KYAR
Red-C Catholic Radio logo.png
Broadcast areaWaco, Texas
Frequency98.3 MHz
BrandingRED-C Catholic Radio
Programming
FormatCatholic
AffiliationsEWTN, Relevant Radio
Ownership
OwnerRed-C Apostolate
History
First air date
April 10, 1976
Former call signs
KMCS (1976-1982)[1]
KPEP (1982-1988)[2]
KHQS (1988-1989)[2]
KRYL (1989-1999)[2]
KASZ (1999-2003)[2]
KVLZ (2003-2006)[2]
Technical information
Facility ID177158
ClassA
ERP4,100 watts
HAAT121 meters (397 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
31°24′45″N 97°12′40″W / 31.412500°N 97.211111°W / 31.412500; -97.211111Coordinates: 31°24′45″N 97°12′40″W / 31.412500°N 97.211111°W / 31.412500; -97.211111
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitehttps://www.redcradio.org/

KYAR (98.3 FM) is a radio station licensed to Lorena, Texas. The station airs a Catholic format and is owned by Red-C Apostolate.[3]

History

The station began broadcasting on April 10, 1976,[4] as KMCS in Gatesville.[1] It originally aired country and easy listening music and was owned by George W. McClarin alongside KCLW (900 AM).[4][1] After a 1978 sale attempt to Lowell Duncan was not consummated,[1] McClarin found his buyer in Monarch Communications Systems, which purchased the station for $115,000, plus $10,000 for a non-compete agreement.[5][1]

By 1981, Monarch was more than $100,000 in debt to McClarin for the purchase of the station, prompting McClarin to seek a default judgment against Monarch in Hamilton County court. The station went off air February 2, 1982, six days before its assets were confiscated.[6] Monarch had filed to change the call letters to KPEP during this time.[2] A receiver was appointed; in September, broadcasting resumed.[7] KPEP aired the same country format as KMCS-FM had.[8][9] In 1983, the station was sold to C.D.L.R. Communications for $150,000.[10]

On August 22, 1988, its call sign was changed to KHQS.[2] KHQS aired a Christian contemporary format.[11]

In 1989, the station was sold to Gaylon W. Christie for $50,000,[12] and on July 13, 1989, its call sign was changed to KRYL.[2] The station returned to airing a country format.[13] In 1991, it was sold to LDR Broadcasting for $125,000.[14] KRYL adopted a classic rock format in 1998.[15] In 1999, the station was sold to Capstar,[16][17] and on September 17, 1999, its call sign was changed to KASZ.[2] The station continued to air a classic rock format.[18][19]

In 2003, the station was sold to Educational Media Foundation for $100,000, and on March 21, 2003 its call sign was changed to KVLZ.[20][2] It adopted a Christian contemporary format, as an affiliate of K-Love.[21][22] On February 15, 2006, the station's call sign was changed to KYAR, and it became an affiliate of Air1.[23][2] In 2010, the station's city of license was changed to Lorena, Texas and its transmitter was moved to a location between Lorena and Hewitt, Texas.[24][25][26]

In 2016, KYAR was sold to Red-C Apostolate for $495,000, and it adopted a Catholic format.[27][28]

Simulcast

RED-C Catholic Radio is also heard on 88.5 KEDC in Hearne, Texas and 107.9 KINF-LP in Palestine, Texas.

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
(W)
Height
(m (ft))
Class FCC info
KEDC 88.5 Hearne, Texas 2,500 56 m (184 ft) A FCC FM Query
KINF-LP 107.9 Palestine, Texas 55 41 m (135 ft) L1 FCC FM Query

References

  1. ^ a b c d e History Cards for KYAR, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  3. ^ FM Query Results: KYAR, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "FM Station On the Air Saturday". Gatesville Messenger. April 8, 1976. p. 1-A. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  5. ^ "Ownership Changes", Broadcasting. April 2, 1979. p. 82. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  6. ^ "Receiver Is Appointed In KMCS Radio Station Suit". Gatesville Messenger. August 26, 1982. pp. 1-A, 10-A. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  7. ^ "Radio Station On Air". Gatesville Messenger. September 23, 1982. p. 12-A. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  8. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1983, Broadcasting/Cablecasting, 1983. p. B-237. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  9. ^ Broadcasting/Cablecasting Yearbook 1988, Broadcasting/Cablecasting, 1988. p. B-273. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ownership Changes", Broadcasting. January 10, 1983. p. 102. Retrieved August 25, 2019.
  11. ^ Unmacht, Robert (1989). The M Street Radio Directory. p. S-319. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Ownership Changes", Broadcasting. July 17, 1989. p. 82. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  13. ^ Unmacht, Robert (1990). The M Street Radio Directory. p. 351. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ownership Changes", Broadcasting. June 3, 1991. p. 64. Retrieved August 27, 2019.
  15. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 15, No. 6. February 11, 1998. p. 2. Retrieved August 26, 2019.
  16. ^ Public Notice Comment – BALH-19990510EA, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  17. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2000, Broadcasting & Cable, 2000. p. D-437. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  18. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2002-2003, Broadcasting & Cable, 2002-2003. p. D-439. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  19. ^ Devine, Cathy (2002). The M Street Radio Directory. Eleventh Edition. p. 557. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Changing Hands", Broadcasting & Cable. February 16, 2003. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "Interact – Station List". K-Love. Archived from the original on October 8, 2003. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "Station List". K-Love. Archived from the original on March 27, 2005. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  23. ^ "Air 1 Station List". Air1. Archived from the original on March 13, 2006. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  24. ^ Application for Construction Permit for Commercial Broadcast Station, fcc.gov. April 12, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  25. ^ Application Search Details – BLED-20101018ACS, fcc.gov. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  26. ^ Federal Communications Commission FM Broadcast Construction Permit, fcc.gov. April 27, 2010. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  27. ^ "KYAR in Play", Radio & Television Business Report. July 27, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.
  28. ^ Jacobson, Adam. "Transactions Today: DLC Media, Zimmer Radio", Radio & Television Business Report. October 19, 2016. Retrieved August 28, 2019.