Recently, KNEO Radio held its annual Listener Appreciation Night. Along side a dinner, music and door prizes, the station's general manager Mark Taylor, gave an update about the station and the future.

Recently, KNEO Radio held its annual Listener Appreciation Night. Along side a dinner, music and door prizes, the station's general manager Mark Taylor, gave an update about the station and the future.
"Overall we’re growing," he said. "As we build on and expand our listener base, we want to always be looking for ways to be more effective. There are many challenges to continually upgrade in the area of technology. There is a growing concern of a greater push back against true Christianity because of a changing society that is moving away from former values that were established from the Bible to a more secular lifestyle and even a watering down of core gospel principles.  We are now living in a much more deceived and disrespectful generation about the things of God.  This makes Christian influence even more crucial for the day."
History
It was 30 years ago, October 1986, that a small, 380-watt radio station with a 10-mile radius started broadcasting Christian programs from above a daycare in Abundant Life Church in Neosho. A lot has happened to the radio station over 30 years. For one, the station moved from the church to its current location on Missouri Highway 86 northwest of Neosho in 1994.
The station has increased in wattage and has a coverage area of a 50-mile radius. Along with Christian-based programs, it is a relay station for Operation Christmas Child, which provides candy, toys and crayons to children throughout the world. It also hosts a Christmas dinner in Neosho.
During KNEO’s 30 years, programming has included broadcasting area high school sports. This past year the station has utilized an advancement in technology to create an Internet-only radio station called ChristianTalkFM.com. The online station is a Christian news/talk station that covers the news of the day from a Christian point of view.
The listener appreciation event - held March 31 at the Joplin Family Worship Center, Joplin - was a way for the station to say "Thank you."
"This event is really to say 'thank you' to so many donors, sponsors and those who give of their finances and time," he said. "It’s a great time to connect with the people and see their faces to say thank you."
Now in a building project at the station, Taylor said, "With warmer weather, we hope to pick up the pace constructing the new building.  With much of our construction expertise coming through volunteers, it makes it a little slower than we’d like but we hope to have it done by end of the year."