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City of license Dallas, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas-Fort Worth
Slogan The Voice of the People
Frequency 89.3 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date August 6, 1983
Format Community, Variety
ERP 55,000 watts
HAAT 259 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 601
Callsign meaning NON-commercial
Owner Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live

KNON (89.3 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a community radio format. Licensed to Dallas, Texas it serves the Dallas-Fort Worth area and is owned by Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc. KNON (for NON-commercial[1]) is a non-profit, listener-supported radio station, deriving its main source of income from on-air pledge drives, underwriting or sponsorships by local small businesses, and benefit events. KNON was picked Best Radio Station in Dallas in 2011 by The Dallas Observer and D-Magazine. In 2012 KNON was picked Best Radio Station for Music by the Dallas Observer.

KNON is on the air 24 hours, seven days a week. The volunteer disc jockeys play their own music or conduct talk shows during programs specifically targeted to various demographic profiles. KNON has a small paid staff of 4 full-time people.


KNON began broadcasting in 1983 using 90.9 MHz.[2] Its predecessor on the frequency was KCHU, a non-commercial station that began broadcasting on August 28, 1975.[3] KCHU operated until August 1977, when it went off the air owing to financial shortfalls.[3] The 90.9 frequency was transferred to Agape Broadcasting as KNON in 1979.[4] The station remained silent through 1980, which was then a license renewal year in Texas (radio stations then operated on a three year license cycle). By 1984,[5] Criswell Bible Institute (now Criswell College) had begun operating KCBI-FM from a downtown Dallas rooftop with 1,500 watts on 89.3 FM. They aspired to raise power and height and to relocate to the Cedar Hill, Texas tower farm, and faced limitations.

By the mid-1980s, a number of groups, among which the Criswell Bible Institute was the most prominent, petitioned the FCC to have the 90.9 FM frequency assigned to another broadcaster.[6] Criswell had cited past operational deficiencies on KNON's part as justification for the frequency reallocation.[6] The end result was a swap of frequencies between KCBI and KNON in May 1988.[7] The KNON online history museum can be found here.


Texas Blues Radio, The KNON Blend (playing all of the music heard on KNON), Texas Renegade Radio, Latin Energy, Community Rock Radio, Metal, Reggae, Polka, Sonic Burrito, Jewish Music Hour, Ethiopian, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, and some other music shows. There are over 60 different shows hosted by local volunteer D.J.s. Talk shows include

  • Lambda Weekly Hosted by Patti Fink, Lerone Landis and David Taffet, it focuses upon issues relevant to LGBT residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area
  • Church Info Forum - hosted by Rev. Marion Barrett
  • Workers Beat with Gene Lantz



  1. ^ Meaning of Call Letters and Link to Full Website (accessed March 6, 2013)
  2. ^ "3rd Year Anniversary Pledge Drive". The KNON Scrapbook (Dallas, TX: Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.) (IV): p. 2. 1986. 
  3. ^ a b "KCHU 20th Anniversary and Memorial Page". The Wild Bohemian Home Page. Colin Pringle. 1995. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  4. ^ "Call Sign History: DKNON". CDBS Public Access. FCC. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  5. ^ "Call Sign History: KNON". CDBS Public Access. FCC. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
  6. ^ a b Thaxton, Robert (1985). "Community Radio U.S.A.". The KNON Scrapbook (Dallas, TX: Agape Broadcasting Foundation, Inc.) (Winter 1985): p. 2. 
  7. ^ "Call Sign History: KCBI". CDBS Public Access. FCC. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 

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Coordinates: 32°35′24″N 96°58′23″W / 32.590°N 96.973°W / 32.590; -96.973