KFAR History

Ray Bonnell / Sketches of Alaska FAIRBANKS — Within a few years of commercial radio’s birth in the Lower 48, radio stations began popping up in Alaska. In 1922 the Northern Commercial Company (NC Co.) started KLAY radio station in Fairbanks. Unfortunately for Fairbanks residents, the radio station was short l more ...

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KFAR made history as the farthest north radio station. KFAR served as a communication link to troops in W.W.II. During the early days of Alaska aviation, pilots would set their homing beacons on 660 AM to help guide them back to Fairbanks. KFAR originally sported one of the tallest self supporting towers in the United States and at 372 feet was the Interior’s tallest tower. The actual radio station was a gift to the pioneers of the Interior from Alaska Industrialist Austin “Cap” Lathrop. KFAR remained on the air during the flood disaster of 1967. The original transmitter/tower site served as a refuge for Fairbanksans left homeless by the flood. That spirit continues today. During the fires of 2004, we fielded calls from listeners offering their own homes for those displaced by the flames.

KFAR, 660AMThursday, December 7th, 2017 at 9:04am

Tune in for Joe Nava’s Shooters Corner, starting now on KFAR!


KFAR, 660AMFriday, December 1st, 2017 at 7:09am

Update from Alaska State Troopers: All residents in the area of Doughchee Street can resume activity as normal. Situation resolved.


KFAR, 660AMFriday, December 1st, 2017 at 6:47am

From Alaska State Troopers: All residents in the area of Doughchee Avenue and Statehood Street are asked to seek shelter inside and lock their doors.

No other details available at this time, will update as necessary.


KFAR, 660AM shared a link.Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 at 9:46am


KFAR, 660AMTuesday, November 21st, 2017 at 1:09pm

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