Started doing middays in 1980 at a progressive (but now defunct)
rock station in Oklahoma City. Got my first Christian radio
break with the Light 105 in Oklahoma City (also no longer). Was
called to the ministry at KJIL (Great Plains Christian Radio) in
1992 and the good news is that it is thriving to God's glory!
Tell us about Great Plains Christian Broadcasting (a little
history, etc) ?
It started as a desire for some local folks to have a Moody
Broadcasting translator in town. God took that vision and it
became a 100,000 wt station (KJIL Christian AC) that went on the
air in 1992! Five years later we added another 100,000 station
(KHYM) with an inspo format. Some 20 years later, we have more
than 50 signals and growing. It's all God! People who know us
know that we're not smart enough to pull that off.
2. KJIL has a rich heritage, how important is that to the
Very important. The original vision was to serve communities
that might not otherwise have Christian radio in western Kansas.
Although we have grown beyond that, we remain true to our roots
in doing our best to stay local even as we grow geographically.
3. How does KJIL overcome the geographical aspects of its
With 11 full power stations and some 50 different translators
rebroadcasting KJIL or KHYM. We also have a stand alone studio
in central Kansas to serve that area locally. We broadcast the
morning show via satellite over the network, but the rest of the
day they are local to central KS. We serve Manhattan, Junction
City, Ft Riley, Salina, McPherson, Hutchinson and Emporia, KS in
central Kansas while serving Dodge City, Garden City, and
Liberal,KS as well as eastern Colorado and northwest Oklahoma
and the OK and TX panhandles out west.
4. Numerous personnel have come thru KJIL and landed in bigger
markets, how do you feel about that?
Most of our crew have come and stayed a while. Our turn over has
been quite low. While we hate to lose a great talent, it is
exciting to see God open a door for them to serve Him in another
5. Currently you are searching for a new PD, describe the person
We recently promoted from within! We have a young man who has a
mind for programming and is catching on quickly as he grows in
his role. He actually grew up listening to KJIL and after
college and some secular radio, found himself at KJIL late last
year! We have an incredible staff!
6. What promotions have been successful at KJIL?
I think that partnering with our listeners to do ministry is
such a blessings for us and them. We do things like Operation
Christmas Child, working with area crisis pregnancy centers,
marriage conferences, mission trips, and Clergy Appreciation.
Our listeners have really come through and God has used that to
7. Generally speaking to the industry what are the biggest
obstacles facing Christian radio today?
Funding and the guessing game of what radio's roll will be as
technology evolves. Providing great content is essential!
8. There still some big markets without a CCM station, why do
you think that is?
9. What (if any) Christian radio stations do you consider as
There are many... anyone super serving their market with great
passion, content and vision!
10. Where do you see Michael Luskey in 5 years?
Serving the Lord where ever He would have me.