FRED MCNAUGHTON – Time to take one last check at the WJTL 2012 End of the Year Donation Thermometer. Three hundred and six thousand dollars was the target to reach budget by the end of the year. Your December donations have totaled – $351,808
Which surpassed the goal!!! Thank you to everyone who made an end of year Donation!
Please join us in Celebrating God’s Faithfulness and your Generosity!
RADIO FRIEND PHIL – 2012 was another superb year for Christian music! Here’s a quick look at the top 10 songs from WJTL’s Top 100 Countdown (complete list posted soon):
(1) TobyMac- Me Without You. (2) Kutless-Even If. (3) Sidewalk Prophets-Live Like That. (4) Casting Crowns-Jesus, Friend of Sinners. (5) Matthew West-Forgiveness. (6) David Crowder Band-After All (Holy). (7) Kutless-Carry Me to the Cross. (8) Tenth Avenue North-Losing. (9) Britt Nicole-All This Time. (10) Matt Redman-10,000 Reasons.
“Top 11 Gourmet Albums of 2012” From Under The Radar
(aired Friday nights on WJTL from 10-11PM)
Under The Radar plays some of my favorite artists and so here is another list of great music from this year!
1. Light for the Lost Boy – Andrew Peterson
2. Leonard, the Lonely Astronaut – Andrew Osenga
3. No Man’s Land – Charlie Peacock
4. Heart – Audrey Assad
5. Birds of Relocation – Eric Peters
6. The Fourth Wall – The Vespers
7. Wounded Healer – The Followers
8. Open Your Doors – Jenny & Tyler
9. Homemade Worship by Handmade People – Rend Collective Experiment
10. Land of the Living – Matthew Perryman Jones
11. Lights of Distant Cities – Bebo Norman
I’ve had Charlie Peacock, just bought Andrew Osenga for my husband for Christmas and just ordered Andrew Peterson. I LOVE listening to new music and even better if it’s new music from some of my favorite artists!!!
Happy New Year!
Ann D’Alessandro – Fan of UTR
In 2012, more than 150 videos, featuring over 50 artists, were added to the WJTL video page. Here are the Most Watched New WJTL videos of 2012:
10) Disciple: Little Man Syndrome
Kevin Young, one of my favorite interviewees from Creation cracks the top 10.
9) Matthew West: The “Forgiveness” Story
Possibly my favorite “Live from the Junction Center” event was Matthew West.
8) Evelia: “Too Much” (Acoustic)
Our neighbors at Creation Festival for the whole week with a top notch performance in the woods.
7) Disciple: Human Video
6) Hyland: “Beauty in the Broken” (Acoustic)
An adventure to the top of the mountain at Creation led to this excellent performance by Jon Lewis.
5) Mikeschair: “You Loved Me First” (Acoustic)
Grayson’s performance breaks into the top 5 spots in only a few months.
4) Paul Baloche: The Same Love/Above All Medley
A Powerful performance from Paul Baloche live in the WJTL studio.
3) Disciple: Oh God Save Us All
See #10 again. Disciple dominates taking 3 of the top 10 spots.
2) Everfound: “Take this City” (Acoustic)
This relatively unknown band surprisingly takes the 2nd spot despite only being up for less than a month.
1) All Sons & Daughters – Brokenness Aside
Easily taking the #1 spot, pulling in over 50k views in less than a year.
KRISTI LEIGH — What a great year! 2012 brought us lots of new worship leaders and lots of new songs from those who have been leading us for decades! I’m so excited to put this 4-hour special together to share with you. Below you’ll find all the song information.
Happy New Year! I can’t wait to see what new songs of worship 2013 brings!
Kristi Leigh — WJTL DJ
KRISTI LEIGH — 2012 brought us so many new songs that touched our hearts and lives! Listen to WJTL (or online at the listen tab at www.WJTL.com) for two specials that will review them!
