Perry Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for new KDLS broadcast mode

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KDLS General Manager John McGee, center with shears, cuts the ribbon Thursday morning on the station's FM broadcasts. Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce members and others shared the cutting fun, including, from left, KDLS Sports Director Shawn Kenney, Ben's Five and Dime owner Jan Pattee, Perry Mayor Jay Pattee, Raccoon Valley Bank Retail Banking Officer Kathy Hoskinson, Raccoon River Valley Bicycle Co. owner Lee Coons, Raccoon Valley Bank Accounting and Operations Supervisor Diane Vallejo, longtime KDLS booster Ilene Sheeder of Perry, PEGASUS TV 12 volunteer Doug Wood, Perry City Administrator Sven Peterson, ThePerryNews.com Publisher Jim Caufield and Raccoon Valley Bank Marketing Officer Kelsey Hughes.

The Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon-cutting event Thursday at KDLS radio in Perry to mark the station’s new broadcasts in the FM mode.

“We’re very excited,” said KDLS General Manager John McGee. The station’s AM content will now be duplicated on the FM dial.

“It’s a wonderful day,” said Bob Wilson, executive director of the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce. Wilson described the close relationship between the Chamber and the radio station, stretching over many years and many changes in Perry’s commercial environment.

About a dozen Chamber members and other well wishers attended the ribbon cutting, which was staged on air. The cost to acquire to FM broadcast license was about $100,000, McGee said.

The KDLS radio station was for many years owned locally by the Whitehead family of Perry, who also owned the Perry Daily Chief, now a weekly paper. More recently, Tom Quinlan of Perry, longtime news anchor at KDLS, was also a part-owner of the station with the Whiteheads.

Quinlan and the Whiteheads sold the radio station in 2005 to Knoxville, Iowa-based Coon Valley Communications Inc., which in turn sold the station in 2012 to M&M Broadcasting Inc. Both Coon Valley Communications and M&M Broadcasting are subsidiaries of M&H Broadcasting Inc., owned by Mel and Holly Suhr of Knoxville.

The Whiteheads sold their newspaper in 2013 to Arkansas-based Stephens Media, which in turn sold it in February 2015 to New York-based media conglomerate New Media Investment Group. GateHouse Media, a division of New Media Investment Group, now operates the paper.

“The more media, the better. That’s my philosophy,” said ThePerryNews.com Publisher Jim Caufield. “Whether the media’s locally owned, like ThePerryNews.com, or owned and operated by out of towners, like our friends at the radio station and newspaper, a rich and diverse range of options is good for the Perry community. Free choice is what we’re about at ThePerryNews.com.”

ThePerryNews.com photos by Mark Summerson

Video courtesy PEGASUS TV 12 volunteer Doug Wood

Bob Wilson, left, executive director of the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce, praised the radio station's new FM band and spoke of the close and long-term relationship between the Chamber and the radio station. KDLS on-air personality Chris Cohea kept calm and carried on talking through the ribbon-cutting chaos.
Bob Wilson, left, executive director of the Perry-Area Chamber of Commerce, praised the radio station’s new FM band and spoke of the close and long-term relationship between the Chamber and the radio station. KDLS on-air personality Chris Cohea kept calm and carried on talking through the ribbon-cutting chaos.

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