|Broadcast area||Lancaster, California|
|Owner||Educational Media Foundation|
KTLW is part of a syndicated Christian rock radio station owned by the EMF and serves parts of the greater Los Angeles area with programming from the Air1 network. The station broadcasts to the Antelope Valley on 88.9 MHz FM with station facilities based in Lancaster, California.
On July 3, 1997, The Church On The Way in Van Nuys began transmissions on KTLW under Life on the Way Communications and carried the "Worship on the Way" radio network. Initially, it aired programming from speakers like Jack Hayford, John MacArthur, and Billy Graham, as well as praise and worship music. In June 2015, the station announced its sale to EMF and three translator stations. On July 3, 2015, after an hour of station personnel interviews, favorite song picks, and memories, KTLW played "Majesty" by Jack Hayford and signed off.
EMF and Air1
Moments after "Worship on the Way" ceased operations, Air1 programming under EMF began. Only parent station KTLW 88.9 in Lancaster and some of its translators 88.9 K205EP in Santa Clarita, 91.9 K220FR in Simi Valley and 91.9 K220HC in Studio City were purchased by EMF. Air1 was chosen over K-Love programming in Los Angeles because an independent Spanish language station in the Los Angeles area, under the name "K-LOVE" on 107.5 FM, would conflict with the FCC guidelines. The sale was consummated on August 31, 2015, at a purchase price of $1.075 million.
The first song to be played as the nationally syndicated feed of Air 1 began was the last half of Plumb's "Don't Deserve You". Among the other artists heard on Air1 are Chris Tomlin, Kristian Stanfill, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, Needtobreathe, Building 429, Casting Crowns, Falling Up, Third Day, MercyMe, the Afters, Newsboys, and Tenth Avenue North.