Christian radio returns to Glenwood
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” United Ministries plans to resurrect a round-the-clock Christian radio station in the Glenwood Springs area.
United Ministries owns KJOL 620 AM in Grand Junction and KDTA 1400 AM in Delta. Colorado Christian University operated KJOL in Grand Junction and KDRH in Glenwood plus a Denver station until it sold them to the Educational Media Foundation in 2000.
“There was a very, very strong request on the part of former listeners to have the station reinstated,” said station manager Ken Andrews. “We’ve had listeners for a long time who wanted us to come back.”
But the radio business is complex and getting approvals can take nearly Biblical amounts of time. Andrews said the company applied for the new station in Glenwood in 2004 and just recently received an approval from the Federal Communications Commission.
A Feb. 25 letter from the FCC says the FCC ruled in favor of United Ministries application over a conflicting AM station proposed in Vail. The FCC found that United Ministries’ station would serve a greater number of people.
Andrews said the station will go in the old KGLN building near Bighorn Toyota in Glenwood and use its existing radio tower. It’s unclear when the station might start broadcasting.
The station needs to get a construction permit back from the FCC in order to move into the building and make it “broadcast ready,” Andrews said, and the permit has a three-year window.
“We want to construct as soon as practical after the construction permit is issued,” Andrews said.
The stations are noncommercial and nonprofit. They play about 60 percent talk and 40 percent music. Listeners should be able to tune in to the new Glenwood station at 1450 AM. It will simultaneously broadcast the same programming that KJOL is playing in Grand Junction and will be similar to the old KDRH that aired in Glenwood.
KJOL first went on air in 1982 after a group of pastors in Grand Junction prayed for the establishment of a Christian radio station in the Grand Valley, according to KJOL’s website.
“We are determined to be a powerful vehicle to minister the Gospel to those on the Western Slope who do not know Christ personally,” KJOL’s website says. “We want to be a vital force in the region to build and nurture the Body of Christ.”
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