FROM PROMISE TO FULFILLMENT, Part 12.
“God causes all things to work together for good”
This is a continuation of the story of Engineer F. M. Perry’s involvement with the construction and start-up of operation of The World Christian Broadcasting Corporation’s
international short wave radio station KNLS at Anchor Point, Alaska.
April, May, June 1984 -
One bright “midnight sun” evening in July 1983 most of the workers had gone home to catch a little sleep but F. M. was still at the transmitter building. A visitor drove up in his car. F. M. noticed Canadian plates on the car. A young man and young woman were in the car. The young man came in to the building and greeted F. M. explaining that he was seeking the new international short wave radio station being erected at Anchor Point. “Is this it?” he asked. He was a member of a DX listeners club in Canada. He had made this trip into Alaska specifically to find the station and report it back to his club. He also revealed that this was his honeymoon trip as he and the young lady had just recently been married.
F. M. was greatly impressed that the construction of the station was even known in Canada, and even more impressed that a visit to the station would become part of the honeymoon trip of the young man. His name was Mickey Delmage and he was from Alberta Province. F. M. was very happy to tell Mr. Delmage everything he wanted to know about the station and World Christian Broadcasting. F. M spent about an hour with him and showed him everything at the site. F. M. would have given him more time but he thanked F. M. for the information and made his departure. The young lady remained in the car the whole time.
Finally this April F. M. found the results of Mickey Talmage’s visit in an August 1983 article of “Messenger,” the Canadian International DX Club publication. A copy of the article follows below.
The question of how to know the effectivity of KNLS’ "over the north pole" broadcasts to Europe continued to occupy F. M.’s thoughts. He decided to write a letter and mail it to every European DX listener who had thus far written to KNLS, requesting each listener to consider serving as a regular monitor for KNLS. A copy of the letter follows below.
Letters from other DX Listener publications were received with requests for information about KNLS which could be published for their members. Information for articles were sent to:
Mr. Dale Park of Honolulu. Hawaii.
Mr. Jukka Heikinheims of Kerava, Finland.Mr. A. M. Patterson of Poona, India (Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corp.).
Mr. Roger Kirk of Bad Homburg, Germany.
The various functioning elements of World Christian Broadcasting were separated in so many places throughout the United States it seemed to F. M. that there was a need for a newsletter so that everyone could know about how the Lord was blessing the work. Following is F. M.’s first effort at a newsletter telling about the work in Anchor Point.
“KNLS The New Life Station
World Christian Broadcasting Corporation
P. O. Box 473
Anchor Point, Alaska
18 May 1984
“To: The Staff of World Christian Broadcasting Corporation. .
“FROM: The Staff at KNLS, Anchor Point, Alaska.
“Greetings to the far flung staff of WCBC from the staff here at KNLS. Exciting things are happening here every day. Just threading the tapes, and pushing the switch buttons to make good continuous programming is exciting. In fact, the console operator has been known to get "stage fright" when he thinks of the vast audience he has in "every corner" of the earth.
“We are blessed in being first to receive the mail response to our broadcasts. We have received nearly 1, 000 letters since we started broadcasting in July 1983. Many of the letters are from DX listeners seeking confirmation of their reception of the first and only international shortwave broadcasting-station in Alaska. After answering these letters and tabulating the propagation information they reveal, we send them on to Bob Scott in Abilene.
“During the past six months we have received letters from the following countries: Japan (95), Korea (6), Hong Kong (1), People's Republic of China (1), USSR (2), Papua New Guinea (3), Australia (43), New Zealand (19), India (1), Finland (37), Sweden (3), Norway (3), Belgium (1), Netherlands (2), East and West Germany (17), Austria (4), Yugoslavia (1), Italy (2), Malta (Mediterranean Island) (1), Spain (3), Brazil (1), Chile (1), Republic of South Africa (2), Canada (10), and the USA (86). This makes a total of 345 letters in six months, averaging about 58 letters per month.
"We have received many letters from Europe in the past but we were not heard very well in Europe. during the March and April season. A letter from a friendly listener informed us that Radio Algiers was broadcasting on the exact same frequency and crowded out KNLS during that time. We have now changed frequencies for the summer season and we hope Europe has better reception of our 'over-the-pole' broadcasts again.
“During the past two months we have received 17 requests for English language Bible Correspondence Courses and Bibles from around the world as follows: Australia (3), New Zealand (3), Japan (3), People's Republic of China (1), Belgium (1), Malta (1), Canada (2), and the USA (3). "The church here in Anchor Point (of which each person on the KNLS staff is a member) sponsors this correspondence course work as well as two 15 minute English language programs which we produce here at KNLS - 'The Good News in Song' and 'Daily Bible Readings'.
“In mid-April the Anchor Point church was host to the annual Alaska Lectureship. Some 400 christians from Ketchikan to Fairbanks gathered here at the elementary school building in Anchor Point. In spite of a fresh 6 inch snowfall which made our access road (with hill) quite slick, many of the visiting Christians came up to see KNLS.
“Summer is upon us here at Anchor Point although there are still a few snow drifts in shady places. Last night the sun set about 11 PM (Alaska daylight savings time) and rose again about 5 AM. The days will get even longer.
“Several of the KNLS staff members are anticipating vacations this summer. Steve Lockwood, Engineer, is going fartherest afield to the Ukraine area of the Soviet Union. To take his place while he is away, Lavoy Hooker, retired Broadcast Station Engineer from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is with us. Lavoy assisted us in assembly of the transmitter and antennas last summer.
“Susan Ledger, Secretary and Program Technician, got a head start on vacation time by taking a trip to Hawaii in early April. Duanne Hollingsworth, Program Technician, will spend his vacation working on his new house on land right here adjacent to KNLS.
“Victor Hall, Engineer, is starting to build his house on a beautiful site overlooking the Bay near Homer. Kevin Chambers, Chief Engineer, will probably spend his vacation putting finishing touches on his new house in Anchor Point.
“Real Peloquin, Program Technician, who lives in a mobile home right here at the station site, will probably spend his vacation adjusting the new satellite TV receiving system he is installing. Charles Perry, Program Technician, lives in a cabin in the woods near the station site. He may go camping and fishing for vacation.
“I think you will enjoy reading some of the comments from listeners which we have extracted from letters received during the past two months. They are attached to this letter.
“In a later letter I would like to fill-you-in about the work that goes on constantly here at KNLS to improve the transmissions and solve the technical problems that arise. We are also planning the expansion of the station to take place in 1985. Things are never dull here at KNLS.
“We pray regularly for the success of all the rest of the staff of WCBC. We are honored to be your colleagues in this most important work of our lives.
“F. M. Perry
May 18, 1984
EXERPTS FROM LETTERS RECEIVED FROM KNLS LISTENERS DURING MARCH/APRIL 1984.
From New Zealand
"The choice of music heard seems to be very pleasant. I enjoyed the selection of songs by Johnny Mathis very' much. "
“Nice presentation. Welcome to South Pacific fraternity. Praise Christ Jesus for your outreach."
"A program called 'The Good News in Song’ followed which I found was most enjoyable."
"I really enjoyed the old Big Bands and Jazz. Being an oldie myself it's my kind of music."
"We do hope and pray that your transmissions to Russia will bear fruit and may God's richest blessings be upon your station and all staff."
