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Dan Massman is pictured having a laugh during a visit by a group from Black Dirt Theater last December. Massman owns KDWA radio in Hastings, which celebrated 50 years on the air in October. (Chad Richardson/Hastings Star Gazette)

KDWA celebrates 50 years on the air

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HASTINGS, Minn. -- Fifty years ago, Hastings radio station KDWA-AM 1460 came on the air with a bang. Literally.

Just four days after the station began in October 1963, it suddenly went off the air. To those out in south Hastings at the time, the reason was apparent. A number of loud sounds emitted from the small building at the foot of the station’s tower.


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Chad Richardson
Chad Richardson is the publisher and editor at the Hastings Star Gazette. He was the general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He previously worked at the Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.
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