Thanks for helping us celebrate 25 years of ministry here in the tri-state Area.  Although our anniversary month is over, we’re going to continue celebrating throughout the entire year.  Check out the information below, celebrate God’s blessing and goodness with us, and keep us in your prayers and we seek to continue ”Glorifying God and Turning Hearts Toward Christ” in our 26th year!

Staff Questions for 25th Anniversary

1. What is your name?
James Brent Claassen
2. How old were you in 1988?
Twentytwo
3. In 1988 where did you live?
Kansas City
4. Where did you work and what did you do there?
I was the overnight announcer at KLJC.  It was the station owned by the college I graduated from.
5. Where you in school or college, what school and what grade?
I graduated from college in 1987
6. Were you married? Did you have children, how many?
We were married in 1988
7. Do you have any memories of current events or things happening in the community or the country?
I don’t even remember what I had for lunch today.  Remembering 1988 is a stretch
8. Do you have any memories of KGCR from 1988?
We visited KGCR three months after it went on the air.  We were on our way home from our honeymoon and had heard that the station was looking for staff.  So we stopped in and met Allen and saw the station.  Brenda still had a year of school so, after the visit, we returned to Kansas City.  We didn’t actually start working at KGCR until 1989.  After Brenda graduated we contacted Allen again and I was hired.
9. What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
The commitment to honoring God and growing our listeners in our walk with Him
10. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
I’ve been here for 24 years so there are a lot of memories, some good and some not so good.  Probably my favorite would be of the many excellent and committed staff that I’ve had the chance to work with, the wonderful listeners who have supported the station year after year, and most of all seeing the faithfulness of God over 25 years.
Other Memories:
-The time I was discussing our Governor with a caller in less than favorable terms without realizing my mic was on.
-Interviewing Mark Schultz, Mac Powell, Dave from the Sidewalk Prophets, Matthew West, and many more.
-David Crowder giving me the award for the most unique recording setup.
-Having my hair dyed, bleached, and shaved during varies Sharathons.
-Serving as station news director for my the first 9 years at KGCR.
-The change in equipment from cassette, reel to reel and cart machines to CDs to Computers.
-Getting stuck 3/4 of a mile from the station in a snow storm and having swollen ears for three days after walking the rest of the way.
-Many, many nights sleeping at the station due to snow storms and not wanting to go through the experience shared above again.
-Taking pictures of wild life in the trees behind the station.
-The commitment of Allen and Doris Quenzer to Christian Radio.

1.  What is your name?
Brenda Lynn Claassen (Hudson)
2.  How old were you in 1988?
Twenty
3.  In 1988 where did you live?
Belton, Mo
4.  Where did you work and what did you do there?
KLJC-Calvary Bible College’s radio station
5. Where you in school or college, what school and what grade?
Senior at Calvary Bible College
6.  Were you married? Did you have children, how many?
Married that year, June 4, 1988
7.  Do you have any memories of current events or things happening in the community or the country?
Nope, too busy going to school and newly married
8.  Do you have any memories of KGCR from 1988?
We visited on our honeymoon.  Even though
I had a year left of school we knew we wanted to come
Out and work here.
9.  What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
Working with my husband
10. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
One of them is our KGCR Christmas parties and gatherings. We have so much fun together.  Another is seeing God provide through our listeners year after year. Concerts with artists like Third Day, Matthew West,and the Newsboys are neat memories.  (Although Bill Pearce was pretty special too.)

1.  What is your name?
Patricia Selby
2.  How old were you in 1988?
REALLY?????   25
3.  In 1988 where did you live?
We lived south of Deerfield, Kansas.  Down in the sandhills!!  Got our mail 15 miles away!!!!!
4.  Where did you work and what did you do there?
I was a stay-at-home mom.  My husband worked for Val-Kan Farms.
5.  Were you married? Did you have children, how many?
Yes, I had been married 3 years and we had 2 sons.
6.  Do you have any memories of current events or things happening in the community or the country?
7.  Do you have any memories of KGCR from 1988?
We moved away just 3 months before KGCR was on the air.
8.  What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
I’ve only been back with KGCR about 2 months after a 9 year break, but I’d have to say I enjoy trying to encourage the listeners in the relationship with God.  The
9. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
Not necessarily a “favorite” memory, but a big one:  The first time around, about 15 years ago, Stephanie helped train me to be on the air.  She had me give the newscast “alone”.  I thought she was sitting right behind me in case I ran into trouble.  Sure enough, being the type of person that gets mental images, I got the giggles very badly while trying give the news story about a “turkey drop” for Thanksgiving (can’t you just see the airplane flying over and men dropping live turkeys out???).  I turned around to have Stephanie take over and she wasn’t even in the room!!!  I finally made it through the newscast, but I’m sure the listeners were wondering what on earth was going on behind the microphone!

