CLINTON – A recent donation of $750 from the Knights of Columbus St. Edward’s Knight Council No. 707 will help radio station KXJX continue broadcasting.
“It was a surprise that they sent us that much,” said Ted Wilk, manager and board member for the Catholic radio station. The money will be used for operating expenses such as rent and programming.
KXJX is mostly automated, broadcasting 24/7 as part of the Relevant Radio network, but it offers some local content. “I do a local program every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., and it’s called a Catholic perspective,” Wilk said.
Wilk reads Catholic literature and sometimes interviews local priests.
KXJX will hit its 16th anniversary Dec. 8. “I started broadcasting in 1964 at KROS,” Wilk said. At that time the station was located on the second floor of the Jacobsen Building at Fifth Avenue South and South Third Street.
Wilk left in 1972 but came back to Clinton a year later, appraising real estate for banks until he returned to radio with KXJX, 92.5 FM, in 2003.
“We located on the fourth floor of the Wilson Building,” Wilk said. Two years ago the station moved in with KROS at 13th Avenue North. “It works really nice for us.”
Everything is on one floor, and interviewing guests is easy in the KROS broadcast booth.
KXJX is governed by a board of seven and operates exclusively on donations, Wilk said.