In Russia—Christmas will be celebrated January 7, 2018. Countries that follow Christian Orthodox traditions are guided by the older Julian calendar. The modern January 7 corresponds to December 25 on the Julian calendar. In 1582, Pope Gregory changed the calendar to compensate for the previously unaccounted-for minutes in Earth’s yearly orbit around the sun. This brought about changes in leap years, and brought consistency to the dates of the changes of seasons. Most of the international community adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752. Most countries, including the USA, celebrate Christmas on December 25, which is now consistently close to the winter solstice (summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.) And Your New Life Station’s English Hour follows the international (Gregorian) calendar.
Christmas, as long as anyone can remember, has been a mixture of faith and fun. The origins of these traditions are too varied and numerous to cover in this space.
For the 2017 Christmas holiday season, Your New Life Station will carry the best mix of faith (remembering the birth of Jesus Christ) and fun (Santa Claus and gift giving) in our music and feature stories—along with the everyday music and features listeners are accustomed to throughout the year.
On December 10 and 11, Paul Ladd will interview the producer of the movie The Star. This offbeat animated flick of faith-based fiction looks at the nativity from the viewpoint of the animals. It could be subtitled “How the Animals Saved Christmas.” It stars the voices of Kelly Clarkson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Tyler Perry, and Oprah Winfrey—among others. Also featured will be the movie’s theme song by Mariah Carey.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day will have all Christmas music. The week before Christmas will feature our Advent series of songs during Profiles in Christian Music. And our God’s Money series, which runs on Mondays, will deal with money management during the holiday shopping season. And yes, Santa Claus will make an appearance or two during the month of December on Your New Life Station.
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. (The U.S. returns to daylight saving time on March 11, 2018). 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 November, you’ll hear new music from Bebe Rexha featuring Florida-Georgia line, Clean Bandit featuring Julia Michaels, Kygo featuring Justin Jesso, NLF, Nick Jonas, Rita Ora, and Taylor Swift.
Souder & Friends
Souder & Friends will feature encore presentations of the series’ holiday classics. These include “Christmas Tree Lady,” “Santa’s Workshop,” “Christmas Memories,” and “New Year’s Walk of Life.”
News to Know
The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and news about religion and social issues. 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 December, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Wonder and Coco, and new song “Wolves” by Selena Gomez featuring Marshmello, promotional music single “Gorgeous” by Taylor Swift, and Eminem’s Walk on Water album.
Upcoming Reports for December 2017:
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.