English: “What’s Going On?” July 2016

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Summer Travel Season

July is generally the heart of the travel season in the Northern Hemisphere—especially in Europe and North America. By the day the U.S. celebrates its independence, July 4th, tourist attractions and points of interest are quite busy. As part of the summer season, Paul Ladd will take Your New Life Station’s listeners to Philadelphia and to Branson, Missouri.

In Philly—listeners will visit the place where artists learn how to tap into their abilities. Paul takes us to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the oldest art school in the U.S., on July 3rd, 10th, and 17th.

In Branson, we hear the sounds of a stage show the makes the Bible come to life. The world-class production is called Moses. And it’s about the leader of the early Israelite nation. The show Moses runs in Branson through October. Your New Life Station’s listeners can hear about it and other shows produced by Sight & Sound productions on July 4th, 11th, and 18th.

The feature stories from Philadelphia and Branson are part of Your New Life Station’s American Highway series.

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 is 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 all year rather than daylight time. 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 hear 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 Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson, David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson, Daya, Galantis, Jennifer Lopez, and Shawn Mendes.

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. On July 21st, Larry will remember the life and career of Muhammad Ali.

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 July 2016:

  • Women make up the majority of U.S. voters. And author Penny Nance says female voters don’t think as much alike as some would have us believe. She speaks with Paul Ladd.
  • Paul also interviews author Shelley Gray, whose latest book A Daughter’s Dream is about a school teacher who leaves her comfort zone to pursue her dreams.
  • Is it the magic bullet that cures cancer? Doug Poling reports on the latest research in immunotherapy.
  • Doug also reports on a grave digging contest in Hungary.
  • Coffee won’t give you cancer. But super-hot coffee might. Kelly Ann Monahan reports on the latest findings.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on U.S. efforts to build a “fence” to intercept unwanted objects in orbit around Earth.
  • Alaska will finally get some new icebreaker ships. Dermot Cole reports.
  • Dermot also reports on the global effect—good and bad—of carbon dioxide released by melting permafrost in the world’s polar regions.
  • It stands taller than other forms of transportation in China—literally. Marcy Bryan reports on the Transit Explore Bus—which—in a manner of speaking—rolls over the rest of the traffic.
  • Marcy Bryan also reports on Volkswagen’s legal settlement over its tampering with emission control systems.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Finding Dory, Free State of Jones, and pop songs “Just Like Fire” by Pink and “Toothbrush” by Nick Jonas.

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
  • 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
  • The God Who Makes Himself Known with Bill Young
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unexpected Gifts with Bob Borquez
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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