"I was surprised and immensely happy to receive your signal for the first time this evening. I would like to compliment your station on the work it is doing, and for telling me about the scriptures. I learn't a little from your programme ‘Faith for Today.’ I consider it highly important for me to learn of your work, as well as learning more of the Lord and His ministry. I would like to request the free Bible offered, along with the correspondence course and details on KNLS, and secondly I would like to know how I can get a cassette recording of your station. This is a KIWI listener saying thanks for now." (We have sent a recording of "Faith for Today" and "Herald of Truth". The Anchor Point church is sending the free Bible and correspondence course.)
"Keep up the good work of spreading God's word."
"I have picked up your station a number of times and find your station very interesting ."
"I very much enjoyed the program of songs by the choir. I would like to hear more choirs. Thank you for the Bible readings. These are helpful, as the words of the Bible can be heard and taken into one's mind while performing other tasks.. It is also helpful for those who have poor sight or cannot read."
"Please keep up the good work with your missions."
"I must take this opportunity to say that your program called 'Good News in Song' is most unusual and pleasing in format and presentation. I feel the song approach adds that little extra enlightenment to it." .
"The part of the transmission that I heard was quite thought provoking and was presented in a way which makes a person want to listen...Thank you for a worthwhile program. " .
"It was a good programme, which I enjoyed. I will certainly listen again. "
From Papua New Guinea
"As I am a Christian I hope and pray that your station/taking the gospel behind the iron curtain effectively. May the Lord bless and use your ministry for His glory." From New Tribes Mission, Goroka, Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Keiichi Nakata, a 56 year old pianist of Osaka, Japan listens regularly to the Chinese Classical Music program. He has sent us approximately 15 reception reports. He requests that we play MOUAPTNAH Opus 61, by Tchaikovsky.
"Today's jazz program was very good".
"I like popular and jazz music better than rock music. I promise to continue listening to your English program."
An Osaka, Japan listener explained that a Japanese BCL magazine published our frequencies and he tried to receive us. But he could not get us. Then he finally received us. "That is why I had the deep emotion today," he said. "I was enjoying myself to the full today because DJ program have many music of the 1940's."
"I like jazz program. Very interesting. I love jazz. I like Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie .(he named 18 American jazz musicians). Jazz is my teacher." 20 years old, Fukuoka, Japan.
"This is my first time to listen to your English program. Russian program is also good with nice American songs. I will continue to tune your wave from now on."
"I like the best such music. I have almost all the records which were broadcasted by your station, but there are no station that broadcast such a program in Japan. Therefore, your programs are one of the pleasure on Sundays."
"I heard your transmission in Okinawa. I was so excited I didn't get the MHz. Your jazz program featuring Chick Korea was loud and clear. I've shared your transmission with others (I taped it) and they are excited also." From an American military man in Okinawa.
"I enjoyed your Russian program very much for I have been learning Russian for 3 years. Especially I loved "The World of American Music" and "Living Bible". If possible, please send me a Russian Bible." (We have sent the Russian Bible.)
"I don't know about Christianity well and so I can hardly have much interest in your talking programs, but I’m a fun of music, including jazz. It's nice to listen to good music taking a cup of coffee looking sunset. Saitama.”
"Please teach detail of your station. Your program is rather a fun one. I'm looking forward to your broadcasting." From an 18 year old boy, Nagaya, Japan.
"I thoroughly enjoyed your programmes. I promise to continue listening to your English programme."
"I suppose your programs are very interesting for housewife. And the programs will help her. Religious songs are very beautiful. I like those songs. I'll be very glad if you send me your schedule and the Bible Study Guide." Tokyo, Japan.
From South Africa
"I quite enjoyed your programming, especially the jazz music." Bellville, South Africa.
"I enjoyed hearing several hymns being sung by a church choir. Then some questions from radio listeners were answered followed by a message on Christian marriage. I really enjoyed and profited by the program which was new to me. Immediately after the above program terminated your programming switched to the Russian language with a strong signal. My guess was that you were continuing to broadcast the gospel to the Russian people. What a necessary and noble ministry!" From a missionary of the Christian Missionary Alliance, Antofagasta, Chile.
"I am a member of Finnish DX listeners association. We have our own magazine
and I will write about KNLS to our magazine. There is over 2,000 DX listeners who read it." Kiviranta, Finland.
"I would be very thankful to receive written material about it (KNLS) so I could write an article about your station in DX Kuuntely's magazine." From 21 year old, Siilinjarvi, Finland.
From the USA
"I thoroughly enjoyed your broadcast. Keep up the good programs." Jacksonville, Florida. The programming format was different from what I bad expected - the music programs, interspersed with evangelical programming. I liked it." Cadillac, Michigan.
A listener in Columbus, Ohio called us on the telephone to request the World Bible School course.
July, August, September 1984 -
First Anniversary of On-Air Operations Reveal Financial Problem at KNLS - Monthly Deficit of $25,483 from January to June 1984.
On July 23, 1984, exactly one year after FCC authorization to go on-the-air, F. M. received a serious letter from Bob Scott. It indicated that income from donations had not been sufficient to fully fund the far flung operations of World Christian Broadcasting during the first six months of 1984. It had been necessary to negotiate a loan to completely cover expenses. The seriousness of the situation was revealed by F. M. to the KNLS operating staff by the following letter which quotes part of Bob Scotts letter:
“KNLS, The New Life Station
Post Office Box 473
Anchor Point, Alaska 99556
7 August 1984
“To: Members of the KNLS Staff
“From: F. M. Perry, Manager KNLS.
“On July 23, 1984, the first anniversary of the start of operations at KNLS, the WCBC Chief Executive Officer, Robert Scott wrote to me a letter, both of
commendation to all of us, and of concern because of a financial problem. On an attachment to this letter I am quoting the first part of Brother Scott's letter. Below I want to discuss the grave situation occasioned by the financial problem.
“Income during 1984 to finance the operations of the four divisions of WCBC has been considerably less than required to cover operational expenses. This has occurred in spite of the fact that each of the four divisions has kept its expenditures below budget. We are operating at a deficit which, of course, cannot continue indefinitely.
“Brother Scott is optimistic concerning the prospects of achieving the financial goals necessary to keep operations at their present levels. But he asks for the voluntary help of every staff member to curtail expenditures and to raise income as possible.
“I have replied to Brother Scott that we will reduce KNLS operating expenses to the absolute minimum. I am now calling on each of you to take the following steps:
“(a) Make no purchases or expenditures except those specifically requested or approved by Kevin or myself.
“(b) Make no long distance telephone calls except those' specifically approved by Kevin or myself.
“(c) Conserve the use of electricity and heating oil as much as possible.
“(d) Please submit to me any suggestions you may have for additional savings.
“I have also replied to Brother Scott that we will do everything possible to help increase the income to WCBC in the future. I make the following comments and suggestions to each of you.
“(a) Each of us is a ‘vocational missionary’ being supported from a general fund of contributions given for the purpose of broadcasting God's Word. Some of us are partially supported by specifically earmarked funds from certain churches. I would like to encourage each of you to establish such a relationship with a church, or churches, if possible. A church which knows of you and your work with KNLS may be willing to make regular contributions toward your support. Brother Scott offers to assist you in contacting such churches. (I plan to make a plea to three congregations of which I have been a member in the past.) You may write directly to Brother Scott concerning any possible support from churches, or you may come to me and 1 will assist you in contacting Brother Scott about such churches.
“(b) Although Brother Scott made no mention whatsoever of direct financial contributions to WCBC from staff members, 1 would like to suggest that each of us on the KNLS staff make regular monthly donations to WCBC. I do not suggest any specific amount of donation, and I do not want to know your response to this suggestion. You may already be contributing regularly. If not, please make your contributions directly to WCBC in Abilene. Brother Scott, himself, would be greatly encouraged were he to have the knowledge that we are all contributing regularly. And he might use that knowledge to spur others to be more liberal.
