WRGN/Sweet Valley, PA celebrates its 37th birthday TODAY.
As WRGN goes into its 38th year of broadcasting the Good News to northeastern Pennsylvania, general manager Tim Madeira credits the goodness of God, the ingenuity and forward thinking of the station’s founder, Burl Updyke, and the faithfulness of WRGN’s volunteers and supporters for 37 years of ministry. Burl Updyke was a pioneer in Christian radio automation, and along with his wife Shirley, founded not only WRGN, but a sister missionary station in the US Virgin Islands, WIVH.
Since taking over as general manager in 2011, Tim Madeira (pictured at left) has sought to continue the legacy in ministry the Updykes started. “I started at the station as a volunteer while I was still in college, even before the station went on the air after hearing the stations test signal from the transmitter building. I scheduled my classes around my work at the station so I could be there as much as possible.”
Over the years, WRGN has grown from its single transmitter to adding six translators that now cover much of northeastern Pennsylvania. “The Lord has really blessed the ministry, and everything has been done debt free, which is really unusual in this business”
Madeira said. “It’s a privilege to do something for the Lord that really impacts the community. The unity the station has brought to the body of Christ in this area is wonderful to see.”