Air1 Changes Direction

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After 20-plus years of playing Christian hits to its more than four million listeners, Air1 (headquartered in Rocklin, CA) has fine-tuned its playlist with a focus on worship music. The new Air1, Worship Now debuted January 1 with 10,000 songs in a row, commercial-free. While the new playlist features current, familiar artists such as Jeremy Camp, Tauren Wells and NeedtoBreathe, the majority of the new line-up focuses on songs that have received little-to-no airplay, including Hillsong, Elevation Worship, Vertical Worship and others.

“During the past year, we’ve talked to the most important people we know, our listeners. We asked them what aspects of the station resonate with them and what was missing,” said Randy Chase, VP of Radio at Air1. “The result is a high-concept station where every hour of music is custom mixed, with an emphasis on worship.”

“The new Air1 has a one-of-a-kind design,” added Mandy Young, Program Director. “While supporting multiple Contemporary Christian Music styles, we heard what our listeners want. We deliver music variety with a focus on contemporary worship.”

The station features Dan and Michelle in the Morning, middays with 10-year veteran Mandy, afternoons with Mike Shaeffer and Lauren Lee, and nights with Ashton.

99 COMMENTS

  1. iI rellly miss the old air 1 because it played christian rap and christian pop and chrisyian rock i listened to it sience2015 i loved skillet and skillrt and lacrea yoshua handunge, still love it.

    • I totally agree with everyone here. I miss the old Air1. If I wanted to listen to soft christian music I could tune in to any of the other “positive and encouraging” christian stations around me that are “safe for the whole family”. Give me some TobyMac and Skillet that I can rock out to. I already find myself surfing the secular stations for this. 🙁

    • I agree. I’ve shared with the station a few times (via their call-in line and a tweet) that I miss the diversity of artists who used to be played. I really loved how Air1 played not just different genres of Christian music but music by Christian arts of color. I’m really sad that if I play the station now for my African-American toddler he will pretty much only hear music from white people. Same goes for the diverse urban youth group that I lead – I used to recommend Air1 as a way to hear diverse Christian music from lots of artists who look like them. I don’t recommend it anymore. We listen to Spotify a lot more now.

  2. I really miss the old Air 1; started listening to the station bc Klove was a bit too slow for me. I haven’t even heard Toby Mac played once in the last month even though they would occasionally advertise his concerts. I find myself listening to the secular stations more and more which is sad. Find it hard to justify continuing financial support but I’m sure somehow it’s still helping others.

  3. im not going to contribute to the new air 1 I have plenty of Christian station sounds just like it seems apparently you were not listing to your listeners

  4. Keep rockin the new Air 1!. I just discovered 2 months ago in Orange County, CA! We love the worship music, and artists we’ve never heard before. Those who are complaining I suggest you let “Jesus take the wheel” and enjoy the music. Blessings to all!

  5. There is a NGEN Radio based out of Houston that may be what some are looking for. Christian Pop, Hip Hop and Rap. Can listen online or on the app.

  6. I agree with everyone who wants the old air one back!!! Miss all those songs so much! I just called the station to let them know how I feel! Y’all should too, and maybe we can get our old station back in time for summer! God Bless!

  7. I am so disappointed in the “new Air.” I loved it the way it was. My daughter and I would sing every song while driving. Now she requests a different station. I don’t listen to KLove, it is too soft. I appreciate all the artist and their music but now all the station are the same. We will no longer be listeners to either station.

    • Yes me too. I mean you can listen to worship songs on any Christian radio station in town. They turned into just another Christian radio station. 🙁

  8. The new Air1 is ABSOLUTELY horrible! What listeners called and said they wanted this kind of music? Air1 is so bad that I actually tuned my radio to K-Love, but then it was almost as soft as Air1, so I just turned my radio off completely. Hey, Air1, do you remember New Coke? Well, Air1 is the New Coke of radio stations. Bring back the old before I permanently delete your station from my play list. What an absolute tragedy.

