Even with the wide range of family-oriented Christian programming on this station, music becomes the “glue” that holds our programs together. That’s why one of the greatest continuing efforts we make here at Christian Family Radio is to constantly bring new, fresh and Christ-honoring music for you to enjoy.
I was looking over our records of music on Christian Family Radio for the last year. We added 352 new songs to our library, with 53 of them especially for Christmas. This brings our total library of music to 4450 songs!
Adding music to our system is much more than simply recording a CD. First, we do our best to maintain a standard of quality for what we play. And, since we try to play certain music at certain times of the day or days of the week, it must be carefully classified to make sure it plays when we want it to. In all, each song is classified in 8 different categories, in addition to title, project (“album”) and source information. This is a lot of work that my wife Ruth has been doing an admirable job on for many years.
When it comes time to select a song to play over Christian Family Radio, we have programmed our computer system to use a “template” based on what day and time we are playing the music. The computer is also trying not to play one artist too often, and to “mix up” styles of songs and the types of groups (soloist, quartet, instrumental, etc) to add variety. This is a complicated process that is a chore the computer does well, that is, most of the time!
The result is that you’ll hear faster, more up-tempo music earlier in the day, and the more soothing, slower songs, including dedicated instrumental times at night. Sunday mornings are filled with choral music and hymns, a particular favorite of Manager Dr. John Paisley. All this is done without someone sitting down and choosing individual songs to play.
Remember you can search and browse through our music on our music page. We hope you enjoy the music you hear on Christian Family Radio, but are always open to comments and suggestions. Feel free to let us know what you think!