KSNR

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KSNR
Cat Country logo
City of license Fisher, Minnesota
Broadcast area Grand Forks/Thief River Falls
Branding 100.3 Cat Country
Slogan "The Forks' Best Country"
Frequency 100.3 FM (MHz)
First air date 1976
Format Commercial; Country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 172 meters
Class C1
Former callsigns KOSN (1976-1983), KSNR (1983-present)
Owner Clear Channel
(Citicasters Licenses, L.P.)
Sister stations KJKJ, KKXL, KKXL-FM, KQHT, KSNR
Webcast Listen Live!
Website http://www.thecatfm.com/

KSNR (100.3 FM, "100.3 Cat Country") is a radio station broadcasting a country format. Licensed to Fisher, Minnesota, it serves the Grand Forks, North Dakota and Thief River Falls, Minnesota areas. It first began broadcasting in 1983. The station is currently owned by Clear Channel Communications.

The station also broadcasts play-by-play coverage of North Dakota men's and women's basketball home games. 100.3 Cat Country competes with Leighton Broadcasting's KYCK.

History[edit]

The station began life at 99.3 FM as KOSN in Thief River Falls, Minnesota in 1976. KOSN broadcast only 3,000 watts. The station changed call letters to KSNR in 1983 as it flipped to an oldies format, concentrating on 50s and 60s "Golden Oldies" format. After upgrading to 100,000 watts at 100.3 FM in 1987, the station attracted listeners in Grand Forks, North Dakota, since the signal could be heard on most radios and KSNR was the only oldies station in the area.

former Kool 100.3 logo

KSNR later became "Kool 100.3", and began playing 1970s era music, and moved its studios to Grand Forks after being sold. KSNR also played Christmas music from Thanksgiving Day to Christmas Day annually until the format change in 2005. In 2000, Clear Channel Communications bought out KSNR and several other stations, and the format was changed to play 1960s and 1970s era music. It also became the flagship station for University of North Dakota basketball play-by-play broadcasts.

Kool 100.3 switched to country music as "Cat Country" in October, 2005, competing with Leighton Broadcasting's heritage country station, 97 KYCK and classic country station KNOX-FM "Rooster 94.7". In 2006, co-owned classic hits (a mixture of oldies and classic rock formats) station KQHT "96.1 The Fox" began shifting towards to an oldies format.

In 2005, KSNR changed its city of license from Thief River Falls to Fisher, which would allow it to move its transmitter tower closer to Grand Forks in the future.

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Coordinates: 47°58′37″N 96°36′43″W / 47.977°N 96.612°W / 47.977; -96.612