KMLD

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KMLD
City of license Casper, Wyoming
Frequency 94.5 MHz
First air date 1967
Format Oldies
ERP 65,000 watts
HAAT 582 meters
Class C
Facility ID 11927
Transmitter coordinates 42°44′3″N 106°20′0″W / 42.73417°N 106.33333°W / 42.73417; -106.33333
Callsign meaning K MeLoDy
Former callsigns KAWY, KMGW
Former frequencies 97.3 MHz
Affiliations Cumulus Media
Owner Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stations KVOC, KHOC, KQLT, KASS

KMLD is a commercial radio station located in Casper, Wyoming, broadcasting on 94.5 FM. KMLD airs an oldies music format branded as "Melody 94.5". The music programming is syndicated by Cumulus Media and is the True Oldies Channel.

All Mt. Rushmore Casper stations are located at 218 N. Wolcott in downtown Casper.

History[edit]

This station started at 97.3 FM in 1997, and was owned by Heart Media. The station was later sold along with the other Heart Media Stations to Mountain States Broadcasting. The station was sold once again when Clear Channel Communications bought Mountain States Broadcasting. The present owner is Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting. A short while after being bought by Mt. Rushmore, the station moved down to 94.5 FM. Citing technical difficulties, the station, along with its five other sister stations went dark for a period of time in August of 2011. KVOC, KMLD, and KHOC remained silent as of December, 17, 2011. Other than equipment reasons, no further information as to why the three stations were off the air had been provided.[1]

Fines[edit]

KMLD, along with other Casper stations owned by Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting were fined $68,000 for using unlicensed Studio/transmitter links, which the company had been using for 16 years. The FCC fined the company $68,000 for "willfully and repeatedly" violating the law, giving the stations' owner 30 days to get licenses for its STLs for KHOC, and sister stations KHOC, KASS, and KQLT.[2] In 2012, station owner Jan Charles Gray was named in a lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Labor for improperly paying employees. Gray called the claims in the lawsuit "bogus".[3]

In 2013, Gray informed the Casper Star Tribune that the lawsuit and a $68,000 fine for unlicensed STLs were "a lot of baloney." Gray said if the FCC doesn't back down, he plans to "sue them on behalf of every radio owner in America that has been wronged by them".[4]

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