Montanavision, Inc.
Client since 1993.

In 1986, Bill Reier sold Bozeman radio stations KBOZ-AM+FM to Larry Wilson, forming the foundation of Citadel Communications Corporation.

Citadel Communications

In 1991, Citadel purchased Livingston station KYBS-FM, making the combo into a trombo. We started caring for their engineering needs in 1993.

1090 KBOZ
1090 KBOZ-AM
The Peak KPKX-FM
Cat Country
Cat Country KATH-FM
1090 KBOZ-AM
Bill Reier put KBOZ on the air in December, 1975. The original format was Top 40. Early on-air personalities included Paul Van Ellis and Dean Alexander. The first Chief Engineer was Jack Nordquist. In 1980, the format was changed to country, Steve Campbell became Chief Engineer, and KBZN-FM was added to the operation. The KBOZ-AM transmitter and antenna array have remained virtually unchanged since then.
KBOZ Studio
Though this studio has undergone many changes, the original woodwork and the original console were in use until March, 2004.
Detail of the base of Tower 4, showing that the upper ball of the lightning gap is missing, 03-Apr-1999.
Midway obstruction light and fiberglass guy insulator at 125 foot level on Tower 4, 03-Apr-1999.
50 kW FM iso-coupler at the base of Tower 5, 03-Apr-1999.
A small herd of deer cross the road near Monitor Point 3, on the east end of Nash Road, 15-Feb-1999.
Bobcat Sports
KBOZ was the flagship station for the Montana State University-Bozeman Fighting Bobcats since the mid-1980s. Here is the voice of the Fighting Bobcats, Dean Alexander, in the booth at Worthington Arena, MSU-Bozeman, November, 1999.

93.7 Cat Country KATH-FM
Bozeman's first commercial FM station signed on in September, 1980, as KBZN-FM. It operated on 93.7 MHz with 100,000 Watts from an antenna on the KBOZ-AM array on Johnson Road. Within a few years, the transmitter was moved to the Story Hill Site and the call sign was changed to KBOZ-FM. Up until 1993, the format was generally Pop, Top 40, or Rock. From 1993 to 1996, the call letters were KATH-FM, and the format was hot country.
The Story Hill Electronic Site, on the northeast edge of Bozeman, was home to several high-power signals. The 93.7 MHz signal was broadcast from the tall tower on the right. March, 1998.
The Rockwell Collins 831G-3 transmitter for 93.7 MHz was originally installed at the studio, southwest of Bozeman. The coverage of the downtown area was so bad that it was moved to the Story Hill site in 1981.
Control board and main counter in KATH studio, 09-Jan-1999.
93.7 Studio
Steve Campbell's custom equipment racks in the rear of the KATH-FM studio, 09-Jan-1999.

97.5 The Peak KPKX-FM
This station started life in 1985 as KYBS-FM, licensed to Livingston, Montana. It became a Citadel station in 1991, when the call letters were changed to KATH-FM. The old-time country format of KYBS-FM gave way to Cat Country, a proprietary Citadel format. In 1993, Cat Country moved to 93.7, and this station became KBOZ-FM, with a rock format. In 1995, the call letters were changed to KPKX-FM, and the format changed to alternative rock.
This building houses the 97.5 MHz transmitter on Bozeman Pass, 01-Sep-1999.
For a time, FCC Rules required the station to keep the main studio in Livingston, and originate some programming from it. The STL dish on the right received programming from Livingston, while the dish on the left received programming from Bozeman. A remote-controlled switch inside selected which studio was on the air. Jan 1994.
KPKX Tower
The Yagi antenna on the right is the backup antenna for low-power operation, 21-May-1999.
Jim + Transmitter
Jim logs the operating parameters of the McMartin BF-25M transmitter, 06-Jan-1999.
A previous engineer, in an attempt to reduce interference to the equipment mounted in the rack, had this masonry wall built around it. When that did not help, chicken wire was spread over it. As far as can be determined, neither of those measures made any difference. In this 1994 photograph, the Continental 802B Exciter was still in operation at 97.5 MHz. In the late 90's, the original McMartin BFM-8000 exciter was returned to service.
Jim + Steve
Honoring a time-hallowed tradition, Program Director Steve West hauls a full nitrogen cylinder to the transmitter site, 16-Feb-1994.

Citadel Communications Corporation sold these stations to Reier Broadcasting Company in 1996.
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This page updated 14-Mar-2016.