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

#239: Week in Review: Germany’s Political Quagmire, Puerto Rico Devastated, China Sponsors North Korea, and Much More

Aired Friday, September 29, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes
  • After elections last Sunday, German politics are in trouble, as Chancellor Angela Merkel struggles to bring disagreeing political parties into a government in a process that could mire Germany for months.
  • Hurricane Maria has devastated Puerto Rico—the island is suffering, and the price tag for getting back on its feet will be huge.
  • The threat from North Korea is real, but it wouldn’t be happening if not for a great deal of help from China. New figures show how China’s efforts to punish Pyongyang are only a pretense.
  • A battle for independence in the Spanish region of Catalonia is mushrooming into a crisis that could undermine the euro.
  • We’ll also talk about Italy’s growing desperation for a solution to the crisis in Libya—how Iran is winning in Yemen despite American efforts to prevent it—and how the division in America over NFL protests is being encouraged by Russian Internet trolls.

#238: Trumpet Hour: Independent Kurdistan?, the Dangers of Cyberwarfare, How to Age Well and More

Aired Wednesday, September 27, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   57 minutes
  • On Monday, Kurds in Iraq voted to become an independent Kurdish state. How might this bold move by this large ethnic group, aiming to redraw the map of the Middle East, affect the fulfillment of biblical prophecies about this region?
  • Cyberwarfare is becoming an increasingly common weapon in today’s world, and making more and more headlines. Is it possible hackers could significantly cripple America and neutralize its military advantages?
  • Society loves the idea of living long, but hates the idea of getting old. Do we have to have more aches and pains, declining mental capacity and diminishing productivity as we age? We’ll look at some solutions to the problems of aging.
  • And finally, we’ll look at a bit of wisdom that those involved in the NFL controversy seem to have forgotten

#237: Week in Review: Earthquakes in Diverse Places, Trump and Netanyahu at UN, Russia Aids North Korea, and Much More

Aired Friday, September 22, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   55 minutes
  • Mexico suffered a devastating earthquake on Tuesday—this amid a number of recent major quakes and other disasters in several nations. It brings to mind Jesus Christ’s prophecy of a sign of the end of the age.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump gave a bold speech at the United Nations, calling out North Korea and other threats to world peace. What did other nations think?
  • Russia is undermining America’s efforts to punish North Korea economically for its nuclear activity, showing that the real threat the U.S. faces goes well beyond the regime of Kim Jong un.
  • Israel’s prime minister is feeling quite confident and says the world is ready to embrace Israel. What does biblical prophecy say?
  • We’ll also talk about France’s concern over Iran’s nuclear program—political trends in the lead-up to this Sunday’s election in Germany—violent race-related protests in St. Louis—and more—on the next: trumpet hour.

#236: The Rise of Religion in Geopolitics, the Pope and Climate Change, Palestinian Unity? and More

Aired Wednesday, September 20, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   58 minutes

• As the threat from Islam grows, Europeans are increasingly identifying themselves as Christian, and saying Europe needs to return to its Christian cultural roots. We’re watching this trend play out throughout politics in Europe, especially in Germany.
• Pope Francis—the leader of over a billion Catholics—says that anyone who isn’t convinced that greenhouse gas emissions cause hurricanes and other weather disasters is being STUPID. And he is proposing a radical solution to the problem.
• After 10 years of political division between two separate governments, the Palestinians look like they’re making moves to RECONCILE the Palestinian Authority and the Hamas administration that governs the Gaza Strip. What might this mean for the future of Israel?
• And finally, we’ll talk about the NUMBER ONE LESSON that we can learn from family—and it’s probably not what you think.

#235: Week in Review: Russian War Games, Calls for U.S. of Europe, Italy’s Deal With Libya, U.S. Wildfires, and Much More

Aired Friday, September 15, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   56 minutes

• Russia has started its biggest military exercises since the end of the Cold War this week in Belarus. It’s another aggressive move that has Europeans nervous, and wondering if all those troops will go home once the war games end.
• The President of the European Commission this week laid out his vision of Europe’s future, and despite Britain choosing to leave the unification project, Eurocrats are still going full steam ahead.
• The flow of migrants from Libya into Italy slowed dramatically last month—and it turns out it was because of a shady deal Europeans made with some unsavory groups within Libya.
• We’ll also talk about terrorism in London—the environmental disasters in the United States you didn’t hear about because of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma—the real meaning behind sanctions against North Korea—how Hezbollah’s budget has quadrupled since the nuclear deal with Iran went into effect—and how opioid addiction has quadrupled just since 2000.

