After Family Radio, what now? Moving forward, embracing Christ and His Church

WFSO used to be a Family Radio affiliate station.

It is natural to ask if we are still associated with Family Radio in any way, and also what are the differences between the two ministries.

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. WFSO was a faithful affiliate from 1996 until 2003. Before this, we helped them launch a full service station for Kingston NY in 1993, having given 5 years of our lives and personal resources to just that effort alone. We also helped them build a translator network of stations from Newburgh to Albany (most of this is all lost now). Early involvement began in 1983. So, we were heavily invested in the ministry both emotionally and financially. But Family Radio clearly departed from sound teaching and something had to be done.

We repeatedly reached out to the Family Radio leadership, pleading with them to reverse their emphasis that was slowly morphing into a church-hating, cult-like following. We appealed to them for a number of years. This included phone calls, conference calls, trips, etc. No one on the Board or in a position of influence was willing to challenge their leader Harold Camping. The people involved who disagreed with Harold would not confront him directly for fear of losing their job or perhaps losing participation in some missions trip, etc. They appeased themselves claiming the word was still getting out, despite Harod. They held on hoping for a resolution. At first we were sympathetic to their feelings, and had hoped for reformation also. Had it been earlier, when Scott Smith was alive, things likely would have been different, but since Scott Smith and Richard Vandyk had passed, the Board had absolutely no say. Harold ran things with an iron fist and no one dared challenge him.     

The largest issue and "final straw" that forced us to part ways was that Family Radio began to deny the visible church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Harold Camping developed this theory, post 1988 and went public with it in 2003. Family Radio has not repudiated it to it to this day. The teaching really took hold in the network starting 2003. That is when we realized that our affiliate relation had come to a non-negotiable end. We had a huge problem on our hands at that point. 

The hatred for the visible church apparently began to consume Harold. Earlier, he had left the Alameda Christian Reformed church in 1988 and started his own "fellowship." This laid the framework for him becoming his own authority as well as weaving the date 1988 into his made-up end time scenarios. This teaching caused hundreds if not thousands of people to follow Harold like sheep led to the slaughter. The effect on Christ's Bride is felt to this day. 

Harold died December 15, 2013. Since late 2015, there have been reports that Family Radio is moving away from their anti-church heresy, and it appears that they are doing so; but they are not being forthright about it. We would advise them to boldly assert that Harold was wrong and that the church age is not over. Encourage listeners to find a faithful church to join and support. 

It is difficult to reverse the deep-seated false teachings that have been promulgated since 2003. To be clear, Family Radio taught that all Christians should leave their churches; that all churches are corrupt, and that Satan rules all the churches. In so many words, Family Radio via Harold Camping their President, was ascribing to Satan, the works of the Holy Spirit in faithful churches. Ponder this for a while - is that not a major problem? To assert such, means that you are no longer a professing Christian, nor a Christian network for that matter. 

Of course we strongly disagreed with this teaching. There are many good churches which uphold the historic Christian faith, and we believe that it is obligatory that faithful Christians find a faithful church and join themselves to it. Preferrably one which is both evangelical and confessional. For an example of being confessional see this page, in particular this statement: "We are committed to historic biblical Christianity. We seek to be thoroughly biblical, properly catholic, and true to the faith of the Protestant Reformation. We affirm the historic faith as presented in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, and in the great statements of the Reformation such as the Canons of Dordt, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Belgic Confession and the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms."

Recently, there reportedly were considerations by the current management of taking a position of neither promoting churches nor cursing churches. However, neutrality is not an option. To reverse their publically stated anti-church position, will require public repentance and clarification by Family Radio. Either you are for Jesus, or against Him. 

We believe that if you won't have the church, then you cannot have Christ.

For a clear, succinct teaching on the church, we refer you to the Westminster Confession of Faith on this subject. If you compare Family Radio's current statement of faith with this historic confession, you will find that Family Radio still does not to this day (June 2016), embrace the visible Church. Contrasted with Family Radio, the Bible teaches that Christ has given to the visible Church the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God for the gathering and perfecting of the saints. This is why any mere broadcast ministry (including Redeemer) cannot replace the church's unique role in God's world. 

