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City Rapid City, South Dakota
Broadcast area Rapid City, South Dakota
Branding Smash Hits KKLS
Frequency 920 kHz
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)
Class D
Facility ID 61320
Transmitter coordinates 44°3′43″N 103°10′32″W / 44.06194°N 103.17556°W / 44.06194; -103.17556
Owner HomeSlice Media Group, LLC
Sister stations KBHB, KFXS, KKMK, KOUT, KRCS
Webcast Listen Live
Website kkls.net

KKLS (920 AM, "Smash Hits KKLS") 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.[1] It was a Top 40 station during the 1970s.

The station was assigned the KKLS call letters by the Federal Communications Commission.[2]

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 KKLS", switching translators to K284BA 104.7 FM Rapid City.[3]


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.[4]

In July 2006, Schurz Communications Inc. reached an agreement to buy this station from Triad Broadcasting Co. as part of a six-station deal valued at a reported $19 million.[5]

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.


  1. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  2. ^ "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ Rapid City Gets Smashed
  4. ^ Holmes, Alisa (1999-05-24). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 
  5. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2006-07-24. 

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