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Shine.FM launches new station to reach Hispanic community

Posted: Mar 03, 2014

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Born in Chiapas, Mexico, Daneli Rabanalez Hernandez (freshman, Arcola, Ill.) came to the United States with her parents when she was five years old. Even though that move was difficult, today she sees how it was part of God’s plan. Not just for her life, but for the lives of thousands of Hispanic people eager to hear Christian radio in their heart language.

Launching on March 3, 2014, Brilla.FM is a Hispanic radio ministry of the Shine.FM network and Olivet. Listen live at

Shine.FM is committed to building stronger families and stronger communities. In addition to the 160,000 listeners who listen weekly through stations in Chicagoland, northwest Indiana and Indianapolis, thousands more stream Shine.FM, Brilla.FM, Shine Worship and Shine RX3 online or through their mobile apps.

Brilla.FM’s mission is to collect, organize and broadcast Christian music of the Spanish culture. Broadcasting online, it will reach the entire Latin culture, not just the people of one specific country.

“In the U.S. today, the Hispanic population is now larger than the African-American population,” says Brian McIntyre '91, network general manager for Shine.FM. “God is using Brilla.FM to reach not only that group, but also people in Latin America and the Spanish-speaking world with the message of Christ — in the language they speak.”

Daneli, an Olivet communication major, has worked closely with Brian to make this a reality. She is the music director and also a program host.

Programming reflects the current focus of Spanish Christian music and is about 70 percent worship songs. These are performed in Spanish by Spanish artists. Music styles represented include salsa, norteño, bachata, rock and contemporary.

The playlist features well-known Hispanic Christian music artists, such as Marcos Witt, Danilo Montero, Marcela Gandara and Jesús Adrián Romero, with new artists being added all the time. Many are from Mexico with Spain and other Latin American countries also represented. Music by some English-speaking artists — Kari Jobe, Hillsong Young and Free, and Hillsong Global Project — in Spanish are becoming more popular.

Brian has gathered a team of inspired and dedicated broadcasters for this new station. Joining Daneli are program hosts are from a variety of Hispanic countries, as well as the U.S., including:
Griselda Guzman (senior, Joliet, Ill.), an Olivet communication major
• Marcelo Fretes and Viviana Perez (morning team), who are youth pastors in Argentina. Viviana is originally from Ecuador.
• Juan Manuel Fernandez (midday host), who is a youth pastor in Washington State. He grew up in Costa Rica as the son of missionaries.

“Radio impacts the lives of many people,” Daneli says. “Seeing this happen for speakers of my native language is dear to my heart.”