Bob Biermann is not only a pastor, but has been in and around the radio industry since 1971. Starting out as a Top-40 Disc Jockey, he spent the next 9 years on the air, but gradually set his sights on the engineering side of the industry. By 1980, he was the chief engineer of the most powerful FM radio station in the City of Atlanta, GA. Within a few years he took the position of field service technician, plus new product development for a large manufacturer of Radio Transmitters. During his time in that industry, he built many transmitters used in AM, FM and Shortwave stations worldwide. Many of these transmitters are still in use today.
Eventually, by the late 1980’s he ended up working for the broadcast ministry of Toccoa Falls College, in Toccoa Falls, Georgia, USA. For the next decade, he worked to improve that radio facility, plus developed a satellite network feeding programming to many radio stations around the United States. The college also acquired a number of radio stations throughout the United States.
Even though he worked mostly in engineering, he still kept time to be on the air. Bob said that “Being on the air, especially for a place like Toccoa Falls College, is more than providing entertainment; you have the opportunity to change lives.”
In the early 1990’s, Bob felt a powerful calling on his life, one he had known since childhood. While still working for Toccoa Falls, he started his studies for the ordained ministry. He was ordained in January 1996 to the ministry in the Anglican Faith as a Deacon, and in 1997 as a priest.
By 1998, Bob left Georgia for Sarasota, Florida. There he took over as the pastor of a struggling mission church, but also worked part time in radio, both on-air and in engineering. Bob was the host on a local morning show, plus maintained several transmitter facilities for a radio station group in that market.
In 2004, Bob lost his wife of 29 years to cancer, and eventually moved away from Florida. For the next 8 years, he worked both in ministry, and even radio, trying to restart his life, and wait for God’s calling for a new direction. For 5 of these past 8 years, Bob stepped away from radio, and worked as the media director for an Emergency Management Agency in South Carolina. In that capacity he learned much about the threats, including natural disasters, manmade and terroristic threats and disasters, and how to prepare for such events in this ever changing world.
“YOUR WEEKEND SHOW” is the culmination of a dream Bob had in the mid 1980’s when he first realized the world-wide impact of International Shortwave radio. Over the years he has wanted to launch such a program, but the timing was not just right. As the nature of Shortwave has changed in recent decades, a "Magazine" type show, such as “YOUR WEEKEND SHOW,” fills a definite programming void now more than ever.