The Signal Newsletter

GREEN MOUNTAIN EDUCATIONAL FELLOWSHIP, INC.
WVFA – 90.5 FM   P.O. Box 126 – Hartford, Vermont 05047-0126
wvfaradio.com     Phone: (802)295-9683    E-mail: VTpreacher@aol.com

“Linking the Vital and Diverse Communities of the Upper Valley with a Refreshing Message of Hope”


“THE SIGNAL”

 A Periodic Newsletter Published for Members and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 17, No. 1                                                                                       March 2017

MEET THE WVFA STAFF:

Earl Simoneau is our newest staff member, having come to us about two years ago from Hudson, NH.  He is very technically oriented and assists with power supply and distribution and certain computer issues.  He is planning to host some of our Saturday morning programming with emphasis on Southern Gospel music.  Earl can always be counted on to help, sometimes even without our asking.  We appreciate his gentle spirit. When not volunteering his time at WVFA, Earl is an engineering tech at Simbex Corporation in Lebanon.

Fred Widmayer joined the WVFA staff in 2007, about the time SkyLight Network shut down.  He helped us re-invent our program schedule as a locally-programmed independent station.  Fred brings with him an extensive and diverse background of experience.  He attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH and worked at the campus station, WYSO.  He spent several years working with CBS News in New York City, and also worked for the Opinion Research Corporation.  Fred also worked for WRVR in New York City, WTIJ in Bellows Falls, and WNBX in Springfield.  Fred has extensive experience as an auto mechanic and his computer skills are largely self-taught.  He has a great love of music and was music director of the station for a number of years, contributing his talents to making sure WVFA has a tight professional sound.  When not volunteering at WVFA Fred can be found working at Price Chopper on Miracle Mile, Lebanon.

Timothy Wittik attended Mid-Vermont Christian School and pursued an electrical engineering course at Norwich University, where his extensive computer skills were applied to emergency situations on campus. Timothy has extensive experience in retail management, IT support, transportation, and medical support. When not volunteering his time at WVFA, Timothy works at the USPS distribution center in White River Junction.  He serves as the operations manager of WVFA and assists the general manager in various ways.

William Wittik attended Newark College of Engineering [now NJIT] where he obtained a BSEE degree. While there he helped establish the campus-limited radio station, WNCE. He went on to do post-graduate study at Northeast Bible Institute [now the University of Valley Forge].  Bill has thirty years of pastoral experience and has assisted in the establishment of numerous Christian radio stations in the New England region.  Bill and Timothy are currently offering their services to a start-up LPFM station in Bemidji, MN. Bill’s vision for Christian radio in the Upper Valley went through several phases before materializing as WVFA.  Bill is president of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship [WVFA’s parent corporation] and serves as general manager of WVFA.  When not volunteering his time at WVFA, Bill works full-time as an operations administrator at FedEx Ground in West Lebanon, where he fills the Quality Assurance function.

MEET THE GMEF DIRECTORS:

Joseph Lewis retired from the United States Air Force with the rank of captain.  He is involved in ministry as president of the Twin State Camp of the Gideons International and has written a self-published book.

Daniel Nelson came to New England from the Midwest.  He has extensive experience in retailing with both large and small companies, and is currently living with his wife Marcia in Wilmington, Vermont.

William Wittik [see information above]

MEET THE ADVISORY BOARD:

Bruce Conrad is the proprietor of an auto repair business in West Hartford and attends the Plainfield Seventh Day Adventist Church.  Bruce has a great love for the Word of God and preaches frequently.

We are looking for additional members of our Advisory Board from a broad spectrum of Bible-based churches in the WVFA listening area.  Members of the Advisory Board should have an interest in the success of WVFA and can be a liaison between their church and the GMEF Board of Directors.  The Advisory Board members are not part of WVFA’s governing board but their input is very important.  If you’re interested in exploring this possibility, write to GMEF-WVFA, PO Box 126, Hartford, VT 05047.

PROGRAMMING NOTE:

 Our newest program, Christian Perspectives, replaces Eagle Forum Live: Sunday 4 PM, Saturday at noon.


“THE SIGNAL”

 A Periodic Newsletter Published for Members and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 15, No. 2                                                                                       Thanksgiving 2016

A SEASON AND A REASON TO BE THANKFUL!

Many of our listeners and underwriters have requested that we publish The Signal more than once a year – and what better time to do it than Thanksgiving?  Until a few years ago we would go on the air live for a “Celebration of Thanksgiving and Praise” the weekend before Thanksgiving, Thursday and Friday evening and several hours on Saturday.  At times we wondered whether anyone was listening.  Then changes came to my work schedule and it became impossible to continue, but I’m not saying it may not be reinstated at a future date.  Notwithstanding the absence of a live broadcast, we are nonetheless truly thankful that God’s blessings have been poured out on WVFA.  Not only have we seen significant additions to our programs, but there has also been an upswing in support for the station from businesses, churches, and individuals – and I would be remiss if I didn’t thank God for His protection of our staff and equipment from difficulties.  The operating staff consists of Timothy Wittik, Fred Widmayer, Earl Simoneau, and myself, contributing thousands of hours each year to make sure that the programming you hear is properly prepared and aired. Others assist us behind the scenes in specialized ways, and we are thankful for friends around the nation whom we can call upon for specialized technical advice.  Some of us come from the “old school”, where editing a program meant using a razor blade, splicing block, and splicing tape.  Now we have electronic editing, which is far superior.  The wonders of twenty-first century technology never fail to astound me!  And of course we are thankful to you – whether you listen, pray for us, contribute, or provide feedback.

