In 1997 Fr. Andrew Barakos of Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Scottsdale, AZ started a live weekly Orthodox radio broadcast under the name “Come Receive the Light” on a local Phoenix radio station. He discussed inquirer friendly Orthodox teachings and interviewed guests. In 1998 Steve Robinson was a guest on the program as a recent convert. After the broadcast, Fr. Andrew invited him to host the program every other week due to Fr. Andrew’s schedule. Fr. Andrew often had to play “re-runs” and wanted to keep the program fresh each week. In January 1999 Steve and Allan Boyd, a long time friend and also a convert, began hosting the show together. Within a couple of months Steve and Allan were hosting the program 90% of the time.
In 2000 the station changed formats and dropped the show. It was picked up by 1360 KPXQ, a Protestant evangelical “talk radio” Salem affiliate. It was (and remains) the only non-Protestant Christian program ever broadcast on the station. They kept the weekly live discussion “call in” format and changed the name to “For the Life of the World” to distinguish it from “Come Receive the Light” hosted by Fr. Chris Metropolis in Florida. In 2003, Allan left for seminary. After trying out several people, Bill Gould, who Steve met while they were both in the Episcopal Church, replaced Allan as the co-host.
In 2004 Assumption had to drop the radio ministry due to the costs of their building program. Steve and Bill were able find enough donors to continue the radio ministry and signed a contract with KPXQ under the new program name “Our Life in Christ”. Bill designed a website and they began recording the live studio broadcasts and putting them on the internet. The program went “viral” on the “Ortho-net”. Listeners from over 30 countries emailed the program with questions and comments.
About that same time John Maddex was beginning an Orthodox internet radio station called “Ancient Faith Radio”. John Maddex found the broadcasts, contacted Steve and Bill, and in March, 2006 “Our Life in Christ” became the second podcast to be regularly aired on AFR.
When Steve and Bill saw the listener response at AFR they decided the internet was the future. They dropped the live local broadcast which cost nearly $1,300.00 a month for air time. They bought a couple hundred dollars’ worth of microphones and a mixer and began recording and producing the programs in Steve’s basement (where his dying father in law’s coffin that Steve built for him was stored, hence the nickname the “basement catacomb studio”). They also began to offer a “Free Orthodox Study Bible” to non-Orthodox listeners. The response was overwhelming. Unfortunately, they eventually had to drop the offer due to lack of donations, but had sent out hundreds of Bibles to non-Orthodox listeners all over the world.
In December of 2008 Steve and Bill decided to take a hiatus from recording. Pressing family and Mission Church commitments left little time for research, recording and production of new programs.
In 2009 Steve began a solo podcast on Ancient Faith Radio called “Steve the Builder” which focused more on the spiritual life, modern culture and his personal struggles as a convert to the Orthodox Church.