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European Gospel Radio: NEXUS-IBA's Christian and religious broadcasters outreach

A not for profit service dedicated to religious program producers over IRRS-Shortwave

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NEXUS-IBA is a an international, a strictly non profit organization, mostly staffed by volunteers and professionals in the field of broadcasting and media in general, based in Milan, Italy. Since 1988 several Christian broadcasters from around the world have have placed their trust in us to provide a radio link between their radio programs and the European listeners. We take this trust seriously, and want not only to place the best possible transmission facilities at your disposal, but also to give you the benefit of our experience and knowledge of the Shortwave broadcast medium and International audience, which goes back nearly a quarter of a century.

All religious programs aired via IRRS-Shortwave goes under the European Gospel Radio station ID and are assigned prime time, individual slots granted on a priority basis  vs. other programs.  In this way, we we hope to fulfil our pledge to help you in every way possible to make your mission a success. The following information and advice is offered in this spirit. It goes without saying that we stand ready to answer any specific or additional questions you may have.

Smaller programmers will appreciate the value for money of the NEXUS-IBA system made possible by its non-profit basis. Larger program institutions should be aware that, even if they operate their own facilities on Shortwave, NEXUS-IBA reaches a very loyal and high quality fragment of the Shortwave market that may not make a habit of listening to other stations. Our listeners have repeatedly expressed appreciation for the unique variety and quality of NEXUS-IBA programs, reflecting the wide range of NEXUS-IBA members.

Perhaps you have "minority" program material that is not suited to your regular operations, or for which no time is available on your regular outlets. The chances are that this material will find a grateful audience via NEXUS-IBA. Furthermore, NEXUS-IBA has no political or religious affiliation. It has a very liberal editorial policy and does not edit or censor material unless in crass violation of official legal guidelines. With NEXUS-IBA you get your message on-the-air the way you want it heard. You are not at the mercy of a production middleman.

Please write us at: info@nexus.org for rate information, and airtime availability for your target area. In order to help you better, please let us know: language and frequency of your program (how many times per week or per day), program length, intended target area. We have a wide range of transmitting powers and antennas from 10 kW to 1,000 kW (1 Mega Watt) to cover effectively any country in the world.

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What is the value of shortwave?

Shortwave radio remains one of the key electronic media for reaching the maximum number of potential listeners in Europe. Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Pacific, and certain regions in the Americas.  This is proved by the fact that the world’s biggest international broadcast organizations continue their activities via Shortwave, and are investing heavily in new studio and transmission facilities. In recent history, The Gulf and the most recent Iraq War demonstrated once again and most impressively how important a telecommunications tool shortwave is in reaching a vast audience using inexpensive but highly powerful modern receivers that can be put in a suitcase or pocket. Shortwave is everywhere.  It is the world’s most mobile medium. Ironically, it was the propaganda machine of Nazi Germany that recognized the power of Shortwave and perfected its use in the Second World War.

Today, Shortwave is one of the greatest weapons in the fight for morality.

How does shortwave work?

Standard AM and FM stations lose their power as their signals dissipate along the ground over long distances. In Shortwave, the opposite is true. The Earth is encased in an invisible covering of gases called the Ionosphere. This acts like a mirror, reflecting shortwave signals back to Earth, thus making it possible to cover vast distances with a single transmitter. This is why shortwave is so efficient and cost-effective. In the case of IRRS-Shortwave, this means you can cover any target in Europe or beyond  for the same or less money than it would cost to reach just one local market at home.

Shortwave: The Audience

Shortwave is a lot like advertising: everybody agrees that it works, but it is difficult to quantify. The world’s biggest broadcasting organizations are deeply involved in audience research costing huge sums of money. Although relating primarily to political and social factors, there are findings of a general nature that are of interest to our broadcasters. Among the most important things:

  • The potential receiver-equipped shortwave audience in Europe is estimated to be at least 50 million.
  • Most listeners fall into two groups:
    - middle aged between 35 and 50; and
    - the young - teenagers and people in their 20’s.
  • Most shortwave listeners are males, but the female listenership is growing.

Do you remember the pictures that went around the world during the Gulf War, showing people glued to their Shortwave radios to get the latest news from the outside world? During that crisis, sales of Shortwave receivers skyrocketed leaving dealers with empty shelves. Shortwave once again demonstrated its importance and effectiveness.

For all the talk of satellite radio and TV, Shortwave radio remains the most cost-effective electronic mass medium that can span enormous distances instantly and penetrate into every home in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. In addition, Shortwave radio is portable, and is a companion wherever one goes. It is truly the world's most mobile electronic mass medium. Modern Shortwave receivers are ultra-compact, inexpensive, and very easy to use.

How do I qualify to air on European Gospel Radio / IRRS-Shortwave?

Any Christian (religious) program producer or organization qualifies to air via European Gospel Radio/IRRS-Shortwave. All of our media services operate on a strictly non denominational, non discriminatory basis. Our charter and mission says: : "Pluralism of information is to be assured, with particular attention paid to minorities; above all ethnic, cultural, political, and religious minorities, without regard to race, sex, language, or political or religious beliefs, and in full accordance with the Human Rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the Republic of Italy and by International Law'

As a non profit, broadcaster-supported organization, all of our costs are supported by members' contributions and grants. We require that each members bears the cost of the use of any NEXUS-IBA's broadcasting facility, according to the time and transmitter powers required. The non-profit NEXUS-IBA system has cut overhead to the bone, but not at the cost of quality service! The small, dedicated NEXUS-IBA staff is for the most part volunteer . This fact, along with computerization coupled with state-of-the-art transmission equipment ensure NEXUS-IBA members reliable, top quality coverage  AT COST.

