Behind the scenes: Christian Worship Hour volunteers provide music and technical support on the CWH set at KABY Studios in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The Christian Worship Hour was ordained by God to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the world. The Christian Worship Hour proclaims the Word of God simply and humbly in all its truth and purity, with special concern and compassion for the lost and with hope and encouragement for all believers. The Christian Worship Hour seeks to win the lost to Christ, to minister to the lonely, the elderly, and the shut-ins, and to nurture the saved in their daily walk with the Lord. Our purpose will always be to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ so that all may come to everlasting life through faith in Him, bringing glory to God the Father Almighty. Amen.
The first live telecast of the Christian Worship Hour began in 1979 on KABY TV in Aberdeen, SD. Since then, over 50 TV stations have been added, along with numerous satellite networks and, recently, one worldwide network.
The vision of the CWH is to offer a worship service to those who are housebound. The telecast was never meant to be a substitute for worshipping in your own church.
The broadcast airs live on KABY in Aberdeen, SD: KSFY in Sioux Falls, SD: KPRY in Pierre, SD, and KSDN radio in Aberdeen, SD, has carried the service for more than 40 years. It is available as a 1 week and 2 week delay on more than 50 stations and satellite networks.
At exactly 10:00 o'clock AM and 10 seconds CST every Sunday morning cameras roll. Five volunteers run 3 remote controlled cameras, a video mixer, a computer that projects the words to hymns, sermon notes and the Scripture on the TV screen and 2 separate audio mixers. At exactly 10:58 and 26 seconds the service is cut off automatically by the TV station in Sioux Falls, SD. Four "atomic clocks" synchronized daily by the US Atomic Clock in Fort Collins, CO to ten billionths of a second are used to keep on schedule to the second. The services, along with the sermons, need to be timed exactly so they are completed on time.
In July of 2003 Internet access was established on the CWH website. Four services are archived with the current service available by 2:00 PM CST on the same day.
It’s important to realize that shortwave is so powerful it covers a much larger region than just our primary target area. Think of AM Radio in the United States: (Shortwave is an AM signal as well). At night in the United States you can hear a lot of the “Clear Channel Am Stations” after sunset. Many of these giants cover more than 30 states at night. The most powerful AM station in the US is 50,000 (thousand) watts. But our most powerful shortwave in South Carolina — Angel #1 and Angel #2 — puts out 60,000,000 (million) watts of power. That’s enough to send the signal around the globe.
But like AM Radio, the farther you get from your target the more scattered the signal becomes.
So when we target Africa, the Middle East and India at 1800 Universal Time Clock (UTC) on Angel #1 we have a good clean signal throughout most of that region. But that signal continues on to Australia and New Zealand as well at 2 or 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. Most people are sleeping and the signal is more hit and miss, so it’s not in our “target area." The signal will actually travel completely around the globe and back to where it originated. So we may find that someone in South America actually heard the broadcast on the Africa Antenna. It can and it does happen so don’t be surprised if someone tells you that they listened to the broadcast and it doesn’t match up with your time schedules for that region of the world. That’s the power of shortwave.
There are only a handful of shortwave broadcasters in the United States. Building a shortwave station requires the signature of a sitting President. They built their first two stations when Ronald Reagan was in office. The majority of what they broadcast is ministry-related, but they also carry other broadcasts for US- and German-based companies.
For instance, ABC contracts them to carry the Indianapolis 500 on Shortwave. They carry other sports-related broadcasts and global news feeds as well. It’s a lot like Middle East TV (METV), which is carrying the NCAA Road to the Final Four for CBS. They actually carry those games live primarily for Americans that are living in the region, and for our military who are serving across the Middle East.
Keep in mind the UTC times are standard in areas like Europe, Africa and the Middle East. If our time is 1800 UTC then it’s truly 6 p.m. across Central Africa, making it two hours earlier in Spain and two hours later in the Middle East. But keep in mind that the Universal Time Clock (UTC) is in Greenwich, England, so the times will be much different in the Far East and in Latin America. 0300 UTC (3 a.m.) sounds very early for a Sunday morning broadcast, but in the Far East 3 a.m. is actually 9 a.m. in the primary target area.