KIAM(AM) - 630 AM in Nenana
KIAM(FM) - 91.9 FM in Nenana
KYKD - 100.1 FM in Bethel
KAGV - 1110 AM in Houston/Big Lake
KAKN - 100.9 FM in Naknek
K285EV - 104.9 FM in Dillingham
K280FE - 103.9 FM in Egegik
K275AW - 102.9 FM in Manokotak
Satellite Fed Translators:
K221AA - 92.1 FM Bettles
K241AB - 96.1 FM Ruby
K221DI - 92.1 FM Tanana
K220CL - 91.9 FM Chignik Bay
K232DL - 94.3 FM McCarthy
K232DT - 94.3 FM Sand Point
K232DZ - 94.3 FM McGrath
K232DK - 94.3 FM Hughes
K232DM - 94.3 FM Allakaket
K232DJ - 94.3 FM Perryville
K231BJ - 94.1 FM Eagle
K232DI - 94.3 FM Prudhoe Bay/Deadhorse
K232DS - 94.3 FM Hooper Bay
K232DW - 94.3 FM Quinhagak
K232DX - 94.3 FM Grayling
K232DU - 94.3 FM Anaktuvuk Pass
K232DV - 94.3 FM Ambler
By using radio, Voice For Christ is able to minister by broadcasting the gospel 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, despite extreme Alaskan winters and villages that have very limited access. Another advantage to radio is that many of these people are very lonely and are looking for news and information from outside their village. Radio allows Voice For Christ to fill this need.
Our broadcasts provide family programming, news, weather, local sports, river reports, good music and much more. Familiar radio programs such as Unshackled, Money Matters, Focus on the Family, and Insight for Living as well as Native Alaskan programs like Native New Life clearly share the Gospel message and equip believers.
One of the most popular aspects of the ministry of Voice For Christ is called the Mukluk Telegram. Due to the remote nature of many Alaskan villages, many Alaskans do not have access to telephones or other means of modern communication. Voice For Christ provides a means of communication for these people by allowing messages that are called, mailed, or faxed into the main office by their friends or relatives to be broadcast over the air to the people in these villages. It is special for our missionaries to have such intimate contact with our listeners. Sometimes the messages are of a very serious nature such as a death in the family, or very joyful, such as the birth of a niece or nephew.
Through the ministry of Voice For Christ, approximately 200,000 Alaskans have the opportunity to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ.
History of Voice For Christ Ministries
Voice For Christ Ministries, Inc. is a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to reaching the people of Alaska with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The first missionaries to Alaska took the Gospel to Alaskan villages by dog team in the winter and boat in the summer. Bob & Dolores Eldridge came to Alaska in 1964 and began their ministry serving with Victory Bible Camp. They then became involved with an itinerant flying ministry to interior Alaskan villages with Arctic Missions. Weather often prevented flying into villages to share the Good News of Christ. Bob felt led by the Lord to consider radio as a more consistent way to share the Gospel message to interior Alaskan villages and homesteaders.
The Eldridge family, 1969
The Eldridges began seeking out support for the development of a Christian radio station in 1980. VFCM was incorporated on September 7, 1983 and KIAM went on the air on June 28, 1985 at 1270 kHz AM. As of May 1, 1995 KIAM is broadcasting at 630 kHz AM with a daytime power of 10kW and 3.1kW at night.
VFCM's mission emphasis has led to expansion in broadcast facilities. In November 1996 the Lord allowed VFCM to purchase radio station KYKD in Bethel, Alaska. KYKD is able to reach 35 villages in the area and about 50,000 people. The great majority are Eskimos and Indians plus over 1,000 Koreans.
In 2004 KAGV 1110 kHz AM went on the air in Houston/Big Lake. KAGV's coverage area includes Anchorage where approximately half of Alaska's population resides, as well as the Matanuska-Suisitna Valley.
In 1997 VFCM started using satellite communication equipment allowing downlinks across Alaska. This was the birth of the I AM Radio Network. Village translators in Bettles, Ruby, Tanana, Chignik, McCarthy,Sand Point, McGrath, Hughes, Allakaket, Perryville, Eagle, Prudhoe Bay, Hooper Bay, Quinhagak, Grayling, Anaktuvuk Pass and Ambler re-broadcast the KIAM programming using this satellite equipment. This satellite equipment also allows KYKD, KAGV and affiliate station KAKN to downlink and air programming based in Nenana on KIAM.