MapNews Archive

November 1998

KBGY/107.5 (Faribault), which is not yet on the air, has applied to change its transmitter location to a site northeast of Faribault. A power drop to 35kW and antenna height drop to 103m would be made because of the proximity to KQQL/107.9 (Anoka). The transmitter would be located near Lonsdale (here's a map). KBGY's primary coverage area would go as far north as Eagan, Bloomington, and Chanhassen. (11/30/98)

KVGO/104.3 (Spring Valley) has increased to 10kW at 156m (class C3), with transmitter located midway between Spring Valley and Austin. "Kool 104.3" runs a satellite Oldies format. (11/30/98)

Christian Heritage Broadcasting has been granted a station on 89.5 in Alexandria (7.2kW/98m). The organization also owns KBHL/103.9 in nearby Osakis. (11/30/98)

WEVR-FM/106.3 (River Falls) has upgraded to the maximum power for its class, making the station 6kW at 100m. (11/30/98)

Tricia Cummings left KKCB/105.1 (Duluth) on October 28, after working there for nearly four years and staying #1 in middays. She also worked at Kool 101.7 (KLDJ) as Alisson Davis, voice-tracking the 7-Midnight shift. She took a position at start-up station Kool 93.7 in Baton Rouge, doing middays and assisting with programming. Tricia can be reached at triciaallison@hotmail.com. (11/28/98)

KNXR/97.5 (Rochester) has replaced ABC News with CBS News. (11/28/98)

DX Mid-America reports that KKJR/107.1 (Hutchinson) will switch to an Adult Contemporary format when the station moves to 106.9, increases power, and changes city of license to Dassel. The change is expected to come in January. KKJR currently carries ABC's Country Coast-to-Coast format. (11/24/98)

DX Mid-America also reports that WXCE/1260 (Amery) has dumped Country for Oldies. The station was recently purchased by Robert and Lois Johnson. (11/24/98)

WWLC/104.9 (Balsam Lake) does not expect to be back on the air until February. The station will have studios in Milltown and Pine City, and those same studios will also be home to WBEP/105.7 (Siren) when it signs on next summer. Casey Communications (owner of both stations) has conducted a survey in the area to determine WWLC's format, which is not being announced. The stations will employ live DJ's and use the Smartcaster system. For those of you keeping track, Pine City is outside of the primary community contour of both stations. (11/23/98)

Red River Broadcasting is expected to take over KDDS/KQDS/KNLD (Duluth) on December 1. (11/23/98)


A construction project to rebuild the backup FM transmitter facilities on top of the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis is nearing completion. Testing will begin in early December. When completed 8 Twin Cities stations (KQRS, KXXR, KTCZ, KSJN, WRQC, KDWB, KEEY, and KMJZ) will share a new antenna recently installed on the West tower on top of the IDS.

Five stations (KQRS, KXXR, KSJN, KDWB, and KEEY) began using the site in the late 1970's as main facilities. The two 110-foot towers on the IDS supported high-band and low-band antenna systems. After years of battles over interference and operating at reduced power the site became a backup when those stations along with several others completed the move to a combined antenna on the KMSP tower in Shoreview in 1991.

During the construction Downtown workers have been able to watch tower crews strip the West pole and install the new antenna system. The pole had hosted the old low-band antenna so KQRS and KXXR have used a temporary antenna for backup during the project. When the move is complete the East antenna will be left on the pole for aesthetic reasons until a new tenant, possibly HDTV, is found to use the space.

In early December engineers will spend several late nights testing the new system. Testing could include all 8 stations being dark at the same time for short periods (a very unusual occurrence) and several days of operation from the IDS site. When complete the 8 stations will use an average power of 40,000 watts from the new antenna for backup operation. Considering the prime location of the IDS the vast majority of listeners will never notice when a station is using the backup site. (11/23/98)


The sale of WKLJ/1290 and WCOW/97.1 (Sparta, WI) appears to have fallen through. The FCC recently reported that the sale of the stations from Sparta-Tomah Broadcasting to Family Radio "will not consummate." (11/15/98)

WDSE/8 (PBS, Duluth) has turned on its Secondary Audio Program and is using it to rebroadcast NOAA Weather Radio station KIG64. KBJR/6 had previously broadcast NOAA on its SAP, but dropped it for light rock. (11/15/98)

DX Mid-America reports that WGMO/95.3 (Shell Lake) has dropped Christian programming from the Skylight Satellite Network in favor of Nostalgia/Easy Listening from ABC's "Stardust" network. The station still broadcasts Rush Limbaugh. (11/11/98)

The Calvary Chapel Church of Twin Falls, Idaho, has applied for a translator on 88.3 in Brainerd that would relay the Chapel's KAWZ. (11/11/98)

New websites: KSTP-TV/5 recently debuted an impressive website at www.kstp.com. KSTP satellite KSAX also has a website coming, which will be at www.ksax.com. Also, Ruth Koscielak has a website for her show at www.ruthradio.com. (11/9/98)

KYMN/1080 (Northfield) has added a Sunday morning Spanish-language show for "Mexicanos y Latinos." (11/9/98)

With KS95 no longer playing `70s on Saturday nights, WLTE dropped its Saturday night `50s-`60s Oldies show in favor of the `70s in early October. The show's even called "Saturday Night at the `70s," which is what KS95 called its Saturday night `70s show. (11/9/98)

Catholic Family Radio is the name of the service Catholic Radio Network is airing on the seven stations it took over last week, including WWTC/1280. Programming consists of mass music with occasional liners and ID's. (11/7/98 1:30p)

Things that haven't changed: (or: yet another list)

Low Power TV station K60EZ (Duluth) may not be dead. The FCC has approved the station's sale to Tiger Eye Broadcasting, which owns other LPTV's around the country. K60EZ was part of a UHF subscription TV service consisting of eight channels that went off the air a year ago. K60EZ is licensed to transmit with only 1.7kW, which is just barely enough to cover the Duluth-Superior metro area. On top of that, most non-cable houses use only rabbit ears for an antenna, making reception of K60EZ virtually impossible. Nothing has happened with the other seven LPTV stations, which are licensed to operate on channels 15, 27, 30, 32, 34, 38, and 56. (11/5/98 1:45p)

More FCC stuff-

KDLH/3 (CBS, Duluth) has made some staff cutbacks, affecting its news and engineering departments. (11/4/98 7:30p)

From the Duluth News-Tribune: The tower in Grand Marais that brings the signals of Duluth stations KBJR (NBC), KDLH (CBS), and WDSE (PBS) to Cook County is on the verge of falling down. KBJR and KDLH own the tower, and had planned to tear it down before winter. Now, they've decided to keep it up, with the plan that WDSE will build a new tower using funds that are only available to public TV stations. Antennas on the tower receive the signals of the three stations, which are sent to the local cable company and back over the air via translators in Grand Marais and Grand Portage. WDIO (ABC) has its own Grand Marais tower for these purposes and apparently doesn't have room or doesn't want the other stations on its tower. (11/3/98)


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