December 13—Northwestern Media, in conjunction with Trans World Radio (TWR), recently dedicated two new radio transmitters in Guam. The partnership with TWR began last year to purchase and install the two 250,000 watt transmitters enabling the gospel to reach into Indonesia, China, Mongolia and Asia, the South Pacific, Japan and the Philippines, and parts of Southern India and Sri Lanka. An estimated ten million people listen to the broadcasts from Guam. This new signal will mean millions more.
“This gives TWR the opportunity to touch even more lives with the good news of Jesus Christ,” said TWR President Lauren Libby. “We thank God for the privilege of increasing our spiritual footprint in Asia.”
TWR is more prepared for Asia’s transition to digital broadcasting set to occur in the next few years. They are now able to reach listeners across Asia long into the future. Reception is excellent anywhere, from large cities to thick forests.
The replacement transmitters:
- More than double TWR’s power
- Help TWR signal to reach into China’s house churches, where people gather to listen in groups
- Consume less electrical power and reduce operating costs
- Allow TWR’s shortwave broadcasts to continue reliably for another 10 to 15 years
- Reaching both rural areas and large cities with a strong “near FM” quality signal
- Reducing the fading and interference possible with an analog signal in noisy cities
- Being prepared for Asia’s transition to digital broadcasting, scheduled to take place in the next few years
Dr. Cureton, President of Northwestern College, along with Dr. Paul Virts, Vice President for Northwestern Media, and Neil Stavem, Program Director for Faith Networks, traveled to Guam to be a part of the dedication ceremony hosted by TWR President, Lauren Libby. The official dedication broadcast can be heard on Faith 900.
TWR partnered with Northwestern Media, along with Moody Radio in Chicago, Ill., KCBI-FM in Dallas, Texas, and thousands of individuals around the globe, to raise money for the purchase and installation of the updated transmitters.
From left to right: Neil Stavem, program director of Northwestern College Faith Network; Scott Hollinger; Lauren Libby; Colin Lambert, vice president of Moody Broadcasting; Alan Cureton, president of Northwestern College; Mike Tirone, vice president and general manager of KCBI, Creswell Radio Network