The KSYF Radio Story
Gale George of Montrose, Colorado thought that a local religious radio station could be a real blessing to his friends and neighbors in his community. In the year 2000, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) made available a license to broadcast a low power FM radio station which would cover much of the City of Montrose. George, with the help of some like-minded friends, formed Montrose Christian Broadcasting Corporation (MCBC) in 2001.
Application for the license was made, however, another local group succeeded in obtaining the license. This did serve to inspire the MCBC to continue searching for another opportunity to pursue a broadcast license.
In 2009, the FCC released two full-power applications in the area of Olathe, just north of Montrose. The MCBC Board quickly called a meeting to give quick study to this opportunity. Positions on the board were extended to Cedaredge, Delta and Paonia. George had passed away in 2007, and the board was determined to remember his passion for a radio station. Application was made and submitted in February 2010; and in 2013, after three years of waiting and praying, the FCC announced that pending the decision of an Environmental Impact test, license would be awarded. But now, another challenge arose. The owner of the proposed tower site died, and the family chose not to honor her promise of allowing use of her land. A new site was chosen and an amended application was submitted in the summer of 2013 to the FCC. To this day, there has been no communication from the FCC, regarding this application.
God Has A Way
But God had a special blessing for MCBC in the form of another person who had obtained FCC approval and a construction permit. Due to circumstances, he wanted to sell his permit. Here is where the blessing starts getting exciting! This full-power station had a transmission tower already located that would allow the signal to radiate to a much larger area than any of the prior options could, and reach many more listeners as a result! There was a catch, however. Normally the FCC allows a potential station three years to find funds and equipment, as well as doing the construction, installation and testing of components. The project had to be completed in working order by October 31, 2014, which was about six months! By God’s blessing, KSYF was completed on schedule, and was cleared by the FCC for full time broadcasting by the middle of December, 2014. KSYF will begin its fifth year of broadcasting in December of 2018!