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      Issues Etc. Cancelled Permanently?! (UPDATED 3/25/08)

      Tuesday, March 18, 2008

      I was in James White's channel when someone came in and told us that Issues Etc. is cancelled permanently and Todd Wilken, the show's host, and Jeff Schwarz, the show's producer are fired. Sure enough, if you go to the Issues, Etc. archive, there is no page there anymore. (***Update: They reinstated it.***) This is all breaking news so I'm not sure about much of the details, but you can read more about this here, here, and here. This blog seems to be keeping up with it well. The person who told me about this said, "I would appreciate it, if you care about the show, to call this number: 1-888-843-5267."



      Here are some links where you may be able to find out more:

      HT: 1, 2, 3

      The Wittenburg Trail has set up a financial support fund for Wilken and Schwartz.

      Feel free to comment with more information. Several already have.

      UPDATE (3/18/08):

      Here's a friend who has commented on it who knows Jeff personally. Personal information regarding something Jeff's family is going through right now amidst this termination is posted there. I suggest for all to read this.

      Ingrid Schlueter
      and James White sound off on the situation, too.

      Also, someone has set up a blog for discussing this matter exclusively. It is called Bring Back Issues Etc.


      UPDATE (3/19/08):

      I just got word that because of the calls and emails, the archives are going back online. You might want to get these while you still can. It's not certain how long they'll be available:



      Chaz Lehmann has been keeping up with this closely, too, as he knows the parties involved personally. This story about Schwartz's wife and how these recent events will affect their family should be read.



      UPDATE (3/21/08):

      R. Scott Clark is reporting that a reliable source shared with him that Todd and Jeff were called to the LCMS headquarters and offered severance in return for keeping their silence about the issue. There's still no explanation from the LCMS. I wrote a letter to David Strand expressing my concerns including my disdain for there being no explanation of the move, and I basically got what looked to be a mass email reply with my name added to the top:

      Dear Mr. Chaplin:

      Thank you for your e-mail. We are sorry for your disappointment over the change in KFUO-AM programming. However, we hope you will enjoy our future programs.

      Sincerely in Christ,

      David L. Strand


      Sheesh.


      UPDATE (3/23/08):

      Here are links that are discussing this situation around the blogosphere:

      http://92state.blogspot.com/
      http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/
      http://apologeticsindex.org/
      http://battalogeo.blogspot.com/
      http://beggarsallreformation.blogspot.com/
      http://blog.higherthings.org/borghardt/
      http://blog.higherthings.org/hthings/
      http://blog.higherthings.org/wcwirla/
      http://bringbackissues.blogspot.com/
      http://carolrutz.com/blog/
      http://chaz-lehmann.livejournal.com/
      http://churchandliturgy.blogspot.com/
      http://cyberbrethren.typepad.com/
      http://dizzysound.net/blog/
      http://ematthaei.blogspot.com/
      http://esgetology.blogspot.com/
      http://geekgirlblonde.blogspot.com/
      http://geekspaces.net/
      http://geneveith.com/
      http://www.gpiper.org/katiesbeer/
      http://heidelblog.wordpress.com/
      http://heresyhunter.blogspot.com/
      http://hocestverum.blogspot.com/
      http://hornswoggled.blogspot.com/
      http://hymn-addict.blogspot.com/
      http://indianajanesnotebook.blogspot.com/
      http://joshschroeder.blogspot.com/
      http://journalisticjargon.blogspot.com/
      http://kimriddlebarger.squarespace.com/
      http://lanechaplin.blogspot.com/
      http://larry-devich.blogspot.com/
      http://latinkid.blogspot.com/
      http://lcmsnews.blogspot.com/
      http://lutheranlogomaniac.com/
      http://lutheranlucciola.blogspot.com/
      http://lutherimwald.wordpress.com/
      http://masonbeecroft.wordpress.com/
      http://merbc.invigorated.org/

      http://mnlutheran.com/
      http://mnlutheran.com/
      http://necessaryroughness.org/
      http://notalone-saints.blogspot.com/
      http://orthodoxyhunter.blogspot.com/
      http://pastelder.blogspot.com/
      http://phoenixpreacher.com/
      http://plainlutheran.wordpress.com/
      http://www.pluckedchicken.net/
      http://preachrblog.blogspot.com/
      http://puttingoutthefire.blogspot.com/
      http://radongas.blogspot.com/
      http://rappfiles.blogspot.com/
      http://rasburrysres.blogspot.com/
      http://reconcile.wordpress.com/
      http://revtucher.wordpress.com/

      http://roundunvarnishedtale.blogspot.com/
      http://ryan.themarkelfamily.com/
      http://schreibenvonschreiber.blogspot.com/
      http://sinnerandsaint.typepad.com/lutheerian/
      http://sliceoflaodicea.com/
      http://talkingdonkey.wordpress.com/
      http://teardownthehighplaces.blogspot.com/
      http://thewurstblog.blogspot.com/
      http://truthincontext.blogspot.com/
      http://weedon.blogspot.com/

      http://wittenbergtrail.ning.com/
      http://xrysostom.blogspot.com/

      HT: http://latinkid.blogspot.com/

      UPDATE (3/25/08):




      END OF POST.

