Houston Christian Giant Gobbles San Angelo Combo


Houston Christian Broadcasters is celebrating 56 years of “of keeping him close by.” One year ago, as the religious nonprofit tells it, “The Lord opened a door for KHCB to expand its ministry with the purchase of three stations.”

Now, this Houston-based Christian Full Service operation is again broadening its coverage of the Lone Star State by acquiring an AM/FM combo in a town known as the home of Fort Concho. 

The locale is San Angelo, Tex., a city of roughly 101,000 that’s considered an oasis adjacent to the Permian Basin.

Here, a Class C1 FM on the commercial band and its Class C 1kw AM sibling have been serving the community with programming from the Christian-themed KCBI Radio Network.

KCBI is based at Dallas’ Criswell College, with its programming airing on KCRN-AM & FM in San Angelo since March 2014, when locally originated content was dropped from the lineup.

Now, KCRN-AM & FM are set to swap the KCBI Radio Network for KHCB’s schedule of Christian-themed shows and music.

The seller is First Dallas Media, and along with the AM/FM combo is translator K232FG in San Angelo.

It is earning $205,000 from the sale of the facilities to HCB. A $10,000 deposit has been made to Media Services Group, the escrow agent in this transaction.

Bill Whitley of MSG served as the broker in this transaction, representing First Dallas Media.