  9. Well, Air1, as you can see, the vast majority of us want the Christian pop/rock format back. If you HAVE to run worship music, make it a block on Sunday mornin’s, for folks goin’ to, and comin’ back from church. That works very well.

  10. I’ve been listening to Air1 for many years. If it wasn’t for them playing the artist they did I would have never known about them. I love worship music but not when I’m driving to work etc. I like a variety pray & worship, get up and dance. Sad deal.

    • Agreed! If I wanted all worship music all of the time, I’d listen to KLOVE. Nothing against KLOVE, but it isn’t my taste.

  11. Boring music for old people now… Change back we already have stations for 50-60 year old crowd come on. “Mommy where is the fun Jesus music” -my four year old. Give us a better option than k-love and WayFM.

  12. I am also disappointed with the new format. I live in a area that has three Christian radio stations. Air1, Klove and one centered on teaching and they play older worship songs. Not much difference between Air1 and Klove now. My kids enjoyed Air1. We could switch between Air1 and Klove depending on what we needed to hear that day. I referred many people to both stations knowing there was a difference in the music but not the message. I will miss having Air1 to refer people to.

    • I totally agree 100%!!!! I live in Abilene, Tx and have enjoyed Air1 since I came here in 2002! I came to straighten up my life here!! Lived in halfway house for 3 yrs. I had to go through treatment for Hep C and opted to stay in house for support, found a great church and was turned on to Air1 for 1st time!! I was in Heaven. Had old TV and w/antenna got TBN , so between the poison I had to put in my body,I was ministered to by Air1,TBN ,church and private time ,a lot of Bible study in my room. Air1 was always there for me!!!! God promised me to take the medicine and HE would HEAL me!! To this day I’m completely/totally Hep C free!!! Just had new tests,3 different ones to be sure, and theres No Trace at All!!! God is still in the HEALING biz!!! I’m sharing, and I don’t usually put this out there for everyone, but to the owners of Air1. I want to encourage you to gather around with All that work there, fast and Pray until you really Hear from GOD ALMIGHTY on your decisions Please!!! Because of how its ministered to me in my time of need and contributed to encouraging me!!! As I’m sure I’m not alone in how effective Air1 has been to lives and hearts its touched! Thank you for letting me share a piece of my life with you!! Blessings!

  13. So disappointed in the recent changes with Air1! Prior to this, both my teenagers and I strongly preferred the music selections on Air1 over K-Love. Now Air1 sounds just like K-Love, and we find ourselves turning to a local station (The House FM) instead for our Christian music, even though that station signal limits us and doesn’t come in nearly as well as Air1 did. Really hoping Air1 will return to their roots soon! I want to be able to recommend the station to others again!

    • Check out NGEN radio – not sure where you live but it’s out of Houston. You can listen via their app too on your phone and play through the USB on your dashboard. Lots of hip hop.

  14. I’ve been wondering what happened to my Air1 of years that I preferred over Houston based KSBJ (similar to New Air1). I constantly would point listeners of secular music here as a source of good, relevant, Christian music. Part of what I have a hard time convincing people of is going to church on Sundays. One of the reasons for that has always been corporate worship. To non-believers it isn’t natural so it’s almost awkward. I think new Air1 has done a great job of bringing that awkwardness to the radio ALL day instead of just easing in their non-Christian listeners. As a believer, I feel disappointed by this change and I think we are truly missing the mark here.

  15. I’m sorry, Air 1. Always been a fan, until now. I’m 34 and wondering how old the people are at the station—- because it sounds like they’re pretty old based on the music Air 1 has recently been playing.
    Christian youth is our future; your station used to have so much more to offer. You have given them “good” reason to to turn to secular music. There are so many great new Christian artists out there. Go ahead and throw in a Hillsong or other praise-and-worship song once in a while— then get back to this era: Tobymac, Skillet, Britt Nicole, Lecrae. Please bring back the “old” Air 1. Christian music has come so far in the last couple decades. “God Is on the Move.” Yes, he is. Now Please don’t send Christian music backward into the 80s. There are far too many other Christian stations that sound identical to Air 1 now.

