LOUISVILLE, Ky. (KT) – Christian television station WBNA TV 21 and radio station 88.5 WJIE are making airwaves available to carry Louisville area church services on Sunday mornings at no charge during the coronavirus outbreak.
Many of the services are livestreams of local church services with a count of 29 so far.
“It struck me when all this broke about two weeks ago and we heard churches were closing,” said WBNA General Manager Tom Fawbush. “It kind of hit me and everybody here that we could help. All the streaming is so simple now. We can take the livestreams from websites and put them on the TV station. We were surprised how simple it was.”
The station is strong enough that the television and radio broadcasts can reach anyone in the Louisville market, he said.
“Over the next couple of weeks listeners will hear live church services on WJIE instead of our regular music format,” said Troy Miles, general manager of WJIE Radio. “We decided to open up our airwaves to local churches… at no cost through Easter and maybe longer.”
It has given churches who have members without computer access a way to watch services on television or listen on the radio.
“A lot of the over 50 and over 60 people don’t want to mess around with that (Facebook) technology,” Fawbush said. “They’re used to traditional media. We’re a full-power broadcast station. If you have an antenna or Spectrum cable, you can reach us.”
Highview Baptist (10:30-11:30 a.m., ch. 21.2 and 9:30-10:30 p.m., ch. 21.4), Westport Road Baptist (9:30-10:30 a.m., ch. 21.2 and 2-2:30 p.m., ch. 21.4) and Beechland Baptist (5-6 p.m., ch. 21.4) are among the Kentucky Baptist churches that are on the schedule. Visit wbna21.com for a complete list.
Listeners can tune to 88.5 WJIE Sunday mornings and repeats on 94.7 FM and AM 900 Christian Talk and teaching Monday to Friday.
“This is a really rewarding project for us and a way we can contribute to the church community in this time of uncertainty for all,” Fawbush said.