|City of license||Bethel, PA|
|Broadcast area||Bethel, PA|
|Slogan||You Are the Light of the World...|
|First air date||1981|
|Owner||Assemblies of Yahweh|
WMLK (9265 kHz) is a radio station in Bethel, Pennsylvania owned by the Assemblies of Yahweh. WMLK takes its name from MLK, representing three of the four consonants of the Hebrew word "malakh" (מַלְאָךְ) meaning a “messenger” or angel.
In 1981, the Assemblies of Yahweh bought a 50,000 watt radio transmitter which was converted into a tool for shortwave broadcasting. From this point onwards, the Assemblies of Yahweh began to build their own radio station in order to “proclaim Yahweh’s Truth.” Two prominent members of the Assemblies of Yahweh were hired to work on this project, both in the dismantling and rebuilding of WMLK. The transmitter in its early stages required reconditioning and conversion, whilst the building which housed it needed repairing. It is believed that this project is rapidly approaching completion, with visitors periodically coming to see the WMLK enterprise. Because the Assemblies of Yahweh remains a somewhat small organization in comparison to most Christian denominations, WMLK has been heralded as a success and a grand accomplishment by members and non-members of the Assemblies of Yahweh  and Meyer had hoped to see the WMLK radio station upgraded to 200,000 watts before long:
|“||Yahweh willing, the upgrading project will continue until we have achieved a projected output of 200, 000 watts in power||”|
—SNB: What's Happening at Bethel? (11/1999 ed.) Meyer
According to recent reports, the Assemblies of Yahweh have outdone this expectation, and “purchased a BBC 250KW unit to enhance the outreach of WMLK Radio” (*“WMLK Shortwave”).
The plans for WMLKs large antenna revealed the shape of a trumpet or shofar' (Hebrew: שופר). These steel posts (once sign posts), hoist the WMLK antennas skyward, standing over a busy Interstate Route 78. The Assemblies of Yahweh believe that this is a fulfilment of the prophecy found in Jeremiah 31:21. According to Assemblies of Yahweh reports, WMLK has required much sacrificial dedication from the leadership, and is often referred to as the “Messenger of Truth”. In 1985 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license was granted, and further, permission endorsed to increase the power of the WMLK radio station.
The station is used extensively. Sermon and Bible studies are aired across the globe, proclaiming the message of Yahweh: repentance and obedience to the Biblical Law (1John 3:4). According to the SNB magazine (6/1988), the key targeted areas were Europe and the Middle East , but the signal waves are not limited and reach far and wide. At present, audiences from 120 countries have responded. WMLK is an expensive project, but the Assemblies of Yahweh resolutely believe in witnessing this “truth” of the Bible to the nations. WMLK has stimulated much global response and has also been the theme of numerous newspaper articles. The Assemblies of Yahweh encourage all members with access to regularly listen to the sermons, which are occasionally described as: “the voice crying in the wilderness” (Isaiah 40:3).
The Sacred Name Broadcast has broadcast on the following stations in the past and Jacob O. Meyer has also aired sermons in German:
- Meyer, Jacob. "Assemblies of Yahweh site (Proclaiming Yahweh's Truth To The World)". Assemblies of Yahweh. Retrieved May 13, 2011.
- Meyer, Jacob (November 1992). The Sacred Name Broadcaster: 22.
- FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION (Thursday April 19, 2001). "Public Notices". RE: APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING. FCC. Retrieved October 6, 2007.
- (11/1999 ed) Meyer, Jacob
- (11/1999 ed) Meyer, Jacob (p3)
- Meyer, Jacob (January 2005). The Narrow Way; Letters to the Brethren. Assemblies of Yahweh. p. 2. "“We have good news to report...[We have] two thirds of the funds we need to purchase the printed circuit boards that must be replaced before we can activate the large BBC transmitter”"
- anonymous (June 19, 2008). "Snap and crackle goes pop". The Economist. Retrieved November 10, 2008.
- Meyer, Jacob (March 2000). "The Narrow Way; Letters to the Brethren". Assemblies of Yahweh. p. 2. "“We have been contemplating making a regular broadcast on WMLK in German. I hope to reach a large audience with the German tongue that I have been taught from my youth”"
- Official website
- “WMLK Shortwave”
- Schedule times and Program Log
- DX Club information of Shortwave Broadcasters
- News report of WMLK on Alaska News