MapNews Archive

December 1998

All Access sez that that Catholic Family Talk Radio network (WWTC/1280 in the Twin Cities) will debut on January 1. The network will be based in Anaheim, CA. (12/30/98)

Kyle Kaine has not been fired from "The Bear" (KRBR/102.5 Superior), contrary to a posting on this site's bulletin board and repeated on this page saying that he had. We can probably also assume that the other facts of the posting, saying that KRBR part-timer Jason Allen had been fired and that KTCO/98.9's Tim Michaels had been moved to KDAL, were also incorrect. (12/30/98)

690 Minneapolis has changed from KXBR to KFXN. The change took either took place Monday afternoon or Tuesday (12/28 or 12/29). (12/30/98)

Four more applications for noncommercial stations in Minnesota have been filed. Three compete with MPR's application for a new station on 90.1 in Austin. Broadcasting for the Challenged and CSN International have both filed for stations on 90.1 in Albert Lea, while Lifetalk Broadcasting has applied for a station on 90.1 in Hayfield. The fourth new application is from Minnesota-Iowa Christian Broadcasting, owners of KJLY/104.5 (Blue Earth), for a new station on 90.9 in Windom. That application competes with the American Family Association's application for the same frequency in Windom. A complete list of applications is available on the Future Broadcast Stations page. (12/29/98)

Another personality has left B105 (KKCB Duluth) for KOOJ "Kool 93.7" in Baton Rouge, LA. Chris Allen, who did overnights at B105, now does 7-Midnight at KOOJ, as well as being the station's as well as imaging/production director. He was also known as Eddie Van Allen at B105's Oldies sister, Kool 101.7. Chris Allen can be reached at (12/26/98)

Why is the Rochester Technical and Community College re-applying for 89.9 in Rochester? The College owns KRPR/89.9, a 1kW station with a Classic Rock format. Do they anticipate that the FCC will not renew KRPR's license, or are they unfamiliar with the license renewal process? (12/26/98)

KSKK/94.7 (Staples) has received a Construction Permit to upgrade to 50kW at 145m and relocate the transmitter to here (KSKK is currently 35kW at 95m). The new facility's primary coverage area would include Brainerd, which is currently on the fringe of KSKK's signal. KSKK, or "The Arrow," runs a satellite Adult Contemporary format with Rush Limbaugh and CBS news. (12/26/98)

WDGY/630 (Hudson) has once again applied to increase its nighttime power from 130W to 200W. A third tower would be added to the station's antenna system. (12/22/98)

Call letter changes:

Shame on me for forgetting to mention here that KLCI/106.1 has petitioned to change its city of license from Princeton to Elk River. Comments to the FCC are due by January 19, 1999. (12/22/98)

The FCC has cancelled the licenses of KSTQ/99.3 (Alexandria), KMGK/107.1 (Glenwood), KMSR/94.3 (Sauk Centre), and KOCL/96.7 (Arthur, ND). This does not neccesarily mean the stations will go off the air, since they may appeal the decision. KSTQ, KMGK, and KMSR are owned by Branstock Communications. (12/17/98)

Minnesota Public Radio continues its wave of applications for new stations with applications for two stations in Grand Marais and a second application for a new station in Fergus Falls. The Grand Marais stations would be on 88.7 and 89.7, and the Fergus Falls stations would be on 89.7 and 91.5. The 89.7 Grand Marais station would be 6kW at 187m. MPR has also recently applied for new stations on 88.3 in Brainerd and 90.1 in Austin and currently has 29 stations in five states with 19 translators, divided into two networks. MPR also holds the license to WMNN/1330, which is run as a commercial station by the Minnesota News Network. MNN is a subsidiary of the Greenspring Company, which is a subsidiary of the Minnesota Communications Group. MNCG is a nonprofit organization that owns MPR and Greenspring. (12/17/98)

Forum Communications has filed a petition to deny Pioneer Public Broadcasting's application for a new station on 89.5 in Fargo. Forum owns the Fargo Forum, WDAY/970 (Fargo), and WDAY-TV/6 (ABC, Fargo). (12/17/98)

