WKPR

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WKPR
City of license Kalamazoo, Michigan
Broadcast area [1]
Branding The Good News Station
Frequency 1440 kHz
First air date 1960
Format Religious radio
Power 2,700 watts day
24 watts night
Class D
Callsign meaning William Kuiper
Affiliations WFUR AM/FM
Owner Kuiper Stations

WKPR-AM Kalamazoo began its broadcast life in 1960. An unusual result of the FCC hearing ahead of its creation was that two radio station license were granted at the same time. WKPR-AM (1420kHz), Kalamazoo, and WDOW-AM (1440kHz), a new service to Dowagiac. Both stations were constructed in 1960. They remained affiliates for many years. WKPR-AM programing was a mix of Christian music and Bible teaching. WDOW-AM programing was similar, but did have secular music segments at some times of day. In the late 1990s WDOW (by then an AM/FM station) was sold, and by 2012 WDOW-AM and WDOW-FM had different owners. At the same time, WKPR-AM had been looking for a way to increase in power. This was not feasible at 1420kHz. However, a substantial power increase would work at 1440kHz. The engineers found that the former affiliate WDOW-AM (1440kHz) would need to be moved to Kalamazoo. Overtures were made to the owner of WDOW-AM (1440kHz). A sale agreement was made. Upon FCC approval, WKPR relinquished 1420kHz and began broadcasting on 1440kHz at the Kalamazoo location. Early in 2012 Power went from 1000 watts to 2700 watts. Late in 2012 WKPR extended its programing further through the purchase and construction of an FM translator. The system was engineered so that the translator could be located at the WKPR site. The FM translator (w286au) located at 105.1 FM simulcasts 24 hours a day with WKPR-AM. WKPR-AM and its FM translator continues to offer Christian programing to the Kalamazoo Area. WKPR has always been a sister station to WFUR in Grand Rapids.

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Coordinates: 42°18′47″N 85°37′03″W / 42.31306°N 85.61750°W / 42.31306; -85.61750