JANET MEFFERD TODAY CONTINUES TO ENCOURAGE MANY

Earlier this year we began to air Janet Mefferd Today, a one-hour daily talk show which was offered to us without charge.  At first we were hesitant to air the program because we didn’t want WVFA to be thought of as a “talk” station.  Moreover, our previous experience with The Janet Mefferd Show didn’t go over the way we hoped it would with listeners, so we dropped it after a three-month free trial.  The present version seems to have solved some of the problems of the earlier offering: a single hour vs. three, no phone calls.  Janet has lined up some excellent guests who have kept our listeners informed of things they’ve needed to know in this crucial year in the history of our nation.  We issue a disclaimer before each broadcast which states that opinions expressed in the show are not necessarily those of GMEF or the WVFA management.  Janet Mefferd Today airs eleven times a week, after the news at 1 AM and 1 PM Monday through Friday and again after the 1 AM news on Saturday.

EAGLE FORUM LIVE CEASES PRODUCTION AFTER FOUNDER DIES

Earlier this fall we were saddened to learn of the death of Phyllis Schlafly, founder of the Eagle Forum and a champion of constitutional integrity.  Mrs. Schlafly was an accomplished law scholar and author of many books.  The daily Phyllis Schlafly Report [airing at 9:30 AM and PM] has been taken over by Ryan Hite in his capacity as Eagle Forum’s president and spokesman.  For the past several months we’ve been airing the archived Eagle Forum Live broadcasts with instructions to listeners that call-ins will not be possible, while we attempt to get a determination from Ryan as to whether future production of that show is in the works.

THE HOPE LINE WITH DAWSON MCALLISTER REACHES MILLENIALS

A year ago in June we began airing The Hope Line, which reaches out to the millenial generation, defined for the program’s purpose as those 29 and under [although a broader definition of millenials goes up to 39]. The program airs Saturday evenings from 9 PM to midnight, and even if you’re well over 29 you’ll gain an insight into many complexities and problems faced by the younger generation unlike those we experienced.  Pray for Dawson and his team as they attempt to provide solid Biblically-based answers for those problems.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY SEASON PROGRAMMING IS BEING PREPARED

Lest you think we’ve joined the popular trend of replacing “Christmas” with “holidays”, we haven’t – as this is being written WVFA is airing the Brooklyn Tabernacle’s 2016 Thanksgiving Radio Special, and exciting programs for Christmas are being offered to us from various sources for consideration in our 2016 schedule of special features.  This year Christmas falls on a Sunday, so our special programs will probably run from Friday through Sunday, December 23rd-25th.  Seasonal music will be worked in starting the weekend after Thanksgiving, and there will be a tastefully-done evangelistic outreach to seekers and Christmas shoppers. Be sure to listen yourself, and encourage those you know to discover WVFA, and possibly Jesus as well! Our experience has been that believers and unbelievers alike are especially open at this season of the year.


“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 15, No. 1                                                           May 2016

LONG TIME, NO SEE!

With the exception of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship’s annual financial report Signal newsletters were not published during 2015, so we’ve got a lot of news to catch up with in this first newsletter of 2016. One way to stay abreast of developments at WVFA is to regularly visit the Manager’s Page on the WVFA website, wvfaradio.com, which also contains previous Signal newletters and other very helpful information.

JANET MEFFERD: SHE’S B-A-C-K!!

Several years ago WVFA had a three-month free trial of Janet’s original program, The Janet Mefferd Show, distributed by Salem Communications. When the three-month trial period ended, we dropped the program. However, Janet is now producing a new format, Janet Mefferd Today, which we started airing on May 9th. The program may be heard at 1:00 PM Monday through Friday, with a repeat broadcast at 1:00 AM each Tuesday through Saturday. Unlike Janet’s earlier program, it runs one hour and there are no live call-ins. Janet is well-known for hosting a variety of interesting guests with relevant and important things to share.

CHURCH CONFERENCE FAILS TO CATCH ON

Earlier this year, in response to news that at least one local church had permanently closed, WVFA reached out to over 50 churches in our coverage offering to facilitate a ‘Small Church Revitalization Conference’ in conjunction with Songtime, Inc. Unfortunately, the response was not sufficient to schedule the conference. We’re waiting for feedback requested in the follow-up letter before attempting anything of a similar nature.

A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF WVFA RADIO” DVD

Almost two years ago GMEF and WVFA produced a 10-minute DVD which details some services WVFA is willing to provide in support of local churches. WVFA is committed to the mission of the Church, both locally and globally, and recognizing this, a number of churches have committed to supporting WVFA on a regular basis as part of their outreach or missions budgets. We’d like to see these numbers increase, so if you’d like a free copy of the DVD [a few dozen have already been distributed] just ask. You may preview the DVD on WVFA’s Facebook page, a link to which is available on WVFA’s website, wvfaradio.com.

SERIAL DRAMAS AIRED AS “SCHOOL VACATION SPECIALS”

Over the Christmas recess WVFA aired the seven-part dramatization of Patricia St. John’s book Treasures of the Snow at 8:00 each evening from December 26-January 1, and during the week between Palm Sunday and Easter WVFA aired the five-part drama Titus: Comrade of the Cross. Also, during February break we aired The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This is in keeping with our desire to provide family-friendly programming that can be enjoyed by everyone. A number of families have shared that as a result of our most recent power increase WVFA can now be received indoors in many homes. For information about improving indoor reception of WVFA, visit the Technical Support page on our website, wvfaradio.com. We’re grateful for our special relationships with Moody Broadcasting Network and Focus on the Family which enable us to have access to this special programming for the benefit of WVFA’s listening audience.

OUR “SISTER STATION” IN MINNESOTA IS GRANTED A CP

CP stands for “Construction Permit”, that precious paper from the FCC that authorizes a broadcast station to build its facilities. WVFA is providing technical assistance to KMZX-FM [LP] in Bemidji, MN which is owned by Mount Zion Church. Timothy Wittik spent three months assisting them during the fall of 2014.

YOUR UNDERWRITING SUPPORT IS ALWAYS WELCOME!

As WVFA endeavors to provide quality programming on a limited budget, every gift is welcome regardless of amount. Contributions as small as a dollar or two represent a sacrifice on the part of some underwriters.

