On Monday, April 14 at 11:00am, concerned Lutherans from across the country will demonstrate outside the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Headquarters in Kirkwood, MO (Address: 1333 S Kirkwood Rd, Kirkwood, MO 63122) in response to the cancellation of its popular talk radio show “Issues, Etc.” and the firing of its host Rev. Todd Wilken and the producer Jeff Schwarz. Issues, Etc. broadcast on AM 850 KFUO weekdays from 3pm -6pm and was nationally syndicated Sunday nights.
The show was cancelled on Holy Tuesday (five days before Easter) by the Executive Director of the Synod’s Board for Communication Services, David Strand. On that day, not only were the two men fired without any given reason, but the show’s archives and audio files were pulled from websites as if the show never existed. For more information, see Mollie Ziegler Hemingway’s article Radio Silence in the March 28 edition of the Wall Street Journal.
There has been much public outcry, including a petition with over 7000 signatures, numerous phone calls and emails to the Synod to reverse their decision, and resolutions passed by LCMS Pastors’ Conferences and District Board of Directors.