Shane Idleman

LEONA VALLEY ­— Westside Christian Fellowship Church in Leona Valley is in its final stages of acquiring four radio stations to stream Christian messages and worship music across the Valley.

“If everything goes as planned, we should be up and running Thursday,” church founder and lead pastor Shane Idleman said.

His plan to launch the Westside Christian Fellowship Radio Network in 2019 started in August 2017. At the time, the radio stations on which the church had broadcast locally, informed Idleman they were in the process of selling, but they didn’t actually open the market until a year later.

He was in constant prayer about purchasing the radio stations and saw “the hand of God clearly guiding and leading every step of the way.”

From there, it was a five-month-long process of negotiating price and terms, working for approvals and a bit of waiting, before they finally closed escrow.

Specific to this Valley, listeners can tune in to KWTD 91.9 FM, which transmits to Ridgecrest, California City, Palmdale and Lancaster. It also extends eastward to Phelan, near Victorville and Four Corners (Kramer Junction), covering much of the 58 freeway going east and west from the 14 freeway. It currently re-transmits on 93.3 FM, toward Lake Isabella in Kern County.

The other main station, KWTW 88.5 FM, transmits from Lone Pine to the June Lake Junction on the 395 freeway and covers Mammoth Lakes and other Eastern Sierra towns. It currently re-transmits on 105.9 FM, which covers a radius around Tonopah, Nevada.

“Our goal is to be a strong voice of truth and air powerful Christian messages and music through solid teachers and programs,” Idleman said. “Our slogan is Times Change — Truth Does Not. We pray you will be encouraged, convicted and uplifted through the broad spectrum of programs offered by the WCF Radio Network.”

WCF Radio Network is a not-for-profit organization that is listener- and sponsor-supported.

Idleman’s radio program “Regaining Lost Ground” can be heard throughout the week. Other program speakers include Greg Laurie, Tony Evans, Alistair Begg, Dr. Paul Chappell, John Randall, Jack Hibbs, Adrian Rogers, Albert Mohler and more.

To view the complete programming schedule or for more information, visit WCFRadio.org.

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