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WITW Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso

Welcome to Valparaiso’s Christian Radio – WITW 93.5 FM

WITW 93.5 - serving Chicago Christian Radio from Valparaiso as it’s home for Christian Contemporary Music and positive messages for the whole family. WITW blends national and local Christian musicians with syndicated programming. We also have local programs, including our morning show between 8-9am. Stay up to date and share with us via:

Don Quijote Buffet Benefit for Homeless December 7

Sunday, December 7 from noon to 5pm, Carlos Rivero continues a nearly three decade old tradition with the Restaurante don Quijote buffet benefit this year to benefit Housing Opportunities. Carlos and his staff prepare and serve a tremendous buffet featuring a variety of traditional don Quiojote items and some specials for this event. Don Quijote donates the food and its staff donate their time so all the money raised can benefit Housing Opportunities.

Additionally support to make the event happen is provided by the Valpo High School Spanish Club. Leading up to the event they sell tickets and talk to area merchants to collect items for the silent auction, door prizes, and raffles. At the event, they host, serve, clear tables, and sell tickets for the raffles.

Since Carlos started this event in the 1990’s, it has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help homeless families in Porter County.

Tickets for the event are available at Restaurante don Quijote. Each $35 ticket includes the buffet, entertainment, entry into the door prize drawing, and the chance to participate in the silent auctions and raffle.

The event provides a wonderful portrait of our community coming together to share a meal, some fellowship, and help the homeless in our community.

Dion Welton in Studio Live for Free On The Inside Radio and Interview

Tuesday, July 15 – Dion Welton, who’s nationally syndicated radio program “Free on the Inside” airs daily on WITW at 7:30am and 7pm, is in studio today to do “Free on the Inside” live and then will stick around for some time after 8am to share more about his journey of faith.

Dion’s radio ministry has quickly caught the attention of listeners in Valparaiso with his wide-open evaluation of his life, including the life-changing circumstances which lead to his incarceration for nearly two years. The former collegiate and European basketball player who was raised in central Indiana had an “Aha” moment with God at what he calls the lowest point in life.

Knowing that God was there to take him through the terrible circumstances, changed his heart, his vision for his future, and has taken him on an amazing journey ever since.

Every day, Dion shares his experiences and what God has shown him to reach others who may be in low points or may be missing something in their lives even though they feel on top of the world.

Listen to the live program starting at 7:30am, Tuesday, July 15 or its replay at 7pm. The conversation to learn more about Dion starts at 8am and will replay at 6pm.

Find WITW on air at 93.5 FM or online at WITW935.com.

Free On The Inside Radio with Author Dion Welton now On The Air

WITW 93.5, Valparaiso’s Christian Radio station, is proud to announce a new partnership and welcome a new host/show to the WITW Family.

Dion Welton – author, speaker, and radio host – will be on WITW twice daily with his nationally syndicated program “Free on the Inside.” The show airs Monday through Friday at 7:30am and 6pm. His 2012 book  Are We Really Forgiven, Dion takes on the question that many of us ask many times – can we truly be forgiven. The book gives hope through something only God can provide and a grace which, if we let us, binds us up in the in-comprehensive nature of its power.


Dion speaker who travels country-wide, including a number of stops each year to speak to groups right here in Valparaiso, including Valparaiso University.

Dion’s radio show will give you hope, some answers, and some challenges each day. We hope you find it uplifting and a positive addition to our locally focused programming.

Just 18 Summers Author Michelle Cox Interview

Tuesday morning, Donna launched a new segment on the morning show, interviewing Christian authors.  Michelle Cox, author of Just 18 Summers, joined us to share about the book and the additional campaign that has grown out of this inspirational message.

Michelle shared the initial idea behind the book as a simple statement shared by a pastor at a baby’s baptism – you have just 18 summers with this child.  The line planted itself in Michelle’s heart and God grew something bigger.  The book (get the book) is part of a larger campaign including the online presence, which includes a blog each weekday, tips to get started or keep going, and information about the larger effort of Just 18 Summers.

The book follows four families who go through living daily lives, the sudden realization parents come to that time with their children is fleeting, and how precious the time together is.

The interview will replay Tuesday, June 10 and Sunday, June 15 at 6pm on WITW 93.5.

If you are interested in winning a copy of Just 18 Summers post a comment on our Facebook page.  We will give a copy of the book to a random pick from those who do.

“What we don’t receive in childhood, we spend the rest of our lives seeking.”
Cecil Murphy

TurkeyPalooza 2014 – 500 Turkeys

It’s time to start talking turkey…
500 Turkeys and TurkeyPalooza that is.

5 Band for 5 Bucks!

TurkeyPalooza 2014
July 12, 4 to 9pm
Coffee Creek Watershed

Entertainment from Chris & Lou,  Jennie Wellsand, Messiah’s Fire,  Mike Lee,  Shuree Stephanie Ruggeri
and an appearance from Ronald McDonald including a Meet & Greet with Ronald from 5 to 6pm.

Kids Zone
Bounce house sponsored by Bounce n Around

Games and Face-painting.


Food for Purchase from:

  • Hungry INC
  • Whats up Dawg
  • Designer Desserts
  • Valpo Velvet

All proceeds raised are used to feed 800 families for Thanksgiving.

