By Ernie Over
The Southeast corner of Main and Fifth streets in Riverton has taken on a new look this past month as the hometown radio stations of WyoTodayMedia have moved into the 421 East Main building, co-locating with The Ranger, Lander Journal and Wind River News. The radio station logos now adorn the windows on the front of the building, along with new signage for Wyotoday.com, The Ranger and WyoToday Media.
“We’ve been planning this a long time,” said WyoToday Media General Manager Kevin Shields. “With this move, our radio stations have not only moved into a new building, but we’ve moved them into a new century,” he said. “We now have all new equipment in our broadcast studios and audio production facilities. We’ve taken a couple decades-long leap with new state-of-the art technology.” The upgrades also include the five stations’ transmitter sites, in east Riverton, on Beaver Rim and on Copper Mountain. “Our tower locations are also being upgraded. It will be good for our listeners and we certainly appreciate their patience as we began the move over the past several months,” Shields said.
The WyoTodayMedia stations include Riverton’s first AM and FM stations, KVOW 1450 and KTAK 93.9. They also include KFCW 93.1, KWYW 99.1 and KDNO 101.7. The new stations are now located on the second floor of the newspaper building with the community talk studio located on the ground floor.
“Our entire media family, newspaper and radio, is now in one location here in Riverton. The employee-owned company has over 30 local staff members – it is the best of all worlds to have us all together,” Shields noted. “The move went faster than we thought it would, with the exception of KVOW. The AM station is off the air until late this coming week awaiting arrival of a new satellite dish.
“I have to give a big shout-out to our own Rusty Harris, program manager of the radio stations, plus engineers Dave Smith and Steve Sisson, who have put in long hours to make the move successful,” Shields added. “Most of our stations were off the air for only about an hour during the transition from our East Pershing studios to the new location.”
Major remodeling of The Ranger building began last fall shortly after the purchase of the newspaper from Grace Andrus in February 2022. “Structurally the building is very sound, but we upgraded everything down to the bare walls. The Advertising Department was totally remodeled along with our Newsroom and Front Office and we’ve decorated the spaces with photos from the history of the newspaper and radio stations’ respective news coverage,” Shields said. “We’re eager to show off our new space, and we’ll have an open house come this October, but anyone can stop in at any time to see the new remodeling if they can’t make the open house.
“We want the community to be as proud of their newspapers and radio stations as we are,” Shields explained.
Stop in and check out the offices on East Main Street today – featuring free ice cream for visitors Monday through Friday.