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KSBJ Rebuilds and Launches NGEN
KSBJ, a non-commercial contemporary Christian music radio station based in the greater Houston area took to the airwaves in 1982. Since signing on, the station has grown its audience by adding several additional transmitters sites to its coverage. The main transmitter on 89.3 is in Humble, TX, and covers Houston. The other sites include:
◊ 96.9 KXBJ, El Campo, which covers Southwest Houston, Sugar Land and Katy
◊ 89.5 KZBJ, Bay City
◊ 89.7 KUBJ, Brenham
◊ 89.3 KXGJ, Victoria
◊ 92.5 KWUP, Navasota, which covers Bryn and College Station
◊ 91.1 KYBJ and 89.9 FM K210DF, Lake Jackson
◊ 99.5 K258BZ, Sugar Land
◊ 93.3 K227AI, Bryan/College Station
◊ 99.7 K259AH, Brenham
◊ Sky Angel Channel 225 IPTV
In 2010, KSBJ began transmitting an HD Radio signal on its transmitters. With HD Radio multicasting, the range of transmitter sites and online streaming, the board management decided to develop a format aimed at a younger audience. NGEN was launched in November 2010. But to create this program stream, the station needed a studio upgrade.
The studios were ready for the upgrade as well. The plan started by gutting the existing space and starting over. It was an in-place rebuild, but because the new format wasn't on the air yet, there wasn't the need to shuffle operations back and forth to keep signals on the air.
KSBJ won the NRB Radio Station of the Year for Major/Large Markets in 2010. This award recognizes the station that best represents excellence in providing service to the community, faithfulness to the mission, commitment to the Gospel, and personal integrity.
The work started by building new on-air and production studios for KSBJ. There was sufficient room in the building already, so the work could be carried out without interrupting the program. KSBJ is live 24/7, and at no time was it necessary to switch to an automated feed during the construction.
Once the new KSBJ studios were finished, the focus turned to gutting and retrofitting the old KSBJ studios to become the new NGEN studios. The four studios are mirrored sets of two for each station.
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