That radio station post got me to thinking about the old KDF station out of Memphis. Now that was a good station and I don't know how we lucked into having a transmitter in our area. Anyone remember when it ended?
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I'm not too sure when it ended, but I know KDF went country, which was disappointing. KDF was what introduced me to some of the greatest music of my lifetime.
It ended some time in the late 90's when they switched formats. That's what I listened to all the time when I was in jr. high and high school. I remember getting aggravated because during a good song the local translator would break in with a local spot.

I don't know who ran the local translator, but it was a great idea and a great service to those of us who aren't fans of country.

KDF went country around '97 or '98 I believe. Since there is no shortage of country stations in the Shoals, the translator switched to the Birmingham rock station. I don't know if it's still up and running, but it was a huge benefit while it lasted.
Bill Rogers, was a son of the original owner, had the antenna/transmitter originally placed. What is up now - I have no idea. I know he was building a house in a southern coastal country a few years ago (I am certain it is finished by now). I don't know if he relocated there or if it was only for vacations or what.
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Originally posted by NashBama:
It ended some time in the late 90's when they switched formats. That's what I listened to all the time when I was in jr. high and high school. I remember getting aggravated because during a good song the local translator would break in with a local spot.

I don't know who ran the local translator, but it was a great idea and a great service to those of us who aren't fans of country.

KDF went country around '97 or '98 I believe. Since there is no shortage of country stations in the Shoals, the translator switched to the Birmingham rock station. I don't know if it's still up and running, but it was a huge benefit while it lasted.

I believe the station was ROCK99 @ 99.5FM in Birmingham and I wish we still had that benefit, too.
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Originally posted by gracies old man:
One of the translators was carrying "Fun 91" of Mississippi, I think until recently.

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I believe 91.9 now has the call letters WOWL . Station in Iuka, no idea where the transmitter is.
It is re-broadcast over 102.3 up here, but a couple of months ago they must have cut their power, and now I get the 91.9 just as good.
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That's what I listened to all the time when I was in jr. high and high school. I remember getting aggravated because during a good song the local translator would break in with a local spot.


Nash! I can remember this happening too! It would always happen during The Best Song!
it is true that bill rogers, of the rogers department store family, put up the original translator. i knew him back at that time. i think he did it so he and others could get some 'good' rock music to listen to.

he had a lot of problems getting it going, but he was a stubborn guy and got it done.
Julie, actually it was Bill Roger's grandfather that was an original owner of the department store. His name, as I recall, was Tom Rogers Sr. Tom III (Bill's older brother) was one of the producers of "When I Find the Ocean."

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