A nice surprise was the catch of KYYA Billings on 730 during the LEM319 pedition last week. Completely alone on 730 for some 30 seconds with a full crystal clear ID. Jack Seymour of Connoisseur Media Billings confirmed my mp3-audio rapidly and noted that the station was transmitting with 236 watts at the time of reception in Lemmenjoki.

KYYA is owned by Connoisseur Media, LLC since late September 2010 in a deal swap with Enebass Media, Inc. the latter also retaining the KURL call signs “because of the long history with the KURL listeners and to reassure them that the format that they’re used to will not change except for the radio frequency”

Says Connoisseur Media, LLC in the press release in September 2010: “We are delighted to be able to add 730 AM to our expanding Billings cluster,” said Connoisseur GM, Cam Maxwell. “This will make Connoisseur Media the largest radio operator in the region with six stations in the Billings market.”  The station receives new call letters, heritage KYYA will now be used to identify 730 AM.  With a signal that covers southern Montana and northern Wyoming, Connoisseur Media is moving its News Talk lineup, currently on KBLG 910 AM, to the bigger coverage area as the new News/Talk 730 KYYA AM.  Coming this weekend, 910 AM re-launches as Fox Sports Radio 910 KBLG.

In addition to News/Talk 730 KYYA AM and Fox Sports Radio 910 KBLG, Connoisseur Media also operates the following radio stations in the Billings market: KRKX-FM,  “Big Sky Country”, at 94.1, KRZN-FM, “The Zone”, a rock station at 96.3, KWMY-FM, classic hits ”MY 105.9”, and KPLN-FM, 106.7, a modern hits music station also known as “The Planet”.