Trumpet Hour

Hosted by Joel Hilliker

Trumpet Hour is the voice of the Trumpet newsmagazine. Your host is Joel Hilliker, the managing editor of the Philadelphia Trumpet and theTrumpet.comTrumpet Hour features a range of subject matter with an emphasis on the most important world news: national and international affairs, global economics, politics, society and morality. Trumpet Hour also features segments intended to inform and inspire listeners with stories of remarkable people overcoming obstacles, facing urgent world problems, and searching for solutions.  Read More

In each edition of Trumpet Hour, Hilliker sits down with Trumpet writers to bring you up to date on the latest developments in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Anglo-America and beyond. Trumpet Hour goes behind the headlines to connect current events to their true meaning and their significance in your life. The program also brings you practical advice to improve your life, your family, your marriage and your physical, mental and spiritual health. Trumpet Hour brings you the most important information about your world and your life using one unique resource: the absolute truths of the Bible.

Trumpet Hour airs Wednesdays at 8 a.m and Fridays at 4 p.m. (Central Time). Wednesday’s program features one-on-one interviews with Trumpet staff writers and featured guests, as well as answers to questions from Trumpet readers and listeners. Friday’s Week in Review edition features a panel discussion focusing on the events of the week. Trumpet Hour airs on KPCG 101.3 FM in Edmond, Oklahoma, and online at

#202: Week in Review: Washington’s Infighting, EU’s Military HQ, China’s Silk Road, North Korea’s New Missile, and Much More

Aired Friday, May 19, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   60 minutes

• The infighting in Washington has reached new heights this week as the political establishment and press are baying for Donald Trump to be impeached.

• At a meeting of European Union defense ministers on Thursday, some important initiatives drive forward the establishment of a unified European military.

• America’s involvement in Syria grew this week as it launched airstrikes against the forces of Bashar Assad. There is evidence that U.S. presence there has Iran rattled and wondering about Syria’s future.

• China is heavily pushing its impressive Silk Road trade initiative—and for the first time, Europe is starting to push back.

• We’ll also talk about North Korea’s troubling new missile test—America’s dying aluminum industry—and how young singles in China are under pressure to get married … by the Chinese Communist Party.


#201: Trumpet Hour: South Korea’s New President, America’s Largest Violent Street Gang, the Wanna Cry Virus, and More

Aired Wednesday, May 17, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   55 minutes

• A new president has just taken power in South Korea. How will President Moon Jae-in affect relations with North Korea—with China—and with the United States?

• Of America’s 33,000 violent street gangs, one of the largest is called MS-13. It partners with Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel to distribute drugs throughout North America—it’s one of the biggest criminal enterprises in the country—and it is very violent. Can Donald Trump keep his pledge to go after it?

• The “Wanna Cry” computer virus has infected hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide—in 150 countries! We’ll talk about how it got out, the extent of the damage, and the likelihood of an even worse cyberattack.

• And I’ll finish off the program today by giving you the cure for a very common addiction: shopping.

#200: Week in Review: U.S. and Israel on Collision Course, Russia Rewrites History, Japan’s March to Militarism, and Much More

Aired Friday, May 12, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   58 minutes

• Reports from this week show that the United States and Israel may soon be on a collision course over forthcoming peace negotiations.

• The people of France just elected a political outsider as their new president. This election has major implications for France, Europe and the world.

• Taking a page out of Stalin’s book, the Russian government is interfering with the way history is taught to Russian students.

• And white farmers in South Africa are being targeted at alarming rates with the most barbaric imaginable murders. 

• We also discuss Germany’s support for Lebanon, increasing right-wing extremism in the German military, Japan’s steps to amend its pacifist constitution, and Puerto Rico’s multibillion-dollar bankruptcy. 

#199: Trumpet Hour: A Conversation With a Former Communist, Eugene Yelchin, and More

Aired Wednesday, May 10, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   59 minutes

• Communism isn’t a subject we tend to think a whole lot about these days—but it is an important and relevant issue.

• Today we’re going to talk with a man who grew up in Communist Russia, but then defected at age 27 after he became disillusioned with it. The man is Eugene Yelchin. He’s an award-winning artist and author. We’re going to talk about his novel Breaking Stalin’s Nose, a book for young people that helps them understand the dangers of communism by telling a story about the experiences of a schoolboy in Soviet-era Russia under Josef Stalin.

• We’ll also read portions of an essay from a former Communist spy that help expose the ideological roots of communism.

• And we’ll finish by contrasting the effects of socialist government with those of the form of government revealed in the Bible.

#198: Week in Review: Resuscitating the Mideast Peace Process, Merkel in Saudi Arabia, THAAD, Syria Agreement and Much More

Aired Friday, May 5, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes

• The Trump administration says it wants to make a deal—between the Arabs and Jews. President Donald Trump is hosting Arab leaders at the White House and will visit Saudi Arabia and Israel later this month.