  16. My 19-year old had been working out with one of his friends and they pulled up some workout music. He told me he was surprised it was actually Christian music! I laughed and said, “Skillet? Oh, yeah.” I then told him about the many other artists on Air1 that were solid Christian artists but he would like. I love working out to Thousand Foot Crutch, Red, Skillet and others. When he would come into the garage and ask about it, he would just grin and say, “Hmm… That’s pretty good!”
    I miss the old Air1. My wife always loved the classic hymns and mellow worship songs. I like it too, but when I need to tell the Lord I love Him, I like doing that by singing along with TobyMac.
    Also, I miss the old DJs. I never minded any of their talking. They didn’t fill the airtime with mindless blabber about social media topics like the non-Christian stations did. Each moment was uplifting, pointing back to God in our lives.
    I miss the old Air1.

  17. Air1 brought me back to God with a song from Skillet. At the time I was a 46 year old woman. I have used this music to expose my children to Jesus. My son even went to a RED concert with me. I am heartbroken that these changes have taken that away. I have been listening for 8 years now. I absolutely love worship music but even I need something more upbeat at times. These changes will not pull in the people on the fringe. Please, please, please reconsider pulling the plug on the rock and rap artists. They have something to say and young people are waiting to hear it.

  18. I agree with others.

    We already had “soft” Christian radio stations. I like the upbeat rock and even rap-ish music produced by Christian people that the old Air1 used to play.

    Bring back the old Air1

  19. I’ve got to agree with most of the comments! I stopped listening to K-Love because all they do is play boring music. Air1 was my go to in the sense that you guys played Christian Rap and Hip-Hop. Now it sounds just like K-Love. I wish you really would have listened to all listeners. And not just the ones that want worship music.

  20. I’m really surprised at this change. Where are we supposed to go to listen to the “non-old people” music? Air1 has been my go-to place since I was in my 20s. I love worship music, but I listen to the radio to hear good music. Contrary to what most of the world believes, there is GOOD Christian music and Air1 was the station that proved it. This is just klove with a different name. Whats the point?

  21. We MISS you “old” Air-1!!
    VERY disappointed in Air-1’s change in format… I’ve been trying to stick with it but it sounds like K-Love. And while K-Love had my heart for awhile and has its Great place and wonderfully important role in the listening world, as a Youth Leader I learned about Air-1 and it was an instant connect!! The “Old” Air-1 had a great upbeat mix along with the music of Toby-Mac, Skillet, Need-to-Breathe, Lacrae and many MoRE that appealed to myself AND our Youth.
    We found the students, including my own kids, connected better with the hip music of Air-1 and it was a perfect alternative to main stream music. On long drives and Mission trips we took comfort not worrying about the many mainstream stations use of inappropriate lyrics or innuendos woven through because we had Air-1. Often we would find the students singing and dancing with the stations own unique “Clean” edge music they could relate to. We also found great talking points we could dive into as we listened to the testimonies & short DJ connects in between.
    For those concerned “Old”Air-1‘s music was not Worship music, I believe if the lyrics lift up God and people are finding God through the music then YES it is Worship Music.
    I’m sad to admit, while I have been a regular contributor to Air-1 and due again to donate, I may need to put that plan on hold. So sad …

