Moody Bible Institute is located in Chicago, Illinois, and has a long a rich history of involvement in Radio. Moody Bible Institute was founded in 1886 by Dwight. L. Moody with the goal of teaching young Christian Youth about the Bible to evangelize the message of Jesus, especially in the cities. Moody offers undergraduate degrees in fields related to the Christian Ministry and some postgraduate programs. Moody isn’t affiliated with any particular denomination of the Christian church.
In 1926, WMBI went on the air, launching Moody’s radio ministry in Chicago. Moody would become involved in the dispute with RCA over whether RCA could use its control over patents to make radio be a government sanctioned monopoly – with RCA controlling who was allowed to broadcast. Unlike Pacifica and the CFL, Moody was motivated by religion, not socialist politics. The language that radio stations must operate “in the public interest” and the eventual setaside of 98-102 MHz in the FM band trace right back to groups like Moody who insisted that radio not be completely dominated by commercial interests.
Moody Radio owns and operates 5 AM stations, and 30 full power FM stations around the United States [list here], and a much larger network of affiliate states which carry the Moody Bible Programming. In the early days, distribution of Moody’s programming was done using recording discs (records) sent through the mail, and later reel to reel tapes and eventually cassette tapes. Their programming distribution went to satellite in 1982.
There are currently three channels of programming available on the Moody website – one is an inspirational music channel called “Praise and Worship”, a sacred music channel called “Majesty Radio” and a teaching channel called “Conference Center”, playing recorded shows of events that happened at the institute and other teaching programs. The individual stations owned by Moody operate with independent programming schedules for each station. Since most of the material on the air is recorded, stations can be fairly autonomous.
A curious develoment recently is that when Moody upgraded their web site, it no longer contains any references to non-owned affiliates (the list was probably a couple hundred), but only to the Moody Owned stations, and more emphasis for people to listen to the internet streams.