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KLJY is Forever at 99.1 FM

KLJY/St Louis (99.1 Joy FM) wrapped up its fall fundraiser last Friday afternoon by reaching 100% of the goal. But more important than that was the station was able to raise enough to make the last payment in purchasing the station in 2010. Ten years ago God opened the door for the purchase of the full power station. 

KLJY PD Mike Couchman, who’s been with the station the last 6 years, tells the story. Mike says. “A little more than 10 years ago, our GM, Sandi Brown, and our board felt like God was asking “are you ready?” They were like “ready for WHAT?” But the question persisted in their minds and hearts. They said “yes,” and shortly after, the opportunity to purchase 99.1 came along. JOY-FM (at the time) was on two rimshots; 99.1 covered the whole metro (and then some). The price tag was $18-million. We had NO capacity to pull that off. Not even enough for a down payment. But we had said “yes” to God’s “are you ready?” question. We came to terms with the sellers; the plan was to pay the signal off over 20 years via listener fundraisers. The audience response was soooo much more than what was expected! Thanks to their generosity and God’s provision, we raised the final payment last week….TEN YEARS EARLY. There’s so much more to the story. Spiritual warfare….unbelievable obstacles. Our GM is a ROCK and our board is fearless. I hope there’s a documentary some day! ha ha. 2 Corinthians 9:8 “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”

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