Carrie Rengers

Shane and Kianne Prill to sell back KHLT-FM, 99.7-FM, to Dan Smith

A couple of years after Shane and Kianne Prill and their Air Capitol Media Group purchased KANR, 99.7-FM, from Dan Smith and converted it to KHLT-FM, they’re selling the station back to Smith.

Shane Prill, who has S.J. Prill Financial & Investment Planning, used to do financial reports years ago on Brett Harris’ show when he used to be on KRBB, 97.9-FM.

Harris was a morning personality at KHLT, an adult contemporary station, but was fired after a short time.

The Prills haven’t commented much about the station at any point in its brief history but did issue a brief statement Tuesday via an e-mailed release.

“We gave it sufficient time, hoping to find a niche for a locally-focused adult format, but in such a congested and highly competitive market, we were unable to attract a large enough audience and generate enough revenue to build a viable business. We say thank you to a dedicated staff that, from day one, has believed in the concept of quality, local radio and has made every effort to make it work.”

Smith didn’t return a call to comment on his plans for the station.

Wellington Mayor Shelley Hansel was a personality on KHLT and says she’ll miss listening to the station, though she says via a text that she’s all right about not working there anymore.

“Gives me more time for my other three jobs!!”

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