Why Free Online Radio Stations Are Sweeping the Nation

Since the beginning of time, humans have worked to develop new technologies and build on past technology to improve our quality of life. From the invention of the wheel to the amazing technology involved in providing free online radio stations, the technology of man has come a long way. We are living in a digital age. Technology that would have been only dreamed of just a relatively short time ago is now available at our fingertips. Free online radio stations are one of the benefits provided in this digital age, and they are sweeping the nation. Let’s look at some of the reasons for, and advantages of this digital radio craze.

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One of the biggest reasons that free online radio is becoming so popular is the availability one has to listen wherever they are. People have a tendency to adopt a station as their own. This devotion is a driver that helps continue providing the positive and uplifting programming of Spirit 92.9. Before the internet, radio stations were limited to a particular geographic area. For those traveling outside of the area, access to their adopted station was gone. Having the programming streamed over the internet allows those devoted to their station to listen in regardless of where they may be. Also, because mobile devices are becoming the norm, people can listen on their smartphone or tablet, and no longer need to carry around a radio to access their favorite station.

Totally Free

One benefit that online radio stations provide is the fact that the programming is totally free. Instead of paying monthly service fees or purchasing songs individually, free online radio can be accessed without needing a credit card. There is certainly a place for paid online programming and the purchasing of favorite songs. However, free online radio offers exceptional music and programming that doesn’t cost a dime.

Better Quality

Even when people are within the listening area of a station, there can be issues with reception. Certain buildings and areas can limit the quality of radio broadcasts. Fine-tuning their station can be a challenge and static can interrupt their enjoyment. With online radio, the issue of quality is eliminated. As long as internet access is available, listeners can count on exceptional quality sound and consistent access regardless of outside influences on their signal.

These and many other reasons have driven traditional radio stations to provide their programming online. Traditional radio is still a very viable and healthy medium. However, the technology allowing free online radio stations has only improved the value offered by local radio stations. If you have not tried listening to Spirit 92.9 online, we invite you to give it a try. You can access it through our website, or use our mobile app. Free online radio stations are sweeping the nation for good reason. Moreover, you can take advantage of this fantastic option.

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Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song, and prayer requests, to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

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What Does It Mean to be Local, and Why Is It Important?

Local radio could be defined as radio broadcast programming meant for a particular “local” area, as opposed to programming aimed at a national audience. You may wonder why that is important. With the advent of internet radio, one may wonder if local radio is still relevant. The truth is; local radio is so critical for many significant reasons. In this article, let us look at what it means to be local, and why it is so vitally important.

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The above definition is certainly true, but a local radio has a much greater responsibility in the area it serves than the above describes. Local means operating a radio ministry that is dedicated to its listening area. Local radio personalities live in the same communities as their listeners, understand the market, have a grasp of local current events, and care about their local audiences. This builds trust and is far more attractive to local listeners than syndicated content alone. Local also means providing services and events that matter to those in their listening audience. Local means supporting businesses operating within their radius. There are many different facets of what a local radio station is, and all are critically important.

A Friend and Mentor

There is certainly an important place for national content. In some cases, national programming has resources available to aid local listeners that the local station cannot provide. In other instances, a more broad national perspective can also be very beneficial. However, it is important that a local station provide only local programming or blends national content with local content. People who are dedicated to a station feel as though they have both a friend and a mentor. Just knowing the station is local is comforting, allowing people to feel a stronger connection. They have a greater trust in the station and the programming it provides.

A Partner in the Community

A local radio station is invested in the area it serves. Local small businesses and the local economy are vital considerations. Because they are based locally, the economic strength of their area is critical. Also, because their listeners are encouraged to do business with these local vendors, the station is more concerned with the advertisements they play and the services offered to its listeners.

More than Just Music

By sponsoring events, offering programs such as the Shop ‘N Save, and having a presence in the local community, a local station is perhaps able to do more good for more people than national radio alone. Not only does the exposure provide greater opportunity for unbelievers to listen, it too fosters trust that what dedicated listeners hear is carefully chosen and broadcast to meet their needs.

Spirit 92.9 is proud to be a local Christian contemporary radio music station. We understand the value of being locally-minded, and will continue to work hard to serve our local communities. Spirit 92.9 is grateful for our listeners, supporters, and business partners and look forward to many more years of providing Christian contemporary music.