Enclosed is my underwriting support for WVFA [Check payable to Green Mtn. Educ. Fellowship / WVFA]

Name________________________ Phone ( )_____________ E-mail: _________________________

Address____________________________________ City_________________ State____ ZIP__________

Please mail your contribution to WVFA, PO Box 126, Hartford, VT 05047-0126 Thank You Very Much!


GREEN MOUNTAIN EDUCATIONAL FELLOWSHIP 2015 FINANCIAL REPORT

2015 RECEIPTS2015 EXPENSES
Individual and Family Contributions11,558.44CHECKBOOK EXPENSES
Business Contributions100.00
Fairpoint Communications (broadcast audio link)$3048.98
Church Contributions900.00Fairpoint Communications (voice & internet service)1758.46
GRAND TOTAL OF 2015 RECEIPTS$12,558.44Cambridge Mutual Fire Insurance818.00
Pinnacle Towers, LLC (tower site rental)2155.32
BALANCE SHEETNew Life Productions, LLC888.00
Checkbook Balance 1/1/2015$384.00The Gospel Greats (Heil Enterprises)1560.00
Total of Checkbook receipts12,558.44Moody Bible Institute (SRN News package)1860.00
Less Total of Checkbook Expenses-12,667.76Vermont Department of Taxes300.00
Checkbook Balance 12/31/2015$265.16SESAC (Compulsory music license - 2015 and 2016289.00
TOTAL OF CHECKBOOK EXPENSES12,677.76
Note: Some Contributions Received in 2016 Credited for 2015OFF-CHECKBOOK EXPENSES
ASCAP644.00
BMI644.00
A. M. Peisch (tax return preparation)475.00
USPS (annual P.O. Box rental)64.00
TOTAL OF OFF-CHECKBOOK EXPENSES$1827.00
GRAND TOTAL OF 2015 EXPENSES$14,504.76
Respectfully Submitted:William A. Wittik - President and Treasurer, Green Mountain Educational Fellowship, Inc


“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 14, No. 2                                                           October/November 2014

SONGTIME CONFERENCE WAS A BLESSING

Bill and Carolyn Wittik represented WVFA at the annual Songtime Conference in Hyannis, MA September 5-7.  The Rev. Donald Hubbard was the keynote speaker, and shared  three occasions from Jesus’ earthly ministry where he dealt redemptively with interruptions.  We were challenged to let each interruption in our lives to be transformed from a nuisance into an opportunity for ministry.  Dr. Basil Jackson shared the Christian approach to psychiatry and psychology.  Larry Ford was the soloist, and Adam Miller delivered the closing message on Sunday. No WVFA funds were used to cover costs of the Wittiks’ conference attendance.

NEWS TRANSITION FROM AP TO SRN GOES SMOOTHLY

July 7 was the date of the transition from AP News to SRN News, and it went off without a hitch.  Listeners would have noticed only a change in the voices delivering the news.  Good News Verse continues to be a part of the package, which is still delivered by Northwestern Media.  The best thing is that the news package now costs WVFA $60.00 less per month.

“CELEBRATION OF THANKGIVING AND PRAISE” IS NOVEMBER 22

After a year’s hiatus, we’ll once again be going live in the studio Saturday, November 22 from 10 AM- 5 PM with our annual “Celebration of Thanksgiving and Praise”.  Among the things we’ll be talking about are the Operation Christmas Child shoebox collections.   As most of our listeners know, this is also the time of the year when we invite listeners to call in and share the blessings for which they’re most thankful.  Since we believe one of those is WVFA, this is also an ideal time to establish or renew your commitment to underwriting support for WVFA.  WVFA is entirely supported through contributions from businesses, churches, and interested listeners [both families and individuals].  The monthly budget is around $1250.00, which works out to $1.70/hour[the lowest cost we know of anywhere in North America].  An underwriting support gift of as low as $10.00 per month can make a tremendous difference!

WVFA PROMOTIONAL VIDEO IS AVAILABLE TO AREA CHURCHES

A 10-minute DVD entitled A Week in the Life of WVFA Radio is available for distribution to churches and other organizations which desire additional information about WVFA.  It can be used alone or in conjunction with a visit by a member of WVFA’s staff [by appointment]. We believe this video will answer many of the questions that most often arise about WVFA.

MISSIONARY OUTREACH TO A “SISTER STATION” IN MINNESOTA

A WVFA staff member has been temporarily “on loan” to a new LPFM station in northern MN to assist them with development of their programming in advance of their sign-on when the FCC issues their construction permit.  We believe the Lord is pleased when we share the expertise we have been given with start-up ventures such as this one – their program format will vary somewhat from ours but their fundamental programming principles are similar to WVFA’s.  We’re looking for additional opportunities to reach out to other start-up LPFM’s.

A NEW PROGRAM HAS BEEN ADDED TO WVFA’s PROGRAM LINEUP

A Word with You, featuring Ron Hutchcraft, can now be heard at the mid-hour break in the 4 AM and 4 PM hours.  Gospel Songbook with Cuzin’ Isaac has been reinstated at 6 AM on Saturdays.  The Gospel Greats continues from 5-7 PM each Saturday and Sunday but needs underwriting support of $30.00/week.  Perhaps you can provide all or part of this amount. We are very grateful to each underwriter who sends us support on a regular monthly basis.


“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 14, No. 1                                                            February 2014

TEN YEARS – AND A MILLION SONGS – TO THE GLORY OF GOD!

WVFA observed the tenth anniversary of its sign-on the first week of February.  The first propagation of an audio signal was on Friday, February 6, 2004, barely beating the FCC-imposed sign-on deadline by a scant three days.  Since the phone company [Verizon at the time] was having difficulty with the audio link from studio to transmitter, for one solid week we broadcast using an auto-reverse cassette player with Integrity’s “Victory” instrumental playing non-stop, interrupted only by legal station ID’s, on Program Test Authority.  As repetitive as it was, it gave us an opportunity to travel around the Upper Valley to determine the range of WVFA’s signal.  Reception was available everywhere our engineering studies predicted and elsewhere. Since WVFA airs approximately 102,000 songs per year as a mostly-music station, sometime in January we passed the one million mark of songs aired by the station since its sign-on, with just about every song proclaiming the glory of God and the message of salvation through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ [we do occasionally air some secular favorites during Christmas which aren’t counted in the one-million total]. As part of our tenth anniversary observance Bill Wittik recorded a series of seven “WVFA Flashbacks” to acquaint listeners and friends of the station with several interesting facts about the early history of WVFA.

