Each radio station is required by the Federal Communications Commission to have a 4-letter call sign, such as KLVP or KRDG, etc. Radio stations west of the Mississippi River start with the letter "K" and those east of the river start with "W". K-LOVE is a network of contemporary Christian stations and each affiliate in our network has their own official call sign. However, we felt the network as a whole needed one identification. K-LOVE was chosen because the "K" indicates we are a radio network that originated west of the Mississippi River. The "LOVE" portion of our name indicates we are broadcasting a message of God's love and forgiveness for all.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates all broadcast signals in the United States, imposing strict regulations on where a station can broadcast from and at how much power. Every signal is limited by these regulations in order to avoid interference with other signals. In most cases, increasing the signal strength of one of our signals would cause interference with other signals.
Many of our signals are low-powered translators, which means they do not cover as large an area as full-power stations. Because of FCC rules, stations take precedence over translators. Therefore, if a translator causes interference with a station, it has to be taken off the air.
Even though we would love to have a signal in every city in America, several factors determine whether we are able to put a signal in a particular area. The main factor is the availability of frequencies. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulates all broadcast frequencies in the United States. Currently, most markets do not have any frequencies available. One option we have is to buy an existing high-powered station, but most of these stations sell for millions of dollars, a price generally out of K-LOVE's reach.
Building low-powered stations (called translators, because they "translate" from one frequency to another) is also an option. Though translators do not cover as large an area as a full-power station, they still provide usable service. Unfortunately, the FCC has not accepted new translator applications for a number of years. In March 2003, the FCC opened a opportunity for new translator applications. We filed close to 900 applications and were granted over 250. Those translators have been built, but the FCC is not currently accepting applications for new ones.
Because full-power stations take priority over translators, if an existing translator causes interference with another full-power station (even a new station), the translator must be removed.
Even with permission from the FCC, a station or translator can still take years to build. FCC and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations, availability of land and tower space, local zoning laws, EPA restrictions and even weather can affect the timetable of building a signal or make it impossible to build.
Due to the complicated nature of building new stations and translators, we found announcing them as they are completed to be more accurate than predicting when a new station will be up and running. Station reception issues are also ever-changing by nature and we prefer to provide this information to listeners who inquire rather than risk posting inaccurate and outdated information.
To find a K-LOVE station in your area, just visit our online station list.
The FCC has granted a main studio waiver so that the public file for each of the K-LOVE stations can be found at:
2288 Airport Blvd. Santa Rosa, CA 95403