Since posting the “North Dakota Dial Scan”, I have received many e-mails, asking me if I have additional tape of KFYR from this era. Here’s a station composite of the mighty 55 K-FIRE from the summer of 1983!
Unfortunately, I do not have all the dayparts. But I do have middays, afternoons, and Saturday night. Also, a rare personalized North Dakota tourism promo, voiced by Governor Alan Olson. Notice how they dayparted music and programming in order to best fit the available audience. In middays, the Beatles, news, weather, and grain market reports, etc. Afternoons ramped up the energy with Dan Brannan. Nights were smokin’, even on the weekends. KFYR was considered by most to be the premiere radio station in North Dakota, and with good reason. Theirs was the only signal to cover the entire state, along with parts of 4 others and 2 Canadian provinces! KFYR had a chemistry that nobody could match. This station sounded much larger than Bismarck.
Listen to this aircheck and you’ll quickly understand why KFYR was North Dakota’s most listened to radio station back in the day.