KGNC-FM
Kgnc-fm-logo.png
Broadcast areaAmarillo, Texas
Frequency97.9 MHz
BrandingAmarillo's Country 97.9
Programming
FormatCountry
Ownership
Owner
KGNC, KXGL, KVWE
History
First air date
December 24, 1958 (63 years ago) (December 24, 1958)
Former call signs
KGNC-FM (1958-1988)
KMLT (1988-1992)
Call sign meaning
Globe-News Company
Technical information
Facility ID63161
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT398 meters (1,306 ft)
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitekgncfm.com


KGNC-FM (97.9 FM) is a radio broadcast station in Amarillo, Texas, United States. It is the oldest FM station in the Amarillo region. KGNC-FM airs a country music format. The station is owned by Alpha Media LLC. Studios for it and its partners are located in southwest Amarillo near the former Western Plaza shopping center.

KGNC-FM is one of the stations responsible for the activation of the Emergency Alert System in the Amarillo area.

Programming

The station conducts an annual "Jude Country Cares Radiothon".[1]

History

1959 advertisement for station contest.[2]
1959 advertisement for station contest.[2]

The current KGNC-FM is the second station to hold that call sign. The first KGNC-FM, also located in Amarillo, debuted on November 25, 1947 at 104.3 MHz, as the first FM station broadcasting in the Texas panhandle.[3] Licensed to the Plains Broadcasting Company, this station ceased operations in 1950.

On October 1, 1958, an application by Plains Broadcasting for a new FM station was granted, for operation with a power of 14.6 kilowatts and an HAAT (Height Above Average Terrain) of 441 feet (134 meters), transmitting on 93.1 MHz. The new station was assigned the call letters KGNC-FM.[4]

KGNC-FM began broadcasting on December 24, 1958, initially simulcasting its AM sister station, KGNC.[5] Its first day of broadcasting included an early example of stereo transmission, with the sending of a demonstration phonograph record's right-channel audio over KGNC-FM, and the left-channel audio over KGNC.[6]

In 1960, the station began broadcasting programming that was separate from KGNC's.[7]

On February 15, 1972, an application was granted to move to 97.9 MHz, with a maximum power of 45.5 kilowatts, and a HAAT of 1,285 feet (392 m).[4]

The station's call letters were changed to KMLT on February 14, 1988, but then back to KGNC-FM on November 2, 1992.[8]

In 1994 the Federal Communications Commission found the Equal Employment Opportunity policies of KGNC and KGNC-FM to be deficient. The stations were notified of a fine of an apparent liability of $25,000, and given shorter than usual license renewals.[9]

References

  1. ^ "KGNC Just Keeps On Giving", March 10, 2017 (radioink.com)
  2. ^ "KGNC-FM" (advertisement), Amarillo Globe-Times, October 20, 1959, page 14.
  3. ^ "KGNC-FM Station Goes Into Operation", Amarillo Globe, November 25, 1947 page 23.
  4. ^ a b FCC History Cards for KGNC-FM (FCC.gov)
  5. ^ "Directory of AM and FM Stations in the U.S.: Texas: Amarillo", Broadcasting Yearbook (1961-1962 edition), page B-159.
  6. ^ "KGNC-FM Starts Broadcasting", Amarillo Globe-Times, December 24, 1958, page 14.
  7. ^ "Muzak Subsidiary", Broadcasting, February 15, 1960, page 133.
  8. ^ "Call Sign History" (Facility ID# 63161) (FCC.gov)
  9. ^ "Memorandum Opinion & Order and Notice of Apparent Liability" (Adopted: January 31, 1994. Released February 1, 1994) (Federal Communications Commission)