KROX-AM's owner is signing offCrookston, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's a bitter-sweet moment for people in the Northern Valley who listen to the radio. KROX-AM's owner is calling it quits, but promises to keep the station's spirit alive.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ, WDAY
Crookston, MN (WDAY TV) -- It's a bitter-sweet moment for people in the Northern Valley who listen to the radio. KROX-AM's owner is calling it quits, but promises to keep the station's spirit alive.
Frank Fee started at KROX radio nearly 40 years ago. He was hired as the night-time DJ position, that came with janitorial work, he would eventually buy the station, and become the sole owner in 1995.
Frank Fee - Retiring From Radio: "Not many people can say they love going to work every day. "
Fee's hard work over the years also won him a spot in the Minnesota's Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010. But Fee says it is time to sell station and retire. He says he wanted to make sure the radio station continued to do what it has done since its first broadcast in 1948."
Frank Fee: "I would like to see anyone that serve the public than KROX radio has. And I'm not just talking Crookston, I'm talking the whole Red River Valley area that we cover. "
Fee says selling it to he son, Chris, will ensure that.
Chris Fee - Frank's Son: "It's big for us to be here in the community, but for people to know that we are going to be there for them when they need us."
Chris and his younger brother Jake have played a key role in keeping the station on top of technology, KROX was one of the first stations in Minnesota to have it's own website, which has won awards for it's quality content. Chris says the changing news and social media will be one of his biggest challenges.
Chris Fee: "I wouldn't say scary, I like that part of it. It is changing all the time, and trying to keep up with it. "
That's something Frank Fee will not have to worry about as he leaves the operation. Though he return on a very part time basis as the familiar and longtime voice for local sports broadcasts.
Frank Fee: "All I have to do is broadcast a football game or a hockey game, I think that will work out pretty well."
Because of Frank Fee's loyalty to broadcasting Minnesota Twin's baseball games on KROX, he has been asked by the Twins to throw the first-pitch at an August 13th game.