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The WAY-FM Network is a national, non-profit radio broadcasting network in the United States that primarily plays Contemporary Christian music operating in 12 states (as of December 2016). It is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, while most programming originates in Franklin, Tennessee.
On July 1, 2013, WAY-FM ceased providing programming to non-owned stations via satellite, with the exception of the network morning show, The Wally Show.
- 1 History
- 2 Current reach
- 3 Station list
- 4 Former network affiliates
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Origins in Fort Myers
In the early 1980s, Bob and Felice Augsburg were residing in Fort Myers, where Bob was working as the Program Director at WSOR, a Christian Radio Station formatted for older adults. Bob and Felice have said that they "were compelled by the burden to see a younger audience reached and Bob began producing a Saturday evening broadcast geared for youth." This program, which aired on WSOR, became the springboard for Christian Rock concerts in the area and the impetus for a 24/7 station with this type of format.
Much discussion with local parents and business people led to a non-profit Florida corporation and an application filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an unused FM frequency.
On Christmas Eve (December 24) 1986, the group received its permit for the construction of a new non-commercial FM station in Fort Myers, WAYJ. On October 9, 1987, WAYJ, broadcasting as "WAY-FM", signed on the air.
New stations and concerts
In the mid-90s, WAY-FM stations, beginning with WAYF, began to sponsor and organize large Christian music concerts and day-long music festivals. Within a few years, Nashville and Fort Myers also began to sponsor major Christian music events.
In 2002, WAYM set an all time concert attendance record of 16,000+ celebrating their 10th anniversary. Over the years, WAY-FM radio stations have been selected four times as winners of the prestigious Dove Award for excellence in the operation of Christian Radio station.
WAY Media Network Services
After several years of planning, in 1996, WAY-FM began the Christian Hit Radio Satellite Network (CHRSN). The network was designed to help other stations who desired to reach the youth and young adults of their respective communities but lacked the manpower or resources to operate a station on their own.
The Nashville WAY-FM became the flagship station of CHRSN. Most recently they changed the name of CHRSN to WAY Media Network Services. WAY-FM Nashville continues as the satellite hub.
Corporate office established
In 2001, WAY-FM Media Group established a corporate office in Colorado Springs, Colorado where Bob Augsburg, the president and founder now lives. Dusty Rhodes, former Station Manager of WAYF, joined Augsburg in Colorado as Chief Operating Officer and is now the ministry's Senior Vice President.
In 2005, Dar Ringling joined the ministry as Chief Financial Officer while Lloyd Parker, formerly General Manager of the K-LOVE & Air1 Radio Networks, became the Chief Operating Officer. They changed the station's format from Christian Rock and Rap to Christian Adult Contemporary and Worship, shifting their audience from 18- to 34-year-olds, to older adults.
At this time, WAY-FM owns and operates 14 full power FM radio stations including, newly added stations in Denver, Colorado; Wichita, Kansas and Tallahassee, Florida. WAY-FM also owns more than 20 low-power repeater stations. The WAY Media Network Services (WMNS) serves over 25 additional radio stations nationwide with satellite programming. Today more than 70 cities are served by a WAY-FM station or repeater.
In 2012, WAY-FM shifted from its long time Christian CHR format to a Christian Adult Contemporary format. Since 2013 WAY-FM via flagship station WAYM, Nashville is a Christian AC reporter to the Nielsen BDS service, and became a monitored reporter to Mediabase's Christian AC panel in April 2015.
In May 2015, Way FM announced plans to acquire KVRK, in North Texas. The Station calls letters are now KAWA and now broadcasts the national WAY-FM format. Power FM however has become an internet radio station but managed by WAY-FM Media Group.
- Gadsden / Anniston – WAYU 91.1 & 107.3
- Huntsville – WAYH 88.1, 99.5, and 102.1-HD3
- Montgomery – 102.3 & 95.1-HD4
- Birmingham - 89.9 & 95.7-HD2
- Denver – KXWA 101.9 & KCWA 93.9
- Colorado Springs - KVUU-HD2 - K276FL 99.3
- Fort Collins – KCWA 93.9
- Pueblo - KRWA 90.9
- Trinidad – KJWA 89.7
- Fort Lauderdale – 88.1
- Fort Myers – 100.5
- Naples – WAYJ 89.5
- Panama City - WAYP 88.3
- Tallahassee – 88.1
- West Palm Beach – WAYF 88.1
- Wichita – KYWA 90.7
- Bowling Green – WAYD 88.1
- Henderson – 92.1
- Leitchfield - 89.5
- Louisville - WAYI 104.3 & WAYK 105.9
- Madisonville – 90.3
- Owensboro – 91.3
- Spokane - 89.1 K206CQ (rebroadcasts programming from KYCC, Stockton, California)
- Vancouver - KFBW 105.9-HD2 (programmed by WAY-FM; owned by Clear Channel Communications)
Former network affiliates
These stations disaffiliated with the network on July 1, 2013, when WAY-FM discontinued satellite distribution outside its station group.
- Glen St. Mary – 100.3
- Columbus – 96.1
- Cedar Rapids – 89.1
- Hays – 98.5
- Shelbyville – 93.3
- Port Huron – Power 88.3 WNFA (now airs a locally originating CCM format)
- Grand Rapids, Michigan - 99.3 WJQK
- Bemidji - 94.9
- Fosston – 107.1
- Park Rapids – 92.9
- Roseau - 102.9
- Thief River Falls – 107.9
- Walker – 104.9
- Jackson – 93.5
- Bozeman – 99.1
- Keene – 94.9
- Grand Forks – 104.9
- Ashland – 91.1
- Mansfield – 90.7 (WVMC and its translators in Ashland and Wooster switched to a praise and worship music format)
- Wooster – 102.7
- Brookings – 106.3
- Canyonville – 96.7
- Coos Bay – 98.7
- Gold Beach – 105.5
- Sutherlin – 107.1
- Winston – 105.5
- Rapid City – 97.9
- Kerrville – 101.5
- Sanger - 89.7 KAWA-FM (Now owned by WAY-FM and broadcasting their signal as of September 2015.)
- Burlington – 90.9
- "Christian Radio - WVMC FM - 90.7 Mansfield - 91.1 Ashland - 102.7 Wooster - North Central Ohio's Total Praise". Wvmcfm.com. Retrieved 2015-05-15.
-  Archived July 13, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
-  Archived July 7, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Philpot, Robert. "Report: Power 89.7 FM soon to become "Way-FM" | The Star Telegram The Star Telegram". Star-telegram.com. Retrieved 2015-05-15.