Fire destroys four stations in Kansas


An early morning fire 9/2 destroyed the downtown Hutchinson, KS studios of Ad Astra Per Aspera Broadcasting’s CHR KSKU-FM, Classic Rock KNZS-FM, Country KXKU-FM and Oldies KWHK-FM. 

The stations are still off the air and owner Cliff Shank told The Hutchinson News he hopes to set up a temporary studio and resume broadcasting within a few weeks. He also plans to rebuild on the site.

The four stations were all running automated programming around 2 a.m. Friday when the fire broke out.

Firefighters quickly realized they couldn’t save the building so they turned their attention to keeping it from spreading. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The stations broadcast from four towers scattered around Reno County, KS but that the Main Street studio was the hub for all four and what went out on the air.