KMOM-AM 1070 Monticello MN Tim Matthews 1982

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.

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8 thoughts on “KMOM-AM 1070 Monticello MN Tim Matthews 1982

  1. Eric Meyer

    Good recording! I live in Buffalo now and wondered about the station’s history. The building is still in Monticello, but it hasn’t been used for anything but storage since the station went off the air. Recently, the KMOM building has been boarded up and is for sale. The property is close to one of the last new subdevelopments on the south side of Monticello, so when the economy picks up. the land will be valuable, moreso than the building.

    Depending on the time you recorded this, getting somehting this clear with KYMN next door on 1080 was tricky.

    My guess it’s Tim Matthews as the anmouncer, who is with KRWC in Buffalo.

  2. Drew

    Hi Eric,

    KYMN made it tough during the day. I could hear KMOM, but very faintly and with lots of splatter. KYMN was a daytimer back then, so it made KMOM an easier catch. Lots of co-channel interference, though. The main source was WTSO/Madison, WI, which beamed 5kW towards me after dark.

    My guess is the owners of the building are just waiting for the economy to rebound. Then, they’ll sell the land for houses and the building will be demolished.

    Good catch on Tim Matthews. Thanks!

    Drew

  3. Oscar

    It may have been struggling towards the South, but KMOM was very strong in St. Cloud and was a decent catch as far North as Walker during the day. I had a cheap reciever that wouldn’t stop on any local stations in N. Morrison Country on a scan (KWAD, KVBR, KLIZ, KLTF) but it would on KMOM.

  4. Drew

    Hi Oscar,

    I’m guessing KMOM was directional with the lobe north or northwest and a null to the southeast, protecting KYMN (?) KYMN was a daytimer, but they’d likely have to keep the same SE null at night to protect co-channel WTSO in Madison. I’d love to see a contour map. Any idea where or if they still exist?

    Drew

  5. Douglas Anderson

    I remember K-Mom 1070 from the 80’s. They started out AC, and then flipped to Country in summer 83. They were off the air for some time in the late 80’s, and then signed back on by summer 88, this time full-service AC. I live in Coon Rapids (next to Anoka) and always got KMOM with great reception. However, the co-channel interference made it hard to listen to at night. I liked the format they started out with during their first year of broadcasting. It reminded me of the mass appeal music presentation that many stations got away from by that time.

  6. Drew Post author

    Hi Doug,

    I could get a very weak daytime signal from KMOM in Apple Valley. Strictly a “car radio only” signal and even then, hard to hear because of splatter from KYMN-AM 1080 in Northfield. At night, KYMN signed off, but it was still tough with KFDI-AM Wichita and WTSO-AM Madison dominant on 1070Khz. I always thought it was a cool little station, though, and would listen whenever I was headed up I-94 to our cabin near Park Rapids or to my grandparents’ place in North Dakota.

  7. Douglas Anderson

    Is it possible that K-Mom’s coverage zone was a directional oval extending west and east?

  8. Drew Post author

    That’s a good guess. I never got to see KMOM’s coverage map, but I assume they protected KYMN-AM 1080 in Northfield. That would mean a null towards the SSE. WKKQ/Hibbing was still on 1060 in those days (before their move down to 650), so there may have been some protection directed NNE also (?)

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