Good News from Christ: 25 Years and Beyond

On Sunday, October 6, 1991, a new radio program had its first broadcast on local radio. It was called Good News from Christ (GNFC), a title with an intentional double meaning, reflecting both the fact that all good news begins with Jesus, and the fact that the people of Christ United Methodist Church wished to share that good news with their friends and neighbors who weren’t attending our services on Sunday mornings.

JR Toller, original announcer for Good News from Christ radio broadcasts | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

JR Toller, original announcer for Good News from Christ radio broadcasts

Listen to our original announcer, J.R. Toller, in a 1991 broadcast of Good News from Christ, followed by our current announcers/producers, Jeff Walker and Karl Kumpf.

More than 25 years later, we celebrate how God has used Good News from Christ. GNFC is now a Sunday morning radio staple for the Marietta area. The program is an important lifeline to the homebound, relying on it to stay connected to their church. New members have shared that the broadcasts attracted them to Christ UMC. And it is not unusual to have community folks tell us that they listen to the Sunday morning programs.

After 25 years of hard work, we also celebrate those who envisioned, produced, and still produce this Sunday morning radio broadcast for our community.

Jeff Walker, Good News from Christ Producer since 2001 | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

Jeff Walker, GNFC co-producer since 2001

Karl Kumpf, pictured below, was the sole producer from 1992 to 2001. In 2001, Jeff Walker, Communications Professor at Marietta College, joined the production team. For fifteen plus years, the two have shared production duties.

On the occassion of GNFC’s 25th anniversary, Karl Kumpf, former Christ Church minister and long-time GNFC producer, was interviewed by WMOA 1490 AM. Listen below as Karl shares about the ministry of Good News from Christ.

Karl Kumpf producing a GNFC broadcast in 2005 | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

Karl Kumpf producing a GNFC broadcast in 2005 for Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

How GNFC Is Made

Each broadcast is a 30 minute remix of the previous week’s worship at Christ Church. Our producers start by recording an entire Sunday service. They then select essential elements such as the sermon, gospel reading, and parts of two or three hymns. Then they edit out silences in the service and include other elements if there is time, such as prayers, special music, and spoken parts of the liturgy. All the pieces are then edited into a seamless whole, along with opening and closing announcements including an invitation for persons to come experience our worship services in person.

It takes two to five hours per week for this production process. If you think you might be interested in being a part of this ministry, our producers would be happy to talk with you and offer training. The only requirements are an interest in reaching out to people, the willingness to give some time, and some basic computer skills. You can be taught the rest.

While the program format has remained pretty much the same over the past 25 years, technical aspects of the production process have changed dramatically:

  • 1991:Program is recorded on a reel-to-reel recorder, edited using a homemade sound board and cassette tape recorders, and finally re-recorded on 7 inch reel-to-reel tapes for delivery to the radio station.
  • 2002: Program goes completely digital, being recorded on CDs, edited on a computer, and transferred back to a CD for delivery to the station, greatly improving the quality of our sound.
  • 2016: With the arrival of our new church secretary and webmaster, Beth Ann Weber, each week’s program is not only heard on the radio on Sunday mornings, but is also made into a podcast and available anytime online.
  • January 2017: GNFC expands its listening area with the addition of WJAW-FM 100.9 and WJAW-AM 630.

What Does 25 Years of Radio Broadcast Look Like?

Good News from Christ - 25 Years of Statistics | Christ United Methodist Church in Marietta, Ohio

We are thankful for 25 years of radio ministry and the blessings they represent. We are also excited to see what God has for Good News from Christ in the future!