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

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English

Can a Christian Succeed in a Highly Visible Career?

They’ve both been successful in their broadcasting careers. Megan Alexander is national correspondent for the long-running TV show Inside Edition. Eric Boling is co-host of the Fox News show The Five. Both are Christians who’ve been successful in highly-visible careers. They’ve worked with colleagues that are not always friendly to Christians and Christian values. Both Megan and Eric speak with Paul Ladd about the ways a Christian can succeed in the workplace. While these interviews don’t address the active physical persecution Christians suffer in some parts of the world—they do offer insight into ways a Christian can win over co-workers and others who are indifferent or unfriendly. And they offer valuable insights for those concerned about the cost of being or becoming a Christian.

Paul’s three-part interview with Eric Boling will run on three consecutive Mondays, starting November 14. The three-part interview with Megan Alexander will be part of our First Person series. It will run on three consecutive Wednesdays starting November 30.

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. When some parts of the world return to standard time for the winter, Eastern Standard Time (EST) is five hours behind UTC, and Central Standard Time (CST) is six 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 November, English Hour listeners will hear new music from 21 Pilots, Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Daya, and John Legend.

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 and who is one of Santa’s helpers at Christmas time. In one Texas shopping mall this November and December, many people—especially children-- will mistake him for Santa Claus!  His role as Santa will be the subject of Souder & Friends during the holiday season.

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 November 2016:

  • Have scientists discovered the way to slow down or even stop aging? Doug Poling reports on the latest breakthrough on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • Look good or go home! Doug also reports on a Los Angeles night club that only admits people the gatekeepers consider attractive.
  • It’s the missing Zodiac sign! Now there are 13! If you follow your horoscope—Kelly Ann Monahan reports you may have been following the wrong sign. She has the latest findings by NASA astronomers.
  • Morning sickness may be a good thing for pregnant women and their babies. Kelly Ann also reports the latest findings about that.
  • Sesame Street has reached TV in Afghanistan. Marcy Bryan reports.
  • Marcy also remembers Israeli statesman Shimon Peres—who died recently.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Deepwater Horizon, I’m Not Ashamed, the pop music song “Cold Water” by Major Lazer, and the albums Illuminate by Shawn Mendes and Oh My by One Republic.

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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