KCPI-FM 95.3 Albert Lea Minnesota Sign Off 1983

Even with a mere 3,000 watts, KCPI was a fun little CHR!  And despite the low power output, I could hear them easily from my location in Apple Valley, MN.  Local Gospel broadcaster KNOF was also on 95.3.  But they signed off at 10PM.  After that, it was no problem hearing KCPI.  Just point my rotor box right on ‘S’ and I was good to go!

KCPI also went dark during the overnight hours.  I believe they signed off at 1AM (?)  Their sign off procedure was prerecorded on a cart.  How do I know this?  Listen closely after the music drops off.  You’ll hear a quick telltale “whump whump” at the very end of the audio file.

I received this on my beloved Pioneer SX-3900 receiver.  Also used were a Winegard 10 element FM yagi antenna, Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor, and Belden ultra low loss RG59 coaxial cable.  A Technics stereo cassette deck and Scotch Dynarange tape were used to make the recording.


2 thoughts on “KCPI-FM 95.3 Albert Lea Minnesota Sign Off 1983

  1. Jeff

    When did KCPI change the frequency to 94.9?

  2. Drew Post author

    I’m not sure of the exact date, but I believe it was in the mid-1990s sometime. Even with the move from 95.3 to 94.9, KCPI remained Class A with 6kW. The reason for the move was so the 95.5 allocation to St. Ansgar, IA could become a reality.

    This frequency swap cut into the northern coverage of KGGO-FM 94.9 in Des Moines. Before KCPI moved to 94.9, KGGO could be heard on a car radio to at least Clear Lake and often to the Minnesota/Iowa border.

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