THE MIRACLE CONTINUES FOR TEN YEARS TO GOD’S GLORY

Each year we provide members and friends of the Green Mountain Educational Fellowship with a financial report for WVFA, and perhaps the most interesting statistic we generate is WVFA’s hourly operating cost. For 2013 the hourly operating cost of the station was $1.707, meaning it rose by about one cent over 2012. A detailed accounting of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship income and expenditures is given below.

Where it Came From (Receipts)Where it Went (Expenditures)
Underwriting Support - Individuals/Families $11,117.26Fairpoint Communications (632-7339)$1467.73
Underwriting Support - Churches 200.00Fairpoint Communications (443-9994)291.85
Underwriting Support - Businesses 1400.00Fairpoint Communications (STL)3259.83
Corporate Dues 100.00Gorman-Redlich Co (EAS equipment)103.00
TOTAL ITEMIZED GIVING 2013 12,817.26Gospel Greats (Heil Enterprises)120.00
BALANCE SHEETNew Life Productions 884.00
Checkbook balance (1/1/2013) 250.40 Northwestern Media (AP/RD/GNV)2580.00
Contrib. credited for 2012 received in 2013 75.00Pinnacle Towers LLC (tower site rental)2101.09
Bookkeeping adjustment (bal. correction) 30.45Cambridge Mutual Fire Insurance Co.807.00
Itemized Giving for 2013 12,817.26
ASCAP, BMI, SESAC music license fees1400.00
Sub-Total 13,173.11Lightning Damage (reimbursed)385.22
Total Checkbook Expenses-12,838.72A.M. Peisch (accounting services)475.00
Checkbook balance (12/31/2013) 334.39Vermont Dept. of Taxes300.00
Note: Certain underwriters made in-kind
donations of services or products in
addition to, or in lieu of monetary donations,
keeping our expenses down.
William Wittik (reimbursement)786.22
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2012 14,960.94
$2122.22 of Total Expenditures were off-checkbook expenses
Note: Our treasurer is always pleased to answer questions about our accounting procedures.

FINANCIALLY SPEAKING, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?

As GMEF awaits a response from the FCC regarding its application for renewal of WVFA’s license for the next eight years, there is a need to assure financial stability for the station over the license term, should the Lord’s return be delayed.  Some sources of support that sustained operation over the first ten years need to be replaced, as they are no longer forthcoming due to changes in the financial situation of the underwriters. If you are reading this newsletter, it is likely that you have contributed to WVFA’s operation at some time, and we are grateful for whatever you have given, whether monthly, annually, or as a one-time donation.  If  you have not yet given toward WVFA’s support, we would urge you to consider even a small monthly gift. WVFA’s hourly operating cost of just under $1.71 is the lowest we know of anywhere in the United States, and we pledge to continue the frugality and stewardship that has characterized GMEF over the past decade. We believe the Upper Valley deserves a quality radio station – if you share that belief, consider helping us.

WVFA REPRESENTED AT “CHRISTMAS IN CANAAN”

Joe Lewis and Bill Wittik attended the “Christmas in Canaan” celebration on Wednesday, December 18th.  We were heartened by the support this received from businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations – it was an extensive undertaking for a small community, and those who coordinated it are to be complimented.


“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 13, No. 4                                                            October/November 2013

WHOEVER SAID LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE GOT IT WRONG!

For the second time in fifteen months lightning struck in the vicinity of WVFA’s tower and knocked us off the air, but this time the effect wasn’t quite as serious because of modification we made to the transmission line after last year’s incident. The transmitter kept operating at sharply reduced power until a standby unit could be brought on line less than a day later, and it looks as though the total cost of repairs will be around $400.00, none of which will be covered by our insurance because of a $500.00 deductible in our policy. If you’d like to assist us in defraying these unbudgeted recovery expenses, we would be most grateful to you.

 FINAL SOUTHERN GOSPEL CONCERT FOR THIS YEAR WILL BE ON NOVEMBER 10

This will feature the Third Row Boys and will be at Abundant Life Church, 10 Rudsboro Road, Lebanon. Starting time is 10:30 AM in conjunction with the church’s morning worship service – admission is free, all are welcome, and a love offering will be received for the group during the program. Trust you can attend! The concerts are presented in connection with The Gospel Greats and American Society for Gospel Music.

SARA GROVES TO SING AT WOODSTOCK TOWN HALL THEATRE NOVEMBER 12

WVFA is privileged to have been invited to promote this excellent evening of ministry in cooperation with Journey Church in South Royalton. The program begins at 7:00 PM – ticket prices are: general admission, $12.00 and director’s circle, $17.00. For more information log onto pentanglearts.org, saragroves.com, or wvfaradio.com. Sara Groves is one of our favorite artists on WVFA thanks to her ties to the Upper Valley.

“CELEBRATION OF THANKSGIVING AND PRAISE” TO BE ABBREVIATED THIS YEAR

Instead of going live Friday evening and all day Saturday the weekend before Thanksgiving, we’ll adjust the schedule of this year’s “Celebration of Thanksgiving and Praise” to three hours Saturday afternoon in the time slot normally filled by Music for a Saturday Afternoon. We’ll share news about WVFA’s future and give you an opportunity to share what you’re most thankful for this year. Plan to join us 2:00-5:00 PM.

IT’S TIME FOR US TO MAKE THAT LONG-TERM COMMITMENT – WILL YOU JOIN US?

