FM Technical Profile: WBKV


Station Name:
K-Love
Frequency:
103.9
Format:
Contemporary Christian
Transmitter Location:
[map] Southwest of Summertown, west of TN-242 (Henryville Road), south of Hunter Road.
Power (ERP):
6 kW
Antenna:
Omnidirectional
Antenna HAAT:
289 feet
Other Information:
60 dBu protected contour map, from the FCC.
More Information:
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Owner:
Radio 7 Media, LLC
to be: Educational Media Foundation
History:
This station was put on the air by Lawrenceburg Broadcasting Company (Robinson Stations) in August of 1964, as the FM companion to 1370 WDXE.  As WDXE-FM, it originally was on 95.9 MHz as a class A station.  For the most part it was programmed separately from the AM.  It may have been a country station from the beginning, but it eventually morphed into adult contemporary by the mid-90's.  In 1996 the station was granted a move to 106.7 MHz, still as a class A station but this time jumping from 3 to 6 kW for better coverage of Lawrence County.  That facility wasn't built out and put on the air until August 2000. 
By 2015, this station was co-owned with several other stations in the Lawrenceburg area, and in 2014 there was some switching-around of formats and calls.  The WDXE-FM calls and adult contemporary format moved to 98.3 MHz, while that station's format and WKSR-FM calls landed here for a few years.  In March of 2016 the calls changed to WTNX and the station was put into a simulcast with 98.3 and 590 AM (which, by this time, were doing classic hits instead of adult contemporary.)  The other stations broke from the variety hits format heard here on Memorial Day 2016.

The station received a permit to relocate further north from the Alabama state line, and move to 103.9 MHz, in January 2018.  In April 2018 it was announced that the station was being sold to Educational Media Foundation, who put their K-Love music format on the air the weekend of 13 October 2018.  Radio 7 Media, LLC completed the move from 106.7 to 103.9 MHz before K-Love signed on.