KRKD

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KRKD
CityDermott, Arkansas
BrandingRock 105.7
Frequency105.7 MHz
FormatDefunct (license cancelled May 2011)
ERP3,000 watts
HAAT100 meters (330 feet)
ClassA
Facility ID86857
Transmitter coordinates33°32′25″N 91°22′39″W / 33.54028°N 91.37750°W / 33.54028; -91.37750
Former callsignsKDTL (1998-1999)[1]
OwnerM.R.S. Ventures, Inc.

KRKD (105.7 FM) was an American radio station licensed to serve Dermott, Arkansas. It was assigned the KRKD call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on November 23, 1999.[1] The station was most recently owned by Community Broadcast Group Inc., and the broadcast license held by M.R.S. Ventures, Inc. When KRKD went off the air permanently in early 2007, it broadcast a classic rock music format branded as "Rock 105.7".

KRKD-LP is now the callsign of Jackson Electric Cooperative's 100-watt station at Palacios, Texas (97.5 MHz FM), part of a four-station network providing public safety information and community programming. [2]

Ownership[edit]

In September 2003, Jerry Russell reached an agreement to purchase six stations, including KRKD, from Delta Radio Inc. for a reported combined sale price of $1.5 million.[3] According to FCC ownership records, Jerry Russell is 100% owner of MRS Ventures, Inc.[4]

In June 2006, the station's owner, Jerry D. Russell, suffered a stroke. The station was being operated by another broadcaster, Hodges Broadcasting LLC, under a local marketing agreement but that operator was unable to obtain the financing to purchase the station. With Hodges gone and Russell unable to operate the station himself, KRKD went off the air for good in early 2007. In a February 2011 letter to the FCC, the owner indicated that he was surrendering the station's broadcast license as well as the licenses for ten sister stations in similar dire circumstances. On May 2, 2011, the station's license was cancelled and the KRKD call sign assignment was deleted permanently from the FCC database.

Historic radio towers[edit]

In 1932, the call letters KRKD were assigned to a Los Angeles, California station that erected two broadcast towers on its roof.[5] The self-supporting radio towers still stand atop the Spring Arcade Building near Broadway and 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles. Both bear the KRKD call sign intended to evoke the word "arcade," and are easily visible all over downtown.[6] They once supported an AM "hammock" antenna for 1150 kHz but no longer are used. A 2014 demolition permit application to remove the towers was rejected since they are a historic landmark. The towers were subsequently painted and lighted to comply with FAA regulations.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved May 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "FCC Puclic Notice KECQ now KRKD" (PDF). Federal Communications Commission. May 13, 2014.
  3. ^ "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. August 31, 2003.
  4. ^ "FCC green lights protested Texas transaction". Radio+Television Business Report. July 27, 2012.
  5. ^ "KMCS Now KRKD" (PDF). Broadcasting. Vol. 2 no. 4. February 15, 1932. p. 13.
  6. ^ "Arcade Building". USC Dornsife. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  7. ^ Evans, Donna (January 30, 2014). "Historic Core Radio Towers Get Makeover". Los Angeles Downtown News.

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