TVOM Radio Broadcasts
JUST GIVE ME THE FACTS!
2021 was a successful year for the TVOM radio project. On a weekly basis we had South Korean volunteers and North Korean defectors in our radio studio recording broadcasts. Below are the important facts related to the TVOM broadcasts this year.
- 56 new pieces of digital content uploaded to the secure website.
- 365 medium-wave broadcasts sent to North Korea.
- 1095 short-wave broadcasts sent to North Korea.
- Daily Content: Scripture from the NK Chosun Audio Bible, Hymns sung by North Koreans, and the sermons of the early Korean Christians recorded by both SK volunteers and NK defectors.
NK jamming efforts increased in 2021 for several reasons, perhaps as part of NK’s renewed crackdown on domestic consumption of foreign media content. The TVOM project was well suited to navigate these problems due to attentive frequency management, daily monitoring and trouble-shooting, and counter-jamming techniques that are employed across all our broadcasts.
A NK UU student is faithful to regularly record radio broadcasts.
Careful daily attention to broadcast quality yields many benefits. The 4th quarter saw a sharp increase in reception reports that were received from around the world. We received reports from India, Colombia, Japan, Morocco, Italy, Spain and Bulgaria. Each and every report that we received was important in that it independently verified the signal quality of each of our broadcasts. The listener from Bulgaria recorded our broadcast and uploaded a clip to Youtube from a December 29th recording. One of the interesting things to note is how clear the broadcast is – https://youtu.be/YWSCvXHJaT4.
A listener in Bulgaria monitors our various frequencies and consistently reports on our strong signal. This particular screenshot came from a November 30th, 2021 broadcast.
Below is a fascinating reception report that we received just a few weeks ago. It is notable in that the Japanese man who wrote is himself a Christian and in his report, he noted some jamming by the NK government.
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I am pleased to report reception of your station.
Language Broadcast: Korean
Time-UTC/Program heard/Details and comments:
-At 15:30 an opening announcement of “Covenant Renewal Service”(언약 회복 설교) was given by a male.
-At 15:31 A female read the Bible, First Thessalonians, Second Thessalonians, and First Timothy(from verse 1 to 10 of chapter 1).
-At 15:59 a closing announcement was given.
Reception Condition: Partly jammed by North Korea, from 15:52 until 15:55, but the interference was slight.
Reception Location: Kawaguchi-City,
A SK volunteer records one of the sermons from the early Korean Christians. Both SK volunteers and NK defectors record our radio programs.
Extra Comment: I am pleased to receive your station and write to you for the first time. My name is Ma*********, 54 years old, a Christian, living in Japan.
The reception condition was fair today, and I enjoyed listening to your program to people living in North Korea, who are oppressed by the dictator in their closed society. I was blessed by the Bible reading, sincerely hoping that it will fill North Korean Christians with Holy Spirit to lead other people to Lord, saving their lives physically, and above all spiritually.
The world is still upset owing to covid-19 pandemic, but I hope people in the whole world will successfully get out of the situation and recover their daily life soon.
Thanks for your excellent program. I will be waiting for your reply.
Please Join with us in Prayer for the Following Requests:
아래 기도 제목으로 함께 기도해주세요.
- Pray for a strong and clear signal for the VOMK broadcast. 2021 saw more jamming than in previous years. Please pray that we can effectively monitor our broadcasts and navigate any jamming that is employed by North Korea.
- Pray for the NK students who record the broadcasts. Pray that each student who records the broadcasts would grow because of the Word of God that they are reading and recording.
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What's new in NK radio ministry?
We’ve recently been updating the way in which we broadcast into NK. We learned that TV news broadcasting in NK has more of the sound of our old style broadcast but radio broadcasting in NK is using warmer personal voices these days. Our broadcast is pioneering the use of a combined NK/SK announcing corps, with NKs and SKs interacting about the Bible and the Christian faith in friendly voices. It’s very revolutionary and we think it will attract a wider range of listeners. We are also excited to be broadcasting between program segments the new NK hymns that were recorded as part of last year’s Hymnal Project. These songs were recorded in the traditional NK style and sung by former members of art performance teams in North Korea. We expect that their traditional voices will touch North Koreans’ hearts through the North Korean classical style hymns.
Listen to Amazing Grace in North Korean!
Listen to As The Deerin North Korean!
Listen to God Is So Good in North Korean!
What do we broadcast into North Korea?
Our radio broadcasts are produced by our North Korean Underground University students. In the broadcasts the students share Scripture—both in its pure form and in the North Korean-style dramas which hold such interest for our audience. They read from books on Christian persecution to help underground believers there understand why they face the challenges they do and how to bear up under them.
There are also discipleship training segments, songs (often rewritten versions of North Korean “hymns” originally designed to praise Kim Il Sung), and—for the first time this year—“live” segments where our announcers reflect on their own experiences and explain what are often the very new and foreign words and concepts of Scripture.
How many North Koreans listen to the broadcast?
There are an estimated 2 million North Koreans who tune into their illegal radios each evening.
Does the North Korean government try to block our broadcasts?
Our broadcast is the regular target of ultimately unsuccessful blocking attempts of the North Korean government. The blocking attempts are the best indicators we have of how threatening the NK regime considers our broadcast to be. One of the ways that we overcome the blocking is through our active team of engineers who do whatever it takes on a nightly basis to enable the broadcast to be heard.
It is likely that our broadcast is threatening to NK not only because it is Christian but also because it is voiced by North Koreans. Many broadcasts use South Korean voices. Not only does this make the broadcast harder for North Koreans to understand, but the regime likely considers South Korean voices of evangelism to be less threatening than North Korean voices of evangelism.
Do you have any testimonies of North Koreans listening to the radio?
JKS, a North Korean defector, shared her experience of listening to the radio while she was in North Korea, she came to South Korea in 2006. She said that she listened to the radio for 3 months with her friends just before she left the North. She said that it was quite easy to receive the gospel radio programs and other radio programs from South Korea because she lived in a border area. Here is the story of JKS’ experience of listening to the radio in North Korea:
One night, we closed the door and listened to the radio under the blanket. At the moment that I listened to the radio from South Korea, it was not only amazing but also tears pricked my eyes because of our nation’s state of division.From that point on, I kept listening to radio broadcasts from South Korea with my father. We realized that Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un and their followers are untruthful. I sometimes got furious with them.Later, after I arrived in South Korea, when I talked with my home folks, there were some people who also listened to South Korean radio broadcasts in North Korea. They said that they covered themselves with blankets and agreed that the best time for listening to the radio was from 10 pm to 2:30 am.