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For the Scripture says, “Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out
the grain,” and “The worker deserves his wages.” ─ 1 Timothy 5:18

September 2005 

Dear friend of KHCS,

“Our message makes all the difference.”  You’ve probably heard our slogan in recent months.  Our message the Gospel of Jesus Christ sets Joy 92-FM apart from most radio stations you can hear in the Coachella Valley.  That’s truly a difference!

The message of the Gospel also makes a difference in the lives of those who hear and believe.  It’s a life-transforming difference in how people live.

We are happy to be a part of spreading this life-changing message to our listeners in the Coachella Valley and surrounding areas.  Our ongoing surveys have shown that the great majority of our listeners are happy with our programming.  Over 60 percent never listen to any other station! 

But, one listener concern we hear is that our music lacks variety.  Now, that doesn’t mean we should play everything pop, rap, Southern gospel and choirs.  But, there is more music available that fits our general style that we could add to our “mix” so that each song doesn’t come up quite so often.

The problem is that, unlike the “good old days” when record companies sent stations free albums, we now have to pay full retail price just like you do.  And the time involved in auditioning the songs, and determining when and how often to play them, brings the cost per CD to nearly $50!

Your generous contributions to the listener-supported ministry of KHCS will help us to add the 500 or so new CD’s to our library what we need to fulfill this improvement to our programming.   

That means we will need an extra $25,000 to upgrade our music library.  And we hope to be able to do this by October.

Your tax-deductible contribution this month will be a huge blessing to us as we move ahead to improve our service to you.

Also, we are eager to begin offering you interviews with local pastors and other Christian leaders, and coverage of local community issues.  This is something that nearly 48 percent of the respondents to our recent survey asked for.  We had considered just doing this as a half-hour weekend show, but found that not that many people would be able to listen to it.  Thus, we would like to provide this new programming from 6:00 to 8:00 each morning, Monday through Friday. 

Now, you know that your pastor doesn’t just step up to the pulpit each Sunday and ad-lib a sermon.  Similarly, whoever we have doing this new program will need to spend approximately two hours in preparation for every hour on the air.  And this is not a position for an inexperienced volunteer. 

We will need to provide an appropriate salary for this announcer-producer.  And that means we will need additional, ongoing listener contributions.

You may not know that only a very small number of our listeners ever contribute to the listener-supported ministry of KHCS.

Indeed, only about one third of the readers of this letter have contributed to the support of this ministry in 2005.  If you have not joined in the support of KHCS, please prayerfully consider how you might become a Ministry Partner.

Your tax-deductible contribution of $100 each month, or even $50 or $25, when multiplied by the number of others who give, will go far in helping us provide you with the best possible programming to keep you informed and encouraged in the Christian faith.

Please send your best possible gift at this time, as it is urgently needed

In His joy!


Glen Kippel

Glen Kippel
General Manager

P.S.  This year’s Listener Survey showed a high interest by our listeners in a program featuring interviews of local pastors, artists and personalities.  We have people available to produce this program, but we only lack the funds  with which to pay them.  Your contributions will help make this possible.  Please pray and contribute to meet this vital need.

As more people move from paying bills by check to other forms of payment, we have had requests from listeners to make contributions by credit card.  We hope to have this service available shortly.  Stay tuned for details!

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