|Availability||National, through broadcast stations and translators|
|Slogan||"Positive, Encouraging, K‑LOVE"|
|Owner||Educational Media Foundation|
|Webcast||Outdated: Listen Live! Updated: Listen Online|
K-LOVE is an contemporary Christian music radio programming service in the United States operated by the Educational Media Foundation. As of March 2013, K-LOVE's programming is simulcast on over 440 FM stations and translators in 47 states. K-LOVE has about 12 million listeners each week in cities including New York City, Chicago, Phoenix, Nashville, San Antonio and Denver. It is also the sixth-most online-streamed station in the world.
K-LOVE began as a single radio station with the call letters KCLB. The idea for a full-time contemporary Christian music radio station was conceived by popular radio personality Bob Anthony in San Francisco in 1980. After several tries at purchasing a station in San Francisco, a small, non-commercial radio station was acquired just north of San Francisco in the city of Santa Rosa for $67,000. On October 17, 1982, 91.9 KCLB came on the air for the first time with the slogan "The Positive Alternative". The station continued to grow in support and listeners and 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 was an improvement to the signal and reports as far away as 125 miles from the new site were received from listeners who could not hear the station previously.
KCLB continued to expand its signal reach. Starting in 1987, the signal could be heard on transmitters in San Rafael, Salinas and Monterey that would rebroadcast KCLB's signal. In 1988, KCLB changed its name to K-LOVE and continued to expand as a network of stations. By 1989, the signal could be heard in Santa Cruz, CA, San Jose, CA and Los Gatos, California via microwave transmission and television subcarriers.
K-LOVE expanded its reach during the 1990s by purchasing small stations and translators, and repeating its signal. In 1992, K-LOVE began using satellite technology to expand to locations further away than just northern California. K-LOVE continued to purchase small translators in California but also bought stations in Portland, Oregon (KLVP), San Diego (KLVJ), Phoenix, Arizona (KLVA), Oklahoma City (KYLV) and San Antonio (KZLV).
During the 1990s, K-LOVE also began to expand its on-air personalities. David Pierce joined in 1991. Also Mike Novak, JD Chandler and Larry Wayne started working air shifts in the late 1990s. In addition to expanding the on-air talent, K-LOVE expanded its facilities and moved its headquarters from Santa Rosa to Sacramento in 1993. In 1998 K-LOVE increased it's reach online by streaming live on klove.com.
During the decade of the 2000s, K-LOVE went through a period of expansion through purchasing stations and translators across the United States. On October 5, 2000, Colorado Christian University sold KWBI Morrison/Denver, KJOL Grand Junction and KDRH Glenwood Springs, Colorado as well as 18 translators to K-LOVE. The Colorado radio network was sold for a reported $16.6 million. A Colorado Christian University release said the board considered "many offers from Christian, as well as other suitors," but the priority was finding a buyer committed to "top-quality Christian programming." KWBI is now KLDV, and is one of K-LOVE's most listened to signals.
In 2003, K-LOVE's parent company Educational Media Foundation took advantage of a window of time where the FCC allowed for the filing of new applications for FM translators, also known as the "2003 Auction 83 filing window" and labelled as the "Great Translator Invasion of 2003." During that time, the FCC received over 13,000 applications for original construction permits on translators. EMF filled over 800 applications, of which over 250 have been approved, and most of those now carry the K-LOVE format.
In January 2007, K-LOVE purchased 94.3 WJKL Elgin, Illinois, which broadcasts to the Chicago area, for $17 million. Shortly after the purchase, a flood hit the WJKL transmitter site that knocked the station off the air for more than a week. WJKL has since moved and now broadcasts from Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois to the Chicagoland area. On November 30, 2007, K-LOVE purchased 97.3 KCXM, which was an ESPN radio affiliate for Kansas City, for $16 million. The call letters were changed to KLRX shortly after and now broadcasts from Lee's Summit to the Kansas City area. As a result these and other station purchases, plus the new translators approved during the 2003 filing window, the K-LOVE radio network grew to be the largest broadcaster of contemporary Christian music in the world. By 2010, K-LOVE had an estimated listenership of 6 million people, from both terrestrial stations and on-line streams.
In addition to signal expansion, K-LOVE also grew in other ways. In 2002, K-LOVE's parent company EMF moved its headquarters from Sacramento, California, to Rocklin. The new headquarters now included K-LOVE, Air1 and Christian Music Planet magazine. On July 15, 2009, K-LOVE bought 101.9 WKLU, which broadcasts to Indianapolis, for $4.75 million, plus $1.55 million for the studio. The studio then became the broadcast location for the K-LOVE Morning Show. In January 2004, K-LOVE partnered with Premier Christian Cruises and had its first annual "K-LOVE Friends & Family Music Cruise". Passage on the cruise sold out 13 weeks after sales began in April 2003. In April 2009, K-LOVE became available as an "app" for the iPhone to further enhance listener availability to the programming. Apps for the Google Android and BlackBerry devices were added in May and October 2010 respectively. K-LOVE and its sister network, Air1, are also available as Internet streams through the iHeartRadio website and mobile/console apps.
