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For the FL radio station in Bristol, Virginia, United States, see WKJV-LP.
City Asheville, North Carolina
Broadcast area Asheville
Slogan "Pure Gospel"
Frequency 1380 kHz
Format Religious
Power 25,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Transmitter coordinates 35°36′19″N 82°35′31″W / 35.60528°N 82.59194°W / 35.60528; -82.59194
Callsign meaning W King James Version
Owner International Baptist Outreach Missions
Website wkjv.com

WKJV is a listener supported Christian radio station licensed in Asheville, North Carolina. It broadcasts at the frequency of 1380 AM and serves Buncombe, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Haywood, Henderson, Yancey, and Transylvania Counties. WKJV is a ministry of International Baptist Outreach Missions, Inc., a not-for-profit organization. The station's programming features Southern gospel music and preaching from the King James Bible. WKJV has a daytime non-directional power of 25,000 watts and a night-time directional power of 1000 watts.


WLOS began broadcasting August 11, 1947, as a Mutual affiliate on 1380 kHz with power of 5 KW (daytime) and 1 KW (night). The station was licensed to Skyway Broadcasting Corporation.[1]

In 1969, since WLOS-FM moved into the WLOS-TV building, WLOS was sold to Greater Asheville Broadcasting Co., owned by the John Jenkins family of Huntington, West Virginia. The call letters were changed to WKKE, and the format was MOR/Top 40.

In 1977, WKKE became WRAQ and played adult rock. In 1982, Sid Highes became program director and the format changed to Southern Gospel.

In 1988, GHB Broadcasting purchased the station and changed its letters to WTOO. In 1992, WTOO was not profitable and a format change to rock and roll was planned. Hearing this news, Pastor Doug Roland of Maple Ridge Baptist Church in Candler told some area pastors about the problem, and the decision was made to buy the station by asking listeners to contribute. In five days, $53,000 was raised. Anchor Bapitst Broadcasting, which also runs WGCR, took over the station and the call letters WKJV were selected, referring to the King James Version of the Bible.

International Baptist Outreach Missions took over in 1997. In September 2001 the signal increased to 25,000 watts. WKJV can now be heard in parts of South Carolina and Tennessee.[2] On July 17, 2013 the former WFGW, after being purchased by I.B.O.M., became WKJW.


  1. ^ "WLOS Gets Underway as Fulltime Outlet" (PDF). Broadcasting. August 25, 1947. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.wkjv.com/history_page.html, Retrieved on 2009-06-13.

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