Vozandes Media flies new flag

By June 23, 2009

Ecuador (MNN) — After 55 years, a German radio ministry is
sailing under a new flag and a new name. 

Vozandes Media is the new name of the HCJB Global Voice German
Language Service (GLS).  It still
broadcasts from Ecuador, but now it works under HCJB Global's World Office in
Germany rather than under its Latin America region. 

In addition, Ecuador legally recognized Vozandes Media's
status as a non-governmental organization at the beginning of June. The ministry is also enjoying new office

"I believe that the GLS is one of the few departments which
used the same office space for 43 years," said Horst Rosiak, who heads Vozandes

Due to the opening of an international airport near HCJB's
antennas, German and Low-German shortwave broadcasts to the Americas are scheduled
to end in 2010. Digital shortwave
broadcasts reach Europe and the Americas. 

Vozandes Media also reaches Europe through satellite and
through a service called Phonecaster. Europeans can dial a certain telephone number and choose from a variety of German-language
programs.  The most popular program is in
Low German. 

Listeners may also download podcasts over the internet. HCJB Global receives responses to its German-language
programs from 60 different countries. 

The programs began in 1953 when Mennonite Brethren
Missions/Services established the German Service, constructing the department's
offices at the station 13 years later in 1966.

Today, it broadcasts 14 hours of programming to Europe, South America,
and the South Pacific every week under the name Die Stimme der Anden (Voice of
the Andes).

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