KZDR

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For the Cheyenne, Wyoming radio station that held the call sign KZDR at 93.7 FM from 2006 to 2008, see KAZY.
KZDR
City of license Kindred, North Dakota
Broadcast area Fargo-Moorhead
Branding 92.7 The Drive
Slogan Fargo's Greatest Hits
Frequency 92.7 MHz
First air date 1984 (as KDDR-FM at 92.3)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 25,000 watts
HAAT 100 meters
Class C3
Facility ID 10066
Transmitter coordinates 46°39′36.7″N 96°43′2.1″W / 46.660194°N 96.717250°W / 46.660194; -96.717250Coordinates: 46°39′36.7″N 96°43′2.1″W / 46.660194°N 96.717250°W / 46.660194; -96.717250
Callsign meaning K Z DRive
Former callsigns KDDR-FM (1984–1992)
KSSZ-FM (1992–1995)
KPHT (1995–1999)
KULW (1999–2007)
KFNL (2007-2013)
Former frequencies 92.3 MHz (1984–1992)
Owner Robert Ingstad
(Mediactive, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website 927thedrivefm.com

KZDR (92.7 FM, "The Drive") is an American radio station that airs a classic hits format. Licensed to Kindred, North Dakota, it serves the Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area. The station is owned by Robert Ingstad's Mediactive, LCC. James Ingstad (dba Radio Fargo-Moorhead, Inc.), the uncle of Robert Ingstad, owns several radio stations in the Fargo market and operates KZDR.

History[edit]

Formats of KZDR
Name (call signs) Format
KDDR-FM 92.3 Full service (1984–1992)
92.7 Kiss FM (KSSZ) CHR/Top 40 (1992–1995)
92.7 Power 92 (KPHT) Cont. Christian music (1995–1999)
Kool 92.7 (KULW) Oldies (1999–2001)
B93 (KFAB-FM) Country (2001–2003)
Outlaw Country 92.7 Classic country (2003–2005)
92.7 My FM Adult hits (May–October 2005)
Outlaw Country 92.7 Classic country (2005–2007)
Legacy 92.7 (KFNL) Adult Cont. Christian (2007–2012)
92.7 The Bone (KFNL) Active Rock (2012–2013)
92.7 The Drive (KZDR) Classic Hits (2013-present)

The station began life in 1984 as KDDR-FM on 92.3 FM in Oakes, North Dakota. In 1992 the station moved to 92.7 FM, and changed its city of license to Kindred, North Dakota to serve the nearby Fargo-Moorhead area, and changed the call sign to KSSZ-FM to reflect its change to a contemporary hit radio format as "92.7 Kiss FM". KSSZ changed to a contemporary Christian music format as "Power 92", and changed its call sign to KPHT in 1995.

The station became KULW with an oldies format as "Kool 92.7" in 1999, and sold to Clear Channel Communications in 2000. In 2001, it changed to "B93" with a country music format, with the call sign KFAB-FM. B93 moved towards a classic country format and changed its name to "Outlaw Country" in 2003. KFAB-FM became Fargo's Adult Hits outlet (also known as "Jack") with the "My FM" moniker. The format only lasted five months from May to October in 2005 before reverting to its previous format as "Outlaw Country".

KFAB-FM's owner at the time, Clear Channel Communications, sold its Fargo stations to James Ingstad's Radio Fargo-Moorhead, Inc. on January 19, 2007. KFAB-FM was transferred to Northwestern College, for WDAY-FM's use of KFNW-FM's tower and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ownership limit of the Fargo market was 6 stations, though Clear Channel grandfathered KDAM, the seventh station.

KFAB-FM signed off the air on January 19, 2007 transitioning ownership from Clear Channel Communications (now Radio Fargo-Moorhead, Inc.) to Northwestern College, and signed on as KFNL "Legacy 92.7" with an adult standards format on February 5, 2007. Since then it has switched to an adult contemporary Christian format concentrating on praise and worship music.

In March 2012, Northwestern College sold KFNL to Robert Ingstad's Mediactive, LCC. The station changed to active rock as "92.7 The Bone" on March 29, 2012, competing against KQWB-FM "Q98" operated by James Ingstad's Radio Fargo-Moorhead.

On February 28, 2013, KFNL went silent.[1] The station changed its call sign on September 3, 2013 to the current KZDR and, on September 6th, it came back on air playing all-Taylor Swift as Taylor 92.7. 5 days later, on the 11th, KZDR introduced a Classic Hits format as 92.7 The Drive, promoting themselves as "Fargo's Greatest Hits". This comes as part of the major radio shuffle in Fargo-Moorehead that involves 5 stations so far changing formats.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Format Changes". Your Midwest Media. March 5, 2013. 

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