Meet the Team

Elijah Mondy Jr.

Elijah Mondy Jr. is the current owner of KJIW-FM in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas and the co-owner of WJIW-FM in Greenville, Mississippi, and KCAT-AM in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Born in Helena, Arkansas, he has over 40 years of broadcast experience. He and his wife Belinda currently have nine children; April, Zipporah, Elijah III, Elisha, Joshua, Leah, Zephaniah, Zechariah, and Lydia.

Early in life, Elijah’s family moved to Chicago, Illinois. He attended Chicago Vocational High School. While a student at CVS, he won the 1965 Chicago City Individual Wrestling Championship. Elijah also graduated in 1965. He attended two years of college at Wilson Jr. College and also attended the Career Academy School of Famous Radio Broadcasters where he graduated with honors in 1968. In May of 1987 he was elected to the Chicago Vocational High School Hall of Fame. He worked as a production assistant for the “Our People” television program aired by Chicago’s WTTW-TV in 1968. In the summer of 1969, he was employed by the National Broadcasting Company’s (NBC) WMAQ television and radio as as a program traffic coordinator. In 1978 he was transferred to the engineering department. Elijah served NBC as an engineer primarily working for the news and occasionally sports until 1998 when he resigned so that he could spend more time developing his radio station.

Although Elijah was raised up in the church he did not know the Lord. He had a personal encounter with Jesus Christ Easter weekend of 1974 while at work at NBC. During that encounter he surrendered to the Lord Jesus Christ and his whole life changed.

In November of 1988 he purchased KJIW-AM 1600 in Helena, Arkansas along with a construction permit to build an FM station in Helena, Arkansas. In March of 1990, KJIW-FM 94.5 went on the air. In May of 1994, Elijah sold KJIW-AM 1600. In May of 1997, KJIW-FM went from a 6,000 watt Class A station to a Class C3 station operating at 14,000 watts. A new tower had to be constructed in a new location.

In April of 1995, Elijah and a lifelong friend Kirkland Burke filed for a construction permit with the FCC for a 50,000 watt frequency 104.7 on the FM dial in Greenville, Mississippi under the partnership of the Mondy-Burke Broadcasting Network (now MBS Broadcasting Network). They were competing with six other entities for that frequency in Greenville. After a twelve year battle before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which eventually went before the United States Court of Appeals, Mondy-Burke prevailed. In September of 2002, Darren Smith joined the partnership. All three are equal partners of WJIW-FM 104.7 Greenville, Mississippi, and KCAT-AM 1340 (purchased by MBS in 2004) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Elijah is the sole proprietor of KJIW-FM 94.5 in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas.

Elijah enjoys spending time with his family, playing football with his sons, and eating his daughter’s banana pudding.
On-Air Schedule
Sunday 10:00pm - 11:00pm Ol' Time Gospel Hour
Tuesday 09:00pm - 10:00pm Ol' Time Gospel Hour
Saturday 08:00am - 09:00am Ol' Time Gospel Hour

Belinda Mondy

Belinda Sullivan Mondy is the lovely wife of Elijah Mondy and the mother of all the Mondy children. She is currently the executive administrator and general sales manager for KJIW-FM 94.5 in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. She holds the same position through the MBS Network family of stations, which includes KCAT-1340 in Pine Bluff Arkansas, and WJIW-FM 104.7 in Greenville, Mississippi. She is often heard on the Morning Show with her daughters April and Zipporah.

Born and raised in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas, she graduated from Helena-West Helena Central High School in 1981. She attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff until 1983. During the early 1980's, Belinda was employed by the UAPB COOP Department of the Navy and with Sperry Corporation in Great Lakes, New York as a computer analysis in training. From 1984 through 1988 she attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois. On December 24, 1983 she married Elijah at the New Light Missionary Baptist Church in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. While visiting Arkansas several times per year, they raised their family in Chicago, Illinois. In 1998, they moved to Helena-West Helena to focus more closely on the radio station business after Elijah retired early from the National Broadcasting Corporation. In addition to her station duties, Belinda teaches all of her young children through homeschooling.

When she's not running the business or being a full-time mom, she enjoys playing tennis, getting together with other couples, and hanging out with her kids. She loves Raisin Bran cereal (that's a mom for you).

