|City of license||Dallas, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex|
|First air date||May 1976|
|Callsign meaning||Criswell Bible Institute (former name of Criswell College)|
|Affiliations||Moody Broadcasting Network|
|Owner||Criswell College (50%)
First Baptist Church in Dallas (50%)
KCBI began with its antenna atop the First International Building in downtown Dallas. Power was 1,500 watts at 660 feet above average terrain.
The 90.9 spot traces its beginning to KCHU, a non-commercial FM that went on air August 29, 1975. KCHU operated until September 1977 when it went off air owing to financial shortfalls. The station remained silent through 1980, license renewal year in Texas. (Radio stations then operated on a three year license cycle.) At the same time, Criswell operated KCBI-FM from a downtown Dallas rooftop with a power of 1,500 watts on 89.3. They aspired to raise power and height by relocating to the Cedar Hill, Texas, tower farm, and applied to take over the 90.9 frequency of KCHU. A legal and FCC struggle ensued. The result was a swap of frequencies, a settlement of litigation, and return of KCHU (renamed KNON) to the air.
On July 30, 2010, the First Baptist Church in Dallas ended its 40-year oversight of Criswell College, and as a result the station's license is under a 50-50 joint ownership of First Baptist and Criswell College, but managed by First Baptist.
- Hodges, Sam (June 16, 2007). "Plans to sell radio station upset church: First Baptist says Criswell College must get OK on KCBI sale". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 6, 2009.
- KCBI official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KCBI
- Radio-Locator information on KCBI
- Query Arbitron's FM station database for KCBI
- DFW Radio Archives
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