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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Family Home (05/29/08)

TITLE: K-REV Family-friendly Christian Radio
By Tim Pickl
06/02/08


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ANNOUNCER ANDY
Good Morning everyone. You’re listening to the All-new Digital Family-friendly Christian Radio Network, K-REV. (K-REV ID plays, with upbeat music)
Next is Bob Parker with the latest breaking news.

BOB
Thank you Andy, and Good Morning, everyone. There was a small earthquake in the St. Louis, Missouri area around 3:00 this morning, local time. This is the third time this year St. Louis experienced an earth tremor--but, today there are reports of damage near the Lambert St. Louis International Airport on the north side of the city.
We have Marcia Williams on the line standing by with a live report. Marcia?

MARCIA
Yes Bob. I’m standing here near the airport on the intersection of Cypress Road and Interstate 70, where there is a huge sinkhole developing. According to neighbors it started out small, swallowing up someone’s SUV, but it’s expanding. Authorities have closed the Interstate –
(we hear a loud crashing sound)
Oh, no—

BOB
What happened? Marcia, are you still there?

MARCIA
It looks like the hole just about doubled in size. Now…there are houses missing… and part of the highway. Wow…. This is unbelievable….
This is Marcia Williams reporting. We’ll have more for information at the bottom of the hour.

BOB
Thanks Marcia.

ANNOUNCER ANDY
That’s the latest breaking news on K-REV.
You’re listening to the All-new Digital Family-friendly Christian Radio Network, K-REV. (K-REV ID plays)
And now, back to Bob Parker in the Morning.

BOB
Thanks Andy. Before the news break, we were talking about what makes a family house into a family home. Crystal on a cell phone from St. Louis was making the point that a house becomes a home if we pray at home. I asked Crystal to stay on the line during the break.
Crystal, are you still there?

CRYSTAL
Yes Bob, I’m still here.

BOB
Thanks for waiting. So, if we pray in our house as a family, then our house becomes a home?

CRYSTAL
That’s part of it. I was thinking during the break that our home should be our sanctuary—our safe place from the world. We should be Christians in our homes, at all times, as an example of Christ to our spouses and our children.

BOB
That’s a REVelation!
Here’s my next question: What do people feel when they walk into your house?
Anger? Bitterness? Sadness? or—

CRYSTAL
Love—the love of God. Our unsaved neighbors watch us, every day. If we act just like they do, then they will think “What’s the point? I don’t want to be like them. I’m already like that.”

BOB
Another REVelation!
Next question: What should we do when we see our neighbor is in trouble?

CRYSTAL
The Bible says “Let us not become weary in doing good.”

BOB
Perfect-- I like the next verse, too, “Let us do good to all people.”
[Galatians 6:9a+10b NIV]

ANNOUNCER ANDY
Bob, we have an update from Marcia, on line seven.

BOB
Okay—Crystal, can you please hold on again?

CRYSTAL
Yes sir.

BOB
Marcia, what do you have?

MARCIA
Bob, Andy, we have an absolute disaster. The sinkhole is growing, and authorities report that it’s slowing down now, but it took out about a dozen houses nearby. A section of the Interstate is lost, as well as one airport runway. I heard part of your conversation with Crystal--we have some neighbors here who just lost everything. I have a mother and daughter here with me now--

BOB
Marcia… Marcia? Are you still there?

MARCIA
--I guess we got cut off for a second. We may have lost a cell tower, too. Anyway, I have Joan and her little daughter Megan here with me.
Joan, what are you feeling right now?

JOAN
Total shock. I dropped off my older kids at school this morning… and… when I came back…my house was gone.

MARCIA
Let me give you a hug….

CRYSTAL
(interrupts) Marcia Williams?

MARCIA
Yes, who are you?

CRYSTAL
I’m the caller on the line with Bob Parker. I drove over here as fast as I could.
How can I help?

MARCIA
It looks like the Salvation Army just showed up—over there. Please walk with Joan and Megan—

MEGAN
Thank you, Miss Marcia.

MARCIA
Oh, sweetie….

BOB
Crystal, are you still on-line?

CRYSTAL
I’m here--on-site, walking with Joan and Megan.

BOB
Please let them know we’re praying…
It looks like the family home is not necessarily a place
it’s something that lives in the heart.

CRYSTAL
That’s a REVelation!


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Jan Ackerson 06/07/08
VERY creative idea, and you really gave the readers a sense of immediacy, of being right in the moment. Excellent!
Lollie Hofer 06/07/08
Very imaginative and unique. I enjoyed reading this story. I loved how you tied it all together at the end with your good samaritan showing up to help.
Joshua Janoski06/08/08
I enjoyed the radio show format that you used here. A very unique take on this week's topic.
Andrea Hargrove06/08/08
Interesting idea here. I like how you formatted your story.
Beth LaBuff 06/08/08
This was so much fun to read! I enjoyed the back and forth between the breaking news and the interview. The REVelation messages were excellent in your story. Very creative work on this.
Debbie Wistrom06/08/08
Creativity in high gear here, face paced and fun to read. Your entries are always a surprise- a good surprise!
Joanne Sher 06/09/08
Very clever, Tim - you certainly have unique ideas, and you certainly know how to get them across. Enjoyed this.
Dee Yoder 06/11/08
I felt just like I was listening to the radio-totally unique format! I like the way you brought the topic into the conversations as you moved the story along.
Beckie Stewart06/11/08
This was a unique and fun read.
Gerald Shuler 06/11/08
I have come to expect this kind of creativity from you. This is a fine example of what kind of things keep bubbling to the top of your writing pot. Well done, Tim.
Bryan Coomes06/11/08
Wow. This was great. I liked the "fast-paced" cutting back and forth approach and it certainly came across as intended both in the radio style format and message.
Holly Westefeld06/11/08
Your unique handling of the topic and creativity are no revelation or breaking news--it would be breaking news if your entry were dull. Nicely done.
Norma-Anne Hough06/11/08
Clever and fun to read. Well done.
Pamela Kliewer06/11/08
This was a great way to show family home. Good job! I like this a lot.
LauraLee Shaw08/07/08
How did I miss this one? Your format is fabulous, and I felt like I was right there, my heart pounding. Well done.