to say the least. Since the sales, more key people at Family Radio have been laid off, and more broadcast assets have been sold. Family Radio acquired AM stations for these "markets," however the effectiveness of coverage and sound quality doesn't compare to the old days. According to one former employee, we learned that it was Harold Camping's wishes that these three major FM stations be sold so that "no one else would have the platform" that he did during the time of his leadership. The stations were indeed sold per Harold's wishes, and the money was used in part to pay for the many millions of dollars that the May 21, 2011 billboard campaign cost them, and to acquire the Philly and NYC AM stations.
Options for finding an alternative to Family Radio in the Metro areas:
A Family Radio replacement for Northern New Jersey near Green Pond, NJ with a plan to expand East
In September 2013, Redeemer Broadcasting built a small FM station in Northern NJ. The call letters are WNEQ and our frequency is 90.3 FM. The coverage is small but we intend to keep working on expanding the coverage now that we have a "foot hold" in the area. There are so many people who contact us and that want Redeemer to expand because we support the church and have a conservative sound. Some folks see Redeemer as the "new" Family Radio. And so, WNEQ is just a first step for this area.
9/28/15: The latest news is that we are actively working on a viable plan to expand eastward with more coverage in the near future. Contact us to find out more. Additionally we are exploring leasing time on a station that covers most of Manhattan.
Southern Maryland listeners: WXMD 89.7 FM In February 2014, Redeemer launched a new station serving St. Mary's county, Maryland. It is a 7000 watt signal that covers as far north as St. Charles. Please consider supporting this wonderful new station.
*** Eastern Philadelphia / South Camden listeners - OPPORTUNITY ***: We can acquire a signal in this area for the cost of a modest home. If you want to fund Redeemer acquiring a station to the east of Philly (within part of the old WKDN area), please contact us immediately. We have an unprecedented opportunity to acquire a full service FM station and just simply need the funding to make it happen. This station will cover some of the area lost by Family Radio selling WKDN (to a secular broadcaster). It would take about $250K to acquire and build out this signal. But, we can do this incrementally - so all donations count. If you would like to donate, you will help assure that conservative Christian radio returns to this area. Our direct number if you are seriously interested in helping is: 888-724-4427 (then press 1). If you want to email us with your intentions to donate, please use this email address: email@example.com , and include in the subject line: "South Camden project."
Smart Phone option
On your Smart phone use the "tunein" app to find Redeemer Broadcasting - search for call letters WFSO
Internet radio option
Acquire a Grace Digital Audio Internet table top radio with 30% discount code, search for WFSO - contact us for the discount code. For a limited time: Donate $175 to Redeemer and we will send you a MONDO receiver for FREE.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free 888-724-4427
What happened to the old blog on Harold Camping?
Over the years, we had written some 41 pages discussing the situation with Harold Camping. The work became an ongoing blog as Mr. Camping announced fundamental changes to his beliefs and reinterpreted missed dates. We commented on many of the changes, but never ridiculed Mr. Camping. We always treated him with respect while interacting with his false teachings. That old blog is now archived as we now focus on a plan that is forward-looking.
WFSO used to be a Family Radio affiliate station. However, as mentioned above, we could not continue in good conscience as an affiliate once Mr. Camping began denying the church. Redeemer Broadcasting, Inc. was founded and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) Christian broadcast ministry in February 2004. We had no network feed in those early days, and so we had to create one from the ground up. The story is nothing less than a small miracle and is a testimony to the faithfulness of the Lord.
Redeemer by God's grace, is now being used of the Lord in listener's lives in the Mid-Hudson Valley of New York State, Northern New Jersey, Southern Maryland, as well as on line via internet streaming.
Listeners in Philadelphia, Annapolis and NYC find us via internet streaming. We are thankful for the increasing positive feedback and support from these former Family Radio areas. Two of our newer stations provide some coverage into areas that Family Radio used to be in.
The next phase is to expand WNEQ to the east by acquiring another station or translator. We will not rest until we cover this entire region with excellent programming. The approach will be the same with WXMD - we believe that we need to expand north into Washington DC and Baltimore. Because of the station sales which occurred in the key Family Radio areas of Philadelphia, Annapolis, and Newark/NYC, we believe that Redeemer will become a faithful gospel witness and soothing balm of programming for former Family Radio listeners. Folks are looking for something on their FM radios like Redeemer. Folks want to not feel guilty because they faithfully attend church. Redeemer is a perfect fit.
How is Redeemer unique?
First and foremost, Redeemer grew out of the church. Our Board of Directors and our Advisory Team are all churchmen. We grieved over the “end of the church age” false teaching, and we have vowed to support the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ as we move forward. Another difference is our programming - our music is a refreshing uplift while remaining calm and melodious, and our teaching is a mix of various men of God from around the nation. We do not spiritualize everything, and we practice localism in the areas in which we serve. You will find that we are optimistic1 regarding the spread of the gospel of Christ. Finally we are truly accountable to an Advisory Team and to churches.
If you are interested in learning more about this alternative to Family Radio and would like to contact us, please email us at: email@example.com. We would love to begin a correspondence with you, and answer any questions that you may have.
By God's grace:
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1. By this we mean all that the second petition in the Lord’s Prayer implies, namely:
“Thy Kingdom come; that is, rule us so by Thy word and spirit, that we may submit ourselves more and more to Thee; preserve and increase Thy church, destroy the works of the devil, and all violence which would exalt itself against Thee; and also, all wicked counsels, devised against Thy holy word; till the full perfection of Thy kingdom takes place, wherein Thou shalt be all in all.” – Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 123