KGIM (AM)

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KGIM
KGIM-AM logo.jpg
City Aberdeen, South Dakota
Branding ESPN Radio 1420/107.1
Frequency 1420 kHz
Translator(s) 107.1 K296FW (Aberdeen)
First air date June 16, 1982
Format Sports
Power 1,000 watts (day)
232 watts (night)
ERP 250 watts (FM translator)
Class B
Facility ID 1172
Transmitter coordinates 45°29′12″N 98°29′50″W / 45.48667°N 98.49722°W / 45.48667; -98.49722
Former callsigns KABR, KDBQ[1]
Affiliations ESPN Radio
Owner Hub City Radio
(Prairie Winds Broadcasting, Inc.)
Sister stations KBFO, KGIM-FM, KNBZ, KSDN, KSDN-FM
Website espnaberdeen.com

KGIM (1420 AM, K296FW 107.1 FM "ESPN Radio 1420/107.1") is a radio station licensed to serve Aberdeen, South Dakota.[2] The station is owned by Prairie Winds Broadcasting, Inc. It airs a sports talk format featuring programming from ESPN Radio.[3]

The station was assigned these call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on June 16, 1982.[1]

KGIM-AM is the radio home for the Aberdeen Central Golden Eagles, Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins.

Ownership, history, and programming[edit]

In mid-1996, KGIM-AM was acquired by Pheasant Country Broadcasting, owned by Robert E. Ingstad.[4] KGIM-AM had aired a full-service/country music format dating back to 1982, including regular newscasts and other informational programming (previous to that, the station played Top 40 music as KDBQ). For numerous years, KGIM-AM simulcasted programming with KQKD 1380 AM in Redfield, South Dakota. This simulcast was ended in the fall of 2004 due to the purchase of the five Clear Channel stations.

In the fall of 2004, as part of a reorganization by the Ingstad family, Aberdeen Radio Ranch Inc. (Robert J. Ingstad, co-president) agreed to acquire KGIM, KGIM-FM, KNBZ, and KQKD from Robert E. Ingstad (Pheasant Country Broadcasting) The transaction price was not disclosed.

Late 2004, Aberdeen Radio Ranch’s Rob & Todd Ingstad of Valley City, ND signed an agreement to acquire five Clear Channel-Aberdeen, SD stations: KKAA-AM, KSDN-AM/FM, KBFO-FM, KQAA-FM. In separate transactions, Aberdeen Radio Ranch agreed to convey the assets of three of its stations to other companies, leaving the Ingstads with six area stations KGIM-AM/FM, KBFO-FM, KSDN-AM/FM & KNBZ-FM. Sacramento-based Education Media Foundation picked up KQAA-FM. Oakland-based Family Stations acquired KKAA-AM and KQKD-AM. The studios were relocated from the Berkshire Plaza to a newly remodeled south highway 281 building that houses the KSDN-AM/FM transmitters. KGIM-AM’s format was changed to News/Talk and picked up some of the syndicated programs such as Ed Schultz, Rush Limbaugh Coast-To-Coast AM that were once carried on departed KKAA-AM. This News/Talk format was disbanded January 2006 and replaced with solely ESPN Radio programming.[5]

In May 2006, Armada Media Corporation reached an agreement to acquire KBFO, KGIM, KGIM-FM, KNBZ, KSDN, and KSDN-FM from Aberdeen Radio Ranch for a reported $9.25 million. KGIM-AM retained its ESPN Radio programming.[6]

In January 2011 KGIM began airing broadcasts of Minnesota Twins & Minnesota Vikings games which were previously found on sister station KSDN (AM).

February 2011 Armada Media-Aberdeen, Inc purchased FM translator 107.1, K296FW from Horizon Christian Fellowship for $9,000 and began a rebroadcast of KGIM (AM).[7]

On November 1, 2013, Prairie Winds Broadcasting, Inc. reached an agreement to acquire KBFO, KGIM, KGIM-FM, KNBZ, KSDN, and KSDN-FM from Armada Media for $5.3 million. [8]

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