FRANKLIN, Tenn. (Dec. 15, 2021) – Educational Media Foundation (EMF), the parent company of K-LOVE and Air1 radio, announced today the closure of a land purchase, continuing a three-year, phased relocation of its global headquarters to Berry Farms in Franklin, Tenn.
Construction on the 170,000-square-foot space is scheduled to begin on the 11-acre property in mid-2022. The campus’s six floors will include broadcast facilities, podcast and video production studios, and a worship center.
“Middle Tennessee is the hub for Christian musicians, publishers, filmmakers and industry professionals, making it a great place for us to call ‘home,’” said EMF CEO Bill Reeves. “It is incredibly important to us to be somewhere that shares our values,” Reeves explained. “We’re excited to bring our headquarters here. The content we’ll be broadcasting from this community will impact people across the U.S. and around the world.”
EMF first announced its decision to relocate to the Nashville area earlier this year.
“We’ve been fortunate to work with world-class organizations on this project so far,” Reeves said. “We have terrific partners at Boyle, the City of Franklin, Williamson County, Hastings Architecture, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, and Mark Williams and his team at Strategic Development Group.”
More than 100 EMF team members are now working in Franklin in temporary office space and studios while waiting for the new campus to be constructed. Approximately 500 employees are expected to be based in the Berry Farms location in the future as EMF continues to grow and expand in faith-focused radio, films, publishing, podcasting and more.
“We are thrilled Educational Media Foundation has chosen Berry Farms as the home of its global headquarters,” said Phil Fawcett, managing partner of Boyle. “EMF is a leader in the Christian entertainment industry with an emphasis on serving its audiences and employees. Their goals align well with Boyle’s mission to be strategic in serving and transforming our community and establishing long-term value by building lasting relationships and quality developments.
“Berry Farms was designed to create a new, classic way of working in a vibrant, modern community, and EMF is an excellent addition to Berry Farms and the culture of Williamson County.”
Berry Farms combines state-of-the-art office space with the small-town feel of a walkable community with pedestrian-friendly streets that connect to paths and greenways. In addition, Berry Farms is rich in amenities for the working community, including park space, restaurants, retail shops and services, meeting spaces, and fitness offerings, as well as multiple hotels for out-of-town guests, employees and corporate functions.
EMF will join more than 40 other corporate, retail, restaurant and service tenants. The 600-acre Berry Farms community is also home to Lee Company, Aetna, Ramsey Solutions, Trexis Insurance, Crestmark and Tennessee Baptist Mission Board, among others, who occupy over 1 million square feet of office space.
About Educational Media Foundation
Educational Media Foundation (EMF) began as a single, nonprofit radio station in Northern California in 1982 and is now the parent company to K-LOVE and Air1 – the nation’s largest contemporary Christian radio networks. With nearly 500 employees and broadcasting on more than 1,000 signals across all 50 states, EMF is also among the top 10 U.S.-based audio streaming companies.
EMF is also parent company to WTA Media (a leader in faith-based films and publishing), AccessMore (a growing faith-focused podcasting platform), K-LOVE Books and K-LOVE Films.
The ministry continues to expand with the mission of creating compelling media that inspires and encourage audiences to have a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. For more information, please visit EMFbroadcasting.com.
About Berry Farms
Berry Farms is a unique master-planned community located in Franklin, Tenn., in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest-growing, most affluent counties. Conveniently located at the Interstate 65/Peytonsville Road (Goose Creek Bypass) interchange, Berry Farms is strategically situated for easy access and growth. Berry Farms represents a new, classic way of living, working and playing, which changes not only how a community looks, but how it feels. And with a preserved history dating back to the early 1800s, the property has a compelling story to tell.