2/28/1997: The programmers of KQDS AM-FM 1490/94.9 (Duluth) just can't make up their minds when it comes to the stations legal ID. The latest change is a normal-talking ID, but it's still buried in commercial breaks.
2/25/1997: Barbara Carlson did her last mid-morning talk show on KSTP/1500 (St. Paul) on Friday, Febrary 21. Carlson said she was bored with her show. KSTP will certainly miss her ratings.
2/25/1997: It'll be a while longer before the Construction Permit for 107.1 in Moose Lake goes on the air. Owner Alan Quarnstrom is tied up in red tape concerning the station's tower.
2/19/1997: More conglomeration in the St. Cloud market: Andrew Hilger, owner of WJON/1240, KMXK/94.9, and WWJO/98.1 (Full Service, Oldies, and Country, respectively), will buy KKJM/92.9. KKJM signed on last summer broadcasting a Hot AC format.
2/19/1997: KUSZ/107.7 (Proctor-Duluth) has changed its name from "USA Radio" to "Power Country, Z107-7." The change is an attempt to survive in the crowded Country marketplace in the Twin Ports, and Z107-7 will compete with Kicks 970, Kat Country 98.9, and B105. KUSZ is running commercial-free automated Country music overnights (11pm-6am). The station may be automated in other dayparts as well, but they are not satellite fed.
2/19/1997: Duluth-Superior will most likely see two more format changes in the next few months. KQDS/1490, recently purchased by Fant Broadcasting, will cease rebroadcasting KQDS-FM/94.9 and probably pick up a News/Talk or Nostalgia format. WRSR/104.3 (Two Harbors) is considering the replacement of its unsuccessful Smooth Jazz format, possibly with Adult Contemporary or Top 40. WRSR's owners are leery of the difficulty of selling Top 40 in Duluth, but they seem to be having more difficulty with Smooth Jazz. WRSR is still broadcasting in mono. Some believe that conglomeration is done in the market, but WWAX, WRSR, and KUSZ all have small owners and could easily be bought out. The owners of WWAX/WRSR would like to buy other stations in the market, but they may instead sell their stations.
2/19/1997: WWAX/92.1 (Hermantown-Duluth) has dropped Imus in the Morning. In Imus' place is the usual mix of Adult Modern Rock and New Wave hits, but all of the local news, weather, and other features that were present during Imus are still found on WWAX.
2/18/1997: WKLK/1230 (Cloquet) has picked up a satellite fed Nostalgia format, replacing a satellite fed Adult Contemporary format. KXTP/970 (Superior-Duluth) dumped the format last month in favor of Country. WKLK has a fair signal in the Twin Ports, but continues to target the Cloquet area.
2/16/1997: As reported in many different media, WCCO-TV is facing another embarrassing situation. According to the Star Tribune: "WCCO-TV anchor Colleen Needles has filed a discrimination complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the station and its owner, CBS, specifically naming her supervisor, news director Ted Canova."
2/11/1997: Results Radio, Inc., will buy KJJK AM-FM 1020/96.5 (Fergus Falls). The company already owns Fergus Falls stations KBRF/1250 and KZCR/103.3 and Perham station KPRW/99.5. Since none of stations in the new group appear to have overlapping formats, it doesn't look like any major format adjustments are in store.
2/11/1997: At KRBR/102.5 (Superior-Duluth), the afternoon DJ quit, and PD Justin Case has been fired.
2/11/1997: KQDS-FM is back to its old tricks concerning Legal ID's: the station is once again hiding a fast-talking ID in spot breaks. The ID is barely comprehensible.
2/7/1997: KBJR/6 (Superior-Duluth) is violating FCC regulations in its overnight broadcasts of NBC News Nightside. No legal ID's (or anything local, for that matter) are broadcast.
2/7/1997: WEVR-FM/106.3 (River Falls) has applied to increase its power and antenna height to the maximum allowed at its current class. This would slightly improve WEVR's reception in the eastern suburbs of the Twin Cities.
2/7/1997: WGMO/95.3 (Shell Lake) has applied to "change channel."
2/7/1997: W25CA/25 (Ashland) is on the air broadcasting programming from the America1 Network. I don't know why they chose A1 while Fox lacks coverage in Ashland.
2/7/1997: KJLY/104.5 (Blue Earth) has received FCC permission to build a translator on 93.5 in Owatonna. The translator will interfere with KEGE/93.7 (Minneapolis).
2/1/1997: KZPK/98.9 (Paynesville-St. Cloud) will be bought by Leighton Enterprises, owner of St. Cloud's KNSI/1450 and KCLD/104.7. KZPK began broadcasting in late 1995 and offers a satellite fed Country format using the slogan "Wild Country 98.9."
2/1/1997: Gary Rebstock, anchorman at KMSP/9 (Minneapolis), will be leaving his position. He replaced Rod Grams, now a US Senator, about five years ago.
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