In Memoriam: Mike Kellogg

NRB | June 29, 2023 | Member News

Michael S. Kellogg, former Moody Radio announcer and personality, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 25, at the age of 81.

Kellogg was born on September 26, 1941, in Detroit, Michigan and is an alumnus of Cedarville University (then known as Cedarville College).

Kellogg, a resident of Valparaiso, Indiana, was best known for his role as senior announcer at Moody Radio and host of “Music Thru the Night,” which, aired from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. Kellogg, the original host of the nighttime broadcast from its inception in 1982, skillfully merged profound scriptural perspectives, uplifting narratives, and soul-stirring melodies. For many years, Kellogg was a trusted broadcasting voice who reminded listeners of the comforting words of Christ throughout the quiet hours of the night. He was often noted as a “friend in the night.”

In addition, he hosted the “Today in the Word” program, a daily two-minute broadcast. He was also a featured columnist for the broadcasting company’s devotional Today in the Word. Kellogg’s 42 years of broadcast ministry at Moody Radio began in 1972 and concluded when he retired in 2014.

Over the course of his career, Kellogg extended his educational influence by instructing students in English, speech, and oral interpretation at Moody Bible Institute. He also demonstrated his artistic versatility by directing and performing in numerous engaging radio dramas between the 1970s and 1990s. Notably, he contributed vocal talent to the recorded adaptations of the New Living Translation.

Kellogg had been married to Nancy Smith since 1965, with whom he had six children and ten grandchildren.

Kellogg was inducted into the NRB Hall of Fame in 2015–– NRB’s most prestigious award presented to an individual NRB member for invaluable contributions to the field of Christian communications, an exhibition of the highest standards of excellence, and evidence of faithfulness to Christ.

“This induction to the 2015 NRB Hall of Fame is an honor,” said Kellogg in an interview with Charisma News in 2015. “A very long time ago, I gave my life to Christ with a passion to please Him. I enjoyed organizing words and articulating them with the sensitivity of a voice created for Him.”

“The gifts and tools are from God….the Glory His!” Kellogg added.

Hear a special Moody Radio tribute to the life and legacy of Kellogg here. Moody Radio has been an NRB member since 1961. To learn more about Moody Radio, click here.

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