KKBR 97.1KissFM logo.png
Broadcast areaBillings metropolitan area
Frequency97.1 MHz
Branding97.1 Kiss FM
FormatTop 40 (CHR)
First air date
December 17, 1963
Former call signs
KURL-FM (1963–1979)
KKOZ (1979–1981)
KZLS (1981–1993)
Call sign meaning
Kome Kiss Billings Radio (K is a substitute for a C)
K-BeaR (Former branding)
Technical information
Facility ID16774
ERP28,000 watts
HAAT122 meters (400 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
45°45′59″N 108°27′19″W / 45.76639°N 108.45528°W / 45.76639; -108.45528Coordinates: 45°45′59″N 108°27′19″W / 45.76639°N 108.45528°W / 45.76639; -108.45528
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KKBR (97.1 FM) - operating as 97.1 Kiss FM - is a commercial radio station in Billings, Montana. Licensed to Billings, Montana, United States, the station serves the Billings area. The station is currently owned by Townsquare Media Billings License, LLC. The station has obtained a construction permit from the FCC for a power increase to 100,000 watts.[1]

Former programming

Notable former personalities on the station on weekdays included:

Notable former personalities on the station on Saturdays included:

Notable former personalities on the station on Sundays included:

Types of music

The radio station previously aired classic hits, focusing on the hits from 1968 to 1988, as "97.1 K-Bear". On July 3, 2013, after stunting with Christmas music as "97.1 Santa FM", the station launched a CHR format as "PopCrush 97.1" with a weekend of commercial free music, including a contest to be the first person to call the station at the first commercial break. The first 3 songs as PopCrush 97.1 were Pitbull/Christina Aguilera's Feel This Moment, Justin Timberlake's Mirrors, and Rihanna's Umbrella. On July 25, 2016, KKBR rebranded as "97.1 Kiss FM".



In October 2007, a deal was reached for KKBR-FM to be acquired by GAP Broadcasting II LLC (Samuel Weller, president) from Clear Channel Communications as part of a 57 station deal with a total reported sale price of $74.78 million.[2] What eventually became GapWest Broadcasting was folded into Townsquare Media on August 13, 2010.[3]


  1. ^ "KKBR Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2011-05-26.
  2. ^ "Deals". Broadcasting & Cable. 2006-06-19.
  3. ^ "Townsquare Media completes roll-up of GAP". Radio Business Report. August 13, 2010. Archived from the original on January 21, 2011. Retrieved August 15, 2010.