At the groundbreaking on Thursday, staff members of KVNE/KGLY radio stations credited God for their successful capital campaign and building design.
“It’s kind of hard to fathom that we’re actually here and we’re going to do this,” said Ken Lackner, chairman of the board of KVNE/KGLY.
The sister Christian radio stations, both listener-supported and commercial free, raised more than $1.8 million for the new facility and are now at an all-time high for fundraising and number of listeners.
“We didn’t make this about building a building,” Lackner said. “We made it about advancing the mission of the Kingdom. We prayed. A lot. We were smart enough to get out of God’s way and let Him work his magic. God smiled on this project.”
To reach the total, eight people gave six-figure donations totaling $1.3 million, and 70 people gave more than $1,000 each.
“They did it because they love this ministry,” Lackner said. “They did it because they love Jesus.”
Before purchasing the property where the new studio will be located, the staff gathered there to pray, said Troy Kriechbaum, president and CEO.
“We knew that whether it was this property or some other property, God would be with us,” he said. “Today is a celebration of what God has done. Even when we’re not faithful, God is faithful.”
The stations were located at 2721 E. Erwin St., and has garnered station of the year honors in 2010 and 2012 from Christian Music Broadcasters and in 2011 and this year from National Religious Broadcasters. The new station will be located at 7695 Old Jacksonville Highway.
“These airwaves are full of God’s grace,” said Matt Edwards, chairman of the business and operations co- mmittee.