KSKE (AM)

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KSKE
City of license Buena Vista, Colorado
Frequency 1450 kHz
First air date 1986
Format News Talk Information
Power 250 watts (unlimited)
Class C
Facility ID 1153
Transmitter coordinates 38°49′07″N 106°09′34″W / 38.81861°N 106.15944°W / 38.81861; -106.15944
Callsign meaning "Ski"
Former callsigns KDMN (1986-2004)
Owner Pilgrim Communications, Inc. (sale pending)

KSKE (1450 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Buena Vista, Colorado, USA. The station, which began broadcasting in 1986, is currently owned by Pilgrim Communications, Inc. KSKE broadcasts a news/talk radio format.[1]

History[edit]

The beginning[edit]

This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission on March 5, 1986.[2] The new station was assigned the KDMN call sign by the FCC on April 10, 1986.[3] KDMN received its license to cover from the FCC on September 29, 1986.[4]

In August 1987, Buena Vista Broadcasters reached an agreement to sell this station to Robert D. & Marjorie M. Zellmer. The deal was approved by the FCC on September 15, 1987, and the transaction was consummated on October 21, 1987.[5]

The 1990s[edit]

In January 1989, Robert D. & Marjorie M. Zellmer, reached an agreement to sell this station to Randall S. & Dorothy J. Jacobson. The deal was approved by the FCC on March 16, 1989, and the transaction was consummated on April 10, 1989.[6] In December 1989, Randall S. & Dorothy J. Jacobson applied to transfer the broadcast license for KDMN to the Alpine Broadcasting Corporation. The transfer was approved by the FCC on March 21, 1990, and the transaction was consummated on May 16, 1990.[7]

In October 1995, Alpine Broadcasting Corporation reached an agreement to sell this station to Rocky Mountain Radio Network, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on March 6, 1996, but the deal was never consummated and control of KDMN remained with Alpine.[8] In September 1997, Alpine Broadcasting Corporation reached a new agreement to sell this station, this time to Pilgrim Communications, Inc. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 11, 1997, and the transaction was consummated on May 18, 1998.[9]

Change to KSKE[edit]

The station was assigned new call sign KSKE on September 9, 2004.[3] The change accompanied a format change to business talk radio.[10]

In December 2008, Pilgrim Communications, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station to Rocky Mountain Radio, LLC. The deal was approved by the FCC on February 26, 2009, and as of May 6, 2009 the transaction is pending consummation.[11]

God's phone number[edit]

In May 2003, KDMN and its Radio Colorado Network sister stations became a target of prank calls when the Jim Carrey movie Bruce Almighty revealed God's phone number in several scenes.[12][13] The number, 776-2323, was coincidentally the same as the station group's call center and several other people across the United States.[12] The station group turned the unexpected attention into a contest with callers asked "what they would say to God" if it were actually possible to call him on the telephone.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Application Search Details (BP-19840720AA)". FCC Media Bureau. March 5, 1986. 
  3. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved May 7, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Application Search Details (BL-19860902AB)". FCC Media Bureau. September 29, 1986. 
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19870803EB)". FCC Media Bureau. October 21, 1987. 
  6. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPL-19890131EE)". FCC Media Bureau. April 10, 1989. 
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BAPL-19891201EB)". FCC Media Bureau. May 16, 1990. 
  8. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19951030EF)". FCC Media Bureau. March 6, 1996. 
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-19970915ED)". FCC Media Bureau. May 18, 1998. 
  10. ^ Bryer, Amy (November 12, 2004). "'Business for Breakfast' returning to the air". Denver Business Journal. 
  11. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20081230AAG)". FCC Media Bureau. February 26, 2009. 
  12. ^ a b de Vries, Lloyd (May 27, 2003). "'Almighty' Phone Mess; Jim Carrey Movie Gives Real Number As God's, And Pranksters Call". CBS News. 
  13. ^ a b Stacy, Mitch (May 29, 2003). "'Bruce Almighty' fans give God a call; Phone number in movie reaches families, church, radio network". Lawrence.com. 

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