Far East Broadcasting Company yesterday announced the closure of its local station, AM 936 KSAI, at the end of April. The company plans to continue its international broadcast operations by maintaining its short-wave facilities in Marpi.
With studios located in Susupe, KSAI Radio/Family Radio has, for more than 24 years, endeavored to serve the CNMI community with public affairs programs, news, and information.
The station has worked to foster spiritual growth through sound biblical teaching, family related programs, and uplifting Christian music.
The station will be most remembered for its live coverage of significant events in the community such as the annual Flame Tree Arts Festival, elections, inauguration of new officials, and major sporting events. KSAI also pioneered Chamolinian programming with such popular programs as Chamolinian Country and “Dan Dan Para Isu.”
KSAI was also the first radio station on the island to offer ethnic programming in the Tagalog, Korean, and Chinese languages.
KSAI has also worked closely with the Emergency Management Office in implementing the new Emergency Alert System for the CNMI, which was designed to provide timely warnings, not only in terms of news and information, but also through offering engineering assistance.
“It is with a deep sense of regret that due to current economic conditions and other circumstances beyond our control, Far East Broadcasting Company will be closing KSAI on April 30th. We hope you will pray for us in this transitional period, “ David L. Creel, station manager, said in a statement.
“We wish to extend our thanks to our advertising clients, various government offices and officials, church leaders, and many others who have worked with us through the years. A special thank you goes out to all those who selflessly volunteered their time and talents to make it possible for KSAI opportunity to serve you. We encourage you to continue to serve the Lord here on Saipan and seek His will for your lives and personal ministry,” Creel said.