“Perhaps of more importance than any of the above measures, we are asked to pray specifically and regularly that Brother Scott and the Development staff may become increasingly effective in communicating with our brethren about the unique opportunity available through WCBC.
“Several donors have made challenge gifts. To qualify for the gifts we must match the challenges 2 for 1. Pray specifically that donations to meet these challenges may be given.
“A special effort is now underway to secure participation in special contributions on A SUNDAY TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD. Brother Scott and others on the Development staff and the Board of Directors are now making telephone and letter contact with 5,000 congregations for commitments to this special fund which will be used to remove the $600,000 indebtedness on the capital equipment at KNLS. Please pray for this effort.
“Pray also for the efforts to secure more individuals and churches to provide monthly gifts to provide for air time and programming costs. This is especially crucial as budget time for 1985 approaches.
/s/ F. M. Perry
“Attachment: Excerpt from letter of July 23, 1984 from Robert E. Scott.
“God has blessed our efforts. Through the work of many committed servants, we have been privileged to experience our first year of operation through Station KNLS since the start of broadcasting July 23, 1983.
“By the grace of God, I pray that we shall be able to continue broadcasting until our Lord returns!
“We are indebted to every person God has used in bringing about this unique opportunity. F. M. Perry and those who worked under him at Anchor Point have done an outstanding job in constructing the station. We are blessed in having F. M. serve as our General Manager at KNLS. He has seven capable persons working under him there. The first year of operation has not been easy, but the personnel at Anchor Point have rendered consistent and competent service.
“Programming continues to present a great challenge. John Fisk has given this vital part of our effort excellent leadership under adverse circumstances. While still preaching for the Chestnut Boulevard church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, John has worked more than 40 hours each week also as our Director of Programming. He supervises 16 other workers. Six work full-time and the other 10 are part-time. Including John, 10 of those employees are at Cuyahoga Falls. Five are in Lubbock, one in Oklahoma City and one in Los Angeles. As you can see, the geographic distribution of participants in programming adds to his difficulty in coordinating those crucial efforts. They aim at producing eight hours of new programming on a daily basis, two and one-half hours each for English and Russian audiences, and three hours for Mandarin Chinese audiences. With very limited facilities this first year, they have been unable to meet that objective. However, within the month they should be in new and adequate facilities at Cuyahoga Falls which should greatly enhance their productivity.
“The Communication Consultants on our development staff span the country. Bruce Huber has wor:ked in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky. Maurice and Marie Hall have traveled over much of the country from California to Michigan on our behalf. However, they concentrate their efforts primarily in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington. Jerry Denman works in Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi, with some work in Kentucky. From February through part of July, Jim Caldwell worked with us in Arkansas and Oklahoma, but recently resigned. The work of these servants is to contact individuals and churches, seeking financial support, and telling them how they can use this unique opportunity in world evangelism.
“Our office staff in Abilene is supervised by Connie Clover. She has guided a succession of full-time and part-time employees in vital daily tasks that help keep the operation going. Two or three people normally handle the incoming mail, record gifts on our computer terminals, and make bank deposits of gifts received. They also handle a large volume of correspondence.
“Bonnie Kuykendall works in our Abilene office but relates primarily to our development efforts. As a development assistant she helps our men who serve as Communication Consultants, following through on the many details pertaining to their work. She also coordinates the details of our monthly mailings and supervises special efforts like our current telephone campaign for A SUNDAY TO HELP CHANGE THE WORLD.
“I want each of you to know how much I appreciate the work you do. It encourages me to know there are servants like you participating in this urgent effort.
“No doubt each person working in this enterprise could name a number of things they might like to have as tools with which to do their work more effectively. Everyone of us has been called upon to make do with less than ideal circumstances. When we began there was no guarantee that our task would be easy. It hasn’t been, and probably never will be. But for those who through faith can see spiritually hungry people being fed the Bread of Life, it will always be worth the effort!
/s/ Robert E. Scott
Shortly after KNLS went on the air F. M. got a letter from a young man named Philip Dampier. His letterhead said “DX Radio Network, Rochester, New York, U. S. A.” He gave F. M. some valuable information concerning reception of the KNLS signals to China and the USSR. He said that he had association with a number of “low power” broadcasters who were broadcasting around the borders of China and the USSR. These broadcasters were trying to get American programming, especially religious programming, to rebroadcast. These “mini-broadcasters” had heard the programs from KNLS and wanted to rebroadcast them unchanged just as they were produced. Mr. Dampier said that his network of little radio stations could give additional airing of the programs to the very countries to which KNLS intended them to go. This service would be free of charge to KNLS. The DX Network especially wanted the programs of KNLS although they already were rebroadcasting a few other station’s programs. F. M. answered the letter from Mr. Dampier and asked him for more information. After much correspondence with Mr. Dampier, F. M. asked Bob Scott to also contact Mr. Dampier to see what he thought about sending cassette tapes of our programming for rebroadcast by the DX Network. Finally early in 1984 F. M and Bob agreed to begin making cassette tape copies of the KNLS programs and sending them regularly to Mr. Dampier in Rochester, New York for rebroadcast by stations in his DX Network.
Mr. Dampier gave F. M. information about Russian and Chinese jamming of KNLS signals and even reported comments that a DX listener had heard on Radio Moscow about KNLS broadcasts. F. M. reported this comment to the FCC as follows:
A shortwave listener reported hearing the following on Radio Moscow “News and Views” (World Service) and on “Soviet Viewpoint” (North American service): “KNLS is a Reagan Administration plot to influence hard working comrades to turn to a false god, to try and create turmoil in our nation of workers helping each other, not some selfish god. The Russian language announcers are ex-Nazis who are out to bring back religion in our state free of all such fairy tales. The staff and management of this propaganda and slander machine are CIA agents working closely with the United States Information Agency and Voice of America, as well as Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, which are all supported by the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency...”
Finally F. M. wrote a long letter to Bob Scott on July 13, 1984 expressing some doubt about Mr. Dampier and the DX Radio Network, and other things on his mind concerning security of station KNLS:
P O Box 473
Anchor Point, Alaska 99556
18 July 1984
“Here are a few thoughts I would like to share with you. I'm composing as I type, so I may ramble a bit that way.
“The big news here is the disclosure in Phillip Dampier's letter that our Russian and Chinese language broadcasts are being jammed by USSR. (I sent you a copy of that letter a few days ago.) Also, Phillip quoted a Radio Moscow broadcast which he heard with Radio Moscow 'blasting' KNLS. (It was in the same letter.) We all feel that we have 'hit the big time' with the USSR giving us this attention and expending the time and money to jam our broadcasts. I feel we should not be surprised. We are dealing in powerful ideas. I am confident that this result of our broadcasts is one that the Lord Himself is bringing about. This news should stir us to work even harder to make every program more effective for those people who do hear them.
“I'm still wondering about Phillip Dampier's DX Radio Network. I do not doubt that this network exists and is doing the broadcasting that Phillip claims. This work that Phillip is doing is not a small one, however. He tosses it off in his letters very matter-of-factly, indicating that he does not have much money to do this work. But he does have to have some money. Where does it come from? All we are furnishing are tapes which cost us about $200 per month. In addition we put quite a bit of time and effort into it. When Phillip gets the tapes he has to put much more money, time and effort into it. And we are not the only broadcaster he is dealing with. And he has many, many field outlets and listening posts that he is working with. I sent you a copy of the first monitoring report for KNLS that he has sent. The tenor of these reports makes me suspicious that they were not initially and primarily prepared for KNLS. We have many monitors who send reports direct to us. There must be a few other people, at least, working with Phillip. They must have some tape copying and dubbing equipment. Their postage alone will run pretty high.