The commitment we’re referring to is the filing of an application to renew WVFA’s FCC operating license for another eight-year term. Of course, in the process of making the commitment to remain on the air, we are also making the commitment to fund the station’s operating expenses for that period of time, unless the Lord’s return cuts it short. Because of the imminence of the return of Christ, it’s all the more important for WVFA to continue broadcasting its refreshing message of hope to two dozen communities in our coverage area, and to develop ways to propagate our message over the airwaves and by other communications media. This would be a fine time for you to renew or establish your financial partnership in solidarity with WVFA.

WE’RE ALREADY WORKING ON SOME GREAT SEASONAL PROGRAMS AT WVFA!

We’ve been offered some excellent new special programming for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we’re excited about what’s become available to us. As in previous years, we’ll be airing radio specials from the Brooklyn Tabernacle for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and we’ll add new special Christmas programs to the old favorites you’ve become accustomed to. Of course, our music will be taking on a Christmas theme for the holidays, and we encourage you to invite your friends to listen while their hearts are attuned to this.

SO LONG, DOWN GILEAD LANE – HELLO, RED ROCK ( BUT DGL WILL HAVE AN ENCORE)

CBH Ministries has decided to replace its long-running Down Gilead Lane [which has been in re-runs] with a new program, Red Rock, which will uphold the same standards of content and production quality. Some of the favorite classic Down Gilead Lane episodes will be repeated during the Christmas holidays.

IF YOU’RE NOT A REGULAR LISTENER TO WVFA YOU’RE MISSING A GREAT BLESSING!

As WVFA prepares to wrap up its tenth year of broadcasting I’d like to encourage listeners to “listen for all we’re worth”. Many hours of behind-the-scenes preparation and prayer go into what goes on the air, and we do it because of a special love God has given us for the Upper Valley and the needs of its inhabitants. You never know when that special song or spoken word will go right to the heart of a need you experience.

 


        “THE SIGNAL” 

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 13, No. 3                                                           September/October 2013

WVFA REPRESENTED AT SONGTIME ANNUAL CONFERENCE

WVFA General Manager Bill Wittik and his wife were invited to attend Songtime’s annual conference at the Cape Codder in Hyannis, September 6-8.  By staying with family on Cape Cod we were able to attend at no cost to WVFA.  Speakers included Pastor Jim Cymbala of Brooklyn Tabernacle, Dr. Basil Jackson, Ron Rhodes, Songtime co-host John Neider, Adam Miller, and Songtime’s founder Dr. John DeBrine.  It was John DeBrine’s final conference before his retirement as Songtime’s executive director next January. John was suitably honored for 65 years of ministry in Christian radio, 50 of them as the host of Songtime. The theme of the messages was prophetic: “The Church in the Light of Christ’s Soon Return”, and there were many uplifting, edifying moments as Damaris Carbaugh and Michael Faircloth ministered in music.  WVFA is one of about 30 AM and FM stations airing Songtime in the Northeast portion of the country – Songtime is aired at 7 AM and 7 PM seven days a week.  We appreciate our affiliation with this ministry, and Songtime appreciates their affiliation with WVFA.  Director of Ministries Adam Miller met with Bill Wittik during the conference to discuss the possibilities of a future joint event in WVFA’s listening area.

 FUTURE OF “THE GOSPEL GREATS” UNCERTAIN – TWO GOSPEL CONCERTS SCHEDULED

The Gospel Greats program is approaching its first anniversary on WVFA at the end of November, and the introductory arrangement which facilitated the airing of the program at no cost to WVFA is set to expire at the end of September.  To continue the program into a second year, sponsors will have to be found to pick up all or part of the $70.00/week cost of airing the program.  Appropriate underwriting credit will be given on the air to churches or businesses interested in continuing The Gospel Greats, as there are currently no available funds in WVFA’s operating budget.  Our policy is that we neither charge nor pay for programs, so if sufficient local support cannot be found The Gospel Greats will cease airing on or before December 1.  Meanwhile, two promotional concerts have been scheduled during October and November.  The Hyssongs of Rockport, ME will be in concert Friday, October 4 at 7 PM at Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, 1721 Maple Street [Route 14] at the west end of Hartford Village.  The church is handicap accessible, and admission is free.  A love offering will be received for the support of The Hyssongs’ traveling ministries.  The Third Row Boys will present a concert Sunday morning, November 10 at a location to be announced. It will be either Praise Chapel, 1625 Maple Street, Hartford, VT or Abundant Life Church, 10 Rudsboro Road, Lebanon, NH.  Check out our website, wvfaradio.com for details as to the exact location and time.

TIME TO  SUPPORT YOUR  LOCAL CHRISTIAN RADIO STATION!

Fall is the season when many Christian radio stations get commitments for support through the coming year.  It’s very important to respond to the requests for support you receive, and WVFA is no exception. WVFA makes its unique contribution to the Upper Valley radio tapestry with programs and features not found on any other local station.  If having WVFA available in your home, car, or place of business is important to you, we’d appreciate your letting us know by sending a generous contribution on a monthly, periodic, or one-time basis as your finances allow.  Remember, our monthly budget is around $1,250.00.  We’d like some feedback from you regarding your listening patterns with respect to WVFA- we formerly sent out a multi-purpose survey form, but you can provide this information by responding via our website. We’d like to know the times of the day you listen and what your favorite programs or short features are. Some of our programs have been added in response to specific listener requests, and we want to verify that they have an audience.  At this point no program [with the possible exception of The Gospel Greats – see story above] is in danger of cancellation, but we need to know listeners are taking advantage of resources.

THANK GOD FOR RECENT VOLUNTEERS AND OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES!

Recently we’ve had inquiries from two volunteers interested in helping to set up programming for WVFA. Believe it or not, one is in Florida and may be assisting us over the internet, while the other one is a “local”. Also, we’re exploring ways that WVFA can make derivations of its programming available to “start-up” stations around the country, LPFM and otherwise, to assist them in getting on the air at a reduced expense. Technology is available to enable us to selectively “stream” our programming to them via a “closed circuit”. We’re also exploring the legalities involved as well as a network name under which to deliver this service.

