Published August 20, 2010

Paul's Epistle...
"Listener Favorites"

I'm taking a break this week from my usual "Epistle" topics to remind you about our Listener Favorite Call-In coming this Sunday afternoon, August 15, 2010, from noon to 6 p.m. Eastern time.

Over the years, these Call-Ins have become an important and interesting part of what we do on The Gospel Greats program. It's your chance to introduce your current favorite song on the air (by recording). And it also helps us to know what songs listeners find to be a special blessing.

I especially enjoy the short stories some callers include in their song introductions about how the song they chose has touched their life in a special way, or remind them of a loved one, or whatever. Of course, these stories have to be limited to a few words because of time constraints. They are interesting, none the less, and I think other listeners find them to be a blessing, too.

Over the years I have noticed that the percentage of callers requesting a current song has diminished somewhat while the number of requests for older songs has increased. I'm not sure why that is happening. Perhaps the current songs aren't getting as much radio play as they once did and are, consequently, less familiar. Or perhaps it's simply a matter of recalling a song from years ago that touched the caller in a special way – and they want to hear it again. Both are appropriate.

If you are interested in sharing your current favorite with our listeners, please call this Sunday afternoon between noon and 6 p.m. Eastern time. (Please do not call at any other time to do this.) On our website (at there's more information about all of this and a sample script as guidance for what your might say when introducing your song. When you call, a live operator will take your name and address for the records (so we can send you a prize if your introduction is used) and then your call will be transferred to the studio to actually record the introduction. Don't be nervous – you can do it over, if necessary, and the introductions are simply edited as appropriate.

Whenever we do a Call-In during the summer, it's usually one of the "slowest" of the year in terms of the number of calls — there are just too many other things going on. The good news is – this means it's generally easier to get through. And it's another reason I'm asking you to call, if you wish. If you do get a busy signal, just keep trying every few minutes.

Here's the number: 1-800-727-6647. As you can see, it's a toll-free call.

Thanks. I hope to hear from you Sunday.

- Paul

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