In 1986, KLRD began broadcasting Christian Hit/Rock music from Yucaipa, California, and went by the on-air moniker K-LORD. In 1994, KXRD was started as a sister station to KLRD. In 1995, K-LORD changed its name to "Air1" and began broadcasting via satellite from St. Helens, Oregon.
Former logo used from 2004 to 2013.
Former logo used from 2013 to 2019.
In 1999, Air1 joined with EMF Broadcasting, and finally in 2002, it moved its headquarters to Rocklin, California. Air1 makes use of broadcast translators to spread the signal across much of the country. As of December 2017, the network lists 123 full powered radio stations and 125 translators of various power levels reaching 43 states.
Air1 began as a Christian rock-formatted radio network with the tagline "The Positive Alternative". Over time, the network evolved into a broad contemporary Christian music (CCM) presentation, with the slogan "Positive Hits".
In October 2018, Air1 named Mandy Young, the network's assistant PD and morning co-host, as its new head program director. On January 1, 2019, Air1 re-launched with a focus on contemporary worship music--with the majority of its music now focusing on songs from church worship bands such as Elevation Worship, Hillsong Worship, and Vertical Worship (although some conventional Christian Contemporary content remains on the playlist).
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As of January 1, 2019, the on-air staff of Air1 includes morning drive hosts Dan and Michelle Arthur (coming from KYMX/Sacramento), program director Mandy Young in middays, Lauren Lee and Mike Schaefer in afternoon drive, and Ashton in evenings.
Eric Calhoun and Heather Shelley hosted Air1's morning show from April 2015 to November 2018.
Sean Copeland was formerly part of the Sean and Mandy show, which was discontinued on September 29, 2011. Copeland moved to the morning show on Indianapolis adult contemporary station WYXB.
Coppelia Acevedo formerly occupied the midday time slot, and moved to Houston station KSBJ.
Eric Allen co-hosted the "Eric and Mandy Show" in the mornings until February 2015; his co-host Mandy stated he was moving on to "bigger & better things". As of 2015, Eric is working for Cure International as their Radio Marketing Manager.
Brenda Price hosted a mid-day time slot until May 5, 2015, when Air1 stated Brenda was no longer a part of Air1's DJ lineup. No reason was given for her sudden departure.
Rahny Taylor worked as a program director and on-air host at Air1 and K-Love from November 2013 to August 2016. He departed to host a morning show on WRNW in Milwaukee.