*SARA GROVES IN CONCERT – WOODSTOCK’S TOWN HALL THEATRE – TUESDAY, NOV. 12

(See the “Community Calendar” page for details.)


“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 13, No. 2                                                           July/August 2013

A WINDOW CLOSES – IS GOD OPENING ANOTHER DOOR?

The July 22, 2013 absolute deadline for completing construction of the directional antenna pattern required for WVFA’s power increase to 300 watts ERP passed without the necessary funds being raised.  Therefore, the authorization to do so, along with the temporary protection of our expanded coverage pattern, has been forfeited.  We tend to believe that God speaks through the provision or withholding of funds for a project – and He could not have spoken more clearly in that not only was about 1% of the needed additional amount forthcoming, but regular support for the station’s operating expenses fell off sharply with announcement of our intent to increase power.  Since we believe we were under clear instructions not to go into debt for this, it is clear that WVFA must remain a strictly local station for the foreseeable future.  However, there is some interest in having WVFA’s coverage expanded into Claremont, which can be done using a translator which would rebroadcast WVFA’s signal on a different frequency.  The good news is that we already possess the needed equipment to accomplish this with the exception of a supporting structure [short tower or pole], and we have been in negotiations with a property owner in Plainfield who is amenable to having a translator on their land, where clear reception of WVFA is available.  The big hurdle will be obtaining FCC approval for the project, since windows when translator applications are accepted have been few and far between lately.

 

WVFA’S SUPPORT BASE NEEDS TO BE RE-ESTABLISHED

Especially during the first half of 2013, support for WVFA’s operating expenses has fallen off measurably.  We understand this is partly due to the state of the economy and realize that we are not the only ministry to experience a shortfall in support, and that many families are having difficulty in making ends meet as far as their budgets are concerned.  At WVFA we have cut expenses to the bone [not that there was much to cut].  One thing we’ve been able to do is re-negotiate our telecommunications package (including internet) with FairPoint to save approximately $1,000 annually – however, a 3-year service commitment was required of us.  Therefore, we’re asking listeners to establish or re-establish a relationship with us as underwriters so WVFA can truly be the “listener-supported” station it claims to be.  A small monthly or quarterly donation from numerous listeners [God and you decide the amount] will put us back on solid financial footing so the burden of making up our shortfall each month does not fall disproportionately on the shoulders of very few.

 

AN EXCITING PARTNERSHIP WITH “THE GOSPEL GREATS”

On Sunday evening, July 14, about 30 listeners and friends of WVFA attended a Gospel concert with Mark 209 at Abundant Life Church on Rudsboro Road, Lebanon.  Thanks to Pastor Jerome and his congregation, who graciously hosted the first of three Gospel concerts in area churches this summer and fall co-sponsored by WVFA and ASGM [The American Society for Gospel Music], which is underwriting The Gospel Greats until local underwriting support steps forward to assume that responsibility.  The next concert will be held Saturday, October 5 at the Greater Hartford United Church of Christ in Hartford, VT with The Hyssongs, and a third concert will take place in November with the Third Row Boys at Praise Chapel in Hartford, VT [If you haven’t yet tuned in The Gospel Greats, it’s aired each Saturday and Sunday from 5:05 to 7:00 PM].

 

WVFA’S PROGRAM GUIDE HAS RECENTLY BEEN UPDATED

You’ll find enclosed your own copy of WVFA’s updated program guide.  Note that we’ve “tweaked” some of our program placement for greater listener enjoyment.  We’re planning to expand Focus on the Family’s Weekend program to Sundays at 1:05 PM [same time as on Saturdays] if there is sufficient listener interest. We also are contemplating working in some new short features to air at our mid-hour breaks.  We’ve added certain programs in response to specific listener requests, and if you enjoy them you may wish to contribute toward the station’s overall operating expenses as your way of expressing appreciation for this local station. WVFA has never charged any business or church for any service we’ve provided, and we can continue that policy only if those who benefit from the station’s existence will freely give to support operating expenses.

 

HERE’S AN EASY WAY TO MULTIPLY WVFA’S LISTENERSHIP!

One of the most effective ways to spread the word about something you like (other than clicking on “Like”  in Facebook) is to tell friends about WVFA.  If you’d like extra copies of program guides or newsletters to pass out at church (with permission, of course), we’ll be glad to provide you with anything you could use.


“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship
Volume 13, No. 1                                                           February/March 2013

 WVFA OBSERVES ITS NINTH ANNIVERSARY!

Recently I attended a town meeting at which 2012 was described as “our most challenging year yet”, and I felt that could also apply to WVFA.  A sharp drop-off in financial support, technical problems with our satellite downlink  in April, and back-to-back lightning strikes in July threatened to take us out of the picture, but God gave us grace to persevere in the face of tremendous difficulties.   During the month of August WVFA passed a milestone when its life span exceeded that of WGLV, which we have endeavored to replace in spirit if not in kind in terms of usefulness to the Upper Valley region. It was extremely difficult to calculate WVFA’s hourly operating cost because of many extraordinary one-time emergency expenses associated with natural disasters, but our best estimate is $1.70/hour. In contrast to 2011, we needed to repair equipment and obtain a replacement transmitter with power rating sufficient for our proposed power increase to 300 watts, which must be completed by July 22. As always, we have endeavored to be frugal in our operation, and our 2012 financial report follows:

Where it Came From (Receipts)Where it Went (Expenditures)
Underwriting Support - Individuals $11,365.82Fairpoint Communications (632-7339)$1361.09
Underwriting Support - Churches 400.00Fairpoint Communications (443-9994)376.44
Underwriting Support - Businesses 1250.00Fairpoint Communications (audio link)3445.61
Corporate Dues 100.00VT Dept. of Taxes 250.00
Insurance Settlement 884.40New Life Productions 860.00
Credit Card Contribution for BMI dues 619.00Northwestern College Media (NMN pkg)2365.00
Anonymous Cash Contributions 77.78Pinnacle Towers LLC (tower site rental)2061.60
TOTAL RECEIPTS 14,697.00Cambridge Mutual Insurance Co.750.00
Bank Balance on hand 1/1/2012 326.14
ASCAP music license fee619.00
BMI music license fee619.00
Note: Certain underwriters made in-kind
donations of services or products in
addition to, or in lieu of monetary donations,
keeping our expenses down.
SESAC music license fee135.00
William Wittik: (expenses reimbursed)1930.00
TOTAL OF ASSETS AND RECEIPTS 2012 15,023.14
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2012 -14,772.74TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2012 (carried to left-hand column)14,772.74
Bank Balance on hand 12/31/2012 250.40
Note: Our treasurer is always pleased to answer questions about our accounting procedures.

