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WJKV (90.9 MHz) is a non-profit FM radio station in Jacksonville, Florida. It is owned by the Educational Media Foundation (EMF) and airs the national "K-Love" Christian contemporary music radio format.

WJKV
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CityJacksonville, Florida
Broadcast areaJacksonville metropolitan area
BrandingK-LOVE
SloganPositive & Encouraging
Frequency90.9 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)See § Translators
First air dateFebruary 8, 1973 (as 91.1 WFAM)
FormatContemporary Christian
Language(s)English
ERP41,000 watts
HAAT166 meters (545 ft)
ClassC2
Facility ID31936
Transmitter coordinates30°16′36″N 81°33′47″W / 30.27667°N 81.56306°W / 30.27667; -81.56306
Callsign meaningW Jacksonville's K-LoVe
Former callsignsWFAM (1973-1985)
WKTZ-FM (1985-2015)
AffiliationsK-LOVE
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteKLove.com

WJKV broadcasts from a tower off Hogan Road in Jacksonville.[1] In addition, programming on the station is also heard on two translator stations: W208AV 89.5 MHz, San Jose (a neighborhood in Jacksonville), and W281AM 104.1 MHz, Macclenny.

WJKV has been observed with HD-1, HD-2 ("Air 1") and HD-3 services in December 2018.

HistoryEdit

On February 8, 1973, the station signed on as WFAM, at 91.1 MHz.[2] It was owned by Jones College. WFAM had a different radio format for each part of the day. In the morning it played classical music, afternoons it was Top 40 and in the evening it was Jacksonville's only jazz station. The students staffed the station as part of their classes in broadcasting. In the 1980s, the station moved its frequency to 90.9, and also got a boost in power and coverage area.

In 1986, after easy listening station 96.1 WKTZ-FM switched to soft adult contemporary WLSC (now WEJZ), Jones College decided to acquire the intellectual property of WKTZ-FM and its call sign.[3] The new 90.9 WKTZ-FM would continue playing its soft, instrumental music, but as a non-commercial, listener-supported radio station.

As one of the last remaining beautiful music stations, WKTZ-FM had a loyal and devoted audience, which grew nationally after the advent of streaming via the internet on its website. Its AM counterpart, 1220 WKTZ, was also acquired by Jones College. It carried a syndicated adult standards format.

Facing declining broadcast ratings and the aging of its audience (83 percent of their listeners were over age 55), the stations' licenses were sold to religious broadcaster EMF for $3.375 million. EMF announced plans to re-launch the stations with Christian formats. At 3:30 PM on November 6, 2014, both 90.9 FM and 1220 AM went dark, although the internet streams stayed active. A week later, WKTZ-FM and WKTZ returned to air as members of EMF's K-Love network. On July 21, 2015, WKTZ-FM changed its call letters to WJKV.

In response to the sale, public radio station WJCT-FM added an easy listening format to one of its HD Radio subchannels, in an effort to placate WKTZ's former audience.[4]

EMF does not usually operate AM stations; as such, AM 1220 WKTZ was spun off to the American Family Association which airs its national Christian radio format on the station.

TranslatorsEdit

Broadcast translators of WJKV
Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license Facility
ID
ERP
W
Height
m (ft)
Class FCC info
W208AV 89.5 San Jose, Florida 91917 99 181 m (594 ft) D FCC
W281AM 104.1 Macclenny, Florida 151393 99 267 m (876 ft) D FCC

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