The Desert's Christian Radio


Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the
means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.  2 Cor. 1:11

November 2005

Dear friend of KHCS,

It’s a crazy world! 

Cathedral City changed their logo and slogan to “The Spirit of the Desert.”  Now some people are complaining that this is “an endorsement of religion”! 

Now, you don’t look like you’re old enough to remember, but I recall when religion, and especially Christianity, was something to be encouraged instead of suppressed!  Whatever happened to “tolerance”? 

And with the recent Supreme Court decision on Eminent Domain, now no church is safe from being evicted from their property!  Before, the doctrine of Eminent Domain could only be invoked “for the public good,” for example widening a street (such as Jefferson Street in La Quinta) or putting in a new freeway.

Now, if a city government decides that “the public good” means increasing their business tax revenues by tearing down your church and putting in a Wal-Mart, that’s what will happen!

Also, Christian radio, as well as conservative talk shows, are in the cross-hairs of some politicians who want the FCC to revert to the old “Fairness Doctrine.”   While this may sound good on the surface, if KHCS should happen to broadcast a program against abortion or “gay” marriage, we could be forced to air another program that is for these things! 

Joy-92 FM is now also struggling to move ahead with new programming to meet the desires that listeners have expressed from our recent surveys.  But now this is somewhat problematical as contributions to this listener-supported ministry are still 20 percent below 2004.

However, by faith we intend to continue bringing Information and Inspiration to the Coachella Valley in 2006.  Enclosed is our latest survey to determine which programs on KHCS are the most popular.  This is our way of making sure that we are meeting the needs of our listeners.

KHCS is a non-commercial, listener-supported ministry, so we are forbidden by law from selling airtime for any purpose.  We have no contractual agreements with any of the program producers.  We don’t air programs because we are paid to, so we can terminate them at any time.

Now, I may have some programs that I prefer, but we are not here to play my favorites.  As a servant ministry to the Coachella Valley and the desert area, our goal is to best minister to the most listeners.  Therefore, any program that does not receive a reasonable amount of listener interest is subject to replacement.  Your participation in this survey will help ensure that your favorite programs will remain on the air.

KHCS is not supported by the sale of air time, nor do we have a foundation or denomination that provides support.  Sometimes I have been asked, “Why don’t you just have commercials?”  Well, as I mentioned above, we are a non-commercial station and cannot do that.  Also, just because a station is commercial does not guarantee that they will be profitable.

That’s why your tax-deductible contributions are so important.  There is no other way that Joy 92-FM can continue to bring you Information and Inspiration, 24 hours a day!

There’s something else you can do to help the ministry of KHCS.  It’s practical.  It’s easy.  And it might even be fun!  Enclosed are a few Invitation to Listen cards that will help you invite your friends and neighbors to tune in to KHCS at 91.7 FM.  If everyone receiving this letter will encourage just three people to tune in, we could have up to four times as many listeners! 

Last but not least, pray for the ministry of KHCS!  Pray that many others will catch the vision for the support of your local Christian radio station.  If you are not yet a Ministry Partner, ask the Lord how you might be able to help support this ministry on a monthly basis.  You could make the difference!

In His joy!

Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager

Mailing Address:
KHCS - Joy92
PO Box 2507
Palm Springs, CA  92263