• German Chancellor Angela Merkel is also visiting Saudi Arabia, and says her country will now start training Saudi Arabian soldiers in Germany.

• America’s missile shield in South Korea is now operational. China and Russia are not happy about it—and neither is South Korea.

• Russia, Turkey and Iran have signed a deal to end the war in Syria—and it looks like it could carve the country into separate pieces.

• We’ll also talk about why America’s middle class is shrinking—how southeast Asian nations are caving into Chinaa surprise announcement from the Roman Catholic pope and the Coptic Pope—and the fact that the world’s bestselling book isn’t being read.


#197: Trumpet Hour: How Germany Strong-armed Greece, Religious Freedom in Decline, How to Stick With That Diet, and More

Aired Wednesday, May 3, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   57 minutes

• Public resistance to the European Union is rising in many European nations. A new book by a former Greek finance minister gives some clues as to why. It shows the extreme lengths to which EU officials are willing to go to have their way—even to the point of overthrowing a government.

• Two recent reports show that religious freedom in the world is declining. Which governments are putting greater restrictions on religious freedom—and why?

• How can you stick with that new diet you started, or that exercise program? A personal trainer says there’s one basic ingredient you need.

• And finally, a word about keeping your word to your children.

#196: Week in Review: Explosions Rock Damascus, Europe Boosts Arms Spending, China Launches Carrier, and Much More

Aired Friday, April 28, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   58 minutes

• This week, a number of stories showing “wars and rumors of wars”:

• Massive explosions in Syria’s capital appear to show Israel’s determination to prevent Iran from arming Hezbollah.

• Iran’s army is restructuring itself to play a more offensive role going forward.

• Fresh evidence of Iran aiming to control Middle Eastern waterways by force.

• A new report shows that Europe is reversing its trend of declining defense spending, and responding to an aggressive Russia by boosting its militaries.

• China launched its first domestically produced aircraft carrier, a sign of its determination to rule the waves.

• We’ll also talk about a rise in anti-Semitic incidents in America—Germany’s foreign minister prioritizing a meeting with an anti-Israel group over one with Israel’s prime minister—the pope visiting Muslim-dominated Egypt—a crackdown on dissent in Russia—and the bizarre irrationality of the supposedly rational “MARCH FOR SCIENCE.”

All this and much more!

#195: Trumpet Hour: An Interview With British Journalist Melanie Phillips

Aired Wednesday, April 26, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   53 minutes

Today we’re going to hear from British journalist, broadcaster and author Melanie Phillips.
In advance of a visit she will be making to the Trumpet’s offices on May 7, she spoke with us about her political journey—how she went from being a darling of the left to being Britain’s most controversial champion of national and cultural identity.

She’ll explain how the liberal view in Britain was transformed into a radical-left view—how her determination to stick to the facts put her at odds with the journalistic establishment over issue after issue—from the family to education to multiculturalism to Islam to Israel.

She’ll also share with us her insights about this past Sunday’s election in France—and what is happening politically right now in Europe.

And I’ll finish the program with an excerpt of her most recently published book, Guardian Angel.

#194: Week in Review: Islamic State Attack in Paris, China in Middle East, Germany Into Syria? and Much More

Aired Friday, April 21, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   57 minutes
• The Islamic State carried out a terrorist attack in Paris last night—just two days before French voters take to the polls in the first round of France’s presidential election. How might this affect French politics?

• Turkish voters awarded increased power to strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan last Sunday, and U.S. President Donald Trump congratulated him.

• China is getting more deeply involved in the Middle East, positioning itself as a friend to all and an enemy to none.

• Germany’s defense minister says the UN should step into the situation in Syria once the civil war ends—and offered to send in German troops.

• We’ll also talk about Russia amassing troops on its border with North Korea—a Nation of Islam believer on a murder spree in California—an update on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s reelection prospects—and how millions of millennials are living a life of leisure, no job, no school, in Mom’s basement.

#193: Trumpet Hour: The North Korea Threat, Turkey Strengthens Its Strongman, America’s Military Strikes in Context, and More

Aired Wednesday, April 19, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   56 minutes

• A failed missile test in North Korea this last weekend caused some celebration among free nations—but the threat from this Communist nation remains. Just how serious of a problem is North Korea? We’ll see why the Trump administration is getting more deeply involved there than it expected to.

• This past Sunday Turkey held a referendum that expanded the powers of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. What are his new powers, and why did Turkish voters want this?

America is back! That’s what some commentators are saying after recent displays of force by the Trump administration. We’ll put these attacks in context—particularly in light of an important forecast that Herbert W. Armstrong made about 60 years ago.

• We’ll also talk about a stranger in your home that you need to be vigilant about.