Hello friends. I'm Nels Wilson. For more than 42 years I have been dedicated to serving Christ through Christian radio station KBGN AM.
KBGN was born decades ago when evangelist Demcy Mylar and architect Harold Shaw nurtured a vision to bring Christian radio to Idaho. In 1960, KBGN became Idaho's very first Christian radio station. Beginning with only 1000 Watts of power at 910 on the AM dial, God's word was sent forth from studios in Caldwell.
Then in 1976, shortly after I joined this ministry, it became necessary to remove our broadcast tower, making room for a new city airport. Since we had to build a new transmitting facility elsewhere, it was decided to also change our broadcast frequency to 1060 kilohertz and increase power to 10,000 watts. With a used transmitter, we began to deliver God's message much farther throughout Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Now some 50 years old, with its voracious appetite for electricity and tubes, that transmitter is becoming ever more costly to operate. Manufacturer support ceased long ago, repair components are expensive and hard to find, and power tubes must routinely be replaced at a cost approaching $2000 each. However, while trusting God for wisdom and direction, our limited ingenuity and tenacity have been multiplied as we have kept the old transmitter beaming forth the Good News for over 42 years.
Clearly, the old transmitter is tired and the time has come for a new unit that is more compact, efficient, technologically advanced and serviceable, at a cost of nearly $50,000.
Adding to the current financial burden was the recent failure of the microwave system which links audio and control signals between our studio and transmitter sites. Though manufacturer support is no longer available, we have repaired that system several times. Because our last repair efforts were unsuccessful, a new and better microwave system had to be installed at a cost of more than $5000.
With these necessary improvements, our broadcast facility will be well set for future ministry to the people of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
Throughout my many years here, I have heard time and again of souls who have been blessed by the edifying messages and music heard over KBGN. For nearly six decades now, the ministry has been able to Keep Broadcasting Good News because many who are being blessed keep supporting their favorite radio programs with prayer and gifts, some of which are shared with us.
Here at KBGN, as we take care to discern and do what God wants, he never fails to take care of us. With that in mind, having taken on this extraordinary expense, we are now giving those who appreciate our faithful ministry an opportunity to share in the cost of this essential new transmitting equipment. Your gift will help KBGN to speak with an even clearer voice as we broadcast an unwavering Christian message to the growing population of Southwest Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
To make it easier to share your gift, we have established this GiveSendGo Christian funding account.