|First air date||November 14, 1947|
|Power||1,000 watts unlimited|
|Affiliations||Dial Global, Citadel Media|
|Owner||Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting, Inc.|
KRAL is an AM radio station licensed to Rawlins, Wyoming and broadcasting at 1240 kHz. The station simulcasts sister station KIQZ's programming, which was primarily a 90s/2000s/Now AC format. It was developed in the 1950s under the supervision of William D. "Bill" McCraken, a Wyoming radio and television pioneer. The station, as of July 2010, was silent, while its sister FM counterpart remained on air for a short period of time. The radio stations returned to broadcast status in January 2016 under Federal Communications Commission special temporary authority.
The station did apply for and was granted a renewal of its license in 2005, however citing technical reasons in July 2010, the station remained silent. The period in which KRAL had, until it fixed its "technical" problems and restored broadcasting expired July 19, 2011. According to FCC documents, the station resumed operations on June 20, 2012. Two days later, the station reported to the FCC that it would go silent due to staffing issues. The FCC approved this request, stating the station had to return to air by June 22, 2013. If the station did not return to air by that date and notified the FCC, the license would have been returned to the FCC. As of March, 2013 KRAL still appeared in the FCC database and remained silent, along with its FM counterpart KIQZ. On June 6, 2013 KRAL returned to the air with a classic rock format and then went silent again two days later.
The station and its sister again requested an STA, or request to go silent in early 2015 as a result of employees "unexpectedly" resigning and the difficulty finding new employees at the remote location.
The station and its sister station KIQZ FM returned to air status in January 2016. Currently the stations are broadcasting a mix of the 90s/2000s/now format programmed by station staff. The stations are broadcasting under Federal Communications Commission special temporary authority while transmission facilities are being reconstructed.
KRAL's 1,000-watt signal covered western Carbon County and was very weak in Sweetwater County directly to the west. The station was barely audible to the north and east of Rawlins without a good radio or car stereo. KRAL's transmitter was located next to Interstate 80 on the western side of Rawlins. The station has been operating via a special temporary authority at 50 watts from a long wire near the studio.
FCC fines and penalties
Since the station's change of ownership from "Elk Mountain Broadcasting" to current owner "Mount Rushmore Broadcasting", KRAL and its sister station, KIQZ (FM 92.7) have been fined by the FCC many times. Most recent penalties include a $20,000 fine for "failing to maintain the operational readiness of the EAS (Emergency Readiness System) equipment (see FCC Rules/11.35(a)), as well as other equipment issues and violations and failure to maintain a complete public records file."
Sources connected to the FCC say that more and significantly higher fines/penalties are forthcoming. They continue by stating that any station owned or operated by Mt. Rushmore Broadcasting will "not likely" have their licenses renewed once they expire, due to the history of "past violations and cavalier attitude(s) towards following and maintaining" rules and regulations, and that this and other Mt. Rushmore stations could have their broadcasting rights taken away "at almost any moment."
- Wyoming Tribune-Eagle
- Broadcasting & Cable magazine
- Application Search Details
- "Resumption of Operations". Federal Communications Commission. June 20, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
- "Request for Special Temporary Authorization to Remain Silent". Federal Communications Commission. September 24, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
- Application Search Details
- FCC Correspondence Letter to KRAL (dated October 1, 2010)
- "Arizona Noncommercial FM Permit Sold For $700,000". All Access. March 2, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
- Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 67 Inc. April 1998
- Shears, Nikki P. (December 10, 2008). "Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 14, 2017.
- FCC to fine Rawlins stations for emergency alert failures - Casper Star Tribune
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KRAL
- Radio-Locator Information on KRAL
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KRAL