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KDUZ-AM logo.png
City Hutchinson, Minnesota
Slogan "Your Information Station"
Frequency 1260 kHz
First air date September 16, 1953
Format News/Talk
Power 1,000 watts (day)
64 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 49124
Transmitter coordinates 44°54′24″N 94°21′59″W / 44.90667°N 94.36639°W / 44.90667; -94.36639
Affiliations Citadel Media, Westwood One
Owner Iowa City Broadcasting Company, Inc.
Sister stations KARP-FM
Website kduz.com

KDUZ (1260 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Hutchinson, Minnesota, United States. The station, which began broadcasting in 1953, is currently owned by Iowa City Broadcasting Company, Inc.


KDUZ broadcasts a news/talk radio format to a ten-county area of southern Minnesota, including western Minneapolis.[1] Local programming includes traffic reports, funeral announcements, local news updates, sports, weather, and a tradio program called "KDUZ Swap Shop". Network newscasts are taken from ABC News, the Minnesota News Network, and the Associated Press.[2]

Weekend programming includes four different Lutheran church services on Sunday morning.[2] Sunday afternoon programming includes Polka Parade with Lester Schuft, Polka-bration hosted by Chuck Thiel,[3] and "It's Polka Time" with Craig Ebel.[4] Syndicated financial shows on Saturday include The Bruce Williams Show and Bob Brinker's Moneytalk.[5]


This station began its licensed broadcast operations on September 16, 1953, serving Hutchinson, Minnesota, with 1,000 watts of power, daytime-only on a frequency of 1260 kHz.[6] The new station was assigned the call sign KDUZ by the Federal Communications Commission.[7]

KDUZ was initially owned by a partnership of brothers Albert Tedesco, Victor Tedesco, and Nicholas Tedesco operating as the McLeod County Broadcasting Company.[6][8] Ted Hanson served as the station's first program director with Howard Nordine as news director and Albert Tedesco as general manager.[6] In 1955, Heinz Fruck took over the general manager role, a job he held into the 1980s.[9][10]

In 1957, KDUZ was moved under the ownership of the North American Broadcasting Company, part of the Tedesco Group, under company president Albert S. Tedesco.[11] In 1968, the company launched KDUZ-FM (now KARP-FM) as an FM sister station to KDUZ, duplicating all of its programming and extending the duopoly's reach past the AM's daytime-only restriction.[12]

In February 2000, North American Broadcasting Company, Inc., reached an agreement to sell this station and sister station KKJR (107.1 FM) to Iowa City Broadcasting Company, Inc., for a reported sale price of $2 million.[13] This sale ended the more than 50-year era of radio station ownership for the Tedesco brothers.[14] The deal was approved by the FCC on March 22, 2000, and the transaction was consummated on March 31, 2000.[15] At the time of the sale, KDUZ was playing an oldies music format.[13]

Awards and honors[edit]

Minnesota AP Broadcasters Awards[edit]

At the annual Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Awards, KDUZ competes in Radio Class 1 against other radio stations with "one or no full-time newsroom employees".[16]

In the awards for 2004, KDUZ received an Honorable Mention in the Sports Reporting category for the "Tiger Football Coaches Show" hosted by Joel Niemeyer and in the Newscast category for the work of news director Mark Wodarczyk. The station's official website, kduz.com, was honored as Best Web Site among stations in Radio Class 1.[16]

In the awards for 2007, KDUZ received an Honorable Mention in the category Best Feature for 2007 Grackle Days by Mark Wodarczyk, in Sports Play-by-play for Crown College Football hosted by Joel Niemeyer, and Best Newscast for KDUZ News hosted by Mark Wodarczyk.[17]

In the awards for 2008, KDUZ received top honors with a win in the Best Newscast category for KDUZ News hosted by Mark Wodarczyk.[18]

NAB Marconi Awards[edit]

In July 2004, John Mons of KDUZ was announced as one of five nominees for the NAB Marconi Radio Award honor from the National Association of Broadcasters in the "Small Market Personality of the Year" category.[19] In July 2007, John Mons of KDUZ was again announced as one of five nominees for that year's "Small Market Personality of the Year" award.[20][21]

Station alumni[edit]

