Bible Broadcasting Network
TypeChristian radio
Country
United States
HeadquartersCharlotte, North Carolina
Ownership
Key people
Barbara Davey Redemann, President
Carl Redemann, Executive Director
History
FoundedOctober 2, 1971 (1971-10-02)
by Lowell Davey
Coverage
AvailabilityNorth and South America
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitebbn1.bbnradio.org

The Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN) is a listener-supported global Conservative Christian radio network staffed and headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was founded in 1971 by Lowell Davey, who was the network's president until his death in 2017. It remains under family control, with Davey's daughter Barbara Redemann and her husband Carl Redemann leading BBN.[1]

BBN's mission statement is "to get the Word of God into the hearts and minds of as many people as possible using the most efficient means" and its motto is "Giving the Winds the Bible Voice". Doctrinally, the programming is conservative in approach.

Programming content consists of traditional Christian music, including vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists; Bible teaching and sermons; prayer times; children's and teens' programs; and family guidance programs.[2]

Programs

Among the notable ministries having long-running programs on the network are: Running to Win and Moody Church Hour with Erwin Lutzer, Love Worth Finding by Adrian Rogers, Gateway to Joy by Elisabeth Elliot, and the Pacific Garden Mission's radio drama, Unshackled!.[2] Reruns of the Children's Bible Hour and Sugar Creek Gang radio plays are heard daily on the afternoon Captain’s Club program. Adventures in Odyssey, one of the most popular Christian radio shows in the U.S., is aired for teens and preteens.[3]

Founding

The network was founded in 1971 by Lowell Davey (July 22, 1933–February 18, 2017).[4] Hailing from Minnesota, he had previously served in the U.S. Air Force. Upon completing his enlistment, Davey attended Bob Jones University.[5]

Davey entered the field of Christian radio broadcasting when he acquired a bankrupt radio station, WYFI, in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 28, 1969. The station began broadcasting under his ownership on October 2, 1971, at 5 p.m.[6] BBN was still headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia, when it bought Charlotte radio station WSOC (AM),[7] which became WYFQ (AM).[8]

Stations

BBN owns and operates 58 full-power stations and 87 low-power translators in 32 states and Bermuda, distributed by satellite.[9] According to the network's website, they also operate AM and FM radio stations in 14 countries of North and South America.[10] BBN also broadcasts around the world full-time via streaming on the Internet in eight languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, and Russian.[2][11]

Stations in italics are not owned by Bible Broadcasting Network, Inc., but broadcast BBN programming.

