Bible Broadcasting Network
|Headquarters||Charlotte, North Carolina|
|Barbara Davey Redemann, President|
Carl Redemann, Executive Director
|Founded||October 2, 1971 |
by Lowell Davey
|Availability||North and South America|
The Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN) is a listener-supported global Christian radio network staffed and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was founded in 1971 by Lowell Davey, who was the network's president until his death in 2017. As of 2021, Carl Redemann is executive director.
BBN's mission statement is "to get the Word of God into the hearts and minds of as many people as possible using the most efficient means" and its motto is "Giving the Winds the Bible Voice". Doctrinally, the programming is conservative evangelical in approach. BBN eschews programming geared towards "signs and wonders", "charismatic" theology, and "prosperity theology".
Programming content consists of traditional Christian music, including vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists, prayer times, children's and teens' programs, Bible teaching and sermons, and family guidance programs.
Among the notable ministries having long-running programs on the network are: Running to Win by Erwin Lutzer, Love Worth Finding by Adrian Rogers, Gateway to Joy by Elisabeth Elliot, Moody Church Hour, and the Pacific Garden Mission's radio drama, Unshackled!. Reruns of the Children's Bible Hour radio plays are heard daily on the afternoon Captain’s Club program. Adventures in Odyssey, one of the most popular Christian radio shows in the U.S., is aired for teens and preteens.
The network was founded in 1971 by Lowell Davey (July 22, 1933–February 18, 2017). Hailing from Minnesota, he had previously served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon completing his enlistment, Davey attended Bob Jones University.
Davey entered the field of Christian radio broadcasting when he acquired a bankrupt radio station, WYFI, in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 28, 1969. The station began broadcasting under his ownership on October 2, 1971, at 5 p.m. BBN was still headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, when it bought Charlotte radio station WSOC (AM), which became WYFQ (AM).
BBN owns and operates 51 full-power stations and 94 low-power translators in 32 states and Bermuda, distributed by satellite. According to the network's website, they also operate AM and FM radio stations in 14 countries of North and South America. BBN also broadcasts around the world full-time via streaming on the Internet in eight languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, and Russian. It is estimated that these stations reach over 200 million people.[who?]
Stations in italics are not owned by Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc., but broadcast BBN programming.
|Call sign||Frequency||City of license||State||Power
|WYFD||91.7 FM||Decatur||Alabama||—||9,000||240 m (790 ft)||C2||FCC|
|WGTF||89.5 FM||Dothan||Alabama||—||19,000||64 m (210 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WYFZ||91.3 FM||Belleview||Florida||—||900||97 m (318 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYBP||90.3 FM||Fort Lauderdale||Florida||—||8,000||94 m (308 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WYFB||90.5 FM||Gainesville||Florida||—||97,000||207 m (679 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYBW||88.7 FM||Key Colony Beach||Florida||—||400||28 m (92 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYBX||88.3 FM||Key West||Florida||—||1,900||31 m (102 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYFO||91.9 FM||Lakeland||Florida||—||25,000||97 m (318 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WDBW-LP||97.3 FM||Port St. Joe||Florida||—||94||30.6 m (100 ft)||LP1||FCC|
|WYFE||88.9 FM||Tarpon Springs||Florida||—||60,000||137 m (449 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYFK||89.5 FM||Columbus||Georgia||—||50,000||134 m (440 ft)||C2||FCC|
|WYFS||89.5 FM||Savannah||Georgia||—||100,000||183 m (600 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYFA||107.1 FM||Waynesboro||Georgia||—||25,000||90 m (300 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WYFW||89.5 FM||Winder||Georgia||—||6,000||61 m (200 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYHI||99.9 FM||Park Forest||Illinois||—||50,000||150 m (490 ft)||B||FCC|
