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First Week on WGN

July 15, 2010

First weekend on WGN America is successful

Beyond Today had a very good beginning on WGN America for our premier telecast on Sunday, July 11. We received 338 phone calls for the day from Gary Petty’s program, “Getting Control of Your Money.”

Some of these responses were from Canada, some were from our other five test TV stations, and some were from cable-access programming. After eliminating those from the count, we figure 268 of them were directly from WGN America in the United States. This does not include Web responses which would likely at least equal that quantity. The total response figure will be calculated a bit later.

Our final airings for our 13-week test on the original five commercial television stations also occurred on Sunday, July 11. In separating out telephone responses from those stations (and Canadian responses) by using the average response of the past four weeks as a benchmark, we arrived at the above figure of 268.

As a reminder, we are beginning our contract on WGN America in the midst of summer when television viewing is normally lower across the board. As autumn draws near and people begin spending less time outdoors and on vacation, TV viewing generally increases. As this occurs and as the viewing audience becomes more familiar with Beyond Today and begin to watch regularly, response rates should rise.

Again overall, we had a great start.

Web site visits see increase too

We will also add that on Sunday our Web traffic doubled compared to past airing days. On average we have between 400 to 700 Web visitors each Sunday. This time we had almost 1,400 Web visitors. It is not a big number but a noticeable increase because of the WGN exposure. We had one viewer leave a comment on Facebook saying she watched and enjoyed the program—via WGN in Las Vegas at 5:30 a.m. The stats showed for the day that 64% of the Web visitors were first time visitors. The top city locations that visited the Web site that day were from New York, Washington, Winnipeg, Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix, Houston, Toronto.

In addition, our Canadian office is reporting an upswing in their responses, due to WGN America airing across Canada as well.

Next Sunday, July18, we will air the program presented by Steve Myers titled: “The Rapture: Fact or Fiction?” Please continue to pray for God’s blessing and the success of this and our other proclamation efforts.

Peter Eddington/John LaBissoniere/Aaron Booth—Media and Communications Services

July 15, 2010 - Posted by | Beyond Today, Home Office, Media and Communications |


  1. Is there a download count for the literature offered / mentioned on the webcast? Is it possible to ascertain what effect WGN America had by lit downloads?
    Jim Gillespie

    Comment by Jim Gillespie | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  2. Did you ever consider adding a women to your panel? If you look at all the programs 20\20 Joyce Myers all local tv news programs they have women on. Also look at all of our womens christian week ends we have in the church. They are so well attended. I feel that you will be overlooking a huge audience by not adding a women to your panel. My prayers are for the sucess of the broad cast. Thank you keep up the good work. Fran schuster

    Comment by FRAN SCHUSTER | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • We know that there is a guideline in the bible in regards to speaking women. This is not to demean them, but something we are told to follow. Please remember that first and foremost the main purpose of this program is to preach the gospel and to help gather the people that are called in this lifetime. Next to that, but equally important, is to give hope and to beam a light in this dark times to the rest people that needs them. Its purpose is not to be ‘inline’ to the norms and standards of this world and compromising God’s standard for the sake of just getting an additional audience.

      We can trust God’s word, that He will bless those who follow His commandments. One of which, is to preach the Kingdom of God. So we know by this, He will bless this work. Our prayers we give to the men and women who are involved with this project (on stage or backstage).

      Comment by John David Uy | July 16, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thankyou for the “Good News” about the “Work of the Ministry” to work with those whom “God the Father” and “His Work” wants to work with now.As the old saying goes… if you have a good horse…keep and ride it! A modern version in these times is to keep your Automobile if it is economical, not a money or gas eater as it fulfills your needs. My direction for the Media and Communications department is…do-!do-it! do-it! The alternative is a round– to– it. Do keep up the good work in the wise use of God given talents and opertunities. If any tweeking {changes} are deemed necessary… do seek council and be at peace among your selves toward the same goal.

    Jim on the Hill

    Comment by Jim Lapp | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. Congratulations, brethren. I also saw the program and enjoyed it very much. It’s nice to see the mustard seed begin to grow in this beautiful planet that God created for us all and also for Himself and Jesus Christ. Keep up the good work and may God continue blessing all your efforts.

