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• The studio location and towers have
changed, but CRL is still on Antigua.
• CRL began as an AM station, but today, it
also broadcasts on FM and online.
• CRL started broadcasting seven hours a
day and now broadcasts 24 hours a day.
• Many of the programs were received on
reel-to-reel and then cassettes and CDs
through the mail. Today, almost all of the
programs are received over the internet.
• Those reel-to-reels kept our board operators pretty busy, but today,
all our programs and music are digital and the automation system
handles a lot of the board work.
• In 1974, CRL was raising $1,000 a month to begin operating.
Today, CRL needs nearly $11,000 a month to operate smoothly.
• At the end of 1975, there were three US missionary couples and
six West Indies national staff members working at CRL. Today,
CRL has one US missionary couple and four Caribbean staff
members. I am sure this list could go on and on. Even though the technology and
equipment are always changing, one thing remains constant—our adherence
to the doctrines and principles on which the station was founded, that
is, a basis of biblical truth. Our goals are to evangelize the lost; to edify,
encourage, and train believers; and to assist the growth of the local churches
in the Eastern Caribbean. After 44 years, we have been able to reach several
generations! This summer while canvassing for Vacation Bible School, one of the mission
team members, whom CRL housed, heard this testimony from a listener.
The listener said he grew up listening to CRL with his mother. She told him
the only reason she is a Christian is because of what she heard on the radio
when she was a child. Although this man was not saved as a child, he wanted
the group to know that he is now a second generation Christian because of
the radio station and the testimony and teaching from his mother. He shared
how thankful he is for CRL, and he is convinced that if his mother had not
heard CRL as a child, neither he nor his mother would have been saved.