The launch of Asia Conference “Live” Internet radio.
Asia Conference Radio was a ground-breaking use of media and the first radio station ever set up for a Christian Conference. Though this represented the first time that City Harvest Church had ever done “live” radio broadcasts, this apparent drawback was at no point evident. Asia Conference Radio was an instant hit with iPhone users, as well as those who could not attend the conference but logged onto the Asia Conference website to tune in.
The line-up of “Live” radio programs done up by a 12-person strong deejay team, led by Danny Yeo Jun Wei, even contained a countdown of the Top 10 Most Popular CHC Original Songs. “Live” radio programs took place every single day as Conference attendees took their lunch and dinner breaks, featuring both English as well as Chinese deejays. With radio programming put together by Yeo, former UFM 100.3’s creative and music director and popular radio deejay, along with sound editing and voice-over talents from the likes of Andrew Crothers, more popularly known as one-half of the 98.7FM feature duo of The Don and Drew Show, Asia Conference Radio ensured quality entertainment for every listener.
Accessible via an iPhone App downloaded from Apple’s iTunes App Store, the station featured “Live” audio feeds of the sessions as the sermons were being preached by various Conference speakers. With no webcasts of the sessions save for one on Sunday morning, this came as a proverbial godsend to those who were unable to attend any particular session or even the entire Conference. For home-maker Lai Baoting, 28, who had been quarantined at home during that week due to a bout of chickenpox, access to the messages as they were being preached was a “thoughtful feature that made me feel part of the Asia Conference from home.”
Also featured were “Live” audio feeds of City News interviews of the various Conference plenary and elective speakers such as David Yonggi Cho, A. R. Bernard, Reinhard Bonnke, Phil and Christine Pringle, Tsai Chin, and more.
A milestone for CHC, Asia Conference Radio represented an engagement of a new media platform for people to hear the Word of God. With this new step into radio broadcasts being well-received and appreciated by many at the Conference, it remains to be seen what CHC has in store for developing and harnessing this powerful media tool.