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CityEscondido, California
Broadcast areaEscondido, California
San Diego, California
SloganWorship Now
Frequency92.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Repeater(s)96.1 KYDO Campo, California
100.1 KKLJ Julian, California (relays HD3)
First air dateJuly 1966[1] (as KOWN-FM)
FormatFM/HD1: Worship music
HD2: Classic Hits
HD3: Radio Nueva Vida
ERP580 watts
HAAT312 meters (1,024 ft)
Facility ID49206
Transmitter coordinates33°6′39″N 117°9′13″W / 33.11083°N 117.15361°W / 33.11083; -117.15361Coordinates: 33°6′39″N 117°9′13″W / 33.11083°N 117.15361°W / 33.11083; -117.15361
Callsign meaningAiR1
Former callsignsKOWN-FM (1966–1987)
KWNQ (September–October 1987)
KOWF (1987–1997)
KFSD (1997–2001)
KFSD-FM (2001–2003)
KSOQ-FM (2003–2017)
KYDQ (2017-2019)
OwnerEducational Media Foundation
Sister stationsKKLJ, KLVJ, KYDO
WebcastListen Live

KARJ (92.1 MHz) is a radio station serving the North County of San Diego County, California airing a Worship music format from the Air1 network, and is owned by the Educational Media Foundation.

KARJ's transmitter and antenna are located at 33°6′39″N 117°9′13″W / 33.11083°N 117.15361°W / 33.11083; -117.15361 in Escondido, California near Frank's Peak on Mount Whitney. The station broadcasts with 580 watts of effective radiated power (ERP).


This station began program testing in 1966, However, it didn't sign on until August 1978, when it became KOWN-FM. In 1987, it became KWNQ, later becoming KOWF-FM, At this point, the station broadcast country music from local studios in Escondido.

The callsign was changed KFSD while owned by the Astor Broadcast Group, who chose a format of classical music acquired from Lotus Communications in 1997, which in 2001 switched to an alternative rock format as Premium 92/1, still with the KFSD call letters.

In 2003, KFSD-FM was purchased by Jefferson Pilot Communications and turned into KSOQ-FM, the simulcasting partner for their popular country music station KSON-FM, which faced geographical challenges to its signal's penetration into the North County area of San Diego County as well as into southern Riverside County, problems largely solved by the addition of KSOQ.

On December 8, 2014, Entercom announced that it will purchase Lincoln Financial Group's entire 15-station lineup (including KSOQ) in a $106.5 million deal, and would operate the outlets under a LMA deal until the sale was approved by the FCC.[2] The sale was consummated on July 17, 2015.

On September 26, 2017, Entercom announced a divestment of three stations (KSOQ, WGGI, and KSWD) to the Educational Media Foundation as part of its merger with CBS Radio (which locally owned KEGY and KYXY) to comply with FCC ownership rules in the San Diego market; the FCC approved the sale of all three stations on November 2. Upon the closing of the acquisition on November 16, EMF flipped the station to its then Contemporary Christian Air 1 network at 1:00pm that day, at exactly the same time as KSWD's switch to CCM programming.[3] EMF also changed the station's call letters to KYDQ, the callsign is similar to repeater station KYDO.[4]

The station adopted its current format at midnight on January 1, 2019 when the whole Air 1 network shifted to worship music. On April 11, 2019, this station changed its callsign to KARJ, the new callsign resembles "Air1".[5] This is the second time EMF had changed the callsign, the first being when EMF took control in 2017.

HD Programming[edit]

Under its previous owner, an HD Radio transmitter was fitted to the station; the HD1 channel is the digitized standard signal as required by law. The current HD channels are listed below


  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-42. Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  2. ^ "Entercom Acquires Lincoln Financial Media" from Radio Insight (December 8, 2014)
  3. ^ Venta, Lance (September 27, 2017). "Entercom Divests 100.3 The Sound Los Angeles & Two Others to Educational Media Foundation". RadioInsight. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
  4. ^ "Media Bureau Call Sign Actions" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Query the REC California Network database for KARJ". REC Group. Retrieved 20 April 2019.

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