KDWB Claims “Praying is Ignorant”

filed under: Miscellaneous on September 3, 2010

This messenger is weak (me), but His word is strong!

I received an email from a friend who had an awful experience with KDWB Thursday morning (it was on between 6:50 and 7:30am, and is all transcribed below). 

I just want to ask that you take a moment to pray for this DJ (Dave Ryan).  Then, if you would be so willing, to pray for every impressionable child and adult that heard his "anti-God, pro-self" rant this morning.

Even if you are not Christian, chances are you have uttered a prayer in your life.  Chances are you are familiar with a Higher Power, and chances are you have turned to God in a desperate, lonely, joyful, or glorious time.

What do you think about Dave Ryan and his whole morning crew claiming that "praying for change is ignorance"?  

How do you feel about these DJ's spreading this type of information to kids, to impressionable youth who may not have thought twice about it before, but will now dismiss God as an option when in need?


If you are one of the few… one of the few who feels compelled to take it a step further and stand up for Truth, there are a couple options.


If you text you can send a message to 53921.  (I dont, so I dont even know how that works)

You can call this number 


I called and spoke to the program director who claimed that everyone is entitled to their opinion and that as long as the DJ did not break any FCC rules they would stand behind the statement.

He then went on to say that I was the only person to call and protest at this point (as of last evening around 6:30pm) so my opinion didnt carry much weight.  However, if enough people disagreed with this statement then maybe they would address the issue.

Now… all I am really asking for is a prayer.  If you feel compelled to call or text them feel free.  But as we all know, its the prayer that will change things.


(email I received)

I wanted you to help me protest KDWB (a very popular younger radio station in MN) after what I heard on the radio this morning and the way they responded to me.

Conversation on the radio:

“And now a story in the press about Lady gaga.  Apparently, lady gaga took 45 minutes before she would come on stage because she was praying and waiting for God to tell her it was the right time.  What a crackhead…do you honestly think praying is going to help the situation?  And what is God going to do about it….I’m so sick of people saying that they prayed and it came true.  I was at a wedding last weekend that was outdoors and the bride got up on stage and said “I just want to thank god for this day, I woke up this morning and prayed that god would let the weather be great for this day – and here it is.  It’s just proof that God does answer prayers”.   He went on to say how ignorant people are who pray and to not doing anything because “God is going to answer prayers”. 




SOOO….at this point I’m livid.  They then advertised that you can text the show.  So I picked up my phone and sent a text message that went like this. 


Do you realize the age of your listeners generally?  Do you realize how susceptible their minds are, and you are filling their heads with this garbage.  Please don’t preach religion if you have no idea what religion is about.  If I want to hear religion that is truthful I will turn on a station with someone who knows something about Jesus and the powers that he does have and the significance of prayer in people’s lives. 


They RESPONDED to say: 


We’re not preaching at all.  Just stating facts.  Relying on prayer to make anything happen is ignorant.  Results require action, not prayer.



Not sure it’s the best way to keep an audience by calling them ignorant. 


They responded with

I don’t think you’re ignorant at all.  But people praying for things but no taking action themselves is ignorant.  I know this from experience.



It’s very clear to me that you don’t know this from experience.  Yes, results require action, but the word of God is what drives the right action.  If you’re not listening to him, then you’re going in the wrong direction.  Clearly you are showing this by today’s program. 



No response.

Updated:  I revived an email from my friend about this mornings show:

This morning, I thought…I’m going to turn on the station to hear if they bring this up again.  The first thing I heard was….No Joke:  Steven Hawking announces today that he does not believe that God created the universe.  They went on to say how 

he now believes in the big bang theory.  It carried on a little bit talking about the laws of gravity and how it makes perfect sense that matter could be created through spontaneous combustion and that God had nothing to do with it. 


To Which Dave Ryan responds with:  You want to know why I believe in God?  Because he made dogs…and dogs are so nice.  They’re man’s best friend. 


Clearly this is all a joke to them… but is it to you? 

If this has touched you in any way, and you feel compelled to do something, please know that you do NOT need to link back here or mention me in any way.  My ultimate goal in this would be to glorify God, and if you felt spurred into action, I am sure that is your goal as well!  So check out the facts, blog about it, tweet about it, get the word out to as many prayer warriors as you know… do or say whatever you need to and please, feel comfortable doing it all from your perspective!

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  • Michelle says:

    Ignorant people can be so arrogant. It’s so frustrating to see, not only a general disbelief in God, but a mockery of Him. I say just pray for them, because God will humble the unbelievers. God still loves and daily pursues Dave Ryan and we should treat him as the Child of God that Jesus sees him as. When a child of God is out of line with the Will of God, we are called to gently correct and pray for them.

