SOS - RADIO 74 about to be cut off in Switzerland
This is really, really, really urgent. Please pray and act to help avoid imminent loss. RADIO 74 will be forced to go off the air in Switzerland if overdue transmission fees are not paid by this weekend. We expect a miracle from God.
Around the clock transmission to four large zones of Switzerland, including Zurich the largest with population of nearly 2 million, costs only $16,500 per quarter. Long overdue second quarter fees must be paid by July 14th and the third quarter by end of August to avoid our non-renewable contract being cancelled.
Why are we short? Due to recent expansion into Switzerland. Along with EU countries, Switzerland is in transition from AM and FM broadcasting to DAB+ (Digital Audio Broadcasting). Switzerland has already closed down all AM radio transmitters, and FM will end by 2024. DAB+ channels are in short supply. The waiting line is years long. If we lose our broadcasting contract we’ll likely never get it back.
By miracle, RADIO 74 was the first religious network the Swiss ever authorized soon after the introduction of DAB+. French based RADIO 74 sensed God leading four years ago to expand into Switzerland and we stepped out by faith. God has blessed. Authorities authorized us, and so far we’ve survived. Thousands of people are listening and hearing the Everlasting Gospel every day. Yet the financial burden is heavy. DAB+ transmission costs $16,500 per quarter, but gives us access to about 1/3 of the Swiss population of 8 million. RADIO 74 in France, on the air since 1982, is the ministry behind this effort, and it urgently needs your financial support especially during the Swiss transition to DAB+. As listenership to DAB+ grows, donations are improving (mainly from people of other denominations) but not yet adequate.
RADIO 74 is by far the most extensive and efficient ongoing evangelism effort in Switzerland today. We are an independent, supporting lay ministry of the Church, a member of ASI, though not funded by the small Swiss Union which has not been able or willing to support us in any way. We broadcast in English, French and will soon begin in German.
Since RADIO 74 expanded into Switzerland in 2014, a well-financed Catholic network, Radio Maria, and an evangelical radio network, Radio Phare (with contemporary Christian music) have started up. They already cover most of the country (our goal too), and compete for listeners. If RADIO 74 goes silent, many of our listeners will switch to these other radio stations. Do we want that?
I think you agree. Jesus return is imminent. RADIO 74 dares not retreat or abandoned its mission of broadcasting the Present Truth, also in Switzerland.
And so I’m asking you to pray for this ministry. And if you could, make a sacrificial offering today. Use your credit card at our secure websites. Or to avoid fees, ask your banker to make a wire transfer from your account to that of RADIO 74, either in France, or if you need an IRS income tax deductible receipt, then donate through our sister organization in the USA, RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE. Earmark your gift for Switzerland.
Complete information and banking details at our websites:
www.radio74.org France www.radio74.net USA
We thank you for coming to the rescue at this critical moment. May God bless you abundantly!
Ron Myers Founder RADIO 74 networks
Tel. 269 903 8701