A quarter-century ago, I was climbing Minnesota trees, reading Dick and Jane books, and determinedly mastering the skill of riding my banana-seated purple bike without training wheels.
My family did not own a television in those days, but the radio was often playing. Children's Bible Hour, Ranger Bill, Jungle Jam, and later Adventures in Odyssey—these provided the wholesome, imaginative soundtrack of my childhood.
As I was wobbling down the sidewalk, free of training wheels at last, something special was happening in Provo, Utah. A group of Christians was taking the reins of a debt-ridden AM radio station, intent on establishing it as a beacon of truth in a valley where less than 1% of the population shared their faith in Jesus.
KEYY, 1450 AM in Provo, had been a popular rock-n-roll station for a couple decades until it faced financial ruin in the mid-1980s. Then in 1987 it came into the possession of a man who reinvented it as a station which aired primarily Bible teaching. The following year, Biblical Ministries Worldwide acquired the station with the purpose of using it to share God's grace and assist church-planting missionaries in the area.
I had, of course, no idea what was going on in 1988 in Provo, Utah. (Where was Utah, anyway? Who cares; did you see me ride my bike?!) But now I can see how the Lord was preparing me for joining the team in Utah, investing in radio ministry which had been so special to me even as a kid. I love what I do. I am convinced of its value to the kingdom. There is nowhere I'd rather be than Provo and KEY Radio. Well—except for heaven.
Today marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of BMW's operating KEY Radio. Larger organizations would have banquets and speeches and commemorative Rolex watches distributed to their well-paid employees. For us, the anniversary arrives with little fanfare. Unpaid bills sit at the bookkeeping computer; Rolexes are out of the question.
There are a few things we're doing to commemorate the milestone. For one: airing the intriguing first-hand story of a young man who left his polygamist religion for a relationship with Jesus, largely as a result of listening to KEY Radio. Listen here and rejoice with us: God is using radio to reach lost souls. He is good. His kingdom advances—even in Provo, Utah.
Happy 25th, KEY Radio! To God be the glory.