|City of license||Barnesville, Minnesota|
|Branding||Bob 95 FM|
Turn Your Knob To Bob
|Frequency||95.1 FM (MHz)|
|First air date||1980|
|Callsign meaning||K Barnesville Bob|
|Former callsigns||KDLM-FM (1980-1996),
|Owner||Radio FM Media
|Sister stations||KPFX, KQWB, KQWB-FM, KLTA, KBMW|
KBVB (95.1 FM, "Bob 95 FM") is a radio station broadcasting a country format. Licensed to Barnesville, Minnesota, it serves the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. It first began broadcasting in 1980 under the call sign KDLM-FM at Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The station is currently owned by Jim Ingstad's FM Radio Media All the offices and studios are located at 2720 7th Ave S Street in Fargo.
95.1 began its life around 1980 as KDLM-FM on the 95.3 frequency licensed to Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. The station was purchased from Leighton Broadcasting in 1995 by MidStates Broadcasting, a division of OtterTail Power Company. At that time the studio was moved in with new sister-stations KFGO/KFGO-FM and KVOX/KVOX-FM. KDLM moved to the 95.1 frequency and underwent a format flip to alternative rock as "95X" under the call letter KFGX. This format was relatively short lived as the station transitioned to Adult Contemporary in 1997, then mainstream rock as "Rock 95" in 1998. MidStates Broadcasting was later bought out by James Ingstad in 1999.
Clear Channel Communications bought Ingstad's Fargo stations in 2000, and debuted River 95.1 debuted with an adult contemporary format. KRVI tweaked to its current AAA format in 2003, similar to that of co-owned KTCZ "Cities 97" in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After success with the AAA format on Cities 97 in Minneapolis, Clear Channel recreated format in Fargo and several other markets. These stations tend to draw in a large middle aged, well-educated audience which made them appealing to advertisers and profitable despite the fact that they may not have had large overall audiences. River 95.1 also annually aired Christmas music after Thanksgiving until Christmas Day.
On September 28, 2006, KRVI and the other Clear Channel stations in Fargo were sold back to James Ingstad, who lives in Fargo. He previously did not own KDAM, as didn't sign on until 2002. The sale was approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on January 19, 2007.
The Spring 2010 Arbitron ratings gave KBVB an 8.4 share making them the 3rd place radio station in the market based on AQH share behind KFGO and KQWB who had a 12.1 and a 9.6 respectively. This marks the first time BOB95 surpassed competitor Froggy 99.9 who registered a 7.9 share. Arbitron Ratings
In 2012, It was announced that KBVB, along with Ingstad's other Fargo stations would be sold to Midwest Communications for $25 Million in a deal that took effect on May 1. A day later, Ingstad purchased crosstown rival Go Radio Fargo including stations KVOX-FM, KPFX, KLTA, KBMW, KQWB-FM and KQWB-AM for 9.5 Million dollars. May 3 it was reported that Ingstand and Midwest Communications would be trading country stations KBVB and KVOX in an even trade. That trade took effect on August 5, 2013. Despite reports that listeners would not notice changes found that Froggy's Morning show "Jesse Amanda and Pike" were pulled from air along with BOB's Lucy Black and Collin Taylor (who is now on Froggy).
BOB is known in Fargo for their commercials; as they often parodize a popular song, such as adding words to the Chicken Dance, and at Christmas, re-writing "Jingle Bells". Their commercials also often feature the "Bob Puppets" that include a cowboy and 2 bobbers.
The current "Wheels On The Bus" parody commercial for BOB 95 has several different versions that feature groups of people from the Fargo-Moorhead area singing the jingle; including the West Fargo Fire Department.
- Bob 95 FM
- BOB 95 photos on Flickr
- "Chicken Dance"
- "Jingle Bob" Nov-Dec 2007
- original "Wheels On The Bus" parody commercial
- current "Wheels On The Bus" parody commercial
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KBVB
- Radio-Locator information on KBVB
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KBVB