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Bernie Miller: On The Air with God

Bernie was a radio personality and a fixture of the Mo-Town scene of the 70's and 80's, but he was missing peace in his life. Read Transcript


Reporter: BERNIE MILLER'S

LOVE FOR RADIO STARTED

WHEN HE DELIVERED THE

NEWSPAPER TO A RADIO STATION

IN BALTIMORE.

HE CALL THE ATTENTION OF

JAMES BROWN AT WEBB, WHO

ASKED BERNIE TO RECORD A

PUBLIC SERVICE

ANNOUNCEMENT.

BERNIE WAS ONLY 15, AND HE

WAS HOOKED.

I WAS A DISEMBODIED

VOICE.

I LOVED BEING BEHIND THE

MICROPHONE AND NOT BEING

SEEN, AND DOING THINGS AND

SAYING THINGS IN A CERTAIN

WAY THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE

PEOPLE.

Reporter: BY HIS 20s,

BERNIE WAS LIVING OUT HIS

WILDEST RADIO DREAMS, AND

WORKING FOR A TOP THREE

MARKET IN CHICAGO.

HE WAS SWEPT UP IN A

WORLD-WIND OF SUCCESS,

MONEY, AND GLAMOUR.

MY LIFESTYLE IN THE RADIO

BUSINESS WAS FAST LANE,

FILLED WITH A LOT OF DRUGS,

GROUPIES, AND A LOT OF

MONEY, TOO, CAN BE MADE.

WHAT YOU DO WITH THE MONEY

IS ONE THING, AND WHAT YOU

DO WITH THE GROUPIES WAS

ANOTHER THING.

IT WAS CALLING UP PROS

SUBSTITUTES AND HAVING --

PROSTITUTES, AND HAVING

PEOPLE COME OVER AND USING

AND ABUSING DRUGS.

IT IS A DOG EAT DOG WORLD.

AND I HAD TO BE ACCLIMATED

TO THAT.

WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU USED

THINGS TO GIVE YOU A BOOST.

I USED COCAINE TO GIVE ME A

BOOST.

I USED MARIJUANA TO RELAX.

IT IS SUCH A VICIOUS CYCLE.

Reporter: HE WAS

OFFERED A JOB IN NEW YORK,

ANOTHER TOP THREE MARKET.

DURING THAT TIME, HE BEGAN

TO WRITE MUSIC, WITH CREDITS

SUCH AS "I CAN'T TAN STAND

THE RAIN."

I REMEMBER THE ROYALTY

CHECK THAT I HAD GOT.

IT WAS LIKE $19,000.

I HAD NEVER SEEN THAT MUCH

MONEY IN MY ENTIRE LIFE.

I USED EVERY DROP OF IT ON

DRUGS.

Reporter: IN 1987, SONY

RECORDS OFFERED BERNIE A

POSITION AT V.P. OF A AND

R.

HIS SIX-FIGURE SALARY AND

MILLION DOLLAR BUDGET WAS

ALL HE THOUGHT HE EVER

WANTED.

BUT ONE DAY BERNIE REALIZED

IT WASN'T ENOUGH.

I WOKE UP AFTER BEING

THERE FOR A YEAR AND SAID,

IS THIS IT?

I WORKED ALL THESE YEARS TO

GET HERE, AND THERE IS

SOMETHING MISSING.

THERE WAS A VOID IN MY

LIFE.

THE NIGHT BEFORE, I KNEW I

WAS WATCHING AN X-RATED

MOVIE, AND I KNEW THAT.

I DON'T KNOW IF I ROLLED

OVER ON THE REMOTE

CONTROL -- I DON'T KNOW WHAT

HAPPENED -- BUT I WOKE UP

THAT MORNING AND I TURNED

THE TV ON AND IT WAS "THE

700 CLUB."

AND THERE WAS SOMEONE ON

THERE SAYING THERE IS

SOMEONE WHO IS STRUGGLING

RIGHT NOW.

AND YOU ARE AT A POINT IN

YOUR LIFE WHERE YOU HAVE

MADE IT, YOU'VE DONE ALL OF

THE THINGS YOU'VE WANTED TO

DO, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING

THAT IS MISSING.

AND I WANT TO TELL YOU THAT

THAT SOMETHING MISSING IS

JESUS.

AND HE PURPOSELY PUT A

CHRIST-SHAPED VACUUM IN YOUR

LIFE.

THE NEXT THING I KNEW, I WAS

ON MY KNEES, ASKING THE LORD

TO COME INTO MY LIFE AND TO

SAVE ME.

THERE WAS A TOTAL

PERSONALITY CHANGE, SO TO

SPEAK.

I FOUND MYSELF NOT WANTING

TO DO THE THINGS I USED TO

DO.

I ASKED THE LORD TO TAKE THE

TASTE OF CIGARETTES AND

ALCOHOL AND ANY OTHER

SUBSTANCES OUT OF MY

TASTEBUDS.

AND HE DID.

AND AS I THINK ABOUT THAT

MOMENT, THINGS HAVE CHANGED

IN MY LIFE.

Reporter: AFTER BERNIE

GAVE HIS LIFE TO CHRIST, HE

FOUND IT DIFFICULT TO

CONTINUE HIS WORK WITH THE

RECORD LABEL.

THE NEXT YEAR, SONY DECIDED

NOT TO RENEW HIS CONTRACT.

AND BERNIE MILLER MOVED TO

CHATTANOOGA TO BECOME A

CHRISTIAN RADIO ANNOUNCER.

EVENTUALLY BERNIE ATTENDED

SEMINARY AND BECAME A

FULL-TIME PASTOR.

ALL OF THE GOLD RECORDS,

ALL OF THE FAMOUS PEOPLE

THAT I'VE KNOWN MEAN NOTHING

TO ME COMPARED TO THE

RELATIONSHIP I FOUND BY

WATCHING "THE 700 CLUB."

AND ANYONE WHO'S HURTING,

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS WANT

JESUS.

AND WHEN I WAS AT THE TOP OF

MY CAREER, I DIDN'T REALLY

NEED ANYTHING, BUT THERE WAS

A VOID IN MY LIFE.

YOU KNOW, YOU HAVE A LOT OF

MONEY, YOU'RE VERY

SUCCESSFUL, BUT ALL OF THOSE

THINGS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING

TO YOU.

AT THE END OF THE DAY, YOU

TILL HAVE A VOID IN YOUR

LIFE.

AND THAT VOID IS A

RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS

CHRIST.

THAT'S THAT SAME VOID THAT I

HAD.

AND YOU WON'T BE HAPPY UNTIL

YOU DO WHAT I DID, AND THAT

IS, ASK HIM TO BE YOUR LORD

AND SAVIOR.

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