“Perhaps you know the answer to all this but Phillip has written a lot to me to say very little about the DX Radio Network. My suspicion is that he and his organization is supported by the CIA. My experience in Washington, D. C., with the government abroad, and my acquaintanceship with several CIA employees at home and abroad, prompts me to see the possibility of this being true. Phillip is a college boy, 17 years old according to the information sent with his Bible Correspondence Course lessons. He is a person of outstanding ability and knowledge, I believe. He is talented in what he is doing. The CIA has been known to enlist such college students before. Of course, the CIA is interested in information about radio broadcasting, who, what, when, and where. They are greatly interested in our message since it is going into the lands of our enemies. They want to keep track of what the foreign governments think of it and of any jamming that might take place. The CIA, in my opinion, is not hostile to us. And, if Phillip is working for them, it does not preclude it from being the kind of organization he says it is, that is, an organization interested in truth and justice and friendship among nations. I believe we are getting the additional coverage for our broadcasts that he has promised.
“However, if the DX Radio Network is CIA sponsored, then that sheds a light on the Radio Moscow statement that 'the staff and management (of KNLS) are CIA agents.' Not that I think Radio Moscow knows that much. They simply assume it, or do not hesitate to lie about it.
“I hope my reasoning is completely faulty and you may know enough about the DX Radio Network to know that it is. On the other hand, I think it is great that we can live in a country where we might fear that we will get too much help from our own government, not that the government is against what we are doing. But the gospel of Christ we are propagating contains powerful ideas in the lives of people the world over. And the enemies of God are afraid of it.
“Changing the subject, I have felt for a long time that WCBC is a wide spread organization that suffers from lack of information exchange among its far flung employees (Ohio, Lubbock, Abilene, Anchor Point, and several other places where WCBC representatives live and work.) I thought we might do our bit here by sending out a newsletter. It isn't so much that we actually do suffer for lack of information we need to know, but that we suffer because we just don't have opportunity to get together to see first hand what everyone else is doing. It’s a morale problem. We need fellowship in the successes and failures we are all having. (Problems with blank tapes sent to us, other sloppy tape meter readings, etc. might be morale problems with people who spend long hours doing one thing and not getting in on the overall activities.) With good morale and an overall feeling of responsibility, most people would never let tapes be sent out without checking that they were perfect. This applies to us all wherever we are.
“I've sensed that the girls in your office feel left out sometimes. (Perhaps, I’m wrong, but right or wrong, I know that you will take these words as constructive criticism.)
“Anyway, I've written another newsletter, copy enclosed. Now I'm a little hesitant about mailing it out to everyone because I always seem to get onto subjects that are not strictly our job here in Anchor Point. But they are subjects that 1 take great pleasure in reporting and which I do have opportunity to report. I am speaking of the excerpts from listener's letters that I sent out two months ago and which I am prepared to send again. I spend quite a lot of time with the letters and I answer all of them as quickly as possible. We have a reputation tor promptness. The DX listeners feel that they are important to us, I think. In addition, in this enclosed newsletter (16 July 1984) I have reported the USSR jamming and the Radio Moscow commentary on KNLS. It suddenly occurs to me that you might want to limit distribution of this information. (Of course, I would not send it to anyone but our own employees.)
“So, I am enclosing one copy of my latest newsletter. I'm holding all other copies here (I already have 30 copies.) Please look it over quickly, Bob, and let me know it I should go ahead a mail it out. Incidentally, the actual letters from which these excerpts were taken were mailed to you in a separate envelope today, more than 200 letters.
“Again, changing the subject, let me express some thoughts on KNLS security.
We have had no unpleasant encounters with anyone so we could be inclined to be lax about security of the building and grounds and towers. So these thoughts might be classified as evaluation of possible threats. It was reported to me by a member of the church in Anchorage that he knows and heard a man make a veiled threat against KNLS. He is a ham radio operator who seems not to like the idea of a station like KNLS taking up valuable spectrum space. Also. he being an old timer in Alaska, does not like the idea of such developments (as KNLS) in 'his' country. He is reported to have said that only a well placed match could take care of the 'problem'. The man who reported it to me said that he thinks this man was just 'talking' and that he is not the kind of person who would do something bad like arson.
“A week or so ago I received a telephone call from a man in Seattle who would not tell me his name. He said he had turned on his shortwave radio and had heard KNLS from Anchor Point. He said he was a 19 year citizen of Alaska who was surprised to learn that there was such a radio station at Anchor Point. He was acquainted all over the Kenai Peninsula and said that he was a contractor who had built some towers on the Peninsula. He seemed incensed that we would dare build such a radio station at 'his' Kenai Peninsula. He expressed to me the thought that since we came in so loud and clear in Seattle we must be 'blowing' all the radios on the Peninsula so that they cannot operate. I assured him we were not harming anyone. He inquired of the reason for KNLS. When I told him we ere preaching the gospel of Christ to China and the USSR, he allowed that was a poor excuse for cluttering up the Kenai with such a station. That's the impression I got from his words, not his exact words.
“These two people can be identified from what they said. I don't feel that we have to fear them. But, let us remember that USSR agents could save a lot of effort and money from their jamming effort it they could deal with us, that is, destroy the station. And they might not have too much trouble enlisting someone to do the job for them.
“I don't propose we do anything except be vigilant around the station site. I don't speak of this to worry you for I really don't think there is anything to worry about.
“We have had three letters from Yurt Loburets of Novosibirsk. He seems to be a radio expert. He says he is a long time DX hobbiest. He is the only one who writes to us openly from the USSR. He has said nothing about the jamming although he says he is reporting all about our reception in Novosibirsk. He says it is not so good and he suggested we go 'out of band.' I told him in one of my answers that we might try to do that. I didn't tell him this, but we are negotiating with the FCC to use the 'out of band' frequency 7355 KHz. It is a frequency that KGEI and WRNO have used in the past. Loburets knew this. Now, Phillip Dampier reports that Moscow has announced that it will come on the air in September at 1500 hours on 7355 KHz, the same frequency and time that we wanted to come on that frequency. Anyway, I will not be saying much to Yuri Loburets from now on.
“Bob, all this is just talk. I need someone to talk to once in a while. I feel that you should know my mind on these subjects. They are not completely far fetched.
“We are all enjoying our work, although it is not as exciting now as it was at first. We all take turns at night shifts, two months at a time. It takes something out of you, this working at night.
“God bless you in your very responsible work.
“F. M. Perry.”
Experimental “Over-the-Pole” Broadcasts to Europe Are Disappointing.
In September F. M. reported to the FCC concerning “over-the-pole” broadcasts to Europe as follows:
“During May and June propagation of the beam, centered on 360 degrees to Europe, was very poor. Many listeners attempted to receive KNLS and wrote to us that it could not be heard. During July and August the beam began to penetrate through to Europe and 37 reports of reception were received from various European countries. All reports indicated that other stations were using the frequency (11,780 kHz). 27 additional reports of reception of this beam were received from other parts of the world. For all practical purposes, transmissions on this beam were of little or no value to KNLS. Signal strengths were reported as only about 2 out of a possible 5. Interference from other stations effectively blocked our broadcasts even for those who identified our signals.”
October, November, December 1984 -
Plans Made to Drop “Over-the-Pole” broadcasts.
