“ … Committed to changing lives, strengthening families and impacting communities for Christ.” This is the mission for locally-owned Christian radio station, The Promise FM, in Gaylord.

The ministry of Northern Christian Radio, its parent ministry, was birthed in the early 1980s when several Christian men felt a burden to have commercial-free Christian broadcasting available in this area. A board was formed and WPHN 90.5 FM went on the air Easter Sunday in 1985. WPHN serves most of the Central and Eastern Lower Peninsula of Michigan as well parts of the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

At the time it was created, The Promise FM was the only Christian radio station available to the Northern Michigan area. It offered contemporary Christian music plus Christian programming. 

It has also been a pioneer in bringing Christians from the many small towns which make up Northern Michigan and the many different churches together as a community. It was the first to create an events calendar for Christians, sharing events in nearby towns other Christian neighbors were unaware of.

In 1988, WOLW 91.1 FM was added to serve the Cadillac area. WOLW serves most of the Western Portion of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.

These two stations were later followed by WTHN 102.3 FM, in the Sault Ste. Marie area. This station covers most of the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan as well as into Ontario covering both the US and Canadian cities of Sault Ste. Marie. WQHN, 100.9 FM in East Jordan soon followed. WQHN serves listeners in Charlevoix, Boyne City, Petoskey, Bay View, Ellsworth, Central Lake, Bellaire and more.

With these four stations, plus translators in Petoskey at 99.7 FM andNewberry at 88.7 FM, much of Christian community in Northern Michigan receives their news and hears songs for the first time on The Promise FM, broadcasting on a 24-hour basis. 

The Promise FM has much in common with North Michigan Christian Voice (NMCV), especially in the geographic area we are covering. Because of this, NMCV will be helping you get to know the people behind the voices at this radio station in the weeks ahead.

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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