  22. We MISS you “old” Air-1!!
    VERY disappointed in Air-1’s new Format… I’ve been trying to stick with it but it sounds like K-Love. And while K-Love had my heart for awhile as a Youth Leader I learned about Air-1 and it was an instant connect!! The “Old” Air-1 had the upbeat music of Toby-Mac, Skillet, Need-to-Breathe, Lacrae and many MoRE that appealed to myself AND our Youth.We found the students connected better with the hip music of Air-1 over
    K-Love even to the point of wanting to play much of the music in the Youth Band. On long drives, Mission trips etc. we would have the music playing and students singing and dancing.We found it a perfect and clean alternative to main stream music stations yet with a modern day “clean” edge that young people connected with. And if the lyrics lift up God and people are finding God through the music then YES i believe it is Worship Music.
    I’m sad to admit, while I have been a regular contributor to Air-1 and due again to donate, I may need to put that plan on hold as I feel I may need to look for a new station that will bring myself and our Youth back as regular listeners. So sorry…

  23. I like the old Air1 better. I miss the Christian Rock, which is why I chose Air 1 over other Christian stations. You’re losing me over the change. I am going to look for a different station.

  24. I am a new listener to Air 1. I am a 44 yr old African American female who grew up in a Baptist church, and later moved to a very large non denominational Christian church. I currently reside in a city where LA County and Orange County meet and have 5 kids ranging in age from 21- 9 and I LOVE the ‘new’ Air 1 and am so thankful to have found it.

    As one being diagnosed and with stage 4 breast cancer, and standing on God’s promises for complete healing on this side of eternity, Air 1 has been a TREMENDOUS blessing. It literally gives me life. Occasion after occasion I will sit in my car, after having driven to yet another dr appt, and just be blessed to tears, sitting and listening and most importantly worshipping with tears literally streaming down my face. And I get out of the car refreshed in my car, joyful, alive. Worship is my happy place and being through all I’ve been through in the past 2 yrs with this diagnosis, it is part of which gives me life.

    I was curious as to what the ‘old’ Air 1 was and I can get an idea from reading the responses of others and I can see where others would be sad to see some of those artists not given due play time. Maybe there can be a certain hour where those artists are showcased? I’m not sure of a happy medium. All I know is that this is like NO OTHER Christian station in this area. This is literally the only station I now listen to and the most awesome part is that my kids sing along and it completely changes the dynamic of our car rides. Tensions and negative energy that sometimes would unfold in the car have became few and far between. We are a family that does listen to various types of music but worship is always my go to and my peace. I will never grow tired of worshipping Him for His faithfulness and healing power in my life. Before finding this station I would channel hop and sometimes tune into the other very popular station in my area but it was very hit and miss. There is a different between Christian songs and worship songs. There is a time and place for all but I feel we all will find out favorite ‘songs’. They call to us and we seek them out, whether they are played on the radio or not. What is not sought out by many is worship. So to give your listeners something different, something that if they will not only encourage their souls but lift the name of Jesus and our Lord higher above all else in our lives, then there is something truly ‘where Heaven touches Earth’ about that – and I would never want to see that changed. I looked forward to my car rides now. I look forward to worshipping with reckless abandon to songs I know and worshiping and learning songs I am unfamiliar with. I haven’t really been to your website yet but if you list the song titles you played within the hr within snippet so we can add it to device playlists that would be awesome (if you aren’t doing so already). Keep on keeping on. I love it!

  25. I love the new format. Playing the same songs over and over reminded me of the radio station 50+ years ago that all the kids at school listened to. Sme thng over and over. Then it was exciing. Now it is annoying. Bravo to Air1 for taking a chance and filling a gap .

  26. I agree with everyone who does not like the new Air 1. Now it’s very similar to another Christian radio station I listen to. I LOVED the artists like Lacrae, Skillet, and Red. I will be using Spotify to listen to these and other amazing artists who bring it. The worst part for me is Dan and Michelle. I absolutely cannot take their sillyness and laughing. It is not humorous at all. I can’t change the station fast enough when they are on. But actually I won’t be listening much at all anymore anyway. The change stinks! You’re losing a LOT of listeners and it breaks my heart to hear that many teenagers stopped listening since the change. Wow Air1. Shame on you for this.

  27. Thank God for no DJ chatter and or crosstalk. I Thank God for the variety and not playing the same songs over and over again!