What do I get ?

We currently offer slots of airtime on prime time European time daily from 2100 Central European Time  (daily from 9 PM local time in Europe) and during prime time late morning and afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. For at least 30 minutes per day, we are able to schedule additional broadcasts beamed to any part of the world, with transmitter powers of 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 500 or 1,000 kW (1 Mega Watt). Our directional antennas can beam your program to any region of the world. All of our programs originate from or NOC (Network Operating Centre) located in Milan, Italy  - a state of the art facility connected by high speed optical telecommunication and Internet connections to any part of the world. All of our members' programs are digitally processed and can be delivered to us via mail, courier, satellite, phone or - more effectively -using MP3 files via the Internet, using our gateway facilities in the USA, Germany and Italy. In most cases we can save you any satellite feeding and mailing costs by linking directly to our studio via the Internet, at no extra cost. What you pay in the end is only the broadcast time pro-rated according to power used, and program length

Each organization or individual program producer may reserve up to any amount of airtime per day or per week. Airtime  is shared among several NEXUS-IBA members, requires advance booking. Availability is subject on a first come, first-served basis.

Aitime on European Gospel Radio includes:

  • Broadcast time over IRRS-Shortwave to Europe or to any other location as required.
  • Free promos aired at random times during our broadcasts (you will have to provide us with pre-recorded promos. Promos can be up to 29 seconds in length, in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Russian);
  • As a NEXUS-IBA member you will receive free professional consulting on how to make best use of Shortwave and internet, so no previous experience is necessary!
  • Special discounts for bulk airtime on 10, 50, 100, 250 and 500 kW Shortwave for  more than one hour per week.
  • Special rates and services for hosting your Web pages and other audio and video streaming services
  • Free use of our PO Box address for receiving  reception reports
  • Free use of a convenient (easy to spell) mailbox or email forwarding with an address that can be easily  understood over-the-air  (i.e. my_mission (at) nexus.org)

When you join NEXUS-IBA as a member we offer you TOTAL COUNSELING. We want to help you make your broadcasting mission a success. Whatever your programming, NEXUS-IBA will help you reach the right audience at the right time. If desired, this free counseling includes editorial as well as technical assistance, custom tailored to your individual needs.

How much does it cost ?

In order to air via IRRS-Shortwave membership with NEXUS-IBA is required. The associate membership fee is  US $100  (yearly, January till December) or US $50 from July till December. A nominal fee is charged or every broadcast hour, depending on power used. Our costs are strictly non profit, and are only intended to cover our operating expenses

How should I send any program material?

We recommend that you encode any audio files in MP3, and upload them to one of our server. This will be the fastest, cheapest and more effective way to send us any audio material.

Can I use other media to record my audio programs ?

Audio programs can also be delivered via ordinary mail to our address in Milan, Italy, and recorded on cassette tapes, CDs, or we may arrange for a phone feed.  In all these cases additional costs will be added to cover the conversion from analogue to digital audio and to compensate for any manual operation required for the conversion.  We also accept feeds via satellite, phone or other media, for live or delay broadcasts.

What is the target area?

Reception reports and our monitors indicates that IRRS-Shortwave signal with our 10 kW stream may be received with a clear signal all over Europe. Fringe reception depending on propagation conditions at the time of broadcasts allow reception outside our primary target area, i.e. in N America, Africa, and the Pacific. 

Higher power broadcasts starting at 25, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 kW will reach areas well outside our primary target (Europe).  If you are interested in other areas than Europe, please contact us for other options and rates, specifying your preferred target area. In most cases we may custom plan a broadcast to any region of the world and present you with a proposal in just a few days.

I have a radio program available. What should I do to start airing it as soon as possible?

To start airing via NEXUS-IBA and IRRS-Shortwave please follow the following steps:

  • Send information on your organization, its aims and your program by e-mail to info@nexus.org, by fax to: +39-02-70638151 (from the USA : 011-39-02-706 38 151) or by snail mail to NEXUS-IBA, PO Box 11028, I-20110 Milano, Italy. Also send sample audio programs or pointers if they are available on-line. If possible use email or fax, otherwise allow 15-20 days for processing snail mail enquires.
  • Send your membership application to NEXUS-IBA. A sample application form is available on line, fill, sign, and send it by fax to: +39-02-706 38151 AND mail original  to NEXUS-IBA, PO Box 11028, 20110 Milano, Italy. Do NOT send any money at this stage. NEXUS-IBA's executive committee meets regularly, and examines membership applications and information received for compliance with our charter, and will reply promptly.
  • Include a written request for the desired number of hours on our station. In most cases we will get back to you within 24 hrs with a proposal, including coverage maps and a detailed quotation.
When your application is approved, you are invoiced for membership fees until December of the current year, and for any service charges relating to your order if you request more than one broadcast.  We accept Visa and MasterCard payments via our secure on-line payment system at no extra charge. For bank transfers a $15 surcharge is added  to cover our bankers' fees.  You may cancel any service at any time with a one-month advance written notice. We have a 100% money back policy for all advance payments for services not used for. Membership charges, however, are not refundable.

The quickest turn-around time for the whole procedure is 24 hours, including on-line pre-payment of dues and broadcast of the first program.

Act quickly to get the best available time slot

We suggest that you act quickly to reserve slots still available on prime time Saturday or Sunday or evening time for your main and your free repeated broadcast.

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Or for more information do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail at info@nexus.org.

 

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