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Lompoc gets second Christian radio station
Assistant chief operator Jesse Barraza sits in the radio studio at Calvary Chapel in Lompoc Thursday. Neil Nisperos/Staff

8/5/05 Calvary Chapel of Lompoc has taken to the airwaves to spread Christianity/s teachings.

In May, after seven years of planning and working to get a Federal Communications Commission license, the church/s new station, KLWG-FM 88.1, started airing contemporary Christian music, popular religious programming such as the question-and-answer show the "Pastor/s Perspective" every weekday at 3 p.m. and Bible studies lessons. The station broadcasts the air 24 hours a day.

The church wants to eventually broadcast its services and a religious program geared toward young adults.

"We just wanted to have the word of God taught over the radio," said Pastor Mark Galvan. "We/ve had a great reaction. People really like it.

"We want to reach the saved and the nonsaved."

A lot of the Calvary Chapel churches around the world have their own stations, he said. It is for people who can not get to church and for reaching people in their homes, cars and at work.

KLWG/s can reach 65,000 people from the Lompoc Valley to the Santa Ynez Valley.

The church has the FCC/s approval to boost its station/s power, and Galvan hopes to pull that off within a year to reach listeners from Ventura to Paso Robles. He runs the station with the help of his sons, Aaron and Landon, and the station/s assistant chief operator, Jesse Barraza.

The station is operated out of an office in the church, and Calvary Chapel uses the same tower the Trinity Church of the Nazarene uses to for its station, KRQZ-FM 91.5.

But Calvary Chapel/s KLWG is a lot different than KRQZ, Galvan said. About 80 percent of KLWG/s content is Bible studies, and it does not play the Christian rock, rap, pop and other genres carried on Trinity Church/s station.

One of the more popular shows aired on KLWG is "Pastor/s Perspective," which is beamed in by satellite from the Christian KWVE station in Orange County. The show addresses everything from religion to UFOs and hot-button issues.

"Pastor/s Perspective addresses a lot of issues the community deals with," Barraza said. "We/ve done everything from drug abuse to divorce."

According to the church, a lot of members of the congregation listen to KLWG and have spread the word about it. The church has also advertised.

The people running the radio station, however, do not measure success by how many listeners they have, but they believe that they have answered a higher calling by starting KLWG.

"The Lord just put it in our heart to start our own radio station," Barraza said.

Mark Abramson can be reached at 736-2313, Ext. 126, or mabramson@lompocrecord.com.

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