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This profile was last updated on 11/3/11  and contains information from public web pages.

Program Director and Morning Show...

Phone: (239) ***-****  HQ Phone
Praise FM
3805 The Lord's Way
Naples, Florida 34114
United States

 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Columbia College
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Praise FM - On Air: Jim Channell
www.praisefm.com, 3 Nov 2011 [cached]
Jim Channell Program Director and Morning Show Host
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Jim Channell
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I'm just a DJ that got saved!, is the claim of our Program Director and morning show host Jim Channell. In fact he was a successful and infamous DJ of great popularity in the Chicago area once voted one of the top 4 DJs in America but exuding such a negative influence on his young audience that his own younger siblings were forbidden to listen to his show. He graduated from Midwestern Broadcasting and started his career aiming to be the best he could be and to get into the top radio market in his hometown of Chicago.
Using a variety of stage names but finally gaining renown using the Captain Whammo alias, Jim got to interview and rub elbows with many of the rock n roll greats of the era before coming to meet the one who became his greatest hero of all; Jesus.
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Jim believes that Christian radio can and should also be quality radio, and his desire is to see Praise 89.5 become the best Christian station in the world.
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Jim - I've been listening to you for many years - even before Praise FM and am thankful for your encouragement.
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Jim, just want to thank you for your constant enthusiasm & witness for Jesus.
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Jim, Greetings from Zabul Province, Afghanistan!!!
Our Crew - Praise FM - Contemporary Christian Music Southwest Florida, Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island
www.praisefm.com, 17 Jan 2011 [cached]
Jim Channell
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Jim grew up in Chicago, and he attended Columbia College, where he discovered an interest in radio. Jim entered Midwestern Broadcasting School and upon graduation, his first radio job took him to WCHI - Chillicothe, Ohio. Jim had one goal in mind - to make it back to Chicago radio!
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On November 5, 1978 through a series of God-ordained circumstances, Jim accepted Jesus as personal savior as he cried out for forgiveness of his sins. In 1981, God opened a door for Jim to begin his Christian radio ministry. He has worked at WCRM - Dundee, IL; WCFL - Chicago (when it was a Christian station for a time); WAYJ - Ft. Myers, FL; World Harvest Radio WHME - South Bend, IN; and now since 1998 as Morning Host at Praise FM (WSRX) in Naples, FL.
In February 2006 Jim started the world's first Christian Oldies program, "Classic Christian Gold.
Hope for the Heart: October 2009 Ministry Update
www.hopefortheheart.org, 1 Oct 2009 [cached]
Even in tough times for the broadcast industry, God continues to provide extraordinary media opportunities for us, such as our new partner in Christian Music Radio, Jim Channell.
New Partner in Christian Music Radio
We've long viewed the dynamic field of Christian Music Radio as a promising area for our message of hope to take root and grow. This August, we established a wonderful new partnership with legendary rock 'n roll DJ Jim Channell .
Jim gave his heart to Christ while listening to Christian teaching on radio . As a result, he dedicated his skills to the Lord. Today Jim produces and hosts 2 weekly music programs that are syndicated worldwide -
Classic Christian Gold is heard on the Internet as well as in 32 countries including the U.S. and will soon be broadcast in Brazil. Great Christian Country is achieving wide acceptance, including a network in Australia.
Jim ends each broadcast with a very specific salvation appeal to unbelievers, who are his predominant audience. And now, Jim announces Hope For The Heart's toll-free number - 1-800-488-HOPE - for listeners to call "to find hope" for their felt needs, as well as their spiritual concerns.
Our Crew - Praise FM - Contemporary Christian Music Southwest Florida, Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Marco Island
www.praisefm.com, 17 Jan 2011 [cached]
Jim Channell's Biography
Jim grew up in Chicago, 4 blocks from Wrigley Field. He attended the Pillar of Fire Fundamental Christian Grammar School, Lake View High School and Columbia College, where he discovered an interest in radio. After consulting with Ken Draper, Program Director of his favorite radio station (Super WCFL AM 1000) Jim then entered Midwestern Broadcasting School.
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Jim had one goal in mind - to make it back to Chicago radio! His radio travels took him to WBEX - Chillicothe, Ohio; KCLU - Rolla, MO; Milwaukee, WI; KSTP - Minneapolis/St. Paul MN; and finally to WDHF/WMET - Chicago... all this before accepting Jesus.
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On November 5, 1978 through a series of God-ordained circumstances, Jim accepted Jesus as personal savior as he cried out for forgiveness of his sins.
Jim immediately turned his back on Rock N Roll radio, even though he would eventually receive four big money offers to return. He taught at Midwestern Broadcasting School for $6/hour for 2 ½ years as he was being disciple by Pastors-in-training at Moody Bible Institute.
In 1981, God opened a door for Jim to begin his Christian radio ministry. He has worked at WCRM - Dundee, IL; WCFL - Chicago (when it was a Christian station for a time); WAYJ - Ft. Myers, FL; World Harvest Radio WHME - South Bend, IN; and now since 1998 as Morning Host at Praise FM (WSRX) in Naples, FL.
Some of the highlights from Jim's Christian radio days include: Programming WCFL - Chicago to have more listeners during music hours than any other Christian station in America; recording "Christian Countdown America" for 10 years (and seeing over 3,000 souls won for the Lord in that time); becoming the very first Program Director in the history of the WAY-FM ministries; programming WAYJ - Ft. Myers, Fl to the highest "hooper" ratings in their history; sharing Jesus on the air since 1998 at Praise FM (WSRX) - Naples, FL; and in February 2006 at God's direction, started the world's first Christian Oldies program, "Classic Christian Gold. Through this ministry he shares Jesus in Africa, Kenya, New Zealand, the Phillipines, France, the UK, Alaska, Canada, Puerto Rico, Haiti and the U.S.A. Jim can also be reached via email at classchristian@aol.com
The Branch FM team
www.branchfm.co.uk, 9 May 2012 [cached]
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