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First BBN station dawned in '71

Published September 3, 2005

Network operations manager Jason Padgett tells the story of how the Bible Broadcasting Network began.

On May 28, 1968, BBN president Lowell Davey made an offer to purchase a radio station in Norfolk, Va. "We sense the need of a quality station that is Christian oriented and has quality music, both classical and Christian," he said in a letter.

Davey was not able to buy that station, but the idea of BBN was under way. Official incorporation took place about a year later, on March 28, 1969, when BBN bought a radio station that had gone bankrupt and was off the air.

"Through several miracles," Padgett said, BBN started with that Norfolk station. WYFI began on Oct. 2, 1971, at 5 p.m.

"Since that beginning so many years ago, we have played our theme song every morning at 5:57 a.m.: To God Be The Glory. Great Things He Has Done," Padgett said. "We give God the glory for moving and opening doors to reach the hearts of people everywhere using the tool of radio."

[Last modified September 3, 2005, 01:20:24]

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