A second issue was that of setting of dates for the return of Christ. This struck us very hard personally, because we had just launched a new Family Radio station in 1993. It came with much toil and personal sacrifice. We had helped promote the venture from 1988 to 1993, and local people gave. Finally we had a signal on the air with good programming and with a strong signal for Kingston. But imagine the huge embarassment and disappointment when Harold then predicted (wrongly) that he was 99% sure of Christ's return in 1994. This was a terrible thing to go through, but we tried to weather the storm, hoping that it was a one time "blip" that would never happen again. Fortunately, things did settle down for a while, enough so, that in 1996 we were ready to ask for an affiliate relationship. 

We believe that mankind is not allowed to know the timing of the return of Christ, and that setting of dates is contrary to God's word. 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, long 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. It took us a while before we saw what was happening on this front. His "deeper spiritual meanings" were often fabricated and he would not entertain serious debate regarding them. He became unaccountable. During the final decade of Harold Camping's life, he and Family Radio eliminated all pastors from teaching on the network. They allowed a couple of dead pastors, but none who were alive. This decades-long tradition is slowly being reversed, but it is too little, too late in our opinion. 

Those three factors made it impossible for WFSO to remain as an affiliate.  

After Harold Camping's failed end-of-the-world predictions (every date he set was false), Family Radio sold heritage 94.7 FM Newark, 106.9 Philadelphia, and 107.9 Annapolis stations to secular broadcasters. Broadcast pundits realize that these three FM stations are in large part what kept Family Radio financially viable. WFME-TV (Channel 66 Direct TV) no longer carries any Christian programming. The donors who invested in and supported these FM stations and TV station were disappointed, and became somewhat jaded ("fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me"). Reportedly, the income has fallen drastically.  

According to one former employee, 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 large part to pay for the many millions of dollars that were wasted on the May 21, 2011 worldwide billboard campaign. The broker dealings resulted in Family Radio acquiring the Philly and NYC AM stations. Since the sales, key people at Family Radio were laid off, and more broadcast assets were sold. The AM stations for the three areas do not sound too good and the effectiveness of coverage doesn't compare to the old days.     


Options for finding an alternative to Family Radio outside the Hudson Valley:

Redeemer Broadcasting for Northern New Jersey
Green
Pond, NJ  90.3 FM
In September 2013, Redeemer Broadcasting launched this FM station in Northern NJ. 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 who want Redeemer to expand because we support the church and have a conservative sound. Some folks see Redeemer as the "new" Family Radio. WNEQ is just a first step for this area.  

Wayne, NJ  95.9 FM
On September 15, 2016 a low-powered (27 watt) Redeemer Affiliate, WYNE-LP signed on. This station is owned by Preakness Valley URC, and is the latest addition to the Redeemer suite of stations. We are thankful to the Preakness Valley church to partner in this way, and we share their confessional commitment to the word of God.  

Redeemer Broadcasting for Southern Maryland: 
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. The signal reaches across the Potomac River and covers a small part of eastern Virginia. Please consider supporting this wonderful new station. Listenership is building and new donations continue to come in. The station is nearly self supporting in about three years of operations. 

Smart Phone option
On your Smart phone use the "tunein" app to find Redeemer Broadcasting - search for call letters WFSO   

Our stream on this website
Visit www.redeemerbroadcasting.org home page, or just click here: LISTEN LIVE link 

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Contact:  ministry@redeemerbroadcasting.org or toll free 888-724-4427 

 

What happened to the old blog on Harold Camping?
Leading up to the May 21, 2011 fiasco, we had written some 41 pages discussing the situation with Harold Camping. The work became an ongoing blog as Harold 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. He was a personal friend, who had gone astray. That old blog is now archived as we now focus on a plan that is forward-looking. 

 

Our Background and moving forward
WFSO used to be a Family Radio affiliate station, and as mentioned above, we could not continue in good conscience as an affiliate once Mr. Camping began denying the church. In response, 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. 

We are indebted to the advice and help of many folks who came along side at just the right time to lend their expertise. Even some former Family Radio folks who greived the demise of their network were supportive. Those early days entailed taking very small steps and funding the advances mostly through personal sacrifice and funding. We also received some financial support from listening friends in the Hudson Valley who understood our dilemma and wanted a better solution to listen to. Although we were in our infancy and making mistakes, our listeners were happier with Redeemer than what they had to listen to before. 

