Local Radio Station to Add FM Frequency

By: Dwayne Wilder
Local Radio Station Adding FM KJIM-AM on the local radio dial is adding the FM component to its complement of programming. “We are going to add FM stereo,” announced Bob Allen, owner and general manager of the station. “It’s been a long time coming, but now we will be on the air 24 hours a day.” The new frequency will be 101.3 FM for KJIM when it begins sometime in early 2017, according to Allen. The new frequency will be heard in a 40 mile range from where Sherman and Denison meet. Allen explained that the AM range is 125 miles and covers five million people in KJIM’s case, but it can only be heard during daytime hours. “Even though it is a lower coverage area, we wanted to be on 24 hours,” explained Allen. “We want to better serve the community. And we are keeping KJIM-AM just as it is. The same programming will be on both frequencies when they are on together.” According to Allen, the station is simply waiting to get ‘final approval’ and will be on the FM air ‘as soon as possible.’ “It has been a three year process, but we are on the right track now,” he said. “It’s an exciting deal.” Allen listed the steps in the process as filing as a daytime AM station once the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) released its AM Revitalization Order; buy an ‘AM translator’ and then, get a frequency (101.3 FM). Finally, the station had to apply for a tower plan. Allen reported that the FCC will allow all other AM stations the opportunity to get a FM frequency beginning sometime in 2017. “The large stations such as WBAP and KRLD in Dallas will be able to get them beginning this year,” said Allen. “And we might hear them on the FM dial someday.” Allen also noted that KJIM-AM just had its 69th Anniversary Dec. 19; and will be the same as it always has. “We want to make a commitment to this community,” he said. “And serve Sherman/Denison, north Texas and southern Oklahoma.”

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