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Former NBC and CBS Actor and Entertainer Randall Franks joins the cast of “The Crickets Dance”

Written by Staff on June 17, 2019 – 8:06 am -

Randall Franks will appear in "The Crickets Dance." (Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)

Randall Franks will appear in “The Crickets Dance.” (Photo: Randall Franks Media/Anna Ritch)


Randall Franks, former NBC, CBS and UPtv star, becomes the latest star to take on a role in the upcoming drama “The Crickets Dance.”

The film is based on the novel by author Deborah Robillard. Director Veronica Robledo, who wrote the screenplay, will shoot the film later this year.

Franks will appear in the 19th-century period role as “Dr. J.A. Anderson.”

“This is such an amazing story that blends the past and the present in a momentum that solidifies that love reaches far beyond the bonds that restrain us,” Franks said. “With love the wounds of our experience may be bound.”

The actor (, best known as “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night,” starred in two other TV series and numerous films.

Franks is also a country music starknown for appearing for the Grand Ole Opry, CMA Fan Fair, the National Folk Festival, bluegrass festivals, fairs and as part of the National Quartet Convention All-Star Band.

His latest CD “Americana Youth of Southern Appalachia” including Americana, Bluegrass and Southern Gospel featuring 30 youth alongside him for charity catapulted to #1 on the APD Top 50 Albums Daily Chart June 11 and by 8 p.m. had solidified in the top spot on the June APD Top 50 Global Americana Charts.

Franks joins Sandra Ellis Lafferty, Bill Oberst, Jr., Todd Maynor and Ashley Robillard in the “The Crickets Dance” in the fall of 2019 for filming. Like “The Crickets Dance” on Facebook.

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The Great Passion of Jesus Christ

Written by Staff on March 26, 2015 – 4:26 pm -

great_passion_play_-_picture_of_christEaster is a time of joy as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead and we acknowledge all that means for us: eternal life, abundant life and salvation from a life of sin by a God Who is eternal. But the full celebration of Easter must include the fervency of Palm Sunday, the shock of the overturning of the Temple’s money tables, the quiet closeness of the Last Supper, the grief of a prayer on the Mount, the betrayal of a friend at midnight and then capture, torture and a farce of a Court decision. Then more torture, a long climb up to Golgotha with a wooden cross, an agonizing and earth-shattering death, followed by the cold darkness of a borrowed tomb. So many emotions, so much passion before the glorious morning of Easter.


Many of us have seen the longest week in history portrayed on stage and in film during the season of Easter, but in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, they perform the Great Passion Play (GPP) outdoors, several days a week, from May until October, in a 4,100 seat amphitheater. Beginning with the raising of Lazarus from the dead, the drama tells the complete story of Jesus’ final week until His Resurrection and Ascension. The Play is a must-see event, with hundreds of actors and live animals detailing this special historical event.


Randall Christy of The Gospel Station, has attended the GPP many times over the years. From 2008 until 2012, attendance had declined to the point where the Play was closed due to lack of funds. Christy says, “I felt compelled to find out more. The Board of directors of the Passion Play had closed it for good, sold the animals, locked the gates, turned off the lights to the Christ of the Ozarks. I was strongly convicted to try and do something about this, and could not believe that the Lord wanted the Great Passion Play to close.” Christy immediately began to work on reviving the Play, working with the local bank and raising funds to initiate the 2013 season. Facilities were renovated and the area of The Holy Land Tour was also opened for the first time in five years.


Untitled_Panorama1 editThe park facilities of The Great Passion Play not only include the staging area but also a Bible Museum, Art Museum and Holy Land Tour, with historical exhibits and actors that introduce guests to various Biblical characters. It’s an educational experience for all patrons and is regularly visited by school and college groups. “The Great Passion Play has some of the most rare Bibles on display, such as an original 1611 King James Bible, first print, first edition, in mint condition as well many others worth seeing,” says Christy. “We also have several masterpieces in our art collections with some from the 1500’s and 1600’s, as well as a very old sculpture of Jesus Christ dating to 800AD.”


The Park also hosts Christian Music concerts, seminars and special Christmas activities. One of its most well known outdoor exhibits is the great Christ Of The Ozarks statue, standing 67 feet tall with the arms of Christ spread out to welcome all to come and learn about Him.


Rick Resurrection with angelRandall Christy decided to initiate the return of the Great Passion Play because of the message the Play and the Park had in common with his well-known music website, The Gospel Station. “Every song we play on the air is about the Gospel of Jesus,” says Christy. “And so is the Play. We are extremely mission minded and the Great Passion Play is the latest in our family of ministries.” He adds, “We are in a culture war in our country and if Christians do not fight it, who will?”


The Gospel Station has always been a ministry for Christy. “It’s more than just music, it’s the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are not just a radio business, selling air-time. Our people are personally involved in global missions and ministry, with a goal of seeing one-million people come to the Lord. So far we have seen over 326,000 accept Christ, all of them with local pastors to follow up, and most of them in public schools of foreign countries. We have a burden for kids, homeless, widows and orphans. Gospel music is one of the best ways to reach people with the story of Jesus Christ and one of the most effective ways to encourage Christians in their daily lives.”


The Gospel Station’s mission team has traveled far and wide, including Nicaragua, Nigeria, Kenya and Costa Rica. Christy says, “Without our Vision Team, the supporters who share this vision, we could not accomplish all of these things for the Lord.  Reaching people for Him is the main reason we are here, in His service.”


IMG_1320Christy adds, “I pray every day, ‘Lord please help me reach more people than I ever dreamed I could reach’ and He is.”