The Praise & Worship 2012 Special with Kristi Leigh (me!) — Noon-4 New Year’s Eve
The Top 100 Countdown with Radio Friend Phil — 4-Midnight New Year’s Eve (Rebroadcast 4-Midnight New Year’s Day)
And remember the songs from (many) years gone by…the classic music tradition continues with Terry Phillips and The Archives Special on New Year’s Day from Noon-4
JOHN SHIRK – We are coming toward the end of 2012, the Year of Transformation at WJTL, with an emphasis on life change from the inside out. I sincerely hope that the devotionals and the stories of changed lives that we have been sharing have left an impression on your life in terms of how Jesus is able to transform you to be more like Christ and to prepare you for doing God’s will with a sincere heart of devotion.
When we talk of transformation, I often think of Second Corinthians 3:18 which says, “we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”
So, for the disciple of Jesus, God’s Spirit is working in our lives constantly. It’s a process of transformation, where we are learning who Jesus is more thoroughly, seeing Him for clearly, and reflecting Him more accurately. So, there is in the Christian life two types of transformation taking place. One type of transformation is when we first acknowledge our need for Jesus to be our Savior and Lord and are converted to becoming a Christ follower. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. And then the second type of transformation is a process called sanctification, where Jesus is shaping us on a daily basis to grow in godly character and maturity. So, even though we are moving into a new focus next year, let’s never forget that Jesus touches lives in ways that transform our hearts. Up and coming in 2013 will be the Year to Remember. We will remember highlights in church history, and lessons of faith from the Bible, because faith remembers God in the midst of daily life and learns from past experiences.
RADIO FRIEND PHIL – Greetings! It’s time for this week’s New Tunes at 9 Roundup: New Tunes at 9, one-hour of new and emerging music, weeknights at 9 p.m. on WJTL. New music available now: the new Smalltown Poets, seven-song EP, “Under the New Sun.” The new disc is the latest project for the band formed in Georgia back in 1996. They first achieved recognition with their self-titled debut, earning a Grammy nomination for “Best Gospel Rock Album.” Recently, on New Tunes at 9, I spoke to lead singer Michael Johnston about the band’s longevity and the primary themes on the new project, “Under the New Sun.” (Click the link http://wjtl.com/listen/wjtl-casts/ and scroll down to 11-13-12 Smalltown Poets part one, two and three.) To preview and purchase Smalltown Poets’ new project, “Under the New Sun,” and their recent Christmas project, “Smalltown Poets Christmas,” go to http://smalltownpoets.bandcamp.com/. (You’ll also find links to their facebook and you-tube pages, and smalltownpoets.tv.)
FRED MCNAUGHTON – Jenn Paules is going to interview poem author Cameo Smith from Mount Wolf, PA this morning at 10am. Cameo wrote this poem in response to the Newtown, CT School shooting.
11 Days before Christmas 2012
T’was 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
When 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven’s gate.
Their smiles were contagious, their laughter filled the air,
They could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
They were filled with such joy, they didn’t know what to say,
They remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
“Where are we?” asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
“This is heaven.” declared a small boy. “We’re spending Christmas at God’s house.”
When what to their wondering eyes did appear,
But Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same,
Then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
And in that moment was joy that only heaven can bring
Those children all flew into the arms of their King.
And as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
One small girl turned and looked at Jesus’ face.
And as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, “I’ll take care of mom and dad.”
Then He looked down on earth, the world far below,
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe.
Then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
“Let My power and presence re-enter this land!”
“May this country be delivered from the hands of fools,”
“I’m taking back my nation. I’m taking back my schools!”
Then He and the children stood up without a sound,
“Come now my children, let me show you around.”
Excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran,
All displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
And I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
“In the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT.”
Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA
KRISTI LEIGH — This morning, it’s a full 4 hours of Christmas songs of Worship! Please let me know if you have any song questions!
Kristi Leigh – WJTL DJ