Update, November 15, 7pm: We were able to find the problem with our main transmitter at KOLU, which turned out to be a shorted driver tube that failed prematurely after one month of service.  The short also caused the failure of another component.  We are working to get replacements as soon as possible, but expect it to take several days.  In the meantime, we have our backup transmitter broadcasting through the main antenna, giving us considerably better coverage.

November 15, 2018: Yesterday around 12:40PM the electric service at our main transmitter (KOLU) went down, and was off for several hours.  Our automatic backup system utilizing a generator kept us on the air during this time.  When power was restored, we attempted to restart our main transmitter, but there were problems that prevented us from bringing KOLU back to full power that will be investigated today.

During this time, our over-the-air signal will be degraded and may be “scratchy” or completely off in our fringe areas.  You can listen online to us from our main page at kolu.com if you are able.  We will troubleshoot the problem this morning and hope to be back to full power this afternoon.  You can refer to this page for updates.

Thank you for your patience and loyalty to Christian Family Radio.

Update (June 4, 2018):

We now have the web site working fully!  Let us know if you see any problems or have any questions.  Your patience and prayers are greatly appreciated!

Earlier post:

We are in the process of changing the company that “hosts” kolu.com. Not all our services will be available while we move the site, so please bear with us. We hope to have the site up and running completely within a day or so. Thank you for your patience, and visit us often!

Update (November 19, 2017)

We have switched providers and are now back up and running on our audio streaming.  Please keep in mind that we have little or no control over third parties, such as Tune-In or ShoutCast, that rebroadcast our signal.  It may take a considerable amount of time before you can pick up our signal there.  We recommend that you bookmark our link here at kolu.com and use it to listen to our signal.  Our new signal uses ShoutCast technology and is compatible with virtually all devices.

Thank your for your understanding, prayers and support!

Original Post:

Those of you that use our audio stream have probably noticed that is was not working or would be unreliable for the last week or two.

The service that we have been using for many years has not been checking their server and would not respond to multiple requests to fix the problem. We have cancelled this service and are working on a permanent solution.

In the meantime, we have temporarily switched to another service (BoxCast), which is designed to handle video streams from other related ministries, but has proven to be very reliable. These streams can not be scheduled for more than 24 hours at a time, so we have set up our audio stream to run for 24 hours, then start a new stream each day at midnight.

We appreciate your patience and faithfulness. Please continue to pray for this ministry, and, once again, thank you!

This last Friday and Saturday, work was completed to inspect, check structural bolts, then wash and paint the tower located at KOLU’s studio. Chief Engineer Martin Gibbs and contractor RS Technology, along with a “ground crew” were able to finish this important work during one of the first good-weather opportunities this spring.

Tower Washing

Martin pressure washing the tower

The tower is used for equipment that carries Christian Family Radio’s signal to our transmitter on Beck Mountain south of Kennewick. It is also used for antennas that receive National Weather Service broadcasts and off-air monitoring of KOLU’s main broadcast signal. Small “dish” type antennas provide network links to different buildings on the campus as well.

This tower was originally built for KOLU’s main antenna in 1971 when the station first signed on at 390 watts. In 1978, during KOLU’s first upgrade to 3,900 watts, it was raised from its original 60 feet height to its present 100 feet. The upper 60 feet of the tower had fading white and Aviation orange paint, while the rest of the tower was in its original galvanized construction.

On Friday, the tower was inspected and all bolts were checked and tightened as necessary. Then, the entire tower was washed using a high pressure washer to remove loose paint and other debris. Saturday, the tower was given a fresh coating of gray cold-galvanizing compound, which will protect the surfaces for many years to come.

Tower Painting

Martin and Rob of RS Technology painting

We are so thankful for those that helped in this project, and for the smooth and safe conduct of the work. A special thanks to RS Technology for their hard work and expertise that made this possible. We also extend our gratitude to our listeners for their prayers and financial support that enabled this project. Certainly, we trust that “safety is of the Lord.” (Prov. 21:31)

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