Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 16, 2004) - KLRC, John Brown University’s student-operated 6,000-watt radio station has been named as one of the three finalists to receive the Dove Award for Radio Station of the Year in a small market sponsored by the Gospel Music Association. “We are extremely happy that we have been nominated as a finalist for the third year in a row,” Sean Sawatzky said. “It is tremendous that our station is student-operated and is being considered alongside other Christian stations that operated with a complete full-time staff.” This is the third year for KLRC to receive a nomination for best radio station. KLRC first won the Dove Award in 2001 and won again the following year. KLRC is competing against two other small-market stations, KSWP in Lufkin, Tex. and WBGL in Champaign, Ill. This year’s winner will be announced at the 35th Annual Dove Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on April 28. The awards are the final event during the Gospel Music Week 2004. Winners are judged on their community involvement, ratings, air-check and industry leadership. KLRC is a 24-hour, commercial-free, contemporary Christian music station that started in August 1983 serving only the JBU campus and immediate community. The small station broadcasted from the Cathedral of the Ozarks. In 1988, the FCC granted the station a 3,000-watt status and changed the frequency to 101.1FM. Two years later, the FCC doubled the wattage to 6,000. In 1996, KLRC began broadcasting 24-hours a day. KLRC currently shares a support staff and building with JBU’s sister AM station, KUOA. Today a total of 33,000 listeners tune into KLRC each week. The station brings 22 hours of music in addition to two hours of ministry programs including Focus on the Family and Family Life Today each day. During the weekends, the station plays continuous music. A staff of twelve student announcers keeps programming operating smoothly. Next week, listener-supported KLRC will kick-off their spring Sharathon March 24-26 to raise funds needed for station operation. Last year, the station experienced the most successful Sharathon ever, bringing in a total of $267,000 in record time. Donations and pledges for spring Sharathon 2004 are accepted online at www.klrc.com or by calling 1-866-807-8585. John Brown University is a top-tier private university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU enrolls more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 42 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.