EMF Adds An FM Near Chicago

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In late November, Educational Media Foundation agreed to sell an FM translator with excellent coverage of Chicago’s North Side and western neighborhoods to a local entity named Spectrum Development Group, with the radio acquisition being led by Manager Richard Bonick.


Now, the noncommercial religious broadcaster that is home to the KLove and Air1 Christian contemporary music networks has made it known that it is not exiting the Chicago metro. Rather, it has solidified its presence in the western suburbs with the acquisition of a tiny Class A facility with the same output of an FM translator.

The seller is a local institution of higher learning. But, unlike the furor that was seen when San Francisco State University sold its FM to the University of Southern California to give Classical KDFC-FM a new home, the school’s alumni may be pleased with the station’s future.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.