General Information for Guests

Contact Names and Numbers

The following is a list of staff members you may be speaking with before your arrival. To reach any of the persons below, call 3ABN at 618-627-4651 and dial the respective extension number.

Production Center Studio A
Production Center Studio B
Programs Recorded at Uplink Center Studio

General Information

Clothing

For technical reasons, please avoid wearing garments that are predominantly red or white. Also, please avoid clothes that have narrow, high-contrasting stripes or alternating dark and light colors. We ask that men wear suits or slacks with nice shirts, and women wear dresses or skirts. Please be sure to avoid short skirts and low cut tops.

If you are taping a cooking program, you may wear a pant suit if you will feel more comfortable. Because of difficulties in trying to attach microphones, please avoid turtleneck and crewneck sweaters. Button down shirts are best. If in doubt, please feel free to bring an extra change of clothing.

Jewelry

Due to the conservative nature of our audience, we ask that you refrain from wearing jewelry of any kind, including broaches and wedding bands.

Make-up

Due to studio lighting, a slight paling in skin tone may be visible, making the use of cosmetics necessary. If you are planning to do your own make-up, we ask that you use it conservatively while taping. Please be aware that you will be checked by our make-up person for final approval, and if necessary, your make-up will be touched up. If you will not be doing your own, a person will do it for you before the program. If you normally do not wear make-up, please do not panic. This make-up will be relatively light and will not be colorful.

Children

Please be aware that our studios are technical facilities and because of that there is a real danger to unsupervised children. Since 3ABN has no childcare facilities, we ask that you make prior arrangements for an adult to be with your children at all times.

Telephone

You may make credit card, calling card and collect calls from any of the phones that are not in use. If receiving calls from family and friends while staying at 3ABN, please have them call (618) 627-4651. Please do not give out our 800 number for personal calls, as this line is used exclusively for prayer requests, counseling and orders. Many of our guests assume that 3ABN pays a flat fee for 800 calls, but the fact is that we pay by the minute for calls received on this line.

Food / Gas

Most guest rooms have kitchen facilities available in or near them where you can prepare your own food. 3ABN is located in the town of Thompsonville, which has a small convenient store for groceries and gas. You will find restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations in West Frankfort and Benton, both of which are about 10 miles away. Please note that 3ABN has no cafeteria services available and cannot provide food for our staff or guests.

Travel/Lodging Information

Airports

Most people who travel by air fly into Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri. The airport is approximately 2 hours from 3ABN (see map). Guests either rent a car at the airport, or use the BART Transportation limo service. For BART call (800) 284-2278 at least 48 hours prior to pick-up. Please let us know if you are using BART Transportation and we will arrange to pick you up at the West Frankfort drop-off point.

There is also a smaller airport in Marion, Illinois, that is slightly more expensive to fly into. It is serviced by commuter planes only, and is approximately 30 minutes away. 3ABN will provide someone to pick you up at the Marion airport if prior arrangements are made.

Autos

3ABN is about 5-1/2 hours south of Chicago, Illinois, and 3-1/4 hours northwest of Nashville, Tennessee. If you are traveling north on Interstate 57, take exit 63 at West Frankfort (Route 149). 3ABN is about 10 miles east of West Frankfort on the south side of the highway.

If you are traveling south on Interstate 57, take exit 71 at Benton (Route 14), heading east. At the Benton traffic circle continue east on Route 34. Stay on Route 34 until it intersects with Route 149 at Thompsonville. After making a right turn onto 149, continue for about one mile until you see 3ABN on the south side of the highway (on your left).

You may also wish to download a more detailed map for guests, in Adobe PDF format.

Hotels

If a guest room is not available, you will need to make arrangements to stay in one of the local motels at your own expense. Please mention 3ABN for special rates at the following motels.

  • Days Inn, Benton • 618-439-3183
  • Super 8 Motel, Benton • 618-438-8205
  • American Best Value Inn, West Frankfort • 618-932-2171
Guest Rooms

We have a limited number of guest rooms which we provide free of charge on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Please make arrangements as soon as possible to ensure your reservation. Please keep in mind that your room(s) can only be held for the nights immediately before, during, and after your tape dates. Pets are absolutely not permitted in the guest rooms.

Guest Room Courtesy

Please remember that guest rooms are also private homes. Incoming calls should be limited to between 7 am and 10 pm. Please treat our hosts and rooms as you would if they were your guests and your home.

If you are delayed and will be arriving later than expected please let us know. During normal business hours call 618-627-4651 ext. 3014 and after business hours call Master Control at ext. 3064.

If you have any questions, please contact Dee, at 618-627-4651 ext. 3014.

Guest Room Information

3ABN Apartments

The 3ABN apartments are located on Angel Lane. This is a paved road that connects with both Routes 149 and 34. The apartments are closer to 34. The street iS marked with a county road sign at both entrances. We do try to ensure that a porch light is turned on at the apartments when guests are arriving after dark to help them locate the correct apartment. All apartments are at ground level.

Direct-dialed long distance calls will not go through as there is no long distance carrier assigned. If you wish to make long distance calls, you will need a phone credit card or a pre-paid phone card.

If you discover anything that needs attention, please call Dee during business hours at 627-4651, ext. 3014, or after hours call Master Control at ext. 3064

A1 (618) 627-2493
One bedroom apartment with queen bed, efficiency kitchen with two-burner stove and small refrigerator.

A2 (618) 627-4232
One bedroom apartment with queen bed, efficiency kitchen with two-burner stove, and small refrigerator.

A3 (618) 627-4299
Two bedroom apartment with queen and twin beds, and full kitchen.

A4 (618) 627-4031
Two bedroom apartment with queen and twin beds and full kitchen.

A5 (618) 627-4252
One bedroom apartment with two double beds, efficiency kitchen with two-burner stove, and small refrigerator.

A6 (618) 627-2946
One bedroom apartment with queen bed, efficiency kitchen with two-burner stove, and small refrigerator.

A7 (618) 627-2545
Two bedroom apartment with queen and twin beds and full kitchen.

Coats Guest Rooms

Angel Lane Road

The COATS lowers level apartments are located on Angel Lane. This is a paved road that connects with both Routes 149 and 34. The apartments are closer to 34. The street is marked with a county road sign at both entrances. We do try to ensure that a porch light is turned on at the apartments when guests are arriving after dark to help them locate the correct apartment.

C10
Queen bed, private bath, efficiency kitchen with two-burner stove and small refrigerator.

C11
Queen and twin bed, private bath, efficiency kitchen with two-burner stove and small refrigerator.

Johnston Guest Rooms

3189 Charley Good Road • 618-627-2799

The Johnston Guest House is located on Charley Good Road just down from the 3ABN Production Center. Park in the driveway and take the outside stairs located off the back side of the carport to reach the guest rooms through the private entrance. This guest home has a community phone line for both hosts and guests. There are phones in each of the guest rooms for private use.

B8 • Bedroom with queen bed, living room, full kitchen between apartments shared.

B9 • Bedroom with queen and twin beds, living room, full kitchen between apartments shared.

Hilderbrand Guest Rooms

The Hilderbrand Guest House is located on Angel Lane.

D12
Queen bed, private bath and full kitchen shared with D14 & D15

D14
Queen bed, shared bath with D15 and full kitchen shared with D13 & D15

D15
Two twin beds, shared bath with D14 and full kitchen shared with D13 & D14