|City of license||Keene, Texas|
|Broadcast area||Johnson County, southern Tarrant County|
|Branding||88.3 The Journey|
|Slogan||Radio For The Walk of Life|
|First air date||1974 as KSUC|
|Format||Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)|
|Former callsigns||KSUC (1974-1984)
|Owner||Southwestern Adventist University|
KJRN (88.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. The DJs consist of both full-time on-air talent and part-time university students and the station programming is a Christian CCM format.
The idea for a radio station was proposed in 1968. A gift to the college by Arkansas radio pioneer Raymond Beem financed the station's start-up costs; station planning began in 1973.
The station began as KSUC in 1974. The 88.3 frequency was chosen because it rhymed with the call letters. The studios were located in the school's Heritage Hall in a dorm room.
By 1984 station management decided to abandon the KSUC call letters as the name of the college changed, and applied for replacement calls KJCR, and the station moved from the dorm room to the studios at 304 N. College Drive.
On May 5, 1989, 110-mile per hour winds toppled the station's transmitter, destroying 60 feet of tower sections and two of four antenna elements. In two days the station returned to the air under temporary authorization on a 75-foot tower at 925 watts. Construction began on a new 180' tower by the fall, and was put into use on May 18, 1990. A power increase was granted for 4,000 watts with an ERP of 23,000 watts directed to the west.
On September 3, 2009, around 9:30 pm the KJCR studios suffered from a fire attributed to lightning. Four fire departments responded and the fire was contained primarily to the attic; however, the station was knocked off the air and over $90,000 in equipment was damaged. Broadcasts resumed the next day from temporary studios.
In May 2010 KJCR went silent to prepare for a station re-launch. It was re-licensed as KJRN on June 17, 2010.
On Nov.1, 2010, 88.3 The Journey was born, playing a mix of Adult Contemporary Christian music under the direction of new General Manager Michael Agee. 88.3 The Journey focuses on helping listeners in their walk of life and serving the communities in its broadcast area through community projects and events. Two new studios were constructed with state of the art equipment including new audio consoles and an upgraded automation system.
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- Smith, Matt (2009-09-04). "Fire damages SWAU radio station". Cleburne Times Review. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- Lozano, Jessica (2009-09-04). "Lightning causes fire at KJCR". The Southwesterner Online. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
- "Call Sign History KJRN". FCC. June 17, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- KJRN official website
- DFW Radio/TV History
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KJRN
- Radio-Locator information on KJRN
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KJRN