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The Bible Broadcasting Network (BBN) is a listener-supported global Christian radio network staffed and headquartered in Charlotte, NC. The programming consists of 50% outside ministries, 30% music and 20% BBN produced programs. The network was founded in 1968 by its president, Lowell Davey, who also hosts daily prayer times, children's programs, Bible teaching, teen programs, and family guidance programs on the network. The network was born out of Davey's failed offer to buy a radio station in Norfolk, Virginia. The company was incorporated and on March 28, 1969, bought bankrupt WYFI and began broadcasting on Oct. 2, 1971, at 5 p.m.
The station also plays traditional Christian music including vocalists, choirs, and instrumentalists. BBN's mission statement is "to get the Word of God into the hearts and minds of as many people as possible using the most efficient means." Doctrinally, the programming is evangelical in approach, and somewhat Calvinistic. BBN also avoids programming geared towards "signs and wonders", "charismatic" theology, and "prosperity theology".
BBN owns and operates more than 30 full power stations and more than 100 low power stations in 29 states. They also operate AM and FM radio stations in 14 countries of North and South America.. BBN also broadcasts around the world full-time via streaming on the internet in several languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, German, and Russian.. It is estimated that these stations reach over 200 million people.