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Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song, and prayer requests, to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

Click Listen Live and hear our music for yourself!

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Request a Free Spirit 92.9 Window Sticker!

Every time you pull your car out of the garage, you’re heading out into the mission field! Every red light, every grocery store parking lot, every roundabout COULD be an opportunity to share God’s love with a stranger! How? With a Spirit 92.9 window sticker on your car! The best way to get others to give Spirit 92.9 a try is to let them know YOU listen! Display a removable window sticker on your car to encourage others to tune in and find HOPE. The more Spirit window stickers people see around town-the more curious they’ll be to check it out! And the more people who check it out-the more who will hear the life changing message of God’s love! Thanks for sticking it on your vehicle!

You can pick up a window sticker at our studios (1310 2nd Street North, Sauk Rapids), or fill out the form below and we’ll drop one in the mail to you if you live in our Central Minnesota listening area!

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Download the Spirit 92.9 App For Free On Your Apple or Android Device

You may often overhear or be a part of the discussion about whether Apple or Android is the best. Whether you are a die hard Apple user or a dyed in the wool Android fan, you can download the Spirit 92.9 app for free. The same great features are available on either type of device! Instead of discussing that battle and the comprehensive defenses from both sides, let’s look at some of the exceptional benefits the Spirit 92.9 app offers everyone!

Encouragement Everywhere

Our lives are busy, and we are on the go more than any other time in history. Mobile technology has been both a driver of this hectic lifestyle, as well as a benefit to help solve it. Wherever you are and whichever device you use, the positive and uplifting music and programming is available at your fingertips. If you are traveling and do not have access to our radio broadcast, you can stream it live over the internet for free.

It is All In the Details

How many times have you heard a song that you loved, but had no idea who sings it? Alternatively, did you hear your favorite band and wonder if they might be touring nearby? With the free Spirit 92.9 mobile app, the ability to have this information readily available is an invaluable tool that greatly enhances your listening experience. Artist biographies, discographies, and other interesting information can be found right in our mobile app. Just as it is with all the other features, this is available on any device, regardless of the brand.

Up To the Minute Information

With the mobile app, your Apple or Android device can receive up to the minute notifications from Spirit 92.9. These notifications may include important weather announcements, app-only contests, and local news reports. The app is also connected directly to the National Weather Service providing immediate access to information that can keep you and your loved ones safe.

Savings and Support

It is well known that you can find exceptional savings through the Shop N’ Save. Access to those deals is available right through the Spirit 92.9 app. It is an excellent way to save you time and dollars. If you want to use those savings to support your station, you will have easy access to our support page to make a donation and further our mission of providing hope and encouragement. If you are out and about and would like to support our business partners, the application takes you to our business directory effortlessly. These are just a few of the numerous benefits that downloading our new and totally free mobile app offers on both Apple and Android devices.

Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song and prayer requests, or to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. Moreover, of course, please take advantage of our website www.spirit92.9.com. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

The Difference between Free Online Radio Stations and Podcasting

The ability to listen to your positive and encouraging Spirit 92.9 online is a phenomenal option that provides exceptional benefits. Best of all, it is completely free. So, how are free online radio stations different from podcasting and other types of online programming? We will take a brief look at some of these popular digital programming options and how they differ from one another.

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When you listen live to Spirit 92.9 over the internet, you are listening to what is called a webcast. Because the music is not delivered over the airwaves, it differs from listening on a traditional radio. Also, when you listen to Spirit 92.9 online, you are hearing the same songs, radio personalities, and business partners that you would hear if you were listening to your car radio. Webcasting also differs from what is called streaming media. While it is true, we are providing a continuous stream of programming to you, it is a live stream. The term streaming media typically applies to a stream that you can pause or replay, specifically for content that is not a live stream like Spirit 92.9. Free online radio stations allow you to hear your favorite local stations in the best way to suit your lifestyle. You can hear the same positive and encouraging message wherever you are in the world at any time. It is amazing technology, and being free makes it even better.

