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The Bull drops “Sounds of Faith” on Sundays

Jim Hutto, who has hosted and produced “Sounds of Faith” on Sunday mornings for 37 years, has lost the Atlanta affiliate again.

Back in 2006, when Peach became the Bull, the country station dropped “Sounds of Faith” on Sundays. But the station brought it three weeks later after some protests from fans.

Hutto in an email wrote:

Their reasons [why they dropped "Sounds of Faith"] were based on ratings. However….some of the sponsors and listeners have told us their biggest complaint was that the program had and undependable start time, and the program management system they used was chopping off songs in mid-message. Also….they admit that they removed SOF from their website and stopped cross-promotion.

I left a message with PD Scott Lindy.

Hutto said he hopes another station in this market will pick it up.

“Right now…we are working on ways to make the program more interesting to hear, and more valuable to Sunday morning audiences before church hours, and for those who cannot get out to go to church,” he wrote. “That has been the back-bone of the audience for all this time. Sounds of Faith is still on the air in other Clear Channel markets stations, and other cities in the south and southwest. We have the capability to deliver it anywhere in the world. FYI….SOF programming is available 24/7 at www.soundsoffaith.net.”

37 comments Add your comment

Rufus

August 21st, 2009
1:02 pm

My god, who still listens to country music?

JRO

August 21st, 2009
1:29 pm

The Fernbank is having Martini’s and Imax tonight. Orff’s not going to be hosting it for DAVE so I’m not going. Neither are my wife, my sis-in-law, or my three neighbors. Between the price of admission and the food/drinks we usually buy, it’s Fernbank’s loss.

Val

August 21st, 2009
1:54 pm

It would be nice if this show could remain on a mainstream station to reach out to those who may not normally tune in to Christian radio stations. Altough I got the link to use from home, I also enjoyed listening in my car. It’s a shame Atlanta will once again be without this program.

Thanks

Special

August 21st, 2009
3:24 pm

i like penutt butter

Dakota

August 21st, 2009
4:18 pm

The show had no business being on the Bull. I am a Christian and did not want to hear that music on that. We have Christian radio stations in this town, Nobody wakes up on Sunday and turns on a Country station, or any secular station, and says “wow, Christian music, think I’ll listen”". I think a show that featured Christian Country would work, but SOF did not fit the format.
I really like the Bull and what they are doing. It is, by far better, than Kicks, which I quit listening to.

Tex Mex

August 22nd, 2009
3:32 pm

Howdy pardners! I like country music, John Wayne movies, and good ‘ole fasion hoedowns! Saddle up boys, this old cowpoke is hittin the trails! Gonna find me some engines! Yeeeee haw!!

Carl

August 22nd, 2009
5:52 pm

I sure wish they would play some more of that Old Timey music.

Kevino

August 23rd, 2009
8:53 am

When are we going to stop accepting the fringe, losing Christ is not acceptable. Men stand up and fight the good fight-bring it back!

Jason

August 23rd, 2009
9:51 am

Why is it not acceptable?

Sue MacDonald

August 23rd, 2009
12:00 pm

Have enjoyed the Sounds of Faith since moving to Georgia 10 years ago. I hope that somehow it will be able to continue.

Julie Engleman

August 23rd, 2009
1:54 pm

The Christian stations in Atlanta do not play the hymns that could be heard on the “Sounds of Faith.” I listened to the “Bull” for that Sunday morning segment only. No more “Bull” for me! I have great hopes that some station will pick it up again.

NativeAtlantan

August 24th, 2009
7:56 am

I’m always saddened when yet another piece of old Atlanta bites the dust. My dad always tuned the radio to 94.9, Sounds of Faith, every Sunday as we drove across town to church, and though I hated it then as a kid and as a teen, I find myself tuning in each Sunday as my wife, daughter, and I drive to church. These aren’t comtemporary Christian radio songs, but traditional hymns that take you back and provide comfort and joy. Hopefully another station will pick it up.

Howard George

August 24th, 2009
10:52 am

catch the SOF everyday and especially on Sunday mornings. Live streaming at http://www.soundsoffaith.net 24/7!

Elizabeth

August 25th, 2009
11:49 am

Christian music belongs on Christian stations. Period.

Howard George

August 25th, 2009
1:36 pm

Elizabeth,

if no one gives Good News to someone who needs to hear it, how will things ever improve?

Johnson

August 26th, 2009
9:19 am

Having a “need” to hear good news is the sign of a weak mind. Weak minds already go to church where they can meet and talk with other weak minds. I understand that Country music is lame anyways, so maybe this is just a matter of making it a little less lame without the Christian garbage on it, but not much.

