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Company buys local radio stations
Jun 5, 2014 - From staff reports
The four stations are airing commercial-free with the goal of having three running commercially between June 20 and July 1.
Edwards Communications of Riverton has purchased four radio stations in Fremont and Hot Springs counties.
The stations -- KFCW 93.1 FM (formerly KTRZ), KWYW 99.1 FM, KDNO 101.7 FM and KTHE 1240 AM -- will join KTAK 93.9 FM and KVOW 1450 AM to form the Wind River Radio Network. The stations are airing commercial-free with the goal of having three of the stations up and running commercially between June 20 and July 1.
"The entire staff is excited about the additional offerings and choices for local radio listeners," said Wind River Radio Network general manager Ray Rintamaki.
Wyoming's Big Country KTAK will continue to provide "mainstream country" to Fremont County radio listeners. KTAK also has translators at 104.1 FM in Lander and 106.3 FM in Dubois.
The new format for KFCW will combine classic rock with a blend of "today's best rock" and will be known as Wind River's Rock! KFCW also has a translator in Lander at 95.3 FM.
KWYW will be "all sports, all the time" and will be a part of the ESPN Radio Network. It will feature Colorado Rockies baseball, Denver Broncos football and Wyoming Cowboy football and men's basketball.
KDNO will feature the "best classic country music." KVOW will continue to provide talk radio, and plans for KTHE are being developed.
"We are going to encourage folks to give us a listen by kicking things off with a $10,000 giveaway on the new stations, with cash prizes each weekday and a grand prize of $2,500 to be given away at the Fremont County Fair later this summer," Rintamaki said. "We'll also be able to broadcast more area team's sports as well as fill listeners in on events and happenings across the entire Wind River Radio Network listening area."