KFIS

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KFIS
KFIS theFish104.1 logo.png
CityScappoose, Oregon
Broadcast areaPortland metropolitan area
Branding104.1 The Fish
SloganSafe for the Whole Family
Frequency104.1 MHz
First air dateApril 1981 (as KTIL-FM in Tillamook)
September 1, 2001 (as KFIS in Scappoose)
FormatContemporary Christian
ERP6,900 watts
7,000 with beam tilt
HAAT386 meters (1,266 ft)
ClassC2
Facility ID50553
Transmitter coordinates45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444Coordinates: 45°29′20″N 122°41′40″W / 45.48889°N 122.69444°W / 45.48889; -122.69444
Callsign meaningK FISH (on-air branding)
Former callsignsTillamook:
KTIL-FM (1981-1999)
KJUN (1999-2001)
OwnerSalem Media Group
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
Sister stationsKPDQ, KPDQ-FM, KRYP
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteTheFishPortland.com

KFIS (104.1 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Scappoose, Oregon, and serving the Portland metropolitan area. It is owned by the Salem Media Group and airs a Contemporary Christian (CCM) radio format. As with other Salem CCM stations in cities such as Los Angeles and Atlanta, KFIS uses the branding "The Fish." The fish symbol was often used by the early Christian church.[1]

The studios and offices are on SE Lake Road in Southeast Portland off the Milwaukie Expressway.[2] The transmitter is off SW Fairmount Court in Portland.[3]

History[edit]

In April 1981, the station first signed on the air as KTIL-FM in Tillamook.[4] It was the FM counterpart to KTIL AM 1590. The two stations simulcast a full service middle of the road format of popular music, news and sports. They were owned by the Beaver Broadcasting Company. But because Tillamook is nearly 50 miles from Portland, separated by tall mountains, the station was not audible in Oregon's largest radio market. In 1999, the station's call letters were changed to KJUN and it aired an oldies radio format.[5]

In 2000, Salem Media bought KJUN for $35.8 million.[6] The station already had a construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission to move its city of license to Scappoose, a Portland suburb. The new transmitter location gave the station coverage of the Portland market. But its signal is not as strong as many other Portland FM stations, which have an effective radiated power of 100,000 watts. KFIS is powered at 6,900 watts and is a Class C2 and has an effective radiated power of 50,000 watts (7,000 with beam tilt).

Salem changed the station's call letters to KFIS to reflect the "Fish" branding for its Contemporary Christian format. On September 1, 2001, it signed on from its new location, joining Salem's existing Portland stations KPDQ and KPDQ-FM, which air Christian talk and teaching formats.

An FM station in the Tillamook area of Oregon, 95.9 KIXT, switched its call sign to KTIL-FM in 2006.

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