Educational Media Foundation

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Educational Media Foundation.
Non Profit
Industry Mass media
Founded 1981
Headquarters Rocklin, California, United States
Products Radio broadcasting

Educational Media Foundation (formerly EMF Broadcasting, or just simply EMF) is a non-profit organization that operates radio networks specializing in adult contemporary Christian music, including Air1 and K-LOVE. EMF is based in Rocklin, California, a suburb of Sacramento, California.

As of November 2008, EMF directly owned and operated at least 245 radio stations.[1] The Air1 and K-LOVE programming is distributed by satellite and carried on its own stations, a large number of lower power FM translators, and some stations which it operates on behalf of other owners.

EMF's President and CEO, Mike Novak, was named to those positions on October 1, 2007, succeeding Dick Jenkins, the network's founder.[2][3]

The K-LOVE Air1 Foundation operates as a fundraising arm of EMF. [4]


EMF is governed by a board of directors. Members of the board serve four-year terms on a volunteer basis.[5] The current chairman of the board is Darrell Chambliss, the chief operating officer of Waste Connections. The current CEO of EMF is Mike Novak.

EMF is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).[6]

EMF has received a four-star rating, the highest given to charities, from Charity Navigator, in recognition of its financial performance and accountability and transparency.[7] In addition, EMF is audited yearly by an independent accounting firm, ensuring accuracy and completeness of its books and records.

Its stations are licensed as NCE (non-commercial educational license) radio stations. Funding for Air1 and K-LOVE comes from listener donations. The majority of donations are made during seasonal pledge drives (usually in the spring and in the fall).

Current entities[edit]

Air1 Radio[edit]

Air1 is a contemporary hit radio (CHR) radio network in the United States, playing Contemporary Christian music, especially the Top 40 hits. In 1986, KLRD began broadcasting Christian music from Yucaipa, California, and went by the on-air moniker K-LORD. In 1994, KXRD was started as a sister station to KLRD.[8] In 1995, K-LORD changed their name to "Air1" and began broadcasting via satellite from St. Helens, Oregon. In 1999, Air1 joined with Educational Media Foundation, and finally in 2002, it moved its headquarters to Rocklin, California. Air1 makes use of broadcast translators to spread the signal across much of the country. As of November 2011, the network lists 90 full powered radio stations and 125 translators of various power levels reaching 40 states.

K-Love Radio[edit]

K-Love is an adult contemporary Christian music radio programming service in the United States operated by EMF. As of March 2013, K-Love's programming is simulcast on over 440 FM stations and translators in 47 states.[9] K-Love reaches about 12 million listeners each week in cities including New York City, Chicago, Nashville, San Antonio and Denver.[10] It is also the sixth most online streamed station in the world.[11] Its studios and offices are located in Rocklin, California, near Sacramento.[12] The morning show broadcasts from Indianapolis, Indiana, as of November 2009.

Radio Nueva Vida[edit]

Radio Nueva Vida (New Life) is a Spanish-Christian radio network located in Camarillo, California. It is owned and operated by The Association for Community Education, Inc. a California non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization established in 1981. Radio Nueva Vida does not affiliate itself with any church. This network of stations has the capacity of broadcasting all over the USA via a satellite provider, and over the Internet.

After Educational Media Foundation discontinued its affiliation with God's Country Radio Network, EMF switched most of the former God's Country stations to Radio Nueva Vida in November 2010.

Former or inactive brands[edit]

Christian Music Planet magazine[edit]

Christian Music Planet was a magazine owned and operated by Educational Media Foundation from 2002 until 2007, when it was sold to Salem Communications Corp.[13]

God's Country Radio[edit]

God's Country Radio was a religious broadcasting radio network in the United States, which launched in 2008. The network aired on a majority of stations owned by the non-profit organization Educational Media Foundation and some independent stations.[14] God's Country Radio Network played a blend of Southern Gospel and Positive Country music.

In November 2010, God's Country Radio Network left the air because it "didn't connect with enough listeners to sustain the expenses of the broadcast".[15] It relaunched in January 2011 as a web-based only broadcaster.

World Wide Worship[edit]

World Wide Worship was a radio format that played contemporary worship music. It began in 1999 as an internet only radio station. In 2002, KWRC Corpus Christi became the first affiliate of EMF to broadcast World Wide Worship from a terrestrial station.[16] Within a year, the format was no longer being broadcast on any terrestrial station or online. The brand is still owned by EMF.[17]


  1. ^ "Educational Media Foundation". Streaming Radio Guide. Retrieved November 2008.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ "OMNewswire". Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CEO Compensation Study" (PDF). Charity Navigator (Revised Final ed.). 2010. 
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  5. ^ Leadership
  6. ^ Educational Media Foundation EFCA
  7. ^ Educational Media Foundation - Charity Navigator
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  9. ^ K-Love - Printer Friendly Master Station List
  10. ^ "Fan-based Christian music awards slated". Archived from the original on 2013-02-26. 
  11. ^ Daigle, Paul. "Operation Warm Partners with K-Love and Air1 Radio’s Fall Pledge Drive". Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "History of K-Love". Retrieved November 18, 2006. 
  13. ^ "EMF sells Christian Music Planet brand". 
  14. ^ "K-Love owner launches God's Country Christian Country radio network". myIchthus Ministry Group. Retrieved 2009-03-31. 
  15. ^ God's Country Radio Network Goes Off The Air
  16. ^ " NewsChannel Aug '02". 
  17. ^ "World Wide Worship Trademark". 

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