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TV station to offer Christian programs

November 11, 1999|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

Television viewers looking for spiritual and family programming have another choice with the addition of W42CK, a Christian-oriented station.

The Three Angels Broadcasting Network based in Illinois went on the air locally in October. Its signal comes from a transmitter in the Williamsport area, according to Pastor Jim Hoffer of the Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The network, which is a nonprofit ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is broadcast across the United States, Central America, Europe and North Africa.

Started by Danny Shelton, a former carpenter who was dissatisfied with existing Christian television stations, it took to the airwaves in 1984.

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The channel is popular among Hoffer's 500 member congregation, his wife Vera Hoffer said.

"There's a lot of practical things to be found that show a better way of life," she said.

The station, on broadcast channel 42, offers programing 24-hours a day. It is not on cable.

Its programs bring viewers information about medical and lifestyle issues such as cancer prevention, diabetes and heart disease, according to its Web site www.3abn.org/tv.html.

A stop smoking series runs continually and other shows delve into drug and alcohol recovery.

Vegetarian cooking programming gives viewers information on how to cook more healthfully by using less fat, salt and sugar.

The "Help Yourself to Health" program deals with subjects ranging from strengthening the immune system and home remedies for common ailments, as listed on the Web site.

Family-oriented programs address such issues as child development and Christian education. Children's shows are a blend of songs, stories and recipes.

The channel's Biblical programming addresses current events from a Christian perspective and Bible prophecy seminars. Several nationally syndicated religious programs are offered.

Shelton, who is network president, and his wife Vice President Linda Shelton, host "3ABN Presents," a daily talk show with guests and musical artists.

The show is broadcast live on Thursday nights and viewers can call in questions or comments at 1-800-752-3226.

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