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Khvn (am)

For the airport in New Haven, Connecticut assigned the ICAO code KHVN, see Tweed New Haven Regional Airport.
City of license Fort Worth, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Branding Heaven 97
Slogan "Taking You Higher in Praise."
Frequency 970 kHz
First air date 1946 as KWBC
Format Urban Contemporary Gospel
Power 1,000 watts daytime
270 watts nighttime
Class B
Callsign meaning HeaVeN
Former callsigns KWBC (1946–1953), KNOK (1953–1982), KSAX (1982–1985)
Owner Mortenson Broadcasting
(Mortenson Broadcasting Co. of Texas, Inc.)
Sister stations KGGR, K273BJ, KKGM, KRVA, KTNO

KHVN is an AM urban contemporary gospel radio station that serves the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The station has had its gospel format since 1985, and is owned by Mortenson Broadcasting. It is the sister station to daytimer KGGR. The station is licensed in Fort Worth, Texas, but KHVN has applied to move its broadcasting activities to Bedford.


This station started out as Daytimer KWBC in 1946 with a Variety/Ethnic format that comprises mostly local, amateur, and public service programming under the ownership of Associated Broadcasters.

In 1950, J. Dean McClain joined the station with his hour-long "Blues at Sunrise". program. By the late 1950s McClain was program director, and later was station manager and general manager.[1]

By 1953, most commercial billings were from Ethnic shows, so their owners reimaged the station as KNOK to serve an African American audience.

By 1954, KNOK changed the format to R&B with Country and Spanish language programming on weekends. After 1957, KNOK became a full time R&B station and was the first station in the DFW area to exclusively do so. In the late 1960s, the African American Clay Smothers, who later served in the Texas House of Representatives was the station news editor known for his conservative commentary.[2]

From 1957 to 1979, it simulcasted to its FM sister station of the same callsign. In 1979, KNOK transferred its R&B format to KNOK-FM and changed its format to Jazz. Three years later, the station was renamed as KSAX (callsign to have stood for SAXophone) while maintaining its Jazz format before making its final switch to a Black Gospel formatted station as KHVN in 1985.

There have been rumors that KHVN 970 would be scheduled to go dark by New Year's Eve 2007 as part of the FCC's dial expansion program of 1989, in exchange for a frequency with a full day/night schedule on KKGM 1630. This move was scheduled for 1998 but Infinity/CBS Radio sold the frequency. Since Mortenson owns 970 and 1630, the divesting could feasibly still happen. As of 2010, it has not taken place.

Some churches featured on KHVN


External links

  • DFW Radio/TV History
  • DFW Radio Archives
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for KHVN
  • Radio-Locator Information on KHVN
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KHVN

Coordinates: 32°47′56″N 97°17′43″W / 32.79889°N 97.29528°W / 32.79889; -97.29528

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