In early October F. M. wrote the following letter to Bob Scott concerning broadcasts to Europe over the log periodic antenna:
P O Box 473
Anchor Point, Alaska 99556
4 October 1984
“The"over the pole" broadcasts continue to be disappointing. I had thought we might get good propagation and reception on 7355 KHz this fall. Our antenna loads well on this frequency and we get the full effect of our 100 KW of power. In addition, I thought this frequency, being 'out of band', had a good chance of being in the clear with no interference. But so far, with many friendly listeners trying to receive us, we have gotten only 4 reports of very low level (almost unusable) reception in Europe. Each of these reported interference from Russian stations.
“Apparently the polar path attenuation for 7355 kHz is very great right now, allowing only a weak signal to reach Europe. And this weak signal is being wiped out by the interference. We may get some improvement for a short time in late October. But, along about November 15 (as Mr. Olm forecasts) 7355 KHz will drop out altogether as being too high in frequency for our path. We could then drop down to a lower frequency around 6 kHz in the 49 meter band if we can find one that the FCC will approve. Of course, FCC approval does not rule out interference for the FCC coordinates only with a few large broadcasters. It is not likely that we can find a 49 meter band frequency that will be free of interference.
“The sunspot numbers will continue to get lower through 1987 and they will not get back up to the present level until 1989. Until 1989 or 1990, propagation over the pole will not get any better.
“Perhaps it is time to plan to make better use of the 5 hours of transmitter time we are now wasting on efforts to reach Europe. Here are some thoughts that I have concerning changes that we could make, possibly as early as November or December 1984, depending on the help we can get from the FCC in approving changes.
“1. Drop the European broadcasts and let the 516 antenna rest. We now use the 611 antenna for Far-East broadcasts for 8 hours each day from 0700 to 1500 UTC. We should not change these broadcasts from the schedules we now have planned. The transmitter and the 611 antenna would then be free for other Far East broadcasts during the 16 hour period from 1500 to 0700 UTC.
“2. I feel that our greatest opportunity is in Chinese language broadcasting, so I would recommend that we develop and expand that first of all. Simply repeating the Chinese broadcasts could be the first step. We might air the Chinese broadcasts on 285 degrees from 0400 to 0700 UTC as well as at the regular time of 1200 to 1500 UTC. This would give us reception in Chinese speaking areas just at the lunch 'siesta' time and again after supper at night.
“3.Then we would repeat either the English or Russian programrning. I don't think we can repeat both the English and Russian programming. I think we will get the most response (in the form of letters) if we repeat the English. Perhaps this is not the best reason for repeating the English rather than the Russian. Anyway, I tend to think we ought to repeat the English programming rather than the Russian. It would be aired both times on 270 degrees, first from 0130 to 0400 UTC and then again at the regular time from 0700 to 0930 UTC.
“The attached chart shows the reception time for each of the broadcasts in the various countries we can expect to reach. I have shown both the repeating of the English and the Russian. You can choose whichever one you and John think would be best.
“I'll send a copy of this to John so he will know what my suggestions are. Then you can get together with John to decide what we should do. Please let me know as soon as possible so I can start to get FCC approval for whatever changes we want to make. I am still awaiting FCC reply to my letter requesting change in the azimuth angles. I expect the FCC will OK that change without any difficulty.
“Letters have dropped off since our change in frequency on September 2. You will note in the attached letters, some of our listeners are objecting to the frequency change. I wish it could be otherwise. But we must change frequencies in the Fall, again in the Winter, again in the Spring, and again in the summer. The frequency of 11850 kHz to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan probably would have worked for another 2 or 3 weeks but it would have ceased to work, probably by now. I explain this to each listener who asks about it. Eventually I hope we will get certain frequencies in the 49, 31 and 25 meter bands that other broadcasters will respect. I'm hoping that 6170 KHz, and 11850 KIIz will get to be known as KNLS frequencies. I don't know what frequency will eventually work out for the 31 meter band.
“Attached is a letter from our friend in Sweden, Olle Alm. He seems to be a real propagation expert. Also attached is a letter from Al Henderson giving his thoughts on the Chinese broadcasts.
“Incidentally, a visitor who had recently been to Singapore (I don't remember who it was) told me that there is a Brother Chew in the Singapore church, a Chinese preacher, who is very much interested in helping with our Chinese programming. You may have heard of him. Information about him could probably be obtained from Gordon Hogan, 131 Moulmein Road, Singapore 11.
“Also attached are the Program logs for the month of September.
“F. M. Perry.”
Here are more letters from F. M. to Bob Scott keeping him informed of everything going on at KNLS:
“20 October 1984
“I'll try to bring you up to date with some of the things going on in Anchor Point and at KNLS.
“About a month ago Mr. Pointer's house burned to the ground and the family lost everything they had. He is a neighbor of Kevin Chambers and the proprietor of our Anchor Point grocery store. He and his wife have several children. No one was hurt in the fire. The Anchor Point Church of Christ has taken the lead in the community to get the family back in a house before the winter weather gets too bad. With volunteer labor, mostly from the church, Kevin is acting as foreman to build a new house for the Pointer's right next to the ruins of the old one. Although Mr. Pointer had no insurance, he is borrowing money to buy most of the materials. He is living with his family right now in the Anchor Point Community Church chapel just across the road from the Anchor River Inn. The group who used to worship in that building have moved to Homer.
“The whole Anchor Point community has been very generous and the Pointer's now have enough furniture to set up housekeeping again and enough clothing to get along. A 'dessert' auction (with donated pies and cakes from ladies of the community) was held at the community center in Anchor Point. Pies and cakes went for $25 to $100 each and $1,700 was raised. This helped get the material to build the new foundation of the new house.
“Alas, another house burned just 3 days ago and killed the small baby of the Jim Bolt family. This family, with several other children, are members of the Church of Christ congregation that meets on North Fork road. Their house was located up here about 1/2 mile from KNLS on the bluff over the river near Duanne Hollingsworth's house and near the two Williams families. They had just built their house this past summer and it was still just a shell. However, they had already moved in. Kevin is also spearheading the effort to get this family back under roof before winter becomes too severe.
“We have not had real winter yet. We have had a lot of clear weather night temperatures down to 20 degrees F. and the ground was beginning to freeze. Now, we are having a rain that has thawed out the ground again.
“Churches of Christ of the Kenai Peninsula held a first annual Evangelism Forum a couple of weeks ago. We put up the KNLS map display there and talked with a number of people about KNLS and WCBC. The principle speakers at the forum were Bro. Nick Young, the dynamic young preacher of the Anderson Indiana Church of Christ, and Bro. Chuck Young, the dynamic preacher of the Pittsfield, Massachusetts Church of Christ. Both these men (they are not related) were excellent in describing the evangelistic methods they use. Chuck Young reminded me of Eddie Grindley in his zeal and presentation. Both these men with their wives visited the Station.
“The elders of the Anchor Point church are very good in their support of KNLS. They feel a great sense of participation since the Anchor Point church sponsors the two programs - Daily Bible Reading and Good News in Song - and since all of us on the KNLS staff are members of the congregation. The church turned down an opportunity to sponsor a work among the eskimos of Kotzebue because they felt that it would overextend us with the work we already have (especially the radio work which they would like to take more part in.)
