KQNK Ownership Files With FCC To Bring 3rd Broadcast Signal To Norton County

Dierking Communications, Inc, which owns and operates Norton radio stations KQNK-AM and KQNK-FM, has applied for a translator at 102.5 FM, which if approved, will rebroadcast KQNK-AM 1530 programming.

The move is part of a broader strategy to split the KQNK AM and FM radio formats, and allow additional coverage of community events and activities. The coverage area would be approximately half the range of the current 106.7 KQNK-FM signal, but will certainly increase opportunities for greater nighttime signal than 1530 KQNK-AM currently has.

Marysville based Dierking Communications has owned and operated the Norton radio stations since 1999.

The matter is pending Federal Communications Commission approval, which may take several months. Company President/CEO Bruce Dierking says, “We’re excited with this chance to upgrade our Norton operations. In recent years, we’ve installed new AM and FM transmitters, and the stations under the guidance of Marvin Matchett and staff continue to provide a valuable communications resource for all of Norton County.”

KQNK maintains a live internet stream on the station website, kqnk.com, that is available globally, and through mobile apps in the App Store and Google Play for smartphones.

KQNK is the broadcast home to Norton High School athletics, K-State football, men’s basketball, as well as Kansas City Royals baseball in addition to the Classic Hits music format playing the best pop and rock music of the 1960’s through the 1980’s.

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.