Sunday, January 29, 2012
End of one year and looking at the next...
2011 was a tough year and while there were some fun events that happened, there were some I would rather never relive. I won’t go into the details other than saying having a minor stroke, losing my job, then about time I feel ready to return to job hunting, I am assaulted and left with a broken ankle.
Now I am recovering well and see that soon I can begin the job hunting fun. Though, since I have been out of work so long it seems a rather daunting task to behold. I have not been much up to writing on my blog and have tried to do some live shows on Saving Faith Radio. Neither pays the bills…
This may be the final days of Saving Faith Radio http://www.live365.com/stations/iggy14u . At present, I am without supporters or sponsors. It is frustrating as the station is consistently in the top ten in its genre and I receive “A listener likes you” emails from live365.com on a daily basis. I know there are people listening yet no one is able or willing to help out.
Over the 12 years the station has been on the air, I have been amazed at where the stats have taken it. I have been contacted by people who were in European countries that are not “Christian” friendly as well as see stats from China and Arab nations that outright censor Christian stations. I see the main reason is that the music I play is not all CCM style but pulls from a variety of music from people who profess faith Jesus Christ. I mean, what other “Christian” station plays Alice Cooper can you think of?
While I have heard many huge Christian stations talk of cutting $1 million from their budget, I have been able to run Saving Faith Radio for less than $500 a year. Think about that for a minute. I have also been able to help facilitate moving money for ministries into nations many people have not been able to. We have helped feed orphans in India and send shoes to Africa as well as teaching material to other nations Of course this all happened with the help of others.
On the other side, we have helped get artists be heard that otherwise are not heard. We have played many unsigned artists who later went on to become successful as well as played artists who had great success in the past but cannot or choose not to tour, yet produce great music.
Saving Faith Radio has done more than I thought it would in its 12 years and in that I am proud of it. However, since money is tighter this year than ever, and no one has stepped up, I am most likely letting it go. I already cannot renew my podcast http://iggyrocks.podbean.com/ and I know many have enjoyed and benefited from the free promotions of their books and websites.
I pray that those reading will see I would rather not beg for money. I also pray that someone or some people step up and help. As much as I hate to say goodbye to Saving Faith Radio, this may be the year I have to let it go.