|Broadcast area||Portland metropolitan area|
|Branding||104.1 The Fish|
|Slogan||Safe for the Whole Family|
|First air date||April 1981 (as KTIL-FM in Tillamook)|
September 1, 2001 (as KFIS in Scappoose)
7,000 with beam tilt
|HAAT||386 meters (1,266 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K FISH (on-air branding)|
|Owner||Salem Media Group |
(Salem Communications Holding Corporation)
|Sister stations||KPDQ, KPDQ-FM, KRYP|
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.
In April 1981, the station first signed on the air as KTIL-FM in Tillamook. 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.
In 2000, Salem Media bought KJUN for $35.8 million. 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.
- KFIS official website
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- Query the FCC's FM station database for KFIS
- Radio-Locator information on KFIS
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KFIS
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