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89.3 FM Hopkinsville KY - 91.7 FM Madisonville KY
101.7 FM Providence KY - 98.9 FM Dickson TN
92.1 FM Murray KY



WNKJ 89.3 FM and WNLJ 91.7 FM  Missionary Radio is the broadcast ministry of the Pennyrile Christian Community, Inc.  Missionary Radio WNKJ  and WNLJ are 100% listener-funded by listeners and other interested parties who want to see its ministry to the Hopkinsville, Ft. Campbell, Clarksville, Madisonville  area continue. In addition Missionary Radio WNKJ-WNLJ  has translators in Dickson, TN at 98.9 FM, Murray, KY at 92.1 FM and Providence, KY at 101.7 FM.  Since we are licensed to operate in the non-commercial portion of the FM band we cannot air commercials. However we also do not solicit underwriters' announcements that would interfere with the flow of ministry that we feel is vital to our mission and calling. Our only source of income is from the faithful gifts of our listeners.   You can give through the mail at WNKJ, PO Box 1029, Hopkinsville, KY 42241 online here by clicking give from the homepage menu or by joining the "Firm Friend Club" which is a monthly bank transfer from the listeners bank account to ours.  Thank you for praying for, listening and giving to the ministry of Missionary Radio WNKJ/WNLJ. We are a partner with Trans World Radio with a focus on Shine 800 AM, a 450K radio station broadcasting from Bonaire.   To learn more about TWR go to www.twr.org.

We here at Missionary Radio refer to ourselves as the E-team:


E-vangelize the lost

E-ducate the Bible student

E-dify the saint

E-ncourage the believer


In Christ,


Ken Cummins

General Manager

Missionary Radio




Kenneth Bates

My name is Kenneth Bates, I have been a christian for over 54 years and a member of the Original Church of God in Hopkinsville, KY.  I am single and an only child.

My personal interest include all types of music from Christian to Country and Celtic.

I love music, poetry, theater and painting. I play attempt to play several instruments. I am a singer and musician, poet artist and painter.

I love Christian Radio specifically MIssionary Radio WNKJ-WNLJ  and thankful and grateful to all those who have touched my life through its ministry. I started out at  Missionary Radio WNKJ with a lady by the name of Marie Quisenberry as her program tech and co-host in 1981......I have worked at several area radio stations. I have worked as On Air Personality, Gospel Radio Program Host, Public Affairs Director and Talk Show Host. I have received several area and national awards and recognition. One of my favorite quotes is: "You learn something new everyday"

I love the Bible from cover to cover ......I am walking in the FOG (favor of God) God is my everything.


Roy Cavender

I was born again in the spring of 1976.  God saved me out of a life of drugs and alcohol.  In those early years, Esther and I were part of a home fellowship.  The Lord taught us so much about being a part of the Body of Christ.  We have been involved with several churches and have had opportunities to work with interdenominational ministries.

The Lord brought me to Missionary Radio  WNKJ in Jan., 1996. I am so blessed to be a part of this ministry, although 4:15 am comes mighty early...LOL.  I also enjoy leading praise and worship, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.


Tammy Cummins

Born:  1959, Morganfield, Kentucky

Became a Christian:  In high school, after having attended church all my life

Education:  Graduated from Union County High School, 1978.

Graduated from Murray State University, 1981, B.A. in Business Administration with Minor in Spanish.

Married:  Ken Cummins, June 7, 1980

Children:  Zack, Hannah, Andrew

Grandchildren:  Will, Isabella, Savana, Nehemiah, Eleanor, Olive

Missionary:  La Ceiba, Honduras, C.A., July 1992-Sept. 2000

WNKJ:  May 2003-Present

Interests:  I've loved reading since childhood, and enjoy sewing special garments, etc., especially for my grandkids, plus I like baking healthier snacks and desserts by substituting nutritious  ingredients when possible.  I serve as office manager and afternoon announcer Monday-Friday from 2-6, and Ken and I host the "Roll Home" from 5-6 weekday afternoons. 

Favorite Music:  Contemporary Christian-Many Artists 


Ken Cummins


Born: 2-10-59 in Princeton, KY

Married Tammy Girten Cummins on June 7th, 1980. We have three grown children, Zack, Hannah and Andrew.  We also have six grandchildren, Will, Savana, Isabella, Nehemiah, Eleanor and Olive.

