Next morning Benny launched “Religion Talk” on the maiden voyage KKKS had been spotting for the last three weeks.
He began the show by speaking of Kirkland’s deeply-felt, long-standing need for an enlightening but lively radio show on the topic of religion. He went on to acknowledge his lifelong interest in the subject, taking care not to mention his excommunication from the Amish community and his adventures under the church pews with Lucy. He told about his recent sojourn in California, where, he said, he had spent two weeks visiting various synagogues, cathedrals, charismatic churches, mosques, Buddhist monasteries, and spiritualist mentors, taking care not to mention the imaginary episode in which he had gotten in touch with the mother he had never known. He spoke glowingly of his experiences with a New Wave church and of the many services it had to offer, taking care not to mention that he was on its payroll.