 THANK YOU, FRED WIDMAYER!

In late 2012, Fred Widmayer communicated his desire to step down from the programming responsibilities which he had faithfully undertaken for over five years.  The quality programming listeners enjoy bears his mark.  Fred’s voice will continue to be heard on the many announcements he has recorded.  Timothy Wittik has been filling in as the interim Operations Manager but we are trusting God for a permanent replacement.

 WE’RE IN THE HOME STRETCH FOR THE POWER INCREASE

July 22, 2013 is the absolute “drop-dead” deadline to complete construction of the antenna array needed to put our power increase into effect.  Funding for this has been extremely slow in coming in, but we are very grateful for a generous contribution which enabled us to buy a new 300-watt transmitter that we will need.  Our fund-raising efforts were slowed down by the need to cover the uninsured cost of repairs following a lightning strike on July 4, 2012, and by the general state of the economy which has suppressed giving for WVFA’s operating expenses.  However, we do believe God has a miraculous answer to the station’s needs. Interested persons who desire additional information about what is needed for the project should e-mail us.

WE’RE GRATEFUL FOR ADDITIONAL PROGRAM VARIETY!

During the year 2012 several new programs were added to WVFA’s line-up.  Unshackled! is now heard on Sundays at 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM.  Daughters Nighttime with Christine Wyrtzen and daughter Jamie airs Saturday and  Sunday evening at 8:05.  The Gospel Greats airs Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00-7:00 PM.  We’ve also updated several of our mid-hour short features with fresh material to better serve our listeners.  Some specialty music segments with particular appeal to youth are planned for the near future.  Stay tuned!  WVFA has always endeavored to be responsive to listeners’ needs.  We’re the Valley’s Fresh Alternative!



“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter for Members and Friends of the Green Mountain Educational Fellowship

Volume 12, No.2                                                                    August 2012

 

MORE OF A “POWER INCREASE” THAN WE BARGAINED FOR!

The month of July was very eventful for WVFA, and not necessarily in favorable ways. On July 4 at 8 PM, there was a severe lightning strike in the immediate vicinity of WVFA’s tower on Shaker Mountain, which effectively put us off the air for nine days while our transmitter was sent out for repairs and returned to us. Up until that time WVFA had operated without a back-up transmitter because funds were never available to purchase one, and while our transmitter was in Illinois being evaluated for possible repair we spotted a used exciter on eBay that was available for pickup in Massachusetts and was even pre-tuned to our frequency of 90.5 MHz! We bid on it and won it with the opening bid. Fred Widmayer drove to Haverhill, MA to pick it up the same day our repaired transmitter came back, so we now have two transmitters for the first time. The bad news is that the insurance company said they would not pay for both the purchase and repairs even though both prices were quite reasonable. When added to the $500 deductible on our policy approximately $1100 in emergency expenses will not be covered by insurance, and we’re looking to the friends of WVFA, both near and far, to assist us in defraying these expenses. To add to the trouble we were experiencing, we had no sooner gotten back on the air on Friday the 13th [it’s a good thing we’re not superstitious] than yet another lightning strike on July 17 disabled the leased FairPoint line connecting our studio and transmitter, forcing us to originate temporary programming from the transmitter site until a dial-up connection could be established to keep us on the air until FairPoint could obtain specialized parts to restore service on July 23. My family had been praying for God to give us a power increase [see next story below], and I asked them to be a bit more specific next time so we don’t get it all at once! I thought of the song “Indescribable” by Laura Story, which contains lyrics about God directing every lightning bolt where it should go, and wished He had perhaps redirected those two, but in the context of Romans 8:28, I know good will come out of this. I cannot emphasize enough that this is an unprecedented opportunity for our friends to step up to the plate and assist us. The month of August is very significant to me personally because it represents the point at which WVFA’s lifespan surpasses that of the original WGLV, which we have attempted to replace in spirit if not in kind. Small wonder, then, that Satan would attempt to deal us back-to-back knockout blows now – I have every intention of doing everything within my power to help WVFA not only to survive, but thrive. If that is your intention as well, this is a great time to establish or renew your financial support for WVFA.

WE’RE IN THE FINAL COUNTDOWN FOR THE POWER INCREASE!

On Sunday, July 22, exactly one year remained for WVFA to complete construction on its FCC-approved increase to 300 watts Effective Radiated Power, which would quintuple our coverage area to include such communities as Laconia, Killington, Claremont, possibly Bellows Falls, and all towns in between as well. Some spotty reception areas in the Upper Valley would be nicely cleared up. In order to increase power to 300 watts without producing interference with Light Radio Network’s WCKJ in St. Johnsbury, we’d have to erect a directional antenna concentrating our signal to the east, south, and west, a major undertaking for us that would cost between $30,000 and $50,000 in addition to our regular operating budget. As a result of the lightning strike we had to contact some broadcast consultants who have indicated the cost might be somewhat lower than our original estimates, but frankly, while I consider myself a person of faith, it’s not easy to trust God for what to me is a large additional amount when WVFA is barely making expenses now. On the other hand, if we choose to [or are forced to] pass up this opportunity, in all likelihood there won’t be another one, and WVFA could find itself permanently hemmed in as broadcast spectrum is reallocated. That’s why we’d like to ask the friends of WVFA to pray with us as never before for wisdom to know the will of God in this matter. Conventional wisdom would say you don’t do such things in a poor economy, but the Great Commission as given by the Lord Jesus Christ didn’t have any asterisks or fine print to leave a way out of obedience. We’re trying to “go into all [our] world and preach the Gospel to every creature” – the Upper Valley and surrounding communities are our portion of the world for which God gave us vision. We’d be honored and humbled if God would lead you to partner with us in fulfilling the vision He gave us!

