Millions of Christians around the world listen to Christian radio stations. Unlike non-Christian radio stations they cater to the interests of Christians by playing Christian music and having renowned Christians as guests on their shows. We shall look at some of the most popular Christian radio stations by category in today’s article.
Most Popular Christian Music Radio Stations
When most people think of the radio they think of music. Not all Christian radio stations play music however, but some of the most popular and listened to are specific music stations.
Christian music radio stations play a huge range of genres ranging from traditional Christian music such as gospel and worship music to contemporary styles such as rock, pop, rap and country.
There are hundreds of Christian music radio stations, however some stand out as the most popular in the USA. K-LOVE is a very popular music radio station that plays contemporary Christian music. It has a listenership of over 1.5 million people both across their radio and internet broadcasts. Some of the artists they play on K-LOVE include Mercyme, Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin to name just a few. It can be found at 412 FM.
For those that enjoy upbeat Christian music, then Air 1 is a popular and Christian music radio network. It is run by a not-for-profit organization and generally plays a heavier blend of contemporary music than its main rival – K-LOVE. It is essentially a top-40 radio station for Christian music.
Most Popular Christian Drama Radio
Drama radio has seen a serious decline over the past couple of decades – however it has remained strong among Christian radio listeners.
One of the most popular Christian drama radio stations is Odyssey. There is one episode per day lasting between 17 and 30 minutes attracting an audience of over 1.2 million listeners every day in North America alone. They also run children’s programs. Odyssey is a drama/comedy series with an Evangelical Christian theme based on the fictional town of Odyssey. As of 2002 the show was played on over 6,000 radio stations across the USA.
Another popular Christian drama radio station is Unshackled. It is a Christian radio drama series that first aired back in 1950. On each episode they dramatize the testimony of someone who has recently converted to Christianity. All of the episodes are based on actual testimonies and events. The show is produced by the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.
Most Popular Talkback Christian Radio
Talkback radio is another very popular genre of radio – both for Christians and non-Christians. While some radio stations purely have talkback radio, others have a mixture of music and talk back radio programs.
The most popular Christian talkback radio station is Focus on the Family – an evangelical non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs. The aim of the station is to nurture and defend families worldwide as well as protect family values. The main talkback program is with the host Dr. James Hobson (who also founded the station) where he speaks to Christians about family values and other Christian-related subject areas.
Other popular talkback Christian radio stations include: Praise in the Night with Steve Solomon, Peter Janetzki (an international talk back station) and Living Way with Pastor Jack Hayford.
Most Popular International Christian Radio Stations
Many Christian radio stations are broadcast around the world, and with the growth of the internet listeners can now tune in online to any radio station in the world. American Christian radio stations are the most popular and prevalent in the world, and millions of Christians from various other countries tune in on the internet to listen to them.
There are however popular Christian radio stations based in other countries. In Canada, CT-20 is a popular Christian radio station that does the Top-20 Christian music countdown. Hope 103.2 is a contemporary Christian music radio station based in Sydney, Australia.
In the United Kingdom, Premier Christian Radio is one of the most popular British Christian radio stations and is based in England.
United Christian Broadcasters is a large Christian radio station that is broadcast in several international countries including Albania, Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.