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When Yavapai Broadcasting consolidated its Flagstaff stations with its Prescott/Cottonwood properties, this old building—never meant to be a radio studio—proved inadequate to the task, so they moved up the street. (I had to read the sign on their front door to find out where they went.) KVRD-FM started started out as a docket 80-90 class-A in 1992, from a tower on Mingus Mountain giving line-of-sight to both Prescott and Cottonwood. Yavapai took ownership in 1995, and in 1997 KVRD-FM became a class-C3 from the same location, without changing frequency. (The callsign makes more sense if you know that KYBC was originally KVRD, for Verde Valley, the local name for this region.) As I noted in the introduction, KKLD (98.3C2 Prescott Valley) was moved into Phoenix; Yavapai's owner, Grant Hafley, sold it in 2002. Prior to and for some time after the sale, KKLD was being operated by Yavapai under an LMA.
Copyright 2009, Garrett Wollman. All rights reserved. Photograph taken 2009-04-21.