about ucg radio

Mission & Goals

To sow seeds of faith by expressing the love of God with clarity, goodness and soundness of mind.
To reach listeners globally with the spoken message of repentance and the Kingdom of God.

Background

Each week since 1995, ministers and teachers of the United Church of God have delivered sermons, Bible studies, television presentations, lectures, seminars, and written numerous articles and blogs for the Church magazines and websites. Much of it is available by searching the church website at ucg.org.

With the rise of new streaming technologies, in 2017 UCG Radio was launched as an initiative of the church in Australia to present content from the rich audio archive in a traditional radio manner. Although audio is available online or via podcasts, the radio format serves up an interesting line-up of material without requiring the listener to search for it. 

After a successful trial period, UCG Australia Radio became UCG Radio and currently serves the globe on behalf of the Untied Church of God, An International Association based in Cincinnati, USA.

Content contributors to the station include the church ministry and faculty, qualified volunteer teachers, readers, and a growing number of church members who have provided voice recordings. Our audio Bible has been sourced from suppliers who have kindly made their dramatised readings of the Bible freely available upon our request. Our music is royalty free, or we have been graciously granted permission for its use by its owners.

Personal greeting messages are welcomed from members and supporters of the UCG from all around the world. If you’d like to contribute, click here.

In case you were wondering

ACCESSING THE STREAM

A. The audio is streamed over the Internet. It can be heard via the embedded player here on our website and also via mobile devices (Android and Apple) when our the free app is installed. The station may also be listed on indexes for streaming radio.

A. Anyone with access to the internet can hear the station.

A. We are not aware of general restrictions that would prevent anyone from listening wherever they can gain an internet connection*. Our mobile app (Android and Apple) is available in 175 countries* (*Georgia excepted).

A. The mobile apps are freely available to download.

Google Android devices users running Android software v5.0+ will find the app available at the Google PlayStore by searching for “UCG Radio”, or click on the button below.  The icon will appear.  Click to Install, then Open the app and enjoy.

Apple iPhone users will find the app available at the iTunes AppStore by searching for “UCG Radio”, or click on the button below.  The icon will appear.  Click to install, then Open the app and enjoy.

  Once installed, position the app icon in a handy place on your phone desktop for easy access.

A. The station broadcasts an MP3 audio stream at 128 kbps.

A.  In a standard stream, 1 listener uses 0.05 GB (56.25 MB) of bandwidth per 1 hour (3600 seconds). However, mobile devices may be set to “Adaptive” to use half this amount.
Similarly, 1 listener, listening all day (24hours) on a standard stream would use 1.32 GB of data. (See bandwidth calculator at internet radio bandwidth calculator)

A. No, unless the audio is actually playing, you will not be using any data.

A. Currently we are able to identify listeners by their country, and gather statistics for the programs that were listened to. We do not know who or even in what city a listener resides.

A. The station can have unlimited users, though a ceiling of 10,000 concurrent listeners appears to be a limit at any one time. We look forward to testing that number!

A. Our radio station itself has an overall limit of 50TB of streaming data per month. This provides a total of approximately 900,000 listening hours per month, statistically combining the time spent by each listener.

A. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

A. If your car radio is linked to a device connected to the internet, yes! Our station is streamed over the internet, not over the airwaves. Use our free mobile app to stream the station anywhere you have internet access.

A. No, it should not, as the stream is optimised for mobile devices.

PROGRAM CONTENT

A. The Title and Artist/Source of the track is indicated in the radio player.

UCG Radio operates as a traditional radio station. To listen again to a track, go to our Program Content or What’s New pages to help you find the original recording.

A. Our program scheduled is comprised of timed segments like many radio stations. However, the time allotted to a particular track is indicative to the shortest possible time for a track in that category, and as such, the current track may overrun the following item on the schedule.

A. Send us an email at feedback@ucg.radio.  While much of the spoken content has been sourced from United Church of God websites, it is possible that a statement was made in error, either in a sermon, in a lecture, or that the church teaching has improved in a particular area.  Please let us know if you hear something amiss and we will aim to correct it immediately.

Similarly, if you have an issue with a song, or lyric of a song, contact us via feedback@ucg.radio, and we will endeavour to investigate the issue as soon as possible. 
Please bear with us as musical styles appeal to different ages and tastes, and despite this subjectivity we have tried to create a music library that reflects the church’s teachings and culture, that also has broad appeal, while also allowing some for specialised categories, ages, and feature programs.  The goal is to uplift, inspire and teach.

A. No, the stream is not currently downloadable. We are hoping that with improvements to the radio player, this might become possible.

A. Yes! We want to share the radio stream with as many people as we can. We simply ask that you do not interrupt our streaming content with your own, do not charge for the stream, nor associate any advertising with our stream.

Drop us an email at feedback@ucg.radio and we can send you the embed code. 

A. The music has been purchased or granted use from suppliers. In time we plan to expand our collection of quality royalty free music. 

A. Yes, we have purchased the royalty free music we use with our station. For some music, we have also been granted permission by its owners.

A. Most of the content played on the station is sourced from the UCG archives and websites. We have also sourced music recordings we are legally able to play.

A. The schedule is posted on our Home page at ucg.radio. Please note that the schedule is subject to change, and should be used only as a general guide. With varying times for each lecture, reading, or sermon, the schedule times may differ and some events will be overrun.

Feedback

We'd love to hear from you,

especially if you are enjoying our station! 

If you are having technical problems, chances are the problem is with your device or internet connection. 

Restarting your device can often resolve issues.

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