98.5 KTIS - Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN
Since a memorable February afternoon in 1949 when Northwestern College President Billy Graham offered an opening prayer as KTIS went on the air, it has encouraged and inspired millions of listeners in the greater Twin Cities area.
A lot has changed in 60 years, to be sure. The music most certainly is different, and 98.5 KTIS is blessed with a state-of-the-art broadcasting facility at the corner of Snelling and Lydia in Saint Paul. But the vision has stayed the same:
Be a positive force in the community and help make a difference.
To the KTIS team and hundreds of thousands of listeners, Reverend Graham's initial prayer has been answered a hundredfold.
The mission statement of 98.5 KTIS guides us:
To lead people to Christ and to nurture them in their spiritual growth through Christ-centered media.
Lofty, to be sure, and the strategy constantly evolves and changes, but that only serves to keep the station relevant, focused and purposeful. Everything is designed to accomplish one, or both, of two objectives: Make a real difference in the lives of KTIS listeners, and encourage them to make a difference in the lives of others.
For example, today's unsuspecting commuters may be blessed in their daily drive-thru lines by a KTIS listener paying for their order... a random act of kindness advocated by our on-air "Drive-Thru Difference" campaign. Or, our icanhelptwincities.com website allows our community partners to post volunteer opportunities for those looking to help. To date, several thousand connections have been made. The KTIS legacy is one of delivering, of recognizing that Christians connecting to others is a cornerstone of shared faith.
The programming at KTIS is encouraging and uplifting. But to only play music and offer advice on how we "should" live, without ever taking that faith out into the community, wouldn't hold true to the 98.5 KTIS mission.
We look forward to what God has in store for this ministry in the days and years to come.
We invite you to join us.