English: “What’s Going On?” July 2017

From Rob Scobey, Senior Producer for International English

Byron Pitts-ABC News

There are three kinds of people. Those who will succeed no matter what. Those who will fail no matter what. And those who will succeed or fail—depending on who helps them.

Those were the words of the grandmother of Byron Pitts—who has succeeded as a news anchor and reporter for ABC News. He puts himself in the third category as one who succeeded because of the support of his family. He’s written a book titled Be the One in which he encourages readers to be the one who helps someone else succeed.

Byron speaks with Paul Ladd in a three-part interview that will be broadcast on Your New Life Station July 14, 21, and 28.

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 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 July, English Hour listeners will hear new music from David Guetta featuring Justin Bieber and Imagine Dragons.

Souder & Friends

Larry Souder tells Your New Life Station listeners about fascinating people with stories of fun and faith. In July—Larry introduces us to a recovered alcohol and drug addict.

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 July, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movies Megan Leavey, Cars 3, Transfomers, the Last Knight, and the pop song “Bad Liar” by Selena Gomez, as well as the albums After Laughter by Paramore and Witness by Katy Perry.

Upcoming Reports for July 2017:

  • In addition to his interview with Byron Pitts of ABC News, Paul Ladd also concludes his interviews with Lauren Green of Fox News and long-time country music artist Bill Anderson.
  • Russia is colluding with North Korea to start a ferry service between the two countries. Marcy Bryan reports.
  • You can have your ashes--or those of someone you’d like to send out of this world--put aboard a spacecraft. Marcy Bryan reports about that, too.
  • And Marcy also remembers actor Adam West of TV Batman fame, and southern rock artist Greg Allman.
  • Dermot Cole reports about an unusually high number of bear attacks in Alaska—one involving a high-school student competing in a cross-country race.
  • Dermot also reports the possible effects of Trump administration policies on oil exploration in Alaska.
  • Does the U.S. have the capability to shoot down missiles launched from overseas? Kelly Ann Monahan reports.
  • Kelly Ann also reports about research that could lead to the development of a flying car.
  • Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haran has released some of its school girl captives. But what about ones who were not released? Doug Poling reports.
  • If you’re born today in the U.S., you can expect to live to age 101. Doug Poling has the results of a study.
  • Doug also reports about the discovery of the hottest-known planet in the universe.

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
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Ian Taylor
  • Direction with Rubel Shelly
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • Jim Daly commentary
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Living with Conflict with Greg Taylor
  • Profiles of the New Testament with Bob Borquez
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • The God Who Makes Himself Known with Bill Young
  • Today’s News & the Good News with Doug Poling
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder