We keep everything from the past six hours listed on our website. Click here to find out what’s just played.
Sometimes yes and sometimes no! Once you’ve seen what’s recently played, you can browse our Vision Christian Store to see if we have a copy of the album you like. Sometimes, though, we’ll have trawled through our extensive library for a song, and those albums might be historical or promo-only copies, and so they won’t be available in our Store. We encourage you to search for the music on itunes or from a reputable Christian retailer.
You can listen again to lots of things that that have been on Vision Christian Radio (eg whole shows or individual interviews and extracts). Click here.
Alternately, download our free app to your mobile device and listen to them there - click here.
Note: We also have plans for a range of other podcasts on specific subjects that you'll be able to access on the website or subscribe to the feed using services like itunes. Check back here again another time for an update on those.
Vision is committed to reaching a broad audience - which means that our music style needs to be of broad appeal too, which can be a bit of a balancing act because tastes vary wildly!
We love the old hymns for their rich lyrics and often catchy melodies and you'll hear some contemporary versions of them at times in our general playlist.
You'll hear then frequently as part of the Worship Hour (weeknights) and some more traditional versions on Sundays in programs like 'Heart and Soul' and 'The Gaither Home Coming Radio Show' (Southern Gospel style).
For the current times for these shows, click here
Choosing music that everyone likes would be an impossible task, so we don't try. Most of our music is broadly aimed to cater for a 30-50 year old audience with music "testing" research helping us in our decision making - so to help make sure that what we’re playing reflects what these listeners are after.
That doesn't mean we don't care for people outside this age group, but experience shows that if we were to try to appeal to everyone we would in fact reach fewer people!
So, while we’re pretty confident that we’re getting the balance right, we can always do better. If you’d like to hear some particular music you like, please feel welcome to request a song here.
We aim to provide Australians with trusted Christian Media that connects real faith to their life. For this reason we carefully and prayerfully listen to and select only artists with a strong biblical faith and music in keeping with our values and orthodox Christian theological approach. This is a constant work in progress, but we greatly appreciate your support in helping us achieve a faithful, God-glorifying sound. We always welcome feedback.
We have a music director who listens to new music all the time, from Australia and from overseas, to find new tracks which we think our listeners will enjoy. They have extensive contacts not just within Australia's Christian music industry, but also with our sister networks in North America, Europe and New Zealand so we're able to present the very best in new music alongside some tried and true favourites.
Our music director chooses the music that we play, and then we use a computer system to place that music in a schedule which ensures that it fits in with whatever's going on at the time on the air, without repeating songs too often, or having too many similar songs together. (It sounds easy if you say it quickly, but in reality, programming the computer is a highly skilled operation).
Good question! Finding out more information really depends on what you heard. The song we just played is easy to find here, as is our program guide for the day. Drilling down into deeper content is a bit trickier and will depend on whether we generated the content ourselves or it’s supplied by one of our many ministry partners.
You might find what you're after using the search function of this website at the top of this page, or failing that contact us with your query and we’ll help you as much as we can. Tip: If you can note the approximate date and time your heard the item that will greatly help us in locating it for you.
We don't offer a recording service, mainly because it would take too many staff to be able to cope with dozens of individual requests for a recording of a particular item. However, we do offer a "listen again" feed which features many of the interviews and items featured on Vision along with a chance to hear again some of our teaching programs, like Faith and the Future with Dr Kameel Majdali and A New Beginning with Greg Laurie. You can find that audio here.
There are two very important things we look for in our on-air team.
The first is a heart for God - if we just talk about knowing God without actually knowing Him, then frankly we'd be a bunch of liars. We encourage all of our team to "walk the talk" by placing their full faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour and strive to live God's way each day.
The second is skill and experience in the art of communicating - and especially on radio. We have been blessed with a passionate and gifted team of diverse individuals who are good at their craft and genuine in their pursuit of God. They have a diverse range of life experience too - in Media, Business, Church life, Politics, Teaching and more. Some are single, others married. Some are parents, and some are students.
Our on-air team are friends you can trust. Like you, they're not perfect either but we do know someone who is (Jesus) and we want to tell everyone about the good things He's done!
Radio presenting is a skilled art. You need to have the technical knowledge required to run a complex sound desk and computer playout system, and the ability to be entertaining, challenging and inspiring in what you say while running the technical systems at the same time. Our presentation team has more years of experience behind them than they'll admit to, but most of them come from a long background in commercial radio. If you'd like to become a presenter, it's a good idea to get an academic qualification in media, broadcasting or journalism; and it's also a good idea to get some experience under your belt – perhaps as a volunteer at your local community station. You can also check out our job vacancies page.
The short answer is often, yes. There is a limited number of opportunities for school students to gain valuable radio and wider ministry experience as a whole. Normally our interns will spend a day in each department to get an overview of network life and what each ministry arm achieves. You could even find yourself writing a radio ad or voicing a small spot for us by the end of the week. The best way to inquire about work experience is to contact us.
Vision is a very lean organisation, and most of our presenters act as producers as well. We don't have any specific producers who work for a particular program, although the entire media content department works as a team to make sure presenters have what they need.
We have our own team of journalists who write, compile and read our news bulletins. They have a wide experience, having worked in the past for the ABC, the BBC, and commercial TV and radio. We source stories ourselves, from our own network of contacts, and from our own programs, like Neil Johnson's 20Twenty programme which specialises in covering news and current affairs within a biblical Christian world view.
We have an arrangement with a number of major news providers to use their content, which we do very selectively. This includes Macquarie National News (Fairfax), which provides us with access to news stories from their newsrooms around the country and internationally, linking us in with reporters from the BBC and CBS as well as Macquarie's own overseas staff. We also have a similar arrangement with Voice of America, which gives a different perspective. On top of this we also draw on United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) outlets worldwide when news happens in their neck of the woods.
We run a very limited amount of advertising because it provides a great opportunity for those wanting to get a message to our audience, in particular other ministries, and it is also an important income stream for us, helping cover the cost of staying on-air.
The bulk of the funds we need to operate come in from our many faithful supporters - which also means we have far less advertising than commercial stations. This enables us to give listeners a much better experience.
If you'd like to support us with a donation, click here.
If you'd like more information about advertising on Vision, click here. ***insert link***
Some radio stations bombard you with advertising – but our station carries much less advertising than most. Others are government-funded, but we don't receive any such funding. It’s Vision’s wonderful listeners who help us stay on air—people like you who love what we do so much they’re prepared to open their hearts… and wallets. Twice a year we have a fundraiser to make sure we can stay on air and also keep growing, reaching beyond the hundreds of communities our broadcasts already cover. Giving money is a very personal thing, so we are immensely thankful for the many people who are committed to seeing lives transformed all across Australia through the truth and hope of God’s Word.
It's an incredibly long journey from our microphones to your radio. The signal leaves the Vision studio and travels down a line to Sydney, where it is bounced up to a satellite orbiting the earth more than 40,000km above our heads. From there it bounces back to satellite receivers at our transmitters, where it's turned into an AM or FM signal and transmitted to your radio. Many people who aren't within range of our transmitters listen to Vision using our mobile phone app, or online at our website, our using the TuneIn App.
All sorts of things can cause a break in transmission. Most frequently, it's because of a problem at your local transmitter. For instance, we've had storms blow our satellite receiver dishes over or knock out the power supply to the transmitter. Sometimes, very heavy rain can interrupt the downlink signal from the satellite and even possums have been known to interfere with a broadcast. If you have satellite TV at home, you'll know that sometimes you'll lose your TV signal and get an error message blaming 'rain fade'. Well, that rain fade knocks out our signal just as effectively! Our network operations team works hard to keep our hundreds of transmitters on the air. If your station goes off air, please report a station off air and we'll try to fix it as quickly as we can. Alternatively you can freecall us on 1800 00 777 0.
We hope you don't have any reasons to complain! But if there is something that you feel we're doing wrong or that you're concerned about, we want to know about it.
One way you could tell us is by calling our feedback line 1800 316 316; another is using the contact form on this website (click here) .
If it is a more serious matter, you do need to tell us in writing so we can assess your concern and respond. You can write to us at Locked Bag 3, Springwood, Qld, 4127, Australia.
At all times we seek to abide by Biblical principles and we are also bound by the Narrowcasting Codes of Practice as registered with the Australian Media and Communications Authority. The codes outline various standards including procedures for dealing with complaints. For a copy of the codes, click here.
Because we cover such a wide area of the country, we don't run a 'daily diary' section on the radio. A church bazaar in Dubbo, NSW, for example, isn't going to be of much interest to a listener in Bunbury, WA. So we operate a Community Notices section on our website, which is split into different states. We might read some of them out on air and, occasionally, we may spot something in a community notice that results in a quick on-air phone call because it's particularly interesting.
Community stations are generally limited to serving one city or town, and are awarded their licence by the authorities, based on proving that there is a need and sufficient support for the station to exist. Although some may work closely together, they are all individual, independent organisations with their own autonomous board or committee, hold individual negotiations with broadcasting authorities, represent only local interests, and set their own programming mix as appropriate to local listening audience. Formats vary depending on the station's target audience and their desired ministry outcomes.
Vision, on the other hand, holds Open Narrowcast licences, with each broadcast site essentially being a repeater of the program beamed by satellite from our studios in Brisbane. Vision is also a listener-supported network. Local individuals and/or churches make requests for Vision to come to local communities and listeners and supporters enable the broadcast to continue via their financial donations and prayers.
We admire the work of both these organisations but there is no connection.
The cost of establishing a new transmission site depends on what the output power will be, and unique site requirements. Low power licences (ideal in a small country town, for example) typically cost less than $10,000 to establish. This includes the satellite receiving and FM retransmission equipment, the cost of the licence itself, basic local marketing, and program supply via satellite for the first year.
High-power licences and transmission sites are more expensive (but they do have much greater reach).
If you'd like to bring Vision's radio ministry to your community - or elsewhere - then let us know here.
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