Broadcast areaJohnson County, southern Tarrant County
Frequency88.3 MHz
Branding88.3 The Journey
FormatContemporary Christian music (CCM)
OwnerSouthwestern Adventist University
First air date
1974 as KSUC
Former call signs
KSUC (1974-1984)
KJCR (1984-2010)
Technical information
Facility ID61585
ERP2,300 watts
HAAT81 meters

KJRN (88.3 MHz) is a non-commercial FM radio station licensed to Keene, Texas. The station broadcasts a Contemporary Christian music radio format and calls itself "88.3 The Journey." KJRN is owned by Southwestern Adventist University. The DJs consist of both full-time on-air talent and part-time university students. Studios are on the campus on North College Drive and the transmitter is a short distance away off North Old Betsy Road. The signal of the station covers much of Johnson County, part of southern Tarrant County, and can be heard in the southwestern section of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.


View of KJCR transmission tower taken from N. Old Betsy Road
View of KJCR transmission tower taken from N. Old Betsy Road

The idea for a radio station was proposed in 1968. A gift to the college by Arkansas radio pioneer Raymond Beem financed the station's start-up costs; station planning began in 1973.

The station began as KSUC (for Southwestern Union College) in 1974. The 88.3 frequency was chosen because it rhymed with the call letters. The studios were located in the school's Heritage Hall in a dorm room.

By 1984, station management decided to abandon the KSUC call letters as the name of the college had changed, and applied for replacement calls KJCR, and the station moved from the dorm room to the studios at 304 N. College Drive.

On May 5, 1989, 110-mile per hour winds toppled the station's transmitter, destroying 60 feet of tower sections and two of four antenna elements. In two days the station returned to the air under temporary authorization on a 75-foot tower at 925 watts. Construction began on a new 180' tower by the fall, and was put into use on May 18, 1990. A power increase was granted for 4,000 watts with an ERP of 2,300 watts directed to the west.

In November 1999, KJCR began broadcasting 24 hours a day with the aid of voicetracking software during overnight hours.

On September 3, 2009, around 9:30 pm the KJCR studios suffered from a fire attributed to lightning. Four fire departments responded and the fire was contained primarily to the attic; however, the station was knocked off the air and over $90,000 in equipment was damaged. Broadcasts resumed the next day from temporary studios.[1][2][3]

In May 2010, KJCR went silent to prepare for a station re-launch. It was re-licensed as KJRN on June 17, 2010.[4]

On 1 Nov 2010, 88.3 The Journey was born, playing a mix of Adult Contemporary Christian music under the direction of a new general manager. Two new studios were constructed with equipment including new audio consoles and an upgraded automation system. On-air staff consists of students from the communications department of the University.[5]


  1. ^ "Lightning Strikes SWAU Radio Station". Adventist Review. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  2. ^ Smith, Matt (2009-09-04). "Fire damages SWAU radio station". Cleburne Times Review. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  3. ^ Lozano, Jessica (2009-09-04). "Lightning causes fire at KJCR". The Southwesterner Online. Archived from the original on 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-02-20.
  4. ^ "Call Sign History KJRN". FCC. June 17, 2010. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
  5. ^ http://www.883thejourney.org/managers-memo Managers Memo - 88.3 The Journey

Coordinates: 32°24′18″N 97°19′55″W / 32.405°N 97.332°W / 32.405; -97.332