TWIN FALLS • In March 2003, the Twin Falls-based Edgewater Broadcasting filed 1,700 applications for FM translators across the country and was granted 484 construction permits.

“We always joke with people that radio stations usually build, get staff and maybe add another station. We started with (nearly) 2,000 licenses,” said Operations Manager Bob Adams.

Edgewater Broadcasting offers Bible-based programming. Today, it has transferred or is in the process of transferring hundreds of its construction permits to other nonprofit organizations.

Adams said the company also is helping many of these nonprofits to develop their networks.

Edgewater has about 45 stations from Washington to Georgia. Adams said it is adding stations and translators to its network each month. Stations in Augusta, Ga., and Memphis, Tenn., will broadcast soon under the banner of Freedom Radio FM.

“We really cover the Bible Belt quite heavily,” he said.

Two weeks ago, Edgewater started airing a Twin Falls signal of Freedom FM 94.1. Freedom FM brings listeners Biblical teachings, live talk programming and contemporary Christian music. It also airs announcements from local churches, nonprofits and businesses.

The station 107.7 Free FM has been on-air more than a year, but its format recently has been updated to play family friendly contemporary Christian music. Six Freedom Radio FM signals are in Idaho. Burley listeners can tune to Free FM 89.5.

“It is our mission to develop talk show programming that serves our audiences by targeting a wide variety of social issues that are unique to today’s generation,” Edgewater’s website says. “We have also included in the mix clean, filtered, positive Christian inspirational music that can be enjoyed by listeners of all ages.

“It is our desire to maintain a cutting-edge approach to Christian broadcasting, to be an encouragement to our brothers and sisters in their everyday walk and to reach into the hearts of the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Freedom FM 94.1 programming is nondenominational, with music played between shows, and listeners are never more than 15 minutes from the next teaching environment, Adams said.

“I try to make it like a church service, let the music settle in,” he said. “I wanted to offer a reprieve so they can relax to take in what they learned. ... We want to bring people to God.”

Featured programs include James Dobson’s “Family Talk” and “Daily Hope” with Rick Warren.

Adams said if local churches or nonprofits have news or events they would like to share, they can be aired at no cost.

“We don’t make money from the community,” he said. “We are here to support them.”

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