Christian radio seeks to make connections during pandemic

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Colleen Houde, news and on-air host at CHVN—Winnipeg’s Christian radio station.
– John Longhurst story / Winnipeg Free Press 2020
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“I want listeners to know God is with them, we’re with them, we’re all in this together.”

That’s the message Colleen Houde, news and on-air host at CHVN-FM (a Winnipeg-based Christian music radio station) wants to share with listeners as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Houde, 35, is host of Connections, a magazine-style show that airs from 10 a.m. to noon each weekday on the Golden West Broadcasting Ltd. station. During the pandemic, she said, she is “More conscious of people’s isolation, people stuck in their homes with no one else besides the radio to connect to.”

As a mother of two small children, she understands what listeners are going through.

“I am living the same things as them,” said Houde, whose husband is a nurse. “I 100 per cent know the stresses my listeners are feeling.”

People are looking for hope and encouragement, and “how to find God in times like these,” she said.

Mike Thom, CHVN program director and morning show host, feels similarly.

“We want to be a place of peace and calm for listeners,” the 38-year-old father of two young children said.

Read the rest of the story  HERE  at the Winnipeg Free Press website.

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