Podcasts

Podcasts differ from free internet radio because they are pre-recorded programming that you must download to hear. With free online radio stations, there is no need to download files to listen. Typically, podcasts are a series of programming options that have specific messages or topics. For example, a syndicated radio program will often podcast each show on their website. Podcasts can be listened to on mobile devices as well. The downside to a podcast is that you must use memory space on your device to store it, while free online radio stations do not require anything but the player on our website or our smartphone app. Podcasts are an excellent way to listen to programming that you were unable to listen to live. However, it is helpful to be selective in the podcasts you download. Free online radio stations such as Spirit 92.9 are great to listen to anytime.

Meeting You Wherever You Are

We love being able to provide our listeners with free internet radio and the ability to listen to Spirit 92.9 on any device. If you have not tried this great option, we invite you to click on the Listen Live button above and experience the great benefits for yourself. We also encourage you to install our new app on your smartphone. Not only can you listen live, but you are also connected to the station and will receive important news and updates. Furthermore, you can take part in special app only promotions. However, the real value of our new app is in its ability to go with you wherever you are and provide the opportunity to listen to your free online radio station on your terms.

Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song, and prayer requests, to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Contact our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

Click Listen Live and experience free online radio for yourself!

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Christian Radio Stations Online: Reaching Out To Everyone

At Spirit 92.9, our mission has always been to provide the positive and uplifting programming for people of all sorts in Central Minnesota. There are those who believe that radio stations such as ours only focus on a small demographic of people. Radio, in general, especially mainstream radio, often uses a single listener profile as the basis for what they do. Therefore, most of the advertising, music, and personalities will be more attractive to a small, focused group. An example would be a station playing “light hits”, targeting professional women aged 35 to 50. For many stations, this strategy is successful. However, this method is not nearly as useful for an online Christian radio station like Spirit 92.9. It is a common belief that our brand of programming is meant to target middle-aged married women with children. The truth is; that is simply not the case.

Online Radio for All Types

The ability to broadcast Spirit 92.9 has been a great way for more people from all walks of life to be encouraged and enjoy the music we play. However, focusing on a larger demographic has been our goal since long before this technology was available. As an industry, it is true that women account for 60-70 percent of the audience on average. That means that men account for the other 30-40 percent. That is quite a balanced audience. Even these numbers, however, can be misleading. Basing your programming target on gender alone does not provide the entire picture. There are countless sub-categories for each including age, marital status, the number of children, profession, and many others. The demographic we target is just human.

Meeting You Wherever You Are

Everyone faces daily challenges and struggles. Some are minor while others may be catastrophic. The message of hope and encouragement can be a benefit to anyone, whatever their situation may be. For the business professional, the right song at the right time can change the course of their day. For the single mother struggling to provide, a kind message from one of our radio personalities can offer a ray of hope. For the child who had a difficult day at school, an upbeat rhythm can soothe their soul. We have always, and will continue to provide the programming that reaches out to all people and welcome anyone to listen online for encouraging and uplifting music.

Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song, and prayer requests, to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

Click the Listen Live button and hear our music for yourself!

KKJM Turns 20 | From Windows 95 to Internet Radio: Remembering 1995

2015 marks the 20-year anniversary of KKJM 92.9. It was 1995 when the station first hit the airwaves, but it was not the station you know and love today. It was a year later when KKJM switched from their original focus, adult contemporary and transformed into family-friendly, positive and encouraging Spirit 92.9. In honor of the station’s 20 years of broadcasting, we thought it would be fun to take a look at all that has changed. For example, in 1995, the thought of internet radio was still a dream. In fact, it was not until 1996 that the very first internet radio station began broadcasting over the internet. It has amazing all that is different in our lives and the way we live in such a relatively short time. Here are some of the biggest differences from the station’s birth to today.

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First, of course, we have to take a look at the average price of gas. It may be hard to believe, but in 1995, a gallon of gas was only $1.09! For sports fans, the Atlanta Braves won the World Series thanks to the athleticism of players including Chipper Jones, David Justice, and Tom Glavine. First class postage stamps cost only $.32. AuctionWeb was also founded in 1995. You know the company now by their current name; eBay. Apollo 13 made a big splash at the box office, and Seinfeld, Friends, and E.R. ruled the television. Newt Gingrich was named as the Time Magazine Man of the Year, and Christopher Reeve was paralyzed following a fall from his horse.

