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Jeff Kolpack, Published April 09 2013

All-sports radio station 740-AM to simulcast Joel Heitkamp's program after western ND stations dump show

FARGO – The all-sports radio station in the Red River Valley will no longer be all sports. Radio Fargo-Moorhead announced on Tuesday that its “News & Views” program hosted by Joel Heitkamp on KFGO-AM will eventually be simulcast on 740-AM The Fan to take advantage of a stronger signal.

Just when that will happen has not been determined, said Heitkamp, who is the RFM operations manager. The trigger in the move was a couple of western North Dakota stations yanking their affiliation with KFGO and going with other programming.

Jim Lowe, market manager for Clear Channel Communications in Bismarck, said it was time “to move on to talk shows that are more relevant and focused on the lifestyle of western North Dakota,” That includes bringing back an old KFYR-AM show called “What’s On Your Mind” and the “Scott Hennen Show.”

Heitkamp’s show, which runs from 8:30-11 a.m., was heard on KFYR-AM in Bismarck and KCJB-AM in Minot. KCJB will also no longer air KFGO’s “Mike McFeely Show,” which runs from 2-5 p.m.

Both of those moves were effective immediately.

Heitkamp said there are still details to be worked out with his show being aired on 740-AM. He said it will be settled by Midwest Communications, which bought Radio Fargo-Moorhead and will assume control on May 1. The 740 signal is the fifth strongest daytime signal of any radio station in the country, according to a RFM news release.

The 740-AM station is mostly an affiliate for KFAN Sports Radio out of the Twin Cities with the exception of the locally-produced “Jack Michaels Show” that airs from noon-1 p.m.

Currently, The Fan airs the “Power Trip Show” weekdays from 5:30-9 a.m. and “The Paul Allen Project” from 9 a.m.-noon.

Heitkamp said both his show and the McFeely show will be offered to radio stations outside of the Fargo market.

Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546.

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