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City of license Billings, Montana
Broadcast area Billings Metropolitan Area
Branding Pop Crush 97.1
Slogan Today's Hit Music
Frequency 97.1 MHz
First air date 1963
Format Top 40/CHR
ERP 28,000 watts
HAAT 122 meters (400 ft)
Class C2
Facility ID 16774
Transmitter coordinates 45°45′59″N 108°27′19″W / 45.76639°N 108.45528°W / 45.76639; -108.45528Coordinates: 45°45′59″N 108°27′19″W / 45.76639°N 108.45528°W / 45.76639; -108.45528
Owner Townsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Billings License, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live
Website popcrush971.com

KKBR (97.1 FM) - operating as Pop Crush 97.1 - is a commercial radio station in Billings, Montana. Licensed to Billings, Montana, USA, the station serves the Billings area. The station is currently owned by Townsquare Media Billings License, LLC. The station has obtained a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 100,000 watts. [1]

Former programming[edit]

Notable former personalities on the station on weekdays included:

  • Greg from 6AM -10AM
  • Jami Bond from 10AM - 3PM,
  • John Thomas from 3PM - 7PM
  • The Mike Harvey Show from 7PM - 12AM

Notable former personalities on the station on Saturdays included:

  • Major Miller's Great Gold 6AM - 12PM
  • Mike Harvy's Supergold 7PM -12AM

Notable former personalities on the station on Sundays included:

  • Machine Gun Kelly's American Hitlist from 8AM to 11am

Types of music[edit]

The radio station previously aired classic hits, focusing on the hits from 1968 to 1988, as "97.1 K-Bear". On July 3, 2013, after stunting with Christmas music as 97.1 Santa FM, the station launched a CHR format as PopCrush 97.1 with a weekend of commercial free music, including a contest to be the first person to call the station at the first commercial break. The first 3 songs as PopCrush 97.1 were Pitbull/Christina Aguilera's Feel This Moment, Justin Timberlake's Mirrors, and Rihanna's Umbrella .


  • "Billings Greatest Hits for over 20 Years" - 2013
  • "Billings Greatest Hits" 2010 - 2013
  • "Billings' Hit Music" 2013-present


In October 2007, a deal was reached for KKBR-FM to be acquired by GAP Broadcasting II LLC (Samuel Weller, president) from Clear Channel Communications as part of a 57 station deal with a total reported sale price of $74.78 million.[2] What eventually became GapWest Broadcasting was folded into Townsquare Media on August 13, 2010.[3]


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  1. ^ "KKBR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2011-05-26. 
  2. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2006-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Townsquare Media completes roll-up of GAP". Radio Business Report. August 13, 2010. Retrieved August 15, 2010. 

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