On Friday, July 4, Moody Radio and its listeners will bid “farewell” to Mike Kellogg and Music Thru the Night. Kellogg, who has hosted the program since its inception in 1982, is retiring after 42 years of broadcast ministry.
“There will never be another Mike Kellogg. He is irreplaceable,” said Collin Lambert, vice president of Moody Radio.
Kellogg will officially retire on May 31 but Music Thru the Night’s final broadcast will air Friday, July 4.
“We honor him and thank God for his years of faithful service at Moody Radio. Mike is an encourager, a gifted storyteller and an extraordinarily gifted on-air talent,” said Lambert. “He will be missed dearly by those he served with at Moody and the countless listeners he ministered to daily.”
“The day I accepted Jesus into my heart—January 1, 1992—you were there. I had never tuned into a Christian radio station. You helped me grow, to get through some really tough times. I would wake up many times at night, and Mike Kellogg was there. No matter night or day, good times or bad, you were there …”
—Patricia, Moody Radio listener
Most known for hosting Music Thru the Night, the program has been much-loved by listeners because of Kellogg’s biblical insight, encouraging stories and incorporation of warm inspirational music. In addition, the award-winning senior announcer has been heard on Moody Radio’s two-minute daily broadcast Today in the Word and featured as a contributing writer for the companion monthly devotional Today in the Word.
“When I came to Moody in 1972, my wife, Nancy, and I decided that this was the place where we wanted to invest our lives,” said Kellogg. “I’ve been surrounded by some of the most talented people a man could ever work with. They have Christian commitment, enthusiasm and wit and have made every working day a joy.”
Over the years, Kellogg has also directed and been heard on numerous Moody Radio dramas, and recorded audio versions of Scripture including the New Living Translation.
With Kellogg’s retirement and the conclusion of Music Thru the Night, what comes next for Moody Radio is a new program that will capture the heart and music of Music Thru the Night and will be live and include listener interaction.
Kurt Goff Live to Begin Airing Sunday, July 6, 2014
Moody Radio will begin airing its newest national weekday program, Kurt Goff Live, across its 36 owned and operated radio stations on Sunday, July 6, from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. (Central). The six-hour program is also being made available to Moody Radio’s more than 700 affiliate stations.
Kurt Goff Live will first begin airing July 7th, weekdays from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. on 9 FM on the Mars Hill Network.
“Kurt has the heart of a pastor and his desire is to serve God’s people by bringing them hope and encouragement,” said Lambert.
Goff comes to Moody Radio with a 27-year broadcasting history which includes anchoring television news and hosting a variety of radio programs. Most recently, he hosted a daily, three-hour afternoon drive talk show for a Christian radio station that served Buffalo and Rochester, N.Y., along with Toronto, Canada.
“What an incredible opportunity it is to serve the Lord at Moody Radio,” said Goff. “Ultimately, people need Christ, so we will go into the Word of God each program and I will point us to Jesus Christ and His amazing gospel.”
In addition to devotional insights and caller interaction, the program will feature discussions on various topics and times of prayer as well.
“With Jesus Christ at the center and the Bible as our guide, I figure we can talk about anything,” Goff said. Music featured on each program will be taken from Music Thru the Night’s well-known catalog of songs.
He added, “My prayer for this program is that listeners will be reminded they are not alone and that Christ loves them through the ups and downs of real life. That’s something we all need every single day. I know I do.”
While airing only in Chicagoland on 90.1 FM beginning Monday, April 15, Kurt Goff Live will be made available via Moody Radio’s online Chicago stream and through its iPhone and Android apps. Starting Sunday, July 6, the program will be available on local Moody Radio owned and operated stations across the country and their online streams, the network stream and through the iPhone and Android apps, as well.
More information about Kurt Goff Live will be made available in May, along with how listeners can honor Mike Kellogg with words of encouragement as he retires from Moody Radio.
Tune in July 7th, weekdays from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. on 9 FM on the Mars Hill Network.
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