Media release, 14 January 2022:
A radio station that started as the “wildest dream” of Pastor Dave Gernetzky has since grown into a community staple and changed the lives of thousands of listeners. When the airwaves opened up to community broadcasting in 1996 a new opportunity was realised to fulfil the Great Commission and take the Gospel of Jesus Christ into all the world. With its inaugural broadcast on February 3, 1997, Link FM went boldly where few radio stations had dared – into contemporary Christian broadcasting.
As one of the oldest sustainable community stations in the country, Link FM has become a part of the fabric that makes up the Buffalo City Christian community, with various community outreach projects, and is a conduit for publicising community needs and events and has earned the respect of the secular and business communities.
Today, the listener-supported ministry continues to spread the Gospel through preaching, teaching, conversations, and music. Link FM’s footprint covers a radius of about 150km from the East London transmitter on 97.1 FM and from the King William’s Town transmitter on 92.1 FM as well being available on the DStv music bouquet channel 875 throughout sub-Saharan Africa. They also audio stream on www.linkfm.co.za and most streaming radio services.
The station broadcasts in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans. Music genres range from Traditional and Contemporary isiXhosa Gospel, Contemporary Christian Music, Hip-Hop, R&B, Praise and Worship, House and Christian Pop Rock.
Much has changed over the last 25 years. When Link FM started, all the music was on compact disc – just a handful of them – belonging to a few of the presenters. These were played manually on two CD players in the studio by the presenters.
Their play-out system for all other sound files (jingles & adverts) was the ‘old school’ Windows 3.1 Media Player. Today the studio is fully computerized using a variety of digital media services.
Link FM is almost 100% characterised by a passionate group of volunteers who give up their own time to produce and put out programming.
“After very humble beginnings, Link FM now have a state-of-the-art On-Air Studio together with a backup and production studio,” Titch Wild, Station Manager of Link FM said.
“Most importantly, we continue to go from strength-to-strength and are delighted with the results of the latest Radio Audience Measurement Survey which found that Link FM listenership had increased by 48% over the last two years.”
Come Thursday 3 February, the historians have probed into archived recordings and resurrected some ‘old voices’ from years gone by. This is sure to be a nostalgic day of broadcasting that will allow listeners to reconnect and recollect the earlier days of this iconic brand.
A Family Fun Day celebration will take place on Saturday, 5 February and will be hosted at the Old Selbornian Club – Ostrich Park (Circus Grounds). The festivities kick off at 9am. Link FM will broadcast from the event. All of Buffalo City are invited to enjoy lawn and field games, a touch farm, a craft market, jumping castles, delicious food stalls and much more with all the Link FM presenters standing by to meet and greet.
Over the years, God has transformed countless hearts & lives through the ministry of Link FM. The staff, management, volunteers, and supporters of Link FM praise God for the opportunity to take the message of the Gospel to East London and “the ends of the earth”, thereby fulfilling their mandate of “Linking People to Jesus”.
This release was prepared by Caron Troskie of Link FM. Any queries should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org