is a Christian music
Christian music is music that has been written to express either personal or a communal belief regarding Christian life and faith. Common themes of Christian music include praise, worship, penitence, and lament, and its forms vary widely across the world....
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in the United States
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, operated by the non-profit organization EMF Broadcasting. Air 1 is essentially a Top-40 station with Christian Music - so many of the rules that commercial Top-40 stations use for musical rotation apply.
In 1986, KLRD began broadcasting Christian music from Yucaipa, California
Yucaipa is a city located east of San Bernardino, in San Bernardino County, California, United States. The population was 51,367 at the 2010 census, up from 41,207 at the 2000 census...
, and went by the on-air moniker K-LORD. In 1994, KXRD
KXRD is an Air 1 affiliate station licensed to Victorville, California, and serves the Victor Valley area.KXRD signed on in 1996 as a simulcast of KLRD in Yucaipa, California, known as "K-Lord"...
was started as a sister station to KLRD. In 1995, K-LORD changed their name to "Air 1" and began broadcasting via satellite from St. Helens, Oregon
St. Helens is the county seat of Columbia County, Oregon. It was founded by Captain H. M. Knighton, a native of New England, in 1845 as "Plymouth". The name was changed to St. Helens in the latter part of 1850 for its view of Mount St. Helens some away in Washington. The population was 10,019 at...
. In 1999, Air 1 joined with EMF Broadcasting, and finally in 2002, it moved its headquarters to Rocklin, California
Rocklin is a city in Placer County, California located in the metropolitan area of Sacramento. It shares borders with Roseville, Loomis, and Lincoln...
. Air 1 makes use of broadcast translators to spread the signal across much of the country. As of November 2011, the network lists 90 full powered radio stations and 125 translators of various power levels reaching 40 states.
Air1’s on-air staff each have their own dedicated time slot. Here is the schedule for weekdays:
|| Eric and Mandy
|| Dave Decker
|| Brant Hansen
Times listed in this table are in the Eastern Time Zone
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The network's program director is Paul Goldsmith.
Nikki used to have Ashton's time slot during weekdays. However, she is now the producer for Brant Hansen's show, during which she can sometimes be heard on air as a cameo. She is also on air during weekend evenings. For this reason, she is nicknamed "Nikki at night".
- Sean - formerly was part of the "Sean and Mandy" show, which was discontinued on September 29, 2011. There is a recording of the last Sean and Mandy show available for download. Mandy temporarily hosted a solo morning show before finally working with Eric.
- Coppelia - formerly occupied the time slot which now belongs to Lori. She left Air 1 at roughly the same time that Sean did. Her Facebook page has been removed, but she continues to maintain a personal Twitter account. Sean and Mandy said that "Coppelia took a job with another ministry in Houston - […] we miss her :( we wish her well! :)"
Board & Financial Information
Air1 is governed by the Educational Media Foundation
Educational Media Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that operates the K-LOVE and Air 1 radio networks. EMF is based in Rocklin, California....
, 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.
In addition, EMF is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability
The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability is an accreditation agency to promote fiscal integrity and sound financial practices among member organizations. Founded in 1979, it comprises over 2,000 evangelical Christian organizations which qualify for tax-exempt, nonprofit status and...
(ECFA). Founded by Billy Graham
William Franklin "Billy" Graham, Jr. is an American evangelical Christian evangelist. As of April 25, 2010, when he met with Barack Obama, Graham has spent personal time with twelve United States Presidents dating back to Harry S. Truman, and is number seven on Gallup's list of admired people for...
, the ECFA oversees EMF's financial affairs, ethics and reporting standards.
EMF is recognized by Charity Navigator
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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 also reports K-LOVE's CEO Mike Novak's compensation was $463,420, including bonuses, in 2010.
Air 1 stations are licensed as NCE (non-commercial educational license) radio stations. Therefore, most of Air 1's funding is provided by donations. The majority of donations are made during seasonal pledge drives (usually in the spring and in the fall).
