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Beyond Today Airing on WGN America

June 25, 2010

Beyond Today Airing on Superstation WGN America

We are very pleased to announce that Christ has opened a new door for us to proclaim the good news of His Father’s Kingdom! For a number of years the possibility of broadcasting on television coast to coast in the United States was but a dream. Now, it is finally a reality!

On the set of "Beyond Today"

Beginning on July 11, the Beyond Today television program will begin airing on superstation WGN America! What adds to this great news is the fact that the program will air at the very good time of 8:30 a.m. (Eastern Time) every Sunday, delivering to a potential audience of 75 million households in 209 TV markets.

Working With Results

Rudy Rangel on camera 1 with teleprompter

Everything we do in Media and Communications Services involves continual monitoring and testing. We are always working to better ourselves in each avenue of our proclamation effort—whether it be in the printed word, in print advertising, on the Web, on radio, or now on television.

After airing Beyond Today for 13 weeks on 5 U.S. broadcast television stations, this exciting new opportunity has become available to us. We are taking advantage of an offer that is far-reaching—providing an immediate boost to our reach, viewership and response to Beyond Today.

As you may have read previously on our Inside United: Realtime blog, the Beyond Today presenters and production staff have been working with different ideas to determine how God’s truth can be most effectively presented. That includes how to best integrate our online media together with traditional television and print media. To that end, our recent experience on our pilot program of five commercial television stations has been invaluable. We will now use this experience and the improvements it helped generate to reach a dramatically expanded audience.

About WGN America

WGN America, which reaches over 190 million people, has made this exclusive Sunday morning airtime offer to the United Church of God. WGN’s signal reaches all 210 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) except for Chicago. We are looking at pricing to possibly add Chicago in as well.

Clint Porter, Gary Petty, Rudy Rangel and Steve Myers prepare for a recording session

By purchasing a nationwide market, we can reach each DMA for 1/12 the cost of our current method of buying ala-carte TV stations in just 5 DMAs—Boise, Cincinnati, Indianpolis, Peoria and Springfield. By purchasing airtime in this sizable way our costs are 12-times less per station than they would be if we purchased one or two stations at a time.

Buying in large volume is a very good use of our budget in a cost/benefit sense. We are walking through this open door. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain. This will maximize our previously approved 2010-2011 airtime budget and the boldness of such a move will show the seriousness of our desire to powerfully reach this country.

Every TV Market in the U.S.

Steve Myers discusses his script

So, to elaborate further, beginning Sunday July 11, 2010, our 30-minute Beyond Today television program will air on WGN America television, in 209 U.S. media markets. This includes every large and small city in the country except Chicago. Our program will be seen simultaneously at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time, 7:30 a.m. Central, 6:30 a.m. Mountain and 5:30 a.m. Pacific.

We have found from past experience in purchasing airtime on radio, that the earlier airtimes are almost always more productive in terms of response than later ones. We think part of the reason is that people are often tuning in for news, religion and entertainment as they are preparing to attend church later in the morning.

Please see the list of Designated Market Areas which shows the areas where our programs will be viewed. WGN’s family-friendly programming can reach almost 200 million people, 24-hours a day, every day.

Enter Your ZIP Code for Stations

If you receive cable or satellite television and have WGN as part of your programming package you will be able to watch Beyond Today every week. You can find stations in your area at by entering your ZIP code in the box at the top of the right hand column.

We hope you are as excited about this dramatic undertaking as is the media staff at the home office. We truly want to boldly and powerfully reach people with His message of good news! Adding nationwide television to our print, Internet and other proclamation efforts is a good move. We must take full advantage of this new open door.

The responsibility of preparing these television messages carries a sober weight. We ask for your prayers and support that our presenters, production team and everyone involved in all elements of our media outreach will receive an extra measure of God’s Holy Spirit. As you’ve heard preached during your years in God’s Church, “The Church of God moves forward on its knees.” So, please add this new initiative to your daily prayer life.

Peter Eddington—Operation Manager, Media and Communications Services

June 25, 2010 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Home Office, Media and Communications |


  1. […] June 25, 2010 Beyond Today Airing on Superstation WGN America We are very pleased to announce that Christ has opened a new door for us to proclaim the good news of His Father’s Kingdom! For a number of years the possibility of broadcasting on television coast to coast in the United States was but a dream. Now, it is finally a reality! [/cap … Read More […]

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  2. This is a tremendous opportunity and a giant door opening to us to preach the gospel! Since WGN is carried by cable and satellite networks around the nation, it reminds me of the big (by standards then) 50,000 watt radio stations that carried the broadcast nationwide in earlier years. However, WGN offers an even greater audience–in fact it covers the entire US, which used to require several of the radio stations to accomplish.

    Comment by Larry Walker | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. YIPPEE!!! I can’t wait! What a blessing, thanks be to the God of our fathers.

    Comment by Delores Cook | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  4. May God use this wonderful opportunity to teach everybody from behind-the-scenes people to the talking heads in front of the camera what they need to learn to be more effective instrumnets of His Will.

    Have you considered having a live audience sit in on the tapings to create some feedback for the presenters as well as the adrenalin needed to take them to the next level?

    I am not talking about UCGIA Church ministry or members either, but, rather an inter-gender, inter-racial, inter-ethnic, multiple age goup representative audinece from the general public these shows are supposedly trying to reach?
    I’m just sayin’

    Tim McCaulley
    JAcksonville FL

    Comment by Tim McCaulley | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  5. Yay! God must have opened that door wide open for us. God’s work moves forward! And I can see it now! 🙂

    Comment by Susan Durnil | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  6. One point that confuses me about this — will WGN America replace the five local markets currently airing BT? Or will those five local markets still have the telecast?

    Comment by Richard | June 25, 2010 | Reply

    • Plans are to phase out the five local TV markets once WGN America is underway. Since the cost for airing WGN in a market is 1/12 that of the individual purchases, it’s the best decision from a financial perspective. Please pray to God for His blessings on our efforts to preach the good news of His Kingdom.

      Comment by United Church of God | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  7. This news chokes me up a little bit – its such an incredible blessing!! Will be praying for all involved to have an extra measure of God’s Holy Spirit as you asked. Also praying for those who will hear the messages – so exciting!

    Comment by Jennifer Ledbetter | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  8. IT’S TIME TO GET THE EZEKIEL WARNING MESSAGE OUT! It seems like God is withdrawing his blessing / protection from the United States — we’ve seen one disaster after another.

    As a country, we’ve asked God to get out of our lives …… and He has obliged.

    Comment by Lee Dolby | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  9. I think this is wonderful and thank everyone for their effort in making this happen. I’d also like to add a comment to those men elected to the Council of Elders in the past 3 years who said that there desire was to see a more public proclamation of the Gospel. You have come through with what you said, it is appreciated as are the efforts of all the team who make this possible. We have a great programme and presenters and we can only get better. Great, thank you.

    Comment by paul spenser | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  10. This is encouraging! I noticed in the announcement that the program will reach all 210 DMA’s except Chicago. On the site there are 8 satellite providers listed under my area code, does this mean that all 8 won’t be carrying the program? Thanks for any clarification you can provide and all the best with the new programming plan.

    Comment by Joanna | June 30, 2010 | Reply

    • Joanna,
      WGN Chicago has a different programming lineup to WGN America. You may have to check the program guide for your zip code to verify, but we believe your area will not cover Beyond Today yet. We are exploring the costs for adding WGN Chicago. Then, we’ll be covering the entire country!

      Comment by United Church of God | June 30, 2010 | Reply

  11. Does the united church of god believe in the trinty

    Comment by bithel porter | May 24, 2012 | Reply

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