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Calvary Satellite Network




A number of Calvary Chapel churches operated radio stations that broadcast Calvary Chapel teaching and Christian music. This network of radio stations is called the Calvary Satellite Network International (CSN International). Their programing is mostly Bible teaching with some Christian music.



Flagship Stations



Calvary Chapel Twin Falls (in Idaho) operates KAWZ whose programming is retransmitted by satellite to 43 full-power stations and 344 broadcast translators around the country. Calvary Chapel Twin Falls also operates KEFX called Effect Radio, which broadcasts Christian rock music. They are a mostly Christian music station with around 50 stations re-transmitting their programming.



Calvary Chapel Albuquerque (in New Mexico) operates KLYT which is called M88 Radio. This station plays Christian music and has 16 broadcast translators around New Mexico. There is a great deal of controversy over how Calvary took control of this community station. From the Wikipedia article



Even with the show of continued community support, Paul Saber, chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Academy's board (as well as a member of Calvary Chapel of Albuquerque's board), spearheaded an effort to have KLYT and its assets "gifted" to the Calvary-Albuquerque. ...

Non-Calvary members of the board were in the minority during the station's transfer process. A number of local Christian leaders lamented the single-church takeover of a station that had operated for 25 years by a network of Evangelical churches from a variety of denominations. The Christian Broadcasting Academy was dissolved, and Calvary-Albuquerque took over KLYT and its network of translators on January 1, 2001.


Fiducial duty to KLYT should have precluded a sweatheart deal but having Paul Saber on both boards set up a clear conflict of interest between the two boards.


Skip Heitzig’s Connection Communications filed an application with the FCC on the 7th to move the license for M-88 (KLYT) to Calvary of Albuquerque.


CSN Finances

There is a battle raging for control of the Calvary Satellite Network. The battle is between Jeff (son of Chuck) Smith and Mike Kestler. Both men were the last two members of the board of CSN. Both moved to remove the other from the board. The battle has now moved to the courts with suits and countersuits flying.


How Does CSN get new stations?

There's a story out there about the take-over of a radio station.


Other Calvary Stations (not on CSN)



Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa operates KWVE in Los Angeles, California. Their programming is mostly Bible teaching, but it also has some Christian music.


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