KIPI Radio off the air

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KIPI Radio off the air

Thom Eagle Staff

CRST station expected to return

KIPI Radio, a 100,000-watt radio station in Eagle Butte owned by the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe (CRST), ceased operations at 5 p.m. on Monday after a little more than one year on the air.

A statement issued by the CRST Office of Intergovernmental Affairs said the station will remain shut down indefinitely while tribal officials "launch a new organizational structure as a way to modernize and increase revenues."

KIPI was assigned its call letters by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Dec. 8, 2017 and transmitted via a 653-foot tower at 95.3 FM on the radio dial. Tribal officials dedicated a new 3,600-square foot studio located on Main Street of Eagle Butte during a ceremony in August 2018. Billed as "The Voice of the Cheyenne River Oyate," the station's signal reached a 120 mile radius from Eagle Butte and oftentimes farther depending upon weather conditions.

 

 

 

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