Musical message aired out
By Jesse Phelps
Local parishioners have a new
reason to give thanks and praises. A banner ceremony took place
at Rancho Arnaz on Wednesday welcoming a new Christian radio
station to Ojai.
The station, noncommercial KLFH 89.5, is located on Sulphur Mountain
and makes worshipful music available 24-7 to local residents.
The Christian contemporary programming is simulcast via satellite
from KLFF (K-LIFE) in San Luis Obispo, 130 miles up the coast.
The new station, permitted last year, was the result of 14 years
of work. Shepherd Communications filed for the construction permit
Station general manager Jon Fugler was on hand in Ojai for the
ceremony and said it's great to add Ventura County to his broadcast
Fugler said that the station, which broadcast the same content
from both locations, will attune itself to audiences from both
locales by teasing events in both areas during talk segments.
Valley pastors are excited.
Pastor Dan Nelson of Calvary Chapel, a 5-year-old non-denominational
group that meets each week at the Oak View Community Center said
he believes the station is "well-needed" in the community.
"I think that it's great," said Nelson, who has imminent
plans to open a new Christian bookstore in Oak View near the
current Oak View Library site. "It reaches out to a big
piece of the populace that we haven't been able to reach out
to before. I'm very excited to have them here and one of my favorite
parts is that the station is out of Ojai. Any time we can get
the name of Ojai tied in with the name of Jesus Christ I think
it's a good thing. They have my complete support."
The new station is dedicated to getting the latest Christian
recordings on the air, targeting a younger demographic than Ventura
County's other Christian station, Oxnard's KDAR 98.3, through
a format that, according to Nelson, features mostly music with
a little bit of talk.
Nelson, who hosts a show on KDAR, said, "It's almost all
music and targets demographics between 14 and 34. They play a
lot of the alternative stuff, not carried on other Christian
radio stations. (The two stations) are not in competition, they
complement one another."
The ceremony at Rancho Arnaz was attended by representatives
from several local churches. Pastor James Lair of Church of Living
Christ said he thinks the station is great.
"I don't know if there is a station in Ojai except for this
one," he said. "I also like the fact that it's contemporary
music, so it can also appeal to the youth. This radio station
is pretty much excellent Christian music. I think it's just neat
that Ojai has this opportunity to have this station right here
in our community."
The Ojai Valley News
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PASTORS converged on Arnaz Grade Wednesday to hang a banner for
K-LIFE, a Christian music radio station that recently began broadcasting
from its tower atop Sulphur Mountain. Pictured are, from left
to right, Lyn Thomas, pastor of Wesleyan Church of Ojai Valley,
Willis Moerer, pastor of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Dan Nelson,
pastor of Calvary Chapel of the Ojai Valley, Ryan Connell, youth
pastor of the Church of the Living Christ, Jon Fugler, general
manager of K-LIFE, and James Lair, senior pastor at Church of
the Living Christ.