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CHRISTIAN RADIO is a category of radio formats that focus on transmitting programming with a Christian message. In the United States, where it is most established, many such broadcasters play Contemporary Christian music
Contemporary Christian music
, though many programs include talk or news programming covering economic, political or religious topics.


* 1 Business models

* 2 Radio formats

* 2.1 Christian music
Christian music
* 2.2 Christian talk, radio drama, sermons

* 3 American and international availability * 4 Christian radio programs * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


Brokered programming is a significant portion of most US Christian radio stations' revenue, with stations regularly selling blocks of airtime to evangelists seeking an audience. Another revenue stream is solicitation of donations, either to the evangelists who buy the air time or to the stations or their owners themselves. In order to further encourage donations, certain evangelists may emphasize the prosperity gospel , in which they preach that tithing and donations to the ministry will result in financial blessings from God. Others may have special days of the year dedicated to fundraising, similar to many NPR
stations. Although the solicitation of donations and the sale of airtime may resemble a commercial enterprise, such actions do not necessarily constitute a call to action , and thus this does not forbid them from airing on noncommercial licensed stations in the US. A minority of stations, typically music stations, use the traditional model for music radio and allow traditional commercial advertising .

Numerous religious broadcasters own a large number of their own stations. In the USA religious radio stations are exempt from certain rules requiring radio stations to have some local operations, which allows them to have massive networks of transmitters covering far larger areas than a radio station would otherwise be allowed.


Most Christian radio stations transmit a mixture of Christian music and Christian talk and teaching.


Christian music
Christian music
radio outlets mirror commercial radio in many ways, and music in a variety of different genres is available. Many stations play primarily gospel music , including Black Gospel and Southern Gospel , or worship music , while others play all formats of contemporary Christian music
Christian music
, including Christian pop, Christian rock , Christian Rap
Christian Rap
, Christian country music , and Christian alternative rock . Many artists within the Christian music industry
Christian music industry
criticize Christian radio for only playing "safe" music, and not taking enough chances on new artists, or in some cases older artists, that may not be as appealing to the largely conservative Gospel Music Association .

Popular artists on Christian radio stations spanning CCM , Christian rock and Inspirational music
Inspirational music
include Third Day
Third Day
, Michael W. Smith
Michael W. Smith
, Amy Grant
Amy Grant
, MercyMe
, Steven Curtis Chapman
Steven Curtis Chapman
, Carman , Sandi Patty
Sandi Patty
, TobyMac
, Relient K
Relient K
, Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin
, Switchfoot
, Colton Dixon
Colton Dixon
, and the Bill Gaither Trio .

Many secular radio stations devote some of their weekend programming to Christian music; for example, Black Gospel programming is common on Sundays on many stations featuring the Urban Contemporary format.


Other Christian stations will present a no-music format that features talk radio -style programming (sometimes including live radio call-in shows) and/or long-form "preaching and teaching" programs. Notable examples include Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family
with host Jim Daly , Amazing Facts , and Living Way with pastor Jack Hayford ; an example of an inspirational program are Moments of Melody and The Voice of Prophecy . Radio drama
Radio drama
programs, long dead in most other radio formats, continue to be transmitted on Christian radio; notable examples include long-running Adventures in Odyssey
Adventures in Odyssey
and Unshackled! and relative newcomers such as Down Gilead Lane and A Work in Progress .


Most Christian radio stations as well as programmers based in the United States are members of the National Religious Broadcasters , a Christian organization. There are reportedly 1,600 Christian broadcasting organizations in the U.S. They range from single stations to expansive networks. It is common for religious broadcasters to purchase many small broadcast translators to create networks that stretch across large regions. Moody Radio was the first example, and still one of the largest, though most of its stations broadcast stand-alone programming as well as network feeds. Z88.3 in Orlando, Florida, the WAY-FM Network , K-LOVE
, Air 1
Air 1
, The Joy FM , Reach Radio , and the Bible Broadcasting Network are other notable examples in the world.

Christian radio expanded in the early twenty-first century. It became available in the United Kingdom with changes to broadcasting regulations. Premier Christian Radio
Premier Christian Radio
is based in the London area where it is available on medium wave and DAB; elsewhere, it is available digitally or by Internet. United Christian Broadcasters is an international broadcasting and media company; radio stations are based in Albania, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, the Philippines and the United Kingdom.


* Focus on the Family
Focus on the Family
, an internationally syndicated daily interview produced by Focus on the Family * Adventures in Odyssey
Adventures in Odyssey
, a scripted radio comedy/drama for children produced by Focus on the Family * Back to the Bible
Back to the Bible
with Woodrow M. Kroll * Unshackled! * "Global Spiritual Revolution Radio Media Group with Larry Gaiters * CT-20, was Canada's Top 20 Contemporary Christian Countdown. * MAD Christian Radio Show , an internationally syndicated Christian rock program


* Christianity
* Christian media * Christian pop culture
Christian pop culture
* Religious broadcasting – information on UK-based Christian TV ">

* ^ "What\'s Up with Radio?". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27. * ^ "What\'s Up with Radio?". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27. * ^ "What\'s Up with Radio?". ChristianityToday.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27.

* Lochte, Bob (2005). Christian Radio: The Growth of a Mainstream Broadcasting Force. Jefferson , North Carolina