It seems that with the launch of a new FM radio station in Ely, everything old is new again.
On February 5, KELY General Manager Wyatt Cox and Engineer Kevin Fitzgerald put 98.5 FM K253CJ. The signal is part of the Federal Communication Commissions AM Revitalization Program, allowing all stations to have access to an FM signal. The FM signal has coverage limited to Ely and parts of McGill.
The signal almost didn’t happen, as it was one of many projects on the plate of CEO Fred Weinberg, who died of a stroke on September 23, 2021. Fortunately, the FCC granted an extension, and Cox and Fitzgerald were able to get the station on the air with a few days to spare.
KELY and Nevada Talk Network General Manager Wyatt Cox feels it is important that the FM signal is available because it puts KELY on the same band as all of Ely’s other radio stations. “Now KELY is more readily available to those who listen to Karen Livingston’s beautiful station KDSS, Vegas public station KWPR, Salt Lake City Mormon repeater and religious station Pilgrim. Now we are all on an equal footing.
Wyatt Cox hosts Your Morning, a weekday morning news and entertainment program from 7-9 a.m., as well as the nationally broadcast Classic Radio Theater with Wyatt Cox, heard on over 100 radio stations. coast to coast. A variety of nationally syndicated hosts are also heard on KELY, including former Fox News reporter Todd Starnes, conservative Las Vegas host Wayne Allyn Root, Charley Jones, Ken Matthews and Derek Hunter. The weekend lineup includes specialty and self-help shows as well as other Cox’s Classic Radio Theater shows. The station proudly broadcasts all Vegas Golden Knights games.
All KELY programming is heard statewide on radio stations in Fallon, Fernley, Reno, Hawthorne, Amargosa Valley and Pahrump.
In June 1950, David Hanson and Dale Bradley started Ely’s first radio station… 12:30 KELY, from the Nevada Hotel in beautiful downtown Ely. And for 71 years, KELY 1230 AM has lived up to its reputation as Ely’s source of information.
In 1986, Reed Communications, then owner of KELY, put KCLS 101.7 on the air. The stations were later sold to Elko-based Ruby Radio Corporation, and in 2005 the two stations were spun off, with KELY going to current owners Ely Radio LLC, FM going to College Creek Broadcasting. For a time, the stations were simulcast, carrying KELY’s news and talk shows on both 1230 AM and 101.7FM. College Creek Broadcasting, in a two-stage plan, moved the station first to Pioche and then to Leeds, UT, where the station remains on the air today, owned by Canyon Media as part of a media group of seven stations in St. George, UTAH.