Speaking Hope to the World


History

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From towering cities to remote villages, God is using TWR to lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship. It’s a never-ending, life-changing ministry, and it’s taking place this very moment around the globe.

Trans World Radio was founded on February 11, 1952, as a nonprofit organization for the mass communication of the Good News of Jesus Christ. Burdened for the people of Spain, TWR founder Dr. Paul E. Freed realized that radio would be ideal to reach those in that spiritually needy land. He discovered an open door to establish a missionary radio station in Tangier, Morocco. Spain is directly across the Strait of Gibraltar.

The first “Voice of Tangier” broadcast aired over a 2,500-watt transmitter on February 22, 1954. Programming began in two languages, Spanish and English. By January 1956, the station expanded by broadcasting to 40 countries in more than 20 languages.

Even before the Moroccan government announced that all radio installations were to be nationalized as of December 31, 1959, Dr. Freed had begun negotiating with Radio Monte Carlo in Monaco with the hope of moving the ministry to the European continent. In 1960, TWR moved across the Strait of Gibraltar to Monte Carlo, where broadcasting continued from a building constructed to air Nazi propaganda during World War II.

Transmitting Locations

The story of TWR continues with each broadcast and each new transmitting location.

Monte Carlo
first broadcast October 16, 1960, from a 100,000-watt transmitter
Bonaire
first broadcast August 13, 1964, from a 500,000-watt AM transmitter
Middle East
first broadcast May 1, 1974, from a 600,000-watt AM transmitter
Swaziland
first broadcast November 1, 1974 from an AM and shortwave transmitters
Guam
first broadcast September 4, 1977 from four 100,000-watt shortwave transmitters
Sri Lanka
first broadcast June 7, 1978, from a 400,000-watt AM transmitter
Uruguay
first broadcast October 1, 1981 from a 50,000-watt AM transmitter
Albania
first broadcast October 1, 1992 via Radio Tirana (AM) in Albania
Russia
first broadcast June 1, 1993 from a 250,000-watt shortwave transmitter
Johannesburg, South Africa
first broadcast December 4, 1994, from a transmitting station
Central Asia
first broadcast November 15, 1996, from a 1-million-watt AM transmitter
Grigoriopol
first broadcast August 2, 1999, from a 1-million-watt AM transmitter
St. Petersburg, Russia
first broadcast January 3, 2000 from a 600,000-watt AM transmitter
Brazil
first broadcast November 21, 2004 from a 50,000-watt shortwave transmitter