KKLS-AM 920 Rapid City SD Jim Elliot 1977

Jim Olson went back to his basement archives and found another RARE gem to share with us! KKLS, “The Music Connection” for the Black Hills. Lots of music, energy, jingles, and fun can be heard on this aircheck. As you will hear, KKLS was using the WLS “Musicradio” identifier and jingle package. This was not a bad thing in 1977! Jim writes:

“Here is my only aircheck from KKLS in Rapid City – ON MY FIRST DAY ON THE AIR! I had some screwups since their control board buttons went to the LEFT to turn on rather than the RIGHT as I had been accustomed to. Anyway, got to work there with PD named CJ Stone, whom I later heard on the satellite service called “Oldies Radio.” Also worked with Mick Kjerr (sp?) who is now the morning weather guy on KVLY-TV in Fargo, ND. My manager was Keith Tilkens, a guy I really loved working for. By the way, I am now the news director at KXMC-TV in Minot, ND where I’ve worked since 1986. Enjoy your website, which I just discovered yesterday!”

Jim, we love these airchecks from the golden age of AM Top 40 radio. Keep ’em coming!


4 thoughts on “KKLS-AM 920 Rapid City SD Jim Elliot 1977

  1. Wade Brandis

    Wow..this is great! Thanks!

    KKLS was still using some of those old KKLS music bumpers well into the late 90s. I haven’t heard the station since 2004, and thus I’m not sure if they brought back those old ID bumpers with their “True Oldies” rebranding.

  2. Drew Post author

    Good question. Anyone know for sure?

  3. Francis McKenna

    I listened to the oldies for many years but I don’t hear them any more. What happened to the good music?

  4. Hosting

    As of January 1, 2015 KKLS changed their format to classic hits, branded as “Smash Hits KKLS”, switching translators to K284BA 104. In May 1999, Triad Broadcasting reached a deal to acquire this station from Brothers Jim and Tom Instad as part of a twelve-station deal valued at a reported $37.

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