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

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English


William F. Buckley, Jr.-Conservative Intellectual

One man pushed a little old lady in front of a bus. Another pushed her out of the way of the bus. It can truthfully be said that both men pushed a little old lady. Yet, one man did evil. The other did good. This is the way conservative intellectual William F. Buckley, Jr. illustrated the fallacy of the idea of “moral equivalence” between the work of the KGB and the CIA.

Some call Buckley “the godfather of American conservatism.” Buckley, who died in 2008, is remembered by Fox News correspondent James Rosen, who authored a book of Buckley’s remembrances titled A Torch Kept Lit. Buckley kept company with the likes of Ronald Reagan, Winston Churchill, Elvis Presley, John Lennon, and Martin Luther King, Jr.  Rosen is interviewed by Paul Ladd in a two-part series. The series will run on Your New Life Station on January 2 and January 9.

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 Standard Time (EDT) is four hours behind UTC; Central 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. Lately, music artists from all over Europe have found their names on or near the top of international pop charts.

In January, English Hour listeners will hear new music from Alan Walker featuring Noonie Bao, Daya, Louis Tomlinson (formerly of One Direction) and Steve Aoiki, Lukas Graham, Rihanna, Robin Schultz and David Guetta, and Sia,

Souder & Friends

Can we trust the Bible’s account of the creation of the world? The founders of The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky believe we can. And they share it with anyone who cares to drop in. Larry Souder takes Your New Life Station’s listeners on a tour on the January 5th 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 January 2017:

  • A number of celebrities in entertainment and world affairs died in late 2016. Marcy Bryan remembers Fidel Castro, and actors Florence Henderson and Robert Vaughn.
  • Marcy also reports on the unwitting role of the rock group Nickelback in the transport of newly-arrested prisoners.
  • Is material wealth good for your health? Kelly Ann Monahan report on the latest study.
  • Kelly Ann also reports on a food service offered by Amazon, Google’s new photo scanning app, and Facebook’s efforts to eliminate fake news from its website. Will Alaska get a new gas pipeline? Dermot Cole reports.
  • Dermot also reports on the way global climate change is affecting Alaska.
  • If you’ve engaged in incidents of road rage—you may be able to blame your parents! Doug Poling reports the findings of a study on Today’s News & the Good News.
  • Doug also reports about an elderly man who was not satisfied just to tend to his own knitting.
  • Bob Waliszewski reviews, for family friendliness, the songs “Better Man” by Little Big Man and “I Don’t Want to Live Forever” by Zayn and Taylor Swift, and Bruno Mars’s 24 Karat Magic album.

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
  • Author’s Journal with Dick Brackett
  • Believers’ Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Eye on Religion-Archaeology emphasis with Marcy Bryan
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Proflies of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Promises with Bob Borquez
  • Questions that Deserve Answers with Larry Souder
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • The God Who Makes Himself Known with Bill Young
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder

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