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Austin loses 1 of its religious radio stations

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 22, 2014

A local religious station has been knocked off the air – at least temporarily.

The Word, home to Christian educational programming and talk shows, had been airing on 1490 KLGO-AM, but that’s no longer the case.

Now, the frequency runs a simulcast of country station 98.5/99.3 KOKE-FM.

The switch happened over the weekend when KOKE-FM turned a third frequency it had been using – 105.3 FM – into The Fringe, a new station featuring well-known Austin morning hosts JB Hager and Sandy McIlree.

A message on The Word’s website indicates the station might soon return, but station officials didn’t respond to an email from the American-Statesman seeking additional details.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, the Christian teaching and talk programming heard on The Word 1490 has been discontinued,” the message reads. “The Word staff is making every effort to return The Word programming back to the air as quickly as possible. We thank you for your listening partnership and greatly value your prayerful support as we transition.”