The Bowman Signature Project
Launched in 2009 BSP is an on-going campaign developed by FEBC to encourage its programming staff to get out of the studio and into the community. With a long history of shortwave radio dating back 60 years this has not always come easily. But with countless opportunities today for community-oriented radio in the local context this transition becomes imperative. We have found it can also be applied for shortwave in countries such as Myanmar.
The Bowman Signature Project was the focus of a resulting programming conference that FEBC held in Manila in September 2010. Out of this have come good case studies of how the principles of Incarnational Radio (i-Radio for short) have been put into practice.
The project is named after Dr. Robert H. Bowman, one of the founders of FEBC. Now in his 94th year he continues to follow FEBC with great interest and he and his family have made funds available to enable this project.
The BSP Programming Conference in Manila was the latest in FEBC's RadioFest series. It was a very rich exchange of ideas, creativity and encouragement...
Here is a sampling of what we learned about:
- For Chinese ministries it meant going to the mountain villages of Yunnan, among the Lisu people
- For Indonesia it meant launching a study project in a listener's house
- For Myanmar it meant the launch of a karaoke-based initiative that attracts young people
- In the Philippines the Puso sa Puso project was launched prior to the presidential election
- Cambodia staff presented their Well of Life project as part of their drive for offering Healing, Health and Hope to the community in Phnom Penh and surrounding areas
- Mongolian staff presented Heart Jewel a program that teaches Mongolian women practical skills for home and garden
- Takanoya described Japan as "a place where hope has died" and where there are 35,000 suicides a year. Listening to radio is dying out so new outlets are being developed through new technologies.
- Russia also suffers a similar number of suicides while 1-2 million people are now found living on the streets. Innovative talk radio is taking Good News to remote communities via satellite and Internet.
Jan Bayliss who organised the event and coordinated the project wrote the following:
Praise God for all these exciting developments! In 2011 we expect even more fields to join in the Bowman Signature Project.
More details available on request as appropriate.