“One of the members of the Soldotna, Alaska church has done a great deal of work in getting ready to start a work among the eskimos. His name is Walt Spooner. Right now he is quite discouraged because he can find no congregation to sponsor the work. As you may know, Bro. Elder of Florida, the father of Sis Stowell in Schenectady, wants very much to get a work started among the eskimos. He has made several trips and spent some time in eskimo villages. Everyone feels that work with the eskimos will be very difficult. They have been the target of so many ‘evangelistic’ efforts that they are belligerent towards religious groups coming into their areas. Walt Spooner and Bro. Elder feel, I think, that the church must establish a congregation with a full time preacher in a town like Kotzebue and just stick with it for the long term. The preacher should preferably be an Eskimo or an Indian. Just such a young preacher has been found, I am told.
“Steve Lockwood asked permission to leave work for about 10 days to attend a meeting in Oklahoma of the evangelistic group with whom he went to Russia and Sweden last summer. I told him that we could not spare him unless he could arrange with the other employees to swap working time with him. Vic and Kevin agreed to fill in for him so I felt I should not stand in the way of him going. Vic, especially, needed time this past month to work on his house in Homer. So Steve has been working almost double time for some time while Vic has time off to work on his house. Steve leaves today. Vic will be working almost every day until Steve gets back.
“Vic's house is still far from being ready to move into. The push of the last few weeks has been to get in the outside work, septic tank and drainage field and water system, done before winter.
“Charlotte and I are toying with the idea of taking a two or three month sojourn back to our home in Virginia this winter. We would like to go in early January. You are well aware of the situation we are in here. Charlotte could use the change to advantage, and, perhaps, I could too. I thought we had our Virginia house rented tor the winter but that fell thru. So the house is available for us. We want to stay here until the first of the year because, I am involved in teaching a class at church, and I do need to make the right arrangements to see that everything will go smoothly while I am gone. Kevin can be fully depended upon to do a good job managing every aspect. We will need to get authorization for him to sign checks. He will need help from someone in keeping up with the correspondence, answering the listener's letters as I have been doing. Perhaps I should replace Susan Ledger now with someone who can handle all these things and do the typing for Kevin. One of the ladies of the congregation, Sister Ann Bailey, would like to work for us part time. I think she will be able to keep up with things under Kevin's direction. She does not look for a large salary, but she is truly interested in the work. With your permission, I will give her a try in the near future.
“This will be a good opportunity, while I am gone, for Kevin to show what he can do. He needs this opportunity and he needs to know that we are going to keep him developing to greater potential. Again I want to remind you of Kevin's situation. He is in demand by builders in the area. He works once in a while on his day off for an electrician in Homer. On those days he makes more than twice what be makes here. He is so well thought of and there is so much work going on in the area that he could have full time work at that wage rate. He would undoubtedly grow to be a foreman and even an executive with one of the larger contracting firms around here.
“As soon as there are funds available, we must give a raise to Kevin and Charlie. They are our two most dependable and capable employees.
“Charlie left a better paying job in Tennessee to work here. He has not asked for a raise but needs the money as well as the encouragement it will give him. He handles all the programming here. This is fairly difficult since we receive taped programs from Ohio on a rather 'helter-skelter' fashion. He figures everything right down to the minute and second, squeezes in the spot announcements, decides what programs to repeat, etc. He can't miss a day, of course, for the schedule and program tapes must be there when we go on the air. He runs the console as well as any of our people if not better. And he can do all the tasks required to produce programs and review tapes from Ohio. Charlie has done a good job intercepting tapes that should not be played. (You will remember that the Chinese girls who were selecting American Music, picked a lot of pieces which were not suitable. Also, we had an epidemic of tape prob1ems when John's people in Ohio did not reproduce tapes properly for us. The start of each tape was distorted because the tape machine was not up to speed. Apparently, they did not have time to listen to their own product and we had to weed the problem tapes out here. I have about 100 each 7" tapes in my office that we had to pullout at the last minute in order to keep our standards up to where we think they should be. I'm happy to say that we haven't had to reject any tapes in a long time now. (Back to Charlie) he gets along very well with Kevin and can develop into a transmitter operator as well as a program director.
“I love all our people and want to keep working with all of them. My relationship with them all is very cordial. Before I leave in January I plan to leave with Kevin a performance appraisal system with forms to be filled out appraising each employee against his job description. Kevin has been their direct supervisor so he should evaluate each of them. I'll help him with it in the next month of two.
"Best wishes, F. M."
Anchor Point, Alaska 99556
24 October 1984
“Here are some projects that we feel we must complete as soon as possible. We have been putting them off for many months in order to keep our expenditures to a minimum.
“1. Readjust model 611 antenna. We have already accomplished part of this job and have committed for about $700 worth of cable splice material. We raised the antenna up a little higher and made the elements more horizontal. It resulted in making some of the guys and vertical transmission lines too short. Everything is tied down with ropes right now. We are awaiting a shipment of cable splicing material from TCI. Also, we rented a very accurate surveyor's transit to measure the height of each antenna element. (This has not resulted in improved operation of the antenna. We are taking this up with TCI. Additional tests are going to have to be made. We do not have any test equipment for antenna tests. We have no way to estimate the cost of antenna tests until we have more advice from TCI.) We anticipate bills of about $700 for material we have already ordered.
“2. Complete duct work for heating system in transmitter building. The cold air ducts for each room have never been installed. Also, we need to complete the duct work to channel transmitter excess heat into heating the building. We have a design for all this from a professional heating firm (provided free). We will install it all ourselves. Material (ducts, and thermostat controlled baffles) will cost about $1,700.00. The expense for heating oil will be reduced when this is done. The installation will eventually pay for itself.
“3. Vent the roof of transmitter building under the eaves to prevent ice build up. This will enable the warm air in the attic (from the transmitter) to flow out under the eaves warming them as it goes out. We got ice dams building up on the eaves last winter that caused water to leak into the walls of the building. There is no noticeable damage to the walls as yet. This is Dick Perkin’s recommendation. The metal vents have been ordered. They will cost about $200.00.
“4. Fire alarm system in transmitter building. We have already installed separate battery operated smoke alarms throughout the building including crawl apace and attic. We have a design to tie them all together to a central alarm that can be heard from anywhere inside or outside the building. Also there will be a central panel that will indicate which alarm is energized. Right now, an alarm could go off and not be heard, especially if no one is in the building. This is the kind of alarm system that would be required if we were in the 'lower 48.' Cost of materials will be about $500.00.
“5. System of push button controls to enable operation of transmitter and audio console by one person. As you know, we now use a program technician to operate the console and an engineer to operate the transmitter. By putting push button controls for the audio tape recorders and cart machines down beside the transmitter, we believe it will be feasible to run the station on-air with only one person who minds all the equipment. The initial tapes would be all set up in the console by the single operator before going on the air. At the exact time to go on the air, he will go down to the transmitter, energize and tune it, then bring the program material on with the push buttons. He will also be wearing headphones to monitor the audio. Then he will leave the transmitter and operate at the console until the next change of frequency or slew change. He will take readings of the transmitter meters during periods when long tapes are playing and he is able to leave the console. We need this system even now for we never know when sickness or road closures will make it necessary to operate the station with only one man. If it works out well, we may use it regularly, and perhaps, reduce the staff (or at least, put them on other work). The only people qualified to operate both the transmitter and console are Kevin, Vic, Steve, and myself. Only Vic and Steve have licenses. Material to build these controls will cost about $400.00.
“6. Gate across the driveway to the antenna field. This gate is needed to complete the FCC required fence system. Also, I am concerned that someone may wander out on the antenna field when we are not aware of it. Material may cost as much as $500.00. The already frozen ground may hold this up still longer. We need to set strong posts on which to swing the gate.
