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THE MISSION

Take a few minutes to watch our 2014 video. You’ll learn the latest on our programming, our mission, and our plans for the future.

TSUNAMI WARNING SYSTEM

TAKES A STEP FORWARD

Remember the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004?  23,000 people in 14 countries lost their lives when that tsunami hit, inundating coastal communities with waves 30 meters high.  It was one of the deadliest disasters in modern history. 

What if those villages had had a warning of even 15 to 20 minutes?  For years we have been hoping and dreaming that when Madagascar World Voice becomes operational, it (and KNLS) could become a part of the worldwide system to warn of disasters such as tsunamis.  That dream is coming closer to reality. 

World Christian Broadcasting is a member of the High Frequency Coordinating Council (HFCC), the association of international broadcasters that manages and coordinates frequencies for stations outside the United States.  When our station in Madagascar is up and running, it will look to the HFCC for direction as to what frequencies are available at what times.   

The HFCC has just joined the CDAC Network (Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities).  The CDAC has just run the first test of a new disaster warning system.  This new system is called “International Radio for Disaster Relief,” and it’s designed precisely for the purpose of enabling shortwave radio stations (like ours) to broadcast vital information to populations affected by disasters.   

Many people have known that shortwave radio has had the potential to be a communication tool in emergencies, but until now nobody has put the system in place for this happen.  Now—at just the time that Madagascar World Voice is about to become a reality—the “International Radio for Disaster Relief” consortium is already in the testing stage.  Very soon it will become a permanent part of global shortwave coordination, and World Christian Broadcasting will look forward to offering our round-the-world services to enable it to function even better than the first tests suggested.   

The great benefit of shortwave technology is that it is disaster resistant: if a tsunami (or some other impending disaster) is located off the coast of Indonesia, we can get out the word from our stations thousands of miles away in Madagascar and Alaska.  This is just one more reason we are eager—more than eager—for our Madagascar station to become a reality!

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THAT DISTANT SOUND

COMES FROM RADIO

Shortwave broadcasting was pioneered by Marconi in the early 1920’s, and was immediately put into use by warring nations in World War I—mostly for propaganda purposes.  By the 1930’s many stations were operating including Radio Moscow, the Voice of America, Vatican Radio, HCJB in Ecuador, Radio Ceylon, and others.  Through the years more and more governments and religious groups have vied for frequency space.  In recent years the Chinese government, especially, is dedicated to increasing its shortwave propaganda presence throughout the world. 

Shortwave signals bounce off the ionosphere, so can travel over the curvature of the earth.  AM and FM do not have that capability, so for long-distance transmission (in the words of Nirmal Ghosh, Indonesia Bureau Chief of the Singapore Press) “shortwave is king.”

Afghani Men Listening to Shortwave Radio

Ghosh continued, “From the high mountains of Nepal to the rice fields of Sumatra and Sri Lanka, the distant sound of a voice or music that you hear in the silence of late evening still comes from a radio.  Hundreds of millions of people across half the planet still rely on little radio sets, which far exceed television sets and vastly outnumber Internet connections, to keep informed.  The receiver doesn’t need a cable point or satellite dish or even electricity; a small battery-powered radio will do. . . . Local FM radio stations and Internet service providers can be shut down by the authorities, but it is difficult to shut down shortwave radio.” 

All praise goes to God for the 31 years World Christian Broadcasting’s KNLS shortwave station has been operating out of Anchor Point, Alaska.  Millions of people throughout Russia, China, and the Pacific Rim (as well as many others throughout the world) have benefitted from our programming.  Only God knows how many have heard the words, turned to the Word, and have given their lives to Jesus.  And only God knows how many will hear and respond once our Madagascar station is up and running!  We live in a badly damaged world that desperately needs Good News!

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Andy Baker, Vice President - Development      World Christian Broadcasting
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