Weldon

August 29th, 2009
8:19 am

The only reason I was listening to “the Bull” for my wake up station was because of the Sunday morning music. I enjoy Country Music. The management at this station has made many bad decisilons and this is another. I will dump the Bull because it has taken off the best program it had!

Phyllis Carden

August 30th, 2009
6:33 am

I had already dumped the BULL and now won’t be listening on Sunday mornings either. I have listened to “The Sounds of Faith” for all the years I have been in Atlanta….it is part of Atlanta….can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to hear that beautiful music on Sunday morning or anytime for that matter.

Tom Durrett

August 30th, 2009
7:05 am

I woke up this morning to a ‘very irritating noise” instead of worshipful hymns to begin the Lord’s Day. What a rude awaking. The former WPCH was one of my favorite stations until it was sold. Also, when the Bull brought back the Sounds of Faith, it was not the same for they would ‘cut off’ the hymn before it was finished, but it was better than nothing. The only time I listened to this station was on Sunday mornings and now I will remove 94.5 from my preferred listening. I have heard Sounds of Faith for years to set the tone for a worshipful Sunday. I hope that a strong station will pick it up so I can hear it, since I live outside of metro Atlanta.

Pam Brown

August 30th, 2009
7:34 am

The Sounds of Faith has been a part of my Sunday mornings for as long as I can remember-I hope another station will pick it up. It does not matter what kind of station picks it up-if God can use it to reach out to someone!

KIRK SMITH

August 30th, 2009
9:11 am

THE SOUNDS OF FAITH HAS BEEN A SUNDAY MORNING PART OF MY FAMILY’S WORSHIP EXPERIENCE TO AND FROM CHURCH FOR 30 YEARS. I DON’T CARE WHICH STATION CARRIES IT. TELL ME WHERE TO TUNE IN. 94.9 HAD ME FOR THREE HOURS ON SUNDAY. NOW THEY DO’T HAVE ME AT ALL.

Snellville Snail

August 30th, 2009
9:26 am

What a Shock this morning…..NO Sounds of Faith!
I need my faith music before worship!
Please….Where Is ‘Sound of Faith’ going to broadcast?

Jarhead

August 30th, 2009
3:44 pm

I’m late tossing in my two cents worth, but I’ve lived here all my life(yeah! I know we are a almost extinct), and I’ve been listening to Sounds of Faith for the 37 years they have been on. It was a part of my “preparation” for Sunday school and church service; as I recall, Jim Hutto was one of the original announcers. I truly hope and pray another station will pick it up, or that “The Bull” will re-consider. Elizabeth says Christian Music belongs on Christian Stations. Period.
Elizabeth, I am Christian, but I enjoy Jewish Worship Music, Jewish Praise Songs, will you set up a Jewish Radio Station for me?

Don Mumma

August 30th, 2009
6:59 pm

Was so disappointed you folks dropped “Souns Of Faith, agaiin ! Please reconsider-with regular scheduling once again.

Sherree

August 31st, 2009
2:07 pm

I was very disappointed to wake up Sunday morning and not find “Sounds of Faith” on the Bull. We have listened to this program for 20 plus years, every Sunday morning. I have been a faithful Bull listener, but now I’m considering changing to Kicks. Please bring back this program of worship music for those of us who truly enjoy preparing for worship with the songs from this program. There are more of us out there than you realize. I know we’re talking about just one program, one day a week, but it is one program we depended on being there.

Jake

August 31st, 2009
10:13 pm

I have listened to the Sounds of Faith for at least 15 years. It was a great way to start my Sunday morning. The almighty dollar wins again. What a shame. Here is the email I recieved from 94.9:

Thanks for writing to us with your concerns about Sounds of Faith moving away from The New 94-9 The Bull’s weekend programming schedule.

After careful consideration and a six month study of the levels of listening on Sunday morning we’ve made the decision to program country music during that time. The decision we’ve made is in no way meant to express any negative feelings about the music heard on Sounds Of Faith or it’s devoted listeners. A six month study of the ratings showed that we were experiencing low listenership on Sunday mornings and not putting ourselves in a competitive situation with the programming we were offering. We’ve adjusted the formatting on Sunday morning in an effort to meet the expectation of our audience that we serve in every other part of the week.

I, in no way, expect the reasons explained here to make you feel better about losing a favorite show of yours on the radio. I do feel like you deserve an explanation and wanted to tell you the truth behind the decision.

Sounds of Faith is now available 24/7 online at http://www.soundsoffaith.net. You can listen to the full 4 hour show at any time of any day on your computer over the internet.