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Walter L. Cohen High School in 1982. In August of 1983 he joined the United States Air Force where he received his Associate Degree in Bio-Medical Equipment Technology. Darren also Graduated from Southern Illinois University in Frankfort, Germany in August of 1989 with a bachelor degree in Industrial Technology. Darren left the Air Force after six years of service. He went on as a manager for Service Master at Cook County Hospital in the Bio-Medical Engineering Department where he met his wife and life partner Glenda Miller. After one year, Darren left Cook County Hospital to work for Loyola University Medical Center of Maywood, Illinois in the Clinical Engineering Department. He is a Certified Radiology Service Engineer certified by R.S.T.I out of Salon, Ohio. He serviced medical equipment to over 300 private clinics and had contracts with the Cook County Department of Public Health and the City of Chicago Department of Public Health.

While at Cook County Hospital, Darren co-founded clinical engineering company Wilson & Smith Inc. He left Loyola to pursue his own business full time in 1995. Darren functioned as Interim Manager of the Clinical Engineering Department at Sound Shore Medical Center in White Planes, New York during the tragic events of September 11. He is currently in Chicago, Illinois as the COO of Goodhealth Medical Products, the CEO of Wilson & Smith Inc., the Co-Owner of Erudite Realty Construction and Property Management, and the CFO and leader of the Marriage Ministry of New Hope Christian Missionary Baptist Church.

Darren is an equal partner of the MBS Broadcasting Network, he co-owns WJIW 104.7 FM of Greenville, Mississippi and KCAT 1340 AM of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He enjoys fishing, jet skiing and spending time with his wife and three sons Darren Jr., Daniel, and Dillon. They travel down south several times a year to attend the radio stations.

Glenda Smith

Glenda Miller-Smith is a native of Chicago, Illinois. She is the wife of Darren Smith and the mother of 3 boys; Darren Jr., Daniel and Dillon. After the death of her father, Glenda accompanied her mother and brother to Fordyce, Arkansas where she completed her high school education. Glenda graduated from Fordyce High School in 1977, home of the Redbugs! She attended the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Returning to Chicago after graduating, Glenda was hired by the Cook County Hospital as a Child Life Specialist. She retired from Cook County Hospital after 23 years of service in September of 2006.

Glenda is an executive administrator for the MBS Broadcasting Network. She travels back and forth from Chicago to Greenville, Mississippi and Pine Bluff, Arkansas to assist in the radio ministry. Glenda proudly homeschools her two youngest boys. She is actively involved in her church as a Youth Church Teen Ministry Teacher, a D. B. Praise Dancer, a member of the adult choir, co-leader of Marriage Ministry, and Intercessory Prayer Ministry Leader. Everyone that knows Glenda knows that her favorite color is purple.

Kirkland Burke

Kirkland Burke is a native of Chicago, Illinois. He is a Vietnam War Era Veteran and a 30 year veteran of the music business. Kirkland spent 25 of those 30 years with Warner Bros. Records as both Local and Midwest Regional Promotion Manager. He holds a BA degree from Chicago State University and currently teaches at Harold Washington College in Chicago.

Kirkland serves on the National Advisory Board of the National Archives of African American Music and Culture at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He is a member of the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Kirkland is an equal partner of the MBS Broadcasting Network and co-owner of WJIW-FM in Greenville, Mississippi and KCAT-AM in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

April Mondy

April Mondy is the oldest of the nine children in the Mondy family. Born in Chicago, Illinois, she moved to Helena-West Helena, Arkansas with the rest of her family in 1998. She graduated from high school in 2002 after being homeschooled through Christian Liberty Academy Satellite School. She has been doing radio for over 15 years. Aside from co-hosting the Morning Show with her sister Zipporah and her mom Belinda, she works full time at the station as the program director, producer, sales representative and executive administrative assistant.

April has had the opportunity to serve as a missionary in Jamaica, Belize, and the Domincan Republic. She absolutely loves spending a portion of her summers with Kids Across America Kamp in Golden, Missouri. She’s been playing the piano since she was about 7 years old and she currently aspires to learn to play the violin and guitar (we’ll see if that actually happens). She loves traveling, reading, watching musicals, spending time with her family and friends, and laughing. April has a big heart for kids and she loves cheesecake and eating cookies.

