Radio Free KJLH, 102.3FM was honored with the 2012 Stellar Award as Radio Station of the Year during gospel music’s biggest night, held at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

The Stellar Awards are given to Gospel’s best and brightest each year.

The honor is significant for KJLH, not only because it is the Stellar Award–gospel’s highest honor–but because the station is not a 24-hour gospel radio station.

However, the commitment of KJLH to Gospel music and to the church community is evident by the popularity of its Sunday “Spread the Word” program (heard from noon-6 p.m.) and the fact that the station freely intermingles gospel music with it’s regularly scheduled day-time line up.

Additionally, the station’s heritage of community service is inherently bolstered by it’s long relationship with the Southern California religious community.