  28. Air 1 is encouraging listeners to call to voice concerns, they have said many times that they want to customize it for everyone. So take your opinions from here and call them!

  29. I miss the banter between the DJ’s, the little FYI comments, the relationship between callers and DJ’s like what Eric and Heather did. A little human touch and laughter. The music is great, but I need more than just music.

  30. I am so sad with the new format. This is not the station that I fell in love with. My radio is on Air 1 24 hours a day. We need to appeal to the younger generation with more upbeat music. I am in my 50’s and absolutely love the happy upbeat music of Toby Mac, Danny Gokey, Skillet, etc. I hope and pray that we can go back to the station that I love!

    • I agree with you! I miss the old format. I miss my Skillet, Red, Thousand Foot Crutch, Lacrae, etc. I enjoy worship music too, but when I am working, cleaning, crafting…I want upbeat, moving music that praises and worships as well as relates to people. I am a fairly new Christian and I believe that the new format is not going to reach the new and up coming generations as well as the previous format. It is all about one thing… your goal. Are you trying to please people because donations are down or are you trying to reach people for the Lord. There are TONS of other stations that play what I call “my grandma’s worship music”, we need a station that plays to and relates to the new generation that is seeking something and don’t know that God really loves them. I, like Debbie, am in the older generation and I see a huge gap. Skillet, Jeremy Camp, News Boys, Hawk Nelson, and many more are a great way to feel that gap. The lyrics and beat are what makes a difference. The lyrics are what kids relate too and it helps them know that they are not alone in their struggles. The stories are a huge part of what bring people to Christ. Testimonies are a key factor. I have been listening for 3 hours this morning and have not heard one testimonial or praise called in.
      Yes, the music is still good, and it still praises God, but it is slow and really makes me want to change the channel. I am sorry, but I am probably going to be changing stations. There is enough sad, slow, melancholy in this world, I don’t kneed my radio station to bring me down….I need it to lift me up and keep me lifted toward God. The “New” Air1 is not doing that for me. I miss the “Positive Alternative”. That station had a unique and original concept. The New Air1 sounds like the other 3 Christian stations in my area. Very disappointed!!

    • I couldn’t agree more. If I had known I would not have made my donation in December. I try to listen but I just can’t. Very, very sad.

  31. Well, well, well, I usually take a break from listening to Christian music on the radio from November through early January because I have no desire to hear Christmas music for various reasons that I won’t go into except to say that most of it is so worn out from being played over and over again year after year after year. Anyway, last night I started listening to the radio again while I was driving around in my car and doing some shopping. When I selected Air1 (which is one of the five Christian radio stations that broadcast in my city), I kept hearing “the new Air1” and didn’t have a clue what the word “new” meant until I found this article. After reading all of the negative comments about the stations format change, I felt compelled to leave a comment as well.

    To be honest, this is a tough call. I can understand the younger generation preferring the old format, but I can also understand the station owner’s desire to serve all of its listeners by filling a gap that was missing in the old format. Personally, I prefer the new format because I think there aren’t enough worship songs being played on any large network Christian radio stations—including KLOVE and Family Life Radio—especially worships songs by not-so-big-name Christian worship artists. However, perhaps Air1 can accommodate both the older generation and the newer generation by adjusting its playlist during certain times of the day so that the songs being played reflect the make up of the listening audience during those times (for example, playing more “hits” during those times when people are driving home after work). One of the stations in my city (KLYT or star88.fm) has been doing this for years with considerable success. If you are one of those “die-hard older format” younger generation listeners who have given up on Air1, perhaps this station will be more to your liking.

  32. I would wake up to Air1 on 91.9 FM each morning. It was the radio station I had set as my alarm. I listened to the new format for about a week, then the station stopped broadcasting. Was Air1 dropped in some of the L.A. markets? Was it moved to another channel? Where are my monthly donations going?

  33. I enjoyed the old Air1, but we’re living for the Lord. I liked the alternative music, that’s how I ran across the station. They were playing a familiar song. I’ll get used to it. God gets all the glory.

