KPRK

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KPRK
KPRK logo.png
City of license Livingston, Montana
Broadcast area Bozeman, Montana
Frequency 1340 kHz
First air date 1946
Format Talk
Power 1,000 watts (unlimited)
Class C
Facility ID 37816
Callsign meaning PaRK County
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Bozeman License, LLC)
Sister stations KISN, KMMS, KMMS-FM, KXLB, KZMY
Website kprk1340am.com

KPRK (1340 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Livingston, Montana. The station is owned by Townsquare Media and the broadcast license is held by Townsquare Media Bozeman License, LLC. KPRK airs a talk radio format, simulcasting sister station KMMS.[1]

History[edit]

Previous formats included country, Saturday night Rock and Roll, and Sunday morning Big Band. During the weekdays a segment of the afternoon shift was dedicated to local callers to hawk their goods with free advertising through the "Swap Shop" segment. Broadcasts started around 5:30AM local time with the broadcast day ending at midnight. KPRK also broadcast local high school sports, rodeos and fairs. Several locals were also familiar faces or voices on the station for many years. KPRK also broadcast local news three times a day with the local court report during that time. KPRK staff received several awards for their news contributions to the Montana AP for news reports gathered during 1999. The former country music slogan was "Cool Country 1340 KPRK". The station also featured an uninterrupted "Cool Country Triple Play" where two newer songs were played followed by a "Hit from Yesterday", otherwise known as a country classic.

The station was assigned the KPRK call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.[2]

Ownership[edit]

In February 2008, Colorado-based GAPWEST Broadcasting completed the acquisition of 57 radio stations in 13 markets in the Pacific Northwest-Rocky Mountain region from Clear Channel Communications.[3] The deal, valued at a reported $74 million, included six Bozeman stations, seven in Missoula and five in Billings. Other stations in the deal are located in Shelby, Montana, and in Casper and Cheyenne, Wyoming, plus Pocatello and Twin Falls, Idaho, and Yakima, Washington. GapWest was folded into Townsquare Media on August 13, 2010.[4]

Previous owners include Jan Lambert, Marathon Media, and Clear Channel.

Historic building[edit]

KPRK Radio
KPRK.jpg
KPRK is located in Montana
KPRK
Nearest city Livingston, Montana
Coordinates 45°40′22″N 110°32′24″W / 45.67278°N 110.54000°W / 45.67278; -110.54000Coordinates: 45°40′22″N 110°32′24″W / 45.67278°N 110.54000°W / 45.67278; -110.54000
Area less than one acre
Built 1947
Architect Fox,William
Architectural style Moderne
Governing body Private
MPS Livingston MRA
NRHP Reference #

79001414

[5]
Added to NRHP September 05, 1979

The KPRK radio building in Livingston is on the National Register of Historic Places. To the right of the front door, a plaque says that Missoula architect William Fox designed the building, complete with the "stylized radio tower" above the front door, in 1946.

According to reports in the Livingston Enterprise, Gap West has stopped broadcasting from the historic building. All broadcasts are now fed from the Bozeman, MT offices.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Dave (2008-02-15). "GAPWEST closes deal for Bozeman radio stations; Goodbye Clear Channel, Hello GAPWEST". Bozeman Daily Chronicle. 
  4. ^ "Townsquare Media completes roll-up of GAP". Radio Business Report. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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