KMOM is a station with an interesting and checkered history. It began life in 1982, which was fairly late for a new AM station. Monticello is located midway between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud. The original plan was to have a station which could be heard in both markets and would serve travelers along I-94, the main road which connects these two metropolitan areas. Problem was, KMOM could not be heard well in either market. Especially during nighttime hours. As you will hear, the night signal was plagued with co-channel interference, even though I only lived about 40 miles from the transmitter. The other problem was that music radio had pretty much migrated to FM by 1982. In an area saturated with radio stations, there just wasn’t room for a new standalone AM with a weak signal. KMOM eventually went dark. In 1996, the license was cancelled by the FCC. Today, the frequency is being used by KVKK in Verndale, MN. Sorry to say, but KMOM is gone for good. R.I.P.
I recorded this from Apple Valley, MN, using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver and horizontal longwire antenna. The recording was made on a Technics stereo cassette deck with Scotch Dynarange tape.