English: “What’s Going On?” October 2016

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Hillbilly Elegy

He proudly embraces the label “hillbilly.” And he says elements of the culture found in America’s small towns and rural areas are not unlike those found in the impoverished neighborhoods of inner cities around the world. Author J.D. Vance made his way out of a small, working class industrial town in Ohio to earn a law degree from Yale. He credits his grandmother and his service in the U.S. Marines with setting him on the right path. In his book, Hillbilly Elegy, Vance discusses ways that its relatively privileged readers can help America’s forgotten poor. He shares his thoughts with Paul Ladd and Your New Life Station’s listeners. The interviews will run on consecutive Mondays, October 10th and 17th.

The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia

The Pacific Rim, 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 eight hours ahead. And Tokyo is nine hours ahead of UTC.

You can also use this 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 August, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Calvin Harris, James Arthur, Leon, Meghan Trainor featuring Yo Gotti, Mike Perry featuring Shy Martin, Sia featuring Kendrick Lamar, and Shawn Mendes.

Souder & Friends

It may bring a smile or it may bring a tear. Award-winning videographer Larry Souder continues his radio series of fascinating people and interesting places. One of the fascinating people is our own Dick Brackett. Dick, who’s played Bozo the Clown on TV, will be the subject of Souder & Friends in October. And Larry will take Your New Life Station’s listeners to a musical stage play based on the life of Holocaust survivor Corrie Ten Boom.

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 October 2016:

  • “Get in the boat now! This is NOT Uber!” Marcy Bryan reports on rescues of Louisiana flood victims by the Cajun Navy--a quickly-formed group of volunteers.
  • Honeybees may yet survive. Marcy also reports that beehives are now being allowed in major cities. And these hives are mostly unaffected by the mystery plague that’s affecting rural hives.
  • Marcy also reports about the persecution of Christians in Cuba and North Korea. And she remembers golfing legend Arnold Palmer.
  • Is global warming for real? Kelly Ann presents the latest numbers from NASA.
  • Speaking of NASA—Kelly Ann reports on a year-long experiment in Hawaii to simulate conditions astronauts will face on Mars.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on the latest studies about hormone replacement therapy and breast cancer as well as the latest findings about the way melanoma skin cancer spreads.
  • It was not a typical bachelorette party. What was different and who got the benefits? Doug Poling reports on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • Doug also reports the latest in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence.
  • Paul Ladd interviews an actress and a producer involved in two faith-based movies. You’ll remember the actress if you saw Fireproof.
  • And Paul interviews the grandson of the founder of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Sully and Storks,  the pop music song “Perfect Illusion” by Lady Gaga, and the Tyler Perry TV show Too Close to Home on TLC.

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
  • Believers’ Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • 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
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Proflies 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
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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