610 AM, Chadron
First Air Date: May 19, 1954
Operating Power: 1,000 watts Day, 180 watts Night
Original Call Letters: KCSR
Format: Full Service Country
General Manager: Robert Fouse
Issued To: Community Service Radio
Through the Years
May 19,1954- KCSR signs on at 1450 kHz, 1,000 watts with unlimited hours. Studios/offices located at 12 Bordeaux St. Chadron, NE. Transmitter located 1.5 miles west of Chadron, North of US 385 junction with Bridges to Buttes Highway.
Owner is Community Service Radio Corporation. (Robert Fouse, William H. Finch).
February, 1958-Transfer of control- 60% stock transferred from Robert W. and Rachel R Fouse to partner William H. Finch for $8,000.
August, 1959-KCSR is sold from Community Service Radio Corporation to community Service Radio Company (E.F. Huse Jr and K. S. Huse) for $40,000 plus a $20,000 non-compete for five years. New company is a subsidiary of Beef Empire Stations that include WJAG, owned by Huse Publishing of Norfolk. John J. Miller is named General Manager.
Station is authorized a move from unlimited hours to 6am-6pm Specified Hours. Continues until 1963.
Frequency moved to 610kHz, daytime operation only at 1,000 watts, following a three-year effort.
October, 1967- KCSR receives Pre-sunrise authorization at 500 watts.
KCSR is sold to Big Sky Company. (Kermit Kath, Gerald Rounsborg, Tony Kehl, Donald Jones) for $162,500. Irvin Burkey is named General Manager.
June, 1984- Big Sky transfer of control (50%) from Deloris Kath (widown of Kermit Kath) to Alan Kath (son) for $250,000, including KQSK FM.
Big Sky (Jess Pilkington, Gregg Donald Jones, Alana Greg Kath) is sold to Chadrad Communications (Dennis and Kathleen Brown) for $150,000. Format: Country, News, Farm.
Chadrad puts on KBPY 107.7 FM, licensed to Hays Springs, NE. 50,000 watts at 466 feet. Rock format. Slogan: “KBPY Rocks the Ridge.”