KTBI 50,000 Watts On
Clear Channel 810
KTBI is the exclusive
network affiliate of the American Christian Network.
Christian Voice of Wenatchee and Central
Email church events to KTBI@KTBI.com
KTBI is one of the most unique
radio stations in the country. It is a grand fathered 50,000 watt
daytimer, non directional on Clear Channel 810. It operates from local sunrise to local
sunset. It covers hundreds of miles and is considered Washington's
A Wenatchee pastor's wife was
awarded a gift for selecting the meaning of KTBI. Keeping
HISTORY OF KTBI
and Tacoma Broadcaster's, Incorporated.
The call letters KTBI were first used in the
1920s when the Bible Institute of Los Angeles was granted a radio
station. The B I stood for Bible Institute. The Bible
Institute of Los Angeles became known as BIOLA which is now a Christian college
in the LA area.
The next use of the call letters was in
Tacoma, Washington. KTBI went on the air in the early 40s at 1490 on
the AM dial with 250 watts which was the maximum power for what were know as
Class 4 radio stations. KTBI was owned and operated by
a corporation, Tacoma Broadcasters, Incorporated. Obviously the TBI
in the call letters meant Tacoma Broadcasters Incorporated.
This is the station at which Tom Read,
President of modern day KTBI, began learning the broadcasting
business. After the war in the late 40s, KTBI was granted permission
to move from 1490, 250 watts to 810, 1000 watts daytime. The studio was
moved from the second floor of the Puget Sound Bank Building in Tacoma to a
beautiful new, studio/transmitter located at 2715 Center Street, literally in
the center of Tacoma.
In the early 50's, KTBI received permission to
move from 810 to 850 and go full time. On 850, the station call letters
changed to KTAC. 810 was used for a short time by a station in
Western Canada and then became available as a major 50,000 watt facility for
Central Washington to proclaim the Gospel.
Today, KTBI is an affiliate of the American
Christian Network and airs the finest Bible teachers in the country. To
reach the ACN radio network on the internet, go to www.acn.cc.
To be continued.
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