It’s kind of an exciting day at Spring Arbor University. We’re launching a "hybrid" radio station that will broadcast on the frequency held by the contemporary Christian music station Power Praise FM for decades. When I say hybrid, I mean a station that plays both traditional Christian (Mercy Me, Switchfoot, Michael W. Smith, Zoegirl…) and mainstream (U2, Sheryl Crow, Kelly Clarkston, Sting…) music. It will actually be about 2/3 mainstream.
The concept of HOME.fm–as it’s being called–is to be a station that will play music familiar to almost all listeners while seasoning it will Christ-centered music some might not be exposed to on a regular basis. All music is screened to make sure the content is appropriate and family-friendly, which is another mission of the statement. Music and announcer commentary is going to be completely clean and fun, so parents won’t have to worry about crude jokes or loose language when listening to it with Johnny on the way to soccer practice.
It’s pretty cool to be a part of. I haven’t done a whole lot, but my boss oversees broadcast ministries at the Arbor and was the one to push for the new station format.
Loyal Power Praise listeners will surely have some issues with the decision. Some might think SAU is compromising. But, that’s just stupid. It’s not a compromise at all; it’s smart. And I pray for its success and influence. Besides, if they want to hear the same stuff, they can just change their dial and keep listening to the same thing on a different frequency.
Anyway, if you want to listen online, head to http://www.myhome.fm and then click on the Listen Live link. People around the Jackson area can tune to 106.9 FM; there are several other frequencies that will broadcast the station around southern Michigan, but I’m not sure what they are. Probably can find it on the Web site.