KHJK

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KHJK
City of licenseLa Porte, Texas
Broadcast areaGreater Houston/Golden Triangle
BrandingAir 1
Slogan"Positive. Alternative."
Frequency103.7 MHz
First air date2005 (on current tower)
FormatChristian Rock
ERP94,860 watts
HAAT590 meters
ClassC
Facility ID48676
Transmitter coordinates29°56′9″N 94°30′39″W / 29.93583°N 94.51083°W / 29.93583; -94.51083
Callsign meaningK Houston JacK (former format)
Former callsignsKTDD (1990-1991)
KVST (1991-2005)
KUST (3/2005-5/2005)
KIOL (2005-2007)
OwnerAR Licensing LLC(Sale pending to Educational Media Foundation)
(AR Licensing, LLC)
Sister stationsKFNC
WebcastListen Live
Websiteair1.com
 
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KHJK
City of licenseLa Porte, Texas
Broadcast areaGreater Houston/Golden Triangle
BrandingAir 1
Slogan"Positive. Alternative."
Frequency103.7 MHz
First air date2005 (on current tower)
FormatChristian Rock
ERP94,860 watts
HAAT590 meters
ClassC
Facility ID48676
Transmitter coordinates29°56′9″N 94°30′39″W / 29.93583°N 94.51083°W / 29.93583; -94.51083
Callsign meaningK Houston JacK (former format)
Former callsignsKTDD (1990-1991)
KVST (1991-2005)
KUST (3/2005-5/2005)
KIOL (2005-2007)
OwnerAR Licensing LLC(Sale pending to Educational Media Foundation)
(AR Licensing, LLC)
Sister stationsKFNC
WebcastListen Live
Websiteair1.com

KHJK (103.7 FM, "Air 1") is a Christian rock-formatted radio station serving the Houston and Beaumont, Texas, areas. It relays the satellite delivered Air 1 format by Educational Media Foundation. The station is in the process of being acquired by EMF.

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History

KHJK-FM previously operated as KVST, "K-Star Country 103.7", which was licensed to service the area north of Houston. Owned by Ben Amato of Conroe (who sold his chain of grocery stores around that area to finance the radio station), it originally signed on as KVST in Huntsville, TX on 103.5; however, interference from 103.5 in Buda, TX (Oldies 103.5 Austin, now BOB-FM) caused the station not to reach down to the intended audience of Conroe and a look at a move in frequency was done. It moved to 103.7 and later a simulcast on 99.7 (KUST, Willis) was added to help the coverage in Conroe and The Woodlands. The station, whose signal was poor in comparison to Houston's other country music stations, was purchased by Cumulus Media in mid-2004, which later acquired greater Houston's only Top 40 station, KRBE, in addition to also owning 97.5, the former KAYD-FM (now KFNC and a rimshot for Houston).

In 2005, the station's transmitter was moved to its current location in Devers to service the Houston area. This resulted in another format change, with the station switching to KIOL and its heritage rock format that had been carried on the 97.5 frequency, which was a carry over from the original heritage rock frequency of 101.1 KLOL which had flipped to a Spanish format. 97.5 continued as a simulcast on the latter until switching to a news (and later, ESPN) sports format.

On August 30, 2007, the Houston Chronicle reported that KIOL would be switching to the Jack FM format at 10:37 a.m. on August 31, 2007 and adopting new call letters, KHJK [1].

In May 2009, KHJK shifted from adult hits to adult alternative as "103-7FM." In 2012 The Program director was Steve Robison and included DJ Donna McKenzie. They played a a wide variety of music from popular to indie from different generations.[1]

As part of a prepackaged bankruptcy filing, the lenders took over the license of four Cumulus Media Partners stations; two in the Kansas City metro area (KCHZ and KMJK) and the two rimshot signals in the Houston metro, KHJK and KFNC in November 2011.[2] Station broker Larry Patrick became majority owner and set out to sell the stations to recover the value for the lenders. After the filing, Cumulus continued to program the stations under LMA. While Cumulus could have purchased the stations back, the highest bidder for KFNC was David Gow, owner of KGOW (1560 The Game) and the highest bidder for KHJK was Educational Media Foundation, who programs Christian AC and Christian Rock formats.[3]

EMF switched the format of KHJK to Air 1 at 5:00 PM on July 17, 2012.[4] The last song played on FM-103.7 was "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" by R.E.M., while the first song on Air 1 was "Me Without You" by TobyMac.[5]

Callsign history

HD radio

Cumulus Broadcasting began upgrading its stations to HD Radio broadcasting in 2005. One of the first ten stations to be upgraded was KIOL.[6] The station had been simulcast on KRBE HD-2, but this was replaced by a feed of the True Oldies Channel in June 2012.[7]

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