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Radio News in February 2005

Shortwave radio evangelist Gene Scott dies at age 75

Gene ScottDr. Gene Scott, a televangelist well known for his eccentric religious broadcasts carried around the world on shortwave radio, died on February 21 after suffering a stroke. He was 75. For three decades, Scott was pastor of Los Angeles University Cathedral, a Protestant congregation of more than 15,000 members housed in a landmark downtown building. Scott's church raised millions through round-the-clock broadcasts demanding his listeners to donate to the ministry. He enjoyed a lavish lifestyle including chauffeured limousines and a fleet of racing-horse ranches. His finances came under repeated scrutiny over the years.
     Gene Scott began hosting live television broadcasts in the mid-70's and became one of the most well-known televangelists. The University Network, broadcasting Gene Scott 24 hours a day on mediumwave and shortwave, interrupted its programs early Tuesday (Universal time) to inform about Scott's death. The University Network can be heard over the Caribbean Beacon in Anguilla, WWCR in Nashville, Tennessee, KAIJ in Dallas, Texas, and over a Caribbean Beacon relay station in Cahuita in Costa Rica. Aside from radio stations around the Western hemisphere, Scott's programs can also be seen on television as well as over the internet and satellite. According to a message heard on the University Network, programming is said to continue for the time being.
(DXing.info, February 22, 2005)

Marfil Estéreo from Colombia heard on 5910.4 kHz shortwave

Logo of Marfil EstereoMarfil Estéreo, a Christian FM station in Colombia, is being rebroadcast on 5910.4 kHz shortwave. The transmitter is located in Puerto Lleras. Marfil Estéreo 88.8 FM was first reported heard by Björn Malm in Ecuador on January 30. The station is run by Colombia para Cristo, an evangelical organizacion that also operates La Voz de Tu Conciencia (see DXing.info news in June 2002), currently broadcasting on 6010 kHz in the 49 meter shortwave band. Marfil Estéreo broadcasts popular music from Mexico to Colombian vallenato, but is primarily aimed at spreading the gospel in a mountaineous region of the country. Contact information for the station is: Colombia para Cristo, A.A. 95300,
Calle 44 No. 13-69 Local 1, Bogotá, Colombia, telephones: 338-4716, 338-3807 and 346-1419, and the station also has email.
(DXing.info, February 2, 2005)

Polish local radio launched on 1395 kHz

Twoje Radio has launched one more low-power mediumwave station in Poland. Twoje Radio 6 Plus broadcasts in Radzyn Podlaski in Eastern Poland with 1 kW of power on the frequency of 1395 kHz. The station was first reported heard by Patrick Robic in Austria on February 1. Bernd Trutenau has reported the contact information as follows: ul. Jana Pawla II 2, 21-300 Radzyn Podlaski, Poland. Also email can be used.
(DXing.info, February 2, 2005)

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