Date: March 6, 2012
What was once a small online radio station operating off of just one computer in a single room, is now reaching out to encourage and inspire not only the campus and community of Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich., but listeners from all over the world.
Using a $15,000 sponsorship from the North America Division of Seventh-Day Adventists Communication Department, CMRadio began as a ministry of the Center for Youth Evangelism at Andrews University in 2002. Originally focused on young adults, it was then known as AYRadio (Adventist Youth Radio) and housed on a single computer in a small office. It was quickly determined CMRadio had a ministry to share beyond campus. In 2005, AYRadio became CMRadio and moved into its permanent studio located in the Office of Campus Ministries in Andrews University Campus Center.
Yet, CMRadio reaches much further than just the area around Andrews. The station has listeners on nearly every continent, from such varied places as Kenya, Australia, Japan, Argentina, the Bahamas, and the Netherlands. “It’s amazing how far CMRadio reaches!” says Richard Parke, a volunteer who serves as station manager for CMRadio. “You can listen to it anywhere in the world at any time. All one needs is an Internet connection and you’re immediately connected with Andrews.”
“CMRadio’s mission is to bring Jesus closer to the lives of its listeners through spiritually uplifting music and programming,” says Parke. The station plays current Christian contemporary and gospel music, as well as music from some classic Christian artists like Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant.
CMRadio operates with the help of just a few committed volunteers. It is the only station that airs Andrews University Campus Chapel live throughout the school year. CMRadio’s website also has interviews with artists who perform at the Howard Performing Arts Center such as Take 6, Committed and Sandi Patty.
In addition to providing Christian music, CMRadio offers several syndicated Christian programs including 20 the Countdown Magazine, Keep the Faith, and Walk the Way. Sabbath morning programs include Scriptural Pursuit, Your Story Hour and live audio from the worship service at Pioneer Memorial Church. In February 2012, CMRadio added a new program to their lineup called Under the Radar.
“Under the Radar highlights some of the best undiscovered and under-appreciated tunes from Christian artists,” says Richard Parke, station manager for CMRadio. “Host David Trout shares stories, spiritual insight, and exclusive artist interviews to discover the depth of faith and creativity found in the music.”
The day’s song lineup is posted on line, but listeners aren’t tied to a pre-selected playlist. “Listeners are able to request a song and within the next three minutes, it will play!” says Lindsey Pratt, assistant station manager and a theology student at Andrews. Pratt is one of only four enthusiastic volunteers who donate their time and energy to CMRadio’s mission of spreading the Word of God through the medium of music.
“It has been a blessing to work at CMRadio,” says Pratt. “There is so much inspiring music that anyone can listen to online for free.”
To learn more about CMRadio or to take the opportunity to listen in on your computer or mobile device, visit www.andrews.edu/go/cmradio.
-Written by Ashley Meyer, student news writer, Office of Integrated Marketing & Communication