Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sermon on the Net Area Services Heard on Computer

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sermon on the Net Area Services Heard on Computer

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ISt. Louis -produced "The Lutheran Hour" can be heard via the Internet all over the world -- even in space.

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THE WORLD'S oldest Gospel radio program is celebrating its 70th year by becoming a pioneer - again. Beginning Easter Sunday, March 30, the St. Louis-produced "The Lutheran Hour" can be heard, not just read, using the Internet sound program called RealAudio. Call up http://www.lhm.org on the Internet. An area clergyman's sermon will be available far beyond the program's usual reach: 1,200 stations in 130 countries. In St. Louis it's heard Sundays at 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on radio station KFUO (850 AM). Several months ago the Rev. Dr. Wallace Schulz of Pacific spoke into a microphone in the wood-paneled studio on Hampton Avenue about the hope of Easter and its promise of eternal salvation. As always, staff members mailed the compact disc recordings to radio stations around the world. Scores of stations then translated the programs into other languages. The Easter sermon will go farther. It and future weekly programs can be called up in the Arabian desert, Tibetan mountains, Siberian offices, in countries where governments jam Christian radio - even in space. "All anyone needs is a computer with speakers, audio, a modem hooked to a phone line," said James G. Telle, director of marketing and communications for the Lutheran Hour Ministries here, part of the Missouri Synod's 25,000-member, auxiliary Lutheran Layman's League. New computers come with audio cards. Others can be upgraded with a $70 audio card. Computer users beyond the reach of phones - for example, those in space - can link up by satellite. When the first "Lutheran Hour" program was broadcast Oct. 2, 1930, many said radio would not last. Youths who built their own crystal sets were among the most enthusiastic. …

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