April 1, 2012 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Air1 radio station broadcasting from Corban University. This outlet would not have been possible without God’s provision
and providence in evidently showing it was His will for it to be possible.
Beginning in 1997, the idea sparked the possibility of bringing the Air1 radio station to the Pacific Northwest when Mike Allegre brought a vision for a campus radio station to be at Corban. In 1998, radio engineer Michael Brown discovered that 90.3 FM was available for broadcasting. After God provided donations for the school to begin this project, pieces began to come together.
Then came three years of waiting while the technical work resolved all the details. In January of 2002, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) approved the license agreement between Air1 and Corban. Satellite and broadcasting equipment was set up on Corban’s campus, and on April 1, Air1 began broadcasting Christian music through Corban University.
Air1 has been a great outlet for Corban to reach the community around them, also providing a positive, encouraging radio station for Corban students and faculty to enjoy at any time of every day.
Sophomore Alisa Rasmusson enjoys listening to Air1 while she’s getting ready in the morning. Rasmusson first heard about Air1 when she lived in Washington, but there was no Air1 station near her. She listened to Air1 before coming to Corban via the internet at www.Air1.com, but has enjoyed the easy access to it since coming to Corban.
“I really like Air1 because it offers a wide variety of music,” said Rasmusson.
Freshman, Chris Doxtator, also has a history with Air1 radio. He began listening to Air1 when he was young and would go on car rides with his uncle. He has continued to listen to Air1 since then.
“There is a lot of crap on the radio and it’s good to know there is a station that always plays uplifting music,” Doxtator said.
Air1 continues to serve as a constant uplifting aspect of Corban University. April 1 marked a decade of positive impact on students at Corban, as well as the larger Salem community.