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|City||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Broadcast area||Southern Colorado|
|Slogan||La Que Toca Puras Buenas|
|Translator(s)||K276GG (103.1 MHz, Colorado Springs)|
owned by Mountain Community Translators
|First air date||June 1957 (as KPIK)|
|Power||10,000 watts (day)|
140 watts (night)
|Former callsigns||KPIK (1957-1987)|
|Owner||Jacob Barker |
(Gabrielle Broadcasting Licensee II, LLC
(sale to Greeley Broadcasting Corporation pending))
KPIK went on the air in June 1957. It was owned by the Western Broadcasting Company, controlled by David Pinkston and Leroy Elmore. It broadcast during the daytime only with 5,000 watts and broadcast a country music format from its first day of operation. The station expanded to FM when it acquired the then-KLST 94.3 in 1966 and converted it to a simulcast as KPIK-FM (now KILO). KPIK-FM was just the second all-country music station on FM in the United States. The AM and FM stations remained a simulcast through 1977, when the FM moved toward a more contemporary country sound as "Super K-94" while the AM station focused on more traditional country. That same year, station manager George James was elected to the Colorado Springs city council.
Pinkston, with various partners, owned the station until selling it to the Area Broadcasting Company, headed by James, in 1978; this separated it from the FM station. It was sold again in 1980 to KPIK Broadcasting, Inc.
In 1987, the station became KWYD. The call letters changed to KKKK in 2005 and KREL in 2010. As KREL, the station aired a sports radio format, first from ESPN Radio and then changing to ESPN Radio affiliate in January 2013 and was a Fox Sports Radio affiliate from October 2014 to April 2015.
In 2016, Jacob Barker acquired the station through licensee Gabrielle Broadcasting Licensee II, LLC. Under Barker, the station programmed a Christian talk format as "1580 The Trumpet" and gained a translator signal on 103.1 FM in the immediate Colorado Springs area. The format and name were also used on Barker's Phoenix station, KXEG.
In 2019, Gabrielle went into bankruptcy and a receiver, Jim Mross Engineering, was appointed for the station. Operations were taken over by the Greeley Broadcasting Corporation, which owns Regional Mexican KRYE-FM 94.7; in September 2019, Mross filed to sell the station outright to Greeley for $85,000. The acquisition gives El Tigre's southern Colorado station, which had previously only covered Pueblo by way of KRYE-FM, a local signal in Colorado Springs.
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- FCC History Cards for KFCS
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