Our mission is to be a bridge connecting the Kingdom of God to listeners in the Tri-State Area, and to use radio, special events, and the internet to strengthen and enlarge the Body of Christ.

We hope you enjoy this walk through our 25 years of music and ministry! We've collected the following from our archives of trivia, concerts, special events, and more!

25th Anniversary Trivia

Did you know that in 1984 a construction permit was applied for to build a 40,000 watt radio station here in Quincy? It took an act of God, and a change in FCC regulations but the permit was granted in 1986. After another 18 months of raising $200,000, WGCA went on air in September 1987.

 

The “Meat Truck”

How often do you hear a reference to “The meat truck”? Ever wonder what it is? It was the first broadcast studio 25 years ago, and is still in use today out by our Quincy transmitter, though not as our broadcast studio (thank goodness).

Thanks to God and our listeners and underwriters, we have grown and moved to our current location at the Maine Center, 6th and Maine in the heart of downtown Quincy.

The “BTMS”

 

Celebrating 25 years, The BTMS (Big Time Morning Show) continues to bring encouragement and hope to listeners in the Tri-State area. JT got tired of talking to MR MOUSE during the 17 years out in the Meat Truck so he convinced BR to join him from 7am-9am weekdays.

They make us laugh and they bring out spiritual insights from the Word of God that feed our hearts daily. In their own little weird way, they keep us aware of what is happening around the world. Of course, they continue to play fabulous adult contemporary Christian music!

Who is WGCA?

BR (Bruce)
The Man We All Love



Bruce Rice (BR), Executive Director and Underwriter, is a 1987 charter employee. BR is the man who everyone LOVES, and loves to pick on. Start your day off right with JT and BR weekdays from 7 to 9 a.m. Tune in for a refreshing mix of great music, loads of fun and laughter and frequent words of comfort and encouragement. Bruce manages all aspects of THE MIX including underwriting, community partnerships, engineering, concerts and events, and working with the Board of Directors.

Bruce enjoys tennis, golf, and spending time with his wife, Maxine. BR and "Mix-Max" have enjoyed ministering together since 1967. BR delights in the closeness of his large family.

25th Anniversary Trivia



Did you know that WGCA hired its first “real DJ” in August of 1987? It was the very same JT who still hosts our morning show! Thanks for 25 great years JT!

 

Who is WGCA?

JT
The Voice of Wisdom



Experience the wisdom (cough, cough), of our Operations Manager, weekdays from 6 - 10 a.m. Off the air, Jim also manages all music, programming and announcers. He's a busy guy!

Jim and his wife, Connie, have been married since 7/7/77 and they have three beautiful daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family, his Harley and his guitar . . . but not all at the same time!

25th Anniversary Trivia



Have you ever stepped out in faith? Those first 7 Christians who prayed in the winter of 1983 sure did. The Great Commission Broadcasting Corporation was born from their vision, sacrifice, and hard work — knowing they were following God’s vision. But they have never forgotten it was God who made it possible. This is their original note — still on our bulletin board today. Thanks to those early pioneers including: Rev. Mike McKensie, Jack and Pam Inghram, Marlon (Roy) Gates, Mel and Wanda Tappe, Paul and Karen Bockewitz, and Rev. E.L. Warren.

Who is WGCA?

Maxine
Associate Director

Maxine Rice, Associate Director and Underwriter, is a 1987 charter employee. Maxine supervises THE MIX office operations, including office staff, accounts payable and receivable, off-air Sharathon details, concert details, and more! She has coordinated March For Jesus, Impact World Tour, SHOUTfest and many other annual concerts and events.

BR and Maxine are both ordained ministers who enjoy ministering together. They were married in 1967 and have 5 daughters, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandsons. Maxine enjoys spending time with family in Quincy and the Quad Cities.

Our Mission



WGCA strives to be a bridge connecting the Kingdom of God to listeners in the Tri-State Area and to use radio, special events, and the internet to strengthen and enlarge the Body of Christ.

How Would YOU Celebrate 25 Years?



You’re our listeners. You know what we’re all about. Do you have any thoughts on interesting ways we can celebrate our first 25 years of service?

