KBHW 99.5 FM Celebrates 30th Anniversary

PSALM-FM logoKBHW 99.5 FM in International Falls, MN, is celebrating 30 years of broadcasting this year.

It was in May 1978 that Minnesota Christian Broadcasters, Inc., held the first public meetings proposing a new Christian radio station in International Falls. There, MCBI President Dick Beals, MCBI Chairman Jim Brunes, and KTIG-FM Manager Mike Heuberger presented the vision for a non-commercial listener-supported Christian radio station to a small gathering of community members.

In 1980, fundraising for the project began, and on January 4, 1983, the 100,000-watt KBHW FM signed on the air from a transmitter located near the Minnesota/Canada border.

Today, KBHW's programming is heard on 12 FM translators in Northern Minnesota, and KBHW recently received a construction permit for another.

"God is Faithful," reports the station. "Throughout the history of KBHW, we have watched Him open doors and seen His provision in every aspect of the work." 

Until recently, KBHW had used "Psalm 99:5" as on-air positioning in reference to their focus on worship and their 99.5 frequency. That verse in the Psalms also well states what they hope will be evident in their programming, their lives and their listeners’ lives: "Exalt the Lord our God and worship at His footstool; for He is Holy."

Presently, the staff consists of three full-time and four part-time employees.

Published: May 9, 2013