Respectfully,

scott lindy

operations manager

CCATL

Jacqui Caveness

September 1st, 2009
2:23 pm

I have listened to Sounds of Faith on Sunday morning for years from Denver to Atlanta and most every other city where I have traveled. I have recorded the program and played it back when running. Running/walking to Sounds of Faith is the best! I find it hard to believe that a city the size of Atlanta can’t support this kind of program. In Denver it was presented on the classical station, public radio, is that a possibility here?

Diane Kennedy

September 4th, 2009
11:40 am

We are really sad to not have Sounds of Faith to listen to on Sunday mornings. Truly hope that this decision is reconsidered as so many people comment on how much they enjoy it.

Jackie Goodman

September 5th, 2009
1:13 am

I, too, am ever so sad to no longer receive the Sounds of Faith over the radio. I used to listen to WPCH and then to 94.9 Lite, but after the station became “the Bull” I tuned in only on Sunday mornings, although sometimes I would leave it on that channel for a day or two before flipping to 98.5, my current station. I was so sorry when “the Bull” took the Sounds of Faith off when they first switched to country music, and was so happy when it was restored. “The Sounds of Faith” has always been a favorite part of my week. Now I won’t be turning to “the Bull” ever again. Listening via computer isn’t a good option for me at all … I really loved the music on the radio … I am so sorry it is no longer available, but I hope it will be available on another station soon. Surely God will provide!

Audrey Landrum

September 6th, 2009
7:45 am

What a disappointment to expect to hear the Sounds of Faith and hear country music on Sunday morning. We have started our Sundays for as long as I can remember with this glorious music. It never was as top quality as WPCH but “the Bull” did allow it to be on for a season. My prayer is God will provide another station very soon for this wonderful, inspiring music.

Beverly Argumosa

September 6th, 2009
8:10 am

I loved the Sounds of Faith and when I found it on the Bull on Sunday mornings, it made working on Sunday OK again. But, just today I realized they no longer are playing it. I love the hymns played by the Sounds of Faith and hope it returns to a station in ATL.

Sherry Norman

September 6th, 2009
12:25 pm

Have listened to the SOF for years as I dressed for church and also on the way to church. For years this has been a part of my family’s Sunday worship experience. I removed 94.9 from my preset stations when SOF was cancelled previously. I could not believe that 94.9 brought it back (even thought it was an abbreviated version) and gladly reprogrammed 94.9 as a station of choice. Now I will remove “The Bull” (kind of an appropriate name in my mind) and will listen to another country station during the week. Who is up before 10 a.m. on Sunday mornings listening to the radio anyway—–mostly Christians getting ready for church. Please let us have our program back. If not, I am one who will never listen to 94.9 again. You may have many more passionate SOF listeners than you think, Clear Channel!!!!!!!

Vickie Fields

September 13th, 2009
9:18 am

Very upset to hear the sounds of faith has been removed. I also listen to it on the way to church and turn it on once I get home. It helps to start my week off by hearing new and old Christian music. No other station cares this type of music, its all rock and roll types.

Jane

September 15th, 2009
11:01 pm

I have listened to Sounds of Faith for years, and I have always looked forward to tuning in on Sunday mornings even if it is on a secular station. That does not bother me in the least, especially when the station was PEACH. The music on the Sounds of Faith was usually the very best Christian music I heard all week since all of the major Christian stations in the Atlanta area play the same sort of music-the contemporary Christian rock that I am sick to death of hearing. Sounds of Faith usually presents worshipful music that I truly enjoy. I am saddened that BULL has taken it off-their mistake.

Claire

September 27th, 2009
9:37 am

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I am still in withdrawal from not being able to listen to Sounds of Faith on Sunday mornings! What a disappointment!
BOO on 94.9’s decision! How can a few hours of Praise music be less important than Country Music we can hear all week long??

Eva

October 16th, 2009
5:43 pm

I was SO DISAPPOINTED that the Sounds of Faith was removed from the program scheduling on Sunday morning. I too have listened to it for many years! They said you could go on line to listen. MANY people do not have access to the internet (I don’t on the weekends), and this program was SUCH A BLESSING to hear on Sunday mornings. There are SEVERAL country music stations in Atlanta, but only ONE Sounds of Faith – what a loss!! Certainly in this day and age, I believe we need music such as this to sooth our souls and refresh our spirits – even for just a few hours out of the whole weekly scheduling time. I’m praying that another station will make a wiser decision and put the Sounds of Faith back on the air!

Mama D

October 19th, 2009
3:06 pm

I was terribly upset when Peach went to country, but I kept it preset so that I could hear “The Sounds of Faith” on Sunday mornings. That meant the sometimes I listened to the station during the week also. Now there’s absolutely no reason to keep it programed in my car at all. Simple – you drop the sounds of faith and I drop you.