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It seems mind-boggling, but it was 20 years ago that the O.J. Simpson trial ended with a verdict of not-guilty. In technology news, Microsoft revolutionized personal computing with the release of Windows 95. It was also this year when a bomb destroyed the Oklahoma City Federal Building. In happier news, the first planet located outside our solar system was discovered, and the DVD was first announced. Some other things that are turning 20 in 2015 include the Nintendo 64 game console, the Sony PlayStation, the George Foreman Grill, and the Frappuccino by Starbucks. Finally, POGS were the most popular and widely traded toy in 1995 during a craze that swept the nation.

It is true; the same year that KKJM began broadcasting the internet was just starting to hit its stride. Now, the internet has changed our lives and revolutionized the way we live. Looking back just 20 years, it is truly amazing all that has changed. Moreover, it is hard to believe that it’s been that long since these major world events occurred. As we move into our next 20 years, one can only wonder how different our world will be.

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Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song, and prayer requests, to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

Click Listen Live and experience internet radio yourself!

Our Mobile App Is Available and Full Of Great Features!

People are on the go more than ever before, and the technology we use daily has allowed us to benefit in ways that even a decade ago would have seemed like something out of a science-fiction movie. After all, did you ever think that someday your telephone would also serve as your computer, your shopping mall, and your radio? Whether you had or not, the reality is that mobile applications have changed our world and the way we live. One thing that has not changed is the ability for music and radio programming to touch us, and provide encouragement throughout the day. With mobile apps, we can take that same music and programming and enhance our experience with it. Have you ever heard a song and missed which artist is was? Did you ever wonder if your favorite band was touring nearby? These and so many more features are now available wherever you are and whenever you need it. At Spirit 92.9, we are proud to announce that we have entered the mobile app world and have released our brand-new app. Are you curious as to why you should download it? We are happy to share the many great benefits.

About The Spirit 92.9 Mobile App

After downloading the totally free Spirit 92.9 Mobile App, the first thing you will see is our updated playlist. At the top is the current artist you hear on the station, and also a list of previous songs. This is so if you are listening but aren’t able to drop everything and see which artist it was, you can do so when it is more convenient. Even more impressive is that by touching the song listing will open up a vast array of information about the performer, links to videos, and upcoming concerts and events. You are also able to receive up to the minute notifications from Spirit 92.9 including contests and promotions. Some contests will be through the app only making it a real bonus to try it for yourself. Access within the app to the National Weather Service allows immediate access to the best and latest information on what is happening in the skies. Easy access to our donation page provides an excellent opportunity to support our ministry and further our mission throughout Central Minnesota.

Even More Benefits!

If you have ever taken advantage of the exceptional deals on the Shop N’ Save, you understand what a great savings it delivers. This is true both for products and services you already use, and even ones you do not. The mobile app connects you directly to our Shop N’ Save partners saving you both time and effort to boost your budget. You can submit your “Celebrations! announcements, send us your prayer requests, and peruse job opportunities with our business sponsors. It is also great for finding the companies in our area that support this ministry while you are on the go. It is possible thanks to the effortless access to our Business Directory. Our Facebook page is also just a fingertip away. All of this is included in our very easy to use and high-quality mobile application. However, perhaps one of the most fun features is the ability to favorite the songs and artists you love most. Perhaps one of the most useful features is that you can listen live directly through your mobile device, and easily pause the sound when needed.

Give It A Try!

As you probably have deduced, we are very excited about this app, and our hope is that it will serve as a great blessing to you and others. We could go on and on about the exceptional usefulness and the excellent benefits the app provides, but to truly understand you should just give it a try. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices and is totally free!

Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song and prayer requests, or to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. Moreover, of course, please take advantage of our website www.spirit92.9.com. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

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Your Positive and Encouraging Free Online Radio Station

There are not many things that are really free. Fortunately, listening online to family-friendly Spirit 92.9 is one of those things. Wherever you are and on whichever device you are using, if you can access the internet you can access encouraging and uplifting programming through our live stream. Technology has advanced to allow anyone to listen to his or her favorite radio stations over the internet. We are proud to offer our listeners with this availability, making it convenient and valuable, all at no cost to you.

