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October 19, 2013

Listening to the message

Bringing a message Christian radio adapts, grows

ANDERSON, Ind. — More than a decade ago, Kelli Thompson said a prayer. And God's answer far exceeded her expectations.

Thompson was working at a country radio station in New Castle and the 9/11 attacks unfolded live on television.

“There were 25 to 30 people all gathered around a little television set and I would look at them and then look at the TV,” Thompson said. “I wanted to be able to be a comfort to them and share with them my hope.”

Instead of sharing her faith, however, she stood silent.

Thompson, now the host of Moody Radio Indiana’s morning program, "New Day," had been in the radio business for 33 years and never felt more strongly in that moment to talk about God with others.

At the time, workers were often reluctant to discuss religion in business settings. And it was the same at the radio station.

Today, Contemporary Christian and religious teaching radio stations dominate the airwaves. According to M. Street Corp. and Inside Radio, which tracks radio statistics, there are more than 2,723 of these two types of stations across the nation giving their combined totals the largest listener base. Country and news talk stations also top the charts.

The days and weeks that followed her silence haunted Thompson until she told God she would never let it happen again.

She has kept that promise and a strong relationship with her savior.

Thompson says unlike some, she did not find God – he found her.

“I was not raised in the church,” Thompson said. “But I remember when I was very little walking around through the house talking to him.”

She said that while growing up her mother would watch the Billy Graham crusades and other religious programs. When she was about 8 years old she watched "The Ten Commandments" starring actor Charlton Heston.

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