“The total cost of all these things comes to about $4,000.00. Our bank balance at the present time is $,3,700.00. We can accomplish this work without unusual cash advances beyond the level of those we have been drawing. We have already committed about $900.00 (Items 1 and 3, above). Please let us know if we can proceed with the remainder of the work.
“Kevin has been the ‘spark plug’ to get all these designs done. He has designed most of them himself. He is working on an audio system which we will want to install during our next level of expansion. Using analog to digital converters, John will transmit digital audio programming at high speed over a satellite channel to us for 2 to 4 hours per day keeping several days ahead. We will operate entirely with digital audio. This will make us immune from RF interference from our own transmitter (which is a big problem now). All will be automated so that even two transmitters might be operated by one person. There is a lot of work with possible manufacturers to be done. We cannot write specifications for the entire system yet. The equipment is just now becoming available to do these things. But it looks very promising. Please ask John not to try to develop the studio equipment beyond the tape system he now uses until he checks with us. We want everything in our future system to be compatible. The extra cost of the envisioned system will be more than compensated by reduction in personnel costs over a period of time. In fact, such a digital system may turn out to be cheaper when we consider the problem of RF interference in an analog automation system.
“Best wishes, F.M.
“P. S. I got your message thru Kevin. I am mailing today all the listener's tapes we have received recently (the last several months). I requested the change of slew some time ago and received authorization to do it on Nov. 4 (as requested). Letter copies are attached. Letters from listeners dropped off in September but are beginning to build up again. We are faintly heard in Europe from time to time but I think the Europe link is hopeless for the next few years. I will send the monthly accounting figures and papers including bank statement via Express Mail from now on. It costs $9.50 approx.”
All of the above listed projects were completed in due time. Brother Lionel Haackenson, a member of the Anchor Point Church of Christ, did the actual construction and installation of the metallic ducts in the attic of the transmitter building. This completed the heating system utilizing the excess transmitter heat to heat the entire transmitter building. It also provided some heat to the overhanging roof eaves and solved the problem of roof ice dams in winter. Kevin completed the fire alarm system for the entire building tying all the smoke sensors throughout the building into a central panel so that the source of an alarm from any one of the many sensors might be immediately pin pointed. He also installed a loud alarm to sound on the exterior of the building to be heard by occupants of the mobile homes in the case of a fire when the transmitter building was unoccupied. Kevin also designed and installed the system which enabled one person alone to bring the transmitter on the air. With extra controls installed at the transmitter, the operator could tune the transmitter and start the audio programming from the same location.
F. M. and Charlotte moved out of the big house on Old Sterling Road during 1984. They obtained a mobile home and had it installed at the KNLS site. It had three bedrooms, two baths, a very nice eat-in kitchen, and large expansion living room. Program Technician Real Peloquin shared the mobile home with the Perrys for a while. Real moved into the other smaller mobile home on the station site when it became vacant.
Years 1985 through 1988 -
In January 1985 F. M. and Charlotte flew to the “lower 48" for a three month sojourn at their northern Virginia home as they had planned. They had hoped to get away from the slick icy roads during the long Alaskan winter, especially the icy hill access road to the station site. But they found a cold winter with icy roads even in their old Northern Virginia neighborhood. After taking care of necessary things at home, they were glad to get back to Anchor Point in April before the Anchor Point snow drifts were fully melted.
A third home, a modular prefabricated house, was purchased and installed at the station site in 1985. Volunteer workers Bob and Virginia Friebertshauser were the first to live in the new house. They moved to Anchor Point during 1984 and lived and worked on site for four years. Bob was an experienced Ham radio operator and served KNLS as an engineer as well as program technician. Virginia served as the station secretary. Following is a letter written by Bob Scott soliciting funds to purchase the house for Bob and Virginia.
“WORLD CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
“TO: Christians interested in World Christian Broadcasting
“FROM: Robert E. Scott DATE: November 29, 1985
“Recently I visited Station KNLS in Anchor Point, Alaska. The trip was stimulating...and informative.
“Especially uplifting was visiting with the dedicated men and women who operate the station there at the top of the world. Their dedication is encouraging.
“Frankly, we face a challenge there.
“One of our staff, Bob Friebertshauser, works at KNLS without pay. He's retired. His wife, Virginia, serves voluntarily as secretary.
“We furnish them housing. They now share a mobile home with another staff member. They need their own living quarters.
“We've found a modular home for about $10,000 less than what it ordinarily costs. It is similar to a mobile home. Can you help?
“With moving fees, foundation, etc., it all costs $28,000. I was hoping to rely on you for a substantial gift. This would pay for a number of square feet of the modular home.
“Will you help? I need your gift by December 15 if possible..
“This husband and his wife are giving of themselves. Can we help provide them needed housing?
“P.S. I'm enclosing a summary of our program and a world map. We have heard from all the shaded areas on the map...62 countries. And we have Bible course students from 31 countries.”
On a following page is a schedule of programs carried by KNLS in 1985.
Also following is a map showing world coverage of the KNLS radio beams during 1984. Later when broadcasts over the north pole to Europe were abandoned as ineffective, the beam coverage of Europe was taken off this map. Then is shown the map of world coverage of KNLS radio beams as advertised in 1985 and thereafter.
Examples are shown below of souvenir cards sent to DX listeners to KNLS who reported their reception.
THERE IS AS YET NO FINAL CHAPTER TO THIS BOOK ABOUT THE WORLD CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION.
This book compiled by F. M. Perry is about only one part of the WCBC story, about only a few of the vast number of Christian servants that got WCBC started into the first year of operation of station KNLS. The staff at KNLS was and is today only a very small part of the vast number of Christian Brethren who fund the operations, plan and produce the programming that goes “on-the-air,” and follow up every lead to assure that the gospel message of Jesus Christ gets to the hearts of as many of humankind as possible.
It is now 2006 and the KNLS story goes on. Under the capable overall management of Charles Caudill, President and CEO of World Christian Broadcasting, and the engineering management of Kevin Chambers, KNLS has been expanded by World Christian Broadcasting to include a second transmitter/antenna combination, and has been automated in operation so as to require a much smaller staff of people at Anchor Point. In addition, Kevin has been given oversight of construction of another station now being placed on the Indian Ocean island country of Madagascar which will vastly increase the world coverage of World Christian Broadcasting Corporation programming. The dream of a network of short wave radio stations strategically located on the surface of the earth so as to place its beams within reach of every human being on earth is on its way to being fulfilled.
CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY
As this book was being compiled, F. M. has been wondering where and how to end the story of his part in this never ending book. He has decided to place before the people who have read this far the Challenge and Opportunity that went out by letter from KNLS in June 1985. In principle it remains the Challenge and Opportunity of today as well.
KNLS -The New Life Station, P. O. Box 473, Anchor Point, Alaska 99556
Telephone (907) 235-8262
CHALLENGE AND OPPORTUNITY June 1985
Jesus urges his disciples, "go into ALL the world and preach the gospel to the WHOLE creation" (Mark 16:15). What a challenge it is to take seriously this command of our Lord!
In obedience of faith, and in gratitude for our own redemption, we share the good news with those around us. As members of the body of Christ we can combine our resources and extend our outreach to larger numbers of people in this nation and other nations.
But preach the gospel to ALL the world. ..the WHOLE creation?
There are over 4.5 billion people in the world. At least 160 languages are spoken by a million or more people. And Communist countries like China. with its billion people, are closed to missionaries---as is the vast Soviet Union, which stretches across 11 time zones.
