It's a way to say "thank you" to its listeners, KNEO Radio 91.7 FM will hold their annual Listener Appreciation Night on Friday.

It's a way to say "thank you" to its listeners, KNEO Radio 91.7 FM will hold their annual Listener Appreciation Night on Friday.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be serviced at 6 p.m. at the Joplin Family Worship Center, 5290 E. Seventh St., Joplin. There are still tickets available by calling 451-5636.
"It is going to be a night of great food, fun, fellowship, lots of prizes and great musical guest, Voice of Truth, will be performing that night," said Adam Winkler, director of operations at the station. "We will look back at God's faithfulness over the past year, with the new building addition, and just how God has provided for different means to bring that to completion and celebrating our listeners and their support of the station."
In in October 1986 KNEO started as a 380-watt station with a 10-mile radius started broadcasting Christian programs from above a daycare in the Abundant Life Church in Neosho. A lot has happened to the radio station over the past 30 years. For one, the station moved from the church to its current location on east Highway 86 back in late 1994. The station has increased in wattage and now has coverage area of 50-mile radius of the station. Along with the various Christian based programs the station has, it is also a relay station for Operation Christmas Child which provides candy, toys and crayons to children throughout the world, but also is the host of the Christmas dinner in Neosho.
During KNEO’s 30-plus years, they have also broadcasted area high school sports. Recently, the station has also utilized the advancement in technology to create an Internet-only radio station called ChristianTalkFM.com. This online radio station is a Christian news/talk station that covers the news of the day from a Christian point of view.
Winkler added, "the event is a chance to tell them 'thank you' in person and kind of let them know what the plans are for the ministry and how we plan on moving forward."
Mark Taylor, general manager of the station, will provide a "State of the Station" address to the 500-plus people who will attend the event.
"It (State of the Station) is just to inform our listeners on what is going on, what the plans are for the future," said Winkler. "He will challenge people to be all they can be for God. It is a joy for us to shake everyone's hand, see them face-to-face and tell them thank you for what they do for the ministry."