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Bible Broadcasting Network
Type non-profit
Founded October 2, 1971
Founder(s) Lowell Davey
Headquarters Charlotte, NC, United States
Area served North and South America
Industry broadcast
Services religious radio
Website http://www.bbnradio.org

The Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN) is a listener-supported global Christian radio network staffed and headquartered in Charlotte, NC. The programming consists of 50% outside ministries, 30% music and 20% BBN produced programs. The network was founded in 1968 by Lowell Davey (who also serves as the organization's current president) and broadcasts daily prayer times, children's programs, Bible teaching, teen programs, and family guidance programs.[1] The station also plays traditional Christian music including vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists. BBN's mission statement is "to get the Word of God into the hearts and minds of as many people as possible using the most efficient means." Doctrinally, the programming is evangelical in approach, and somewhat Calvinistic. BBN also avoids programming geared towards "signs and wonders", "charismatic" theology, and "prosperity theology".

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BBN's Purpose

Simply stated, BBN's purpose is to get God's word into the hearts and minds of people using the most efficient means. BBN does not consider radio a business but a ministry. They believe the programming must be warm, friendly and informative and must present the truth. BBN indeed produces about 20 % of its own programming. About 30 % of the time is filled with Christ centered music. Half the broadcast day is filled by outside ministries that buy time on many other Christian stations, but they air totally free on BBN. BBN does not sell any ad time whatsoever. They also do not accept money from donations sent to the outside ministries from a BBN station's listening area.

BBN is non-denominational, but they endorse church membership in a Bible believing church. Theologically, they are close in belief to a Conservative Baptist Church or a Preservationist Bible Church. BBN is somewhat Calvinistic, but reject the doctrine of "The Elect". Though they reject Pentecostalism, they accept such believers as fellow Christians and are generally opposed to Roman Catholicism. They tend to endorse the King James Bible, but do not subscribe to the "King James Only" belief.

History

On May 28, 1968, BBN president Lowell Davey made an offer to purchase a radio station in Norfolk, Va. "We sense the need of a quality station that is Christian oriented and has quality music, both classical and Christian," he said in a letter. Davey was not able to buy that station, but the idea of BBN was under way. Official incorporation took place about a year later, on March 28, 1969, when BBN bought a radio station that had gone bankrupt and was off the air. "Through several miracles," Padgett said, BBN started with that Norfolk station. WYFI began on Oct. 2, 1971, at 5 p.m.[1]

BBN Today

  • BBN does not sell airtime and is fully listener supported.
  • A fund raising campaign called 'Share-a-thon' is run annually to finance the station.
  • BBN is staffed by only Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians.
  • The station's theme song is played every morning at 5:57 AM - "To God Be The Glory. Great Things He Has Done."

BBN owns and operates more than 30 full power stations and more than 100 low power stations in 29 different states. BBN also broadcasts around the world full-time via streaming on the internet in several languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, and Russian. They also operate AM and FM radio stations in 14 countries of North and South America. It is estimated that these stations reach over 200 million people.

References

  1. ^ a b Hollenbeck, Gail (2005-09-03). "First BBN station dawned in '71". St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida). http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/03/Citrus/First_BBN_station_daw.shtml. Retrieved 2008-01-02.  

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