It was 1986 when the vision of several Concord area Christians began a process which, on March 7, 1999, finally blossomed into the first broadcast of WVNH radio. They were not, however, 13 easy years.
Much prayer, plenty of work, and much frustration were characteristic of the process. In 1996 Rev. Walter Holder joined five other committed believers to help launch what seemed to be a futile effort. “It must have been God that brought me into it; I’m not one to board a sunken ship.” Holder said. “Before too long, by God’s grace, the tide was turning for the station, and suddenly that vision was virtually being resurrected from the dead.”
Most frustrating had been the Board’s attempt to find a site for the transmitter. The breakthrough finally came in the Spring of 1998, when a Gilmanton woman with property on a lofty hill agreed to make her ideal property available. The Board of Six immediately recognized this as a divine intervention, an evident provision from the Lord. “As it turned out, God had something better in mind for us than we had ever imagined! We moved on to construct the transmitter/antenna on the best site our engineer had seen in all his long searches.”
The Federal Communications Commission issued the construction permit for WVNH 91.1 in February of 1999.
After two weeks of testing in late February and early March of 1999, WVNH took to the airwaves on March 7th at 12:15 p.m. for the first time and has been broadcasting 24 hours a day, seven days a week ever since.
In July of 2009, after 9 years in the planning stages, the FCC granted a new license to NH Gospel Radio for WANH at 91.5 (now 88.3 FM) in Meredith. The addition of the 1700-watt WANH signal provides the extended coverage of solid biblical programming to all of the Lakes Region of NH.
To God be the glory, great things He has done!