Call sign Frequency City of license State First air date Power
(W)
ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class Facility ID
WYFD 91.7 FM Decatur Alabama December 17, 1990 9,000 240 m (790 ft) C2 5118
WGTF 89.5 FM Dothan Alabama December 15, 1981 19,000 64 m (210 ft) C3 17356
WYFZ 91.3 FM Belleview Florida November 18, 2005 900 97 m (318 ft) A 76441
WYBP 90.3 FM Fort Lauderdale Florida August 30, 2012 8,000 94 m (308 ft) C3 72029
WYFB 90.5 FM Gainesville Florida August 1, 1985 97,000 207 m (679 ft) C1 5083
WYBW 88.7 FM Key Colony Beach Florida March 20, 2013 400 28 m (92 ft) A 175255
WYBX 88.3 FM Key West Florida August 25, 2012 1,900 31 m (102 ft) A 90786
WYFO 91.9 FM Lakeland Florida November 7, 1989 25,000 97 m (318 ft) C3 5116
WDBW-LP 97.3 FM Port St. Joe Florida 2002 94 30.6 m (100 ft) LP1 134360
WYFE 88.9 FM Tarpon Springs Florida September 1, 1989 60,000 137 m (449 ft) C1 5173
WYFK 89.5 FM Columbus Georgia July 29, 1987 50,000 134 m (440 ft) C2 5144
WYFS 89.5 FM Savannah Georgia November 10, 1986 100,000 183 m (600 ft) C1 5163
WYFA 107.1 FM Waynesboro Georgia September 23, 1985 25,000 90 m (300 ft) C3 5167
WYFW 89.5 FM Winder Georgia April 1993 6,000 61 m (200 ft) A 5125
WYHI 99.9 FM Park Forest Illinois June 12, 2018 50,000 150 m (490 ft) B 23476
WYHX 96.3 FM Indianapolis Indiana September 9, 2022 3,300 87 m (285 ft) A 60207
WYBV 89.9 FM Wakarusa Indiana May 24, 2006 1,750 100 m (330 ft) A 88656
WYHN 90.1 FM Washington Indiana June 27, 2023 420 38.7 m (127 ft) A 762135
KYFW 88.3 FM Wichita Kansas September 24, 1988 17,000 43 m (141 ft) C3 5098
WYHH 89.7 FM Highland Heights Kentucky August 25, 2017 12,000 97 m (318 ft) C3 4280
KYFL 89.5 FM Monroe Louisiana October 9, 1992 25,000 115 m (377 ft) C2 5142
KYFJ 93.7 FM New Iberia Louisiana December 17, 2014 100,000 296 m (971 ft) C1 8167
WYFP 91.9 FM Harpswell Maine December 15, 1997 6,000 44 m (144 ft) A 17482
WYBA 90.1 FM Coldwater Michigan July 15, 2008 32,000 77 m (253 ft) B 121240
WYHA 102.9 FM Grand Rapids Michigan June 28, 2020 50,000 150 m (490 ft) B 22918
KYFI 630 AM St. Louis Missouri September 25, 2013 5,000 B 73299
KYHK 89.5 FM Kearney Nebraska July 20, 2013 1,000 106 m (348 ft) A 762136
KYFG 88.9 FM Omaha Nebraska 1996 1,500 147 m (482 ft) A 50311
KYBF 90.1 FM Scottsbluff Nebraska July 23, 2023 920 62 m (203 ft) A 762137
KYFV 107.1 FM Albuquerque New Mexico June 19, 2021 24,500 215 m (705 ft) C2 228
KYHA 88.1 FM Clovis New Mexico April 20, 2024 1,000 62 m (203 ft) A 762138
WYBY 920 AM Cortland New York 2007 1,000 day
500 night
B 9428
WYHW 104.5 FM Carolina Beach North Carolina December 1, 2015 17,000 120 m (390 ft) C3 74159
WYFQ 930 AM Charlotte North Carolina March 16, 1992 5,000 day
1,000 night
B 5152
WYBH 91.1 FM Fayetteville North Carolina unknown 255 195 m (640 ft) A 85067
WYFL 92.5 FM Henderson North Carolina October 3, 1981 100,000 308 m (1,010 ft) C0 5100
WHPE-FM 95.5 FM High Point North Carolina October 14, 1974 100,000 159 m (522 ft) C1 5164
WYFQ-FM 93.5 FM Wadesboro North Carolina February 12, 1996 8,700 169 m (554 ft) C3 73965
WCVV 89.5 FM Belpre Ohio unknown 4,400 117 m (384 ft) A 4640
WYFY 88.1 FM Cambridge Ohio unknown 1,500 44 m (144 ft) A 172915
WYBQ 88.3 FM Leesport Pennsylvania August 2, 2013 670 84 m (276 ft) A 175920
WYFU 88.5 FM Masontown Pennsylvania 1998 16,000 106 m (348 ft) B1 81152
WYFV 88.5 FM Cayce South Carolina October 10, 1990 50,000 52 m (171 ft) C2 5101
WYFG 91.1 FM Gaffney South Carolina October 12, 1982 100,000 210 m (690 ft) C1 5132
WYFH 90.7 FM North Charleston South Carolina July 7, 1984 50,000 145 m (476 ft) C2 5095
WYBK 89.7 FM Chattanooga Tennessee November 18, 2010 100,000 250 m (820 ft) C1 65216
WYFC 95.3 FM Clinton Tennessee October 12, 1989 1,450 204 m (669 ft) A 5153
WYFN 980 AM Nashville Tennessee April 15, 1991 5,000 B 8725
KYFB 91.5 FM Denison Texas January 19, 2007 4,500 67 m (220 ft) A 85512
KYFP 89.1 FM Palestine Texas May 15, 2000 100,000 148 m (486 ft) C1 85164
KYFS 90.9 FM San Antonio Texas April 9, 1992 100,000 130 m (430 ft) C1 5115
KYFO-FM 95.5 FM Ogden Utah April 23, 1994 100,000 219 m (719 ft) C1 5176
WYFJ 99.9 FM Ashland Virginia February 1, 1980 6,000 100 m (330 ft) A 5096
WYFT 103.9 FM Luray Virginia January 12, 1987 6,000 92 m (302 ft) A 5110
WYFI 99.7 FM Norfolk Virginia October 2, 1971 50,000 139 m (456 ft) B 5143
KWFJ 89.7 FM Roy Washington unknown 1,000 30 m (98 ft) A 8393
KYFQ 91.7 FM Tacoma Washington May 13, 2015 4,300 582 m (1,909 ft) C1 62470

