How To Listen

AWR carefully selects the broadcast media that is appropriate for each region. This traditionally has meant shortwave radio, but more recently has included local AM/FM broadcasts, unique audio devices and also Internet broadcasts, which can be accessed anywhere in the world.



Shortwave’s Continuing Popularity: Since being launched in 1971, AWR has broadcast many hours on shortwave radio because it is the most widely-heard broadcast vehicle in the world. More than 2.5 billion people around the world tune in to shortwave on a regular basis. Research shows that shortwave listeners continue to grow globally, with penetration highest in developing countries. View Schedule


New Opportunities in AM/FM Radio: We pay careful attention to listeners’ changing habits and shift our broadcasts to the media that will reach the most people. In recent years, many countries in Africa have been making frequencies available for local AM and FM stations, and AWR has been pleased to support the development of new radio stations there. View Schedule


Worldwide Expansion through Podcasting: AWR has made a major investment in a media asset management system called Mediator, which enables all of our radio programs to be automatically repurposed as Internet podcasts. Mediator is an enormous expansion of AWR’s broadcasting ministry. Now listeners do not have to be in range of one of our shortwave or AM/FM broadcasts in a specific region; instead, they can subscribe to our programs in any corner of the world where there is Internet service. Podcast Directory


Programming made available when you want it. Over 80+ programs in multiple languages are now just a click away. The On-demand section of AWR's web site features a slick new interface for listeners to navigate through any language and program. Just pick the region, language and program and start enjoying hours of unique programming. Listen Now


Taking Audio Players to Another Level: AWR has introduced several pilot projects to test the feasibility of new broadcast technologies. One project involved distributing a supply of self-contained digital audio players called MegaVoice Ambassadors, which can be pre-loaded with up to 160 hours of recordings. The devices can hold large quantities of radio programs, Bible lessons, and audio books, and can be listened to repeatedly on demand by individuals and even whole groups of listeners. The response to the Ambassadors has been overwhelmingly positive.

In another project, AWR supplied special shortwave radios in several African and Asian countries. The rugged models can be powered by four different energy sources – batteries, electricity, solar panels, or hand cranks – which make them ideal for users in remote areas. 

These projects illustrate many of the unique advantages of radio over other forms of media:

  • Both program production and transmission are affordable and cost-effective
  • Listeners can afford radios more easily than televisions or large numbers of books
  • Listeners do not need to be literate to access the gospel message

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