If so, email us at themix@wgca.org or message us on facebook. We love to hear from you.

 

Who is WGCA?

Jim Wilson, Engineer

Jim Wilson has served as an Engineer for WGCA since 2002.  He is one of our most valuable players since he keeps the transmitter and all our other equipment functioning! Jim’s full time job is Station Engineer for WTJR-TV.        

Jim has an AAS Degree in Broadcast Electronics from John Wood Community College in Quincy. He is also a graduate of the Broadcast Training Program of the New Life Evangelistic Center of St. Louis, MO, with director Rev. Larry Rice. He was in the program from 1986-1988. Jim became a Born Again Christian while in the training program and attending an AOG Church in House Springs, Missouri. He met his wife Penny at work. They have two children. Jim says, “I thank God for giving me a calling and purpose through Christian Broadcasting. My life verse is: Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but happy is he that keeps the law.”

The Top 10:
80’s Christian Rock



Though our mission hasn’t changed in 25 years, the music has. How many of these top 80’s songs do you remember?

“The Coloring Song” by Petra (1981),
“You Are the One” by Keith Green (1982),
“El Shaddai” by Amy Grant (1982),
“God Rules” by Undercover (1983).
“Makes me Wanna Sing” by Stryper (1985),
“No Apologies” by Whiteheart (1986),
“He is the Rock” by Whitecross (1987),
“Love Comes Down” by REZ (1988),
“I Got Your Number” by Newsboys (1988),
“If You Will” by Deliverance (1989),

Concerts

 

Did you know in the first 10 years of WGCA we sponsored or co-sponsored over 30 concerts? Back then Amy Grant Twila Paris, Petra, and White Heart graced our stage. Bob Carlisle even brought “Butterfly Kisses” to our 10th Anniversary concert. And after 25 years we’re still bringing you the best in Christian Music with Casting Crowns, Newsboys, and Skillet.

Who is WGCA?

Russ, IT Coordinator

Russ has been the IT Coordinator at WGCA since 2007. He is our network administrator, leads our website development, and serves as our very own Helpdesk. Russ also coordinated the Battle of the Bands at SHOUTfest and enjoys interacting with young listeners.

He and his wife, Kimberly, have three children. Russ enjoys gardening, reading, and spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work with WGCA he is pastor of Heritage Family Bible Fellowship, a new family-integrated church here in Quincy. His favorite verses are Deuteronomy 6:4-9.

Shout to the Lord!

SHOUTfest was an opportunity to fulfill WGCA’s dream of partnering with both church groups and secular businesses to bring a quality Christian music festival to the Tri State area. For three years, SHOUTfest brought 7,500 - 10,000 listeners from a 100 mile radius to Clat Adams Park in Quincy for a one day Christian music festival featuring fifteen bands, extreme games, and concessions in a fair-like atmosphere.

We were blessed to host this event for three consecutive years. SHOUTfest remains our most talked about concert event ever!

Who is WGCA?

“Rhino” (Dan),
Weekday Afternoons and Evenings

Dan has been part of WGCA since 2001. He worked weekends at the meat truck before moving to afternoons and evenings. Dan's show includes lots of great ministry but he may be best-known for his daily countdown to Christmas . . . beginning in January.

Dan and his wife, Fran, have been married for 23 years and have three children and one foster son. He is active in the church where he grew up, Faith Assembly of God, and serves on the board. Dan enjoys sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.

The Top 10:
90’s Christian Rock

Can't Live a Day (Fanmade) - avalon fan art

Another flashback... this time to the 1990’s. In order, here are the top Christian songs for each year. Do you remember...

“Another Time, Another Place” by Sandi Patty,
“Love” by Petra,
“Basics Of Life” by 4Him,
“This I Know” by Margaret Becker,
“Inside Out” by David Meece,
“By Faith” by Kim Boyce,
“Keep the Candle Burning” by Point Of Grace,
“He Walked A Mile” by Clay Crosse,
“Testify To Love” by Avalon,
“Can’t Live A Day” by Avalon.

