By Dan Wooding, Founder of the ASSIST News Service
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS – Feb 28, 2016) – The Dove TV station based in Medford, Oregon, has won the NRB Low Power TV Station (LPTV) of the Year award for the third year in a row and the fourth time since they have been on the air.
Perry Atkinson, the President and CEO of the Dove Radio and TV network, told me after receiving the prestigious award on behalf of his team, “We’re very much honored and quite frankly tremendously surprised to have received this award once again.
“LPTV is a low power television station which is a classification given by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), and when the committee here at the NRB, is judging the award, they look for innovation, difference, programming style and production quality, and so once again they have awarded us as the LPTV Station of the Year in that classification.”
When asked what the philosophy was behind the Dove radio and TV stations, that are affiliated with United Christian Broadcasters (UCB), which began many years ago in New Zealand and has since spread around the world, Atkinson said, “We’re doing something that I don’t think anybody else in the country is doing. We do a live morning news show and talk show from 6 to 9 live on 4 FM stations, 9 translators, 2 television stations, a cable channel, Roku and the Internet all live at the same time.
“We’ve got a great and very creative staff and the response we are getting is terrific. We’re averaging about 94,000 YouTube views a month from all over the world.”
How is your station different to other Christian stations?
“Well, I believe it is because we do programs that are very popular with our audience. For instance, we do we do a lot of apologetic programs, as well as counseling programs and then teaching and lifestyle programs. We try to concentrate on programs that are relevant to the culture and relevant to everyday life.”
Perry Atkinson has sat on the UCB Board now for some 15 years, and added, “We work with them in all their outlets in England, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa, in fact all over the place. I work exclusively with them in their television and radio departments.”
His work with the Dove is a far cry from his initial work in Sacramento when he got into broadcasting as a pilot flying an airplane for KCRA and KFBK radio and reporting for them for nine years, and then he worked his way up into management.
“I did everything, like car chases, bank robbery chases, and after I did the morning news. I would land the plane and go to Bible school during the day, and then hop back in the plane and fly the traffic reports in the afternoon. In those days, we were the only plane up in the sky in Sacramento. Then they went to helicopters and they now do it all with video cameras.”
Was it dangerous? “Very much so at times,” he said.
Atkinson went on to say that Dove now has the opportunity to expand their television work into Portland, Oregon, a major market in the West Coast of the United States.
“It has a viewership of potentially 1.3 million people and it has been ranked as ‘the atheist capital of the United States,’” he stated. “So we’re asking the Lord to give us wisdom, strength and provision to take that project on. We are hoping that he could start probably around the end of March of this year.”
On a personal note, The Dove TV will soon start running my new show, “Inside Hollywood with Dan Wooding,” which features interviews with Christians working in Hollywood, and is produced by veteran video man, Tim Hathaway. The latest program features red carpet interviews on the red carpet at the recent Movieguide® Gala in Hollywood, and includes one with Dolly Parton. At present, the shows are being aired by the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network, and you can see some of the earlier shows by going to: http://hsbn.tv/[on-demand]%20inside-hollywood.html ,
Photo caption: 1) Perry Atkinson with his NRB award. (Photo: Dan Wooding) 2) Perry Atkinson with his wife Peggy, with the NRB Award in Nashville. 3) Dan Wooding interviewing Dolly Parton, which will be featured in his “Inside Hollywood” show.
Note: I would like to thank Robin Frost for transcribing this interview.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for more than 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books.
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