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May 19, 2009

Mormonism Goes Airborne



Most likely, this new radio initiative has been planned by the Mormon Church for a long time — they are known to be meticulous planners, after all — but the announcement from LDS Church headquarters in Salt Lake City about its imminent launch of a 24/7 religious radio station comes at an interesting time.

Just last week, the rapidly expanding Immaculate Heart Radio Network of Catholic stations (22 and counting) announced that it has just closed the sale of a new 50,000-watt AM radio station that will blanket all of Utah with 24/7 Catholic programming. It is scheduled to commence broadcasting by mid-summer.

Logistically, the most significant difference between the Mormon and Catholic stations would seem to be, at least for now, that the former can be heard only via the Internet and on select High-Definition radio stations, while the latter, Immaculate Heart Radio, will be booming out across Mormon Country 365 days a year on a powerful AM signal that anyone can hear via radio practically anywhere in the state, plus it will also be streamed on the Internet and made available in podcast form.

The Mormons send us their missionaries on bikes. We send them Father Corapi, Bishop Fulton Sheen, and Catholic Answers on their radios. Sounds like a good arrangement to me.

SALT LAKE CITY 18 May 2009 Mormon Channel, a new radio service of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, launches 18 May and can be accessed via the Internet or HD radio affiliates. The newly created 24-hour, 7-days a-week format is available live online at http://radio.lds.org, but content may also be downloaded.

Broadcasts originate at Temple Square in Salt Lake City and feature a vast and varied array of programming, according to Chris Twitty, director of digital media for the Church.

“We have the responsibility to extend the messages of the Church in yet another way with the new station,” Twitty added. “We have access to all the resources of the Church in creating program content. Though it seems a daunting task to fill the airtime, we have a wealth of information that will be of interest to listeners — much of it new and never before heard or seen.”

Personal interviews with Church leaders are included in a program titled Conversations . In the initial episode, Deseret Book head, Sheri Dew, interviews Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Susan.

Other program content includes informational packages about the ministry and teachings of Jesus Christ and the doctrines, history and news of the Church. Several planned segments focus directly on young children and teenagers.

A unique program, Into All the World , spotlights the lives of Church members in many parts of the world. “The first interview, for example, invited the stake president in Rome, Italy, to profile the members of his stake and to document their responses to the announcement that a temple will be constructed in their city,”

Additional content includes Music and the Spoken Word, the weekly radio broadcast featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, as well as other choir concerts and events. Further input comes from Brigham Young University, LDS Business College, the University of Utah institute of religion, the Deseret News and Bonneville Productions.

“We’re deeply pleased,” said Bob Johnson, Bonneville International executive vice president and Salt Lake market manager, “to offer Bonneville’s broadcasting resources and industry reputation to further extend the reach and impact of Mormon Channel, a high-quality, values-oriented new product. Through our 29 radio stations in eight major markets coast to coast, we look forward to utilizing the unequalled qualities and capabilities inherent in HD radio technology to share the unique Mormon Channel content with our ever-expanding listening audiences." (Source)






4 comments:

  1. No one should read into this as a counter strategy to the Catholic station in Utah. The LDS Church doesn't care if Catholics broadcast in Utah.

    And don't forget, Mormons have been broadcasting for a long time, Philo (inventor of the first electronic TV) was Mormon after all :)

    - Kurt

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  2. Still, I just love the irony. Don't you?

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  3. It just blows my mind and any guy with a bit of common sense. How could these people believe a book called "Mormons" as inspired together with the real Bible?

    The claims of the Mormom book that one of the tribes of ancient Israel somehow move and settled in North America?

    Science and Religion should always compliment each other but this one is not even supported by any historical, secular much less with scientific accounts.

    Study done on genetic DNA found of NO Jewish DNA that could be traced back to Moses' time. It is a FACT.

    How could one accept and believe a single guy named Joseph Smith that lived only in 1800's had been given an authority to say that book was Divinely inspired? how?

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  4. It just blows my mind and any guy with a bit of common sense. How could these people believe a book called "Mormons" as inspired together with the real Bible?

    The claims of the Mormom book that one of the tribes of ancient Israel somehow move and settled in North America?

    Science and Religion should always compliment each other but this one is not even supported by any historical, secular much less with scientific accounts.

    Study done on genetic DNA found of NO Jewish DNA that could be traced back to Moses' time. It is a FACT.

    How could one accept and believe a single guy named Joseph Smith that lived only in 1800's had been given an authority to say that book was Divinely inspired? how?

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