Gospel Music Air Personality Wins State Award

If you like spiritual hymns and music that talks about heaven, then Tim Steffen is your man. Each Sunday morning Tim hosts a 6-hour radio program called “Sounds of Worship” on WNUY. We have it on from the time we wake up until the time we get out of church. It’s a blessing to hear great songs we grew up with. Tune in and let Tim know via email how much you appreciate his efforts at putting together good programming.

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Tim Steffen was honored for his promotion of gospel music. L-R: Ken Gates, Steffen, Sarah Collins

Ken Gates, president of Indiana Gospel Music Association (IGMA), presented Tim Steffen of Bluffton with a plaque on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at the offices of the radio station WNUY 100.1 FM in Fort Wayne. Steffen hosts the gospel music radio program, ‘Sounds of Worship’, which airs on WNUY each Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The plaque grants IGMA honorary membership to Tim Steffen in recognition and appreciation of his support and promotion for the Northeast District of the IN GMA Freedom Fest.

 In May 2010 Sarah Collins, chapter president of Indiana Gospel Music Association-Northeast chapter of Fort Wayne, organized Freedom Fest in Fort Wayne, which Steffen then promoted via his radio program. Collins was present at Steffen’s presentation. “Tim Steffen has done a wonderful job at providing people in the Fort Wayne area with quality programming featuring gospel music singers and groups,” said Collins. “He deserved recognition for his efforts.”

Steffen records ‘Sounds of Worship’ on Saturdays at the WNUY Studios in Bluffton. He then transfers the information by computer file to the Fort Wayne office where it is aired the following day. “I record it on Saturday but go in with a Sunday mindset,” he said.

Steffen has hosted ‘Sounds of Worship’, a religious music program that features four-part harmony, on WNUY since 2004. Steffen has been a programmer at WNUY since 1995, though his history with the radio station dates back to the 1960s when it was called WCRD and located on Market Street.

“My dad, Leroy Steffen, used to help his friend Herman Zepps at the station,” said Steffen. “Dad was a behind-the-scenes guy and I’d watch him while he worked at the station.”  Steffen continued those visits to the station into high school when he helped air local basketball games and later continued his experiences with broadcasting as a student volunteering at Ball State University. 

Today, Steffen works as an investment consultant with Longenberger Financial Group LPL in Bluffton. He says he receives much mail about the ‘Sounds of Worship’ program. “One letter stated, ‘My grandmother just passed away. As I listened to the station, you played the song ‘Beyond the Sunset’ by The Cathedral Quartet. I wept like a baby.’”

Steffen pauses. “That’s what it’s all about. If I can give someone a little something to carry with them, it’s all worth it.”

Note: For more information about the Indiana Gospel Music Association Northeast club in Fort Wayne contact Sarah Collins at 260.705.2948.

 For more information about the Indiana Gospel Music Association go to www.ingma.com.

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 Reprinted with permission of Bluffton News-Banner

2 thoughts on “Gospel Music Air Personality Wins State Award

  1. Gail Hoyt says:

    Tim, I listened to your show as I traveled home from my daughters in Urbana Ohio.It was an emotional weekend as my son-in-laws father passed and I was there to attened the funeral. His name was Dr. Rev. Earl McCall and he leaves behind five sons and four daughters, five of the children are at home. He and his wife Sharon of fourty years just adopted
    five of the childred three years ago all brothers and sisters, the youngest being only three.
    He was a wonderful man and will be missed. Your program was a blessing as I have never heard the voices of the Lesters and they are amazing the power of the Lord was with me and I surely needed him , Thank
    you so much.

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