Direct Line with Wayne Kent

Wednesdays from 5-6pm on 1340-AM WSOY

Direct Line debuted in November 2005. The show centers around a live, call-in format looking at issues of the day. Matters of religion and spirituality receive special attention, particularly as they interplay with relative news items of the day. Wayne Kent and the program directors strive to bring topics to the air that interest the people of Decatur and the surrounding community. Interviews, commentary, and responses form part of each show. Direct Line receives the full backing of the staff and management of WSOY and is fully promoted by its own marketing plan, including on-air promotions. This gives added indirect exposure to all of Direct Line’s sponsors and advertisers.


Wayne Kent, host of Direct Line, has been a part of the Decatur community since January 1994. Since that time, he has been the Lead Pastor of First Christian Church, the city’s oldest congregation.

Wayne has a good understanding of the local, national, and international arenas. He was born and raised in Australia with an Aussie heritage going back many generations. Wayne’s family immigrated to Canada when he was eleven years old, and as a result, he spent his teenage years in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Following college in Oklahoma, Wayne spent five years in Europe traveling with a contemporary Christian band comprised of a talented mix of people from various backgrounds. During those years, he toured and performed in more than a dozen nations, which included an extended tour of South Africa during the days of apartheid. Many of the concerts in Europe were in former communist nations. Much of the band’s work was under the watchful eye of the KGB, the Soviet Union’s secret police. The band sold more than eight million albums in the Soviet Union alone.

Wayne has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Oral Roberts University, a Master of Divinity degree from Phillips Graduate Seminary, and a Doctorate from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts.

Wayne's international exposure and education in both business and theology allows him to address issues of public concern as they relate to spirituality.

Wayne and his wife, Leslie, have been happily married for more than 30 years and have two married children, four beautiful grandchildren, and a dog who is in charge of the household!

For questions or to become a sponsor of Direct Line, contact the church office at 217.875.3350.