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KGNZ is Abilene’s only locally owned and operated Christian radio station, and the first non-commercial, public FM station to air programming in Abilene.

Christian Broadcasting Company, the non-profit corporation which owns and operates KGNZ, has been incorporated in Texas since December, 1972. KGNZ went on the air March 9, 1981. The station currently operates at 91,000 watts, 24 hours a day. We cover a potential audience of about 600,000 people. The signal reaches from 80-100 miles around Abilene, and in addition transmits over San Angelo, Snyder, Graham and Lubbock by translator. KGNZ is available live worldwide via streams on, TuneIn Radio, iTunes Radio on Apple TV, and via the KGNZ App for Apple and Android devices. Abilene native Jack Hill, a graduate of Abilene Christian University, founded Christian Broadcasting Company. He and his family served in Sao Paulo, Brazil as missionaries until 1965. In 1969, they moved to the New York-New Jersey area to minister. It was there they were first exposed to Christian radio and realized the blessing of regularly receiving Bible truths in music and teaching over the air waves.

In keeping with the vision to be a unifying force in the Body of Christ, board members have represented several different backgrounds: Baptist, Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopalian, Bible Church and Non-Denominational.

Several years were spent preparing paper work and applying to the FCC. In the early 70’s, only educational institutions were permitted to construct non-commercial/educational stations; therefore, the first application to the FCC was for the only remaining commercial frequency licensed to Abilene. While this application was being considered by the FCC, several other groups applied – and everyone had to wait until one was selected to receive the license. During this time, the FCC changed their position on non-commercial stations, allowing non-profit organizations to apply for these places on the dial. Since our motivation was not for profit anyway, we applied for 88.1 on the non-commercial band and quickly received a permit to construct. Since the Hills were totally unfamiliar with radio, the Lord sent skilled people at the right moment to complete the technical aspects. Charles Turner, another original board member and attorney, prepared the incorporation papers. Jack Yates, a local attorney who also served a term on the Board, prepared the necessary paperwork for CBC to receive tax-exempt status. A pharmacist in Munday, Texas “happened” to see a brochure we had prepared to mail (it was in the printer’s car) and he took one, prayed about it, and felt the Lord wanted him to give $10,000 toward the project. That was our first sizable donation and bought enough used equipment to go on the air. Dick Griffith, an engineer from Big Spring suffering from kidney failure, prepared the initial application to FCC. Just as we received our permit to construct KGNZ, Dick passed away. Tom Dolan had been working with Dick and was ready to step in and complete construction. All of these people donated their time to a common goal and purpose – providing Christian radio for Abilene and eventually the Big Country area. Jack has said that the Lord chose him to build this station knowing that he could take no credit. When the Lord takes care of everything – sending important people, equipment and provisions just when needed, only He deserves the glory and praise!

Kevin Grady was the first station manager, and he worked closely with Jack to determine format and programming. Being familiar with current Christian music, Kevin was able to have programming ready when we signed on March 9, 1981 for Abilene’s first full-time Christian radio station. It was an exciting moment when Gary Thomas, a local engineer who had modified some of our used equipment, spoke the first words over frequency. We have had announcers from ACU, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry, and Dyess AFB as well as local Christians wishing to serve the Body of Christ in Abilene. All announcers started out as volunteers and in those days, it was certainly not glamorous. Our first studio was in a portable building (no bathroom) located at the foot of our tower in Potosi. We began broadcasting at 3000 watts, Monday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. with very limited coverage.

Over the years, the Lord has sent many talented people who love Him and are dedicated to good radio. We consider our announcers as much more than “disk jockeys.” We work as ministers of God’s word, using tools of music, scripture reading, and recorded teachings. As with any minister, their effectiveness can be hampered with too many tasks to accomplish while ministering. We continue to upgrade equipment to free them to more effectively minister while on-air.

This is only a brief history of KGNZ and the people involved with this ministry; we can’t begin to mention all the special people – past and present who have helped us. Each person brings some needed abilities to KGNZ that no one else seems to have – the Lord sends us special people for particular areas of need. He has been faithful to bless and meet these needs. It is He who has begun and continues to work to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ through Christian radio. We continue to seek His will and desires for this ministry.

KGNZ was established to broadcast the gospel – good news – mostly by music – into homes, cars and businesses – anywhere, anytime people need to be taught, prayed for and encouraged. … to encourage unity and cooperation among all members of the Body of Christ … to be a positive, wholesome and godly influence in our community.

Christian Broadcasting Co., Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer


Annual EEO Public File Report

The purpose of this EEO Public File Report (“Report”) is to comply with Section 73.2080 © (6) of the FCC’s 2002 EEO Rule. This Report has been prepared on behalf of the Station Employment Unit that is comprised of the following station: (KGNZ-FM, Abilene, Texas ) and is required to be placed in the public inspection files of this station and on their website.

The information contained in this Report covers the time period beginning April 1, 2011 to and including March 15, 2013 (the “Applicable Period”).

The FCC’s 2002 EEO Rule requires that this Report contain the following information:

1. A list of all full-time vacancies filled by the Station(s) comprising the Station Employment Unit during the Applicable Period:

2. For each such vacancy, the recruitment source(s) utilized to fill the vacancy (including, if applicable, organizations entitled to notification pursuant to Section 73-2080© (1) (ii) of the new EEO Rule, which should be separately identified), identified by name, address, contact person and telephone number;

3. The recruitment source that referred the hire for each full-time vacancy during the Applicable Period;

4. Data reflecting the total number of persons interviewed for full-time vacancies during the Applicable Period and the total number of interviewees referred by each recruitment source utilized in connection with such vacancies; and

5. A list and brief description of the initiatives undertaken pursuant to Section 73-2080 © (2) of the FCC Rules.

Made On-Air Announcements

Appendices 1, 2 and 3, which follow, have been designed, in the aggregate, to provide the required information. Please note that the number listed on Appendix 2 under the column entitled “Full-time Positions for Which This Source Was Utilized” refer to the number of the full-time job positions listed on Appendix 1.

