English: “What’s Going On?” March 2017
From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English
Spring is arriving here in the Northern Hemisphere. Fall is arriving for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere.
The headquarters of World Christian Broadcasting, the parent organization for KNLS-Alaska and Madagascar World Voice—is located in Nashville, in the southeastern region of North America.
During most of January and February, virtually the entire eastern U.S. experienced weather that was much warmer than the 100-year average. Many days this winter—I haven’t been sure whether to wear long or short sleeves.
Do the data prove that Planet Earth is getting warmer? And is there a particular side of the issue that reflects a Christian worldview?
When one reads the Bible, the reader will find that the Bible is silent with regard to 21st Century global climate. And reasonable people will disagree about the ways Christian principles apply to the issue.
From time to time, program segments on KNLS and MWV will address climate change and other issues that call for a response from the scientific or political communities. And the people who address the issues will not always agree with each other.
We provide different ideas so you can decide for yourself about debatable issues. The views you hear expressed on our broadcasts may or may not reflect those of World Christian Broadcasting managers and board members.
Broadcast frequencies will change on Sunday, March 26 for both KNLS and Madagascar World Voice. Listen for changes toward the end of the month or consult this website.
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 also 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 March, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Imagine Dragons, James Arthur, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley, Kelly Clarkson, Noah Cyrus (sister of Miley) featuring Labrinth, and the Vamps.
Souder & Friends
Larry Souder tells Your New Life Station listeners about fascinating people with stories of fun and faith. He’s built an underground solar house. In March, we meet Adam Turtle, who calls himself a Beatnik. And Souder & Friends will feature a powerful segment about Nashville’s Inner City ministry.
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 March, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movies The Great Wall and the Oscar-nominated Lion.
Upcoming Reports for March 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.