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'Store-Forward' Solution Vaults Christian Radio into Next Generation of Program Delivery

Contact: Evelyn Gibson, Ambassador Advertising Agency, 949-681-7600


IRVINE, Calif., Mar. 6 /Christian Newswire/ -- At the February 2007 convention of National Religious Broadcasters in Orlando, Florida, Ambassador Advertising Agency (Irvine, CA) and Focus on the Family (Colorado Springs, CO) announced "Ambos," a Satellite File Transfer Protocol (S-FTP), vaulting Christian radio into the next generation of program delivery.


Participating stations will receive a new satellite receiver which contains a fully functional FTP server providing reliable, guaranteed delivery with the ability of the receiver to report via an Internet connection.  As a result, program producers may choose to customize any program locally, every day, with high audio quality.


Radio stations have increasingly asked for programs to be delivered via the Internet.  In 1998, a group of Christian broadcasters joined efforts in a Christian radio consortium to form a common satellite distribution system:  a single receiver from which any of their signals could be captured.  Since that time, Focus on the Family and Ambassador Advertising Agency, along with other broadcasters, worked to develop the S-FTP system to deliver audio files, rather than traditional streamed audio via satellite.  This "store-forward" solution has resulted in the Ambos receiver/server platform.


The Ambos receivers/servers are being provided at no charge to stations carrying Christian radio programming.  Jim Sanders, Executive Vice President of Ambassador a founding member of the Consortium said:  "Since the S-FTP receiver/server will reside at the local area network, the transfer speed will be nearly 100 times faster than from remote FTP servers."


The name, Ambos, represents Ambassador's entry into a new "OS" or operating system.  But perhaps more appropriate, the term also refers to the platform or pulpit from which the early Christian church would proclaim the gospel.


A print version of the Christian Radio Consortium Satellite FTP Project is available on-line at http://www.amb-os.com.  Or email Jim@ambaa.com.


Ambassador Advertising Agency was established in 1959 to represent and serve major radio ministries in the United States, Canada and around the world.