Bring back the real Air1 Radio

Bring back the real Air1 Radio

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Andrew Hald started this petition to Educational Media Foundation

On January 1, 2019 the radio station beloved by millions of listeners worldwide was taken from us. Educational Media Foundation, the owners of Air1 and K-LOVE changed Air1 to an all-worship format. They abandoned the unique mix of Christian pop, punk, rap and rock that has made Air1 the premier Christian Hit Radio station for 20 years. They have taken their on-air DJ personalities off the air. These people were like a member of the family. Now we will never hear from them again.

The solution is simple. Bring back the Air1 that we had on December 31, 2018 and for 20 years prior. Nothing needed to be changed. Air1 was already the best there was.

Here are examples of the impact as relayed through posts on the Air1 Facebook page:

Kristal Powers-

Prior to the "new change" to all worship music, I never once heard anyone on air talk about this upcoming change. You posted a video of Mandy talking about it and she says listeners were surveyed about what "we" wanted from the station and what changes "we" wanted to see. Really? How? I never heard anyone on the air say to call such and such a number or go to such and such a website to take a survey about what WE wanted!? No mention of a way to voice our opinions, wants, desires. None of this makes sense to me. All of us love worship music and can listen to it anytime we want through other avenues. However, we all tuned into Air1 because of the very special and unique mix of Christian music you provided us with. It was upbeat, current, fast-paced, rock infused, alternative sound infused Jesus loving and glorifying music that WE COULD GET NO WHERE ELSE! And it's gone, just like that. And myself and soooo many others are so very saddened by this GIGANTIC change. Why not make Sunday's all day worship? Why go all in and totally change the entire format every single day of the week and all the time? I just don't understand. For a listener funded station, I see this as a mistake on the largest scale. Please consider taking Air1 back to what it was and what we all loved.

-Signed a very saddened stay at home mom from East Tennessee who kept Air1 on almost all dsy every day for myself and my boys.

Andrew Hald-

The original Air1 was so unique that in our home it was like its own brand. "Oh, that’s an Air1 song." Now you sound like everything else.

Air1, what I cannot comprehend is how you could be so unaware of your greatest assets. Just so that we are clear, they were the unique mix of Christian Hit Music and your on-air personalities that carved a "counter-culture" identity that was Jesus’ love first.

Todd Agnew wrote:
"'Cause my Jesus would never be accepted in my church
The blood and dirt on His feet would stain the carpet
But He reaches for the hurting and despised the proud
I think He'd prefer Beale St. to the stained glass crowd
And I know that He can hear me if I cry out loud"

That is Air1 music. Air1 is supposed to serve Beale Street, the switch to the all-worship format stinks of the "stained-glass" crowd. Air1, you asked the wrong people and forgot your identity. Please learn from the mistakes of “New” Coke. We need Air1 classic!

If you really want to try something new, then introduce an HD Radio multicast or an online stream for Worship Now. I think it is a great idea. Please! Please!! Bring back the Air1 we know and love.

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