In the Beginning
In 1958, Larry Gordon, one of the owners of KWIL 790 when he had an encounter with the living God. Later that year on Christmas Day, Larry broadcast a message of his newfound faith in Jesus Christ, and Christian radio was born in Albany, Oregon.
Starting a full-time Christian radio station had significant challenges. The co-owner demanded an immediate buyout, the staff publicly opposed, and businesses pulled their advertising. Larry gathered with a few Pastors and prayed for direction, and a miracle. God gave them both.
Friends of Hope / KWIL for Christ is a Non-Profit 503(C) Religious Organization whose exists to assure the continuation of Christian radio broadcasting, webcasting, events, social media in Oregon and throughout the world. We oversee the ownership of Extra Mile Media, a Christian Broadcasting Company that owns HOPE 107.9 FM and KWIL FOR CHRIST AM 790. Through the financial support, encouragement, and prayers of our listeners and the support of community business partners, we endeavor to make known the HOPE, TRUTH & LOVE of God the Father and His son Jesus Christ.
Since our beginning in 1958, our financial support comes through listener donations and advertising from businesses in our community. We call this Community Supported Radio, and we are grateful God has created an organizational structure that allows us to fulfill our mission while connecting us to the marketplace, and the listeners we serve. You can help support our efforts through tax-deductible contributions, support of our local business partners, and your prayers and participation.