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City Sanger, Texas
Broadcast area

Denton/McKinney/Fort Worth/Gainesville/

Sherman/Denison/Southern Oklahoma
Branding 89.7 WAY-FM
Slogan "Uplifting, Upbeat, Real."
Frequency 89.7 MHz
First air date 1999
Format Contemporary Christian music (CCM)
ERP 14,000 Watts
(Construction permit to increase power to 45,000 Watts.)
HAAT 518 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 76285
Transmitter coordinates 33°33′36″N 96°57′35″W / 33.56000°N 96.95972°W / 33.56000; -96.95972
Callsign meaning WAy-FM
Former callsigns KBJV (1998-1999)
KTPW (1999-2004)
KVRK (2004-2015)
Affiliations WAY-FM Network
Owner Way Media, Inc.

KAWA is a contemporary Christian music (CCM) formatted radio station located in Dallas, Texas. It is a WAY-FM Network owned and operated station through Way Media, Inc. (a non-profit entity) and broadcasts on 89.7 FM. As a non-profit under previous ownership of Research Educational Foundation, Inc., it annually hosted two fund-raising drives to remain on the air. It broadcasts at 14,000 Watts from a tower in Sanger, Texas.


After a two-year stay in Florida, Eldred and Raye Nell Thomas returned to the Dallas area and decided to start a Christian radio station. Through other business interests, Mr. Thomas learned of KVTT, now KKXT, an existing station that operated as an extension of Elkins Institute, a broadcasting training facility. With retirement looming, Bill Elkins, the founder and president of the Elkins Institute, wanted to find someone to continue with the station he had operated since 1950. In March 1976, Mr. Thomas became the president of Research Educational Foundation, Inc. and General Manager of KVTT. (Eldred and Raye Nell Thomas are now both deceased and KVTT's FM 91.7 frequency was sold to local public broadcaster KERA in 2009.)

In 1994, KVTT applied to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to begin broadcasting a full-time Christian rock station for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Around the same time, 1995, the station began to target the area youth with their music programming in the evenings with "Power Mix" on weeknights, "Youth Wake" (later "Lighthouse 21") on Saturday nights and Spin 180 on Sunday nights. It took over four years for the application to be processed and granted by the FCC. On January 18, 1999, a license was granted to broadcast at 14,000 watts as KTPW and transmit from a tower north of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Sanger, Texas. The new station began broadcasting on July 27, 1999.

In 2004 REF Inc. released its responsibility to KVTT and became responsible only for Power FM. The KVRK call letters were established on June 14, 2004. Power FM also had a TV show on JCTV called FM.[citation needed]

Previous Power FM ident used until 2015.

In May 2015, WAY-FM announced plans to acquire the station.[1] The said acquisition was completed effective on September 16, 2016, at a purchase price of $2 million. The call sign was changed to KAWA on September 24, 2015, and a slight format change from Christian Rock to CCM was made.[2][3] The previous "Power FM" format is still available to stream live through its internet presence and their app.[4]

As of late September 2016, KAWA holds a construction permit to increase power from 14,000 to 45,000 watts and an application to further increase to 90,000 watts.


  1. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/entertainment/article21030195.html
  2. ^ "FCC Call Sign Query". FCC Call Sign Query. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
  3. ^ 5 Things Dallas and Fort Worth Need to Know About WAY-FM (accessed December 2, 2015)
  4. ^ Power FM (accessed December 2, 2015)

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Coordinates: 33°33′36″N 96°57′36″W / 33.560°N 96.960°W / 33.560; -96.960