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Low German radio program comes to KBCU

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – A Low German radio program with a growing body of listeners in North America and Latin America has now added Bethel College’s KBCU to its host stations.

“Zachries Fetalt” (“Zacharias Speaks”) is now airing on 88.1 FM Monday-Friday at 6 p.m. It can be heard at the same time via streaming video at www.bethelks.edu/kbcu/index.php.

The half-hour program includes 15 minutes of news and interviews, a personal commentary; toon aewa no kenktjen (“something to reflect on”); and a humor segment (stories about “Fritz and Franz”). It is the mission and labor of love of Carl Zacharias of Reinland, Manitoba, who spent many of his formative years as a child and teenager among Low German-speaking Mennonites in Paraguay and Belize and also did two terms of service with Mennonite Central Committee among Low German people in Bolivia.

Zacharias was on the Bethel campus for Fall Festival in early October and participated in the Low German program hosted this year by Low German speakers Harold Thieszen, retired Mennonite pastor from North Newton, and Willmar Harder, current pastor of Hoffnungsau Mennonite Church in rural Inman.

Harder, a Bethel graduate, was a programmer for KBCU in his student days and was instrumental in working with station manager Tim Buller to put “Zachries Fetalt” on KBCU.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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