As a Ministry: KYKD is owned and operated by Voice for Christ Ministries, a nonprofit Christian missionary outreach. Every Announcer, Engineer or Secretary working at the facilities of KYKD are missionaries receiving financial support from individuals and churches, or is a self-supported volunteer.
Our History: The original FCC license for KJBA was granted to the Assembly of God Church in Bethel in 1983. After going "dark" (off-air) due to lack of staff, the Evangelical Covenant Church of Alaska purchased their license, changed the call sign to KYKD, built the current studio building in 1987, and broadcast independently for several years. In the spring of 1995, the Covenant Church contract with VFCM which began re-broadcasting KIAM at 3 KW of power. In October 1996, Voice For Christ Ministries purchased KYKD from the Covenant Church and raised the power to 7.9 KW. After the installation of a new transmitter in July of 2006, KYKD has been broadcasting at 12 KW, making it the most powerful FM radio station on the mainland of western Alaska. In the summer of 2013 the arrival of high-speed internet service to the village of Hooper Bay, about 150 miles west of Bethel, made it possible to use that service to send the KYKD programming to the existing VFCM translator station in that village. The next year, in the spring of 2014, a new translator station was constructed at Aniak, and a few months later at Kalskag, two villages located upstream of Bethel on the Kusokwim River. Those stations are likewise fed from Bethel via internet. Also during the summer of 2014 the KIAM translator station at Quinhagak, about 75 miles south of Bethel, was converted to rebroadcast KYKD. Unlike the other three KYKD translators, the Quinhagak station is fed via the over-the-air signal from Bethel using some sophisticated filtering and amplification equipment. In September of 2014 KYKD began streaming its programming over the public internet, making it possible for internet listeners worldwide to hear the station. It is the intention of the KYKD staff that via any or all of these means the Gospel of Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit, would transform lives, bring glory to God, and advance His kingdom.
Our Passion for Jesus Christ: In keeping with our passion, significant portions of airtime are dedicated to glorifying Christ and proclaming His word. Explicit, accurate Biblical content will be required consistently from program providers and musicians, in accordance with Colossians 3:17. The presentation of concepts inconsistent with our statement of faith will not be allowed.
Our Philosophy Regarding Native and Rural Alaska: Believing God has called us to reach Alaska's Native and Rural residents, we will make a considerable effort to specifically inform and minster to these listeners. Their unique culture, lifestyle, and personality will guide the arrangement and style of our daily schedule, as we seek to follow Luke 14:23.