About Redeeming Radio
My name is John Joseph Lasko, III. I am the President and Chief Executive Officer of Redeeming Radio. As a way of introducing myself to you, I would like to do so by sharing my testimony the Lord has given me.
My Story of Salvation
At the end of 2012, I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior. Wait! I’m getting ahead of myself. My story begins back when I was in elementary school. The news was a big part of our lives growing up. As my five other siblings and I were in the process of getting ready for school, the news would always be on in the background. Every morning like clockwork my parents would have the television tuned to a particular local news channel and while we were eating breakfast, you guessed it, we watched the news. It was just how it was. This may sound strange, but I looked forward to watching the news every morning. Seeing the same anchors and reporters on this local news channel day after day, week after week communicating to viewers what was going on locally, nationally and around the world, all the while having fun at the same time and being on television … what a life! Thus, the seed of journalism started blossoming inside of me. I started idolizing these anchors and reporters, more so one than the others. I would write to her about how she inspired me to pick journalism as my future career, what was happening at school, what I thought was most interesting about my life and I probably even made up some things as a way of impressing her all the more. At school, I would daydream about being the main anchor, as well as that “go to” reporter assigned to cover all of those major breaking news stories and receiving awards for my impeccable journalistic writing ability and willingness to chase after breaking news.
Fast forward to June, 1999 when I graduated from high school. At the time, I had no desire to attend a four-year college or university. Instead, I choose to work. I bounced around from job to job before convincing my parents to pay for me to attend a one-year technical school located in suburban Cleveland, Ohio which taught me the ins and outs of radio and television broadcasting. While there, I landed an internship at the very television station I had watched growing up, even though the female news anchor who I had idolized in the past had since retired. I interned on the assignment desk overnight and was eventually hired part-time as an assignment editor (during the day time). For those of you who don’t know what an assignment desk is, I call it the “brains” of the newsroom. You have many police and fire scanners blaring all at once and when something of newsworthiness happens, it would be the responsibility of the assignment editor to hone in on where this supposed “breaking news” was coming from, call that local police or fire department, find out where it was happening, dispatch a photographer (or if it was serious enough, a reporter) to the scene, all the while gathering as much information about this particular news item. Assignment editors would also be responsible for supervising crews in the field, be the scapegoat when things went wrong, answering and transferring calls, etc.
While it was great working in a television newsroom, it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I wanted to be an anchor and reporter and wasn’t going to rest until I had a microphone permanently placed in my hand each day. To accomplish my mission, I would go out with reporters or just with a photographer and put together news stories for a demo reel. After this was completed, then the tedious task of making duplications of this tape and mailing it to television stations across the country began. There was also another problem. News director’s looked favorably on candidates with a four-year college degree. Something I didn’t have, other than my one-year certificate in radio and television broadcasting. So, I ended up lying and deceiving on my resume stating I graduated from a local university with dual degrees … one was broadcast journalism and the other was media relations. Over the course of my short career in journalism, I constantly lied and deceived about the positions I held as a way of gaining favor and hopefully the job. I relied on my parents to make the “big purchases” for me like cars that I would just run in to the ground by driving from place … to place …. to place (well you get the idea) so I could run off and pursue opportunities that never worked out because of my own doing. I was a liar, deceiver, thief, idolater, sexually immoral and the lover of money and stuff. To sum it all up, I was just an overall very, VERY sinful person to my family, friends, acquaintances and the others I had met. In between all this, I overdrew numerous checking accounts and maxed out several credit cards to get all of the “stuff” I desired.
My mom had been listening to a program called Adventures in Odyssey. The program would be on every time she would pick me up from work because my car had been repossessed, thus relying on my parents and my other siblings to give me a ride to and from work. Even though I was a secular minded person, listening to secular music and talk on the radio, I would find myself listening to Adventures in Odyssey on the radio. One night in December 2012, I turned on the radio early. I do not remember if I was just going up and down the dial and could not find anything good to listen to or what. All I know is my finger stopped on some radio station and I began listening to a radio preacher. His name was Dr. James MacDonald (though I didn’t know it at the time) and he was preaching from the book of Revelation. Mind you I had never read the Bible nor did I know what was in it. At this point was totally relying on Dr. MacDonald’s reading and teaching. I had tuned in at the time when he was talking about how all of the liars, deceivers, idolaters, sexually immoral, those practicing the magic arts and others were destined for hell. I abruptly turned off the radio. I didn’t know it at this particular moment, but needless to say the Lord was about to come powerfully in to my life through this program. At the time I thought I didn’t want to hear anymore about all of this “religious” stuff, but something else was about to happen … something very unbecoming of me. I started crying. Not just a tear here and there, but it was like Niagara Falls was gushing out of the eyeballs. I found myself truly and genuinely repenting of my sins and asked the Lord Jesus Christ to come in to my life.
Truthfully, my life has never been the same since I accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in to my life and heart! To God be the Glory!!!!! I know He is the one who is ultimately in charge and in control of my life AND this new internet Christian radio ministry which I feel the Lord God is calling me to start. The next day I found myself asking questions like “now what?” “What’s the next step I need to take?” I did not have internet access in my apartment and thankfully lived across the street from the library. I went across the street to check my email and as I was doing this, I felt compelled to get in touch with a pastor who I had interviewed for two articles several years back when I worked as a staff writer for a small, community newspaper. His name was Dr. Arnold Fleagle. After searching the web, I found the church and the pastor’s email address. I proceeded to write him about what I had experienced that night. We met, talked and got me enrolled in a foundations class at the church. On August, 11, 2013 I was baptized and in October of 2015, I become a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Amherst, Ohio where Dr. Fleagle is the senior pastor.
Obeying The Lord: Redeeming Radio Was Born
Earlier in 2014, I heard and felt a nudge from the Lord calling me to start Redeeming Radio. When I felt His call of my life, I did what was most natural, I started arguing with Him. I was like “No Lord, I can’t do this. I was already been in the media. I made it all about myself, barely spent any time at those stations and look what happened.” Well, needless to say the Lord has a sense of humor and I didn’t win the argument. When I first heard of the name the Lord provided, I thought this name must already be taken or it’s already an established, thriving ministry. I went on to search engines and found nothing. Then I went to domain name search sites and the name was available. I snatched up the name and am now in the process of starting Redeeming Radio. I now know what is means to be born again and it feels wonderful! I am excited to know it is He, the Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns inside of my heart through the Holy Spirit! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me through my testimony. I want to let you know that I am a sinner. An average person who has been forgiven and redeemed by God’s amazing and awesome Grace through His One and Only Son’s work on the cross! The Lord Jesus Christ’s blood runs through me every time I repent and makes me clean on the inside! Redeeming Radio is all about testimonies. If the Lord is compelling you to share yours, I would love to read it and share it with others. Please do not hesitate to do so by filling out the contact form. I ask you to please be in continued prayer for myself and Redeeming Radio as this new ministry continues to develop and move forward.
John Joseph Lasko, III President and CEO, Redeeming Radio