Faith FM’s Breakfast Show went live for the first time this morning, hosted by Pastor Lyle Southwell and Nic Coutet, director of The Breakfast Show. For the past few years, The Breakfast Show team has pre-recorded their shows in the purpose-built studio at the offices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North New South Wales (NNSW), but the reach and impact of the show has grown to the point where it made sense to go live.
Faith FM team members from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia (AUC) and in NNSW worked hard to make live broadcasting possible; researching and testing thoroughly, and making sure the technology could handle it. A trial run was conducted online on the Tuesday, which was successful.
“For the past three months, it’s been a team effort to prepare for going live,” said Michael Engelbrecht, who manages Faith FM for the AUC. “This is a first for the Faith FM network. We have gone live in the Newcastle, Central Coast and Geelong regions, and have plans to expand across the country in coming months.
“The reason we’re doing this is because Faith FM has proven to be very effective in connecting listeners with local churches, and we think being live will make it even more effective with the personal connection with listeners. They will be able to call in and directly participate in the program.”
Of going live, Pastor Southwell said it was higher pressure, but more fun.
“You get a greater sense of accomplishment from reaching your goals and targets too, because you don’t have an option to make mistakes,” he said. “It’s exciting—incredibly exciting—to be speaking live to so much of Australia and we get to talk about Jesus every day!”