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.

KPAT_Don_Berry_Nov_1982

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!

    Drew

  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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