PraiseLive has gone on the air in Minneapolis at 95.3 FM KZGO, one of the stations purchased by EMF recently. PraiseLive has been heard in Minneapolis on 96.3 KQGO-HD2.
EMF just closed on its purchase of KZGO/St Paul & KQGO/Minneapolis from the Pohlad Companies. The stations were Hip Hop KZGO (Class 900 watts 1726 feet at 95.3) and Alternative KQGO (Class C 19kw 1168 feet at 96.3).
According to sources KZGO (95.3) is on the air now with PraiseLive, bringing back the contemporary worship music programming it aired as KNOF prior to the stations purchase in 2016.
It’s expected the KNOF call letters will return to 95.3. KQGO (96.3) will be the home for Air1 with the calls KMWA. Currently KLOVE airs in the Twin Cities on 2 FM translators.
KNOF has had an interesting history of ownership. KNOF first signed on in 1960 by the Selby Gospel Broadcasting Corporation at 3,000 watts on a 249-foot tower. In August 2007, the FCC approved the ownership transfer to North Central University. KNOF was sold to Praise Broadcasting in 2014 for $5 million, and shifted to a CCM format as “Praise FM”.
But just eleven months later in September 2015, Praise Broadcasting announced the sale of KNOF to Northern Lights Broadcasting. The deal valued at over $7 mil included the move of the religious format to a HD2 channel, and a five-year sponsorship deal with the Minnesota Twins for “Faith Night” from 2016 to 2020 and use of Target Field for Praise FM’s annual concerts in 2016 and 2017. In 2016, KNOF changed its call letters to KZGO. In December 2020 the sale was announced to EMF for $2.45 million.
PraiseLive is based in Osakis, MN and owned by Christian Heritage Broadcasting.