|City||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Broadcast area||Rapid City, South Dakota|
|Branding||Radio 1380 KOTA|
|Slogan||"The Black Hills' News/Talk Station"|
|First air date||November 26, 1936|
|Power||5,000 watts (unlimited)|
|Former callsigns||KOBH (1936-1945)|
|Affiliations||CBS Radio Network|
|Owner||Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises|
|Sister stations||KQRQ, KZZI, KDDX, KZLK|
Weekend programming includes syndicated programming from Kim Komando, Roger Hedgecock and a variety of lifestyle programming. During the NFL football season, select Sunday games are aired from Westwood One Radio Networks and every Monday and Thursday night game. The station also airs all Denver Broncos game through the Denver Broncos Radio Network. All playoff and Super Bowl games are carried as well.
The station first hit the airwaves on November 26, 1936 as KOBH (Kall Of the Black Hills), a Thanksgiving Day present to western South Dakota. It was owned by Black Hills Broadcasting, and operated from studios in the Hotel Alex Johnson in downtown Rapid City.
Originally broadcasting with a very limited licensed power of 150 watts, in 1944 KOBH sought approval from the Federal Communications Commission to move up to 5000 watts, which would dramatically improve its ability to reach this mountainous area. Asked to help, Congressman Francis H. Case sought military support. He discovered that U.S. Army Air Corps airplanes based at the recently established Rapid City Army Air Base (later renamed Ellsworth Air Force Base) used KOBH as a navigation beacon while training for European strategic bombing during World War II. With Pentagon backing, Case convinced the FCC to grant the power increase. On New Year's Day 1945, the station signed on from its new, more powerful tower under new call letters, KOTA. In the same year, it secured an affiliation with CBS Radio that continues to this day.
In 1954, Rapid City businesswoman Helen Duhamel, a minority owner since 1943, bought full control of the station, changing its corporate name to Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises. The Duhamels still own the station today. Since the 1990s, it has been a news and talk station.
Notable alumni of the station include B-movie producer Arch Hall Sr.
- "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron.
- "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.
- Switzer, Mary Kay (2004). Sterling, Christopher H., ed. The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Radio Vol 1: Entries A-E. New York: Fitzroy Dearborn. p. 813. ISBN 978-1-57958-431-3.
- KOTA official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KOTA
- Radio-Locator Information on KOTA
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KOTA
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