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Collection 190 Oral History Interview with Alan Travers

Identifier: CN 190

Scope and Contents

Oral History interviews with Alan Travers in which he discuess his work with Trans World Radio from 1959 to 1981, and the use of radio in missionary work. Topics discussed include: the history of TWR; technical and administrative details and policy of the organization; it's broadcasting and programming philosophy, finances, effectiveness and TWR's founder, Paul Freed; the locations of its stations throughout the world; how the staff members function in the stations and relate to the countries which they serve; how the German branch of TWR (Evangeliums Rundfunk) was started and how it functioned within the structure of TWR; TWR's Canadian branch, and it's stations in Monte Carlo, Swaziland, Guam, and Cyprus.Sprinkled throughout the interviews are technical descriptions of frequency use and am, fm and shortwave broadcasting. The time period covered by the interviews is1959 to 1981.

Alan Travers was interviewed by Galen Wilson on October 23 and November 23, 1981 at the offices of the Billy Graham Center Archives.


  • Created: 1959-1981

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.

Biographical Information

Administrator with evangelical international radio broadcasting agency; worked with Trans World Radio as Deputation Secretary (1959-1970), New England Representative (1970-1976), Director of Public Relations (1976-1980), and Minister-at-Large (1980- ).

Before joining Trans World Radio, Travers had attended Barrington College and been Pastor of the Osterville Baptist Church, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. While a college student, he had thought about the possibility of joining radio station HCJB in South America. He was introduced to the work of Trans World Radio through John Haut, co-founder of Northeastern Bible College, and after having TWR missionaries speak in his church, Travers decided to join the work.

Alan Travers joined the staff of Trans World Radio in 1959 as the Deputation Secretary. In 1970, he became New England Representative for the organization; in 1976, he assumed the position of Director of Public Relations; and in 1980, he became Minister-at-Large for the world-wide staff of TWR. At the time of the interviews, Travers worked for Trans World Radio.


2.00 Audio Tapes

195 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Alan Travers on October 23 and November 23.

Accession 81-119, 81-135

October 12, 1988

Lannae Graham

T. Jodon

J. Nasgowitz

G. Wilson

Revised May 3, 1990

Paul A. Ericksen

Collection 190 Oral History Interview with Alan Travers
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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