WZLP - FM 95.7 - Loudonville, OH

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In 2000, the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church Family approved the long-term goal of establishing a ministry that would seek to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the whole community and specifically to those who were home bound and the unchurched. The opportunity to do this evangelism came about ... See more in a somewhat unusual way. On December 17, 2001, the Zion Lutheran Church became one of only 256 stations to receive a low-power FM station license from the Federal Communications Commission. The church was initially approached by Pastor John Battison, an Episcopalian Rector and Radio Engineer. He challenged Zion to make this project happen for the betterment of the community and to proclaim the Word of the Gospel. For the next six months, a varied group of people lead and encouraged by Pastor Terry Ruther, gathered by all available means the equipment necessary to assemble a radio station. June 9, 2003, WZLP first signed on the air and brought to fruition a goal that was established by the Zion Lutheran Church Family. The official tag line, “Lower Watts, HIGHER POWER” was given by Steve Glasgo of Zion. WZLP is a non commercial radio station, and is totally dependent on the church family and area residents for it’s financial support and volunteer day-to-day operation. With the expertise of and a big thank you to Kermit Richert and Lee Friestad, a bedroom in the church annex was remodeled into a station control room and production studio. Three years later, the station was moved to property purchased by Zion, the former Loudonville Christian Church. The current home of the station is at Valley View Drive, on the southern edge of the village, which is now known as the Christian Community Center. Bill Farris, an Ashland College (Un.) graduate with a Radio/TV Communications Degree, moved back to the Loudonville area from Colorado. He trained interested volunteers in radio communications six weeks prior to going on air, and continued on site training for three years. Today, Farris remains a loyal fan of WZLP in his retirement. In appreciation of his leadership, we now broadcast from the Bill Farris Studio. WZLP is an affiliate of Moody Broadcast Network and SRN News. The first program produced locally was ‘Daily Devotions’, thanks to the volunteer efforts of local readers from Zion. Soon after, a local history program entitled, “Perrysville’s Past”, was created by Maggie Ott. Pastor Terry Ruther, produced a morning talk show, “PT & Co.”. Guests from the community, and beyond, came in for informative interviews, and listeners were entertianed with many antics of the morning crew. Soon after, “Loudonville History”, with host Deb Smith, was brought on board. All of these pioneer programs continue today, along with many additional volunteers from the community, who have joined the WZLP family. Our weekly schedule of 36 hours grew to 24/7 within three years. Six local churches, have joined the radio ministry by producing recordings of their Sunday services to be aired for home-bound and community members. Being a non-denominational ministry, the Word of God is shared by these churches to reach all of God’s people. A challenge the station accepted the first year, was to broadcast all LHS football and basketball (boys and girls) games live. The broadcasts are well received by Redbird fans who cannot attend the games. The team of local sports castors, who give their time, travel, and talent to the community are appreciated by WZLP and listeners. January, 2008, a two year goal was achieved with programming being broadcast over the internet. WZLP can now reach active community members who live on the edge of our low power signal. Relatives and friends in other states and countries, with close ties to the Mohican area, now listen to their hometown church services, community news, school concerts, LHS sports events, and more. The Radio Ministry has been Blessed with faithful supporters, both financially and through volunteerism. Grants from Hugo Young Foundation, Ashland County Community Foundation, and various organizations of Zion, have greatly assisted in the purchase of needed equipment. Sponsors of programming, donations and dedicated hours from volunteers, have kept the station on air. Plans for the future are to create more local programming, and become a disaster media site for the community. WZLP has truly been Blessed as a Ministry in His Hands.

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Religious FM 95.7 16Kbps English
Contact: wzlp@skyrunner1.net

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