After years of prayer and preparation, KHMG signed on the air for the very first time at 4pm on Tuesday, March 26, 1996. For years, the congregation of Harvest Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. John Lewis, had a vision for a Christian radio station. That station would minister to the heart and soul of the people of Guam with doctrinally-sound, Bible-based programming and enjoyable, conservative Christian music. Though it took time, an FCC license/construction permit for an educational FM radio station at 88.1 FM was obtained with the help of church member and radio engineer Butch McBride in December, 1994. Once the license was obtained, a number of events took place in a short period of time.
It was hoped that KHBC (for Harvest Baptist Church) or KHCA (for Harvest Christian Academy) could be used, but these call letters were already in use elsewhere in the United States by other radio stations. KHMG (for Harvest Ministries, Guam) was available after obtaining permission from a military vessel that had used the call letters in the past.
Pastor John Lewis traveled to Seattle, Washington to vist RF Specialties in order to observe equipment and software and order supplies to set up two studios (on-air and production) and all the transmitting equipment.
Studios had to be designed and constructed by Harmon Corporation. A third-floor musty storage room was chosen for the site and renovated into an new air-conditioned, state-of-the-art radio facility.
John Collier, a previous Recording Technician for WPCS (now Rejoice Radio) in Pensacola, Florida, was hired and scheduled to arrive on Guam in August, 1995 to help in the setup and day to day operations of this new radio ministry. His first task was to arrange the arrival of all the equipment and to obtain and organize the large number of music and programming elements.
A 20-year lease arrangement was made with KSTO and Ed Poppe to share a transmitting site in Barrigada Heights and to rent space on a tower at the same location. An engineer needed to be hired to replace Butch McBride who had moved off-island. Dean Reed, a KSTO engineer, was hired to help in the construction and oversight of all broadcasting equipment as well as to perform equipment maintenance on a contractual basis.
After many delays since the original order was placed during the Summer of 1995, the container of equipment arrived on the island in February, 1996. Because the studios were not quite finished, the equipment was unloaded and set up for temporary testing and arrangement in an HBBI recreation room in the chapel building (which was damaged by Typhoon Pongsona and eventually torn down).
Week after week, announcements were made in church that the station was close, but not quite ready to sign on. There were many small items and details that needed to be handled, but with the help of Bert Fantanalgo and the HCA Maintenance staff, the station crept closer to signing on the air. Finally, the testing was finished, the automation system was running and a date and time was set: 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 1996. The photo at the right shows, from left to right: KHMG Marketing Director John Aguon, HCA Principal Sandra Gray, Mrs. Becky Lewis, Dr. John Lewis, Station Manager John Collier, Mrs. Doris Hurst, Pastor of Lighthouse Baptist Fellowship Elwood Hurst, Mrs. Maxine Wood, Youth Pastor Dan Pelletier and wife Chris. All were on hand as Pastor Lewis turned on the transmitter and John Collier aired a recorded announcement by Pastor Lewis.
“This is KHMG, 88.1 on your FM dial. KHMG is a ministry of Harvest Baptist Church. I’m Pastor John Lewis and today we begin our on-air testing for what will eventually be twenty-four hour a day inspirational music and family-related programming. After many months of planning and preparation, we are now ready to go on the air and we think of our purpose. Our purpose is well stated by the Apostle Paul in the book of Ephesians, chapter 1 and verse 6. Where Paul said ‘to the praise of the glory of His grace’ and certainly that summarizes our purpose for existing. The Psalmist David said in Psalm 19 and verse 14, ‘Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. And certainly our desire is that the words of our mouth and the mediation of our heart be acceptable in God’s sight.”
This announcement was then followed by a recording of the Harvest Baptist Church congregation singing “To God Be the Glory” so that the entire church could have a part in the very first broadcast. Pastor Lewis closed out his Sign-On with a prayer of dedication.
The station was on the air for four hours that day and then off and on for four hours at a time during the next few weeks. The majority of the programming for the first few months was solely music. The station broadcast each day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until it could be extended from 5 a.m. to 12 midnight. On its first anniversary, March 26, 1997, KHMG began to broadcast for 24 hours a day. There were a few snags with automation glitches and transmitter and equipment problems, but things ran smoothly overall. Since that time, new programs have been added on a consistent basis. There are now over 5,700 music selections, including many Christmas selections that air during the holiday season and 45 different programs.
God blessed KHMG with many new listeners and some have been saved as a direct result of its ministry. Many people have been encouraged and challenged to live for God, then shared the message of Jesus Christ with those around them on the island of Guam.
We are thankful for the opportunity we have had to provide good Christian music and doctrinally sound programming for the past four years–a sound alternative for our island. God has blessed and with your prayers and support, we pray He will continue to do so.
In 2005, Harvest Family Radio began streaming the Christian radio programming of 88.1FM on the island of Guam to a worldwide audience on the internet. Since that time we have heard from many listeners from all over the world who tune listen online and receive a blessing. Recently, KHMG also began offering a stream for iPods and iPhones as well. Listen to KHMG online when you click HERE.
In November 2005, KHMG moved from DALET 4.25j to Dalet 5.1e. Many long hours and hard work took place during the conversion process.
Special thanks to our Dalet Technician–Chan–for all he did to get us up and running. We were able to accomplish the task with very little downtime and switched over to the new system at 6:55 a.m. on Thanskgiving morning, 2005.
We are very thankful for this major upgrade in the KHMG infrastructure.
2005: Unpacking the new KHMG computer equipment
In the fall of 2005, a passageway was opened from the On-Air studio into Room 312, an empy classroom next door. In the spring of 2006, a recording studio, bathroom, and recording studio control room were built. In May of 2006, a number of audio tracks for the next HBBI CD were recorded in the new studio.
The final phase of renovating the original On-Air studio, entrance and computer server were completed and on September 17th, 2006, KHMG opened it’s doors for an Open House. The next week, we began the final recording sessions on the HBBI CD “I Found His Love.”
In the summer of 2007, the furniture arrived from the Philippines for the KHMG studios. After a few days of unpacking and securing the furniture, another week was spent moving all the materials stored in a container back into the studios of KHMG. At the same time, everything needed to be placed in it’s new cabinets in an organized fashion. All the music and programs were once again easily accessible. Plus, much of the overall ministry’s audio/visual equipment is now stored at KHMG. The studios provide a central location for much of the ministry’s technical equipment.
2008: (L-R) John Collier, Dr. Doug McLachlin, Pastor Marty Herron record Harvest Time in August
2008: Steve Pettit Team Recording at KHMG in October
2008: Dr. and Mrs. Carson Fremont, Charles Middlebrooke, Zach Thompson