|Branding||Brainerd Business Radio|
|First air date||May 16, 1964|
|Format||News Talk Information|
|Power||1,000 watts unlimited|
|Callsign meaning||Voice of Brainerd|
|Former callsigns||KVBR (1964–1982)
|Affiliations||USA Radio Network|
|Owner||Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.
(HBI Radio Brainerd/Wadena, LLC)
|Sister stations||KBLB, KLIZ, KLIZ-FM, KUAL-FM, WJJY-FM|
KVBR (1340 AM, "Brainerd Business Radio") is a radio station broadcasting a news talk information format. Licensed to Brainerd, Minnesota, United States, the station serves the Brainerd area. Founded in 1964 by the Persons family, the station is owned by Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc., and features programming from USA Radio Network.
KVBR was started on May 16, 1964. The station changed its call sign from KVBR to KQBR on November 15, 1982 as the station was purchased by Jim and Larry Lakoduk from Fargo, North Dakota. The Lakoduks also owned KQWB AM-FM in Fargo and WEBC in Duluth, Minnesota. The station format was changed to full service country with the image "1340 Q-Country" under General Manager Chuck Whittman. The air staff for KQBR included Bob Randall (PD), Don Kelley (news), Barbara Ann, Don Jahnke, Charlie Kampa, Steve Sedall, H.P Thomas, Chuck Sargent, Dave Torkelson, Ken Adams and Jeff Butler. On August 15, 1986, the station returned its call sign to KVBR when the Lakoduks sold the station back to station founder Charles Persons. The Persons family operated the station on a much smaller scale than the Lakoduks, focusing on a news/talk format. Persons sold the station, as well as an FM construction permit, to Ingstad Broadcasting in the early '90s. After several ownership changes KVBR became part of B.L. Broadcasting (a subsidiary of Omni Broadcasting) with studios in Baxter, Minnesota.
Hubbard Broadcasting announced on November 13, 2014 that it would purchase the Omni Broadcasting stations, including KVBR. The sale was completed on February 27, 2015, at a purchase price of $8 million for the 16 stations and one translator.
- "Call Letter Origins". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Summer 2009. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- "KVBR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved August 3, 2009.
- 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook (PDF). 1971. p. B-109. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
- "Hubbard Picks up 16 Stations From Omni". Radio Ink. November 13, 2014. Retrieved November 13, 2014.
- "Hubbard Closes on 16 MN Stations from Omni". Radio Online. February 27, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- Official website
- Query the FCC's AM station database for KVBR
- Radio-Locator Information on KVBR
- Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KVBR
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