1 minute video highlighting the "Christian Music Videos" television program

Project History

In 1996 we were producing a college talk show series called, "Campus Generation". Its purpose was to evangelize the campus of Western Michigan University where I worked. To minister to college-aged students, we thought it might be a good idea to include a music video segment within each episode where we'd feature one Christian music video. We did a little research on how to obtain the videos and permission to air them on the show. Once "Campus Generation" ended, we shelved the music video permission contracts in the hopes that in the future, we could do something similar. One day I was sitting at home flipping through channels and happened upon a show called, "Solid Rock Videos"; an hour long weekly series featuring Christian music videos. As it turned out, the show was airing on our local public access station. Unlike our talk show series, this entire program was packed primarily with music videos. It was then that God planted the seed for us to create our own Christian music video series. So we got in touch with our video providers sharing the idea with them. After retooling the contracts, we began producing "Christian Music Videos" in 1997. It began airing exclusively on our public access station, but soon broadened to a network of 15 television stations including Satellite and Cable. At the height of its run, we were reaching potentially over 25 million households with the show. As the years passed, the show went through several renditions, hosts, and lengths. When it landed on the national satellite network, Sky Angel, we settled on a 28 minute, 30 second length which has persisted to this day. KTF Productions aired 100 episodes from 1997-2000, then I decided it was time to cancel the series. There wasn't any spiritual or even practical reason to cancel it. I just felt it was time to focus on other projects. Pre-2000, the show was time consuming to create. During the 4 years that "Christian Music Videos" was off the air, I began to reflect on how powerful that ministry was. Besides the fan mail we received from viewers wondering what happened to the series, I quickly realized that a weekly television series that reaches into the homes of potentially millions of viewers was probably our best effort to accomplish the mission of KTF Productions. So I considered what it might take to bring the series back even better and more streamlined than we'd done it before. As technology advanced, as well as my editing workflow, I formulated a plan to reboot the series. This time we would air a new episode every single week. In 2005, we relaunched the series with new hosts, a show mascot and a workflow that would accommodate a weekly deadline. It took a while to rebuild the audience, but God has done an amazing work with the series. Now, instead of reaching potentially 25+ million households, we're only reaching 14+ million. But the response from viewers has been amazing. Now that we're back on the air, I've decided to make a personal pledge that I'll continue to produce episodes of "Christian Music Videos" until which point I no longer can. After 16+ years on the air and over 700 episodes produced, I see no signs of slowing.

Purpose

The purpose of CMV is simple; to reach as many as possible with the gospel in the hope of planting seeds which God may use to change lives.  We do that primarily by sharing 5-6 Christ-focused music videos in every episode. Besides that, each episode features a scripture-based devotional along with opportunities for viewers to send in prayer requests, enter to win free Christian CDs, or even send in their own Christian music videos for playback on the show. CMV has seen several spin off versions in an effort to reach beyond the television screen. We've produced, "Surgeon's Scriptural Prescription", a collection of devotional segments repurposed for the internet; "CMV Mobile", an internet version of the television show featuring independent Christian artists; and "Christian Music Podcast", an audio-only series featuring independent Christian artists. In each version of the show, the focus remained the same. CMV is unlike similar shows of its kind because we don't focus on the artists themselves. Our focus is on Jesus. Each video is screened and vetted for it's Christian merit as well as its professional quality. Our effort has, and always will be, to reach hearts with the gospel. And the best way to do that is by being as professional as we know how, and by remaining focused on the reason for the series, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

CMV Extra Video & Interview

Take a look at what goes into making an episode of CMV (6:43)

Take a look at what goes into making an episode of CMV (6:43)

Hear from CMV host, Surgeon (3:21)

Hear from CMV host, Surgeon (3:21)

project Promos

CMV Mobile Promo (:38)

CMV Mobile Promo (:38)

CMV Facebook Promo (:24)

CMV Facebook Promo (:24)

Christian Music Podcast Promo (:31)

Christian Music Podcast Promo (:31)

KTF Produced Music Videos

"Angels In The Air" (5:43) & "Hit You With A Flower" (4:07)

"Angels In The Air" (5:43) & "Hit You With A Flower" (4:07)

"Hey Judas" (3:19)

"Hey Judas" (3:19)

"Heavens Open Wide" (4:19)

"Heavens Open Wide" (4:19)

"The Victory Is Mine" (4:38)

"The Victory Is Mine" (4:38)

Show Credits

Production Credits

CURRENT CMV HOST
David M. Evans (Surgeon)

FORMER CMV HOSTS
Katie Reeves (Katie)
Leah Predum (Leah)
Thuy Nguyen (Thuy)
Holly Otis (Holly) 
Chris Secondi (Shef)
Manny Melendez (Manny)
Suzanne Drews (Suzanne)

VOICE OVER ARTIST
Anthony Gettig
Marte Cole

FORMER VOICE OVER ARTIST
Haleigh Yerrick
Michael Evans

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Jeannene Evans
David M. Evans

CAMERA/TELEPROMPTER OPERATOR
Jeannene Evans

FORMER TELEPROMPTER OPERATOR
Garrett Robinson

VIDEO EDITOR
David M. Evans

This series is created for the glory of Jesus