St. Paul-based Hubbard Broadcasting has sold its USSB unit to Hughes Electronics, which is a unit of General Motors. Hughes will pay $13.85 for every share of USSB's stock, making the total price $1.25 billion (the Hubbard family will get $637.5 million of that). Hubbard owns KSTP AM-FM-TV in the Twin Cities and four other TV stations in Minnesota, as well as a few stations in New Mexico. (12/15/98)

There are now three applications for 89.5 in the Fargo area. Pioneer Public Broadcasting (which is not associated with Prairie Public Broadcasting, as this site reported a while back) applied for the frequency, licensed to Fargo. Broadcasting for the Challenged has now also applied for the frequency (licensed to Fargo), while the Mary V. Harris Foundation has applied for an 89.5 in nearby Glyndon, MN. Broadcasting for the Challenged has also applied for a station in Sioux Falls and several other locations around the country. (12/15/98)

What began as a weekly show will soon be a full-time format in the Twin Cities. Radio/DX Information from Wisconsin reports that daytimer WMIN/740 (Hudson) will go all-Spanish on January 1. Currently, Spanish-language programming is heard weekdays from 2 p.m. to signoff, and all weekend. From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m., WMIN runs the same talk shows that sister station WDGY/630 runs. The time for the Spanish format is actually paid for by another group, and they call the format "Radio Rey." (12/14/98)

KXBR/690 is calling itself "The Score 690" with its new Sports format. The schedule is as follows: Best of Chad and Barreiro, 6-9a; the Fabulous Sports Babe, 9a; Jim Rome; and Tony Kornheiser (KXBR is daytime only). Supposedly, KXBR will become KFXN, and the "best of" morning show will be replaced with Tony Bruno and Mike Golic. KXBR is the first station to pick up this syndicated show, which is currently only broadcast on ABC's WMVP in Chicago. (12/11/98)

WNCB/89.3 (Duluth) began broadcasting from its new location in KDLH(TV)'s building on Thursday morning (12/10). The new address is 425 W. Superior St., Suite 300, Duluth MN 55802. Phone numbers will stay the same. (12/11/98)

Lifetalk Broadcasting Association has applied for a translator in St. Francis, a town on the northern fringe of the Twin Cities. It would be on 89.7 with 27W; here's the transmitter location. Lifetalk is a Christian network based in Yakima, WA, and currently has five stations. The proposed translator would officially rebroadcast KLRO, a 200-Watt station in Nile, WA, which isn't on the air yet, according to FCC records. Lifetalk applied for a 100kW station on 89.3 in Sebeka a few years ago, but the FCC hasn't acted on the application yet. (12/11/98)

Solid Rock Broadcasting has applied for a 250-Watt station on 90.1 in Worthington. The organization has also applied for new stations in Kansas, Montana, Texas, and Wyoming. (12/11/98)

Don Fitzpatrick's Shoptalk e-letter reports that Heather Tesch will leave WCCO-TV/4 for a job at The Weather Channel. She's been with the `CCO morning show since 1996. (12/9/98)

KXBR/690 (Minneapolis) has apparently dumped the Classic Country format. On Friday's morning show, the hosts announced that Friday was the last day of the format, and the station would be going all-sports. Since Chancellor owns this station and KFAN/1130, this may mean that Chancellor will use 690 as an extension of KFAN. The only problem is that KXBR is daytime-only, while KFAN is 24 hours. The change once again leaves the market without a Classic Country station. (12/5/98)

Minnesota Public Radio has filed another application for a new station, this one in Fergus Falls on 91.5. MPR has also filed for new stations in Austin and Brainerd. The Brainerd station would be 5kW at 204m, a class C3 station. (12/5/98)

It seems that KVGO/104.3 (Spring Valley) was, in fact, not sold to Jacor after all, and does not have permission to become KQOL. The FCC mistakenly said KVGO would change to KQOL about a month ago, but the station changing to KQOL was really KBGO/Las Vegas. The error apparently got into ther FCC's database, because when Jacor and Clear Channel submitted the paperwork to allocate control of Jacor's stations to Clear Channel, the FCC reported the Spring Valley station as being owned by Jacor. Not so. (12/4/98)

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