I was saved at seven years old at Calvary Baptist Church in Princeton, KY.  I answered the call to preach in July 1977.  I have served as a pastor, missionary, general manager of a Christian Radio Station in Bowling Green, KY, a career missionary to La Ceiba, Honduras from 1992 to 2000 and have worked in radio for over 40 years.  I worked for WNKJ in the early 80's, while on furlough from the mission field in the 90's and now since September, 2000.  I serve as the general manager for Missionary Radio WNKJ/WNLJ host "The Thursday  Morning Front Porch,' "The Roll Home" with  my wife Tammy from 5-6p Monday-Friday, Sundays from 6:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and your evening host Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m.   You can reach me at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I enjoy a lot of things including raising AKC Beagles, ham radio (W4KDC), and most of all sharing the GOOD NEWS of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Education:  Caldwell County High School Princeton, KY, 1977

Murray State University, B.A. in Radio/TV Journalism and Spanish

Master of Arts in Secondary Education, Murray State University

Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY


Ronny Fuller

I am Ronny fuller and  I was born in Kentucky and I am thankful for His mercy and grace.  I have been married, since 1964, to Darlene. We raised three children and are now both retired. Now by God's grace I have been given  the privilege of sharing God's love with the Missionary Radio family. We are so thankful for everything. Grace peace and love from the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost bless you.



Joe Barner

Born: May 7, 1959 in Jersey Shore, PA (In North Central PA, on the shores of the Susquehanna River, and about 4 hours or more from the Atlantic Ocean)

Parents: Gardner & Bernice Barner, both of whom are now with the Lord...Very godly Christian folk, strong Christian heritage...I am the youngest of 5 children

Saved: In my early teens...I don't know the time or place, because I struggled for a long time with assurance of my salvation, but it all clicked when I started getting into the Word of God on a regular basis. I grew up in the Mountain View Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Jersey Shore

Education: Jersey Shore High School, graduated 1977...Toccoa Falls College, 1983...Major: Communication

Biggest Step of faith: Other than being saved, coming to WNKJ and Hopkinsville to work without ever having been here before, only having talked to Jim Adams on the phone.   Everything I owned was either packed in a 1972 Mercury Comet or in one of those U-Haul bubbles on the roof.

Radio Experience: While at Toccoa Falls College, worked at WRAF for a year and a half or so...Began working at Missionary Radio WNKJ on June 21, 1983...Was interviewed on the Old Dad & Duane Show (which became the Front Porch some time later) at 7 AM, and began an air shift at 10 AM...Have been an announcer here ever since, as well as music director starting around 1985 or so

Marriage: To Rachel Ezell (now Barner) on June 21, 1986

Church Involvement: Member of Second Baptist Church, Hopkinsville...Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, Praise Team, and occasional soloist


Don Griffey

Born in 1952 in Clarksville, TN

Was quickened to faith at 11 years of age and became a Christian some time in my teens.

Graduated from Clarksville High School in 1970

Married Billie Gail Dowdy of Clarksville in June of 1970. We have four children and 11 grandchildren - 10 of whom we could not deny based on DNA evidence.

Came to Missionary Radio  WNKJ as a part time announcer and engineer in August of 1981 working the first Saturday evening on Missionary Radio WNKJ was on past 6:00PM. Went full time as engineer in March of 1982.

Outside interests include amateur radio, playing music with Roy Cavender at local nursing home facilities and pondering and writing about matters related to the decline of our culture and the coming persecution of Christians in the USA.

We attend Emmanuel Bible Church in Cadiz, KY.    


Gail Griffey

Born in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Graduated from Clarksville High School. Go Wildcats!

Married Don Griffey in 1970 at First United Methodist Church, Clarksville.

Became a Christian in early 70s.

We have 4 children: Gary, Cindy, Timothy and Stephanie, and 11 grandchildren.

We moved to Hopkinsville in 1982 when Don began working for WNKJ.

I have been at Missionary Radio WNKJ since 1983 as either part-time or full-time announcer. I am also the bookkeeper for Pennyrile Christian Community, Inc., the ministry that started WNKJ and The Shepherd's Shops, both in Hopkinsville and in Cadiz.

My spare time is spent reading, sewing and helping take care of grandbabies. We attend Emmanuel Bible Church in Cadiz, Kentucky.

Favorite Bible verse Romans 8:28: " And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose." ESV.

WNKJ has ministered to us in so many ways over the years and we are privileged to be a part of this important ministry.


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Verse of the day
  • [Zechariah prophesied concerning John,] "You, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God." —Luke 1:76-78



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