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City Sandwich, Illinois
Broadcast area Chicago market
Branding "Relevant Radio"
Slogan "Bridging The Gap Between Faith and Everyday Life"
Frequency 930 kHz
First air date 1986
Format Catholic radio
Power 2,500 watts (day)
4,200 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 48240
Transmitter coordinates 41°36′26″N 88°27′11″W / 41.60722°N 88.45306°W / 41.60722; -88.45306Coordinates: 41°36′26″N 88°27′11″W / 41.60722°N 88.45306°W / 41.60722; -88.45306
Former callsigns WBYG (1985–1988)
WAUR (1988–2014)
Affiliations Relevant Radio
Owner Starboard Broadcasting
(Starboard Media Foundation, Inc.)
Sister stations WWCA
Webcast Relevant Radio Live Feed
Website waur.relevantradio.com

WKBM (930 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a Catholic format.[1] Licensed to Sandwich, Illinois, United States, the station serves the Chicago area. The station is currently owned by Starboard Media Foundation.[2]

The station was originally licensed in 1986,[3] and held the callsign WBYG.[4] On April 11, 1988, the station's callsign was changed to WAUR.[4] From the late 1980s until 1990 aired a Full service/Country music format.[5][6][7] In 1990 the station began airing a Full service/Oldies format, which it aired until its sale to the Children's Broadcasting Corporation.[8][9][10]

In January 1997, the station was acquired by Children's Broadcasting Corporation and became the Chicago affiliate of the "Radio AAHS" network, airing children's programming.[11] After Radio AAHS discontinued operations in January 1998, Children's Broadcasting Corporation, WAUR's owner, needed programming for the ten CBC-owned and operated Radio AAHS stations until it could find buyers. In February 1998, WAUR, along with the other nine CBC stations, became an outlet for "Beat Radio", which broadcast electronic dance music 12 hours a day until late October 1998.[12] In late 1998, the station was sold to Catholic Radio Network, later known as Catholic Family Radio, and it began airing a Catholic oriented talk format.[13][14]

In late 1999, Catholic Radio Network had entered into an agreement for the station to purchased by Saul Acquisition Co. in early 2000, and for the station to be operated by Radio Center for People with Disabilities, with Catholic Family Radio continuing to air temporarily during certain time-slots.[15][16] However, the sale was never consummated, ownership reverted to Catholic Family Radio, and the station was taken off the air temporarily in spring of 2001.[17] In late 2001, Catholic Family Radio entered into an agreement to sell the station to Midwest Broadcasting Corp, a Michigan-based company which owned several other religious formatted stations,[18] and the station returned to air, broadcasting a religious format as "Victory 930". However, the Radio Center for People with Disabilities filed a challenge with the Federal Communications Commission to block the sale of the station, and the sale was never consummated.[19]

In early 2004, WAUR was sold to Starboard Broadcasting, and the station began airing its current Catholic format as an affiliate of Relevant Radio.[20][21]

The station changed its call sign to the current WKBM on June 18, 2014.


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Summer 2009. Archived from the original on September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  2. ^ "WKBM Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2009-11-10. 
  3. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed December 29, 2013
  4. ^ a b Call Sign History fcc.gov. Accessed December 29, 2013
  5. ^ WAUR AM 930 Radio Chicago. Fall 1989. Accessed December 29, 2013.
  6. ^ Chicago Area Radio Stations Chicago Tribune. March 24, 1989. Accessed December 29, 2013
  7. ^ WAUR AM 930 Radio Chicago. Summer 1990. (p. 38) Accessed January 4, 2014
  8. ^ WAUR AM 930 Radio Chicago. (p. 40) Fall 1990. Accessed January 4, 2014
  9. ^ On The Air - Larry Nelson Stations Himself At The Forefront In Local Broadcasting Doyle, Mary K. Chicago Tribune. January 31, 1993. Accessed December 29, 2013
  10. ^ Feder, Robert. "Kids get their own 24-hour radio station". Chicago Sun Times. October 16, 1996
  11. ^ Children's broadcasting acquires radio broadcast license of WAUR-AM, Chicago. Business Wire. Jan. 31, 1997. Accessed December 29, 2013
  12. ^ Beat Radio Accessed December 29, 2013
  13. ^ Catholic Radio Network Seeks Stronger Signal Kirk, Jim. Chicago Tribune. January 27, 1999. Accessed December 29, 2013
  14. ^ Catholic Radio CEO Keeps The Faith About Family Programming Kirk, Jim. Chicago Tribune. June 27, 1999. Accessed December 29, 2013
  15. ^ New station to offer training for disabled Feder, Robert. Chicago Sun Times. October 26, 1999. Accessed December 29, 2013
  16. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed December 29, 2013
  17. ^ WAUR-AM speculation strong after sale deal falls though Hazen, Don. The Beacon News. April 28, 2001. Accessed December 30, 2013
  18. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed December 30, 2013
  19. ^ Group to challenge station sale Crain's Chicago Business. December 01, 2001. Accessed December 30, 2013
  20. ^ Catholic radio network expands, buys Minneapolis station for $7 million Catholic News Agency. January 26, 2004. Accessed December 30, 2013
  21. ^ Application Search Details fcc.gov. Accessed December 30, 2013

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