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What is RADIO 74

RADIO 74's main studio is located in the beautiful Haute-Savoie, a department of France, adjacent to Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, and at the foot of Europe's tallest mountain. Mt. Blanc. All postal codes here in the Haute-Savoie begin with the number "74", hence the origin of our name.

RADIO 74 was first heard on the airwaves just after midnight on January 17, 1982.  It was the first-ever English language FM radio broadcasting station heard in France and Switzerland, and has since then operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  RADIO 74 has developed into an essentially bilingual english-french educational radio network, oriented towards news and serious topics with thought-provoking conversation and interviews rather than entertainment. The station is characterised by its informative, dignified presentations and warm, pleasant manner.  Regular programmes are also broadcast in Portuguese, and occasionally in Spanish.  Eventually German programming will be introduced in some areas.

RADIO 74 INTERNATIONALE of California is a completely different fully English programme beamed to North America by satellite for re-transmission on over 60 local FM, AM and digital TV stations.  That network is legally and financially separate and independent from RADIO 74 (France/Switzerland).  Learn more at their website: www.radio74.net

RADIO 74 tends to reach thinkers, the movers and shakers, community leaders and decision makers, men and women in responsible positions, and the international and business communities.

International news bulletins from RFI, DW, RTE & VOA, are complimented by local news, accurate weather forecasts, and cultural announcements.

RADIO 74 music is unique, a blend of melodious and harmonious themes, both secular and religious, that listeners tell us is unrivaled in this part of the world.

RADIO 74 is particularly appreciated by families. Much of our programming is conducive to building strong families, cornerstone for the stability of any society, and includes character building programs for children.

RADIO 74 emphasizes sound health principles, and there are daily programmes offering solutions to common physical and psychological problems, encouraging a healthy lifestyle and prevention of disease.

RADIO 74 presents inspirational programmes and instruction in the Holy Scriptures in cooperation with recognized, well established international religious institutions and Bible schools.

RADIO 74 is ecumenical in the sense that it’s spiritual programmes of quality speak to the hearts of people from all religious groups, and particularly those of the Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Islamic faiths.

RADIO 74 is an indispensable, educational tool for students desiring to improve their conversation skills and comprehension of the English language.

RADIO 74 is a valuable asset for the tourism industry in zones covered by our network of local FM and DAB+ transmitters.  

The station reaches a considerable number of non French-speaking listeners, directing them towards countless cultural events and guiding them to discover the wonderous natural beauty of this mountainous region.

RADIO 74 announces free-of-charge the diverse events and activities organized by hundreds of not-for-profit associations, groups, foundations, clubs, schools, churches and other religious organizations as well as cultured artists and musicians.

RADIO 74 is licensed by French authorities as a not-for-profit, educational and cultural station. It must derive most of its income from voluntary listener contributions, less than 20% being permitted from commercial advertising.

RADIO 74 is authorized to broadcast in Switzerland in the Digital Audio Band (DAB+).

RADIO 74 programmes are divided into three main categories: news & public affairs, educational and cultural programmes, and music.

 

NEWS

News comprises on average 30% of our programmes. About half the news is retransmitted by satellite live from leading international information services: RFI (France), DW (Germany), RTE (Ireland), and the VOA (USA).  These include international, european and national newscasts once or twice each hour.

Local and regional news content is composed and edited by RADIO 74 and its team of professional and volunteer journalists. Weather forcasts are precise, compiled at the station from data received from several official sources including Meteo France, Meteo Suisse and the Met Office of GB.. 

 

EDUCATION AND CULTURE

These programmes occupy on average 30% of our 24 hour broadcasting day. They are diverse but an important number of them deal with themes on: health (with emphasis on preventative medicine, natural remedies, psychology…..but devoid of all "Eastern" philosophies), Earth sciences, the family and teaching of the Holy Scriptures. 

 

MUSIC

No other station in France, Switzerland (and perhaps all of Europe) offers a comparable programme of "beautiful music", occupying about 40% of our airtime.  RADIO74 music is not just selected for its pleasant qualities, so relaxing, calming, sometimes stimulating, generally gentle and reflective.  It's an unusual blend of instrumental and vocal, including secular and sacred titles.  Themes are melodious, harmonious, rarely in minor keys, gently rythmic, often rich in 7th, 9th and 13th cords.  The overall effect is a sublime, warm ambiance... a sound that's always discrete yet reassuring, never boring and in good family taste.


EVOLUTION OF OUR NAME

As RADIO 74 has grown, from one tiny 15 watt transmitter in 1982 to a modest network of FM and DAB+ transmitters in three countries, and is now heard around the globe via the web, so the meaning of our name has evolved to also mean "God's perfect 7 to the 4 corners of the earth".  And because God's Law, the Ten Commandments are eternal and never change, the truth of the 7th day Sabbath is still found in the 4th commandment of the Decalogue.  Note that our name has nothing to do with the US Independence day on the 4th of July (7/4),

    

 
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