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KWVE-FM is a commercial radio station licensed to San Clemente, Californiamarker, broadcasting to the Greater Los Angeles area and northern San Diego County on 107.9 FM. KWVE-FM airs Christian programming with an emphasis on Bible teaching and Christian music of the praise and worship genre. The station is owned by Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, with its transmitter atop Santiago Peakmarker and studios in the church-owned Logos Building in Santa Anamarker, adjacent to the church campus. Most of the teaching programs on the station are locally produced by Calvary Chapel pastors. The praise and worship music, as described on the station's website, is meant to "lead one into the worship of God without attracting too much attention to the music itself." It also has two hours of Christian children's programming on Saturday mornings.

History

Before Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa purchased the station in 1985, KWVE-FM was a secular commercial music station that received poor ratings. In 1982, KWVE-FM sold the 7 p.m. to midnight timeslot to Calvary Chapel as well as Sundays from 5 a.m. to noon. Their programming generated a lot of interest, and on April 15, 1985, Calvary Chapel bought the station. The church expanded the Christian programming to its current 24-hour format, but kept the KWVE call letters and K-Wave brand. KWVE-FM advertises itself as "The Wave of Living Water", in reference to its wave-themed moniker and to the New Testament phrase "living water", a term for salvation through Jesus Christ.

For most of its existence the station's call letters were simply KWVE, without the FM suffix. That changed in 2009 when Calvary Chapel purchased a defunct Christian AM radio station in Oildale, Californiamarker and renamed it KWVE(AM), simulcasting the FM signal into the Bakersfieldmarker area. As a result, the original KWVE was legally renamed KWVE-FM.

KWVE-FM is sometimes confused with a similarly named secular smooth jazz radio station in Los Angeles, KTWV (94.7 FM), known as "94.7 The Wave" and owned by CBS Radio. KTWV went on the air on February 14, 1987, nearly two years after the launch of KWVE-FM's current format. Both stations emphasize their FM frequencies to distinct themselves from each other, and during the 1990s KWVE-FM kept on hand in its broadcast booth KTWV's request line and business numbers as a courtesy to listeners mistakenly calling into the wrong station.

Expansion into Bakersfield

In 2009, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa purchased KGDP(AM), a Christian radio station in Oildale, California which had ceased operations the previous year. It changed the call letters to KWVE-AM and now simulcasts KWVE-FM on 660 AM to Bakersfield and Kern County, California. As a result, the FM suffix was added to the original KWVE station in Orange County.

HD Radio channels

KWVE-FM also transmits two digital HD Radio channels. The primary KWave format is simulcast on the HD1 channel, and a new Spanish format called en Español broadcasts on HD2. KWave en Español was launched in 2008 and features Spanish-language Bible teaching programs and Christian worship music similar to the original English format.

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