Since 2003, Air 1 listeners can vote on their favorite songs in a process called Mixology. The program was formerly known as the Air 1 Music Lab. Listeners register at www.air1.com/mix and receive periodic e-mails surveying their opinions of current songs. Each song is rated from a scale of 1 to 5 and listeners indicate how often they would like to hear the song played. Air 1 then compiles the data collected and produces a weekly top song chart where listeners can hear a sample of the song, obtain its lyrics, or click a link to buy it online.
Air 1 yearly produces a top countdown from all of the top songs from that year. Past top songs have been:
- "Dear X (You Don't Own Me)" by Disciple
Disciple is a Christian metal / rock band from Knoxville, Tennessee, formed in 1992.-History:Disciple was formed in 1992 by high school friends Kevin Young, Brad Noah, and Tim Barrett. The band released their first CD, What Was I Thinking in 1995...
- "Give Me Your Eyes
"Give Me Your Eyes" is a song by contemporary Christian musician Brandon Heath from his second album, What If We. It was released in July 2008 as the album's lead single and quickly gained success. It sold nearly 6,000 downloads in the first week, and became 2008's highest-debuting Christian track...
" by Brandon Heath
Brandon Heath is a contemporary Christian musician from Nashville, Tennessee. He has released three studio albums: Don't Get Comfortable , What If We and "Leaving Eden" . He is best known for the No. 1 "I'm Not Who I Was" and "Give Me Your Eyes". He was nominated four times at the Dove Awards of...
- "East To West
"East to West" is a song by the Christian rock band Casting Crowns. It was their first single off of their 2007 album The Altar and the Door, and was a hit single at Christian Radio...
" by Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns is a Grammy Award and Dove Award winning Contemporary Christian/Christian Rock band. Casting Crowns was started in 1999 by youth pastor Mark Hall at First Baptist Church in Downtown Daytona Beach, Florida as part of a youth group. He now serves as a lead vocalist...
- "My Savior My God
"My Savior My God" is a 2006 radio single by contemporary Christian musician Aaron Shust from his Anything Worth Saying album. It became a #1 hit on Christian radio by April 2006, and was the most played song of the year on Christian adult contemporary radio...
" by Aaron Shust
Aaron Michael Shust is an American Contemporary Christian Music artist on the Centricity Music label. Shust was named the songwriter of the year at the GMA Dove Awards of 2007, and his song "My Savior My God" received the Song of the Year award.-Biography:Shust grew up near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...
- "Take Me" by Hawk Nelson
Hawk Nelson is a Christian rock band from Peterborough, Ontario. The band has become very popular in the Christian music scene and was voted "Favorite New Artist" by CCM Magazine in their February 2006 Reader's Choice Awards. In 2006 Hawk Nelson won a No...
- "Blessed Be Your Name" by Tree63
Tree63 was a Contemporary Christian Music band from Durban, South Africa.-History:The band was formed in 1996 and originally, it was unnamed. In 1997, the band had to come up with a name before performing at North Beach, Durban, and came up with "Tree". They added the 63 part of their name in 2000...
- "Run" by Kutless
Kutless is a Christian rock band from Portland, Oregon formed in 1999. Since their formation, they have released six studio albums including their latest, It Is Well. The band has also released a live album, Live from Portland. Currently, they have sold almost 2 million records.-Biography:Formed in...
These songs stay in rotation for occasional airplay on Air 1.
Dan Dillard is the news anchor during the Air1 Morning Show from 6:00 – 11:00 EST[2
. News reporters include Jennifer James, Rebecca Bennett and Joel Roberts.
Air 1 also airs a 30-minute, in-depth news report called Closer Look, once a week at 6:00pm PT, followed by local public affairs programming specific to each individual station. The Closer Look segment are made available as "click-able" reports on the news portion of the www.air1.com website. Many of their daily news reports are available online the network's news page.