K-Love

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K-Love (stylized K-LOVE) is a contemporary Christian music radio programming service in the United States operated by the Educational Media Foundation (EMF). As of March 2013, the network's programming is simulcast on over 440 FM stations and translators in 47 U.S. states and 1 U.S. Territory. K-Love has over 12 million listeners weekly online and in cities across the United States on FM radio including Anchorage, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Nashville, and New York City. It is also the sixth-most online-streamed station in the world.

K-Love began in 1980 as a single radio station with the call sign KCLB. It was a full-time contemporary Christian music radio station, launched by radio personality Bob Anthony, in Middletown, California. After several tries at purchasing a station in San Francisco, a small, non-commercial radio station was acquired just north of San Francisco for $67,000. On October 15, 1982, 91.9 KCLB came on the air for the first time with Bob Anthony as announcer. The very first song played on KCLB was "Praise The Lord" by The Imperials, which was a hit on the Christian Music charts in 1979.

With the slogan "The Positive Alternative, Christian Music Radio KCLB 92FM", the station continued to grow in listeners. In 1986, Dick Jenkins was hired as General Manager. That same year, Bob Anthony left the station and moved to Oregon, to start a new radio ministry.

On September 12, 1988, a 9,000-acre brush fire destroyed KCLB's main transmitter building on Geyser Peak. The radio station transmitter was relocated to 4,000-foot Mount Saint Helena. The new location improved signal strength, and listeners reported they could now hear the station as far as 125 miles away.

As KCLB continued to expand its signal reach, in 1987 the signal could be heard on transmitters in San Rafael, Salinas, and Monterey, California that rebroadcast KCLB's signal. In 1988, KCLB changed its call letters to KLVR, and adopted its on-air brand name K-Love and the slogan "Encouraging Words, Positive Music, K-Love Radio".

By 1989, the signal could be heard in Santa Cruz, San Jose, and Los Gatos, California via microwave transmission and television subcarriers.

This page was last edited on 16 June 2018, at 19:52 (UTC).
Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KNKL under CC BY-SA license.

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