Welcome to the SGN Scoops’ Fast Five! In this edition, we chat with Mike Jones, Program Director at Radio CIA, to find out what makes Radio CIA tick. Why would a former member of the Air Force, Paramedic and Air Traffic Controller decide to run a full-time Christian radio station? Why would a Pastor, Singer and Evangelist take time to be a Ministry Director for an online radio station? Why would a Preacher who has led mission crusades, and become a Ph.D., pastor, writer and speaker, become an associate Pastor for that same radio station? And why would a former addict, now a ordained minister, believe in that station so much that he too would become an associate Pastor for Radio CIA?
The answer? Find out below!
SGN: Tell us how Radio CIA was founded.
MJ: The station opened in 2007 as a secular station playing Country and occasional Classic Rock, primarily for friends and family. In time, occasional requests for Gospel music came in. I’ve been a Christian since 14 and happily complied. That led to a weekly Sunday show called He’s Alive! in an all Gospel format. I closed the station for financial reasons in 2010.
By 2012, God began to work on me, calling me to reopen the station as a 24/7 Christian station. I asked Pastor Mike Wilkins, whom I had met on Facebook, to work with me and serve as the station’s ministry director. After prayer on the matter, he agreed.
SGN: What is the number one one goal of your radio ministry?
MJ: The Internet gives us great opportunities for a long-lasting reach. On any given month, we literally have listeners from around the globe. Our goal is to spread the Gospel of Christ through every legitimate means at our disposal, and to teach those who want to learn more about God, as well as providing a family friendly entertainment venue that all Christians can enjoy.
SGN: Can you tell folks how to listen online and can you tell us some of the radio shows you offer?
MJ: Listening is easy. Just go to our website at http://radiocia.us and click on the listen now link. Choose the player you prefer to listen with, or download our mobile app. Some of our nationally syndicated programming include:
Bill Gaither’s Homecoming Radio
Good News Music Radio with host Woody Wright
EMPOWER! Praise and Worship with Rick McConnell
This Week in Gospel Music featuring Mickey Bell
The Sunrise Show with Jim Tucker
The Old Gospel Ship with Rev. Billy Douglas
SGN: Tell us who makes things run at Radio CIA?
MJ: Easier to give you links here:
Program Director Mike Jones: http://radiocia.us/team-view/mike-jones/
Ministry Director Pastor Mike Wilkins: http://radiocia.us/team-view/pastor-mike-wilkins/
Associate Pastor Michael Hamilton: http://radiocia.us/team-view/pastor-michael-hamilton/
Associate Pastor Rick Smith: http://radiocia.us/team-view/bro-rick-smith/
SGN: What are some future goals for the station?
MJ: To continue to build our listenership and reach so that more people can hear the Good News. To continue to follow the commission set out to us in Mark 16:15: “And He said unto them, go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
It’s obvious that the reason all of those involved in Radio CIA are working hard together to present a professional online station full of the Gospel, is that they believe in the Good News!
Thanks to Mike Jones and all the folks at Radio CIA for having a heart to tell others about Jesus.