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Family Life Radio Celebrates 40 Years in Albuquerque

Family Life Radio (FLR) recently celebrated 40 years of radio ministry in Albuquerque. FLR staff, volunteers and donors gathered to commemorate the anniversary of 91.5 FM KFLQ. The event also featured Christian music artist Tasha Layton who performed listener favorites like Look What You’ve Done and Into the Sea (It’s Gonna Be Ok).

FLR widened their footprint when they expanded to New Mexico in 1983, starting up a brand-new station, KFLQ. This was their sixth station, adding to the two in Arizona and three in Michigan.

Since then, FLR has connected with listeners in the Albuquerque community in many ways, including annual baby showers, collecting thousands of items benefiting local pregnancy centers; through toy drives, helping to provide hope to children at Christmas as well as back to school supplies drives and more.

Peter Brooks, who worked for FLR for 44 years and retired in 2021, was KFLQ’s first general manager. He said the station experienced a flood of calls within the first few hours of broadcasting with listeners sharing their excitement. “The feeling in the studio was absolute joy and thankfulness for what God had done and what we believed He would do in the years ahead through KLFQ,” said Brooks.

“What began 40 years ago in Albuquerque laid the foundation for Family Life Radio to be able to stand strong and continue spreading the message of hope in Christ,” said Evan Carlson, President and Chief Executive Officer of FLR.

FLR was founded 57 years ago in Michigan by Warren Bolthouse, who broadcasted 12 hours a day from his basement studio. Today, the network has 36 signals in 11 states, reaching over 17 million people.