English: “What’s Going On?” August 2017

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


Eclipse Fever

Hotel rooms in and around Nashville are already booked. And traffic is expected to be heavy around sites expected to provide the best viewing of this once-in-a-lifetime event. On August 21st—many people in the U.S. will be able to witness a total eclipse of the sun. You may be among the numerous international travelers who will be in the U.S. to share the experience. Numerous Nashville tourist attractions will host watch parties; some will have experts available to answer questions.

Total solar eclipses occur somewhere on Earth about every 18 months. But they occur much less frequently over populated areas. The path of totality is about 70 miles/110 kilometers wide. The path of the 2017 eclipse stretches from Salem, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. The path of totality will be right over Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville is the most-heavily populated city in the path. The headquarters of World Christian Broadcasting is just south of Nashville, and our location will experience 99.9 per cent totality. Skies will turn dark and the temperature will drop for about two minutes—starting at about 1:27 p.m. Central Daylight Time. (18:27 UTC). Anyone who wants bragging rights of having experienced 100 per cent totality needs to be at least 10 miles/16 kilometers north of our Franklin, Tennessee headquarters. (The house where I grew up in East Nashville is in the path of 100 per cent totality.) And if skies are overcast—then preparations to view the eclipse may be pointless.

It is crucial to wear proper eye protection when viewing the eclipse. And we urge all eclipse watchers to research the specifics of proper protection. Your New Life Station will have preview reports by Kelly Ann Monahan on August 17th and on August 21st. The August 21st report includes warnings about taking proper precautions if you choose to look at the eclipse.

Just as the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980 is history’s most-studied volcanic eruption because it occurred in the U.S.—the 2017 total eclipse may be the most-studied because it will occur over the U.S.

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 Daylight 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 use this website www.worldchristian.org 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. But music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In July, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Clean Bandit featuring Marina & the Diamonds, Olly Murs & Louisa Johnson, and Rudimental featuring James Arthur.

Souder & Friends

Larry Souder tells Your New Life Station listeners about fascinating people with stories of fun and faith. In August, Larry takes us to the Chapel of Peace, which was built by a businessman who was always on the job during traditional times of Sunday church services.

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.

In August, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movies War for the Planet of the Apes, and Dunkirk, and the pop song “Praying” by Kesha, as well as the album Evolve by Imagine Dragons.

Upcoming Reports for August 2017:

  • In addition to her reports about the August 21st eclipse, Kelly Ann reports about DART—an experiment to divert an asteroid from its path—thus providing protection against asteroids headed toward Earth.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on research to determine a possible connection between shingles and heart disease.
  • This year’s Star Wars movie will have a new director. Marcy Bryan reports about the choice of Ron Howard.
  • Marcy also reports about a new jet that may reduce the cost of private plane travel.
  • He’s of Christian music’s superstars. And he suffered the loss of a child in a tragic accident. Steven Curtis Chapman is interviewed by Paul Ladd.
  • Paul also takes listeners to a bit of aboriginal Australia in Nashville, USA.
  • Attending church may help you live longer. Doug Poling reports the results of a study.
  • Doug also reports on the raid of a church in mainland China.

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
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • Jim Daly commentary
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • 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
  • Today’s News & the Good News with Doug Poling
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder
  • You Might Be Too Busy If… with Paul Ladd and Gary Holloway