Broadcast areaDenver-Boulder-Longmont and Denver metropolitan area
Frequency94.7 MHz
Branding94.7 FM The Word
FormatChristian talk and teaching
AffiliationsSRN News
First air date
March 15, 1971 (as KBVL)
Former call signs
KBVL (1971-1986)
KHIH (1986-1993)
Call sign meaning
derived from sister station KRKS
Technical information
Facility ID58631
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT300 meters (984 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
40°4′19″N 105°21′14″W / 40.07194°N 105.35389°W / 40.07194; -105.35389
WebcastListen Live

KRKS-FM (94.7 MHz) is a commercial radio station licensed to Lafayette, Colorado, and serving the Denver-Boulder market and the Denver metropolitan area. The station is owned and operated by the Salem Media Group and it airs a Christian talk and teaching radio format. Its studios and offices are located on South Vaughn Way in Aurora, and the transmitter is located on Lee Hill, northwest of Boulder.[1] KRKS-FM is co-owned AM 990 KRKS. Together, they are known as "The Word." While both KRKS stations broadcast a Christian Talk/Teaching format, they program each station differently.


Programming on KRKS-FM includes "Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll," "Grace to You with John MacArthur," "Focus on the Family with Jim Daly" and "In Touch with Dr. Charles Stanley." Most shows are paid brokered programming with the hosts asking for donations to support their ministry.


On March 15, 1971, the station signed on as KBVL, originally licensed to Boulder and owned by the Boulder Radio Company.[2] KBVL was the FM counterpart to AM 1490 KBOL (now KCFC). At first, KBVL broadcast an easy listening/middle of the road format but later switched to classical music.

In 1986, the station was acquired by Sterling Radio and a classic rock format began along with the new calls letters KHIH or "K-High 94.7." On April 14, 1988, Adams Communications assumed control of KHIH from Sterling Radio, flipping the station to a Smooth Jazz/New Adult Contemporary format but keeping the KHIH calls and K-High branding (although they were dayparting Smooth Jazz/NAC programing in the evenings and overnights prior to the change of format). The station used the syndicated "Wave" format that had been successful on KTWV-Los Angeles.[3][4]

CLG Media of Denver purchased KHIH in 1993. A few months later, Salem Communications (later known as the Salem Media Group) purchased KHIH from CLG for $5 million, with the sale closing that December.[5] Salem mostly operates Christian stations, so it dropped the Smooth Jazz format on October 25, 1993, for its current Christian Talk/Teaching format (the smooth jazz format would move to KHOW-FM and pick up the KHIH calls).[6]

In the early 2010s, the station switched its city of license from Boulder to Lafayette, putting it a bit closer to Denver, although the transmitter remains northwest of Boulder, where it had been. The station was rebranded as "94.7 FM The Word" in January 2017.