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.
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KFAR, 660AMFriday, November 17th, 2017 at 11:58am

Smitty from the KFAR Morning Show, Governor Walker and Problem Corner host David Pruhs pose for a photo during Governor Walker’s visit to KFAR this morning.

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KFAR, 660AMThursday, November 16th, 2017 at 7:04am

From Fort Wainwright DES: “As snow accumulates on roadways visibility is reduced. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to arrive safe. Use caution while driving.”

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KFAR, 660AMMonday, October 30th, 2017 at 5:16am

FPD, Troopers and Fort Wainwright all advising area roads are very slick due to freezing rain in the Fairbanks and North Pole areas, and unnecessary travel is not recommended. If you do go out, watch for emergency vehicles in the road!

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KFAR, 660AM shared a link.Wednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 7:14am

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KFAR, 660AMWednesday, October 25th, 2017 at 6:12am

From Alaska State Troopers: Roads are slippery, please use extreme caution!

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