Redeemer purchased WFSO and also the translator. Our coverage was very small in those days. We also acquired the Catskill translator and then the Newburgh translator. Finally, things started to get on a path of operating in the black. However we learned that you could not sustain a station with too low a power and not covering enough people.  

We had to make some improvements to the three translators and to WFSO, and then the little Hudson Valley network started to be able to support itself - assuming the workers volunteered their time!  So, that was the next problem - you have to pay the workers. The obstacles to growth have always been financial and the lack of having access to a large signal footprint. 

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.  

We give all glory and praise to the Lord for whatever good has come from this effort.  

Listeners in Philadelphia, Annapolis and NYC find us via internet streaming. We have increasingly received positive feedback and support from these old Family Radio areas. Two of our newer stations provide some coverage into areas that Family Radio used cover via FM radio.


What's next?

The Hudson Valley Project - God willing to go on the air Fall 2017
We have firm plans to launch a large, Full Service signal in the Mid-Hudson Valley of NY state. This area has been sparsely covered by Family Radio using smaller signals since 1983. God willing, the new signal will engulf the former signals and provide real coverage for well over 300,000 potential listeners. Actually, nearly 400,000 when you add in our two outlying translators to the North (101.1) and South (90.3). We desperately need your support. Once launched, it will have the advantage of stabilizing our network, and benefitting all areas. Please help us on this vital project!  

Improve 90.3 FM signal for Newburgh, Beacon, Cornwall on Hudson  
By replacing our damaged antenna and moving it higher on the tower, we can provide better coverage for this whole area. Please contact us if interested in helping. 

WNEQ - Northern NJ - expansion east and south
Our goal is to expand WNEQ to the east and south by acquiring another Redeemer-owned station and/or translator. We will not rest until we cover this entire region with excellent programming. The approach will be the same with WXMD.

Annapolis area
We want to expand north into Washington DC and Baltimore, but first the most reasonable goal is Annapolis. 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. Help us acquire a signal that covers Annapolis. 

Eastern Philadelphia / South Camden
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. 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.   If you want to email us with your intentions to donate, please use this email address: ministry@redeemerbroadcasting.org , and include in the subject line: "South Camden project."

   
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. All of the Bible applies to all of life - Jesus is Lord over all. As Abraham Kuyper said: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”

We practice localism in the areas in which we serve. Redeemer practices engaging the community by airing local public service announcements, local public affairs, re-broadcasting local churches, and providing up-to-date local weather reports for both morning and evening for each station and affiliate. In Southern Maryland we have a regular presence at the county fair, and enjoy meeting our friends. We've added Bill Shishko's A Visit to the Pastor's Study to our Saturday line up. This live program originates on Long Island at WLIE-AM, and is now heard over the Redeemer network of stations. This is another way of increasing our localism and interacting with our listeners. 

We try and broadcast real content, not just a "Hallmark" greeting card style with little remarks thrown in. For an example, visit these links: A PLAIN ANSWER or HOLDING ALL THINGS TOGETHER. Again, each Saturday we offer a live call-in program as we partner with Reformation Metro NY: A VISIT TO THE PASTOR'S STUDY

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: ministry@redeemerbroadcasting.org.  We would love to begin a correspondence with you, and answer any questions that you may have.



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By God's grace:
We are committed to historic biblical Christianity. We seek to be thoroughly biblical, properly catholic, and true to the faith of the Protestant Reformation. We affirm the historic faith as presented in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds, and in the great statements of the Reformation such as the Canons of Dordt, the Heidelberg Catechism, and the Belgic Confession and the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms.

If you wish to support this effort or simply write to us, our mailing address is:

Redeemer Broadcasting
P.O Box 1520
Olivebridge, NY 12461

Need to contact us quickly?  Here is our Toll-Free number: (888)724-4427

We would love to hear from you. You may also use this email address: ministry@redeemerbroadcasting.org
We try and respond within several hours of your note.

Redeemer Broadcasting is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation and all gifts are tax deductible. Would you prayerfully consider supporting this effort with either a single one time gift or perhaps one or two dollars a day?  Your gift would truly help us out. To donate, please visit this link: DONATE NOW

 

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