Bracknell, England ... [ANN] Since the first of January 1998, listeners in Europe are able to tune in to Adventist World Radio on direct-to-home satellite radio.

"This is AWR’s first foray into the exploding world of satellite communication—with a potential audience of 22 million households,"says Don Jacobsen, AWR president. The World Radio Network (WRN) Astra satellite will carry AWR in German and English on a daily basis.

The Voice of Hope in German airs daily on WRN3 from 6:00 to 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 to 10:30 p.m. Central European Time (CET) on the Astra satellite audio subcarrier. The direct-to-home signal is available in analogue and digital (ADR) format, and simultaneously as a live stream on the Internet at www.wrn.org.

AWR’s English language service for Europe is also moving to WRN. The broadcasts are aired daily from 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. CET on the WRN1 network. AWR-Europe Region Director Bert Smit says WRN relays its German and English services to multiple local radio stations and cable networks in Europe. He said WRN has separate networks for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, the Pacific and North America. WRN launched it’s 24-hour-a-day German service in August 1997.

Listeners in Europe wishing to hear English can find WRN1 by switching their satellite receivers to VH-1 television (the frequency is 11.538 GHz) and selecting the audio subcarrier at 7.38 MHZ. For German programs on WRN3, listeners should switch their satellite receiver to Sky Movies (the frequency is 11.436 GHz) and select the audio subcarrier at 7.38 MHZ. The digital service is available by switching the satellite receiver to ZDF (frequency 10.964 GHz) and selecting the mono B audio subcarreir at 7.56 MHZ. [Andrea Steele]

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