Missionary Radio is the broadcast ministry of the Pennyrile Christian Community, Inc. Missionary Radio is 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 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. 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 are a non-commercial, non-profit radio ministry. We don't sell air time or underwriters.We broadcast only nationally-syndicated broadcasts which comprise 30% of our ministry. We don't have a rate card. You are invited to share your public service announcement. At times, we do feature ministries on "Ministry Spotlight."Thank you for joining us as we lift up "King Jesus."
The current Pennyrile Christian Community, INC Board of Directors:
President: George Fleming, Clarksville, TN
Vice-president: Mike Humble, Russellville, KY
Secretary-Treasurer (ex-oficio): Ken Cummins, Princeton, KY
Members at large
Reed Welker, Hopkinsville, KY
Dianne Hildebrant, Murray, KY
We 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
E-xalt the Savior
My name is Kenneth Bates, I have been a christian for over 60 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 I am thankful and grateful to all those who have touched my life through its ministry. I started out at Missionary Radio 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'm host "Love and Inspiration" that airs Saturday afternoons at 4:00 and is repeated on Sunday afternoons at 3:00. I'm you're overnight host Friday and Saturdays on live and local 24/7 Missionary Radio.
I love the Bible from cover to cover ......I am walking in the FOG (favor of God) God is my everything.
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 in Jan., 1996. I am so blessed to be a part of this ministry. I am now retired from the "Morning Show" however I am still at Missionary Radio some during the week. In addition, I serve as senior adult minister at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Hopkinsville. I also enjoy leading praise and worship, playing guitar, and spending time with my family. I'm back in the mornings now at Missionary Radio from 5:00-9:00 weekday mornings at Saturdays from 6:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Born: November 18, 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 and Ruby Elise
Missionary: La Ceiba, Honduras, C.A., July 1992-Sept. 2000
Missionary Radio: 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
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 seven grandchildren, Will, Savana, Isabella, Nehemiah, Eleanor, Olive and Ruby Elise.
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
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 Spirit bless you.
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 Missionary Radio 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 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
Married to Gabrial Reed in 1995. We have two wonderful children, Jordan and Jonah who are both in college.
I was saved at Cherry Corner Baptist Church in Murray, KY at age 9. I have lived in both Kentucky and St. Louis so have a northern accent with a southern drawl or a southern accent with a something's wrong drawl depending on how you look at it. I graduated with an Engineering degree from Washington University in St. Louis and I have worked at the United States Corps of Engineers for over 20 years now. Gabrial and I also sell log home packages assisting folks with their custom homes for the past 23 years... I had no previous radio experience, but had listened to Missionary Radio for several years. When considering who is doing the most good getting the Word out, and thinking on how to maximize efforts, I thought of Missionary Radio. So, I filled out an application and here I am working part time doing some overnight and Saturday morning spots. It is a blessing for sure!
I enjoy family, church, racing cars (on the track), tinkering with mechanical stuff and being in the outdoors.
Church involvement: Member of Bethany Missionary Baptist... Sunday School Teacher and Deacon.
I was born April 4th 1975 and I am from a small town in eastern Kentucky called Louisa. I now reside in Elkton along with my wife Tamara and children Kylee and Kayla and I have an older daughter Grace. I was saved at the age of 15 at Trenton Assembly of God. I graduated from Todd county central high school in 1994. I've been in radio since the age of 13. I followed in my dad's footsteps (Marshall Sidebottom) who passed away in November 2014. I co-own with my mom Ruby Sidebottom WEKT Heavenly 1070 AM in Elkton. My interests include singing with the gospel group (Southern Gospel) “Mission of Love.” I'm one of the original founders. I also enjoy wood working and remodeling and being active in my church, New Life Worship Center in Elkton. I want to thank General Manager Ken Cummins and the Missionary Radio Team for letting me be a part of such a great crew to glorify together our Lord Jesus Christ!
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 as a part time announcer and engineer in August of 1981 working the first Saturday evening on Missionary Radio 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.
I'm Phil Brand. I was born and raised in Chicago, saved before my senior year in high school and graduated from the Moody Bible Institute in 1986 in the Centennial class. Upon graduation, I came to Missionary Radio to work the dark-n-early shift in March of 1987. I worked here until February of 2000. I've done a number of things since then, but currently, I serve my 520 customers as a mailman in Hopkinsville by day. I am blessed to have the opportunity to come back and help share the good news of Jesus Christ here at Missionary Radio.
I have a number of interests including remodeling old houses, following my favorite Chicago sports teams, Australian Rules Football and creating online radio shows featuring classic Christian music.
I was born on October 2, 2000 in Hopkinsville, KY. I have lived in Cadiz, KY since I was born. I am the daughter of Tim and Melyssa Wadlington. I have three brothers and six nephews. I graduated from Heritage Christian Academy in 2019 and I am in the process of earning my degree in Special Education at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN. A Christian education is very important to me. I grew up in the church and was baptized into Christ at West Kentucky Youth Camp when I was 13 years old. I enjoy the outdoors, playing sports, singing and acting, and I have an extra big love for children. I am so glad that I came to Missionary Radio as an intern in the summer of 2019. ( You can hear Kayley on some of the overnights and Sunday afternoons and other shifts. )