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Don't touch that dial! GTR signs Stephenville ministry
by Michael Tummillo
05/27/09
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Stephenville, TEXAS - Global Talk Radio (GTR), Torrance, CA, has just signed Stephenville’s Michael Tummillo as an on-air host. His new show is called “The Church at Work” (TCAW) and he’ll begin recording Wednesday, May 27th. Listeners can tune-in at their own convenience, “on-demand” from anywhere on the planet.

Tummillo said, "I'm ready...I'm chomping at the bit!"

According to GTR’s Show Page for TCAW (http://www.globaltalkradio.com/shows/churchatwork), “THE CHURCH @ WORK (TCAW) is a talk show designed to Encourage and Equip Christians in the Workforce in order to ensure their success in the one ministry that every one of us has: our Jobs. We spend up to 70% of our lives at work and far too many Christians are either afraid of sharing their faith – intimidated by that Church ‘n State deception – or feel inadequate to do so.  TCAW will benefit the rank and file Workplace Witness, the Christian Business Owner and the retired minister who might consider becoming a Workplace Chaplain. This show presents an exciting focus on the burgeoning Faith @ Work Movement that is no longer operating below radar.”
 
“We’ve been discussing this opportunity over the past week and I signed a contract late Thursday night (5.21)," Tummillo said. "I am excited about the potential of working with GTR…I’ve been involved in online ministry the past ten years, literally reaching millions during that time. Adding radio to this marketplace outreach absolutely thrills me.”
 
Kevin Dawson, Founder and CEO of GTR said, “We're looking forward to building a successful program with Mike!”
 
Who listens to GTR?
 
According to their website, Global Talk Radio (GTR) began streaming in April, 2005.  They've received approximately 4,000,000 hits in our first year and were nearing the 20,000,000-hit mark as of may 1st.  Over one thousand unique listeners tune in each day, primarily to listen to archives of interest on-demand.  Many listeners stream through multiple archives of different shows in one visit. They claim, "...our audience is soaring!  In fact, Global Talk Radio has earned the reputation of "the fastest growing internet talk radio station"."
 
Internet Talk Radio: Does this medium have a future?
 
Who could have looked into their crystal ball and determined that the Internet revolution would grow into the monster it has become? 

Michael Harrison is the founder and publisher of “Talkers” magazine, the talk-radio industry's leading trade journal. He has spent more than 40 years in radio and said, “…the talk radio universe is affected by the economy, and the recession has been brutal to all advertising-based media. AM and FM radio are also faced with technological change taking away its monopoly on mass-appeal audio entertainment and information. You've got competition from cable television; you've got iPods and podcasts and iTunes; you've got satellite radio… you have the Internet, which is changing everything. That being said, within the world of radio, talk has a huge following that's growing. The baby boomers grew up with radio. Radio personalities meant something in their life. They know how to use a radio… Many kids today don't even have radios. The biggest problem facing radio is that the younger generation doesn't think of it as an institutional component of day-to-day life. And if people stop thinking of radio that way, then what's the value of owning a license to broadcast? That's why radio is in trouble… AM/FM radio has about five good years left, if that. What we consider to be radio today will soon be on the Internet. The Internet is not only going to change radio; it's going to change humanity. That's how profound this revolution in communication will be…”
 
What is the reach of internet radio?
 
According to a January 2004 Arbitron study, "the audience for radio and video broadcasting over the internet has grown substantially in a very brief period of time."  51 MILLION people have tuned into internet radio at some point during the past 30 days, and 30 MILLION are regular weekly listeners.  42% of the internet audio audience listens to internet radio while shopping or researching a product or service online.”
 
Tummillo asks that listeners bear with him as he works out the kinks. “I am the LAST person God should have chosen to do anything via the Internet. I hate computers and type with one finger …I like the idea of using the Net. …No commercials, just ads on the site when listeners log on.” Tummillo, a former Creative Director and Copywriter in the Dallas AdBiz for 25 years adds that Advertisers would be wise to consider this inexpensive, far-reaching audience. Now a Workplace Chaplain, he had a local radio program which aired on Stephenville's KSTV 93.1 for about a year. “That’s about it for my radio experience. I've been a guest on quite a few shows, most recently KXPW out of the Austin area. With GTR, I’m simply seeing this as one more opportunity to encourage another crowd of people in the things of God.” Tummillo quipped, “For all those people who have commented about my E-Mail broadcasts and that I write too much, too often, here’s their opportunity to multi-task and listen when they want to while they do something else.”
 
Advertisers who wish to consider sponsoring Tummillo’s new program can do so from the Show Page. http://www.globaltalkradio.com/shows/churchatwork
Tummillo can be reached at team1min@our-town.com.

The 10-year old online ministry’s NEW website address is 
http://web.me.com/miketummillo/TCAW_WEBSITE
 
What's next for this Stephenville ministry? Stay tuned!



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