KJJF

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KJJF
City Harlingen, Texas
Broadcast area Rio Grande Valley
Branding Public Radio 88FM
Frequency 88.9 (MHz)
First air date April 1991 (1991-04)
Format Public radio
ERP 3,000 Watts
HAAT 91 meters (299 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 56081
Transmitter coordinates 26°10′46″N 97°30′06″W / 26.17944°N 97.50167°W / 26.17944; -97.50167
Callsign meaning John Jacob Fitzpatrick (station founder and bishop)
Former callsigns KMBH-FM (1989–2015)
Affiliations National Public Radio
Owner Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
(RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.88fm.org/
KHID
City McAllen, Texas
Broadcast area Rio Grande Valley
Branding Public Radio 88FM
Frequency 88.1 (MHz)
First air date July 1992
Format Public radio
ERP 2,100 watts
HAAT 78 meters (256 ft)
Class A
Facility ID 56081
Transmitter coordinates 26.361957, -98.321487
Callsign meaning HIDalgo County, Texas
Affiliations National Public Radio
Owner Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville
(RGV Educational Broadcasting, Inc.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.88fm.org/

KJJF (88.9 MHz) is a non-commercial FM radio station in Harlingen, Texas. KHID (88.1 MHz) is also a non-commercial FM radio station in McAllen, Texas. Both stations are owned by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville and serve the Rio Grande Valley.

KJJF's transmitter is located on Fresnal Road in San Benito.[1] KHID's transmitter is off West Monte Cristo Road in La Homa.[2]

The two stations simulcast a mix of NPR news and talk programs, with some hours of classical music and jazz. Both stations are being bought by Immaculate Heart Media, Inc. for $1.25 million.[3] The Catholic radio network "Relevant Radio" is expected to air on both stations when the purchase is finalized.

History

88.9 FM signed on the air in April 30, 1991, as KMBH-FM.[4] It began airing NPR programming in June of the same year. KMBH-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 3,000 watts, while some of the commercial FM stations in the air run 100,000 watts, so KMBH-FM's signal was limited mainly to Cameron County, Texas.

Then in July 1992, 88.1 FM signed on as KHID.[5] While KHID is also limited in power, the combination of the two stations give coverage to most areas of the McAllen-Brownsville-Harligen radio market. Both stations were owned by Rio Grande Valley Educational Broadcasting, a subsidiary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brownsville. The two stations began simulcasting news and talk programming from NPR with some hours devoted to classical music and jazz.

On April 3, 2015, RGV Educational Broadcasting announced that it would change KMBH-FM's call letters to KJJF effective April 7th. The new call sign honors RGV Educational Broadcasting founder Bishop John Jacob Fitzpatrick. It also distinguishes the radio station from former sister station Channel 38 KMBH television, which was sold to R Communications several months earlier.[6]

In early 2019, the diocese announced that both stations would be bought by Immaculate Heart Media, Inc. for $1.25 million.[7] The Catholic radio network "Relevant Radio" is expected to air on both stations when the purchase is finalized. Many NPR listeners in the area are upset that the Rio Grande Valley will be losing its only NPR member stations. In a written statement, Bishop Daniel E. Flores said “While we wish we could continue, we recognize that as a growing diocese we must be prudent with our resources and make sure they are in line with the mission of the church.”

See also

References

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KJJF
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KHID
  3. ^ Inside Radio "Rio Grande Public Radio" Feb. 22, 2019 (Retrieved 3/19/19)
  4. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993 page B-349
  5. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1993 page B-354
  6. ^ Mosbrucker, Kristen (April 3, 2015). "RGV public radio call sign changes after KMBH-TV sale". The Monitor. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
  7. ^ Inside Radio "Rio Grande Public Radio" Feb. 22, 2019 (Retrieved 3/19/19)

External links

  • Official website
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KJJF
  • Radio-Locator information on KJJF
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KJJF
  • Query the FCC's FM station database for KHID
  • Radio-Locator information on KHID
  • Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KHID


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