(Fremont County, WY) – On Monday, May 17th, Fremont County media company Kairos Communications, LLC, the parent company of County 10, announced they have signed agreements to purchase two locally-owned radio operations. When finalized, the purchase will include Morcom Broadcasting’s 105.1 KTUG, better known as Jack FM, and Fremont Broadcasting’s stations 97.5 KDLY and AM station 1330 KOVE.
County 10’s Owner Will Hill, framed the acquisition as doubling down on “local” with the launch of “County 10 Radio,” a new radio network.
Hill said, “For ten years, County 10’s mission has been to connect the community. We’re local. Locally owned, focused on Fremont County’s people and businesses. The idea for County 10 Radio was born out of a desire to take our brand one step further. County 10 means so many things to so many people. It’s what’s happening in our community. It’s community news and personalities, innovative marketing services and products, and so much more. It’s about connection, especially today when society feels so divided. Now with the launch of County 10 Radio, you’ll find us on your phone, your computer, at local events, on the local radio dial, podcast apps, radio streaming apps, or wherever you’re looking for content, with a cohesive brand hyper-focused on high-energy local content.”
County 10 Radio was born out of an informal partnership between Jack FM and County 10 with “the County 10 Morning Show.” According to Jack FM’s Owner Murray Ritland, the partnership has been a huge success. “We saw the opportunity for something great and got immediate positive feedback. Formalizing the relationship under County 10 is a great step forward for our business and Fremont County, I think. To bring all this media together in a cohesive way raises the bar for quality, which is just better of our listeners and advertisers. I’m excited for the future.” Ritland will become the General Manager for County 10’s radio operations.
Joe and Andrea Kenney, long-time owners of stations KDLY and KOVE plan to retire as the torch passes on to new ownership. The Kenneys have owned Fremont Broadcasting since 1977 and Joe began managing the stations in 1972 having worked at Fremont Broadcasting since 1965 except while attending college in Casper and Laramie. KOVE began serving Fremont County in 1948 and KDLY was the County’s first FM radio station, signing on in 1975.
“Radio is all I’ve ever known as a career. It’s hard for me to step down, but Andrea and I are ready to take a vacation and I feel really good about what County 10 is doing. I’m supportive of their plans to build up local media, which is good for residents and businesses. It’s a great move for Lander and Fremont County.”
While agreements have been signed and management responsibilities will change soon, the meaningful transition won’t take place for weeks or even months while paperwork makes its way through the Federal Communications Commission.
Hill shared, “we want to be sure that this transition is focused on providing something great for local radio listeners, County 10 readers, our advertisers and clients, and the community in general. We’re looking to the future, while acknowledging the strong roots of local radio, and want to build a high-quality multi-platform experience for our friends and neighbors.”