Translators

In addition to its full-power stations, BBN is relayed by 87 translators to widen its broadcast area.

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license State FCC info
W269AX 101.7 Anniston Alabama FCC (W269AX)
W280DA 103.9 Florence Alabama FCC (W280DA)
W230AV 93.9 Gadsden Alabama FCC (W230AV)
K218CV 91.5 Springerville Arizona FCC (K218CV)
K286AQ 105.1 El Dorado Arkansas FCC (K286AQ)
K219LZ 91.7 Springdale Arkansas FCC (K219LZ)
W219BZ 91.7 Lewes Delaware FCC (W219BZ)
W265BJ 100.9 Crystal River Florida FCC (W265BJ)
W241BP 96.1 Kissimmee Florida FCC (W241BP)
W257BF 99.3 Leesburg Florida FCC (W257BF)
W249CH 97.7 Palm Coast Florida FCC (W249CH)
W247AF 97.3 Sarasota Florida FCC (W247AF)
W260CA 99.9 Sebring Florida FCC (W260CA)
W228BK 93.5 Union Park Florida FCC (W228BK)
W224CQ 92.7 Winter Garden Florida FCC (W224CQ)
W273AE 102.5 Albany Georgia FCC (W273AE)
W293CH 106.5 Brunswick Georgia FCC (W293CH)
W245CN 96.9 Griffin Georgia FCC (W245CN)
W282AE 104.3 Macon Georgia FCC (W282AE)
W209AY 89.7 Jasper Indiana FCC (W209AY)
W209CL 89.7 Washington Indiana FCC (W209CL)
K207EX 89.3 Marshalltown Iowa FCC (K207EX)
K258AE 99.5 Hutchinson Kansas FCC (K258AE)
K204CR 88.7 McPherson Kansas FCC (K204CR)
K281CD 104.1 Newton Kansas FCC (K281CD)
W202AZ 88.3 Frankfort Kentucky FCC (W202AZ)
K217FD 91.3 Alexandria Louisiana FCC (K217FD)
K290AL 105.9 Minden Louisiana FCC (K290AL)
W248CB 97.5 Augusta Maine FCC (W248CB)
W277AM 103.3 Portland Maine FCC (W277AM)
W286CU 105.1 Saco Maine FCC (W286CU)
W218AY 91.5 Laurel Mississippi FCC (W218AY)
K204CS 88.7 Poplar Bluff Missouri
K212GG 90.3 Grand Island Nebraska FCC (K212GG)
W220EL 91.9 Jamestown New York FCC (W220EL)
W216CG 91.1 Pottersville New York FCC (W216CG)
W274BV 102.7 Boone North Carolina FCC (W274BV)
W229CF 93.7 Charlotte North Carolina FCC (W229CF)
W255BE 98.9 Fuquay-Varina North Carolina FCC (W255BE)
W287AI 105.3 Goldsboro North Carolina FCC (W287AI)
W287AH 105.3 Greenville North Carolina FCC (W287AH)
W269CW 101.7 Hendersonville North Carolina FCC (W269CW)
W240AW 95.9 Kinston North Carolina FCC (W240AW)
W280EP 103.9 Lumberton North Carolina FCC (W280EP)
W290AD 105.9 Southern Pines North Carolina FCC (W290AD)
W220DL 91.9 Statesville North Carolina FCC (W220DL)
K204FG 88.7 Bismarck North Dakota FCC (K204FG)
W210BG 89.9 Ashland Ohio FCC (W210BG)
W207CC 89.3 New Philadelphia Ohio FCC (W207CC)
W202AW 88.3 Sandusky Ohio FCC (W202AW)
W218BL 91.5 Willard Ohio FCC (W218BL)
W218CP 91.5 Wooster Ohio FCC (W218CP)
K278AF 103.5 Ponca City Oklahoma FCC (K278AF)
W219DB 91.7 Johnstown Pennsylvania FCC (W219DB)
W247BR 97.3 Anderson South Carolina FCC (W247BR)
W260AK 99.9 Georgetown South Carolina FCC (W260AK)
W223BG 92.5 Lugoff South Carolina FCC (W223BG)
W241BI 96.1 Orangeburg South Carolina FCC (W241BI)
W222CV 92.3 Rock Hill South Carolina FCC (W222CV)
W242AH 96.3 Sumter South Carolina FCC (W242AH)
W220EE 91.9 Columbia Tennessee FCC (W220EE)
W202BG 88.3 Dyersburg Tennessee FCC (W202BG)
W229AK 93.7 LaFollette Tennessee FCC (W229AK)
W286AG 105.1 Morristown Tennessee FCC (W286AG)
W210BO 89.9 Tullahoma Tennessee FCC (W210BO)
W239AE 95.7 Winchester Tennessee FCC (W239AE)
K218EB 91.5 Greenville Texas FCC (K218EB)
K203EQ 88.5 Lufkin Texas FCC (K203EQ)
K217CP 91.3 Paris Texas FCC (K217CP)
K217FQ 91.3 Centerville Utah FCC (K217FQ)
K231CD 94.1 Smithfield Utah FCC (K231CD)
W218CQ 91.5 Accomac Virginia FCC (W218CQ)
W296AM 107.1 Bassett Virginia FCC (W296AM)
W240AF 95.9 Charlottesville Virginia FCC (W240AF)
W208BN 89.5 Christiansburg Virginia FCC (W208BN)
W224AF 92.7 Danville Virginia FCC (W224AF)
W261AI 100.1 Fairlawn Virginia FCC (W261AI)
W204CH 88.7 Fredericksburg Virginia FCC (W204CH)
W293BQ 106.5 Harrisonburg Virginia FCC (W293BQ)
W249AL 97.7 Pulaski Virginia FCC (W249AL)
W261AH 100.1 Radford Virginia FCC (W261AH)
W253BE 98.5 Salem Virginia FCC (W253BE)
W268AC 101.5 Waynesboro Virginia FCC (W268AC)
W267AK 101.3 Winchester Virginia FCC (W267AK)
W224AE 92.7 Wytheville Virginia FCC (W224AE)
W209AX 89.7 Fairmont West Virginia FCC (W209AX)
W244BB 96.7 Princeton West Virginia FCC (W244BB)
K217EY 91.3 Laramie Wyoming FCC (K217EY)

