Far East Broadcasting Company

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Far East Broadcasting Company
Type International radio network
Country Mainly in the Philippines, with service to Asia, Africa, and the Middle East
First air date
June 4, 1948; 70 years ago (1948-06-04)
Established 1945
Daily Broadcasts
650+ hours
Languages
149
Webcast

Far East Broadcasting Company (FEBC) is an international radio network that airs Christian programs in 149 languages. Broadcasts are aired from shortwave, mediumwave (AM), and FM transmitters located throughout the world.

The organization also works to meet the physical needs of its listeners by providing scholarships, holding marriage seminars, and distributing items such as seedlings (helping a family grow their own food) and bicycles (transportation for students or pastors).

Although many listeners live in very remote locations, FEBC receives more than 850,000 listener responses annually in the form of visits to the station, letters, text messages, phone calls and emails.

Mission[edit]

FEBC's has a formal mission:[1]

"We communicate the Good News among the nations by media to inspire people to follow Jesus Christ"

History[edit]

FEBC's history dates back to the close of World War II, when soldiers were returning from the conflict in the Pacific, newly aware of the spiritual needs of Asia.[2] John Broger and Bob Bowman were among those who felt called by God to set up a radio ministry in Asia even before the war. They envisioned a ministry that would bring the Gospel to millions of people in Asia. One country especially was in their hearts: China.

Incorporated in 1945, FEBC's very first broadcast was aired from a station in Shanghai. But this was short-lived. By early 1948 all mission work in China was winding down and an alternative site was sought. John Broger searched Asia for a likely place to relocate FEBC's radio ministry and decided on the Philippines. Ideally located in the South China Sea, the Philippines had much to offer. The Philippines at that time was newly independent from the USA and was more than willing for FEBC to establish its operations there. The first broadcast went on air in Manila on June 4, 1948 over local station KZAS (now known as DZAS).

International broadcasts to China started the following year and have since expanded to cover most of Southeast Asia, as well as Russia. FEBC's sister company, Feba Radio, broadcast programs in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

FEBC radio stations[edit]

FEBC currently operates a total of 6 AM and 6 FM stations worldwide and also broadcast international programs in 149 languages via short wave radio from two major transmitter sites, several locations in the Philippines, and one in Saipan, the Northern Mariana Islands(15°16′12″N 145°47′52″E / 15.2701°N 145.7979°E / 15.2701; 145.7979 (KFBS)).

Branding Callsign Frequency Power (kW) Coverage
702 DZAS – FEBC RadyoTV Manila DZAS 702 kHz 50 kW Metro Manila
DZFE 98.7 Manila DZFE 98.7 MHz 20 kW
DZMR 1143 Isabela DZMR 1143 kHz 10 kW Santiago
Care 104.3 The Way FM Legazpi DWAY 104.3 MHz 5 kW Legazpi
106.3 DZRK Radyo Kapitbisig DZRK 106.3 MHz 5 kW Quezon
DYVS 1233 Bacolod DYVS 1233 kHz 10 kW Bacolod
UP 987 DYFR Cebu DYFR 98.7 MHz 10 kW Cebu
DYFE 97.5 Tacloban DYFE 97.5 MHz 5 kW Tacloban
DXAS 1116 Zamboanga DXAS 1116 kHz 10 kW Zamboanga
The New J 103.3 Cagayan de Oro DXJL 103.3 MHz 5 kW Cagayan de Oro
DXFE 1197 Davao DXFE 1197 kHz 10 kW Davao
DXKI 1062 Koronadal DXKI 1062 kHz 5 kW Koronadal
Now XD N/A Listen Live N/A Worldwide
Pinoy Connection Listen Live

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.febc.org/about-us
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-08-11.

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