Fargo group will go far with new AM


Radio Fargo Moorhead (RFM) is getting what it calls "the fifth largest daytime signal in the country" and a local Catholic group is getting an AM spin-off in a deal on the North Dakota-Minnesota border. The buyer is part midwest radio's Ingstad family. James D. Ingstad is head of RFM. It's getting KKAG-AM, licensed to Moorhead MN. According to the FCC database, it'll come on air on 740 kHz with 50 kw-D and 7.5 kw during critical hours, and will continue to percolate away when the sun goes down with 940 watts. RFM says the ultimate value of the transaction is 2.55M.

Meanwhile, RFM's KVOX-AM will go to noncommercial Voice of Reason Radio (VRR), headed by Robert A. Schumacher, Steven G. Schneider and Jed W. Carlson. The KVOX format will live on with RFM – Jim Ingstad said the new stick "…will bring our sports programming to many new parts of the state." RFM has another AM and four FMs in the market. VRR's Schumacher credited being "at the right place at the right time" with his newfound ability to bring Catholic programming to the Fargo radio airspace.