Who Are We?
KFEX is an FM radio station broadcasting at 93.1 FM to Chanute, Kansas and the surrounding community. The station can also be heard in Humboldt, Erie, Thayer, Altoona, areas in and near Iola as well as streaming on the internet. We are now broadcasting around the world! The station is formatted to carry a balanced mix of Adult Christian Contemporary and Christian Contemporary Top 40 pop/rock hits during the day, while turning to Christian Rock and Hip-Hop during the evenings and throughout the overnights. It is owned and operated by FireEscape Youth Ministries, a not-for-profit community organization. Started for kids by kids and active since 1998, the FireEscape Coffeehouse provides a safe and fun environment for high school and college age kids. It now also houses and operates the radio station. The undersigned individual, business or organization agrees to help underwrite the costs of operating the station and/or the coffeehouse youth ministry.
"93X FireEscape Radio...It's HIS station." That’s the sound of KFEX 93.1fm, a low power Christian rock station that went on-air in 2004. We are a non-profit, listener supported outreach ministry of the FireEscape Coffeehouse and we are heard in all 50 states and around the globe through our 24/7streaming on the internet. Click on our “Listen Live” button or download our KFEX app for your phone from the App Store.
Our mission is to present the Gospel of Jesus Christ through music and positive programming which includes encouraging moments and radio shows by our DJ’s.
Meet Our Staff
Cody Nichols - Station Manager
Cody was infatuated with local and national radio personalities at a very early in his childhood. At the young age of 12, Cody landed his first job as a local disc-jockey in his hometown of Floydada, Texas and has been working in radio and the broadcast industry nearly 30 years now. His resume is extensive and includes a 5-year stint as co-host of the globally syndicated Christian Rock countdown show “Red Letter Rock20” from 2003-2008 and several broadcast awards including 11 awards from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
Cody is a transplant to Kansas…coming to Chanute from Austin, Texas in August of 2005 to work as General Manager for KFEX FireEscape Radio. He is husband to Becky, father to Christian and Lennon, and wrangler to the family pet, Dexxter. He is also a sound engineer, music producer, and recording studio owner with a large comfy studio located on Main Street right here in Chanute.
Dave Remboldt - Program Director and host of "The Big Mess"
I will never stop being in awe of what God is up to! Even a few months before I became Program Director for KFEX radio, I would have never guessed what He was about to do. I have a passion for reaching people through the radio, and I’m so glad He chose to put me here with KFEX!
My wife and I, along with our 3 children, have called Chanute home for 9 years. I have had various jobs working with youth in the community, and am currently the youth pastor at Living Word Assembly of God. I believe the children are our future, teach them well, and let them lead the way. We teach our children to be seekers of God, and they will rise up as the next generation. I want to see this in the youth of southeast Kansas. I want to see revival in the hearts of young people, and I believe KFEX is uniquely positioned to have a hand in helping spread the fire of hearts burning for Christ.
I love that I get to share my awesome sense of humor (Ha!), my passion for the Lord, and my love of music with you all everyday! Keep it locked in...
Chelsy Bearden - Host of "The Encore"
Chelsy is a seasoned veteran at KFEX. And we don't mean the American hero type. She is been with us for about 10 years and absolutely loves being able to share her ministry on-air. She started back as a sophomore in high school where she co-hosted Saturday night “Untitled” with Jeremiah Wood and then they later went on to host the “Morning Perk” together. After taking about a six year sabbatical to go to college and experience life in the big city, she is back! When she is not on air you can find Chelsy spending time with the youth of Chanute as a local youth pastor or hanging out with her fur baby, Lambeau.
Shari Wendt - Host of "Single Spark"
Shari Wendt is currently the Director of Children’s Ministry at the First United Methodist Church as well as heeding the call to do programming on KFEX. She is married and has three children and “I have also had the privilege of being part of a praise band at church with my family. I’m not terribly musical, but God gave me the ability to keep a beat; so I play the drums for our band. I love working with children and high school youth and leading Bible studies for women/couples. Studying God’s word is a delight to my heart.”
Shari has named her show “Single Spark”. “My hope is to use the show to ignite a passion for God in the hearts of the listeners. As I pondered the possibilities for names, I realized that if the conditions are right, all that is needed is a single spark to set a raging fire that consumes everything in touches! I was compelled to look up the meaning for my given name, and there it was: “Single Spark.” God had spoken it into being…Praise the Lord!” ”Single Spark” airs on Sundays at 8am and 1pm as well as Wednesdays at 7am. Listen in and be blessed!