The Shifting Tide in Africa

I can hear the call to prayer in the distance. I wonder how many Muslims will gather for this mandatory time of worship? “God, these people really need to know You, the one and only true God!” It’s hot and dusty outside. Our clothes and hair are wet and stick to us from the high humidity. We have just returned from a long and miserably hot drive from Hounde, one of Radio Évangile Développment’s eight Christian radio stations in the country of Burkina Faso. A cold shower is a welcomed friend today, as I can’t seem to cool down from the long steamy ride.

My mind returns to the radio station we had visited that day. Joseph Kabore, the station manager, had shared that his station is the only one in Hounde. He commented that out of the 100,000 people in that village, 95% were Muslim. He explained that Muslim leaders come to him and ask if they can announce their meeting times on the radio. Joseph always agrees, and as a result, the large Muslim population listens to Christian programing while waiting to hear the announcement of their meeting times. He told us about many who secretly listen to many of their programs because they want to learn more about God. His primary goal is to share the Word of God. Continue reading

SonSet Radio Upgrade

Since 2005, nearly 50,000 SonSet® radios have been shipped to partner ministries around the world. Despite the proliferation of mobile phones in third-world countries, FM radio continues to communicate the gospel to individuals and entire villages alike. But could the now 12-year-old design benefit from a hardware update? The answer comes in the form of our latest upgrade.

In development for over two years, this new model of SonSet radio provides much-needed internal improvements. The radio chip itself is newer, resulting in better overall performance and longer battery life. Circuitry design and embedded software are now done in-house, along with key enhancements to simplify adding a digital media player for a future edition, now in its early stages of development.

The only visible changes to the latest upgrade are the new, simpler function buttons on the front, enabling bidirectional tuning when multiple channels are programmed – a helpful feature allowing the end user to change channels faster and more efficiently.

Multiple partner ministries have expressed the need for an unlimited number to reach thousands with the gospel. Church/volunteer involvement through both fund raising and processing is key, and are two hurdles keeping the gospel from the hands of potential listeners.

If you are interested in helping us expand our reach with SonSet radios, email info@SonSetSolutions.org for more information.

Audio Guardian

Audio GuardianMany older radio station partners of SonSet Solutions still use CDs, cassette tapes, LP records and even reel-to-reel tapes for storing musical content and archiving radio programs. Preparing a radio show or an entire programming day using these methods can be cumbersome at best. Computer automation systems are now available, but it can still be a time-consuming process to create an attractive program without key information like song tempo, theme, genre or a sermon series title.

The solution? Audio Guardian! This system will allow stations to move all of their program content to reliable and secure computer storage without the fear of “losing” their audio files in a sea of computer bits. Audio Guardian provides a web-based interface for entering key information about each audio file while it is being imported.  Radio automation and/or music rotation systems can then suggest audio files that might be included in a particular show based on selected keywords.  The web interface also allows producers to work from any networked computer, freeing up valuable on-air studio computer time. Currently, there are no commercial systems with all of the features of Audio Guardian.

Audio Guardian is scheduled for installation in the fall of 2016 for partner Radio Lumiere which covers two-thirds of the country of Haiti with gospel programming. Using technology to automate program production increases the amount of time dedicated to creating quality Christian programs that touch the heart and soothe the soul.

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