WBKV
CityBuffalo, New York
Broadcast areaBuffalo
Frequency89.9 MHz
Programming
FormatChristian contemporary
AffiliationsK-Love
Ownership
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
History
First air date
1989; 32 years ago (1989)
Former call signs
WBFR (1984–1985)
WFBF (1985–2019)
Call sign meaning
W-Buffalo K-Love
Technical information
Facility ID20725
ClassB1
ERP16,000 watts
HAAT90 meters (300 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
42°41′19″N 78°45′15″W / 42.68861°N 78.75417°W / 42.68861; -78.75417
Links
WebsiteKLove.com

WBKV (89.9 FM) is a radio station in Buffalo, New York, broadcasting K-Love's contemporary Christian format without local deviation outside of station identification. It is owned by the Educational Media Foundation.[1] Unlike most Buffalo stations, its signal is mostly audible only in the Southtowns, and has no over-the-air availability across Lake Ontario into the Greater Toronto Area; a weak signal and adjacent-channel interference from public radio stations WNJA and WPSX make the station inaudible in most of the western Southern Tier..

The station signed on in 1989[2] as WFBF under the ownership of Family Stations, carrying its Family Radio network.[3] In September 2019, Family Stations came to terms with the Educational Media Foundation to sell four stations, including the then-WFBF, to that organization. Upon the sale's closing on November 22, 2019, the station became the Buffalo market's K-Love affiliate,[4] and the station changed its call sign to WBKV.

References

  1. ^ "WBKV Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 2009 (PDF). 2009. p. D-373. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  3. ^ The Broadcasting Yearbook 1990 (PDF). 1990. p. B-209. Retrieved January 2, 2020.
  4. ^ https://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/189176/family-stations-sells-4-fms-1-translator-to-emf