KRBI was a great example of Minnesota “hometown radio” in 1982. Sadly, the station no longer exists. Several years ago, the FM was sold, upgraded, and moved to Mankato. More recently, KRBI-AM 1310 was allowed to relocate to Glencoe. In my opinion, it’s a travesty that the FCC now allows stations to completely abandon the communities they are licensed to. Small market radio has suffered greatly as a result of this. But that’s a whole ‘nother soapbox for another time.
In this aircheck, you will hear a live Station ID, a promo for upcoming live sports coverage, and a singing “K-R-Bee-Iiii” sweeper. In all, a fun look back to a time when hometown radio truly served the community.
I recorded this from Apple Valley using a Pioneer SX-3900 receiver, Winegard 10-element FM yagi antenna, Alliance rotor, and Belden low loss coaxial cable. The beautiful thing about this antenna was it’s tight directional characteristics. By rotating the antenna, I could hear no fewer than four stations on 105.5 from Minnesota and Wisconsin: KABG/Cambridge, WCFW/Chippewa Falls, KWNG/Red Wing, and KRBI/St. Peter. I was able to listen to all 4, clearly and free of interference from one another. The recording was made on a Technics stereo cassette deck with a Scotch Highlander 90 tape.