KRAL

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KRAL
City of license Rawlins, Wyoming
Frequency 1240 kHz
First air date 1947
Format Silent
Power 1,000 watts unlimited
Class C
Facility ID 46736
Transmitter coordinates 41°46′55″N 107°15′40″W / 41.78194°N 107.26111°W / 41.78194; -107.26111
Affiliations Dial Global, Citadel Media
Owner Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc.
Sister stations KIQZ
The tower for KRAL, next to Interstate 80.

KRAL is an AM radio station licensed to Rawlins, Wyoming and broadcasting at 1240 kHz. The station simulcasted sister station KIQZ's programming, which is primarily a Top 40 format. It was developed in the 1950s[1] under the supervision of William D. "Bill" McCraken, a Wyoming radio and television pioneer.[2] The station, as of July 2010, was silent, while its sister FM counterpart remained on air for a short period of time. Rawlins is no longer served by a local AM or FM radio station, besides a travelers information station on 1610.[3] There are also other radio stations from nearby cities that carry local programming.

History[edit]

The station did apply for and was granted a renewal of its license in 2005, however citing technical reasons in July 2010, the station remained silent.[4] The period in which KRAL had, until it fixed its "technical" problems and restored broadcasting expired July 19, 2011. According to FCC documents, the station resumed operations on June 20, 2012.[5] Two days later, the station reported to the FCC that it would go silent due to staffing issues. The FCC approved this request, stating the station had to return to air by June 22, 2013.[6] If the station did not return to air by that date and notified the FCC, the license would have been returned to the FCC.[7][8] As of March, 2013 KRAL still appeared in the FCC database and remained silent, along with its FM counterpart KIQZ. On June 6, 2013 KRAL returned to the air with a classic rock format and then went silent again two days later.

Signal[edit]

KRAL's 1,000 watt signal covers western Carbon County and is very weak in Sweetwater County directly to the west. The station was barely audible to the north and east of Rawlins without a good radio or car stereo. KRAL's transmitter is located next to Interstate 80 on the western side of Rawlins.

FCC fines and penalties[edit]

Since the station's change of ownership from "Elk Mountain Broadcasting" to current owner "Mount Rushmore Broadcasting", KRAL and its sister station, KIQZ (FM 92.7) have been fined by the FCC many times.[9] Most recent penalties include a $20,000 fine for "failing to maintain the operational readiness of the EAS (Emergency Readiness System) equipment (see FCC Rules/11.35(a)), as well as other equipment issues and violations and failure to maintain a complete public records file."[10]

Sources connected to the FCC say that more and significantly higher fines/penalties are forthcoming. They continue by stating that any station owned or operated by Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting will "not likely" have their licenses renewed once they expire, due to the history of "past violations and cavalier attitude(s) towards following and maintaining" rules and regulations, and that this and other Mt. Rushmore stations could have their broadcasting rights taken away "at almost any moment."[11]

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