MapNews Archive

April 1998

4/29/1998: Barbara Carlson will return to AM1500 KSTP in June. Carlson the station in February 1997, saying she had gotten bored with her show. The former Minneapolis city council member then made an unsuccessful run for mayor of Minneapolis last fall. (Star Tribune)

4/29/1998: Carol DeLaHunt has applied to increase the power of her recently-awarded station in Walker at 101.9. The station is currently licensed for 6kW at 100m. DeLaHunt wants to change that to 50kW at 117m. To avoid interfering with KFGO-FM/101.9 (Fargo), the transmitter would be located east of town, on state highway 200 between Walker and Remer in the Leech Lake Indian Reservation. The new station would serve Walker and rural Cass County, but would not have a city-grade signal into Bemidji, Grand Rapids, or Brainerd. (FCC)

4/26/1998: KLCX/107.7 (St. Charles-Rochester) is on the air. "CD 107.7" runs a "Real Classic Rock" format. The class A station has a few people who used to work at Rochester's established Classic Rock station, Laser 101.7. (FCC, e-mail)

4/25/1998: The latest Children's Broadcasting station sale gets more confusing every day. Radio and Records says the sale of 10 stations to Catholic Radio Networks includes KYCR/1570, but not the Phoenix station. R&R also says the new network will be for-profit, offering family programming 24 hours a day.

4/25/1998: Larry Alford is the new General Manager at KKMS/980, and says that the station has hired two sales representatives and two board operators in recent weeks.

4/25/1998: KCFB/91.5 (St. Cloud) has applied to increase power to 15kW, with an antenna at 106m above average terrain, from tower near the intersection of I-94 and state highway 15 (the site is near KVSC's tower, but isn't actually KVSC's tower). The change would upgrade the station's class from A to C3.(FCC)

4/24/1998: Northwoods Broadcasting is selling WWLC/104.9 (Balsam Lake) to Casey Communications. Northwoods is in the process of buying the station from Red Cedar Broadcasting. (FCC)

4/24/1998: Now that Bernie Schumaker has the Construction Permit for the new station on 92.5 in Park Rapids, she's applied to increase it's power from 6kW to 25kW. (FCC)

4/23/1998: Salem Media may be the mystery buyer of the remaining three of Children's Broadcasting Company's stations (mentioned on 4/21/1998). Salem, which owns KKMS/980 in the Twin Cities, may take over KYCR/1570 in the very near future through an LMA. The Detroit station is being sold to another group. The Tulsa station (KMUS Muskegee) is apparently not owned by CBC, even though a press release they sent out last year said they do. Beat Radio, currently airing from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. on CBC's stations that used to air "Aahs World Radio," expects to continue on all but the Detroit station until about September 1. (e-mail)

4/23/1998: KKMS/980 is suffering from a staff shortage. Two management positions are vacant, and word on the street says many other employees have left.

4/23/1998: Daren Streblo will leave Northwestern's KDNW/97.3 (Duluth) at the end of May to work full time at his Christian Comedy routine. He hosts the afternoon "Going Home" show.

4/23/1998: Kiss 92.1 (Duluth) has again modified it's Saturday night show. The "All Request Retro Party" now runs from 5 p.m. to midnight and includes songs from the `70s, `80s, and `90s.

4/21/1998: Children's Broadcasting Corporation has signed a purchase agreement to sell 10 of its 14 stations to the Catholic Radio Networks. The sale includes WWTC/1280 and the New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Phoenix, Kansas City, Denver, and Milwaukee stations. The price is $57 million, and the sale is expected to close in September. CBC's press release also says that letters of intent have been signed to purchase three of the remaining stations for $4.7 million, but it doesn't say who the buyer(s) is (are). From what I can tell, CBC has 14 stations, so that would leave 1 station still without a buyer. The stations not included in the CRN deal include KYCR/1570 in the Twin Cities and stations in Detroit, Tulsa, and Houston.

4/21/1998: 1370 in Grand Forks has returned to the air, having been off the air longer than any other station as a result of last spring's flood. While off the air, the station has changed call letters from KFJM to KUND. (Shawn Axelrod via DX midAMerica)

4/18/1998: WNCB/89.3 (Duluth) General Manager Jeff Stromquist will leave the position at the end of April. Brett Gibson, currently the Program Director of the "Christian Hit Radio" station, will become the new GM. Stromquist will go on sabbatical for about six months, and will then return to the station to do some volunteer engineering work. (e-mail)

4/17/1998: Construction Permits have been issued for new stations in Park Rapids and Walker. Bernie Schumaker, a salesperson at KPRM/KDKK in Park Rapids, has a CP for 92.5 in Park Rapids, with 3.2kW at 135m. Carol DeLaHunt has a CP for 101.9 in Walker, with 6kW at 100m. Is Carol related to E.P. DeLaHunt, the owner of KPRM/KDKK?

