Educational Media Foundation’s online classic Christian format, “K-Love Classics,” looks to be making its way to some of the company’s over-the-air signals. The religious broadcaster introduced the genre, which focuses on Christian hits from the 1980’s through the early 2000’s, as an online stream in June. Now WAIW, outside of Chicago, is the first to place the format on air, according to Radio Insight.
EMF adds “K-Love Classics” to its other network offerings, contemporary Christian “K-Love” and Christian CHR “Air1.” WAIW (88.1), licensed to Wheaton, IL, was broadcasting the “Air 1” format prior to its change to the company’s new “K-Love Classics.”
“K-Love Classics is our brand-new radio stream that features your favorite Christian songs from the 80s, 90s and early 2000s,” the company tweeted as it debuted the format in June. “Take a walk down memory lane all day every day.”
EMF purchased WAIW, formerly WETN, from Wheaton College in February 2017. The company picked up WLUP-FM Chicago (97.9) from Merlin Media for $21.5 million in March and placed its “K-Love” format on the signal with the new calls WCKL-FM. The “Air1” format can be heard on WJKL Glendale (94.3) in the Chicagoland area.