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mikec
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This would have been from 1959 sign-on into the early 60’s when KARI was a 500 watt daytimer playing country music & serving the rural population of Whatcom Co. & holiday visitors to the beach at Birch Bay. KARI was initially owned by George Wilson & partner Ostrander who also owned KRKL>KNBX>KBLE. Although they initially had a bit of religious programming, eventually more & more syndicated/paid religion would air. In the early 70’s KARI dropped the last of the country music/local programming in favor of full-time religion which continues to this day. The station was first managed & engineered by… Read more »
Steven Smith
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Back when I was a kid, mid-sixties on they had some of the wildest screaming preachers on Kari. Reverend Ike was one of them. He created the same kind of frenzy you got in a James Brown song. If you sent a donation, Ike mailed you an anointed prayer cloth. I sent him 50 cents and got my postage sized square of fabric in the mail, but I was suspicious of the means used to anoint it.

mikec
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Steven that is hilarious! KARI was my first exposure as a kid to the ranting raving preachers who always seemed to be asking for money “to keep the ministry on the air”. uh huh.

Steven Smith
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When I was in grade school I actually saw the real Billy James Hargis in person. He brought his Christian Crusade to Bellingham and my dad took me. Hargis’ schtick was really not religion….it was fervent 1960’s anti-communism mixed with his being a segregationist. His local talk was John Birch Society sponsored. My dad was born in the late 1800’s and remembered the Russian Revolution. He read all the anti-communist stuff of the era, that they were hiding everywhere,, and sympathized with it. But I think his involvement was mainly the Hargis event. We even shook Billy’s hand, I was… Read more »
mikec
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I can just imagine the “education” you would have received at Hargis’ college & I’m sure it would have little to do with your salvation. Hargis’ ranting & raving was pretty typical of the politically-oriented preachers & ultra-conservative programs on both KARI & co-owned KNBX/KBLE. KARI’s owners added German & Dutch-language religious shows after discovering KLYN in Lynden programming to the “Bible Belt” regions of the Fraser Valley – notably the Abbotsford-Chilliwack area, which has a larger than average proportion of churches & religious faiths. A little quirk in Canada’s CRTC regulations prohibited religious formatted radio in Canada until the… Read more »
Steven Smith
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I vaguely remember a little bit of country for an hour or two later in the afternoon on Kari in the late sixties, cannot recall the Jock’s name but he was local.

mikec
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Yes, by the late 60’s KARI only had morning & afternoon drive country music shows. I can’t remember the names of the DJ’s but I think Scott Campbell may have been one of the hosts of these.

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