4/17/1998: Paul Bunyan Broadcasting won the settlement agreement for the new station in Bemidji, which will be 100kW on 95.5. Paul Bunyan (owned by Omni Broadcasting) also owns KBUN and KBHP in Bemidji. The new station can go on once the FCC issues a Construction Permit. (Tom Lijewski)

4/17/1998: Eclectic Enterprises plans to have WXXZ/95.3 in Grand Marais on the air this summer. The format hasn't been decided yet, but it will probably be Light Adult Contemporary, Classic Rock, or Nostalgia. Eclectic also plans to have its Babbitt station, KAOD/106.7, built by late summer. The new stations may simulcast (with some local programming on each station) if research indicates that the same format will work in both areas. Eclectic and Harbor Broadcasting operate together, and Harbor's KBAJ/105.5 in Deer River may also be part of that simulcast. Cheryl Pfeiffer is the majority owner of Eclectic, and Tom Lijewski is the sole shareholder of Harbor Broadcasting and a minority owner of Eclectic. (Tom Lijewski)

4/16/1998: KKRC/93.9 (Granite Falls) recently changed from Country to Oldies. (e-mail)

4/15/1998: WPRE-FM/94.3 (Prairie du Chein) is now WQPC. The station's format is still the same, and 980 is still WPRE. The two stations were recently purchased by the Robinson Corporation, which owns WVRQ AM-FM in Viroqua. (e-mail)

4/15/1998: Melissa Blethen will soon take over the weekend overnight slot at Kool 108. She previously hosted the Friday and Saturday night "Electric Avenue" show on Star 96 in St. Cloud. (Bulletin Board, e-mail)

4/15/1998: Now for a side of radio you don't hear about very often -- subcarriers. WTBX/93.9 (Hibbing) dropped it's 67 KHz music service a month or two ago after 20 years on the air. It was the last subcarrier in the Northland offering music, and had been locally originated for the last few years. This is another change that has been made at WTBX and WKKQ (now WNMT) since Central States Network bought the stations. (e-mail)

4/10/1998: WEBC/560 (Duluth) is moving Duke Skorich's show from 4-6 to 7-9, beginning next Monday (4/13). The station will air Dr. Laura in the late afternoon time slot.

4/6/1998: WRFW/88.7 (River Falls) will begin carrying Wisconsin Public Radio's Ideas Network on Thursday, April 30. WRFW will carry the Ideas network from 2 a.m. to Noon instead of signing off. The agreement between WRFW and WPR allows WRFW as much local programming as it wants, as opposed to WPR's agreement with KUWS, which allows only 25% local programming. Speaking of WPR, the network began 24-hour operation at 0000 this morning. (e-mail)

4/6/1998: Minnesota Twins games are moving from WCCO-TV (and satellite stations KCCO and KCCW) to KMSP. The first game to be broadcast is on April 12.

4/2/1998: KXLT/47 (Rochester) has been a FOX affiliate since January 19. (!) The station's schedule is as follows: FOX Kids Network, 7-8 a.m.; America's Funniest Home Videos, 8 and 8:30 a.m.; Sally Jessy Raphael, 9 a.m.; Jerry Springer, 10 a.m.; Ricki Lake, 11 a.m.; Jenny Jones, Noon; The People's Court, 1 p.m.; America's Funniest Home Videos, 2 and 2:30 p.m.; FOX Kids Network, 3-5 p.m.; The Cosby Show, 5 and 6 p.m.; The Simpsons, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.; FOX Prime Time, 7-9 p.m.; Varied, 9-11 p.m.; and Vibe, 11 p.m. Gist and TV Guide still think KXLT is relaying KPXM/41 (St. Cloud-Twin Cities). KXLT's power is currently only at 45kW, but they've applied to increase to full power of 5,000kW. (KXLT)

4/2/1998: KXTP/970 (Superior-Duluth) changed to Radio Disney at Noon today. The station ran with an open carrier (i.e. no programming) all evening and night of April 1st, but then returned to the "Real Country" feed at about 5:30 a.m. At about 9 a.m., they began running jockless Classic Country. Tim Michaels did ID's on the hour and read weather, and was probably live. Time off the satellite and automation system was probably required to set up the equipment for the new format. At 11:59, Michaels read the weather, and then announed: "Kicks 970 is KXTP Duluth-Superior. 970 is now AM Radio Disney."

4/2/1998: KKCK/99.7 (Marshall) was at about 1,000 Watts (as opposed to 100kW) due to technical problems, possibly weather-related, for most of the day Wednesday (April 1). (KKCK)

4/1/1998: KRBI AM-FM and MPR's KGAC/KNGA were affected by last Sunday's tornado in St. Peter. KGAC and KNGA are back on the air, but KRBI may still be off. KRBI's General Manager told WCCO Radio that both KRBI's AM and FM towers were knocked down, and that KRBI(AM) was expected to return early in the week at low power. MPR's main satellite downlink dish was torn in half by the tornado, and the studio to transmitter link disappeared. Mankato State University helped MPR's stations return to the air Monday night. MPR staffers have not yet been allowed in the damaged building where their studios are. KGAC/KNGA share a tower with KDOG north of Mankato. Thanks to all who e-mailed!

4/1/1998: By the time you read this, La Crosse's "The River 95.7" will probably have changed format. The station is set to begin calling itself "The Rock" at 4 a.m. today (April 1), with a different celebrity DJ each hour. The mayors of La Crosse and Onalaska will be among the celebrities. The real format is set to debut at 3 p.m. The station will change call letters (if it hasn't already) to WRQT. 95.7's owner, Family Radio, is in the process of buying Country-formatted WCOW/97.1 (Sparta), and management apparently decided it only wanted one Country station. The move will leave La Crosse with two major Country stations (WCOW and CC106), plus KQYB/98.3 (Spring Grove), which has a translator in La Crosse. 95.7's new format will compete primarily with the partially satellite-fed WKBH-FM/100.1. (e-mail)

4/1/1998: WNMT/650 (Nashwauk-Hibbing) began their new format on Monday. The slogan is "News/Talk AM 650," and the format is as described a few weeks ago.