Focus on Marriage

 

In 2009, the people from Focus on the Family put together a powerful landmark simulcast event which WGCA was able to bring to Quincy. This Focus on Marriage included such presenters as Beth Moore, Dr. Gary Smalley and Del Tackett with worship and music led by Jeremy Camp. Over 500 churches across the country hosted the event and WGCA was blessed to be able to present it here, at Madison Park Christian Church.

Who is WGCA?

Ginny, Weekends

Ginny has been with WGCA since 2004. She's on the air Sunday mornings and does lots of fill-in work for the other announcers. She often hosts the early morning show for JT and BR if they are under the weather. Ginny also works behind the scenes in the production room and keeps things running smoothly.

Ginny comes from a Ukrainian family and enjoys all the traditions and fun that come with it. She and her husband, Stan, have two boys. Ginny enjoys reading, spending time with family and friends, and trips to visit family in Omaha, Nebraska.

National Day of Prayer — May 5th

Since 1952, the National Day of Prayer has been a powerful reminder of our need to kneel before God’s throne in the public square — regardless of cultural and denominational differences. The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer, mobilizing the Christian community to intercede for America and its leadership in the seven centers of power: Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church and Family. For over a decade WGCA has promoted and participated in this powerful event.

Who is WGCA?

Greg, Weekends


Greg joined the "The Mix" staff in 1991. He loves to share his testimony and his enthusiasm for contemporary Christian music. He enjoys running, music, baseball, cooking, and most of all his four children.

You can join Greg for "Non-Stop Saturday Nights" and "Maximum Music Sundays" here on WGCA.

 

The Top 10:
Christian Rock
for the New Millennium

We made it to the 21st Century! And we continue to be blessed by great Christian music. 2000 started us off with...

“Imagine Me Without You” by Jaci Velasquez,
“Live Out Loud” by Steven Curtis Chapman,
“Spoken For” by MercyMe,
“Word of God Speak” by MercyMe,
“Voice Of Truth” by Casting Crowns,
“Cry Out To Jesus” by Third Day,
“My Savior, My God” by Aaron Shust,
“East To West” by Casting Crowns,
“You Reign” by MercyMe,
“The Motions” by Matthew West.

Who is WGCA?

JJ Miller,
Weekday Mornings and Afternoons



JJ Miller was born in Kansas and has lived in the Midwest for most of her life. Although she has been a broadcaster and professional narrator for well over a decade, JJ is still an outdoor girl. Raised on a ranch and surrounded by animals, JJ spends her free time caring for a host of exotic animals between episodes of Law & Order. JJ has served WGCA as a voice talent since 2001.

The Truth Project

 

Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?

The Truth Project is a DVD-based small group curriculum by Dr. Del Tackett which is the starting point for looking at life from a biblical perspective. In 2009, Focus on the Family announced plans to reach 1,000,000 across the nation with this program, and WGCA was there to help lead the effort in our community.

Who is WGCA?

Susan, Gift Processing

Susan joined the staff in February 2011 to process WGCA’s donations. She maintains the annual Sharathon data entry process and records daily income.

Psalm 18:16-19 “He reached down from on high and took hold of me"... is her favorite Bible verse. She enjoys Beth Moore and James MacDonald Bible Studies. Susan likes painting, tennis, reading, origami and pizza.

Do you Relay for Life?



Relay for Life is a National Event to raise money for the American Cancer Society. And for the past several years Bruce has been there to Emcee the event. This event brings together people from all walks of life, all different faiths, to join together and make a positive difference in their community, and in the fight against cancer. Many of our local churches sponsor their own teams. Since the first Relay in Adams County, in 1994, over $1.5 Million has been raised.

 

Who is WGCA?

Pam, Office Assistant

Pam joined the WGCA staff as Office Assistant in September 2011. She began her journey with THE MIX during Sharathon 2000 when the music confirmed a decision she was facing. Pam handles the reception desk and any office work the rest of the staff puts before her. We all appreciate her expert ability to perform quality work!

She and her husband Doug are active with the Praise Band at Faith Presbyterian Church and raising 4 teenagers.