The more than 500 people who attended the KNEO 91.7 FM Listener Appreciation Night - held on April 6 at the Joplin Worship Center - heard from Mark Taylor, general manager of the station, on the "State of the Station" address.

The more than 500 people who attended the KNEO 91.7 FM Listener Appreciation Night - held on April 6 at the Joplin Worship Center - heard from Mark Taylor, general manager of the station, on the "State of the Station" address.
"In the State of the Station, of course I was telling them to be a little more active in the things that are going on in our world and not to discouraged in what they see, but be helpful for what we can do in ourselves," he said. "God helping us, we can do all kinds of things. I wanted to encourage them to do that. Also to update them on the state of where we are seeing the church go and in the church age, we need to be more active in our communities and stuff, more vocal in what we believe."
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.
Taylor also gave the crowd an update on their new building expansion.
"(On the expansion), on how we started that, then it drug along for a while," he said. "We had a man come in and the man kind of said when he saw the place, 'God deserves a better testimony than this.' And I could not get that out of my mind. I just kept thinking about that and so decided in faith, we just needed to step out and try to build. We knew we only had $65,000, we knew that was not going to get the project done, but we still had to make a step of faith to give God a better testimony. We did, we did do that. Through the process of getting the station built, we spent more than $150,000, the station got built, but we never went into debt, we never borrowed a dime, we never got into any of our emergency funds or anything, we were able to do the whole project because God was faithful through His people either by donating materials, labor or money for it to get done."
They are in the final phase of the building expansion and Taylor noted they are just finishing up a little painting to do here and there. then, they will host an open house. The date for the open house has not been set yet.