  34. Change is never easy, but the emphasis is not about us. It is about the Lord and the scriptures are full of God’s blessings upon those who worship Him. Air1’s decision can only be a good thing in that regard. Now, if I don’t like the style or I prefer the old format, perhaps I should ask if my comfort is more important than letting the Spirit of God speak to me. Sure, it’s easy to enjoy the familiar, but change is never easy, and if done for the Lord, it will always be good. So maybe we as Americans should realize our consumerist approach to life is not the best. Letting someone else be in charge and seeing the value in their leadership is also a very biblical attitude.

    • Honestly, I didn’t even notice the difference at first. I guess they gradually made the change. I still like Air1 over KLOVE but where they may have filed one void, they left another wide open….

  35. i loved the old one way better cuz u do not find another station who plays christian pop rock and rapp all the other christian stations play all the same and i like faster music and my life is not ht e greatset and i always looked toward air one and when it changed staion channel i could not get the singal for it no more and i finally got signal yesterday and it kept sayin the new air one and i was like what what is this. and i no and i am really sad. it was the only christain statio n to keep me with the lord. i hope i end up liken it. for like a month straight i was asken the lord plaese let me be able to here air 1 on the redio and it was answered but i kind of wish i didnt im happy mandys still on there though. i will try listen to it

  36. I’m bummed because I’ve lived with Air1 for so many years as my go-to music station. I get that the world is changing and I’m guessing large parts of their audience for the “hits” format now stream.

  37. Hey everyone, don’t write Air1 off quite yet. In the last hour I have heard Skillet, NF, and quite a few of the usual songs from 2018. Seemingly our statements are making a difference. 🙂
    👍❤️🙏😇

  38. From here:
    On the other hand, and just maybe:
    “That’s the way, uh-huh, uh-huh, God wants it, uh-huh, uh-huh.”
    Just kiddin’ around.
    (Huge smiley-face.)

  39. I am okay-ish with the new Air1 songs, but I want to hear more of the DJ’s. Their stories were always so welcoming and made me feel like I had caring, loving friends who were devoted to Christ but openly, not all church and no life but loving their savior and living the life that he died for to the fullest by living it without the boxes most Christian channels cater to. Where are the pastors? Where is the worship and Christianity outside of the music? My Brother has lied to me, and stabbed me in the back many times in the past and he does not like when I show my faith, as such the Air1 of 2018 felt like an incredible addition to my life and faith and even seemed to be leading my best friend who has been burned by religion in the past to the arms of Jesus. I’m Air1 all the way, but this is definitely not an improvement.

  40. Wow, it seems like a lot of listeners feel the same as I do, air1 used to be way better with Skillet, Red, P.O.D, and TobyMac as well as Jeremy Camp, I miss knowing who sang the song, the heart to heart from the DJ’s at least they kept Ashton wish they could have a happy medium mix or have listeners pick the songs

    • I agree. I miss the old format and songs. I also really miss hearing the DJ’s comments and life stories. I wonder every day, “How’s Lauren doing with her wedding planning?” or other similar thoughts. They were my friends as I commute to and from work every day.

  41. I am super sad as well… I feel like I lost a good friend. I am glad that the Crossing was mentioned so that I could search it up and now I am listening to that from my phone. What is missing that also make me sad is that I don’t know the names of the songs or who sings them anymore as they are not displayed on my phone or in my car thru the bluetooth. Also, I don’t know if it is my phone (Just got a new one) or the station, but there are a lot of disruptive “drops” where I guess the station is buffering or something.
    Really missing Air1 of 2018 🙁

  42. I have listened to Air1 for years – my kids grew up listening to it. They are now 26 and 30. I am not sure who they “listened” to that caused them to make this drastic change. Air1 is different from the other Christian station that we can get on our radio – we love it too – but Air1 seemed to have a different reach, attracting the young and the old. I LOVED listening to it on the way to work. I, like others, have tried and tried to listen to the “new” Air1, and I am so, so sad… It just doesn’t feel the same. It feels impersonal – like they just stuck a bunch of songs on a reel and left it to play. And, I LOVE hearing my favorite songs several times during the day. I look forward to it, because those songs are the ones that are speaking to me at the moment. I love the old songs too… But… Sad.

