KGFK (AM)

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KGFK
95.7 The Forks logo
City of license East Grand Forks, Minnesota
Broadcast area Grand Forks, North Dakota
Branding 95.7 The Forks
Slogan We Play What You Want!
Frequency 1590 AM (kHz)
Translator(s) 95.7 K239BG (Grand Forks)
First air date 1959 (as KRAD)
Format Commercial; Adult Hits
Power 5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Class B
Facility ID 33000
Callsign meaning Grand ForKs
(KGFK is also the ICAO code for the Grand Forks Int'l Airport)
Former callsigns KRAD (1959-1981)
KRRK (1981-1986)
KCNN (1986-2011)
Owner Leighton Broadcasting
Sister stations KNOX, KYCK, KZGF, KZLT-FM
Webcast Listen Live!
Website 957theforks.com

KGFK (1590 AM, "95.7 The Forks") is a radio station broadcasting an adult hits format. Licensed to East Grand Forks, Minnesota, it serves the Grand Forks, North Dakota metropolitan area. The station also broadcasts on translator K239BG 95.7 FM in Grand Forks. It first began broadcasting in 1959 under the call sign KRAD and used the call sign KCNN for several years. The station is currently owned by Leighton Broadcasting.

History[edit]

KCNN days[edit]

former The Rooster 1590 logo

KGFK previously aired a news/talk format, and starting focusing on nationally syndicated talk shows after being bought by Leighton Broadcasting in 2003 to differentiate with co-owned KNOX. Nationally known talk show host Scott Hennen originally hosted "Hot Talk" on KCNN until moving to WDAY-AM in Fargo, North Dakota in 2001, later to launch WZFG and returning to Grand Forks on KNOX in 2011. Hennen is a frequent fill-in host for nationally syndicated Sean Hannity.

Rooster and Fox Sports[edit]

On September 27, 2007, KCNN continued KNOX-FM's classic country as "The Rooster", as KNOX-FM flipped to classic rock. Because of popularity, Rush Limbaugh was still syndicated on weekdays at normal time.

On August 14, 2009, KCNN flipped to a sports format featuring programming from Fox Sports Radio, and competed with FAN Network affiliate KKXL-AM.

Rock to "The Forks"[edit]

former Rock 107.9 logo

On November 5, 2010 KCNN changed their format to mainstream rock, branded as "Rock 107.9" (frequency in branding is for FM translator K300BG 107.9 FM Grand Forks, ND), primarily competing with active rock formatted KJKJ "KJ108" just down the dial at 107.5 FM. K300BG signed on the air just days before the format flip. Before K300BG's sign on, Fargo-based classic rock station KPFX "107.9 The Fox" could sometimes be heard in Grand Forks. On February 21, 2011 KCNN changed their call letters to KGFK.

former Rock 95.7 logo

On October 11, 2011, translator K239BG 95.7 FM signed on to resolve 107.9's signal issues. 95.7 originally began as an unbuilt translator in Grafton that was purchased by Leighton Broadcasting and moved to Grand Forks (107.9 was also an unbuilt translator purchased by Leighton). 95.7's transmitter is located near the junction of U.S. Highway 81 (North Washington Street) and U.S. Highway 2 (Gateway Drive) near downtown Grand Forks. 107.9's transmitter is located off 32nd Ave South west of the I-29 interchange. On October 27, 2011, KGFK changed its branding to "Rock 95.7" as the signal is much stronger than 107.9

After 95.7 signed on, the station began simulcasting "Zac Daniel in the Morning" from sister station KZGF "Z94.7" during weekday morning hours.

On January 5, 2012, KGFK began stunting with replays of "Zac Daniel in the Morning". On January 9, 2011 the station flipped to an adult hits format playing pop and rock hits from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s to the present. "Zac Daniel in the Morning", simulcasted from Z94.7 during weekday morning hours, remains on the new format. On January 11, 2012, 107.9 FM broke up with 95.7 FM and 1590 AM as it switched to become a translator of KNOX.

KGFK also broadcasts Minnesota Twins baseball and local high school sports.

Translators[edit]

KGFK broadcasts on the following FM translator:

Call sign Frequency
(MHz)
City of license ERP
W
Class FCC info
K239BG 95.7 Grand Forks, North Dakota 250 D FCC

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 47°52′41″N 97°00′24″W / 47.87806°N 97.00667°W / 47.87806; -97.00667