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KAUS AM logo.jpg
City Austin, Minnesota
Broadcast area Mower County, Minnesota
Slogan "Voice of Mower County"
Frequency 1480 kHz
First air date May 30, 1948 (1948-05-30)
Format News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 50677
Transmitter coordinates 43°37′20″N 92°59′26″W / 43.62222°N 92.99056°W / 43.62222; -92.99056Coordinates: 43°37′20″N 92°59′26″W / 43.62222°N 92.99056°W / 43.62222; -92.99056
Owner Alpha Media
(Digity 3E License, LLC)
Sister stations KATE, KAUS-FM, KCPI
Website myaustinminnesota.com website

KAUS (1480 AM) is a radio station that broadcasts a news and information format. Licensed to Austin, Minnesota, U.S., the station serves the Mower County area. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media, through licensee Digity 3E License, LLC.


KAUS began broadcasting May 30, 1948, on 1480 kHz with 1 KW power (full-time). It was a Mutual affiliate, owned by Cedar Valley Broadcasting Company, Incorporated. Studios were at 405 North Main Street.[1]

KAUS' transmitter site is adjacent to its studios south of Austin. It originally began broadcasting with the call letters of KAAL and housed the earliest incarnation of the television station known today as KAAL (formerly KAUS-TV) in its rural Austin studios. KAUS AM had been on the air since at least the mid 60's with a pop/top 40 format and the TV station was KMMT, an ABC affiliate.


Bob Abbott was host of the "1480 Club" 1948-1952.[2]

The radio station's notable personality is "Champagne" Duane Germaine whose tenure at the station has surpassed all others.


  1. ^ "New Austin Station Starts Operations" (PDF). Broadcasting. June 28, 1948. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Sies, Luther F. (2014). Encyclopedia of American Radio, 1920-1960, 2nd Edition, Volume 1. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-5149-4. P. 9.

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