Originally scheduled for September 14
In the days when radio was in its heyday
broadcasters had discovered that AM radio signals carried quite a
bit further after sunset.
For this reason, most stations were required by the FCC to
reduce their signal power quite a bit at dusk.
Old-timers who lived out in the country will remember that
transition; often, it meant your favorite station just disappeared.
Their signal would interfere with that of another station in the
distance, using the same frequency.
In most areas, however, one station was allowed
to stay at full power all night.
There were a number of reasons for this, one being that radio
stations were frequently used as navigation beacons for pilots.
These stations, called “clear channel stations”, could be
heard for hundreds of miles.
The music was middle of the road, and often mixed various
The stations themselves worked hard to get and
retain long distance loyalties. They would frequently advertise
their status (“This is KFI, the only clear channel station in Los
Angeles.”) and how it
was unique in the area.
They encouraged listeners in outlying areas to write in – then would
read the letters on the air.
That not only flattered the writer but also impressed people
with just how far that signal could reach.
They also played to the loyalties of the
listener. In particular,
the station in Los Angeles was for many years the radio home of the
Dodgers. As many games
were played under the lights, this gave the Dodgers an extended fan
base over a wide area.
(It didn’t hurt that the Dodgers’ announcer was a man named Vin
Scully – who as of this writing is still with the club, some fifty
Communion is the clear channel station of God.
You don’t need a translator; nor do you need some special
receiver. The symbolism
of communion is simple, but deep.
This is my body; this is my blood. In so doing, God
strengthens your loyalty to Him and to His church.
Indeed, it also encourages you to communicate with God.
What does this communication from God say?
It says, over and again, that
God loves you to the point of dying on a Cross; He loves you to the
point of forgiving you and then teaching you his ways;
He loves you to the point of taking you home to be with Him
at your death. Communion
– the clear channel of God’s love.