A Christian radio stations in Oklahoma may not have been the best choice for listeners who want to hear Christian music on a weekly basis, but they certainly are a popular source of entertainment and news.
On Thursday, Oklahoma Christian University released a list of the top 25 radio stations based on their listenership numbers and the number of hours they aired Christian music.
The list is a compilation of popular Christian radio and Christian radio programs.
Among the top 10 stations in terms of listenership are Cleveland Baptist Broadcasting Network, FAM Christian Broadcasting Network and Citizens of the Kingdom Broadcasting Network.
In total, the Oklahoma Christian Broadcasting Corporation, which is part of the Oklahoma Baptist Conference, has nearly 50,000 listeners and has more than 2,500 stations in 20 states.
“We are excited to share this list with you,” said Bryan Parson, Oklahoma Baptist president.
“We are a nationally-recognized network that is providing a platform for God’s message to reach every corner of our country.
We look forward to partnering with other Christian radio channels in the future.”
The Christian radio channel was founded in 1988 and has broadcast for more than a decade.
The channel has more stations in the United States than any other radio station, including the Christian Broadcasting Council (CBC) and the Christian Broadcast Network (CBN).
In 2014, the Christian broadcasting network announced it was moving to a new broadcasting venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The new location is currently being built in the former headquarters of Oklahoma City Television (OMT).
Oklahoma Baptist President Bryan Pardon said he was happy to share the list with Oklahomans and hoped to see the station continue to grow.
Parson said the network has received a great response from Oklahoma and surrounding states.
He added that the list was compiled based on listener surveys that the network conducted.
“The results of our survey of listeners are that the majority of people who have listened to our radio stations have enjoyed the program, and we know that is true of our listeners,” Parson said.
Christian radio has long been a source of political and cultural influence.
According to Pew Research, in 2017, the percentage of Americans who were religiously unaffiliated (with no religious affiliation) was more than one-third of the total population.
Some of the Christian radio networks’ listenership is likely to be skewed because of the fact that the stations do not air their own radio program, but rather are simulcast on stations like AM710 AM or WKRG-FM (Wichita, Kansas), AM 780 KXAS (Tulsa, Oklahoma) and WVTV (Wyoming).
“This list is intended to be the most comprehensive look at the state of radio in Oklahoma and what’s happening there, which we think is important,” said Oklahoma Baptist Vice President of Communications Paul Johnson.
“It will help Oklahomaians get an accurate and comprehensive look into what Christian radio in the state is all about.
Oklahoma Christian Broadcasting has been a part of local and national Christian radio broadcasts since 1985.
It is the nation’s largest Christian broadcasting company and serves nearly 10 million listeners each week.
For more information about Oklahoma Baptist Broadcasting, please visit their website at www.okcba.org.