In 2007, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened a brief window of opportunity during which applications would be accepted for full-power noncommercial educational radio stations. Because Pastor John Aitken was an enthusiastic proponent of radio evangelism, he agreed that Radio 74 Internationale should apply for an available frequency, with the understanding that, if Radio 74 Internationale got the license, it would be transferred to his church. Although there were several other applicants, the FCC granted Radio 74 Internationale the license for the FM 89.3 MHz frequency. The terms of the construction permit stated that the radio station must be on the air by April 8, 2011.
In January of 2009, Pastor John received a call to pastor a church in Van Nuys, California. He left Ridgecrest, taking the vision and passion for the radio station with him. When the Ridgecrest congregation realized how much it would cost, and what a commitment of time it would take to run a Christian radio station, they declined Radio 74's offer to transfer the license to them.
Not wanting to waste the opportunity to have a Christian radio station in Ridgecrest, a few dedicated Christians decided to build and operate KRSF on their own. One family mortgaged their home to pay for the construction costs. All the volunteers working on the station are unpaid. The station is owned by Radio 74 Internationale, a California nonprofit, public benefit, educational, tax-exempt corporation.
From the beginning, KRSF was plagued with reception problems. The location the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized for the transmitter was more than fifty miles from Ridgecrest, with two mountains between the transmitter and town. Consequently, the station could only be received in parts of town, and not very well in those places. Furthermore, the transmitter was in such a remote location that electric power was unreliable, and maintenance was difficult. On May 4, 2014, KRSF applied for a waiver to move the transmitter closer to town. The FCC eventually approved that waiver. We are now broadcasting from El Paso Peak, south of Ridgecrest. KRSF can now be heard from California City to Lone Pine, and from Walker Pass to beyond Trona.
Our mission is to support the Christian churches in Ridgecrest, Inyokern, and Trona, by emphasizing the fundamental Bible truths that fueled the Protestant Reformation.
Sadly, it is a historical fact that some churches, especially in prosperous times, tend to drift into superficial, routine worship. History also teaches us that revival comes only from reading and believing the Word of God. It was the return to Biblical principles that sparked the Protestant Reformation. Now, 500 years later, the fire has largely gone out. It is our goal to rekindle that fire.
John 3:16 is an essential, initial part of the Gospel, but it is only the beginning. The Bible is filled with exciting, interesting, inspiring stories that tend to get overlooked. Our goal is to present these other important parts of the Bible that strengthen faith and teach vital life lessons.
It is our mission to reawaken Christians by reviving their first love, encouraging them to serve God more fully. We believe we can do this by reminding them of their Protestant heritage and emphasizing how Biblical principles are applicable to everyday life.
It is our desire that those seeking something better will find satisfaction and joy in Jesus. Radio is an effective way to reach those who cannot, for one reason or another, attend church.
Since the station is not run by a particular congregation, we urge our listeners to attend any congregation where they can find excitement and passion for a Christ-like life. We encourage revival in all of the listener-area churches.
KRSF is owned and operated by Radio 74 Internationale, a California nonprofit public benefit tax-exempt corporation organized and operated for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. This corporation is supported 100% by listener contributions and is managed by a five-member Board of Directors. The entire staff consists of unpaid volunteers.
The Radio 74 Internationale Board of Directors selected Dave Pogge to be the KRSF station manager. Dave first became involved with FM radio in 1966. He created and produced a half-hour radio program, Sunday Morning Worship at Grace, which aired on KZIQ at 11 AM Sunday mornings from 1975 through 1977. It was a condensed version of that morning's Grace Lutheran Church worship service, intended for shut-ins who could not attend in person. From 1979 through 1983, Dave produced a Christian variety program, The Word With Us, which aired at 10:30 AM Sunday mornings on the same station. Then, after a 28-year hiatus, a 21st century version of The Word With Us was broadcast eight times a week on KRSF from April 4, 2011 through April 17, 2021. Although The Word With Us is no longer being broadcast, you can still read transcripts and listen to recordings by going to the archives page.
KRSF is supported entirely by listener contributions.