Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Lutheran Hour vis-a-vis Issues, Etc.

What, do you think, are the parallels between the firing of Wallace Schulz and the firings of Todd Wilken and Jeff Schwarz?

From the perspective of BOTH sides of the LLL deal, what was learned?

Is the outcry for Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz comparable to the outcry for Dr. Schulz?

Did protests against the firing of Dr. Schulz bring LLL to its knees? Has The Lutheran Hour recovered with a likable, competent replacement for Dr. Schulz?

Do Dr. Kieschnick & Co. think that they weathered the storm with LLL and they will do exactly the same with KFUO (although they may have different motives, wanting to sell the radio licenses)?

Seriously, since I don't think they will put Issues, Etc. back on the air at KFUO, it's time to sell the station's licenses. It could be that KFUO might weather the storm of these protests, but that is going to take some time. Contributions are going to be down. The debt is going to mount. The firing of Schwarz and Wilken isn't sufficient in itself to help make ends meet.

I say this with sorrow because up till now, I had been an advocate to save KFUO and to build it into the technological flagship of the synod in syndicating and promoting such programming like Issues, Etc. But the fact is, it is quite possible through Web 2.0 and new technologies to "broadcast" and proclaim Law and Gospel without a radio station license. One can do it far more economically and probably just as effectively -- just differently.

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