English: “What’s Going On?” May 2016

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Two Celebrities—Two Paths

In June, episodes of Souder & Friends will feature two different celebrities—whose lives have taken two different paths.

One is known worldwide. But his life ended tragically almost five decades ago. Jimi Hendrix is remembered in a variety of ways, and Larry Souder will interview one collector of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia. The story of Jimi Hendrix and other music artists who died too young will run June 16th on Your New Life Station.

The other celebrity is a household name in the region around Nashville. Rudy Kalis has been on WSMV-TV (Channel 4) for more than four decades. Rudy has interviewed his share of international celebrities. He spends his spare time sharing his keys to success, which came despite people telling him he would never amount to much. Larry will interview Rudy for the June 23rd edition of Souder & Friends.

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia

The Pacific Rim and the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim that part of the Eastern Hemisphere that encompasses the English-prevalent countries of the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand. Additionally—English is widely spoken in Indonesia. And English is the official language of government and commerce in the southwest Asian countries of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.

Your New Life Station’s broadcast schedule makes use of Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), a 24-hour system also known as Greenwich Mean Time. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central Time (CDT) is five hours behind. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time rather than daylight time all year. Karachi is five hours ahead of UTC. Mumbai and New Delhi are five-and-a-half hours ahead.  Manila, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Kuala Lampur are six hours ahead. And Tokyo is seven hours ahead of UTC.

You can also use this website or our listener website, www.knls.org to listen to the English Hour if you’re not into shortwave radio. You can also access the broadcast through the KNLS app on your mobile device or through Google or Safari.

The English Hour is the Asian continent’s source for the music of our time and the message of all time. While we work to provide a geographical balance in the topics we feature, news about the USA is of great interest to many listeners around the world. The English Hour does tell stories about life in the United States and the state of Alaska, where the KNLS transmitter is located. Two of the programs are titled The American Highway and Postcard from Alaska. They often include a discussion of “American” principles—principles rooted in Christianity that are universally understood and applied. And our Eye on the World stories often show the interdependence of the Eastern and Western Hemispheres.

Since our target audience is mostly non-Christians, our content is different from a typical Christian format station in America. While we provide our share of positive, uplifting content, some of our programming also provides an honest look at the dark side of life on Earth. Indeed, some program segments may raise questions that a thoughtful truth seeker will ask. And other segments, such as the Bible or Christian lifestyle lessons, serve to answer those questions.

Music to Love

Music is a universal language. Probably 80 per cent of the world’s pop tunes are sung in English, and are enjoyed by people everywhere, many who are themselves not proficient in English. The English hour features your favorite songs of the 80’s, 90’s, and today. International pop charts show that your favorite music is also the favorite of people who are culturally diverse—whether in Nairobi, Sydney, Singapore, or Jakarta.

The songs are pop, rock, r & b, and occasional hip-hop and country music that crosses over to the pop charts. The English Hour generally features music by artists from the U.S., the U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Lately, music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In June, English Hour listeners will hear new music from 21 Pilots, Adele, Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, Delta Goodrem, The Goo-Goo Dolls, Justin Timberlake, Lukas Graham, One Republic, Pink, and X Ambassadors.

Souder & Friends

It may bring a smile or it may bring a tear. Award-winning videographer Larry Souder continues his series of fascinating people and interesting places. He brings them to radio for Your New Life Station with his series Souder & Friends

News to Know

The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and religious news. Kelly Ann Monahan has the latest developments in medicine, science, and computer technology. Paul Ladd provides special reports about diverse topics, religious and secular. Doug Poling provides commentary on the news from a Christian perspective on Today’s News & the Good News. And Bob Waliszewski of Focus on the Family provides Plugged-in reviews of the latest movies, music, and computer games.

Upcoming Reports for June 2016:

  • His Indianapolis Colts won the 2007 Super Bowl with Peyton Manning at quarterback. Coach Tony Dungy speaks with Paul Ladd about winning the right way.
  • Paul also interviews Christian music artist Mark Smeby. Listeners will find their banter amusing.
  • Which of the planet’s cities are most polluted? Kelly Ann Monahan has the answer, which may surprise you.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on research in the undersea crater thought to have been formed by a dinosaur-killing asteroid and the latest research about silent heart attacks.
  • Marcy Bryan reports on Apple Computer’s efforts to establish a foothold in India.
  • Marcy also reports on the careers of 60 Minutes reporter Morley Safer and actress Madeline LeBeau—who played in Casablanca. Both died recently.
  • Jonathan the tortoise got a bath, probably for the first time in his life. How many years did he have to wait? Doug Poling has the number, which has more digits than you might expect.
  • Doug also reports about a U.S. police officer who saved three lives in two weeks.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Alice Through the Looking Glass, Angry Birds, and new songs “Unsteady” by X Ambassadors and “I Love Me” by Meghan Trainor.

A Message to Live

This is what we’re about and why we’re on the air and on the internet. Our mission is to present the lessons of the Bible, including and emphasizing the Good News in an interesting, non-threatening way.

Ongoing Series

  • Andy Baker’s Prayer Lesson
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Eye on Religion-Archaeology Emphasis with Marcy Bryan
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Immersed in Life with Greg Taylor
  • Journeys in Faith with Larry Souder
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Living with Conflict with Greg Taylor
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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