  43. I am delighted to see we are not the only one willing to voice our opinion on this change. It brings great sadness to have my car full of carpool school kids (believers and non-believers) ask me to turn off Air1 now. Our $40 a month pledge has been 100% consistent for over 15 years. Tonight we discussed as a family where we can better put those funds that would impact a ministry we are passionate about like the old Air1. I have two amazing kids that ask for Christian concerts for their birthday gift. I am sad they have no station that will support that passion. The change is devastating to a mom who wants her sons to love Christian radio. Air1 WAS different! I logged on hoping to find that the old Air1 had been relocated…not changed. Please consider bringing it back!

    • The reason I supported Air1 of 2018 was in hopes to reach others, like the teenagers I work with, that all unbelievers and those struggling with their faith would enjoy and feel the power of this anointed, upbeat music streaming over the airwaves. I loved the music. I’ve given it almost a month. Air1 Had a different edge on the market than the other two Christian contemporary stations in our area. That edge is gone. It is sad to lose something you loved.

  44. I really love this new focus on praising and worshiping the Lord. Awesome! We were CREATED to love and adore the Lord! <3 <3 <3

  45. I miss the old Air 1. They were different in the way they would play more rock, rap and dance music. This is great music for the younger crowd to get closer to Christ. Air one sounds like all the other Christian stations out there, which is not bad a bad thing, but is too contemporary for me.

  46. So sad about the change. Air1 was different and allowed me to enjoy Christian music that wasn’t the norm like all the other stations. Super disappointed in this change and I’m actively looking for another station to turn into going forward.

  47. Air 1 WAS my favorite Christian music station. You played upbeat music from Skillet, Manafest, Toby Mac and so much more. Now it’s just like Family Life or Klove. So bummed. My teenagers were even into it before. Now it’s just like all the others. Don’t get it why you had to lose your uniqueness. I will gladly give monthly again if it goes back to the way it was.

  48. I’m so sad! I can tune into 5 different Christian music stations where I live. Air 1 has always been my favorite, it played the most JAMMIN’ music. The others all focus on an older generation & play more worship music & more “soft” hits. I love to worship, but I also love to spread the love of God through music that reaches those that find Church off-putting. I find there a great need to show non-believers that following God doesn’t mean sacrificing things that bring us joy – like loud and rowdy music. But the new playlist makes our church Praise & Worship music look more fun & exciting than the radio.

    • This is a well targeted comment. It seems that what is missing somewhat is a heartfelt consideration of the Great Commission. It is great to feed believers but we must have that recognition of a connection with the world (in but not of). But we must be in it and the Air1 of 2018 was, I cannot say that same about today’s New Air1.

  49. Air1 was interesting and fun to our kids before the change. They are 6yrs to 17yrs old. Now they find it boring. Worshiping God is energetic to them not sleepy and boring. It was on in our cars always and we gave quite a bit monthly toward it. With 4 kids we spend a bunch of time in the car. If it is a matter of money just add some Christian acceptable adds. We are going to miss Air1 dearly. We love and pray for all at Air1.

  50. Not a fan of the change. I miss Jeremy Camp, Skillet, Toby Mac, Third Day. Now it’s boring. The old Air 1 WAS worship music. I guess I will have to go back to my cds.

