Nearly six years after its launch by Janice Hunt, a potent AM radio station serving the Mile High City — and its Boulder, Colo.-focused FM translator — will soon shut down “The Rock.”
The facilities are being sold to a California broadcast ministry, which is all but certain to shift programming from Bad Company to “beautiful Christian music, inspirational programs for the family, Bible stories and character building programs for children.”
In a transaction valued at $600,000, Radio 74 Internationale — based at noncommercial KRSF-FM in Ridgecrest, Calif. — is agreeing to purchase KCKK-AM 1510 in Denver and FM translator K225CZ in Boulder from Hunt Broadcasting.
A $200,000 escrow deposit is being held with Donald Martin. At closing, the remaining amount will be represented via a Promissory Note payable in 10 annual installments of $40,000 each. Interest of 5% will apply to the unpaid balance.
Griffin Media Brokers served as the exclusive broker in this transaction, representing Janice Hunt.
KCKK and K225CZ are largely automated at the present time, airing a mix of classic rock and pop hits; Ray Parker Jr.’s “A Woman Needs Love” was heard just after 1pm Monday.
While the translator covers Boulder and Longmont, and areas north of Denver, KCKK’s Class B signal is 10kw daytime from three transmitters and 25kw nighttime, via a directional pattern from four towers in the Pelican Ponds Open Space northeast of downtown Denver, along the South Platte River.
In its heyday, KCKK was KDKO, airing a R&B format from April 1967 through the disco era of the late 1970s and onward to the 1990s. In March 2002, Phillip Anschutz acquired the station, installing a News/Talk format as KNRC on the 1510 kHz signal.
A year later, programming shifted to a different station acquired by Anschutz; KCKK would come with a Country format, following a short stint as an Oldies station. In 2007, KCKK chose a Sports Talk format. That would last until 2013, when NRC sold the stations to Hunt Broadcasting following KSE’s decision to acquire its own stations, ending the need to lease KCKK.
It is assumed that upon Radio 74’s takeover of KCKK and the FM translator that it will rebroadcast KPLS-FM in Strasburg, Colo., to the east of the Denver metropolitan area.