Randall Christy is currently on the Board of Directors for the Great Passion Play, a group of men determined to continuously improve on areas of the Park and expand their facilities. The Gospel Station will have a presence at this year’s Ozark Gospel Music Convention and there will be a special presentation of the Great Passion Play during one of the evening concerts. Christy encourages, “Please make the trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, this year with your family and your church to see the Christ of the Ozarks, the Bible and Art Museum, The Holy Land, and most of all – The Great Passion Play.”


IMG_1366For more information on the Great Passion Play visit


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By Lorraine Walker

First Published by SGN Scoops digital magazine in April 2014.

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Jim Sheldon To Appear At The Great Passion Play

Written by SGN Scoops on June 18, 2013 – 12:22 pm -

Danville, KY (June 17, 2013) The Positive Cowboy, Jim Sheldon recently sang at Union Valley Baptist Church in Adajimsheldon (1), OK. The Pastor, Rev. Randall Christy indicated that he owned the attraction “The Great Passion Play” in Eureka Springs, AR and The Gospel Station Network.

Jim recounted “As we talked a while after the wonderful service, Pastor Christy asked me if I would like to open with a mini-concert, 'The Great Passion Play'. I thought about five seconds and said 'Yes'. What an opportunity this is for my ministry.”  Jim will be performing at “The Great Passion Play” on Thursday, June 27.  The crowd is expected to be well
over 600 in attendance.  

In Eureka Springs, ArkansasThe Great Passion Play is performed every year from May through October. Since its first performance in 1968, The Great Passion Play has been seen by over 7 million people, which makes it the largest-attended outdoor drama in America.

On the grounds of The Great Passion Play you can see the Christ of the Ozarks statue (the largest Christ statue in North America), this makes the entire area a great tourist attraction.

You can learn more about Jim Sheldon, the Positive Cowboy, at or . You can reach him through E-mail at . 
Go to: to learn more about the life changing play. 

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The Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs will open for the 2013

Written by SGN Scoops Staff on January 4, 2013 – 10:11 am -

ChristThe Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs will open for the 2013 season the first weekend in may.
In November it was announced that the Passion Play was closing forever. Randall Christy, President of The Gospel Station Network came to Eureka Springs on Dec 21 and met with members of the Passion Play Board and the bank that holds the note on the facilities and the 670+ acres owned by the Passion Play. The bank made it very clear that in order to stop foreclosure proceedings, $75,000 would have to be deposited with them by Dec 31st. Christy decided to take this challenge on, and in 10 days, with contributions from local businesses and hundreds of individuals from all over the U.S., the money was raised, and the foreclosure was stopped.

“We have crossed the first hurdle, but now we have a mountain to climb to raise the funds to get this worthy project off the ground, renovated, and improved,” Christy said. At a press conference held at the Passion Play Amphitheater on Thursday Jan 3rd, Christy announced several major changes and future plans. “Today we are launching a 6 million dollar capital improvement campaign to bring these facilities up to date, to put coverings in place to shade the amphitheater, to improve the display of the fabulous artwork and biblical antiquities, to repair and give the set a facelift, to put in an RV park, and many more things that need to be done including securing the financial future of the Passion Play.” Christy said.

One of the things that will be changing will be the ticketing packages, which will be more affordable for families, and for people who want to experience all the features of the Passion Play, like: The Bible Museum, where a person can see an authentic First Edition First Print of the King James Bible in mint condition and many other antique bibles of historical value; and the Sacred Art Museum, the Tabernacle replica of the Old Testament Tabernacle, The Holy Land Bible Tour, The Parable of the Potter, David the Shepherd. There will be ONE PRICE for the entire Passion Play Experience…which will be good for two days.
Many other positive changes will be noticed by visitors this year and even more next year.

People are still giving, and funds are still coming in from people who believe that the Passion Play is worth saving. As a part of this campaign, we have launched today a “Save a Seat” campaign where people can donate $250 or more and have a permanent engraved name plate mounted to a seat in this historic outdoor theater. Also today we have launched ticket sales for Opening Weekend May 2013 for less than half price. This opening price will be available to purchase only through the month of January, for Opening Weekend of the Passion Play.

“The Passion Play has brought millions of people to Eureka Springs over the years, and we want to see this happen again, and are excited about the future,” said Mike Bishop, Eureka Springs Chamber of Commerce Director.

To buy tickets, participate in the Save a Seat Campaign, or buy Passion Play merchandise go to
To DONATE to the Save the Passion Play campaign go to

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Written by SGN Scoops Staff on September 28, 2012 – 4:36 pm -

Ada, Oklahoma (September 28, 2012) – Randall Christy, President of The
Gospel Station Network announced today that the Gospel Station Network
Application has been placed among the top six Smartphone Christian
Music Applications, according to .

In the article posted on
by Kim Jones, guide, the website gives the app a user rating
of 4 stars. Jones states, “These radio apps are the best I’ve found
and are the ones that I use regularly.”

“We were so thrilled to be named in the top six and feel so blessed

that the Lord is using us to reach so many. As of today, we have over

70,000 downloads of our app. Of course its free and we hope it blesses
many!” said Randall Christy.

“The Gospel Station Network is listed number six of over 400 apps, not
just gospel, not just radio, but out of over 400 Christian Music Apps!
I am so thankful. Rick Cody is the best program director in the radio
business,” said Christy. “I thank Jesus. It is all about the message.
Please take a second and look at the link above. Also, pray that we
will have a successful fund drive. It starts Monday, October 1st and
runs through October 13. We plan to put this type of radio station all
over the U.S.”

More information on The Gospel Station Network application and fund
raising drive can be found by clicking on to

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