English: “What’s Going On?” July 2016
From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English
Summer Travel Season
July is generally the heart of the travel season in the Northern Hemisphere—especially in Europe and North America. By the day the U.S. celebrates its independence, July 4th, tourist attractions and points of interest are quite busy. As part of the summer season, Paul Ladd will take Your New Life Station’s listeners to Philadelphia and to Branson, Missouri.
In Philly—listeners will visit the place where artists learn how to tap into their abilities. Paul takes us to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the oldest art school in the U.S., on July 3rd, 10th, and 17th.
In Branson, we hear the sounds of a stage show the makes the Bible come to life. The world-class production is called Moses. And it’s about the leader of the early Israelite nation. The show Moses runs in Branson through October. Your New Life Station’s listeners can hear about it and other shows produced by Sight & Sound productions on July 4th, 11th, and 18th.
The feature stories from Philadelphia and Branson are part of Your New Life Station’s American Highway series.
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 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 Time (CDT) is five 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 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 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. Lately, music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.
In June, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Clean Bandit featuring Louisa Johnson, David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson, Daya, Galantis, Jennifer Lopez, and Shawn Mendes.
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. On July 21st, Larry will remember the life and career of Muhammad Ali.
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 July 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.