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|First air date||1961|
|Format||News Talk Information|
|Power||5,000 watts (day)
117 watts (night)
|Callsign meaning||KROE is a reference to the Crow Nation, the Native American tribe that used to live in the station's listening area|
|Sister stations||KLQQ, KWYO, KYTI, KZWY|
KROE (930 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Sheridan, Wyoming, USA, the station is currently owned by Lovcom, Inc., and features programing from CBS Radio.
KROE first signed on the air on March 18, 1961, with studios located on Scott Street in Sheridan. Studios were moved to Main Street in the late 1960s and later to a mobile home East of town on a road known as "dump road" (because it led to the local landfill). A new building was erected adjacent to the mobile home and transmission tower when the present owner acquired the station in 1974. Along with the larger building the company also added a sister station, KROE-FM, broadcasting at 94.9 MHz. By the 1980s, KROE had increased power from 1,000 Watts to 5,000 Watts, and the road on which it was located had a new name: KROE Lane. Today, KROE is still located at the same address, but the building was renovated and expanded in 2001/2002, and now houses five radio stations (KROE, KWYO, KLQQ, KYTI and KZWY).
In 1983, KROE stopped playing vinyl records and moved to a reel to reel medium. In the 1980s, popular programs included "Polka Party" featuring polka music and stories delivered in Polish. Another popular program was the "Make Believe Ballroom," with 1940's big band sounds. The Polka Party ended in the mid 90's, and the Big Band show moved to KWYO in 1998. The music on KROE was switched to a Westwood One satellite-delivered country music format in the 1990s.
In 1997, station owner Lovcom, Inc. acquired a competing FM station. The call letters of that station were changed from KWYO-FM to KYTI and it became the country music station, while the format on KROE was changed to oldies. Throughout the 80s and 90s, KROE was known for local sports coverage, including live play-by-play of local area football and basketball games. KROE changed formats again in July 2004, this time dropping music in favor of a strictly News Talk Information format. After this format change, the sports coverage was moved to sister station KWYO.
Throughout the decades, several long-time programs have remained mostly unchanged and are still heard on KROE, including Swap Shop (an on-air flea market), and the local public affairs call-in program, Public Pulse. The current lineup also includes syndicated political talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh, Michael Medved, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Jerry Doyle, Neal Boortz and Monica Crowley. The Clark Howard Show, Dr. Joy Browne, Handel on the Law, and Coast To Coast AM are also heard on KROE, as well as national news from both CBS and CNN.