  51. Yes we all have our preferences and I certainly do as well. Can I gently offer a diferent opinion? Maybe Christian music shouldn‘t be meant to relieve our boredom and entertain us – maybe it’s purpose is to point to God and help us connect with our creator. (By the way some songs help me connect more than others) But, if you are feeling dissapponted or bored by the slow music that does not appeal to your preferences, ask God to help you connect. Making an assumption here but I suspect nearly all of the worship songs – R&B, Rock, Contemporary, old school and new school – were written and performed by artists who bathed their work in prayer and who poured their God-given gifts into it. I bet if we self-evaluate our motivations and ask God to check us we can discover beauty in places we didn’t expect.

    • You have good points. However, God did create us with our own personalities and ability to have preferences. I don’t think that’s bad. Also, I’m fairly certain ratings and the impact of streaming services impacted this decision, which really has little to do with connecting with God.

    • Amen! Thank you! I have an 11 and 14 year old and we enjoy ALL worship music. It is meant for worship, not to lift ourselves up, but to honour our mighty Saviour!
      Everyone is commenting about missing the contemporary artists, but they are still being played along with a whole new variety.
      Self reflection and prayer is a great suggestion.

  52. We are so so so sad and disappointed about the change. I told my kids and husband about the format change to more worship music and they said “the previous format WAS worship music!” Which is absolutely true! Any music that glorifies the Lord is worship! And I’m sad for all the Christian hip hop, R&B, etc musicians that have lost a platform to praise the Lord in the way He has placed on their hearts.

  53. During the time I have had to listen, I love the new format: more variety songs; more worship; not the same ones over and over and over.

  54. I have tried to listen to it and just can’t do it. I don’t like the change and I am dropping my monthly donation. Not a good move on your part Air1

  55. I am sad about the change but glad I am not the only one that doesn’t like it. I also tried to listen to it all day today (Jan 3) and had a hard time getting into it. I don’t care much for KLOVE and now I am not fond of the new format on Air1. I can only assume it is because of lack of funding (donations). On the last donation drive (and I think the previous one) they didn’t make their goal.

  56. I’ve been listening all day trying to like the new Air1. I finally gave up and went to a local AAA formatted station. The new Air1 is more of the same old same old. I wish them well. I’m sure it appeals to someone but that someone isn’t me.

  57. I am so very disappointed and sad for the change. My 18 year old son just became a Christian and I truly believe that Air1 played a part. I was hoping that he would change his music choice (because it is not good) but there is NO WAY he will listen to Air1 now. I actually don’t see the younger generation listening at all to Air1. As Christians we should cater more to the younger generation! So sad and disappointed!

    • There are plenty of online stations to cater to a wide variety. Check out ChristianHits.net for a format similar to what Air1 played (but with more variety). They’ve also got several other formats as well (Rock, Hard Rock, Power Praise and Classic Hits).

  58. This is very disappointing. We actually were ready to become financial supporters and cancel SiriusXM but now this change has made it another boring station. I might as well have stuck with SiriusXM.

    Too bad, this station was so good in the past.

  59. So disappointing. You set this station apart by playing more upbeat and fun worship songs. That’s why we listened to Air1. It’s slow and boring now, and very much like so many other stations. Sad.

  60. I remember back in the day, when Air1 would play killer bands such as: Skillet, P.O.D, Kutless (pre cookie cutter worship junk), Day Of Fire, Piller, Bleach, etc!! Man were those the days! Even my non-Christian friends started listening to it, and many of them came to know Christ! But now?? Same old cookie cutter, boring, non original, non thought provoking, bland worship music.. Sad..

  61. Are the DJs still on. I miss Mike and Lauren and Mandy. I also miss the more contemporary hipper music. I used to listen to KLove and this music sounds just the same. The station sounds very soulless.

  62. Wow!!! This is such a disappointment!! We loved the other format but won’t be listening now. I loved hearing my 9yr old son singing every word from the backseat. With the mix of music genres that were played I felt it was easier to avoid secular radio stations because the music was so hip and fun. This new format is way too boring and definitely won’t get us going in the mornings. So sad! We will miss Air1.

  63. Why? There is already a sindicated station that already plays that type of music…K-Love. We a station that will play more Christian Rock.

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