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KVOX-FM
CityMoorhead, Minnesota
Broadcast areaFargo-Moorhead
Frequency99.9 FM (MHz)
BrandingToday's Froggy 99.9
Programming
FormatCommercial; Country
Ownership
OwnerDuey Wright
(Midwest Communications, Inc.)
KFGO, KFGO-FM, KNFL, KOYY, KRWK
History
First air date
November 30, 1966 (as KVOX-FM)
Former call signs
KIDA (1971–1977)[1]
Call sign meaning
FM addition to KVOX
Technical information
ClassC1
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT116 meters
Transmitter coordinates
46°49′08″N 96°45′58″W / 46.819°N 96.766°W / 46.819; -96.766Coordinates: 46°49′08″N 96°45′58″W / 46.819°N 96.766°W / 46.819; -96.766
Links
WebcastListen Live!
Websitehttp://www.froggyweb.com/

KVOX-FM (99.9 FM, "Froggy 99.9") is a country radio station located in Fargo, North Dakota (licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to twin city Moorhead, Minnesota), owned by Duey Wright's Midwest Communications, Inc.

Its studios are located on South 25th Street in Fargo, while its transmitter is located on U.S. Route 75 just south of Moorhead.

History

This station debuted on November 30, 1966, as KVOX-FM, changing call letters to KIDA on August 16, 1971.[1]

KVOX-FM then returned on November 9, 1977, branding themselves as "Stereo Country K100". This would remain as their branding until April 1, 1994, when they officially released "on-air", the "Froggy" Moniker which is still used to this day. It was at this point the station "frogified" everything as they do today. For example, the studio is called the "Frogpond", the phone line is called the "Frogline", their forecast called the "Frogcast", and until Fall 2009, "frogified" on-air names (such as Pete Moss, Hoppy Gilmore and Jeremiah Bullfrog). They have since moved towards regular on-air names.

In 2009, Froggy rebranded as "Number One For New Country, Today's Froggy 99.9."

Ownership

In May 1999, Triad Broadcasting reached a deal to acquire this station (along with KQWB 1660 AM (Sports), KQWB-FM 98.7 (Active rock), KLTA 105.1 (Hot AC), and KPFX 107.9 (Classic rock)) from brothers Jim and Tom Ingstad as part of a twelve-station deal valued at a reported $37.8 million.[2]

On November 30, 2012, Triad Broadcasting signed a Definitive Agreement to sell all 32 of their stations to Larry Wilson's L&L Broadcasting for $21 Million.[3] Upon completion of the sale on May 1, 2013, L&L in turn sold the Fargo stations to Jim Ingstad, who had just sold his competing cluster to Midwest Communications. An LMA (Local Marketing Agreement) was placed so Ingstad could take immediate control of the stations, and the sale became final July 2, 2013. The sale was worth $9.5 million.[4]

On May 7, 2013, less than a week after the second sale, a new term of Ingstad's original sale to Midwest Communications came to light. It was announced that Ingstad and Midwest would swap country stations. This would send Froggy to Midwest, and competitor KBVB (“Bob 95”) back into the hands of Ingstad. The swap took place on August 5, 2013.[5] Following the ownership swap, the contracts of morning show hosts Jesse James, Amanda Lea and Pike Taylor were withheld by Radio FM Media under the agreement that they could not be put on KBVB. After a brief hiatus, the trio began hosting the morning show at KLTA (“Big 98.7”).

Former DJs

References

  1. ^ a b FCC History Cards for KVOX-FM
  2. ^ Holmes, Alisa (1999-05-24). "Changing Hands". Broadcasting & Cable. Archived from the original on 2012-10-19.
  3. ^ "Triad Sells To Larry Wilson's L&L". All Access. 2012-12-03.
  4. ^ "Shuffle puts former KFGO owner in charge of longtime competitors". Fargo Forum. 2013-05-02.
  5. ^ Venta, Lance (June 4, 2013). "Another Twist To Fargo Sales; Owners Swap Country Outlets". RadioInsight. Retrieved April 1, 2020.