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HISTORY OF KNUJ AM & KNUJ FM/SAM 107.3

KNUJ AM 860 went on air May 22, 1949. The radio station was owned by the same company that owned the New Ulm Journal, hence the call letters, K-New-Ulm-Journal. KNUJ is a 1,000-watt AM station. The studios are located at 210 ½ N. Minnesota, New Ulm. The tower and transmitter are in southeast New Ulm. KNUJ was originated by Mickelson Media, and owned by them for over 36 years.

On March 6, 1986, James Ingstad Broadcasting purchased KNUJ. Jim Ingstad is part of the Ingstad Family who owned radio stations in North and South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, and other areas. Jim’s first solely owned stations were KNUJ AM and KXLP FM. A few years later, KXLP studios were moved to Mankato.

August 1, 1987, KNUJ studios and offices were moved to the Historic Grand Hotel at 210 ½ N. Minnesota Street, New Ulm.

June 1995, a new FM radio station, known as KNUJ FM/SAM 107.3, went on air. The station broadcasts at 4,000 watts and is programmed with Bright Adult Contemporary music of the 70’, 80’s, and 90’s. SAM and KNUJ AM are simulcast 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, and shorter hours on Saturday. The studio and office are located at 108 Main West in Sleepy Eye and the tower and transmitter is 1 mile north of Sleepy Eye on Highway 4.

July 1995, a second new radio station went on the air. The station, with studio and office in Springfield, and tower near Wabasso, was known as KNSG FM/94.7 Country Hog, and played mainstream country music. KNSG broadcasted on a 50,000-watt signal. In June 2001, the studio and office moved to 110 West Central in Springfield.

On August 14, 1998, Cumulus Broadcasting, INC. purchased the 3 stations from James Ingstad Broadcasting. Cumulus, at the time of the purchase, owned over 170 stations throughout the nation, and was one of the fastest growing Radio Broadcasting groups in the nation. Cumulus was based in Milwaukee and Chicago, and then moved to the headquarters in Atlanta.

August 2000, Clear Channel Broadcasting purchased the 3 stations from Cumulus Broadcasting. Clear Channel owns 1200+ radio stations, TV stations, CC Entertainment, CC Outdoor, plus other smaller entities. All of the properties are now known as Clear Channel, with headquarters in San Antonio. Clear Channel is a public company, trading on the New York Stock Exchange (CCU). Original owner was Lowry Mays and major stockholders officers are Lowry, Randall and Mark Mays and Kathryn Mays Johnson. Red McCombs is also a major stockholder. The sale became effective October 2, 2000.

February 2003, James Ingstad Broadcasting again purchased the 3 stations, this time from Clear Channel Broadcasting. KNUJ AM and FM were traded for a station in Bismarck, ND and KNSG was purchased. The stations will be LMA stations (Local Management Agreement) until final FCC (Federal Communications Commission) approval. Jim Ingstad lives in Fargo, ND. He owned KCHK AM and FM in New Prague and KYMN in Northfield, as well as stations in North Dakota. Jim Ingstad also owns several car dealerships in North Dakota. James Ingstad Broadcasting is a privately owned company.

June 2003, KNUJ AM and FM were sold to Ingstad Brothers Broadcasting, LLC. out of Minneapolis, MN. KNSG FM was sold to Linder Broadcasting out of Marshall, MN.


Today

KNUJ broadcasts at 1,000 watts during the daylight hours and at a reduced power at night. KNUJ is a News and Information station, strong in news, sports, weather, and farm coverage and features country music. It is also a “personality” station, with listeners very loyal to the on-air staff. Upholding the tradition that made KNUJ the Regional Giant, KNUJ broadcasts Polka Music one hour on weekdays and several hours on Sunday afternoons. However, country music is the primary music of the balance of the 24-hour broadcast day.

SAM 107 simulcasts with KNUJ in the morning hours, 6 a.m.-8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. SAM 107 broadcasts a live local news show from Sleepy Eye, 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m., Monday through Friday. Daily programming is live, via satellite. The music format is “Bright Adult Contemporary.”

KNUJ AM 860 & SAM 107.3
Both stations broadcast 24 hours a day

KNUJ also operates a separate mail order business known as KNUJ Polka Cassette & CD Sales, selling primarily polka music, nationwide.