KADI-FM

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KADI-FM
City of license Republic, Missouri
Broadcast area Springfield MO
Slogan 99HitFM
Frequency 99.5 MHz
First air date 1990-06-18 (as KADI)
Format Contemporary Christian
ERP 6,000 watts
HAAT 100.0 meters
Class A
Facility ID 60709
Transmitter coordinates 37°9′54.00″N 93°23′44.00″W / 37.1650000°N 93.3955556°W / 37.1650000; -93.3955556
Former callsigns KADI (1989-2005)
Owner Vision Communications, Incorporated
Website 99hitfm.com

KADI-FM (99.5 FM), known as "99HitFM", is an Contemporary Christian Music radio station in Springfield, Missouri. The station is part of Vision Communications, Inc., along with KADI (AM), and Sign Pro. Vision Communications is owned by RC Amer.

KADI-FM was also the call sign for a progressive rock station in St. Louis, MO, located first at 96.5, then later at 96.3 on the FM dial. The station was identified as KADI from 1959 until 1987, when the call letters were changed to KRJY.

History[edit]

"99HitFM" first went on the air as "99.5 KADI" in June 1990, the station employed approximately eight people; Chicago-based Snowmen Broadcasting Inc. owned it and RC Amer was a sales representative.

In the years between, Amer moved into the role of sales manager, then station manager, before purchasing KADI through Vision Communications Inc., a company Amer owns with his wife, Karen. The purchase was finalized in 2000, but Vision Communications had a management agreement with KADI since 1994, the year Amer formed the company.

Staff grew to the 20 there today, and 99HitFM reached the top spot in Arbitron’s ratings for contemporary Christian stations in the 18- to 34-year-old women category, its target market.

Recent growth[edit]

Some of the station’s biggest points of pride are in its community involvement. The station and its listeners have taken on causes from the Good Samaritans Boys Ranch to Ozarks Food Harvest. 99 Hit FM has sponsored the annual Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon, which raised more than $30,000 in 2006. The station has also sponsored Relay for Life events for the American Cancer Society. 99 Hit FM and was the first Springfield media outlet to promote and broadcast live from the annual "I Love America" Celebration hosted by James River Assembly of God every Fourth of July.

99 Hit FM has helped bring some of the top names in Christian music to Springfield, including tobymac, Casting Crowns, Skillet, MercyMe, and The Newsboys. 99 Hit FM is known within the industry for breaking new bands and artists like Sanctus Real, Superchic, Barlow Girl, and Decemberadio.

Current on-air personalities[edit]

Current On-air personalities include RC Amer, Rod Kittleman, Andy Collins, Mark Hill, Steve Largent, Brenton Miles, and Ellie Schmidley.

Former on-air personalities[edit]

Former on-air personalities include Josh "The Kid" Wellborn, Matt Wilkie, and Gary McElyea.

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