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12/30/1996: Dance music was heard on 97.7 in the Minneapolis area Saturday night (12/28). This is where unlicensed station Beat Radio broadcast Urban and Dance music for several months ending November 1, when the equipment was seized by the FCC. Beat Radio operator Alan Freed insists that the broadcast was not Beat Radio (no ID's were heard during the broadcast). Another unidentified signal has been heard on 97.7 in the northern Bloomington/Edina area broadcasting the audio from cable channel MSC (the Midwest Sports Channel, owned by Group W/CBS). On a related note, Beat Radio will be holding monthly fundraisers for its legal defense. The most recent was held at South Beach Club on January 5.
12/22/1996: KEGE/980 (Richfield-Minneapolis) changed to KKMS at midnight on December 6, airing conservative talk programming and Bible teaching from the Salem Radio Network. The Eagan studios and offices are being renovated, and the towers are being fixed up. Nice to see this property get some respect after so many years of neglect!
12/22/1996: KSTP-FM/94.5 (St. Paul) has a new liner guy and new jingles. Here are two zipped up .WAV files of the new jingles:
12/19/1996: WIMN/1220 (Stillwater) will be changing its call letters to WEZU on January 1, but its format (Nostlalgia) will remain the same.
12/19/1996: WRSR/104.3 (Two Harbors-Duluth) will not be changing format from "Smooth Jazz" when its satellite service, Sony's SmoothFM, bites the dust at the end of the year. WRSR is promising its listeners a "new and improved" SmoothFM 104.3 for the holidays. Hopefully they'll fix whatever problem is preventing them from broadcasting in stereo by then!
12/8/1996: The FCC has granted the petition of WAQE-FM/97.7 (Rice Lake) to move to 99.1 with 50,000 watts. I'm not exactly sure if WAQE must now apply for the move and wait for a Construction Permit to be issued, or if WAQE already has a CP for the move.
12/8/1996: WRSR/104.3 (Two Harbors-Duluth) has been broadcasting in mono for months. The signal is actually stereo, but the programming being fed into it is mono. WRSR ("SmoothFM 104.3") is currently running Sony's SmoothFM Modern Jazz/Adult Contemporary format, which will cease to exist after December 31. 104.3 could possibly switch to a similar format offered by the Jones Satellite Network, or change format completely.
12/3/1996: "Keep the Beat," an event to raise support for the return of Beat Radio, was held at South Beach Sunday, December 8. Beat Radio is/was an unlicensed station that broadcast Dance/Urban music to Minneapolis on 97.7 from July until an equipment seizure on November 1. The station may be returning to the air.
12/3/1996: It will certainly be awhile before a Construction Permit is issued to build a 50,000 watt station on 107.5 in Faribault: KFIL Inc, Faribault Radio Partnership, Bruce H. Linder, KYMN Inc, Lifetalk Broadcasting Association, Raydio Inc, KM Communications, Lynn C. Ketelson, John R. Miller, Howard Bill, Robert Ingstad, and James Ingstad have all applied for the frequency. The station would have a strong signal into southern Twin Cities suburbs.
12/19/1996: WBKP/5 (Calumet, MI) recently signed on. Besides serving the western portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the station can probably be seen on Minnesota's North Shore, jumping across Lake Superior. The ABC affiliate is owned by Thomas Scanlan.
12/8/1996: Reversing the national trend of adding newscasts, KBJR/6 (NBC Superior-Duluth) will cancel its low-rated News at Noon in January. The last time I heard of a newscast being cancelled was several years ago when KBJR cancelled its 10:00 news. KBJR will also add an additional half hour of local news in the morning from 6-6:30. The replacement? Depends on how you look at it. KBJR is saying that the replacement will be Sunset Beach, Aaron Spelling's new soap opera, which will be seen in that time slot. "Sunset Beach" will actually be replacing reruns of Leeza, and KBJR's afternoon lineup will be rearranged. The real addition will be "M*A*S*H" reruns at 3:30.
12/2/1996: Longtime WEAU-TV/Eau Claire Meteorologist Jim Riggs passed away Wednesday November 27, after a long and courageous bout with cancer. He was 55. Jim was a retired Air Force Master Sargent, who started his career in television at WEAU in 1982...and continued to work there until his retirement because of the illness just a few weeks ago. In memorial, the family asks that donations be made in Jim's name to the cancer units at either Luther Hospital, or Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. Jim is survived by his wife, Nancy, and 2 children.
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