KFUO Radio names new broadcast director

ST. LOUIS, June 11, 2012—The Rev. Rodney E. Zwonitzer has accepted the call from The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) to be director of broadcast services for KFUO Radio.

KFUO is the world’s oldest continuously operating Christian radio station. The LCMS broadcast ministry provides high-quality, distinctively Lutheran programming via KFUO 850 AM radio and 24/7 Internet streaming that includes the programming of KFUO-AM and classical music via classic99.com.

“It's time to pump the airwaves with the Word of God,” said LCMS President Rev. Dr. Matthew C. Harrison during Zwonitzer’s recent installation service. “This is a wonderful moment.”

Prior to joining KFUO, Zwonitzer served as senior pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Dearborn, Mich., since 1995. He began his service there as pastor in 1991. He was pastor of Peace and Trinity Lutheran Churches, Trail, British Columbia, Canada, from 1988 to 1991.

In addition to his expertise in pastoral ministry, Zwonitzer brings a keen business sense to his new position. From 1971 to 1975, he was executive trainee for Westinghouse in Denver. He then served as marketing director/administrator for Storage Technology Corporation in Louisville, Colo., from 1975-1979 and was product marketing manager for United Technologies/Mostek of Carrollton, Texas, in the years 1979-1984.

Zwonitzer earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1988 from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, and a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1971 from the University of Wyoming, Laramie. He is author of the book Testing the Claims of Church Growth (Concordia Publishing House, 2002) and co-founder of the Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society, which establishes outreach ministry to the deaf and hearing impaired.

“I feel particularly blessed in my new position at KFUO Radio because of the massive potential to reach a large audience of believers, believers in-waiting [and other] listeners with the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Zwonitzer said. “All of the existing technologies and the ones on the near horizon hold even more potential of sharing the riches of the grace of our compassionate God in Christ crucified for the world’s sins.”

For more information about KFUO Radio and to listen to its continuous streaming, go to kfuo.org.

About The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

The 2.3 million-member Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod is a mission-oriented, Bible-based, confessional Christian denomination headquartered in St. Louis.  Through acts of witness and mercy, the church carries out its mission worldwide to make known the love of Jesus Christ.  Learn more at www.lcms.org.


Vicki Biggs
Director, Integrated Communications
The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
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