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Salem’s KNUS/Denver has cancelled its local afternoon show hosted by Chuck Bonniwell. The host said, “you wish for a nice school shooting” to interrupt the impeachment proceedings. Co-host Julie Hayden (Bonniwell’s wife) has also exited KNUS. A statement on the KNUS website issued this statement.
“Given the history of school violence that has plagued our community, 710 KNUS confirms that an inappropriate comment was made on the Chuck & Julie show by co-host Chuck Bonniwell. A programming decision was made to end the program immediately. Starting tomorrow, December 19, the 710KNUS, 1-4pm weekday time slot will feature the Salem Network show, America First, hosted by Sebastian Gorka.”
New EMF CEO Bill Reeves says, “I think we’re really trying to build a significant media company that’s based in Christian values, not in politics, not in the denominations,” he said. “It’s really about an entertainment company focused on spreading the good news of Christ.” Reeves was interviewed by Dewayne Hamby “Reel Life” at Patheos. Read the interview HERE.
With help from KPVR/St Louis (Boost 101.9) St. Louis rapper Thi’sl has met his goal in an effort to fill a U-Haul truck with toys for children in “the hood”. Thi’sl kicked off collections for the “Full Ride Christmas Toy Drive” on Dec. 14. He revealed in an interview with Boost 101.9 that he has done similar acts of kindness in times past. While he previously spent thousands of dollars of his own money for Christmas outreach activities, this year’s Christmas toy drive was the first time he found partners to help carry the financial load.
“What Christmas is about, even from a gospel perspective, is hope. Like, my hope placed into my Savior, my hope placed into being redeemed. When a kid wakes up on Christmas morning and they have nothing and then they go outside and their friends have something, there’s a hopelessness that sets in,” Thi’sl said.
Check out the video from Boost 101.9 HERE.
The Year Beard Challenge for international Christian radio broadcasting network The Tide, helped raise $25,000 for the organization. The Tide buys radio airtime in its partner countries around the world where Christianity is not the norm. The Tide provides the network and the foundation for messages, and pastors in each country develop sermons in their own language to be broadcast. Due to the success this year a new group of men are being recruited to keep Year Beard going in 2020. Participants can choose to go without shaving for three, six or 12 months, or participate in Year Beard’s No Shave November.
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