In the mid-1980s, Dennis Anderson talked with Michael Escalante about the lack of Christian radio in the area. Anderson, an owner of several McDonald's franchises, started Praise Broadcasting Network Inc., with Escalante as vice-president. WMYT, a 10,000-watt AM which had been off the air since Hurricane Fran, was the first station and Darryl "Chuck" Langley as station manager. In September 1999, 89.7 Dove FM made its debut with "All music, all the time." Program director Al Lanier described the format as starting with "joyous music" as in Psalm 100 followed by softer music for reflection. The music included "upbeat, sing-along church camp favorites," orchestra arrangements, and urban gospel artists such as Andre Murrell. A Spanish language program aired on weekends, and radio stations in Haiti, Sudan and Uganda were planned.
Family Radio Network of Wilmington, owners of WLSG, WWIL-AM and WWIL-FM, purchased The Dove FM 89.7 and WMYT for $1.2 million, according to Langley, who had run the stations since the beginning but wanted to focus on his realty and marketing businesses.