WDKE (FM)

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WDKE
City Coleraine, Minnesota
Broadcast area Iron Range
Branding 96.1 Duke FM
Slogan Plays The Legends of Country
Frequency 96.1 MHz
Translator(s) 98.3 W252AN (Hibbing)
First air date July 1, 1995 (1995-07-01)[1] (as KGPZ)
Format Classic country
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 176 meters (577 ft)
Class C1
Facility ID 36688
Transmitter coordinates 47°19′31″N 93°16′18″W / 47.32528°N 93.27167°W / 47.32528; -93.27167Coordinates: 47°19′31″N 93°16′18″W / 47.32528°N 93.27167°W / 47.32528; -93.27167
Callsign meaning DuKE FM
Former callsigns KGPZ (1995–2017)
Owner Midwest Communications
Sister stations WEVE-FM, WMFG, WMFG-FM, WNMT, WTBX, WUSZ
Website 961dukefm.com

WDKE (96.1 FM; "Duke FM") is a radio station broadcasting a classic country format.[2] Licensed to Coleraine, Minnesota, United States, the station serves the Iron Range area. Established in 1995 as KGPZ, the station is owned by Midwest Communications.[3]

In April 2012, KGPZ changed to "Z96 North Country", adding more New Country hits and no longer broadcasting Citadel Media's "Real Country" network. The station now directly competed with WUSZ (99.9 FM).

On January 1, 2017, as a result of a sale between Red Rock Radio and Midwest Communications (Midwest acquired KGPZ in the sale), 96.1 adjusted their format to classic country, as "96.1 Duke FM"; the sale essentially turned KGPZ from a rival to WUSZ into a flanker for it.[4] On January 30, 2017 KGPZ changed their call letters to WDKE, to go with the "Duke FM" branding.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Broadcasting & Cable Yearbook 1999 (PDF). 1999. p. D-233. Retrieved April 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Winter 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  3. ^ "WDKE Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ Red Rock Sales Lead to Multiple Flips in Northern Minnesota

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