To overcome these barriers, Christian men formed World Christian Broadcasting Corporation. This non-profit organization owns and operates an international shortwave radio station at Anchor Point, Alaska. Station KNLS is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (the FCC). Using a single 100,000 watt transmitter, KNLS has more than one-third of all the world within its broadcast range. Broadcasts go forth 13 hours daily for listeners who speak Mandarin Chinese, Russian and English.
Some have asked, "why broadcast into so much of the world where personal follow-up teaching may be limited, or even impossible?”
It would be ideal if well-trained Christians could contact ever person who responds to our broadcasts. But that seems improbable since churches of Christ now support fewer than 500 missionary families outside the United States in a world whose popu1ation is growing.
There are at least three compelling reasons why we encourage. our brethren to reach out to as much of the world as possible, making full use of opportunities available through Radio Station KNLS:
1. Our Lord still urges us to "go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15).
2. Physical and spiritual starvation, and unforgiven sin are the world's most urgent unmet needs. It is encouraging to note in the recent past how our brethren gave nearly $10 million to help feed physically hungry people in countries like Poland, Ghana and Ethiopia. But with even greater urgency, we also must help feed a spiritually hungry world!
3. The Word of God is "the food which endures to eternal life" (John 6:27). It is the "seed" of God's kingdom (John 8:11), having the power to save within it (Romans 1:16), insuring it "shall not return empty," but will accomplish God's purpose (Isaiah 55:11).
In this country many churches of Christ use domestic AM and FM radio stations to teach God's Word to more people in the area where they serve the Lord. Each station reaches out into a limited area. Herald of Truth and World Radio ministries use many such stations to present messages over larger areas of the country, as well as in some foreign countries.
Now, God has made it possible through World Christian Broadcasting for churches of Christ to feed spiritually starving people every day in over one-third of all the world.
Station KNLS is a shortwave radio station. It is located strategically near the top of the world and about as far west as Hawaii. This provides access to vast portions of Asia, the Pacific Basin, and Europe.
Shortwave broadcasts travel much greater distances than AM, FM or TV broadcasts. They instantly cross borders, span oceans and bridge continents.
Shortwave broadcasts require no prior consent of target countries. Unlike other means of outreach, they cannot be confiscated, censored or refused entrance visas.
It is possible for a country to jam shortwave broadcasts. This can be done by transmitting noise on the same frequency of the incoming broadcast, making it difficult or impossible to understand. Jamming vio1ates international agreements, but Communist countries often jam broadcasts they consider to be a political threat.
Broadcasts on Station KNLS are not political in content. Yet, there is some evidence we have been jammed at times. It may have been by accident, where we were on a frequency adjacent to another station being jammed. In some instances, the Soviet Union may have not wanted their people to hear another station from the United States.
But even with the possibility of occasional jamming, there is evidence our broadcasts are still being heard in China and the Soviet Union. We are convinced it is worth every effort to continue daily broadcasts from the Word of God into those Communist countries.
It is reportedly against the law for Soviet citizens to listen to foreign shortwave broadcasts. Some are reported to have been jailed for listening to foreign broadcasts. We must not fail to insure that God's Word is fed every day to these spiritually starving people!
Shortwave broadcasting is a widely used means of international communication. Broadcasting experts estimate one out of every 25 people in the world daily listen to shortwave broadcasts. There is indication of 60 million individually owned shortwave radios in China. Our Chinese broadcasts are heard in People's Republic of China, Taiwan and other countries of Asia where Mandarin Chinese is spoken.
Russian language broadcasts are beamed into most of the enormous land mass of the Soviet Union. It is reported that, there are as many as 120 million individually owned short wave radios in the USSR.
English programming reaches into vast areas of the world. It has received mail response from listeners in 30 countries. Bible course students have been enrolled in 20 countries. Where possible, follow-up contact is being initiated with listeners through missionaries.
The FCC requires KNLS programming to represent the American culture. Yet, World Christian Broadcasting is permitted to determine all of what is broadcast on the station.
Because much of the world is spiritually starving. and lost in unbelief, most KNLS programming is prepared for unbelievers. In order to attract a loyal listening audience, an effort is made to make friends with the listeners. Over time it is our aim to develop a relationship of trust and confidence. We want the listeners to consider Station KNLS as a source of information that is interesting. helpful and trustworthy.
As messages are prepared. great care is taken to reflect an accurate knowledge of their history and culture. Expert linguists are involved to insure we use their language correctly. Where possible, speakers are native to the language used.
A variety of programs are presented on Station KNLS. While using good music of various types, and teaching listeners to speak English. we meet the FCC requirement of reflecting our American culture. At strategic times throughout the broadcast day, we present messages from the Word of God.
During each 13 hour broadcast day. our objective is to provide six (6) hours of messages that Teach God's Word. Messages vary in length from one minute to half an hour. It is a challenge to provide quality messages on a daily basis in Russian. Mandarin Chinese and English for listeners who view life from a different perspective. All Bible messages are produced under the oversight of various churches of Christ.
Because World Christian Broadcasting owns and operates Station KNLS. it must work closely with government agencies like the FCC. The requirements of this effort are such that the Christian men who began this work were counseled to place it under the guidance of a Board of Directors, rather than the elders of a church. This was done to avoid conflicts over matters of church and state relationships. Each member of the Board of Directors must be a faithful member of the Lord's church. Thus, World Christian Broadcasting is organized much like a Christian college.
Funding for World Christian Broadcasting comes from gifts. No air time is sold to anyone. The gifts come from individuals and businesses as well as grants from foundations and charitable trusts. An increasing number of persons are placing World Christian Broadcasting in their wills, or naming this unique effort as the beneficiary of a charitable trust.
Many churches of Christ have budgeted contributions to help provide funds for preparing Bible messages, or to provide air time to broadcast messages from the Word of God. A large number of congregations have encouraged their members as individuals to participate in special contributions for this urgent effort. Still other churches support various workers in this outreach as missionaries.
It requires $1,500,000 this year to operate World Christian Broadcasting. This total effort makes possible the six (6) hours of Bible messages we work to provide daily in areas of the world where one-third of all people live. Thus, it is proper to consider those six (6) hours as bearing the entire cost of this effort. "
The cost (to the nearest dollar) for each $1,500,000 - $4 110
six (6) hour day of Bible broadcasts is 365 days'
The cost for producing and broadcasting $4,110 - $685
an hour of Bible message is 6 hrs
The allocated cost for Bible messages:
a. Gift for 60 minutes of air time $400.00
b. Gift for 60 minutes of message production $285.00
c. Gift for 15 minutes of air time $100.00
d. Gift for 15 minutes of message production $ 71.25
There is nothing more urgent than feeding God's Word every day to a spiritually starving world!
Could your congregation pay for one or more days to broadcast God's Word this year over Station KNLS? This could be done through a special contribution, or through budgeted funds. Many churches have budgeted monthly gifts for at least 15 minutes of air time for Bible messages.
Your congregation is invited to consider this pressing unmet need as soon as possible. Spiritually endangered people are dying every day. We urge you to make full use of this unique opportunity to reach out to people who otherwise may never have opportunity to hear the Word of God.
Your partnership in this unique effort is welcomed.
POST SCRIPT - June 18, 2006
F. M. Perry continued work at Anchor Point as Manager of KNLS until 1988 when he and Charlotte moved to Abilene, Texas for about a year while helping plan a “lower 48" Operations Center to centralize Programming. They then moved to Franklin, Tennessee to help set up the Operations Center which is the center for “follow-up” activities and where almost all programming is now produced.
F. M. Perry
505 Colice Jeanne Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37221
Pictures taken October, 2004