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Updated January 16, 2015
Birthday RADIO 74
RADIO 74 - Europe celebrates 33 full years of service on January 17, 2015.
On this day in 1982, just after midnight, the first test
transmission lasting about an hour was broadcast using a tiny 15 watt Italian-made
transmitter through a small antenna attached to the lightening rod on the roof of
a friend's home located on a hill in France overlooking Geneva, Switzerland.
Remarkably, several people heard that first live broadcast and wrote to
compliment the station, the first ever English speaking radio station in
France, and the first FM radio station of a religious character ever to be
heard in Switzerland. There remains few
of either in these countries.
On January 19, 1982, RADIO 74 became the first radio station of the region to
continuously transmit 24 hours a day thanks to simple, avant-garde, home-built
Later that first week, a major Geneva newspaper published an article about the
"free radio" phenomenon which prominently featured RADIO 74, and
because of its excellent sound quality, speculated over who was behind it.
Who was bank rolling the station?
chuckled as we looked down at our humble, mostly borrowed equipment which
consisted of one microphone, two turntables, a cheap audio mixer, an audio
compressor, one Revox tape recorder, and the homemade automation system which, for lack of a table, was set up
on the floor of a friend's home," recalls Ron Myers, founder of the
station. "The entire start-up budget was $2,000."
Since then, God has blessed marvelously. RADIO 74 Europe has grown into a regional network of 7 FM transmitters in the NW Alps of France. It’s heard on the powerful “Hot Bird”
direct-to-home satellite in 75 countries, and since 2014 strong regional digital
audio band DAB+ bouquets in Geneva and Zurich rebroadcast the station. The
potential local audience is over 3 million people. The station is
essentially listener supported and operates with a mainly volunteer team of
program producers, journalists, technicians and office staff.
RADIO 74 fostered RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE - USA in 1998, and continues to
provide us programming and technical support. Indeed all programming you
hear across North America emanates from the rustic RADIO 74
facility, on temporary loan, at St. Cergues, Haute-Savoie, France, part way up a
mountain, with a view overlooking Geneva, Switzerland. A new studio building
is under construction which should be finished before next winter.
The eyes and ears of the world have been riveted on France in recent days after
deadly terrorist attacks. Of course only a miniscule fringe ever take
up arms to harm people with differing views.
Indeed, quite a number of RADIO 74 listening friends are of the Muslim faith, which is
approaching 10% of the national population.
They find this radio station attractive because of its similar (Biblical)
views on diet (no pork or other unclean meats), abstinence from alcohol, proper
dress, and respect for people of various religions and philosphies.
Over the years, people of all faiths, or none at all, have come to know
through RADIO 74, and thousands have been led by the Holy Spirit to
become happy, baptized, Bible-believing Christians.
Thank you for praying for the exceptional ministry of RADIO 74
Europe which is providentially placed to reach out to highly secular
people of a hundred nationalities who live and work in that region at
the crossroads of Europe, bringing them the love of Jesus and
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