Zipporah Mondy

Zipporah Mondy is the second oldest of the Mondy Bunch. She was born August 13, 1986 in Chicago, Illionois to Elijah and Belinda Mondy. Zipporah has known radio for as long as she can remember.

Zipporah developed a love for digital editing by playing around on editing software while at the station with her mother when she was little. Now she handles most of the production for the MBS Broadcasting Network and serves as a Sales Representative, Music Director, host of the Weekday Afternoon Drive-Time and co-hosts The Morning Show with her sister April and her mother Belinda.

Zipporah loves studying Spanish and aspires to learn other foreign languages and travel to different countries in the world. She loves reading the Bible, meeting new people, bonding with friends and eating fried ice cream.

Zipporah likes physical activities like gymnastics, tennis, swimming, basketball, you name it. She plans to study more about computer technology, marketing, production, and how to fly a helicopter. Zipporah plays the piano and is currently learning the guitar.
Zipporah also loves to draw and watercolor.

She studied art under the instruction of Edward E. Wade.

"He taught me how to watercolor and to draw what I see...

...which is everthing around me." -Zipporah

Elijah Mondy III

Elijah Mondy III is not only the third Elijah in the Mondy generation of men, but he is also the third child in the Mondy family and the oldest of the five boys. He is the voice you often hear doing the Scripture reading of the day. Elijah has been involved in radio since he was old enough to write his name.

Elijah and his brothers spend a lot of time playing in the MFL (Mondy Football League) with their dad. He's hoping to one day switch the "M" to an "N". Elijah likes to write and draw and he works well with a screwdriver or hammer in his hand. Don't challenge him to a push-up contest, he's sure he'll beat you.

Yolanda Miller

Yolanda D. Miller is the fifteenth of seventeen children born to her beautiful parents Walter S. Dixon Sr., Superintendent of the Church of God In Christ District #2 in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Irene Dixon.

She attended Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Yolanda is a graduate of Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi where she received a BA degree in Speech Pathology.

Yolanda is employed as an Executive Assistant to the President at Coahoma Community College.

Yolanda is a member of the St. James Temple COGIC in Clarksdale, Mississippi where she serves on the secretarial staff and the radio broadcasting ministry. She also sings in the sanctuary choir where she serves as a song leader. Yolanda has a genuine passion for praise and worship music.

Yolanda is the widow of the late Kenneth D. Miller and has two lovely children: Kenneth, II and Mariah.

Johnny Kinard

Johnny Kinard is a native of Rena Laura, Mississippi. He grew up and went to school in Coahoma County, Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi Valley State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fine Arts. He is married to Glenda Ann Kinard and the proud father of the three lovely daughters; Latora, Mandella and Jalisa.

One of Johnny’s greatest accomplishments is being the vice president and secretary of Kinard and Myles True Gospel Production Incorporated. He is a creator, dreamer, and lover of gospel music. Not only does Johnny love to listen to gospel music, he loves to promote it as well. He has been a national gospel promoter for over twenty years. He has received several awards for outstanding gospel promotions. The most recent award he has received is the Mississippi Gospel Radio Announcer of the Year Award. This award was presented by the Jackson Music Award Association at the 29th Annual Mississippi Gospel Music Awards on July 8, 2007.

Johnny is the golden voice you hear on Thursday evenings. Tune him in as he plays some of your favorite traditional gospel music.

More on Kinard and Myles True Gospel Productions...
On-Air Schedule
Thursday 08:00pm - 11:00pm Kinard and Myles True Gospel Hour

Women Prayer Warriors

Meet our Intercessory Women Prayer Warriors. These strong beautiful ladies will humbly go to the Lord on your behalf and lift you up in intercessory prayer. The Women Prayer Warriors Band has been collectively praying together for over 15 years.

Dorothy Martin Pat Allen
Lucy Brown Cornelious Buchanan

Would you like for our band of Intercessory Women Prayer Warriors to pray for you? Would you like to share a praise report with them? Go to our Prayer Request and Praise Report Form and fill out your information. The Prayer Warriors have a radio broadcast on our sister station KJIW-FM. You can listen to the live stream of their broadcast on the KJIW website Monday afternoons at 4:30. The Prayer Warriors love to receive mail. Write them a letter or send them an email at the addresses below.

Intercessory Women Prayer Warriors
204 Moore St.
Helena-West Helena, Arkansas 72342


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