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During high school years, Louis became involved with radio work as an extra-curricular activity, an interest which eventually became his career focus within the mission field.
Knowlton graduated from Houghton Academy in 1950 and entered Houghton College with a New York State scholarship.
This index is keyed to the cassette copy of the original reel-to-reel tape. Discusses decision to go into technological ministry, work at WMBI and in Brazil.
Family background Family religious affiliations Impact of the Wesleyan Methodist Church on parents Clyde Meredith, pastor Early church experiences as a youth; sporadic efforts to deepen Christian faith Arminian philosophy of Wesleyans Focus on fear in preaching; emphasis on life and work Formality of home worship habits Sophomore year at college; mass revival at Houghton, 1952 Knowlton's conversion and effect on his father Effects on each family member; interaction of Houghton College and town Description of revival at Houghton; unexpected results of failed evangelistic meetings Knowlton's midnight conversion during spontaneous all-night prayer service Wheaton's revival at the same time, 1952 Impact of Knowlton's conversion on family God's leading to technical missionary service and radio; early involvement in high school and at Houghton in radio Decision to make a career in broadcasting Decision to work with Haitian radio station, 1953 Activities with radio staff at Houghton Family's choice of Houghton from ad in SUNDAY SCHOOL TIMES Mother's teaching contract, 1944 Violin lessons at Houghton and music major Depression finances Extra-curricular activities in music and radio Benefits of summer music tours for future career Tour experiences benefit later deputation experiences Quality of education at Houghton; graduation, 1954; Korean War Influence of John Andrews, violin teacher, and Charles Finney, organist Limitations of licensing requirements and its effects on music education curriculum Influence of Claude Reese on Knowlton's spiritual growth; Reese's influence in the town as a spiritual leader Student reaction to chapel requirements at Houghton; Knowlton's response Denominational background of Houghton students; missions emphasis Geographical isolation as limitation to outreach efforts; Sunday School teachers and the music program Full schedule of the music major World War II veterans at Houghton; "Vetville" housing; dating customs Engagement in senior year to orchestra violinist Wife's family Assessment of training as it related to the mission field Survey of jobs in eletronics, evangelism, recording studios; cross-cultural studies at Wheaton; future possibilities Variety of specialties among his missionary friends Minimal impact of national events at Houghton because of isolation and lack of TV during his years there; lack of student involvement in national issues Billy Graham's Crusade in Syracuse, 1953, and speech for commencement in 1950; campus reaction to both End of tape Recapitulation of end of side 1 Impressions of Graham as speaker at beginning of his career Small role of Pentacostals at Houghton Marriage during Army service The draft during the Korean War Work as Chaplain's assistant; male octet and use of music by the Army Duties of Chaplain and assistant Conflicts of interest in Chaplain's position; difficulties of ministry End of tape Father's missionary experiences doing construction work in Haiti Construction of Puerto Rican churches; hospital in Sierra Leone Family adjustment to missionary service; problems of youngest sister Older brother's involvement in mission after retirement Excellence of RCA Institute for electronics training; friends' influence Hopes to go into missionary broadcasting; lack of response from Sudan Interior Mission and ELWA RCA expenses and curriculum WMBI connection and decision to work there; move to Chicago Audio systems position; FCC license requirement Facets of position, 1959; recording work Charles Christensen and Joyce Blackburn and their influence WMBI programming Personal sampling of station impact and audience; staff size Staff and shifts; new stations Personnel problems with program manager Effect of new stations on Chicago base Programs at WMBI: Songsters, Stories of Great Christians Directing duties; advice and goals Components of a good radio program; difficulties of series Film versus radio script-writing Time involved to prepare a program, revisions, directors's role Steps in developing programs; final cuts, recording; time involved Contacts with Moody Bible Institute; Don Wrytzen, John Innes Reason for WMBI; missions and missionaries; lack of contact with graduates in their careers Attractions of WMBI for students Pioneering use of radio at Moody Bible Institute; Knowlton's drive for new equipment; satellite hook-up in the 1980s Innovative programs of interviews, drug abuse, Sunday night sing (begun 1954) Decision-making and management structure World Gospel Crusade contacts and decision to join Certainty about decision as answer to prayer for direction Size of Knowlton family; deputation begun New organization formed to take over PRA7 (radio station), Brazil Deputation work; alliance with Walter Kisall in Brazil Language school in Brazil; bankruptcy of U.
For the next three years, the Knowltons lived with diminished financial resources, though they continued to stay in Sao Paolo. Knowlton continued to work with technology in the sound truck of the evangelistic team and designed it to function with a smaller staff, freeing him to begin a small recording studio in Sao Paulo. Discusses Christian films, Brazilian personnel and training.
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There he spent two years as an engineer and three as a producer.
His purpose was to gain expertize to use on the mission field.
In 1952 an all-night prayer service resulted in his rededication to the Christian faith. His father became a role model for Louis by taking short term mission assignments, using his carpentry skills on the mission field.
In 1953, Louis made the decision to become a missionary himself after working with a student who had been to Haiti. Miller, while studying at Houghton, and they were married during his period of service as a Chaplain's assistant in the Army.
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