ESPN has recently purchased the family of radio stations which includes KSOO.  With this being changed, restructuring of what programs air on their stations has occurred.  At KSOO, East Side Lutheran Church had a radius of 60 miles, or approximately an hour in each direction.  ESPN will move the airing of East Side Lutheran’s Church service to program through KXRB in 2021, which is a country station with a 180-mile radius, or travel distance of two hours in all directions.  We are welcoming this opportunity to extend our listening borders as well as offering our services to KXRB, 100.1 FM or 1140 AM.

 

For over 75 years, the East Side Lutheran Church has been broadcasting its Sunday worship service at 11:00 am. Generous financial support makes this radio broadcast possible. The cost to sponsor a weekly broadcast is $255. Smaller gifts are, of course, always welcome. If you would like to make a donation simply complete and submit the form. Additionally, you may also contact our financial secretary Gigi Rieder at Gigi@EastSideLC.org or by calling 605-336-3597.

The radio ministry at East Side Lutheran Church was started by the Reverend Harry Gregerson on the first Sunday in October of 1944 (October 1st). For many years, he desired to see a Lutheran church broadcast its regular Sunday morning service. With the approval of the East Side Lutheran Church Council, Pastor Gregerson arranged for KSOO Radio (switched to KXRB in 2021) to broadcast several Sunday services on a trial basis. The reaction of the community was so gratifying and overwhelming that the broadcast was continued. East Side Lutheran Church has been on the air every Sunday since that time.

The program has always been broadcast from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. It is the longest running, continuous program on Sioux Falls radio, if not in the Upper Midwest! George Hanson was instrumental in setting up the mechanics of broadcasting from the church and acted as engineer and announcer for the program in its infancy. George sat in the office at East Side's original building and turned on the various microphones, altar, pulpit, choir, and announcer as needed. In time, the equipment for producing the broadcast grew in sophistication.

The vision of Pastor Gregerson, the devotion of the early pioneers in this venture, and the continued support of East Side members have been a service to the Sioux Falls community and the surrounding area. The broadcast brings the Word of God to shut-ins and our whole community. We have listeners in South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Iowa. East Side Lutheran Church extends our thanks to all who sponsor our weekly broadcasts, to our listeners, to the staff of KXRB radio, and to all who volunteer to run the soundboard. We are grateful to faithfully produce this important ministry week after week.