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|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
|Branding||Christian Country Radio|
|Slogan||"Christian Country Radio"|
|First air date||1981|
|Format||Inspirational, Christian Country|
|HAAT||174 m (571 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||King Jesus Is Coming (the station's slogan)|
|Former callsigns||KFTG (1981-1994)|
|Former frequencies||89.3 MHz (1981-1987)|
88.1 MHz (1987-January 31, 1994)
|Owner||Community Radio, Inc.|
KJIC (90.5 FM) is a radio station serving the Greater Houston area with a mix of Inspirational, and Christian Country. The goal of KJIC is to contribute to the Houston area a mostly Country Music sound, that is family friendly, and neglects the sounds of typical country messages. The transmitter site is located outside the city limits of Liverpool, Texas. Artists played on 90.5 KJIC range from Randy Travis, George Strait, Reba McEntire, to Christian Contemporary artists that cross over such as Zach Williams, Rend Collective, I AM THEY, and Steven Curtis Chapman. KJIC is owned and operated by a board of directors which make up Community Radio Inc.
- Monday-Friday: Rise & Shine with Sean...6am-9am
- Monday-Friday: Afternoons with Carla...3pm-6pm
- 1981-Signs on the air as "KFTG 89.3"
- 1987-KFTG changes frequencies from 89.3 to 88.1
- 1987-Changed Format from Christian Contemporary to "Middle of the Road" music including Southern Gospel, and Christian Country
- 2003-KJIC sells 88.1 to another station. In selling, KJIC builds a tower and purchases a new transmitter.
- 2004-Another growth, increased power from 7 kW to 36 kW directional.
- 2018-The Board votes to change 90.5 to Christian Country, Positive Country, & Inspirational Country.
- 2018-Slogan change to Christian Country Radio.
KJIC first came on the air in 1981 in Pasadena, Texas at 118 watts, playing Contemporary Christian music. The station later changed formats to include Southern Gospel as KSBJ came on the air. Soon KJIC was only playing Southern Gospel music. Around 1983, plans developed that would double the reach of KSBJ and KJIC if the two stations changed frequencies. Once this took place, both stations were able to grow in size and cover more listeners. KJIC grew from 118 watts to 400 watts.
During the 1990's, opportunities arose for the station to grow again, up to 7,700 watts.
In the early 2000's, the station once again had the ability to grow, to 36 kW, where it stands today. The station also raised enough money from selling 88.1 to buy its own land for a tower, and transmitter.
The bulk of the station's operating expenses are met from donations by the listeners. They also offer sponsorship announcements for businesses that support the station, and advertise events and concerts hosted by churches and other non profit ministries.
2018, The Board of Directors has taken a new approach to Country music. KJIC will play mainstream artists that sing about faith, family, or God. The messages in the songs must bring about encouragement, spiritual strength, or share about Christ ordained topics. The change brought about some troubles at first, as those who supported Traditional Southern Gospel, left. There we also some who claimed the station was not Christian, because the messages of some songs talked about faith, family, and love verus God directly. A few months went by, and now 90.5 KJIC has become a new platform for Christian listeners, and ranked the number 1 searched for Christian Country radio station on Google, over 10,000 weekly internet listeners from various parts of the world, and continues to grow.
Awards and achievements
- Top 10 Christian Radio Station for 15+ years from The Gospel Greats
- ICGMA Gold Award Radio Station of the Year 2011
- CGC Radio Station of the Year 2008
- Nominated Top 5 Favorite Radio Stations 2017 from Singing News Magazine
- Sean Vaughn (DJ) Golden Mic Award
- Bob Vaughn (GM) Heart Award from NAMM