|City of license||Preston, Minnesota|
|Broadcast area||Fillmore County, Minnesota|
|First air date||June 1966|
|Power||1,000 watts daytime only|
|Callsign meaning||FILlmore County|
|Affiliations||Linder Farm Network|
(Townsquare Media Rochester License, LLC)
|Sister stations||KFIL-FM, KLCX, KOLM, KROC, KROC-FM, KVGO, KWWK, KYBA|
KFIL (1060 AM) is an American commercial radio station licensed to serve Preston, Minnesota. The station is licensed to broadcast only during daylight hours. Established in 1966 by O.B. Borgen, KFIL is currently owned by Townsquare Media and the broadcast license is held by Townsquare Media Rochester License, LLC.
KFIL broadcasts a country music format in conjunction with its sister station, KFIL-FM (103.1 FM). The station is a "daytimer", licensed to broadcast from local sunrise to local sunset, to avoid interfering with clear-channel stations KYW in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and XEEP in Mexico City. Under a "pre-sunrise authority" granted by the FCC in 2007, the station begins its broadcast day at 6:00am year-round. KFIL serves Fillmore County and the greater Rochester, Minnesota, area.
As a full service station, non-music programming includes CNN Radio, agriculture news, market reports, and specialized weather reports. KFIL is an affiliate of the Linder Farm Network. KFIL also broadcasts a tradio program called "Swap Shop" and a community calendar bulletin each weekday.
Weekend programming includes five hours of local church services and other Christian programming on Sunday mornings. Sports programming on KFIL includes local high school football and high school basketball during the season, KFIL Sports Round-up with sports director Devon Krueger each weekday, and Coaches Corner on Saturday mornings from August through April.
This station received its original construction permit on May 21, 1966. It began regular broadcast operations in June 1966, with 500 watts of power. The station was assigned the call sign "KFIL" by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The station was originally licensed to serve the community of Preston, Minnesota.
The station was originally owned and operated by KFIL, Inc., with Obed Samuel "O.B." Borgen as president of the corporation. In October 1991, ownership of KFIL, Inc., was transferred to sons Michael S. Borgen and Jeffrey T. Borgen. The station stayed in the Borgen family's control for more than 37 years. Obed Borgen died in July 1999.
In December 2003, Michael S. Borgen and Jeffrey T. Borgen sold KFIL, Inc., to Cumulus Media through its Cumulus Broadcasting, LLC, subsidiary. The published combined sale price of KFIL, KFIL-FM, and KVGO (through KVGO, Inc.) was $3,000,000. The deal gained FCC approval on February 5, 2004, and the transaction was consummated on March 30, 2004. The broadcast license for KFIL was formally transferred from KFIL, Inc., to Cumulus Licensing, LLC, on December 31, 2004.
Longtime KFIL/KFIL-FM air personality Mike Sveen retired from broadcasting in 2007. The former announcer, sports reporter, and Preston, Minnesota, city council member had worked at KFIL/KFIL-FM for more than 25 years.
On August 30, 2013, a deal was announced in which Townsquare Media would acquire 53 Cumulus stations, including KFIL, for $238 million. The deal is part of Cumulus' acquisition of Dial Global; Townsquare and Dial Global are both controlled by Oaktree Capital Management. The sale to Townsquare was completed on November 14, 2013.
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- KFIL official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KFIL
- Radio-Locator Information on KFIL
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KFIL