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For the first time, TWR’s national partner in Côte d’Ivoire, Radio Evangile, is operating its own radio station in the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire.
The Rev. Abdoulaye Sangho, now TWR international director for West and Central Africa, first applied for an FM license with the government of Côte d’Ivoire in 1996. He had just arrived as the first staff member in the nation and in West Africa for TWR, also known as Trans World Radio.
Radio Evangile, originally sought a license to operate in Abidjan, the country’s largest city at 6 million. But he was told there simply were no frequencies available, Sangho said in an interview. Finally, a license was approved for the city of Yamoussoukro, the country’s third-largest city at 600,000. But Yamoussoukro is Côte d’Ivoire’s new capital city and is expected to grow rapidly, Sangho said. It’s also centrally located.
Although the new station has been on the air only since July 22, Radio Evangile already was a familiar voice in Côte d’Ivoire. Its programs are aired on other Christian stations, including those owned by SIM (Serving In Mission), Assemblies of God churches and Methodist churches.
The population of Côte d’Ivoire is 50% Muslim and 41% Christian, according to the 2019 Report on International Religious Freedom. Sangho, who grew up Muslim near Timbuktu in Mali, said the two faiths co-exist peacefully in Côte d’Ivoire.
MyBridge based in Lincoln, NE has purchased the tower and transmission equipment from another local Christian station that went off the air because of financial difficulties earlier this summer. An asset purchase agreement filed with the FCC on Tuesday, Aug. 2, indicates that MyBridge will pay Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting $40,000 for KNGN/McCook (1360 and K252FV/98.3). The purchase does not include the studio facilities.
KNGN included a 1 kW AM station and 250 watt FM translator. The AM license was originally established by KICX in 1961.
WHIF/Palatka (Hope FM) has been busy collecting school supplies from local businesses this week. Station employees are donating all the supplies to each of the eight elementary schools.
WHIF GM/mornings Robin Robinson called the back-to-school supply drive rewarding. The radio station employees managed to collect enough supplies to fill 365 backpacks, she added. “It’s hard for teachers to teach if kids come with nothing,” Robinson said.
Grammy Award-winner TobyMac is having a free, one-night only, 360° immersive audio and visual experience of his brand-new album “Life After Death” on Aug. 25th.
Hosted at Nightscape in downtown Nashville, fans can expect a one-of-a-kind experience as they enjoy the colorful artwork from the record via 360° projection mapping, spatial audio and customizable pixel lighting. TobyMac will personally share his story of writing the album, highlight special tracks and moments along the way, and offer exclusive merch only available that night.
“Life After Death” is set to release Aug. 19 and features 15 tracks, including previously released songs “21 Years” and “Help Is On the Way (Maybe Midnight),” which went No. 1 on five charts, including the Billboard Christian Audience chart, and held on to No. 1 at Hot AC for 13 consecutive weeks. Also featured is “Promised Land,” the third-most-added song at Christian radio in 2021, which peaked at No. 2 on the AC Indicator and AC Monitored Charts, and Top 5 on Christian Airplay. Along with the newly released hit track “The Goodness,” additional digital singles include “Everything About You (feat. Marlee)” and “Show Up Choose Love (feat. Jon Reddick).”
WPER/Fredericksburg attended the HEAV Homeschool Convention in Richmond VA recently. 1000’s of people attended workshops, seminars with encouraging speakers and shopped in a FULL convention hall for curriculum for the upcoming school year.
WPER Listener Engagement Director Allison Mayberry tells HisAir, “WPER was blessed to be there to speak with our listeners and meet families who have never heard of the station before. Families downloaded the WPER App and the kids made 100’s of Butterfly Hugs that will be sent to sick and struggling people across the United States, including nursing homes, cancer centers and more. We can’t wait to go back next year!”
Juan Carlos Reyes 8 years at KBNJ/Corpus Christi
Cassie Conley 4 years at WRXT/Roanoke
Rachel Rinehart 2 years at WHIF/Palatka
Missouri based online station KNMG celebrates 10 years
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