STAR 88.3 is owned by STAR Educational Media Network, a not-for-profit 501©3 entity that was formed in the Spring of 2009. Prior to the sale of the station in October of 2009, Star 88-3 was owned by the Indiana District-Lutheran Church Missouri Synod for 23 years. They knew the potential for the station’s growth, but also recognized the opportunity to increase support for its missions programs and decided to sell the station. After much prayer and searching, the STAR 88.3 Management Team led by General Manager Melissa Montana seized the opportunity, formed the new company and began the work on buying the station. In June of 2009, an offer was accepted to purchase the station. After FCC approval and other legal matters, the transfer of ownership took place on Friday October 30, 2009.
Along with the purchase of STAR 88.3, an alliance was formed with Huntington University. Their staff have been greatly influenced by the station, its value and its mission. When the opportunity came to partner with the station, Huntington University came to the table with people to serve on the board of directors and with financial support to help purchase the station. STAR 88.3 will promote their name for years to come.