Dana Key passes away

phredd : June 7, 2010 8:17 am : Fred McNaughton

FRED MCNAUGHTON – According to posts to his facebook, Dana Key, founding member of Pioneering Christian Rock Band – DeGarmo & Key – passed away yesterday (June 6)

Dana founded D&K along with keyboardist Eddie DeGarmo.  Eddie and Dana became best friends in first grade.  DeGarmo & Key were one of the most popular and influential groups of Christian Music’s early days.

Dana was a direct descendant of the famous, Francis Scott Key, author of the Star Spangled Banner.

At the time of his death, Dana was pastor of a church in Cordova Tennessee – The Love of Christ Church.

We will keep you up to date with more information as it becomes available.

DeGarmo & Key were scheduled to perform at a benefit concert on June 13th.  The Driven By Love Flood relief concert was to be hosted by The Love of Christ Church in Cordova and was to be a fundraiser for the flood victims in West TN. Bobby Qualls and his daughter were two of those victims. Bobby lost his life while trying to save his daughter.

Here is a link to his facebook page

Here, too is a video from their 1986 Dove Award Show performance.

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phredd : May 28, 2010 11:19 am : Fred McNaughton

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FRED MCNAUGHTON – Sadly, we do not have many Chic-fil-As in our area.  The song, however, is hysterical!





phredd : May 27, 2010 10:01 am : Fred McNaughton

FRED MCNAUGHTON – Today our winner in the Kids Cookie Break “Phreddsong” art contest brought Lisa and me cookies made from letters that spelled out our name.  How cute is that?  Thank you Kiana.  Enjoy the Uke!

Fred McNaughton


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If Coffee Smells So Good…

phredd : May 11, 2010 10:34 am : Fred McNaughton

FRED MCNAUGHTON – When I was little I loved the smell of coffee brewing in the morning.  My mom and dad would be getting ready for work and I could smell it wafting from the kitchen from my room.  Then one day my mom left me taste it.  IT TASTED LIKE PICKLE JUICE!!!!!  Yuck.  Thus was born the song, “If Coffee Smells So Good Why Does It Taste So Bad.”  Not only is it one of my most requested songs, I think it might be up there with one of the longest song titles of all time.

When I sing “The Coffee Song” in concert, kids inevitably ask me if I really don’t like the taste of coffee.  I tell them that when I was their age I didn’t like it, but that as I’ve gotten older, and have fried more of my taste buds, that I actually do enjoy drinking coffee in the morning.

Yesterday I received this email from listener – Pastor Melvin Flosser.  It made me laugh so much that I thought I would share it with you.


Dear Phredd,

Well, I was heading to church this morning with my wife and five kids sipping a cup of coffee (Sumatra beans fresh ground and made in a french press) and, well, let’s just say I was inspired.  A little silliness, a little caffeine and well, the rest just kinda flowed.  Hope you enjoy.

I’ve got this nagging question,
I pose it to you Phredd.
I really want to help you!
It really must be said!
You had a bad experience,
Like most the people had
If you drink pathetic coffee, then of course it’s bad!

Use bottled water, and grind your own beans!

If you do it right you will LOVE COFFEE!

I’ve got this nagging question
And also to your spouse
Did you just try Folgers
Or buy some Maxwell House?
Do you think Dunkin Donuts is gourmet? Oh how sad!
No wonder you think coffee is so awfully bad!

Don’t go to Turkey Hill, to buy coffee!

If you know what to buy you will LOVE coffee!

Coffee is so good!
If you make it like you should!
It doesn’t have to be
Bitter or acidy
Oh, it’s liquid love
A gift from up above
You will yell out loud for sure
Asking me for MORE!!

I’ve got a nagging question
I pose it to you Phredd
Don’t let people who can’t make coffee
Make you think it is all so bad!
If you just let me make you some then you will be so glad
You will know that coffee smells so good and does NOT taste bad!
Pastor M. Flosser.

Thanks Pastor Mel.  That made my day.  I think I will ask Eddie to fire up the WJTL Coffee Making Machine because now you got me hankering for a cup of joe.  Pour yourself your favorite hot beverage and enjoy the video.

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Josh Wilson’s Amazing Amazing Grace

phredd : May 7, 2010 7:59 am : Fred McNaughton

FRED MCNAUGHTON – Josh Wilson is in concert tonite (5/7) at Church of the Open Door in York.  He is an amazing guitarist and loop crazy hymn re-interpretationist!

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Flood destroys Farrell and Farrell home

phredd : May 7, 2010 6:45 am : Fred McNaughton, Promo

FRED MCNAUGHTON – You have probably heard of the recent flooding in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi. Heavy rains sparked flash flooding that had a devastating affect upon tens of thousands of people. That number includes christian music veterans Farrell and Farrell, whose home was under five feet of water.

Bob Farrell told WJTL’s Terry Phillips – host of the Archives on WJTL, “We were hit hard–lost almost everything.”

Please be in prayer for Bob and Jayne Farrell, or to offer tangable assistance visit ccmclassics.com.

You can also donate directly via paypal.

This is a pic of their home BEFORE it was completely engulfed by the flood.

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If I was in charge of myself, I’d be on vacation

phredd : May 5, 2010 1:37 pm : Fred McNaughton

Fred McNaughton – So I was tooling around the new WJTL website, seeing how everything looks and making sure all the links are working and enjoying how the videos pop up at the WJTL video page when I saw this video and remembered how funny I thought it was.  So I watched it again, and somehow I think it is even funner.  Thank you Kristi, Eddie and Shawn MacDonald for being so genuinely entertaining. You have taken something as misunderstood as stalking and made it a work of art. Can you say “Reality TV Show” Pilot?  Listen closely for the line, “If I was in charge of myself, I’d be on vacation.”

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Fred McNaughton


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Nashville Flooding

phredd : May 4, 2010 10:31 am : Fred McNaughton, Promo

Many of our friends in Nashville have been impacted by the flooding this past week.  Here’s one small way you can help.


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Anthony Evans

phredd : April 28, 2010 8:53 am : Fred McNaughton

Anthony Evans will be leading worship at this year’s National Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 6.

We talked with Anthony this morning.  He told an amazing story of how God used his song “Could It Be”.  You can read the story for yourself at Anthony’s website.

You can also listen to our interview with Anthony at our WJTLCasts page.

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The Life of an Intern

phredd : April 27, 2010 10:56 am : Fred McNaughton

This is Intern Andrew.  You can hear Intern Andrew Tuesday Mornings as part of the Get Up and Go Show.  Intern Andrew has been making the trek to the WJTL Studios twice a week from Maryland.  Intern Andrew is currently attending Harford Community College.  He has been doing an awesome job sharing the weather and even filling in for Lisa a bit while she was in Africa.  Sometimes though, he is just biding his time, waiting for his turn.  Thanks Intern Andrew, we have enjoyed you being a part of WJTL.

And you thought I was kidding when I mentioned he wears his Grandpa’s hat while he is on the air, didn’t you?

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