Terrorism, military conflict, natural disaster, pandemic, financial crisis, broad moral degradation, hopelessness and every species of unrighteousness are but current descriptors of the state of the world today. Although there are a few individuals whose wealth temporarily allows them to avoid the consideration of eternal truth and consequence, this world is largely a hurting mass of individuals that needs to know that there is hope! While some fret, regarding these facts, these terms are actually a clarion call to the energized work of evangelism!
Even the briefest glance at the news confirms that time is short! This is ESPECIALLY so in the large cities of the land. Circumstances are ushering multitudes into eternity, each day, unprepared! Whether in strict accord with one set of estimates or another, knowing this reality one must ponder with what urgent invitation had those who are no longer with us been invited to enter the Kingdom? Many faithful souls ARE working to their maximum potential, but is there ANYTHING else that can be done to hasten or improve the situation?
Considering the magnitude of the work that remains, and the comparatively small number of workers, it seems appropriate to consider using the most efficient tools available to warn those still in jeopardy. As we at Radio of Hope have known and observed for more than a decade, radio does not replace the local Church, but is a great foot-in-the-door tool to overcome fear, prejudice and now "social-distancing".
The current population of the Greater Seattle metro area is about 3.5 million. The number of Seventh-day Adventists is about 23,000. The statistical likelihood of adequate evangelistic efforts taking place, EACH DAY, without the earnest use of mass-media, strongly indicates that we must be engaged in broadcasting in every market where the opportunity exists! Gated communities, urban tenements, Stay-at-home directives and extended commutes over thousands of square miles demand aggressive action!
Olympic Media operates (now in our tenth year) KROH 91.1 FM from our home-base in Port Townsend, Washington. This provides a good signal over several counties in western Washington, but not over the Seattle Metro area. This was a known limitation from the very beginning, but was the only available option with which to begin! Building new FM stations to fill this need are not possible because of existing congestion in the FM band. Decades can transpire between construction windows for new AM stations as well. Fortunately, this does NOT mean there are no opportunities at all! While the possibility of purchasing other stations has come and gone in the past (in some interesting bidding wars) we currently have a very real chance to succeed! What has changed? Good question!
The on-going Covid-19 pandemic has caused great distress in the commercial broadcast market! Multiplied millions of dollars in advertising has been cancelled and commercial stations are hurting! So much so that numerous stations around the nation are at least temporarily (and some permanently) closing up shop (going silent). That's the bad news. The good news is that several of these stations are available for purchase at a considerable savings! One such station (now silent) has operated in the Seattle/Tacoma market at 1210 AM since 1959 and most recently covered the following impressive territory.
The following maps provide more detailed information of the 1210 AM coverage over portions of southwest British Columbia.
In 2004, during a period of better fiscal days, the 1210 AM station sold for $6 million dollars, but is currently being offered to Radio of Hope for only $750k! This amounts to a nearly 79% discount and roughly 21.4 cents per person that can be reached each and every day! An option does exist to purchase this station, on terms, however the first choice is to make a clean buy. The transmitter sits on rented land and the current (but potentially re-negotiable) lease, combined with electrical power, currently runs about $6k a month. After an initial $50k down, if monthly payments were made on an interest-free balance, that would add another $5k per month for a total of $11k. At first blush, these may seem like large sums, but have you ever watched the Amish move a barn? This project is completely possible!
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For efficiency comparison purposes, there are several other religious AM stations being operated within the Puget Sound area (several of which carry EWTN programming). One notable station operates at 1050 AM with 5,000 watts of power. This station, which can be clearly heard in vehicles in Port Townsend, has a decent footprint over the similar territory depicted below.
More good news is that the 1210 AM station we are seeking to acquire operates with 27,500 watts of power (more than fives times the strength of 1050 AM) and has, by comparison, not only an equivalent footprint (service area), but also significantly greater penetration over the irregular terrain of the region (and also into homes and buildings)! While 1210 AM is also a daytime-only station there would be regular and numerous on-air announcements inviting listeners to switch to listening to our Internet audio streaming signal (already listened to by many in the Metro area) at (www.radioofhope.org/listen) for the overnight hours.
In addition to the regular programming of "Radio of Hope the Network" the establishment of this station will also provide a tailored opportunity to air announcements and promotional items specifically for the Metro radio market. This means that evangelistic outreach and community-service actions of the local churches can be regularly brought to the attention of the general Metro public each day! What a tremendous tool, capable of counteracting the copious misinformation that exists regarding this movement, is this radio station!
Visionary evangelistic-partnerships are being sought NOW to acquire this great asset! Not next month or next quarter! ASAP! This is a partnership opportunity that is truly worthy of the term 21st Century! Just imagine the impact of reclaimed and Present Truth being aired, seven days a week, over this entire region! Better than imagining it...help it to happen! It's not going to get easier as time goes by. Powerful forces on the left and right are leading the way directly to the final chapters of the Great Controversy.
For additional information, or to indicate your desire to support this exciting project, either initially or through ongoing monthly support, you can:
Also, of major importance, if you know of someone who you believe could or should be interested in this project, please send them this page address!
We and the current owner are ready to take action NOW! We could potentially turn this station back on in about a month!
Our mailing address is Box-1882, Port Townsend, WA 98368.
You can also go directly to the donations page here. Mark your gift the 1210 Project and we'll know what you mean.
The current balance for the 1210 Project is $00.00 provided through 000 one-time or initial gifts and an additional $00.00 from 000 monthly, recurring gifts from our terrific Gospel Warriors! Bless you all!