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|City||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Broadcast area||Colorado Springs, Colorado|
|Slogan||"The Rock Station"|
|Owner||Bahakel Communications |
(Colorado Springs Radio Broadcasters)
First air date
|August 22, 1962 (as KLST)|
Former call signs
|93.9 MHz (1977-1994)|
Call sign meaning
|KILO (metric system)|
|HAAT||670 meters (2,200 ft)|
KLST and KPIK-FM
94.3 signed on the air on August 22, 1962 as KLST, owned by Little London Broadcasting. Douglas W. Dailey served as the station's first President and General Manager. The studios were located at 802 1/2 E. Fillmore Avenue. The station was sold to the Western Broadcasting Company, owners of KPIK 1580, in 1966 and became KPIK-FM. The FM station simulcast KPIK, making it 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" (coinciding with a move to 93.9 MHz, where it was located from 1977 to 1994) while the AM station focused on more traditional country. That same year, station manager George James was elected to the Colorado Springs city council.
By the 1980s, KILO had moved to an active rock format. The station is known for playing new bands well before many other stations will add them to their playlist and is usually one of the higher rated stations in Colorado Springs, always in the top five. Rich Hawk, who programmed the station for 27 years, was widely considered one of the "fathers of active rock". On March 7, 2013 Rich Hawk died after falling into a coma in February.
The Pure Rock Panel is a "fan club" of sorts. It is used to inform its members of concerts and new releases, and to get feedback about the station.
During the winter months, the station organizes ski trips to the nearby Monarch Ski Area.
- Official site
- KILO in the FCC's FM station database
- KILO on Radio-Locator
- KILO in Nielsen Audio's FM station database
- Navarro, Linda (January 29, 1978). "Station Break". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. p. 12D. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
- "KPIK Buys FM Outlet". Colorado Springs Gazette Telegraph. January 9, 1966. p. 3-A. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
- Bennet, Don (January 29, 1966). "Junky Tells Story on New 'Night Call' Show Here". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. p. 14.
- Navarro, Linda (February 5, 1977). "Station Break". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. p. 18-D.
- Foster, Dick (April 6, 1977). "Winners Promise To Serve Citizens". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. p. 1-B. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
- "Area Broadcasting Corp. Purchases AM Radio Station". Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. February 25, 1978. p. 5-A. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
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