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Feliz Cumpleaños Alternativa!

Today is Radio Alterntiva's 10th birthday. It's hard to believe that 10 years ago Norberto was making the preparations for the license and the frequency, which is a miracle that OUR solicitation was accepted from many more lucrative and political organizations that made petitions for the one frequency opening in our town. Norberto came to the States two weeks before the radio was launched. This is what the radio looked like when we returned to serve at the station in 2002. Radio Alternativa 92.7 FM started broadcasting in the basement of the radio, because the building wasn't finished. There was one staff person who did everything from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.! Now there are 10 people on staff and the building, as you can see, is almost complete. Here's a picture of the morning team broadcasting to hundreds of homes and businesses. During a 30 minute block on the show, we received 120 text messages from the audience sending us birthday wishes! The Radio has 60 km radius and because of the Parana River which helps carry radio waves, we have a tremendous audience in Misiones, Argentina as well! We offer Christian counseling, events (marriage retreats, women's conferences, camps for kids, concerts, adventure racing for youth), talks in the public/private high schools and we have a Christian bookstore.

We thank God for the ministry of Alternativa and we ask that the Lord would continue to guide every aspect of this ministry and that it would be used for His glory. We pray that the Lord would bless and prosper it economically and that its outreach would continue to impact the community.

Happy Birthday 92.7, we're so happy to be part of the team!


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