English: “What’s Going On?” May 2016
From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English
Letters and e-mails have come in from all over the world in response to our expanded broadcasts. As many of you know, Your New Life Station now broadcasts from our new transmitter in the Indian Ocean region as well as from KNLS in Anchor Point, Alaska, USA.
One listener sent us an mp3 file of Your New Life Stations’ English Hour from his radio receiver in India. And the signal from the Indian Ocean facility was quite strong!
English language listeners now have two choices.
One is the long-running and previously mentioned International English hour from Your New Life Station—which is broadcast six times daily. The sound is much like that of radio station from the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or English-speaking parts of Asia.
The other is our new English for Africa broadcast, African Pathways, produced by Henry Huffard. It has more of a general African sound, and primarily directed toward listeners in Sub-Saharan Africa. More information about African Pathways is available via www.africanpathways.org.
Your New Life Station’s parent organization, World Christian Broadcasting, now broadcasts programs from six language services: Arabic, Chinese, English for Africa, International English, Russian, and Spanish.
Thanks again for those of you who have responded to our broadcasts!
The Pacific Rim and Southwest Asia
The Pacific Rim and the Indian subcontinent and southwest Asia provide the reasons Your New Life Station broadcasts the International English Hour. The Pacific Rim 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. Outside the U.S.—most locations are on standard time rather than daylight time all year. 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 six hours ahead. And Tokyo is seven hours ahead of UTC.
You can also use this website or our listener website, www.knls.org to listen to 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 May, English Hour listeners will hear new music from The Chainsmokers featuring Daya, Sigala featuring Imani and DJ Fresh, Hailee Steinfeld, and Selena Gomez.
Souder & Friends
It may bring a smile or it may bring a tear. Award-winning videographer Larry Souder continues his series of fascinating people and interesting places. He brings them to radio for Your New Life Station with his series Souder & Friends.
Nineteenth-century U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is admired by people everywhere. Dennis Boggs plays the part. We hear about his struggle with alcohol on the May 12th edition of Souder & Friends.
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 May 2016:
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.