      4 comments:

      Anonymous said...

      I don’t know if this will come in handy, but I’ve created a blog that can serve as a clearinghouse for information about the cancellation, and a place for fans of the show to discuss what should happen next. Even if the show never returns to KFUO, I believe something resembling Issues Etc. will sprout again — probably online — but only if Lutherans work together to make it happen.

      http://bringbackissues.blogspot.com/

      Darth Nemoyer said...

      ------------------------


      Here is all sorts of contact information to tell people what you think about this, let them know how important Issues, Etc. was to us, and ask why the show was cancelled:

      Rev. David L. Strand
      Executive Director
      Board for Communication
      (314) 996-1200
      (314) 822-0000
      david.strand@lcms.org

      Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod
      1333 S. Kirkwood Road
      St. Louis, MO 63122-7295
      (888) 843-5267
      (314) 965-9000
      FAX: (314) 996-1016
      infocenter@lcms.org

      KFUO Radio Station
      (314) 725-0099
      (314) 725-3030‎
      (314) 721-2969

      Rev. Dr. Gerald Kieschnick
      Synod President
      (314) 996-1402
      (314) 842-7110
      president@lcms.org

      LC-MS Board of Directors
      (314) 996-1350


      ------------------------


      Meanwhile, an online petition has been started up about Issues, Etc. being ended. I don't know how much good it will do, but it should be able to do some. it certainly can't hurt to put your name down. Here's the link:
      http://www.petitiononline.com/Issues/petition.html

      For anyone who comes across this and has Facebook, the most discussion it seems is going on at the "Bring back Issues ETC!!!" Facebook group.
      http://facebook.com/group.php?gid=11679316089


      ------------------------


      Finally, financial help for the Schwarz and Wilken families can be sent to the following address. Just put in the memo line that it’s for the “Schwartz/Wilken Fund”. The Schwarzes especially need the help and Rev. Jack Schwarz's wife Beth has been recently diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy and they need to go to Mayo Clinic to try figuring out what can be done.

      "Schwartz/Wilken Fund"
      Saint Paul Lutheran Church
      P.O. Box 247
      Hamel, IL 62046

      All help and all prayers are appreciated.


      ------------------------


      I will be continuing to post information and resources relating to the cancellation of Issues, Etc. and firing of Rev. Wilken and Mr. Schwarz. So, if you could please help me draw people to the resource of my blog, I would really appreciate it.
      http://latinkid.blogspot.com/2008/03/pulled-from-air-issues-etc.html

      God bless,
      --Aaron Nemoyer

      Paul Riemann said...

      Lane,

      This is the same response I received. Following is my email to David Strand, and his response.

      Dear Mr. Riemann:

      Thank you for your e-mail. We are sorry for your disappointment over
      the change in KFUO-AM programming. However, we hope you will enjoy our
      future programs.

      Sincerely in Christ,

      David L. Strand
      Executive Director
      Board for Communication Services
      The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod
      314-996-1200


      -----Original Message-----
      From: Paul Riemann
      Sent: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 2:26 AM
      To: David Strand
      Subject: Issues Etc.

      Mr. Strand,

      I was deeply saddened by the news of the cancellation of Issues Etc. As a Calvinist, KFUO radio has been a favorite of mine for years, given the fact that poor theology is taught on most Christian radio stations. Issues Etc. in particular is my favorite show on KFUO. I am indebted to my Lutheran brothers for this service to the Reformed community.

      Issues was a very unique show, and I can't think of anything that can
      take it's place. I will now have a void in the late afternoon to fill,
      if I can find anything worthwhile.

      I believe those responsible owe the committed, faithful listeners an
      explanation for this cancellation. Thousands have been faithful for
      many, many years in listening and supporting not only Issues Etc., but KFUO as well.

      I'm sorry, but I can't help feeling violated and abandoned by this
      sudden, unannounced move. This may affect my future support of KFUO
      Radio and the LCMS.

      P.S. And why was the Issues Etc. program archive deleted? This seems a lot like adding insult to injury. Allowing access to this is the least that could be done for the faithful fans of the show. Shame on those responsible for this action!

      Sincerely, Paul Riemann


      --
      But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! Galatians
      1:8

      Lane Chaplin said...

      That confirms my suspicions, Paul. Sheesh. This isn't looking good at all for the LCMS especially if the report from R. Scott Clark about Jeff and Todd being offered severance for silence holds.

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