KQRN-FM 107.3 Mitchell SD Gary Kim Sign Off 1982

This aircheck is a testament to the strength of a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, combined with a Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna and rotor.  I pulled this in from my location in Apple Valley, Minnesota.  As the crow flies, I was over 250 miles from Mitchell!  No special atmospheric conditions were needed, either.  I enjoyed regular reception of this station.  It would still be several years before the FM band became jammed with new stations and especially translators!

KQRN was KORN’s FM station.  For years, Mitchell had one AM station (KORN) and one FM station (KMIT.)  Surprisingly, they were not co-owned. KQRN signed on with 100,000 watts on 107.3, playing a contemporary music mix.  I believe they were automated during all or most of the broadcast day (?)

Although licensed for 24 hour operation, KQRN signed off at midnight.  Here, station manager Gary Kim does the sign off and wishes everyone a good day.  Also included is one of their sweepers.  A Technics stereo cassette deck and Scotch Dynarange 90 tape was used to make the recording.


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