With ‘Praise Live’ Returned, EMF Spins In Twin Cities

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Call it a “no-GO” for Educational Media Foundation. Sort of.


In mid-April, RBR+TVBR was first to report on the purchase by EMF of the former KZGO-FM 95.3, a Class A licensed to St. Paul, and the former KQGO-FM 96.3, a Class C3 licensed to Edina, Minn., from The Pohlad Companies. At the time, KZGO, given its market heritage as a religious station, was poised to see a return of the predecessor to “Go” —  Christian Adult Contemporary “Praise Live.”

This happened, along with the return of the KNOF call letters. As such, EMF, which specializes in its national CCM networks, is selling what is now KNOF-FM in St. Paul.

For $1,225,000, Christian Heritage Broadcasting is agreeing to purchase KNOF from EMF. A $61,250 escrow deposit is being held by Branch Bank and Trust, on CHB’s behalf.

Terms call for CHB to discontinue its programming agreement for KQGO HD2, now that it will control KNOF outright.

There is no broker or finder in this transaction.

CHB is headquartered in Osakis, Minn., where Class A KBHL-FM 103.9 has been used as the originating station for “Praise Live,” also heard on Class C3 KBHZ-FM 91.9 in Willmar, Minn., and Class C KCGN-FM 101.5 in Ortonville, Minn.

What was KQGO is now KMWA-FM, and airs EMF’s Air1 Worship Music format. KLOVE, EMF’s signature Christian Contemporary network, covers the market on an FM translator at 99.9 MHz.