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Christian radio is a radio format that focuses on transmitting programming with a Christian message. Many such broadcasters play popular music of Christian influence, though many programs have talk or news programming covering associated topics that can have a political angle to them. Many Christian radio stations are commercial in nature, and select music in a manner intended to increase profitability of advertisers, thereby increasing the value of the station's advertising, and the station's profits. Other Christian radio stations are supported by listeners, or by Christian organizations/institutions, or both; these stations seek to evangelize their message instead of commercial gain. A radio format or programming format describes the overall content broadcast on a radio station. ... Christianity is a monotheistic[1] religion centered on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as presented in the New Testament. ... Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... For the Australian radio station, see ABC NewsRadio NewsRadio was an American sitcom, originally broadcast from 1995 to 1999 by NBC. The series is set in a New York City news radio station, WNYX, and starts with the arrival of a new news director, Dave Nelson (played by Dave Foley). ...


Christian music radio outlets mirror commercial radio in many ways, and music in a variety of different genres is available. Many stations play primarily gospel music or worship music, while others play all formats of contemporary Christian music including rock and roll, pop, rap, country, and alternative. Many artists within the Christian music industry criticize Christian radio for only playing "safe" music, and not taking enough chances on new artists, or in some cases older artists, that may not be as appealing to the largely conservative Gospel Music Association. Music radio is a radio format where music is the primary source of broadcast content on both commercial and non-commercial stations. ... Commercial Radio Hong Kong is one of the two commercial radio broadcasting company in Hong Kong (the other being Metro Radio). ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Gospel music may refer to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the first quarter of the twentieth century or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by predominately white Southern Gospel artists. ... Worship music is a style of Christian music that is commonly used to denote songs that are used to worship God and set in a choral music style, usually with repeating, short, easily sung chorus parts. ... Contemporary Christian Music (or CCM) is a genre of popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Alternative rock (also called alternative music[1] or simply alternative) is a genre of rock music that emerged in the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. ... The Christian music industry is a small part of the larger music industry, that focuses on traditional gospel music, southern gospel music, and Contemporary Christian music. ... The Gospel Music Association (GMA) was founded in 1964 for the purpose of supporting and promoting the development of all forms of Gospel music. ...


Other Christian stations will feature a no-music format that features talk radio-style programming and/or long-form "preaching and teaching" programs. Notable examples include Focus on the Family with host Dr. James Dobson and Living Way with Pastor Jack Hayford; an example of an inspirational program is Moments of Melody. Radio drama programs, long dead in most other radio formats, continue to live on Christian radio; notable examples include Adventures in Odyssey and Unshackled!. Still other Christian stations will feature a combination of music and long-form programs. Talk radio is a radio format which features discussion of topical issues. ... Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is a Christian non-profit organization based in the United States. ... James Dobson, Ph. ... Dr. Jack Williams Hayford (b. ... Radio drama is a form of audio storytelling broadcast on radio. ... Adventures in Odyssey is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio series owned by Focus on the Family and created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris. ... Unshackled! is a radio drama series produced by Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois that first aired in 1950, the longest-running radio drama, and one of very few still in production, in the United States. ...


Many Christian radio stations have a mission to encourage their listeners in their faith through encouraging music and teaching, and through supporting ministry events within their listening area.


Popular artists on Christian radio include Third Day, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, Mercy Me, Steven Curtis Chapman, Carman, Sandi Patty, Relient K, Switchfoot, and the Bill Gaither Trio. Note that this short list runs the gamut of Christian music formats from pop to rock to inspirational. Third Day is a Christian rock band formed in Marietta, Georgia during the 1990s. ... Michael W. Smith // Michael Whitaker Smith (born October 7, 1957, to Paul and Barbara Smith in Kenova, West Virginia), often nicknamed Smitty, is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MercyMe Mercy Me is also the title of a song by Alkaline Trio from the album Crimson. ... Steven Curtis Chapman Steven Curtis Chapman (born November 21, 1962 in Paducah, Kentucky, USA) is a contemporary Christian musician who has won five Grammy awards and more Gospel Music Association awards than any other artist in history. ... Carman Dominic Licciardello (born January 19, 1956) is a Christian singer. ... Sandi Patty (born July 12, 1956 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), known as The Voice, is an American Contemporary Christian music singer. ... Relient K is a Christian rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio and named after guitarist Matt Hoopes Plymouth Reliant K car. ... Switchfoot is an alternative rock band from San Diego, California, United States. ... Bill and Gloria Gaither Bill Gaither (born March 28, 1936) is a singer and songwriter of Southern Gospel and Contemporary Christian music. ...


Most Christian radio stations as well as programmers are members of the National Religious Broadcasters organization. There are reportedly 1,600 different Christian broadcasting organizations in the United States, ranging from single stations to expansive networks. It is a common practice for religious broadcasters to purchase many small broadcast translators to create networks that stretch across large regions. Moody Broadcasting Network was the first example, and still one of the largest, though most of its stations broadcast stand-alone programming as well as network feeds. The WAY-FM Network, K-LOVE and Air 1 are other notable examples. The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Association represents 1700 plus Christian religious broadcasters. ... In broadcasting, a translator is an FM radio station or a TV station which acts as a full-duplex repeater. ... The Moody Broadcasting Network in a radio network affiliated with the Moody Bible Institute. ... The WAY-FM Network is a national, non-profit radio broadcasting network in the United States that primarily plays Contemporary Christian music operating in 25 states (as of July 2006). ... K-LOVE is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ... Air 1 is a Christian music radio network in the United States, operated by the non-profit EMF Broadcasting. ...


Notable Christian Radio Broadcasts

Alistair Begg is the Senior Pastor of Clevelands Parkside Church (located near Solon, Ohio), and is the voice behind the Truth for Life Christian radio preaching and teaching ministry that broadcasts his sermons daily in many stations across the U.S..He is also the author of several Christian... Focus on the Family (FOTF or FotF), founded in 1977, is a Christian non-profit organization based in the United States. ... James Dobson, Ph. ... Dr. Jack Williams Hayford (b. ... John Vernon McGee (1904 – December 1, 1988) was an ordained Presbyterian minister (PCUS) who later pastored a nondenominational church and was also a radio minister. ... Unshackled is a radio drama series produced by Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois that first aired in 1950, the longest-running radio drama, and one of very few still in production, in the United States. ... The Old Time Gospel Hour is a ministry program broadcasted from Thomas Road Baptist Church. ... Adventures in Odyssey is an Evangelical Christian-themed radio series owned by Focus on the Family and created by Phil Lollar and Steve Harris. ...

See also

Religious broadcasting is broadcasting religious organizations, usually with a religious message. ... // Alberta Calgary - CJSI (88. ...

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