History of KCCR-AM, KLXSFM and KCCR-FM.
KCCR first aired on February 4, 1959 in a studio located over the Harding Ford Garage, near the present-day site of the First National Bank on West Sioux Avenue.
Known as Capitol City Radio, KCCR is now located at 106 West Capital Avenue. It’s a tradition for passers-by to stop and listen for a few minutes and wave to the DJ, visible through a large window situated parallel to the street.
KCCR is known as the community’s radio station and this is where you find out what is happening in local news, weather and sports. For 34 years, Sorenson Broadcasting owned and operated KCCR until 2006 when Waitt Meadia and then NRG Media became the stations’ operator. Early in 2008, KCCR joined the Riverfront Broadcasting group of stations owned by South Dakota natives, Carolyn and Doyle Becker, making KCCR and sister station KLXS FM the only locally owned stations in the market.
We pride ourselves in being a full service radio station. Our News Director Kevin Larsen has the most in-depth local news coverage in central South Dakota. Sports Director Michael Estridge provides the best local sports including play-by-play of area teams. People in 16 surrounding counties tune into KCCR to get weather updates, school closings, fire locations, construction updates, or local events.
Along with music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, entertainment is a daily staple at KCCR. Our live DJ’s provide wit, wisdom and fun. DT Meyer starts your day like a stout cup of coffee, DT is on-air each weekday morning beginning at 5:30 to help people get started with their day. Michael Estridge takes over the mic until early afternoon and John Tesh drives with you until dinnertime. – providing a unique perspective to the day’s events and news.
Listeners can hear our special programs at different times of the day. Our “Ask the Mayor’ show runs the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. We have a Chamber of Commerce report every Wednesday morning as well as other programs designed to keep people fully informed and special guests join the morning show to promote community happenings. Sports is a vital part of KCCR’s programming featuring ESPN Sports Talk at night and on weekends as well as NFL and college football, major league baseball and college and professional basketball as well as covering all the area high school sports including soccer and hockey.
KCCR’s sister station KLXS signed on April 6th, 1981 with the call letters KNEY. The format and the call letters have changed since the early days. Now known as Country 95.3 FM, it plays hot new country music for central South Dakota.
KCCR’s other sister station KCCR-FM signed on June 13, 2014. Known as Capital City Rock 104.5, it plays an active rock format not found anywhere else in central South Dakota.