Each week, Jim Channell highlights a particular year, era, or artist on "Classic Christian Gold", a very welcome addition to the CCM Rewound lineup!. Join us Sundays at 12 noon and 9pm ET .
About Jim Channell.....
I’m just a DJ that got saved!”, is how "Classic Christian Gold" host Jim Channell describes himself. In fact, he was a successful and infamous DJ of great popularity in the Chicago area. 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, Illinois.
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.
That day was November 5, 1978, a day that most of his listening audience knows almost as well as their own birthday. A broken-hearted Channell cried out to God begging for forgiveness one rainy night while driving near the Chicago area, with Moody radio playing on the car stereo. Since that day, Channell has been committed to using the influence of radio to reach others who need to hear the saving message of Jesus.
His secular success took him from his first job in Chillicothe, OH, through Rolla, MO, Wichita, KS, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Milwaukee, WI, Minneapolis St. Paul, and landing him back home at WDHF/WMET Chicago. As a Christian host, Jim has moved from WCRM in Dundee, IL, World Harvest Radio in South Bend, IN, WAYJ in Ft Myers, and to Praise FM in Naples Florida for 16 years.
His favorite catchphrase, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”, (Romans 8:31) has become an encouragement and battle cry of the day for his listeners around the world. Jim grew up just blocks from the great Wrigley field in Chicago, and he still harbors that love of sports he had as a youngster, bringing current scores and commentaries into his shows. Since his own salvation occurred while Contemporary Christian music was still in it’s embryonic stage, his knowledge of the genre is thorough and replete with personal interactions. For ten years he produced “Christian Countdown America”, which not only introduced the current hits but also ministered and witnessed. Today he uses his extensive knowledge of Christian music to produce “Classic Christian Gold”, the worlds first Christian oldies program, which highlights different artists, styles, or time periods, with interesting background information and of course an invitation to accept Jesus on every show. In addition to CCM Rewound, the show is featured on Christian and secular radio stations around globe; in Europe, Philllipines, UK, Canada, Asia, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and 26 countries in Africa.
(bio from "Jesus Worldwide Radio")
June 1st: The best long Christian hits
June 8th: Top hits of 1996
June 15th: "God Loves You" themed-hits
June 22nd: Top hits of 1988
June 29th: "Theater of the Mind" - live versions of classic hits