Chapter 11 - "For It Is God Who Works"

 

Chapter 11 - Programming

        One of the first programs that KHCB produced locally was a daily program for teenagers called "Teen Time" hosted by Dick Semaan. Dick's vibrant personality was a natural drawing card. The program included music, interviews with young people, requests, and dedications. "Teen Time" was a big hit with young people and was done in a very professional manner. "Dick did everything precisely, and he wouldn't stand for anything that wasn't just right," says Pete Steigerwald.

        Only a handful of Christian ministries was producing Bible programs for radio in the early '60s. This meant that the majority of KHCB's air time was spent playing favorite Gospel hymns and choruses. However, shortly after going on the air, KHCB entered a partnership with Family Stations of Oakland, California, to provide pre-recorded professionally produced Christian radio programs. Family Stations operates a group of non-commercial Christian stations whose purpose is similar to KHCB: to change lives through exalting the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its well-trained staff of believers combined Christian music and Bible teaching and produced such programs as "The Christian Home," "Morning Clock," "Music to Live By," and others.

        KHCB agreed to pay Family Stations 15% of its income each month for the right to use Family's programming. Today, radio stations receive programming primarily through satellite receivers, but in the early '60s satellite technology was not available for radio. This meant that pre-taped programs for the entire broadcast day were supplied daily by Family Radio on large reels of magnetic tape. KHCB's income was minimal during the first few years so the payments to Family Stations were hardly enough for them to pay the postage on the tapes. Nevertheless, Family Radio continued to supply KHCB with its programming for many years.  

        By 1969, through the Lord's provision, KHCB had sufficient finances to add two members to the staff. With the extra manpower, the broadcast day was able to be expanded to the present 24-hour format. As a result, the Trustees felt that it was no longer necessary to carry programming from Family Stations. God used Family Stations in a mighty way to help KHCB at a crucial time.

        The addition of overnight programming has proved to be a blessing to many people, but in particular the elderly and those who have night jobs. Some of these are shut-ins who do not have an opportunity to fellowship with other believers in church, so KHCB has become their sole companion. One letter said:

I'm elderly and rather feeble but want to send my gift to help keep KHCB on the radio. I can't go to church anymore, so your songs and messages, etc. and my Bible are my daily (and nightly) portion. Thank you and may God bless and continue to keep you on the air.

Another woman wrote:

Thanks for being on the air 24 hours a day. Being a senior, I do not sleep 8 hours a night. My devotional and meditation time is between 2:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. The programs at that time are very inspiring.

        The programming on Christian Radio has consistently emphasized the teaching of God's Word. The Board of Trustees has always directed the staff to maintain a blend of uplifting Christian music, children's programs, dramas, Bible studies, and interactive programs in which listeners can call and ask Bible questions of a local pastor.

        The music heard on KHCB has been a source of comfort and encouragement to many people. Missionary Radio receives between five and ten new releases each week. Each song is evaluated for its doctrinal content to see if it conforms to Biblical teaching and fits the musical format. These songs are entered into the computer library file, and an alphabetical printout is made of all songs. This helps all the staff and volunteers locate a song easily. Of the music, a listener writes:

The music you play is wonderful. It calms my stress-filled days.

        Christian Radio is aware that music is a very personal expression of worship to the Lord and personal taste in music varies widely among believers. Therefore, KHCB tries to keep a balance of favorite gospel hymns as well as more modern praise songs and choruses. During the early evening hours as people are driving home, Bonnie BeMent tries to keep the music light and uplifting. Listeners have written commenting on the pleasant music:

I have found great comfort in the programs presented on your station. I most enjoy Bonnie's program. After a hectic day at the office, the ride home is a lot more tolerable with the uplifting music.

A young mother is likewise blessed by KHCB's music:

Thank you for your broadcasts. I especially enjoy the music between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. I have 3 boys under 4 years old. This is an especially chaotic time at our house and the calming music you broadcast helps us to stay focused above.

        Since its inception, KHCB has also provided messages by local pastors to feed the flock of God by radio. The Trustees wanted KHCB to have a local sound so that listeners could identify with the station, and those who do not attend church would be encouraged to do so. That philosophy continues to hold true today. Over 20 local pastors and laypeople from all around the city participate in KHCB's ministry each week. Christian Radio doesn't want to take the place of the local church. Instead, the station seeks to help the believer remain close to the Lord during the week, between times of corporate worship, when the problems of life threaten to lead him astray.

        Missionary Radio regularly receives correspondence from prison inmates who listen to the station. With dozens of prisons all around the city, the potential number of incarcerated listeners is very high. For these, going to church is not an option so KHCB becomes their primary source of teaching in the Word. One inmate writes:

I am writing this letter from behind the walls of Livingston Penitentiary. I would just like to thank you for your dedication to the Lord and thank the Lord for your ministry. Yours at this time is the only church I am able to have.

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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