|City||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Broadcast area||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Branding||Smash Hits 104.7/920|
|Repeater(s)||104.7 K284BA (Rapid City)|
|First air date||June 7, 1959|
|Format||80s Classic Hits|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
111 watts (night)
|Owner||HomeSlice Media Group, LLC|
|Sister stations||KBHB, KFXS, KKMK, KOUT, KRCS|
KKLS (920 AM, "97.5 - Smash Hits") is a radio station licensed to serve Rapid City, South Dakota. The station is owned by HomeSlice Media Group. It airs an 1980s-1990s top 40 music format. It was a Top 40 station during the 1970s.
KKLS also broadcast on translator K248BT, on 97.5 FM.
On September 10, 2010 KKLS dropped the True Oldies Channel, and began using the moniker "97.5 - The Hills", playing a mix of songs from the 1970s to the 2000s. While the FM frequency is now given the focus the AM parent carries the same broadcast.
As of January 1, 2015 KKLS changed their format to classic hits, branded as "Smash Hits 104.7/920", switching translators to K284BA 104.7 FM Rapid City.
In May 1999, Triad Broadcasting reached a deal to acquire this station from Brothers Jim and Tom Instad as part of a twelve-station deal valued at a reported $37.8 million.
Schurz Communications created the Black Hills broadcast division, New Rushmore Radio, now known as Rushmore Media Company. KKLS was sold to the Homeslice Media Group in July 2014, a divestiture required due to Schurz's acquisition of KOTA-TV. The transaction, which included sister station KBHB and translator K284BA, was consummated on June 30, 2014 at a price of $650,000.
- KKLS official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KKLS
- Radio-Locator Information on KKLS
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KKLS
- Query the FCC's FM station database for K284BA
- Radio-Locator information on K284BA
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