I began listening to Issues Etc. in 1999 when I commuted to St. Louis to complete my MBA. In 2003 I moved to the St. Louis area and listened every evening on my way home from work. I also downloaded the hours I missed and listened to them in the morning. After moving away from St. Louis in 2007, I continued to download IE programs to listen during my morning workout. I am heartbroken to see the show pulled. Nowhere on the open air can one hear the law in its sternness, and the gospel in its sweetness, proclaimed with such clarity. Issues Etc. has helped me open my ears to my pastor’s sermons, and has led to numerous fruitful discussions with him. The show has provided me with training to witness to my friends and relatives. Whether it be discussion on the Lord’s Supper, Baptism, world religions, liberal theology, evangelicalism, current events, Issues Etc. was GREAT talk radio, and truly talk radio for the thinking Christian. I thank God for Pastor Wilken and Jeff for their faithful work.With comments like this, we must keep asking:
– Joel Oschwald St. John Lutheran Church, Champaign, IL
1. How do we truly know how many people listened to Issues, Etc. via the radio, especially in their cars? After all, as I've said before, I often listened as I drove around making calls - a few minutes from this shut-in visit to that hospital call, etc., and then a few more minutes on my way home. Did I get counted even once? Did I get counted each time the radio turned on when I started my pickup's engine?
2. Can such comments from so many of the now 6856 folks who have signed the petition truly represent the supposedly low numbers of listeners given by LCMS officialdom? Could an "average listening audience" of merely "1650" during the M-F time slot really generate such a response? My congregation has several members who listened regularly (several of whom I did not know about until this fiasco erupted). I can now think of close to 20 people who have mentioned that they sure miss the show, and several others raised their hands Sunday after church when I asked, "How many of you listened to Issues, Etc. fairly regularly?" Surely, in the big scheme of things in KFUO radio listening land we cannot be that much of a percentage of the supposed "1650"!
Folks, things still just don't add up, and those who can answer such questions still insist on giving the same, ol' disputed figures, in one way or another. And I can't help but think of that old adage about figures being unable to lie, but....