You might notice a new link on the "Support Thy Word" menu. It says, "Shop CBD." This is one of the easiest and most effortless ways to support Christian Radio!
Whenever you follow any link on our website to CBD's website (ChristianBook.com), Thy Word Network will receive 10% of any and all items you purchase. You don't just have to buy products we recommend in our Quick Picks--you can buy anything at all and Thy Word Network will receive 10% of the value of your purchase.
But you've got to click a link to CBD on our website for us to receive 10% of your purchase. To make this easier than ever, you can now bookmark www.ThyWord.org/cbd/. That link will take you directly to CBD's homepage, AND Thy Word will automatically receive 10% of the value of any items you purchase. So go ahead--bookmark www.ThyWord.org/cbd/ today, and use it whenever you want to buy items from Christian Book Distributers. It's the easiest way to support the Tri-State's favorite Christian Radio Station.
"Uh, hi. I'm looking for a song that I heard on your station ... I think you played it about two months ago, and I don't know the title or who sang it, but I think it talked about God."
Okay, so this fictional "phone call" might be a slight exaggeration of some of the calls and emails we get here at the station on a daily basis, but it is rather similar to one or two that I've answered!
We play a lot of music throughout the day, and not every song is identified on the air (or someone will only hear the first or second half of it, and miss the ID!), so we get quite a few "can you find this song for me?" requests each week. We are always happy to help as best we can, but I thought I'd pass along a few tips to help you track down songs on your own, as well.
One of your best tools is right here on ThyWord.org - it's our Playlist Archives. This is basically a running list of everything we play on Thy Word Network - songs, programs, short features, etc. If you know the approximate time that your song played, all you have to do is pull up the archive and check to see if something looks familiar. (Generally, if you know some of the words from the song's chorus, you'll also have at least a few of the words in the song title.) You can also run searches for artists and titles, if you know them. If you find what you're looking for, you can also click the "Buy Artist's CDs" button and purchase it then and there from ChristianBook.com.
Your next best friend is a comprehensive search engine, like Google or Yahoo. These are good when you think you know the song title, or some of the lyrics, but need to find the artist or CD. A typical search for a CD when I know the song title might look like "make my life a prayer to you kathy troccoli" - this will bring up a list of pages that include those words, and often you can find your answer right on Google. Search engines are also good for determining song titles - I'll often type in whatever lyrics I know followed by the word "song", and see what comes up.
Another good way to get help with identifying a song is to use a lyricssearch. You may have a title that you think is the song you're looking for, but you want to see the lyrics, just in case. The easiest way to do this is to just type the song title (or even the artist's name) into a search engine, followed by "lyrics" ("make my life a prayer to you lyrics"). There are also a number of sites devoted just to song lyrics databases, like lyricsfreak.com, christianlyricsonline.com, or songlyrics.com (to name just a few).
So there you go. I hope that these tips will aid you in your quest to track down that song that you heard on Tuesday afternoon that you'd really, really like to sing in church next Sunday! If, however, you still aren't having any luck, we are always happy to see if we can help. Just give us a call during regular office hours (1.800.264.5550) or send an email to email@example.com, and we'll see what we can do!
It's that time of year again. School starts in a little over two weeks, so it's time for me (Nate) to say goodbye to Thy Word Network for the year and to start packing up all my belongings to cart away to Purdue. And this is also a good time to reflect over the summer.
It's been a busy summer, and the time has flown by. Back in May, we at Thy Word Network began our campaign to raise funds to build a new WBHW Tower near Loogootee, Indiana. The fund raiser was a complete success, and we were able to begin construction. Over the past weeks, we've had several interesting moments as parts have begun arriving, mostly in functional states (although a few resembled giant metal pretzels), and as the tower crews have begun and finished construction on the actual tower structure. Even with the actual 500-foot tower standing, we still have much work to do. The site requires a building to house a transmitter, which we will be building.
We've even had some humorous moments this summer, including the early Saturday morning several weeks ago when Rick and Billy had to rush out to the station--our alarms were going off warning us of system errors because we weren't receiving our satellite signals from our programmers. Had vandals cut the line? No. Rick and Billy just found a massive ant's nest inside the satellite dish.
Personally, though, my summer has focused more on the online portion of our ministry. Going into the summer, we at Thy Word Network had great ambitions to refine our website to better minister to and serve you, our listeners / web viewers. We've wanted everything about our website to point to ministry and the Lord; to display His glory in every tag of every page. And we've wanted to serve you.
Over the past three months, we've worked hard to make our website prettier, and to make pertinent information more accessible, and to make everything just a little easier to use. We've tried to keep you in-the-know, with the introduction of two new email lists, and two brand new RSS feeds. We've worked hard to up the quality of our Online Daily Devotionals, and to bring you more features in one place, including syndicated headlines on our front page, an Online Community, a vastly upgraded and searchable Community Calendar, and even brand new features like our In the Studio interview archives, which we'll be filling over the next few months. Within a few months, we'll even be increasing the quality of our online Radio Streaming, so you'll be able to listen to our broadcast online anywhere in the world with near-CD quality sound.
But even though we're finished upgrading our website for the summer, we're never finished upgrading our web ministry. Ultimately, our website is meant to be an ever-improving tool for you, our listeners. So, as we forge forward, by all means, let us know how our website can be further improved in the future to make it easier for you to use, or what features would be more helpful to you and minister to you in a greater way.