References

  1. ^ "Fifty Years". BBN Monthly Newsletter. Bible Broadcasting Network: 3. January 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Hollenbeck, Gail (September 3, 2005). "Radio station still warm, not fuzzy". St. Petersburg Times – via Newspapers.com.Open access icon
  3. ^ "Christians Take to the Air Waves". St. Petersburg Times. July 29, 1995. pp. E6.
  4. ^ BBNRadio.org (2017-02-18). "Lowell Davey Finished Well". Charlotte, NC. Retrieved 2022-05-29.
  5. ^ Davey, Lowell (2020). 5 P's in the Progress of a Disciple. Bible Broadcasting Network.
  6. ^ Hollenbeck, Gail (September 3, 2005). "First BBN station dawned in '71". St. Petersburg Times – via Newspapers.com.Open access icon
  7. ^ Parker, Jennifer French (1992-09-30). "WSOC Says Swap Will Change Little". The Charlotte Observer. p. 1D.
  8. ^ "Call Sign History". Retrieved 2022-05-29.
  9. ^ Becker, Roy (August 2, 2017). "BBN Spreads Message With GatesAir". Radio World. Vol. 41, no. 19. p. 29.
  10. ^ Stations List, BBN Radio, retrieved 2022-05-29
  11. ^ "Language selection". Bible Broadcasting Network. Retrieved December 26, 2020.