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Friday, April 04, 2008 

David Strand Responds, Well, Not Really

As most of you know by now, David Strand has chosen to answer all the questions by a standard form mass email. And to think, it only took him eight days to give everybody a non answer. Here’s the email:


Dear Friend in Christ:

I want to sincerely thank you for your e-mail message regarding the discontinuation of the “Issues, Etc.” program on KFUO-AM Radio. It is good that you are interested in the programming choices of the station. Please know that your comments have been heard and taken to heart.

Some people receiving this message have written before in some fashion on this topic and, sometime ago, received a different response. Others are receiving this message in response to original queries or comments they raised.

In any event, whether you have written one or two or more times, and no matter which “Issues”-related point or points you may have raised, the best and most comprehensive response I can offer at this time is to refer you to a statement on the Synod’s website.

If you haven’t already read this statement, I respectfully invite you to go to
www.lcms.org and click on the link called “An updated statement on ‘Issues, Etc.’ ”

I invite you also to listen to “The Afternoon Show” on KFUO-AM, weekdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Now and into the future, it will be the constant endeavor of KFUO-AM management to offer the best in Gospel-based programming throughout the day—programming that reaches out to Lutherans, other Christians, and the unchurched, and all within a budget we can hope to sustain.

Please continue to keep the radio ministry of the Synod in your prayers. Please also prayerfully consider what you might do, if so inclined, to support this important work.

Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ,

David L. Strand
Executive Director
Board for Communication Services


What didn’t he answer? What are the programming reasons that Issues, Etc. was canceled? How are business / stewardship reasons for Issues, Etc. justified using 3 or 4 year old data? Why was the Board of communications not in the loop concerning the cancellation of Issues, Etc. and is this the normal way things of this nature are handled?

The questions go on and on. Apparently, David Strand doesn’t feel it necessary to answer to anybody. I was hoping in eight days time he might at least come up with some answers, I was mistaken.

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