Chapter 6 - "For It Is God Who Works"


Chapter 6 - The Lord Provides Personnel and Property

        One area of KHCB's ministry in which the Lord's care has been evident is that of providing faithful men and women to serve at the station as both volunteers and staff. With the construction permit in hand, the Board began in earnest to look for a person who could serve as the Program Director for Christian Radio.

        A formal list of qualifications was never drawn nor did the Trustees ask for resumes. They simply looked for someone who had a heart for serving the Lord. Experience was not a prerequisite. They knew that those whom the Lord called, the Lord would equip. Del was an example of the Lord equipping those He called. He had not known the first thing about broadcast engineering, yet the Lord had taken him step by step and had always brought along an expert at just the right time to lend a hand and keep the project moving in the right direction.

        Some of those on the Board of Directors had met Dick Semaan at church. He seemed to possess the qualities that would make him a terrific asset as the Program Director. Dick was a solid Christian and had a degree from the University of Houston in Radio and Television Production. After praying and seeking the Lord's guidance, Dick was asked to consider serving as Program Director once the station was on the air. Dick was overjoyed at this opportunity because it would allow him to use his secular training in a Christian setting.

        Acquiring the construction permit and some of the basic equipment for the station had been the first major hurdle, but many more obstacles still had to be crossed before Christian Radio could go on the air. One of them was finding a suitable studio building from which to operate. Another was finding a tower on which to lease space for the antenna.

        The studio location and tower on Mr. Caldwell's construction permit for 105.7 FM were in downtown Houston. However, office space in downtown was very expensive and funds were limited, so Del had a great deal of trouble finding a suitable studio location. In addition, few landlords trusted that a faith-operated Christian ministry would consistently receive enough funds to pay rent.

        One radio station that had moved its studio to a new site offered KHCB a lease on its old studio, located in a downtown hotel. It was offered for a very reasonable price and the deal included two floors with high-ceiling studios. All the wiring was in place. It seemed perfect.

        Despite enthusiasm over finding what again appeared to be God's perfect plan for the station, Del decided to take the rental contract home and read the "fine print." Several details came to light of which he had not been told. One of these "details" was that the availability of this site expired in only six months. Another was that the lease was not renewable, and a third was that the station would have to assume the cost for restoring the two floors to hotel rooms-a cost of $400,000! They had come very close to  signing the contract, but thanks to the Lord's care and close scrutiny, the ministry was once again spared from financial disaster.

        Del finally gave up trying to rent space in downtown Houston and started to look for any inexpensive office that could be converted to a studio building. This meant that moving in would be delayed while necessary wiring and soundproofing was installed. After an exhaustive search, he found a small storefront on Almeda-Genoa Road a mile from his house. Space was rented for a very reasonable price, and it became KHCB's first home.

        Changes in the construction permit would have to be made to show the new studio and transmitter locations. The FCC required a series of engineering studies to document the requested new sites and show that broadcasting from these sites would not interfere with the signal of other FM stations in the area. Wayne Marcy made arrangements with a radio consultant in San Antonio to do the required studies at no charge. Unfortunately, the FCC rejected the initial application, so Del was left to redo all the paperwork on his own.

        God was leading and guiding. He even orchestrated events to allow Del to get time off from work to achieve His goals. On September 11, 1961, virtually every person living in Galveston, and most of those in Houston as well, were preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Carla. The storm was predicted to hit Galveston the next morning, so many of the residents evacuated the Island.

        The management at Del's job notified all the employees that they had the next few days off so that the workplace could be used to shelter evacuees from Galveston Island. Del worked hard on the FCC documents for these "enforced" holidays and spent hours on the phone with friends in the engineering field who were helping him answer difficult questions about the application for changes.

        On the second afternoon, Del was at his kitchen table immersed in mathematical equations. Electrical power was lost the day before, but that didn't slow him in the least. Looking outside he noticed that there was a deafening silence. The winds had been blowing with such fury that the contrast now seemed eery. The eye of the hurricane was passing when a thought suddenly crossed his mind. What if he drove to the proposed tower site and made some calculations that he was missing? It was only three miles to the tower. As he grabbed the car keys he reasoned, "It will only take a few minutes."

        He made it to the tower without any problem and worked quickly to gather the information he lacked. Jumping back into his 1954 Buick Roadmaster he could feel the winds picking up again. Suddenly the trees started to sway violently. The wind whipped about and lightning bolts slashed through the dark. Would he make it back? Del accelerated.

        As he drove the last mile, he had to swerve around several fallen trees and wondered whether the fierce 75 mile an hour winds would carry him away. He finally made it home breathing prayers of thanks. That night the studies were finished, and the application for permission to change the construction permit to the new sites was ready to be submitted to the FCC.

        The Directors fully expected to have to wait at least three months for word from the FCC about the application. But, they were pleasantly surprised to receive a letter from the FCC just two months later stating that they had been granted permission to move the studio building to the rented space on Almeda-Genoa Road and the antenna to a tower just three miles away from the studio building.

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Table of Contents

Foreword & Preface
1. From Houston to the World
2. A Seed is Planted
3. Getting Started
4. The Lord's Ways
5. God Reveals His Best
6. The Lord Provides Personnel
7. Remodeling
8. Financial Struggles
9 Ministering Servants
10. KHCB Goes to the Rodeo
11. Programming
12. Expanding
13. New Studio Building
14. The Tall Tower
15. Volunteers
16. Changed Lives
17. Trustees
18. AM Station Acquired
19. Hispanics Launch Friendship Radio
20. Chinese Language Programming
21. The Gospel in Vietnamese
22. Translator Takes KHCB-FM to Bryan
23. Reaching for the Stars
24. To the Ends of the Earth
25. And the Work Goes On