1 For purposes of this Report, a vacancy was deemed “filled” not when the offer was extended, but when the hire accepted the job offer. A person was deemed “interviewed” whether he or she was interviewed in person, over the telephone, or by e-mail.

2  Appendix 1 to

Annual EEO Public File Report Form

Covering the Period from April 1, 2011 to March 15, 2013

Station(s) Comprising Station Employment Unit: (KGNZ-FM)

Section 1: Vacancy Information

Full-Time Positions Filled by Job Title Recruitment Source of Hire Total Number of Interviews from all Sources for This Position

1 two





Total Number of Persons Interviewed During Applicable Period:


Appendix 2 to

Annual EEO Public File Report Form

Covering the Period from April 1, 2011 to March 15, 2013

Station(s) Comprising Station Employment Unit: (KGNZ-FM)

Section 2: Recruitment Source Information

Recruitment Source (KGNZ, 542 Butternut, Abilene,Texas 79602. 1-325-673-8801, Gary Hill )

Total Number of Interviewees This Source Has Provided During This Period (If Any) Full-time Positions for Which This Source Was Utilized.

A Five




*Indicates sources that have requested notification of job openings.


Appendix 3 to

Annual EEO Public File Report Form

Covering the Period from April 1, 2011 to March 15, 2013

Station Comprising Station Employment Unit: (KGNZ-FM)

Section 3: Supplemental (Non-Vacancy Specific) Recruitment Activities

Undertake by Station (KGNZ-FM) No recruitment needed

KGNZ’s Prime Mission:

First and foremost is to hear and obey God’s Voice for us. We have clearly heard His intention for us to broadcast programming that exalts the Name of Jesus primarily through music.

We believe in providing quality broadcasting so that the medium doesn’t detract from this message. One method is through translators.

What Is a Translator?

A translator is a low-power broadcast facility which takes a signal from the primary station (KGNZ, Abilene) and re-broadcasts it on another frequency. (For example: in San Angelo, Texas, the translator receives our signal live via satellite and sends it back out on 90.9 FM; in Lubbock Texas, the translator receives KGNZ via the satellite and rebroadcasts it on 88.5 FM.)

KGNZ’s Translator Program:

Our desire would be to see that every community have at least one Christian signal before others have two: however, it seems that styles of Christian music have multiplied so over the last ten years that the community’s needs are often not met by a single station. Since our intention is not to undermine an existing, local ministry, we do not pursue translators for a community. We respond only to local interest, invitation, and encouragement.

How to Get the Signal?

The KGNZ signal will be received over an encrypted connection by a satellite dish and receiver at the translator site and rebroadcast on FM radio frequency by the equipment installed there.


Typical Translator Pricing (prices can vary)

Engineering: $1000.00 
Research and Analysis of FM broadcast spectrum to determine channel availability and preparation of FCC Form 349 (Application for FM Broadcast Translator) and all related exhibits for submission to the FCC. 
Equipment (Receive: Satellite Downlink) $3600.00 
Downlink Equipment $3600.00 
Equipment (Transmitting): $11,400.00 
1 Broadcast Transmitter (300 watts) $4500.00 
300ft. of 7/8″ Semi-Rigid Air-core cable $1500.00 
1 4-bay omni-directional antenna $3000.00 
2 Connectors @ 60.00 each $120.00 
installation $2000.00 
Surge Protection $280.00 
Total Translator Cost $16000.00


Gary Hill

General Manager/On-Air 7-10a
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William McCorkle

Underwriting Director/On-Air 10a-12p
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William is a Big Country native, graduating from Stamford High School. He is a Texas Tech Red Raider with a degree in theater arts. He has about 20 years of experience under his belt as a sports photographer, working mostly with high school and collegiate athletics. Before coming into broadcasting, William worked for 26 years with the United States Postal Service as a postal clerk. He’s been with KGNZ since June 2016. With his wife, Regi, William attends Beltway South and engages in ministry with My Father’s Kitchen, Pregnancy Resources of Abilene, and Beltway’s Boots on the Ground and food pantry ministries. Regi and William have three adult sons – Lance, Stephen, and Blake.

William met the Lord at 8 at Trinity Baptist Church in Stamford on July 1, 1964. He says this was recorded by his grandmother in the Bible she gave him at high school graduation.

Ron Rosseau

PSA Director/On-Air 1-3p & Saturdays 8a-1p
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Katherine Gillentine

On-Air 3-6p & Saturdays 1-6p
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Mike Coffey

Host, “KGNZ In the Evenings” (6p-9p)/ “Sunday Morning Living Praise” (6a-10a)
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Jacob Hill

On Air – 9p-11:30p

Holley Hill

Office Administrator/Donor Relations
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Holley is the backbone of the KGNZ operation, working the business office and handling all donor relations. She is a graduate of Clyde High School and Hardin-Simmons University, where she majored in psychology with a minor in biblical studies. She has been involved with KGNZ Radio since 1988 and is married to Gary, KGNZ General Manager and Program Director. The Hills have four children: Kayla and husband Jesse, Micah, Jacob, and Kara. Their granddaughter is Adelyn, daughter of Kayla and Jesse. Holley says she met the Lord through her grandfather – a Baptist minister who led her to Jesus at age seven. The Hills attend Beltway Park Church North.

Glenn Arnold

Chief Engineer
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James Lester