|WYBV||89.9 FM||Wakarusa||Indiana||—||1,750||100 m (330 ft)||A||FCC|
|KYFW||88.3 FM||Wichita||Kansas||—||17,000||43 m (141 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WYHH||89.7 FM||Highland Heights||Kentucky||—||12,000||97 m (318 ft)||C3||FCC|
|KYFL||89.5 FM||Monroe||Louisiana||—||25,000||115 m (377 ft)||C2||FCC|
|KYFJ||93.7 FM||New Iberia||Louisiana||—||100,000||296 m (971 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYFP||91.9 FM||Harpswell||Maine||—||6,000||44 m (144 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYBA||90.1 FM||Coldwater||Michigan||—||32,000||77 m (253 ft)||B||FCC|
|WYHA||102.9 FM||Grand Rapids||Michigan||—||50,000||150 m (490 ft)||B||FCC|
|KYFI||630 AM||St. Louis||Missouri||5,000||—||—||B||FCC|
|KYFG||88.9 FM||Omaha||Nebraska||—||1,500||147 m (482 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYBY||920 AM||Cortland||New York||1,000 day
|WYFQ-FM||93.5 FM||Wadesboro||North Carolina||—||8,700||169 m (554 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WYHW||104.5 FM||Carolina Beach||North Carolina||—||17,000||120 m (390 ft)||C3||FCC|
|WYFQ||930 AM||Charlotte||North Carolina||5,000 day
|WYBH||91.1 FM||Fayetteville||North Carolina||—||255||195 m (640 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYFL||92.5 FM||Henderson||North Carolina||—||100,000||308 m (1,010 ft)||C0||FCC|
|WHPE-FM||95.5 FM||High Point||North Carolina||—||100,000||159 m (522 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WCVV||89.5 FM||Belpre||Ohio||—||4,400||117 m (384 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYFY||88.1 FM||Cambridge||Ohio||—||1,500||44 m (144 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYBQ||88.3 FM||Leesport||Pennsylvania||—||670||84 m (276 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYFU||88.5 FM||Masontown||Pennsylvania||—||16,000||106 m (348 ft)||B1||FCC|
|WYFV||88.5 FM||Cayce||South Carolina||—||50,000||52 m (171 ft)||C2||FCC|
|WYFG||91.1 FM||Gaffney||South Carolina||—||100,000||210 m (690 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYFH||90.7 FM||North Charleston||South Carolina||—||50,000||145 m (476 ft)||C2||FCC|
|WYBK||89.7 FM||Chattanooga||Tennessee||—||100,000||250 m (820 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYFC||95.3 FM||Clinton||Tennessee||—||1,450||204 m (669 ft)||A||FCC|
|KYFB||91.5 FM||Denison||Texas||—||4,500||67 m (220 ft)||A||FCC|
|KYFP||89.1 FM||Palestine||Texas||—||100,000||148 m (486 ft)||C1||FCC|
|KYFS||90.9 FM||San Antonio||Texas||—||100,000||130 m (430 ft)||C1||FCC|
|KYFO-FM||95.5 FM||Ogden||Utah||—||100,000||219 m (719 ft)||C1||FCC|
|WYFJ||99.9 FM||Ashland||Virginia||—||6,000||100 m (330 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYFT||103.9 FM||Luray||Virginia||—||6,000||92 m (302 ft)||A||FCC|
|WYFI||99.7 FM||Norfolk||Virginia||—||50,000||139 m (456 ft)||B||FCC|
|KWFJ||89.7 FM||Roy||Washington||—||1,000||30 m (98 ft)||A||FCC|
|KYFQ||91.7 FM||Tacoma||Washington||—||4,300||582 m (1,909 ft)||C1||FCC|
In addition to its full-power stations, BBN is relayed by 94 translators to widen its broadcast area.
- "Fifty Years". BBN Monthly Newsletter. Bible Broadcasting Network: 3. January 2021.
- Hollenbeck, Gail (September 3, 2005). "Radio station still warm, not fuzzy". St. Petersburg Times – via Newspapers.com.
- "Christians Take to the Air Waves". St. Petersburg Times. July 29, 1995. pp. E6.
- BBNRadio.org (2017-02-18). "Lowell Davey Finished Well". Charlotte, NC. Retrieved 2017-02-24.
- Davey, Lowell (2020). 5 P's in the Progress of a Disciple. Bible Broadcasting Network.
- Hollenbeck, Gail (September 3, 2005). "First BBN station dawned in '71". St. Petersburg Times – via Newspapers.com.
- Parker, Jennifer French (1992-09-30). "WSOC Says Swap Will Change Little". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1D.
- "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2020-07-02.
- Becker, Roy (August 2, 2017). "BBN Spreads Message With GatesAir". Radio World. Vol. 41 no. 19. p. 29.
- Stations List, BBN Radio, retrieved August 12, 2017
- "Language selection". Bible Broadcasting Network. Retrieved December 26, 2020.