Impacting Lives Positively

Thanks to the financial support of our listeners, as well as our business sponsors, our radio station is able to provide the music, the positive radio personalities, and the events that can truly change a life. It is hard to define the impact of Spirit 92.9’s mission numerically. However, listeners graciously share with us often how hearing the right song at that critical moment, or being encouraged by the caring radio personalities when they needed it most is an encouragement to us. It drives us to continue working to impact lives through the message we broadcast. It is also encouraging to hear the wonderful stories of how Spirit 92.9 is the only station their family listens to because the parents know they do not have to worry about what their children are hearing. These are the stories that drive us and the foundation of our free online radio.

Impacting Lives Anywhere

Our world is fast-moving and often listening to Spirit 92.9 over the radio is not possible. As an example, a family vacation outside of our broadcast radius, spending time outdoors in an area without electricity, and many other situations increase the value of our online stream. From your smartphone, tablet, or laptop, Spirit 92.9 is there. We are excited about our free online broadcast ability and offering to our listeners another option to better fit into their busy lives.

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Additional value is added to online radio thanks to the extra features and options that traditional broadcast radio cannot provide. Our streaming platform allows listeners to see our program schedule, view the playlist to find out who sings your favorite songs, and the ability to select favorites to save the song info. These and other similar benefits further demonstrate that though these features come free to our visitors, they deliver excellent value to the listeners we are so grateful for. If you have not experienced our online radio station, click on the Listen Live! Link above and find out for yourself that some of the best things in life really are free!

Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, for song and prayer requests, or to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. Moreover, of course, please take advantage of our website www.spirit92.9.com. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

Music for Everyone, Even Online!

Here at Spirit 92.9, we have always worked hard to provide positive and uplifting music to individuals and families throughout Central Minnesota. However, there is more to our method than just that. We know that great music is great, whether it is being heard for the first time or is a well-known favorite. We play a range of music including those songs you love, and carefully interweave them with the latest and most popular new ones. Either way, you can count on is music that is always family-friendly and encouraging from the top Christian artists. Our playlists ensure that regardless of your personal denomination, when listening to Spirit, you are warmly welcomed. We are so thankful you listen to Spirit, and we strive to listen to you as well. Our Music Advisory Team is a great way to give your input on our playlist. Best of all, whether in your car or on your computer, Spirit will be there playing those songs that make a positive difference in your life!

Our Family-Friendly Promise

It does not take long for one to cruise through the stations before that song comes on that makes you uncomfortable. We understand the importance of ensuring that our music is great for all ages. In fact, it is our promise. We guarantee you that the music we play won’t leave you scrambling to turn it off before it becomes offensive. No embarrassing or inappropriate lyrics are sent over our airwaves. We carefully select the songs we play and review them to ensure that whoever may be listening, they can fully enjoy them without concern.

Denominationally Friendly

Being a station that plays contemporary Christian music, we are often asked if we cater to an individual denomination. Our goal has always been to present the love of Christ through the music we play, to those a part of any denomination. Our music does not discriminate, and whatever your theology and beliefs may be, you can visit us for that positive message of hope and encouragement. Listeners of many different denominations have shared with us how that one song at just the right time so deeply touched them. This is so encouraging for ourselves, to ensure our music reaches and embraces people of all faiths. Also, even those who do not consider themselves “Christian” can still fully take advantage of our family-friendly and positive message.

Personal Taste Friendly

Furthermore, we understand that different people have different musical tastes. This is why radio stations often choose an individual format. Some enjoy more upbeat and faster-moving songs while others prefer a softer sound. At Spirit, we join a variety of musical stylings to suit anyone. Just like other genres, contemporary Christian artists create music in many different styles. We want to ensure that anyone listening will resonate with the songs we play and the artists we feature.

Family-Friendly Spirit 92.9

Spirit 92.9 is dedicated to being your source for family-friendly radio programming in St. Cloud and throughout Central Minnesota. Our message is hope and encouragement, and we strive to be both positive and uplifting to all our listeners. We invite you to contact us for more information, song, and prayer requests, to offer your support for this ministry, or for any other reason. Call our studio line at (320) 257-0929 or office at (320) 251-1780. You can also email us at friends@gabrielmedia.info, or visit our Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter page. We are positive and encouraging, Spirit 92.9!

Click the Listen Live button at the top of this page and hear our music for yourself!