'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.