WE’D APPRECIATE YOUR FEEDBACK ON ARTIST-SPECIFIC SONG LINERS

We’ve been doing this for several months and want to know if it has increased your enjoyment of the music aired on WVFA. If so, there are a few additional “bells and whistles” we may be able to add in the future.



“THE SIGNAL”

A Periodic Newsletter Published for Supporters and Friends of Green Mountain Educational Fellowship

Vol. 12, No.1                                                                February 2012

THE MIRACLE OF WVFA CONTINUES INTO ITS NINTH YEAR

In last year’s newsletter we indicated that a “miracle” is defined as an event that seems to defy natural laws. The continued existence of WVFA as a force to be reckoned with in the Upper Valley meets that criterion. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the station sends forth music and ministry programs to an area inhabited by over 80,000 people, doing “so much with so little” in the words of one of our underwriters.  In 2011 WVFA had an operating cost of $1.67/hour, a tiny increase over 2010 but perhaps the best value in radio anywhere.  We were thankful that the only equipment maintenance needed was cooling fan replacement in the satellite receiver and transmitter at a cost of $30.00 each (after over seven years of continuous operation) and a new automation computer.  We also had to purchase an upgrade unit for our EAS decoder which cost $1287.50. We’ve continued to be extremely frugal in operations, thanks to Fred Widmayer.  Financial Report follows:

Where it Came From (Receipts)Where it Went (Expenditures)
Underwriting Support - Familes $10,652.99Fairpoint Communications (632-7339)$1327.06
Underwriting Support - Churches 850.00Fairpoint Communications (443-9994)356.34
Underwriting Support - Businesses 2800.00Fairpoint Communications (audio link)3488.96
Corporate Dues 100.00Northwestern College Media (AP News)2580.00
TOTAL RECEIPTS 14,402.99Pinnacle Towers LLC (tower site rental)2008.19
Bank Balance on hand 1/1/2011 406.20
New Life Productions (promotional spots)904.00
Cambridge Mutual Fire Insurance Co.681.00
Note: Certain underwriters made in-kind
donations of services or products in
addition to, or in lieu of monetary donations,
keeping our expenses down.
Music Copyright License - ASCAP601.00
Music Copyright License - BMI601.00
Music Copyright License - SESAC131.00
VT Dept. of Taxes (minimum corporate tax)250.00
Broadcaster’s Big Book (FCC Compliance)195.00
Gorman-Redlich (EAS decoder upgrade)1287.50
Misc. used CD’s for music library60.00
TOTAL OF ASSETS AND RECEIPTS 2011 14,809.19William Wittik: reimburse computer purchase100.00
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 2011 14,483.05TOTAL EXPENDITURES 201114,483.05
Bank Balance on hand 12/31/2011 326.14
Note: Our treasurer is always pleased to answer questions about our accounting procedures.

WE’RE AT “HALF-TIME” FOR THE WVFA POWER INCREASE

On July 22, 2010 the FCC Granted WVFA a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power to 300 watts, using a directional pattern which would direct our signal to the east, west, and south to prevent interference with co-channel station WCKJ-FM in St. Johnsbury, VT.  There is an absolute 3-year deadline to complete all construction by July 22, 2013, meaning that half of the time was left as of January 22, 2012.  The directors of GMEF feel that this power increase is necessary to ensure the future viability of WVFA as the FCC is contemplating removing certain protections which presently apply to low-wattage stations such as WVFA in order to free up portions of the RF spectrum for other uses.  We estimate that about $30,000 is needed to complete this project, and are trusting God to provide these funds from as-yet-unknown sources.  If you’re interested in learning more about this and want to review the specifications, feel free to contact us.

ARTIST-SPECIFIC MUSIC IDENTIFICATION LINERS HAVE BEEN ADDED!

In case you’ve heard a song you especially like and want to know the artist’s name, we’re now airing liners before and/or after much of our music on an experimental basis.  The process is very labor-intensive, and Fred is performing this service as a labor of love to give WVFA more of a “live” sound.  We’d like some feedback from our listeners as to whether this adds to the enjoyment of our musical offerings.  You’ll also want to know that our music on Sundays is predominantly of the praise-and-worship genre (without liners).

WE’RE CELEBRATING OUR EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY WITH SOME PROGRAM CHANGES!

On Saturdays the weekend edition of Songtime USA is now aired at 7:00 AM, putting Songtime at 7:00 AM and PM 7 days a week.  Gospel Songbook with Cuzin’ Isaac has been moved forward to 6:00 AM.  Sunday changes in addition to all praise-and-worship music include a second airing of Word & Worship Weekly at 6:00 PM in case you’re in church during the 9:00 AM airing.  We’re previewing additional family drama programs to supplement Down Gilead Lane on Saturday mornings.   Stay tuned for more changes to come!

  “Linking the Vital and Diverse Communities of the Upper Valley with a Refreshing Message of Hope”

WHOEVER SAID LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES TWICE IN THE SAME PLACE GOT IT WRONG!

For the second time in fifteen months lightning struck in the vicinity of WVFA’s tower and knocked us off the air, but this time the effect wasn’t quite as serious because of modification we made to the transmission line after last year’s incident.  The transmitter kept operating at sharply reduced power until a standby unit could be brought on line less than a day later, and it looks as though the total cost of repairs will be around $400.00, none of which will be covered by our insurance because of a $500.00 deductible in our policy.  If you’d like to assist us in defraying these unbudgeted recovery expenses, we would be most grateful to you.

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