KRBI-FM 105.5 Saint Peter MN Promo & Sweeper 1982

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.


2 thoughts on “KRBI-FM 105.5 Saint Peter MN Promo & Sweeper 1982

  1. Douglas Anderson

    The same thing happened to KANO AM 1470, Anoka in the early 90’s. Ever after, it was a broadcast extension of the Twin Cities’ KLBB “Club 14.” Nowadays, both 14 and 1470 is programmed with Hispanic programming (ish). KLBB rolocated at Stillwater’s AM 1220, which was small market station WTCN in the late 80’s.

  2. Drew Post author

    In my opinion, “upgrading” 1470 was the worst thing they could have done. Moving it to Brooklyn Park meant that it was no longer considered a “local” station by those in Anoka. The power increase from 1,000 to 5,000 watts required them a tight directional null towards KDWA/1460 in Hastings. Which meant they also nulled most of the metro area! So, 1470 was never able to compete as a Twin Cities or even a north metro station. Meanwhile, they lost their local base in Anoka. Brilliant.

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