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Shortwave Broadcaster Plans New Facility on Madagascar

Shortwave Broadcaster Plans New Facility on Madagascar

Construction will begin this fall on a $7 million facility for shortwave broadcaster World Christian Broadcasting on an 85-acre property on the island of Madagascar.
The organization also has expanded its KNLS facility in Anchor Point, Alaska.
A report by the National Association of Shortwave Broadcasters quotes WCB President Charles Caudill saying the expansion is an “indication of the company’s confidence in the future of shortwave” and in Digital Radio Mondiale technology.
The new facility in Madagascar will target listeners in Western Europe, southern and western China, India, Indonesia, South America and Africa. It will use three 100 kW transmitters feeding four antennas, one of which will serve Madagascar itself, NASB reported.
KNLS is 120 miles southwest of Anchorage; it broadcasts daily in Russian, Mandarin Chinese and English. That station targets listeners in areas including China, Russia, Samoa, Tasmania and the Solomon Islands. It uses a 100 kW Harris transmitter and recently doubled its broadcast day by adding a 100 kW Continental transmitter and a second TCI antenna.
The broadcaster is headquartered in Tennessee. The director of engineering is Kevin Chambers.