Radio Worldwide has experienced many changes over the past 50 years, both in the advancement of new technology such as digital equipment and computers, and in the growth and development of the ministry.
Throughout the last 50 years God has provided generously. See how Radio Worldwide began and grew, to be the internationally respected ministry we are today:
1961 – Radio Worldwide is born at Harold Road, in the shadow of Crystal Palace in southeast London. Its founders, Phil and Miriam Booth, want to create good quality radio programmes for the unreached peoples of the world.
1962 – The first programmes are recorded and broadcast.
1964 – The team expands and a recording studio and control room is built at the property.
1965 – The team work alongside others to provide the first introductory course on missionary radio, the EMA Radio Course, recognising that, besides programme production, training Christians to have radio skills is also important.
1970 – The Radio Worldwide ministry has really grown. Every week 30 Radio Worldwide programmes are broadcast on 13 stations worldwide.
Late 1970s – The next door property in Harold Road is divided into flats to accommodate the growing team.
1980 – Hurchington Manor in Bexhill, East Sussex, is purchased as a training unit for overseas students. This new centre offers accommodation and comprehensive radio training courses, and is complete with a brand new radio studio and up-to-date equipment. Radio programmes continue to be produced at Harold Road.
1986 – Radio Worldwide celebrates its Silver Jubilee, with a residential conference and thanksgiving service in London.
1993 – Both the training and programming centres combined, as Radio Worldwide moves to Springhead Park House, Leeds. Their broadcasting and music production studios, training facilities, offices and accommodation for both staff and students are all housed in the new headquarters.Training and partnership projects are developed overseas, so that Christians can learn radio skills in their own communities.
1994 – The first 'On Air Training Course' runs – a 2-week course which combines basic training in radio production skills with live broadcasting. Facilities are updated as technology develops, with new digital recording and editing equipment.
2006 – The Radio Worldwide team are joined by other media ministries in WEC, as Springhead Park House becomes the Northern Centre for WEC International.
2011 – Now in its 50th year, Radio Worldwide continues to produce radio programmes, primarily for non-Christian audiences. Training is also a priority, with involvement in distance learning projects and overseas training, as well as a beginner’s radio course at Springhead Park House.
What will happen next?
No doubt we will face fresh challenges, as we continue to keep up with new media developments. We are excited about what God has planned for the future and we hope to bring the message of Jesus to people worldwide in new and exciting ways.
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