KATC-FM

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KATC-FM
WFBE (Nash FM 95.1) logo.png
CityColorado Springs, Colorado
Broadcast areaColorado Springs-Pueblo metropolitan area
BrandingNash FM 95.1
Nash Icon 95.1 HD2
SloganSouthern Colorado's Country Leader
Southern Colorado's Nash Icon (HD2)
Frequency95.1 MHz (also on HD Radio)
Translator(s)104.9 K285EE (Canon City, CO)
First air dateOctober 1, 1969 (as KRDO-FM)
FormatFM/HD1:Country
HD2: Classic country "Nash Icon 95.1 HD2"
ERP72,000 watts
HAAT695 meters (2280 ft)
ClassC
Facility ID66249
Transmitter coordinates38°44′43″N 104°51′39″W / 38.74528°N 104.86083°W / 38.74528; -104.86083Coordinates: 38°44′43″N 104°51′39″W / 38.74528°N 104.86083°W / 38.74528; -104.86083
Callsign meaningKAT Colorado or Country. The K in KAT is replacing a C (Cat Country was the previous branding)
Former callsignsKRDO-FM (1969-2006)
OwnerCumulus Media
(ERadio License Holding CBC, LLC)
Sister stationsKCSF, KKFM, KKMG, KKPK, KVOR
WebcastListen Live
Website951nashfm.com
nashicon951.com

KATC-FM (95.1 MHz) is a commercial radio station in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The station has been broadcasting a Country music format since 2006 and its on-air moniker is Nash FM 95.1. The station is owned and operated by Cumulus Media, with its studios and offices on Commerce Drive. Its transmitter is located near Cheyenne Mountain State Park.[1] Programming is also heard on 30 watt translator station K285EE at 104.9 MHz in Canon City, Colorado.[2]

KATC-FM features locally hosted country music shows on weekdays. After dark, it carries two national Nash FM shows, "Nash Nights with Shawn Parr" in the evening and "The Blair Garner Show" overnight. Both are syndicated by co-owned Westwood One.

History[edit]

On October 1, 1969, the station first signed on.[3] It was locally owned by Harry Hoth's Pikes Peak Broadcasting Company under the call sign KRDO-FM. It was the sister station to AM 1240 KRDO, which Hoth had first put on the air in 1947, Colorado Springs' second radio station. KRDO-FM broadcast a beautiful music format of instrumental songs.

As the easy listening format began to decline due to older demographics, KRDO-FM flipped to a soft adult contemporary sound and adopted the moniker "Peak 95.1" in 1994. In 1998 Peak 95.1 evolved into a Hot AC format.

After being purchased by Citadel Broadcasting, the station prepared for a major format switch. "Cat Country 95.1" began broadcasting on July 1, 2006, stunting by repeatedly playing Brooks & Dunn's "Play Something Country" while temporarily using the its former KRDO-FM call letters. After several days of stunting, the station began its regular mainstream country programming, featuring a complete air staff. The call sign was changed to KATC-FM with the call letters a disambiguation of CAT. Citadel would revive the Peak moniker and AC format in late 2006 on sister station 92.9 FM with the new call letters KKPK. The KRDO-FM call sign was quickly picked up by the News-Press & Gazette Company/Pikes Peak Radio, to pair with its previous partners, 1240 KRDO and Channel 13 KRDO-TV. The New KRDO-FM station broadcasts on 105.5 FM.

Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[4] On October 31st, 2014, KATC rebranded as "Nash FM 95.1". The Nash FM moniker is used on numerous Cumulus country stations around the U.S.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KATC
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/K284EE
  3. ^ Broadcasting Yearbook 1971 page B-32
  4. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.

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