The most powerful transmitters in FEBC’s domestic network of 11 radio stations in South Korea belong to HLAZ, which is located on the country’s southern island of Jeju.
The broadcast signal, generated by the station’s 300 kilowatt AM transmitter covers Japan, the densely populated east coast of China, parts of eastern Russia and all of North and South Korea.
On November 29, 2011, the Jeju station began broadcasting a fundraising program for 2 new transmitters that would work together to eliminate any airtime loss due to maintenance or repairs.
The units would cost more than 1 million dollars and be manufactured by Nautel, a Canadian-based company.
Support from a North Korean
During the money-raising effort, the ministry’s staff received an unexpected gift from a woman in north Korea. She had heard the fundraising broadcasts and sent 500 Yuan (about $100) through an emissary.
In FEBC’s 56 years of ministry in South Korea, this was the first time the radio network had received an offering from the North!
A radio program producer at HLAZ has quoted several North Korean defectors as saying: “the station’s sound quality is the best of all…” and that even non-believing defectors were learning about Jesus Christ, because the station’s broadcasts were the only radio sound they could hear clearly. The North Korean defectors’ comments that many people in the North are listening to HLAZ’s programs is a great encouragement to our team in South Korea.
A former military officer who escaped to the South listened to HLAZ regularly, and he emphasized the need for more biblical programs.
The fundraising effort was a success and an order was placed for the new transmitters. The units arrived July 24, 2012…and after installation, testing, and commissioning, they were dedicated on October 24, 2012.
HLAZ has been broadcasting the Gospel message daily since 1973.