English - What's Going On?
ENGLISH:  "What's Going On?" January 2018
Rob Scobey
Sr. Producer, International English

Happy New Year 2018! 

A new year always seems to approach before we’re ready. But Your New Life Station stands ready to bring listeners new programming as well as the best of what we have stored in our AudioVault. 

You may have noticed that each English hour has about dozen different voices. These voices include our outstanding news correspondents that bring listeners recent important news stories and relevant commentary about the stories. Our thanks to Dermot Cole, Doug Poling, Kelly Ann Monahan, Lloyd DeVries, Marcy Bryan, and our senior correspondent Paul Ladd. These are the fine people who bring us our news to know, in addition to our music to love and message to live. 

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. (The U.S. returns to daylight saving time on March 11, 2018). 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 websites www.worldchristian.org  or 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 January, you’ll hear new music from Demi Lovato, Imagine Dragons, Julia Michaels, MK, and Walk the Moon.  

Souder & Friends

Larry Souder has recently recorded interviews done as part of his Stories of Amazing Grace series. SOAG interviews are recorded in front of a live audience at his church—the Madison Church of Christ in Nashville. These will soon be produced as segments for Your New Life Station’s Souder & Friends. While we wait—listeners will be treated to classic S & F segments including the vertically-challenged Joy Boyz and the Flea Circus. Tune in on Thursdays! 

News to Know

  • The English hour features reports about topics of current interest. Marcy Bryan reports about entertainment, business, and news about religion and social issues. 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 January, Bob reviews, for family friendliness, the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and music albums Perception by Christian rapper NF (whose song “Let You Down” has crossed over to the pop charts) and Songs of Experience by U2. 
  • Upcoming Reports for January 2018: 
  • If you become detached from your spacecraft while space walking—this spacesuit may bring you back alive. Kelly Ann Monahan supplies this report. 
  • Google is not content with its content. Kelly Ann also reports that the internet search engine is hiring more content reviewers. 
  • And Kelly Ann supplies a report about Facebook’s efforts to define its sexual harassment policies and to help smaller companies do the same. 
  • The church of the Holy Sepulchre is thought to contain the tomb where Jesus was buried. Now archaeologists have determined the tomb is older than skeptics had previously thought. Marcy Bryan reports. 
  • Marcy also reports about a resurgence of bacterial plague in Madagascar. 
  • Doug reports about free haircuts for the homeless on Today’s News & the Good News. 
  • Doug also reports about a restaurateur who provided millions of free meals to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. 
  • It appears that oil drilling will proceed in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Dermot Cole reports. 
  • The Northern Lights are spectacular in Alaska! Dermot also reports about this spectacle in the sky. 

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
  • Believer’s Hall of Faith with Bill Young
  • Bible Archaeology-Proofs from the Earth with Bill Humble
  • Creation Moments with Paul Taylor
  • Family Minute with Brit Ryan
  • First Person with Paul Ladd
  • God’s Money with Steve Maganelles and Don White
  • Groundwire with Sean Dunn
  • Hope in Conflict with Larry Souder
  • Jim Daly commentary
  • I Love Life with Jerry Dahmen
  • Immersed in Life with Greg Taylor
  • Life Stories with Joe Norris
  • Paradoxes with Bill Steensland
  • Profiles of the Old Testament with Royce Kessler
  • Promises with Royce Kessler
  • Refiner’s Fire with Paul Ladd
  • The Big Picture with Steve Diggs
  • Today’s News & the Good News with Doug Poling
  • True Stories of the Bible with Bill Steensland
  • Unforgettable Conversations with Larry Souder 

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