KQKD

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KQKD
City of license Redfield, South Dakota
Frequency 1380 kHz
First air date 1961[1]
Format Christian
Power 500 watts (day)
142 watts (night)
Class D
Facility ID 70083
Transmitter coordinates 44°53′53″N 98°30′23″W / 44.89806°N 98.50639°W / 44.89806; -98.50639
Former callsigns KFCB[2]
Affiliations Family Radio
Owner Family Stations, Inc.
Webcast Listen Live
Website http://www.familyradio.com/

KQKD (1380 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Redfield, South Dakota. The station is owned by Family Stations, Inc. It airs a Christian radio format.[3]

The station was assigned these call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on June 4, 1979.[2]

History[edit]

On November 16, 1986, a fire destroyed a block of buildings in Redfield, including the studios of KQKD.[1] Four other businesses were destroyed in the fire that left 20 people homeless and killed a 17-month-old girl. The wirestory in the San Jose Mercury News included a note that the radio station was then celebrating its 25th anniversary.

In June 1997, station owner Roberts Radio of Pleasantville, New York, told the Aberdeen American News that old equipment at KQKD had been replaced in an effort to improve the sound of the station's programming.[4]

In October 2004, KQKD was acquired by Aberdeen Radio Ranch Inc. (Robert J. Ingstad, co-president) from Robert E. Ingstad as part of a reorganization by the Ingstad family.[5] This deal also included stations KGIM, KGIM-FM, and KNBZ-FM. The price for this four-station deal was undisclosed. According to Broadcasting & Cable, at this time KQKD carried a Country music/Talk radio format.

In November 2004, Aberdeen Radio Ranch reached separate agreements to sell KQAA-FM to the Educational Media Foundation, and KKAA (1560 AM) and KQKD (1380 AM) to Family Stations, Inc.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Fire Kills Baby". San Jose Mercury News. 1986-11-17. p. 3A. 
  2. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. 
  3. ^ "Winter 2008 Station Information Profile". Arbitron. 
  4. ^ "Changes Ahead for Aberdeen, S.D., Radio Stations". Aberdeen American News. 1997-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Changing hands". Broadcasting & Cable. 2004-10-25. 
  6. ^ Bahr, Jeff (2004-12-01). "Do not adjust your set". Aberdeen American News. p. 1A. 

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