In the 2000s, K-LOVE saw a continued growth with the addition of new on-air talent. In 2001, Christian radio personality Jon Rivers, along with his wife Sherry, became the Morning Show hosts, and broadcast from their ranch in Texas. The K-LOVE Morning Show became popular and continued with Jon and Sherry for seven years until March 28, 2009, when it was announced that Jon and Sherry Rivers would no longer be hosting the morning show, due to family issues. Host Lisa Williams assumed the duties of hosting the program, and was later joined by Eric Allen. It is unknown if Jon and Sherry will return to K-LOVE. In a letter posted on K-LOVE's website, Jon and Sherry said their sudden departure was due to Jon's addiction to pain pills for headaches that had gone on for the previous couple of years. Other DJs also joined the K-LOVE team during this time such as Scott Smith and Kelli Caldwell, which eventually became the afternoon show. On October 1, 2007, Mike Novak was named CEO and President of EMF, K-LOVE, and Air1, replacing Dick Jenkins, and as a result stopped having a regular on-air shift.
K-LOVE has continued to expand its number of signals. In the early 2000s, K-LOVE did much of its expansion by purchasing and constructing less expensive low-power translators and stations in smaller markets, much of which came during the FCC's "2003 Auction 83 filing window". The later part of the 2000s and in the 2010s, K-LOVE purchased more full-power stations in medium and larger markets. Since 2010, K-LOVE has begun broadcasting, or upgraded signals in Dayton, Ohio (WKCD formerly WCDR), Jacksonville, FL (WCRJ), Knoxville, TN (WYLV, formerly WDLF), Salt Lake City (KKAT), Stockton and San Francisco, CA (KLVS).
In May 2011, K-LOVE came on the air on WKLV Port Chester, which covers New York City. The WKLV (formerly WCTZ) signal originates from a new transmitter site atop the Trump Plaza building in New Rochelle. This is now the largest market that K-LOVE can be heard in. In July 2012, EMF exchanged WLVM (formerly WABB Mobile, Alabama) with Cumulus Licensing Inc., for Classic Hits WRQQ Nashville. EMF changed WRQQ's call sign to WLVU, which now broadcasts K-LOVE programming. This was an important station for K-LOVE because many of the artists that are played on K-LOVE live or work in Nashville.
The 2010s also saw K-LOVE's expanding brand power. In July 2010, K-LOVE started a partnership with MacDonald Motorsports #81 car and Michael McDowell in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Then in March 2012, K-LOVE announced it will be the primary sponsor on two-time NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series champ Tony Pedregon's Funny Car for 12 of the final 20 races of the season. In February 2013, K-LOVE announced the creation of the "K-LOVE Fan Awards". The awards would be voted on by fans, then handed out in Nashville in June 2013 in a show hosted by stars from A&E TV's show Duck Dynasty, Phil & Kay Robertson and Jase & Missy Robertson.
In July 2011, K-LOVE made some changes to its on-air staff. Amanda Carroll joined the team in the mid-morning time slot.Also in July K-LOVE announced that Lisa Williams and Eric Allen would no longer be hosting the K-LOVE Morning Show. JD Chandler took their place until the current K-LOVE Morning Show with Craig, Amy, and Kankelfritz acquired the spot in November 2011.
K-LOVE broadcasts adult contemporary (AC), contemporary Christian music (CCM) with artists such as MercyMe, NEEDTOBREATHE, Third Day, Brandon Heath, Steven Curtis Chapman, tobyMac, Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, David Crowder Band, Jason Castro, Francesca Battistelli, Tenth Avenue North, For King and Country, Sanctus Real, Jason Gray, and Newsboys among others. K-LOVE's programming is simulcast across all of its stations.
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Closer Look is a 30-minute public affairs program that airs on Sunday evenings. It features two main segments, the first of which focuses on a public affairs topic and the second is a segment called "Pastors Roundtable" which features the K-LOVE pastors discussing various topics.
K-LOVE has a full-time ministry team that processes over 100 phone calls a day of listeners in need of guidance. The pastors and staff at K-LOVE pray for over 1,000 prayer requests every day, and on average, intervene in one suicide case per day. People can submit prayer requests online or over the phone.
K-LOVE also partners with other ministries and donates air time and web site space to them. Some of the ministries have included International Cooperating Ministries, Compassion International, Food For The Hungry, World Vision, Cure International and Faith Comes By Hearing.
|2007||Air Personality of the Year (Markets 1-25 & Networks)||David Pierce (K-LOVE)||Nominated|
|Jon & Sherry Rivers (K-LOVE)||Nominated|
|Industry Impact||EMF (K-LOVE & Air1)||Nominated|
|Music Director of the Year (Markets 1-25 & Networks)||Jon Rivers (K-LOVE)||Nominated|
|Program Director of the Year (Markets 1-25 & Networks)||David Pierce (K-LOVE)||Nominated|
|2011||Promotions Director of the Year||Mike Tedesco (K-LOVE & Air1)||Won|
|2013||Billy Graham Award for Excellence in Christian Communications||K-LOVE & Air1||Won|
|2004||Media||EMF (K-LOVE & Air1)||Won|
|2006||Media (100+ Employees)||EMF (K-LOVE & Air1)||Won|
|2007||Media (100+ Employees)||EMF (K-LOVE & Air1)||Won|
K-LOVE is governed by the Educational Media Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit ministry. No individual owns any stock in the corporation, which is held for charitable purposes. The Board of Directors at large serve without compensation for rotating four-year terms, and a person with supervisory accounting experience holds one of the board positions.
EMF is recognized by Charity Navigator with a Four-Star rating, the highest given to charities. In addition, EMF is audited yearly by an independent accounting firm, ensuring accuracy and completeness of its books and records.
Charity Navigator reported K-LOVE's CEO Mike Novak makes $463,420, including bonuses, as of 2010. K-LOVE station are licensed as NCE (non-commercial educational license) radio stations. Therefore, most of K-LOVE's funding is provided by donations. The majority of donations are made during seasonal pledge drives (usually in the spring and in the fall).
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