KPAT-FM 97.3 Sioux Falls SD Don Berry 1982

This aircheck appears elsewhere on Radio Geek Heaven as part of my ‘Sioux Falls Dial Scan’ compilation.  But I wanted to include it individually as well.  Don Berry was the evening jock on KPAT as 1982 came to a close.  This was KSOO’s FM sister station, back when owners were only allowed one AM and one FM per market.  The format was Adult Contemporary, competing directly against KELO-AM.  AM radio was still dominant in Sioux Falls with KSOO, KELO, KXRB, KKRC, and WNAX out of Yankton.

I was able to receive 97 KPAT pretty well on most days from my location in Apple Valley, MN.  There is a bit of adjacent channel bleed from local KTCR-97.1.  My Winegard 10 element FM yagi did a nice job of nulling most of the interference out, however.  It was connected to a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver with Belden RG59 ultra low loss coaxial cable.  An Alliance U-100 Tenna Rotor spun it around as needed.  The recording was made to a Technics stereo cassette deck with Scotch Dynarange 90 tape.


3 thoughts on “KPAT-FM 97.3 Sioux Falls SD Don Berry 1982

  1. scott

    only don berry would call eddie rabbit and crystal gayle a “neat new sound”!

  2. Drew

    Hi Scott,

    That Winegard FM beam gave me my first taste of Sioux Falls radio. Before then, I was limited to hearing KKRC-AM vs KELO-AM for a few hours in the summer when we drove from the Twin Cities to the Black Hills.

    Too funny! The *song* was new, but neither artist was anywhere *close* to new! LOL!


  3. Dave Mc Cracken

    Don Berry, Marc Elliot, and myself were all “refugees” from the ruthless regime at KELO AM. We all landed at KPAT in the early to mid 80’s. I worked there for about 7 years following an 8 year stint at KELO. Marc Elliott is still working for the company that owns the old KPAT, but is on a different station.

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