1. What is your name?
Dee Ann Resler
2. In 1988 where did you live?
Oberlin, Ks
3. Where did you work and what did you do there?
Stay at home wife.
4. Were you married? Did you have children, how many?
Married to Wendell. Has 1 child.
5. Do you have any memories of KGCR from 1988?
Our son, Roger graduated from John Brown University with a degree in broadcasting and in June 1988 and was looking for a job. Our pastor in Oberlin told us about KGCR. It took us a while to find it but, find it we did! Herb Rozhart was there that day and had him do a “demo” and told him he had the job! On July 1st, 1988 Roger became the station manager! Since it was a new station, Roger was needing help so he taught his mom (me) What to do… with fear and trembling I went on the air on a Saturday morning, November 5th, 1989. And the rest is history! I’ve worked at KGCR off and on all for these years and for the past year and a half I have been part of Classic KGCR.  I’ve been honored to be part of this ministry almost from the very beginning!
6. What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
I have a couple, the main one being that it is a ministry with a message! Reaching people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and encouraging people in their walk with the Lord is very important to me. And the staff has always been great!
7. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
I have a couple, One my granddaughter, Stephanie, “helping” her daddy with commercials starting when she was 18 months old! The more important memory is of a gentleman who called me. His daughter, who was in her 20s at the time, was listening to “nightsounds with Bill Pearce” in her car and accepted Jesus as her Saviour!! That is what KGCR is all about!

1. What is your name?
Tiffany (Shaw) Martin
2. How old were you in 1988?
I turned 18 that February.
3. In 1988 where did you live?
Parker, Colorado
4. Were you in school or college, What school, what grade?
I was a senior at Ponderosa high school, Class of ’88 was great!
5. Where did you work and what did you do there?
My parents owned several businesses and I worked at one of them. It was a pizza parlor with a video arcade and old time soda fountain.
6. Were you married? Did you have children, how many?
Nope, too young.
7. Do you have any memories of KGCR from 1988?
No, I lived too far away.
8. Do you have any memories of current events or things that happened in the community or country?
I remember a few things, Yosemite National Park was on fire and we didn’t know if it would recover. Ronald Reagan was President.
9. What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
Well, I love the daily Good News Verse, I work with some amazing people, I get to meet and visit with amazing listeners, and I get to talk about Jesus Christ ALL day!! What could be better?
10. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
There are so many! Every sharathon has been a blast. We get pretty silly. I love to watch GOD move and the last couple of sharathons He has helped us reach our goal and even exceed it. He knows what we need and makes it possible for us to continue to stay on the air. I also remember the time I was live on the air and I was battling the hiccups. I held them at bay for a few words but pretty soon they reared their ugly head and, yep, you guessed it, I hiccuped on air a couple of times. It was so embarrassing!

1.What is your name?
Shane Timson
2.How old were you in 1988?
In March of 1988, I would have been ten years old.
3.In 1988 where did you live?
Atwood, Kansas. My parents still live there.
4.Where did you work and what did you do there?
I was too young to work. attended Atwood Grade School. I was in the fourth grade.
5.Were you in school or college, what school and what grade?
I attended Atwood Grade School. I was in the fourth grade.
6.Do you have any memories of current events or things happening in the community or the country?
I was a kid at that time, so I didn’t really pay attention to current events. I know Ronald Reagan was President, and I think the Beaver Creek flooded that summer. My brother and I tried to be like Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, thinking we could build a raft. It didn’t work, because the current swept it away before we could hop on.
7. Do you have any memories of KGCR from 1988?
No, I didn’t know of its existence.
8. What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
I get to use my broadcast talents to glorify God!
9. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
I remember interviewing with James and being so nervous. I didn’t know what a sense of humor he has.  My co-workers over the years have changed, but we always had the same goal- to spread the message of Christ to those listening.  I enjoy meeting the listeners, and am looking forward to being around for many more years!

1. What is your name?
Moriah LeFlore
2. How old where you in 1988?
Minus 2 years
3. In 1988 where did you live?
my family lived in Publeo CO
4.do you have any memories of KGCR?
I can remember being a little kid and listening to KGCR’s kid’s programming, at that time there was almost a hour of kid’s programming in the evening. There was story book room, jungle-jam, and Odyssey. I can also remember getting up early on Saturday morning to hear Ranger Bill. At that time there wasn’t a translator in Cheyenne Wells so my Mom would stand there holding up the antenna with foil on it so we could hear it.
5. What is you favorite thing about working at KGCR?
With out a doubt the people I get to work with I love my fellow KGCR staff members
6. What is you favorite KGCR memory?
It was sharathon a few years back. Becca had just come back from a mission trip and was giving the staff things she had brought back for them. She gave James a ukulele and he was playing a little of it. It was at that time that I first began to want to work in Radio.

1. What is your name?
Dawn Marie Rickerson
2. How old were you in 1988?
Four years old
3. In 1988 where did you live?
Denver Colorado
4. Where did you work and what did you do there?
Well, being 4 years old I would have been staying at home with my mom and two baby brothers Loren and Charlie.
5. Were you in school or college, what school and what grade?
I would not have started school at that time.
6. Do you have any memories of current events or things happening in the community or the country?
Not really…
7. What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
The staff is a lot of fun, they always keep you guessing and they all have a wonderful heart for the gospel.
8. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
My first Sharathon with the staff, I had never been a part of any Sharathon before so I was kind of nervous but they were very accepting and encouraging and I had a great time.

1.What is your name?
Sarah McKenzie.
2. How old were you in 1988?
I actually wasn’t even born yet, I didn’t come along for another 6 years.
3. What is your favorite thing about working at KGCR?
My favorite part about working for KGCR is the encouragement that is on our station. Whether it’s in a song or on one of our programs, God never ceases to share what he needs to with me through my listening to the station while I work. I love that the encouragement is for everyone who hears it, at any point in their life.
4. What is your favorite KGCR memory?
I would have to say Sharathon 2012 would have to be my favorite memory of KGCR so far. I was paired with James for quite a few of my times on air, so it was never dull.