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Broadcast area Minneapolis-St. Paul
Branding 89.9 KMOJ
Slogan "The People's Station"
Frequency 89.9 FM (MHz)
First air date September 15, 1978
Format Community Radio / Urban Contemporary/Mainstream Urban
Power 1,000 watts
Class A
Callsign meaning derived from "umoja" (Swahili word for unity)
Owner Center for Communication and Development

KMOJ, 89.9 FM, is a community-oriented station station located in Minneapolis, Minnesota airing a predominantly urban adult contemporary format. It began in 1976 as WMOJ, a very low-power AM station at 1200 Khz that reached only a few blocks from its studios and transmitter in the Sumner-Olson and Glenwood-Lyndale public housing developments. The station expanded its reach with a move to FM in September, 1978, becoming KMOJ at 89.7 FM with 10 watts of power and its transmitter/antenna atop a highrise near its studios at 810 5th Avenue North. A frequency change to 89.9 in 1984 coincided with a power increase to 1,000 watts along with a studio move to a newly-built facility across the street at 501 Bryant Avenue North. The transmitter remained on the highrise.

KMOJ features soul music, blues, gospel music, reggae, jazz, hip hop, spoken word, and talk shows aimed at African American listeners. It is owned and operated by the non-profit Center for Communications and Development ("CCD"), located on Minneapolis' north side. KMOJ is a member of Minnesota's Independent Public Radio network. The station features several DJs including Walter "Q Bear" Banks Jr., Sonny Day, Sha Cage,E.G. Baily, Ray Richardson, Ras Bongo Jerie, Lady L, D.J. Cue, D.J. Divine, D.J. Dan Speak, Disco T, Crystle, Candice Grey, and Caddy "The Prince of Darkness."[1]

The station has struggled with internal tension and lack of funds, among other things, since its inception. KMOJ was evicted from its Girard Terrace studios in January 2007 after severe structural damage was discovered and the building was condemned and subsequently razed.[1] The station relocated its studios to a temporary location in the Uptown area of Minneapolis in March 2007, until a permanent location can be established.[2][3] The station is working with the City of Minneapolis to move to a building at West Broadway and Penn Avenue.[2]

As of November 14, 2008, KMOJ holds a construction permit to move its transmitting facility from its original north Minneapolis site to the Telefarm facility in the northern suburb of Shoreview and to increase its power to 1,400 watts.


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