Thank You in advance for supporting 500 Turkeys!

For more information
219-531-7777 x105


Not a Fan Book Discussion On the Air

Well overdue for an update…

Our weekly discussion group continues to meet on Wednesdays, but now it is a little bit later.  We actually made this change a few weeks (or longer) back, but I have not update the site to reflect that information.  We now meet at 5:30pm at the WITW Radio Station Studios on Franklin St. at Lincolnway, a couple doors north of South Bend Chocolate (our old meeting place.)

The discussion is not limited to the book, but more how the book settles on/in us and how we are trying to implement it in our lives to be more than just a fan, but a follower – in reckless pursuit – of Jesus and his call on our lives.

If you miss the show live, we are playing it back on Thursday and Sunday evening at 6pm.

You can also (technology in our favor) watch a live stream of the Wednesday discussion by clicking on the image in the upper right of this page.

Share your thoughts and comments on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/WITW935


Not a Fan Discussion On-Air, On-Line – Join US

Join us this evening at 5pm as we launch a whole new program –  our multi-media discussion group.

We’ll use the book “Not a Fan” to guide some discussion. You can stop by the studio, listen on-the-air (93.5 FM in Valpo) or watch the live stream on the website (to the right).

Add your comments on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/WITW935) our twitter feed (@WITW935) or text us if you have our number(s).

New Year New Plan New Discussion

Not a Fan Discussion Group Valparaiso Indiana Northwest Indiana

Get off the bench and in the game…

As we all make plans to take on 2014, our Wednesday evening discussion group is taking a slightly different tack.  While at our core, we will continue to pray for and lift each other up, a base for our conversation will be some of the concepts presented in Kyle Idleman’s Not a Fan book.  Idleman pushes past a warm, easy and comfortable relationship with Christ from the stands and challenges us to think about whether we are living our lives the way Christ wants us to in the world.

In the initial set up for the book, Idleman finds himself searching for the all important Easter message that will touch people in a way many C and E’ers will be inspired to come back next week.  What he found was a much more challenging, far less warm and fuzzy message from John 6 where Jesus’ message to the masses caused grumbling, confusion and people walking away because it was too hard to deal with.

Our Wednesday group is going to talk through some of those difficulties we face when we ask the question, “Where is God calling me to step up, step in or step out to reach people for the Kingdom.”

Not a Fan is not a hard read, but it may cause some grumbling – and that’s what we want to talk about together.

The format for discussion is multimedia.  You can join us in the WITW studio at 5pm on Wednesdays as the group will be on air for an hour.  Can’t make it to the studio, listen over the air and add your comments on our Facebook page or on Twitter with a @WITW935.  We will video stream the conversation right on our website (hopefully.)

We expect some bumpiness as we experiment our way into this experience.  We would appreciate your participation and suggestions to make this group impacting.

Join us Wednesday at 5pm (CST) in person, online, or via social media.  Drop me an email with questions and suggestion anytime – rg@witw935.com.

If you miss the live broadcast, we’ll replay each Thursday morning at 9am and will post it as an .MP3 on the website.


Listen Online Offline

Over the course of the last year or so, we have been trying to establish our online presence. Technically, there have been a number of hurdles which have caused issues in stabilizing the process – that’s one of the challenges of running a noncommercial, zero revenue, out-of-pocket station. Today, another hurdle was put in our path as I received notice about playing music online. To be sure, WITW since its first day on the air in 2003 pays licensing to a variety entities (ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, maybe there are more). Separate from that, there is some requirement to replicate our station for online streaming. The additional cost of doing so has been one of our hurdles and one reason why we have not kept the online feed up all the time, nor marketed it outside of the website.

Today, I received notice from an entity of which I did not have have prior knowledge. I need to do additional research about where it fits into the whole licensing picture to continue to figure out what our cost for online streaming will actually be. Just like the broadcast of the radio station, we make zero revenue via online. We have contemplated sponsorship opportunities for both to help with some of the pop-up costs of keeping the station on the air, but suffice to say, there is not revenue — just out-of-pocket covering of expenses between myself and the owners.

Unfortunately, until I determine what this “new” entity’s position is and if we have a responsibility to them, I have to shelve the online. I’ll keep paying for the service to distribute so we can get back up and going as soon as possible. Because people sometimes ask how often it is used, it is not going to impact many people as we normally only have a couple people online at any given time. I see it not as a huge listener magnet, but a way to serve those who may wander out of our little coverage area and want to check-in. I also use it when I am on the road to make sure the station is on the air when we have it up-and-running.

Thanks for your understanding. Please feel free to contact me if you have any thought, questions or comments – rg@witw935.com.

Don Quijote Buffet to Aid Homeless

Carlos Rivera has had a heart for the homeless in Porter County since the nineties – that’s before most people thought there were even “homeless” people in Porter County to worry about.  For more than 20 years, Carlos has prepared, hosted and donated the proceeds to homeless agencies from an amazing buffet for the community.

You can join the event this Sunday, November 17 for this year’s event.  Come enjoy great food, entertainment and participate in the auction between noon and 5pm at Resaurante Don Quijote on Lincolnway, just east of the courthouse.