  • Michelle says:

    Ignorant people can be so arrogant. It’s so frustrating to see, not only a general disbelief in God, but a mockery of Him. I say just pray for them, because God will humble the unbelievers. God still loves and daily pursues Dave Ryan and we should treat him as the Child of God that Jesus sees him as. When a child of God is out of line with the Will of God, we are called to gently correct and pray for them.

  • Becki D says:

    You know, this is disturbing, but not really surprising. This is what I obsess over all the time when I start thinking about how we’re going to raise the girls as they get older – what they’ll be allowed to watch/listen to/be around….
    this is clearly a secular radio station, so the music probably isn’t generally sending great messages to kids, either. On the other hand, it is extremely offensive and disheartening that the DJ is so blatantly mocking those who have faith.
    I texted the station, and I will pray!

  • Katy says:

    Omg, those words make me sick to my stomach. As you stated above..wether they believe in him or not cleary almost everyone has called upon him in their darkest hours to relieve them from something..and it just hearts my heart to hear the horrible things they have to say about our Heavenly Father. I’m hear to testify that the power of prayer DOES indeed work. Just because you don’t always get the outcome your looking for doesn’t mean it doesn’t work and that God isn’t listening!
    I couldn’t agree with you more for taking a stand for what we know is right!

  • Kathie says:

    *Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess.* I pray he changes his heart long before that day arrives and makes it right, as much as he can.
    And okay, this whole big bang thing… let me just ask this, when have you ever heard or seen a big bang that created something beautiful? Please.

  • Gianna says:

    I was thinking you might post about this. Good for you. I am planning on sending them an email as soon as I am done commenting on your blog. I’ll let you know how it goes!

  • Londa says:

    Ooo, I had low blood pressure at the dr. office this morning but probably not anymore!
    We just started a Bible Study, “Lord, Is it Warfare? Teach Me to Stand!”
    This is warfare! Read Ephesians and be encouraged! Chapter 6 is especially great–Be strong in the Lord and the the strength of His might!
    Praying for you MN believers! Stand firm!!! Jesus Christ will have the victory!

  • Judith Norman says:

    Unbelievable and very sad. God will not be mocked. Best believe that the day will come that they will fall to their knees and pray for forgiveness. I recently read on a blog that there is a bidding war among TV channels for a show called, “Christian B*%#*es.”

  • Ruth says:

    Well, my friend, my first reaction is that ignorant people do ignorant things, and also that if this is a worldly station then I wouldn’t expect much from it in the first place.
    BUT, I also do not approve of the content or the mockery so yes, I will definitely join you in prayer on this one!

  • Amy K says:

    WOW, really?!
    Clearly he and his program director have no idea, but I after reading this I said a prayer for both to come to know & love Jesus.
    I also hope and pray that because his audience is typically younger, that those children/young adults have parents/church family who have helped plant them firmly in their faith, so they are able to counter such statements in their minds. This world is filled with non-believers that our children will encounter periodically, and I just pray that I’ve taught my children and witnessed to them so they are strong in their faith, and able to freely express it!
    Many blessings Amanda!

  • Gramma Teetsie Thompson says:

    People can be so ignorant. I am going through this with a family member now. I made a remark on FB and he started this great big thing about this invisible person that people think is there for them etc etc.
    You know what? I am praying for him.

  • Bethany says:

    All I have to say is wow! I just don’t know what else to say. Thank God! he has the final say in all things.

  • ali says:

    Pretty sure I haven’t listened to KDWB since high school…
    This kind of thinking doesn’t surprise me one bit on a station like that. Not one bit.

  • Gianna says:

    I posted what I wrote to KDWB.

  • Erica B. says:

    WOW!!!! This D.J sounds terrible and I can’t believe even if his employers don’t believe in prayer they would allow him to say such horrible things. The thing is I can think of tons of means things to say about him, but I think I will just pray that god will give him the wisdom and common sense to keep his mouth quite!!

  • Jo says:

    Praying for him. As I don’t think prayer is ignorant, I know that something positive will come of this situation.
    Love you friend.

  • Vang Xiong says:

    i was going through my FB and saw your link on my sister’s page. it just so seem to be a coincidence that we are both going through the same problems with KDWB. i’m sure you are aware by now, KDWB is profiling the Hmong community via a parody song, which they intentionally thought was for humor! but what they dont see are the perpetuation and escalations of racial profiling a whole community! of course, like you, we also got a half hearted apology non-apology!
    at the moment, i’m also participating with Hmong Organizing Program of TakeAction MN and we’re building a coalition of community leaders and organizations to put a stop to KDWB’s ignorance!
    please, if you want to help us in this fight to change kdwb’s structural policies of treating people’s religions and cultural norms, feel free to contact me.