|City||Great Falls, Montana|
|Broadcast area||Great Falls area|
|Slogan||Montana’s Comedy Network|
|Owner||Wayne Ferree and Creed Evans|
(Tiger Butte Broadcasting, Inc.)
|First air date||August 22, 1922 (Havre),|
September 30, 1929 (Great Falls)
|Former call signs||KFBB (1922-1969)|
|Call sign meaning||Phonetically pronounced as “keen”.|
|Power||5,000 watts day|
1,000 watts night
|Transmitter coordinates||47°31′20″N 111°23′18″W|
KEIN (1310 AM) is a Comedy formatted radio station licensed to Great Falls, Montana, United States and serving the Great Falls area. The station is currently owned by its licensee Tiger Butte Broadcasting, Inc., and features programming from Today’s Comedy and Key Networks. It was first licensed as KFBB in July 1922, and is Montana’s oldest radio station.
KEIN was first licensed on July 11, 1922 to the F. A. Buttery & Company department store in Havre, Montana, with the sequentially issued call letters of KFBB. It made its debut broadcast on the evening of August 22, 1922. The station originally broadcast on the standard “entertainment” wavelength of 360 meters (833 kHz).
In late 1928 KFBB was assigned to 1360 kHz, sharing time with KGIR (now KXTL) in Butte. In the fall of 1929, KFBB moved to Great Falls, making its debut broadcast there on September 30, 1929. The station moved to 1280 kHz in early 1930, and now no longer had to share time with any other stations. In March 1941, under the provisions of the North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement, stations on 1280 kHz were moved as a group to 1310 kHz, which has been the station’s assignment up to the present.
In 1969 KFBB’s call letters were changed to KKGF, and three years later they became KEIN.
Beginning in 2011 the station was off the air for an extended period of time. In January, the tower property owner Creed Evans reported that someone had broken into the transmitter building and switched off the breakers, killing the signal. Munson Radio president Steve Dow held the license for KEIN, but was unable to make repairs because he was locked out of the transmitter building due to a rent dispute that ended up in court. and referenced in a October 2010 court order giving him 30 days to vacate the premises. This was the result of a court suit initiated by Evans against Dow, who was found to have failed to keep insurance and to maintain the facility.
In the intervening years a series of documents were filed with the FCC to resume on-air operations, including a filing granted April 24, 2014. FCC records showed the station back on the air as of that date. Effective May 18, 2018, the station was placed into receivership as part of a judgement obtained by Creed Evans against Munson Radio, Inc. The FCC assigned the station’s license to Steve J. Fitzpatrick, Esq., Receiver effective November 15, 2018. The station was transferred out of receivership to Tiger Butte Broadcasting, Inc. effective September 24, 2019. From there Tiger Butte Broadcasting has been operating the station.
This information has been populated from the WIKI page located here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KEIN
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- ^ “KEIN Facility Record”. United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
- ^ “New Stations”, Radio Service Bulletin, August 1, 1922, page 3.
- ^ “Havre Broadcasts Its First Program To Northern Fans”, Great Falls Tribune, August 24, 1922, page 4.
- ^ “Radio Station KFBB Official Opening Today”, Great Falls Tribune, September 30, 1929, page 9.
- ^ “Additions and Corrections”, Radio Service Bulletin, March 31, 1930, page 13.
- ^ “ForTheRecord: Existing AM Stations”,Broadcasting, May 12, 1969, page 82.
- ^ “An AM With A Troubled Past Received By New Owner” by Adam Jacobson, July 16, 2019 (rbr.com)
- ^ “Application for Consent to Assign”. United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.