#234: Trumpet Hour: Transgender Child Rearing, Turkey’s Pivotal Role, American Spiritualism and More

Aired Wednesday, September 13, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   55 minutes

• More and more psychologists are telling parents that you need to encourage gender fluidity in your children, and they’re getting the backing of the law on their side. We’re going to talk about why this is actually a form of child abuse.
• The nation of Turkey is at a crossroads. Its president is moving the nation from being secular to being Islamic, reevaluating alliances and bolstering the military. What is Turkey’s future? We’ll look at history and biblical prophecy for the answer.
• A new poll shows a big increase in the number of Americans who consider themselves spiritual—but not religious. What does that mean exactly, and why should we be concerned about it?
• And finally, we’ll talk about a terrific way to grow as a person: by helping others to grow.

#233: Week in Review: Hurricane Irma, Israel Attacks Syria, North Korea Tests H-Bomb, China Undermines Dollar, and Much More

Aired Friday, September 8, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

• Just days after Hurricane Harvey destroyed Houston, Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, and is poised to devastate Florida.

• Facing greater pressure from Iran, and receiving no help from other nations, Israel reportedly launched airstrikes yesterday against a chemical weapons facility in Syria.

• North Korea tested its first thermonuclear weapon, which has far more destructive potential than the five nuclear weapons it has tested to date. This could jeopardize the South Korea-U.S. alliance and change the balance of power in Asia.

• China has announced its intent to launch a new gold-backed oil benchmark. Economists say this could upset the current economic order by undermining the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.

• We’ll also talk about the Trump administration’s effort to end DACA—and an archaeological find in Jerusalem that could underscore the Bible’s account of what happened when the kingdom of Israel was taken captive by the Assyrians.


#232: Trumpet Hour: The Danger in U.S. ‘Anti-Fascist’ Movement, Israel Drills for War, Dealing With Chronic Disease and More

Aired Wednesday, September 6, 2017   ·   09:00 AM CDT   ·   58 minutes

• Division within the United States is growing deeper and more violent with the rise of radical leftist groups like Antifa. The numbers involved in their demonstrations may seem small, but there is a reason we need to watch this trend closely.

• Israel is responding to Iran’s increased presence in Syria and Lebanon by mounting drills for a mock war against Hezbollah terrorists. Are we about to see another Lebanon War?

• Chronic disease like cancer and diabetes is responsible for almost two thirds of deaths in the world. Modern medicine is working to treat the effects of these diseases, but what can we as individuals do to address the causes, and reduce our risk for these diseases?

• And finally, we’ll talk about a really bad reason to do physical exercise.


#231: Week in Review: Hurricane Harvey, KT zu Guttenberg, North Korea Provokes Japan, Germany Repatriates Gold, and Much More

Aired Friday, September 1, 2017   ·   04:00 PM CDT   ·   54 minutes

• North Korea launched a ballistic missile over Japanese airspace. This provocative move could be just the impetus Japan needs to push its program of remilitarization to its next level.

• Germany has brought back all its gold from France and the United States three years ahead of schedule. This has economists speculating about whether Germany is bracing for major economic upheaval.

• Signs are increasing that Iran is putting fresh impetus into its designs on attacking the Jewish state of Israel and conquering Jerusalem.

• We’ll also talk about Hurricane Harvey—the political return of Karl Theodor zu Guttenberg in Germany—evidence that the Antifa movement is working to ignite a civil war in America—an update on Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine—and how the “monuments must go” movement has spread to Australia, where people vandalizing statues of that nation’s historical heroes.

#230: Trumpet Hour: Why Houston Is Flooding, Islamic State Looking for Holy War, Missing Nuclear Weapons and More

Aired Wednesday, August 30, 2017   ·   08:00 AM CDT   ·   58 minutes

• Flooding in Houston, Texas, is fulfilling the worst of the worst-case scenarios. Why is this happening? We’re going to seek an answer to that question from the Bible.

• The Islamic State in the Philippines just released a video calling for the assassination of the Pope, and holy war against the Catholic Church. Are we going to see a modern-day repetition of the Crusades?

• There are thousands and thousands of nuclear weapons in the world. What would happen if one of them went missing? The truth is that dozens have gone missing, and there is a chance that one could resurface in a devastating way.

• And finally, we’ll talk about a wonderful power you have and should exercise every day.