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The programing staff of KMCH, all long-time employees of the station heard on the air. From left, Mike Johnson, Janelle Tucker and Rob Edwards.

Manchester’s local radio station 94.7 KMCH turned 30 this year. Throughout its time, the station has constantly worked to provide the Manchester area with quality local radio, often being on the cutting edge of radio technology to do so. The station was founded in 1991 by the Coloff family after seeing that Manchester was one of the larger communities in Iowa at the time without its own radio station.

According to station owner Jim Coloff, his father began the radio company, Coloff Media, in Mason City in the 1960s, later moving to start another station with his wife in Forest City in 1978. Coloff worked for his parents through his high school and college years before working at a larger radio company in Des Moines after graduation. After three years, in 1991, he received a call from his parents asking him to officially join the company and run a new station they had just received a permit to build in Manchester.