KCKO 1380 about 1980 -
Near South Havana Street and East 29th Avenue.
The Great America Radio Corporation operated KCKO 1380 kHz from this site for a short time around 1980. The effort was given up due to technical difficulties, in particular the grounding system, and due to financial issues. KCKO was the successor to KPEG and KEZE, which had been operating from 6019 South Crestline Street.
In the summer of 1978, KCKO applied for full time operation and to change City of License to Millwood, Washington, add nighttime service with 2,500 watts, and install a directional antenna system for both day and night. Day power was to remain at 5,000 watts.
The original construction permit call for the proposed transmitter location to be at East 44th Avenue and South Havana Streets in Spokane, at KDNC and KXXR's old site. This proposal would have added two more towers to the non-directional tower on the site. The construction permit was later modified to install the transmitter near East 29th Avenue and South Havana Street.
The application was granted on December 13, 1979 and the transmitter was moved from 6019 South Crestline to the new site. A small studio was installed on Argonne Road in Millwood, a suburb of Spokane. The station was authorized to use a directional antenna both day and night.
Tom Read of the American Pioneer Broadcasters, www.apb.org, notes that the transmitter used at this site was moved from the Crestline Studios to this site and that the towers were installed by helicopters. Additionally, the station owners had to change the city of license to Millwood, Washington in order to get fulltime authorization in that Millwood had no radio station licensed to the city. The station received a full time construction permit but broadcast in the daytime only with very low power because they never properly installed the directional system.
PHOTO GALLERYSatellite View of the site
Compiled by Bill Harms - 3 June 2007
- Broadcast Station Application Records. Federal Communications Commission. Washington, DC. Various Dates.
- Read, Tom. American Pioneer Broadcasters, www.apb.org. Spokane, Washington. Email Correspondence with Bill Harms. May and June 2007.