    Comment by Ramon Soto | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  5. Well that is a very good number for summer. Maybe many came from the deserts like where I live. It’s too hot to be outside. 🙂

    Comment by Lorelei Nettles | July 15, 2010 | Reply

  6. Are there any plans to proclaim the coming of the Kingdom of God and to exhort people to repent of their sins? (Matt 4:17, Mk 6:12, Ac 2:38, Ac 17:30, etc) If not, why not?

    Tim McCaulley
    Jacksonville FL

    Comment by Tim McCaulley | July 15, 2010 | Reply

    • Considering the introductory passage used in Mt 6, even to the point of mentioning v. 33, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”.

      What is it about the remainder of the message which falls short of proclaiming the coming of the Kingdom of God and to exhort people to repent of their sins?

      Comment by Norbert | July 16, 2010 | Reply

      • Hi Norbert–

        To simply say “seek the Kingdom of God and its righteousness first” with no further clarification of more exactly what that means is to take people back to the lifetime of Jesus Christ when He, under instruction of the Father, was required to deliberatly cloak his message so that those hearing would not get what He was saying. (Mk 4:10-12)

        Such blindness does not apply today as can be seen by the record of the evangelism of all the apostles and others recorded in the New Testement. (with the exception of those practitioners of Judaism whom God has allowed to continue in their blindness–Rm 11:32 for their own and everybody elses good)

        The entire purpose of Jesus Christ’s life, death and ressurection was for those given the responsibiity of evangelizing in His name to be witnesses of this fact. (Ac 1:8, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32) and plainly call for people to repent of their sins because the Kingdom of God is at hand. (see the previously cited scritpures in my original message)

        They need a supernaturally strong will (Ezek 3:9), the realization that most who hear them will either not get what they are saying or have no interest in acting on what they do get. (Ez 33:31-33)

        They need God to put His Words into their mouth to speak and then encouragement to keep on doing it and then protection from the many who would just as soon kill them than to have to put up with hearing their message
        given by God to tell the people. (Jer 1:6-9, 19)

        The message of repentance and the proclamation of the Kingdom of God is something that those who do it and those who support them must guard against being ashamed of.
        (Lu 9:26, Rm 1:16, II Tim 1:8, I Jn 2:28)

        One scripture with no clear clarification of its critical significance and 15 minutes of happy-talk on money does not in any way equal the proclamation of the Gospel or a call to repent of sins to the unbelievers who are the principle audience these broadcasts are suppossed to be reaching.

        There can be no “stealth” Christians or evangelists.

        Any other questions Norbert?

        Tim McCaulley
        Jacksonville FL

        Comment by Tim McCaulley | July 16, 2010 | Reply

  7. Would it be possible to make some of these posts in a printer-friendy format so that they could be more easily shared with those members that don’t have computer access? (We like to put updates like this on our information table.)

    Comment by Holly Hannaway | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  8. I do appreciate the comments section of Inside America to offer encouragement to those folks that are doing a fabulous job with Beyond Today and other projects. My prayers are continually with them.

    I do not appreciate the comments section being used as a debate and challenge tool; and I sincerely hope this won’t be abused and eventually taken away.

    Unless I’m missing something or not fully understanding its intent, a person could easily miss that we’re all blessed to be on the same page. This is a privilege – not an opportunity.

    Just my two cents worth.

    Comment by Karen | July 17, 2010 | Reply

  9. Given the evidence within the entirety of all the half hour segments that have been produced, most readers that are familiar with them would wonder about the relevance of asking your questions.

    I would go so far as to say, because I am this far -> <- (very small) from getting rid of my own financial debt. What was being specifically said after the intro was of practical advice and it was encouraging. In that I am very glad and thankful. But in one sense I agree that some of that advice could of come from an Atheist just as well and the only significant difference between the two is that his budget sheet wouldn't of had a "tithing" box.

    But in another sense, the evanglists in the UCG have a track record of being straightforward and convicted about preaching the Kingdom of God too. They do "draw His line in the sand", to use the expression. Not by saying so is to imply there is no longer room for improvement in communicating the message.

    Comment by Norbert | July 17, 2010 | Reply

    • Above post is in response to Tim McCaulley

      Comment by Norbert | July 17, 2010 | Reply

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