When you make your next trip to St. Louis to visit Concordia Publishing House and the International Center, stop by Concordia Seminary and pay a little visit to KFUO radio. A couple of weeks ago, Rev. Michael Kumm, the interim executive director of the radio station, gave me and a colleague a tour of the station, which is packed with Lutheran history.
KFUO is the longest running Christian AM radio station in the United States. When the station was founded in 1924, J. Edgar Hoover became director of the FBI, the Methodist church lifted its ban on dancing, and Kleenex was marketed.
Kleenex and dancing aside, you really do have to visit the studio to see how the building itself tells a story. Once upon a time, the station reported lived news. A news room! To report on all things religious!
You can take a peek at these fabulous little pieces of LCMS history too. They may not cut records at KFUO anymore, but you can download their app or listen live online.
And if you’re awake in the morning, slurping coffee and trying to decide what to wear to work, tune in to KFUO’s new Morning Show from 7:00-9:00 a.m., hosted by the Rev. Randy Asburry. You can pray Matins or Morning Prayer on your way to work, listen to discussions on the catechism, get caught up on what happened in Church history that day, and listen to interviews from Lutheran Witness authors and others involved in the work of the LCMS.
KFUO has a rich history of sharing the Gospel through its unique communication medium. Next time you’re in town, stop by and see for yourself!