KDUZ founders Albert Tedesco, Victor Tedesco, and Nicholas Tedesco were jointly inducted into the Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2002.[8] They began their careers in radio station ownership on March 15, 1949 with the purchase of WSHB (W-east of Mississippi River, S- Stillwater, H-Hudson, B-Bayport) along with the application to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), purchased WSHB (licensed originally 1948) with a call letter change request to reflect their first names, WAVN Stillwater (Minnesota) "The Voice Of The Saint Croix Valley" and "We're Always WAViN To You" signed on the air as a 5000 watt non-directional daytimer with 500 watt pre-sunrise authority. (now KLBB). In 1951, the Tedescos purchased WCOW AM, Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 1957 they applied to the FCC for a call letter change to WISK. The three Tedesco brothers sold 63 WISK to Crowell-Collier with a call letter change request in the FCC application to purchase in 1959. The Crowell-Collier owned station signed on the air as "Channel 63, KDWB".

In 1960, the now experienced Tedescos, partnered with Bill Smith of River Falls, Wisconsin along with Zel and Pinky Rice of Sparta, Wisconsin, to build a ground up, WIXK AM, New Richmond, Wisconsin. The 50-year Tedesco radio ownership ended with the sale of KDUZ and its FM sister station in 2000.[14][22]

KDUZ news director Mark Wodarcyzk was elected to a one-year term as president of the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters in March 2008, following his one-year stint as vice president of the organization the previous year.[23]


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "About KDUZ". KDUZ 1260AM. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  3. ^ Gueningsman, Ryan (July 11, 2005). "Chuck Thiel and Jolly Ramblers release two new CDs". Herald Journal. He has also been the host of Polka-Bration Show on KDUZ Radio of Hutchinson for 16 years, when the band is not on the road. 
  4. ^ "Polka Radio in Your State: Minnesota". Polka Bob's Polka Radio Locator. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Moneytalk Radio Stations". Moneytalk with Bob Brinker. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  6. ^ a b c "Directory of the AM and FM stations of the United States". 1954 Broadcasting Yearbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1954. p. 189. 
  7. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b "Al, Nick, and Vic Tedesco: Inducted 2005". Museum of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 9, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Directory of AM and FM stations and Market Data of the United States". Broadcasting-Telecasting 1956 Yearbook-Marketbook Issue. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1956. p. 179. 
  10. ^ "Directory of Radio Stations in the United States and Canada". Broadcasting Yearbook 1979. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1979. p. C-117. 
  11. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Stations and Market Data for the United States". 1957 Broadcasting Yearbook-Marketbook. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1957. p. 154. 
  12. ^ "The Facilities of Radio". Broadcasting Yearbook 1969. Washington, DC: Broadcasting Publications, Inc. 1969. p. B-91. 
  13. ^ a b "Changing Hands (28-FEB-00)". Broadcasting & Cable. February 28, 2000. 
  14. ^ a b Hahn, Trudi (December 7, 2002). "Radio executive Albert Tedesco dies at 77". Minneapolis Star Tribune. 
  15. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20000208AAE)". FCC Media Bureau. March 31, 2000. 
  16. ^ a b "2004 Minnesota Associated Press Broadcasters Awards Contest". Associated Press. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Winners of 2007 Minnesota AP Broadcast awards". KXMC CBS 13. March 19, 2008. 
  18. ^ "List of 2008 Minnesota AP Broadcast award winners". KXMB CBS12. March 16, 2009. 
  19. ^ "NAB Announces 2004 Marconi Award Final Nominees". Radio Currents Online. July 19, 2004. 
  20. ^ "Marconi Personality Nominees". Radio World. July 20, 2007. 
  21. ^ "2007 NAB Marconi Awards Finalists Announced" (Press release). National Association of Broadcasters. July 16, 2007. 
  22. ^ "Al Tedesco, 77, Radio Station Founder". Saint Paul Pioneer Press. December 7, 2002. p. B5. Al Tedesco also built KDUZ Radio in Hutchinson, Minnesota, which went on the air in September 1953. 
  23. ^ "Wodarcyzk elected MAPB president, Olson vice president". KXMB CBS12. March 28, 2008. 

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