KAIM-FM
Broadcast areaHonolulu, Hawaii
Frequency95.5 MHz
BrandingAir1
Programming
FormatChristian worship
AffiliationsAir1
Ownership
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
KLUU
History
First air date
November 1, 1953
Call sign meaning
KAIMuki[1]
Technical information[2]
Licensing authority
FCC
Facility ID10950
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT565 meters
Links
Public license information
WebcastListen Live
Websiteair1.com

KAIM-FM (95.5 MHz "Air1") is a Christian worship radio station based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Educational Media Foundation outlet broadcasts with an ERP of 100 kW. Its studios are in Honolulu's Kalihi district, and its transmitter is near Akupu, Hawaii.

History

KAIM was the first commercial FM radio station in Hawai'i. It went on the air November 1, 1953,[3] having narrowly been beaten out by KVOK-FM for the distinction of being the first FM on the islands. The Christian Broadcasting Association, owned by the Reverend Billy Graham, owned KAIM and broadcast from studios and a transmitter on 12th Avenue[4] in the Kaimuki neighborhood, which gave rise to its callsign.[1] An FM suffix was added in 1956 to coincide with the launch of KAIM on 870 AM; that station is today KHCM 880.

Even though KAIM has been a Contemporary Christian outlet since 1992, it wasn't until after Salem bought the station in 2000 that it adopted "The Fish" moniker and slogan.

On March 21, 2024, Salem announced it would sell KAIM-FM to the Educational Media Foundation. Upon closure of the sale, the station will continue broadcasting the contemporary Christian format, but will shift to EMF's Air 1 network, until then heard in Hawaii on KLUU-HD2 and translator 105.5 K288FB Honolulu.[5]

References

  1. ^ a b "Kam School Opens First FM Station; Non-Commercial". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. October 10, 1953. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  2. ^ "Facility Technical Data for KAIM-FM". Licensing and Management System. Federal Communications Commission.
  3. ^ "Sunday Program Inaugurates F.M. Radio Service". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. November 3, 1953. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  4. ^ FCC History Cards for KAIM-FM
  5. ^ Salem Sells Fishes in Nashville, Honolulu to EMF

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