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

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English

Hope in Conflict

We find it everywhere. On the streets. In the work place. Even in the inner circle of the family. It is conflict. And it taints every facet of human life. In our newest series, Larry Souder offers insight on ways to find hope in conflict. Thus the title of this series authored by Damir Kramaric. Hope in Conflict offers a mix of Bible teaching and practical advice that anyone--regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey--can relate to. The series will run on consecutive Wednesdays starting September 6th.

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 websites www.worldchristian.org or 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 Andy Grammer, Axwell & Ingrosso, Coldplay featuring Big Sean, Dua Lipa, James Arthur, Katy Perry, Macklemore featuring Skylar Grey, Portugal The Man, Pink, and Robin Schultz featuring James Blunt.

Souder & Friends

Larry Souder was once offered a role in a movie. But his church needed him to direct a project with a schedule that conflicted with his cinematic opportunity. What did he do? He tells us on the September 14th edition of Souder & Friends.

She’s performed with country music legend Bill Anderson. Susan Meredith Byer tells us of her professional and spiritual journey in a two-part Souder & Friends—scheduled for September 21st and 28th.

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 pop song “Praying” by Kesha, as well as the albums 444 by Jay-Z and Sacred Hearts by Foster the People.

Upcoming Reports for September 2017:

  • 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.
  • She ran the 100-meter dash in just over 40 seconds. And she’s 101 years old! Doug Poling reports on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • If you know how to protect Earth from alien threats—you can make a decent salary working for NASA. Doug also reports on this latest job opening.
  • Dermot Cole reports about what Alaska is doing to protect its population from threats both natural and man-made. One report concerns dangers from earthquakes and tsunami. The other is about defense against the threat of North Korean missiles.
  • Marcy Bryan and yours truly will remember country music legend Glen Campbell. I’ll share my brief encounter with him on a Nashville golf course.
  • Marcy also reports about a new data center that Apple wants to open in China.
  • Coffee may lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes. Kelly Ann Monahan reports.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on a breakthrough gene editing technique that could prevent sudden heart attacks among athletes.

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
  • Believer’s Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Paul Taylor
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • Hope in Conflict with Larry Souder
  • Jim Daly commentary
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • 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