2023 Annual EEO Public File Report

Reporting Period: December 1, 2022 – November 30, 2023

Licensee: Prairie Winds Broadcasting, Inc.

d/b/a Big Stone Radio FRN: 0023102916



KMSD-AM, Milbank SD, FIN: 63599

KDIO –AM, Ortonville, MN, FIN: 67770

KPHR-FM, KPHRHD2, Ortonville MN, FIN: 67753

KBWS-FM, Sisseton, SD, FIN: 36355

KJKQ-FM Sisseton SD, FIN: 183354


Number of full-time employees: 12


Small Market Exemption: yes


Listing of Jobs posted and filled from December 1, 2022 – November 30, 2023:

One (1) On air announcer position, filled on July 31, 2023

Source for actual hire: Sportscasters Talent Agency of America


List of recruitment sources used for each hire:


Recruitment sources used:                                                 Contact person information:


KBWS/KJKQ on air                                                             Jeff Kurtz

509 Veterans Ave Sisseton SD 57262                              605-432-5516


Big Stone Radio Website                                                    Jeff Kurtz

15096 SD Hwy 15 Milbank SD 57252                              605-432-5516


Sportscasters Talent Agency of America                         Jon Chelesnik

Talent Agency California              949-648-7822


South Dakota Broadcasters Association                         Marla Willard

106 West Capitol Ave, Pierre SD 57501          605-224-1034


Minnesota Broadcasters Association                               Tim Hyde

408 Saint Peter Street, Suite 423,                          

St Paul Mn 55102                                                                 612-926-8123

(See Appendix A)


Tally of Interviewee Sources:

Recruitment Source:                                                         # of interviewees referred by source

SD Broadcasters                                                                 0

Mn Broadcasters                                                                0

Sportscasters Talent Agency of America                       9

Big Stone Radio website                                                   1

Sportscasters Talent Agency of America was the source from which the employee was hired.





1. January and February 2023

We promoted on air offered up to 100 hours of paid internships to area students and anyone interested in exploring a career in broadcasting. The internships were available to high school students and anyone currently employed in other industries. Job shadowing was made available to any student interested in a career in broadcasting.


2. March and April 2023

Minnesota Broadcasters Scholarship was promoted on-air (:15 second spots). Information included how area Juniors and Seniors living in Minnesota can apply for the Scholarship.

The spot :15 Minnesota High School Seniors! Are you interested in a career in broadcasting? You can be the future of broadcasting in Minnesota. Apply for educational scholarship funds thru April 30th at Minnesota Broadcasters dot com slash M B A dash scholarship!


This year’s recipients were from Triton High School, Frazee High School, PSEO, Bemidji High School


3. April 17-20 2023

Members of the staff including ownership, General Manager, and Sales Manager attend the NAB/RAB in Las Vegas. We attended meetings, small group sessions and attended workshops to continue their education and pursue job/career advancement. We learned a variety of information including regulatory issues, management strategies, and how to be better broadcasters.


4. November 29 2023

General Manager Jeff Kurtz participated in a Political Advertising Compliance Webinar for Broadcasters with David Oxenford, and the FCC’s Bobby Baker, Gary Schonman, and Sima Nilsson. Station employees were able to gain knowledge to improve station practices and be better equipped for higher-level employment.




Organizations on Minnesota Broadcasters mailing list that received written notice of availability of full time positions:


Minnesota Broadcasters Association Tim Hyde 408 Saint Peter Street, Suite 423, St Paul Mn 55102 612-926-8123


College/EEO/Private Schools

Ability Building Center

Access Ability

Adult Client Training Service

Alexandria Technical College

Alto Consulting and Training

American Council of the Blind of MN

American Indian OIC School of Business and Office Technology

Amputee Resource Foundation of America

Anoka Ramsey Community College-Cambridge

Anoka Ramsey Community College-Coon Rapids

Anoka Technical College

Argosy University-Twin Cities

Augsburg College

Auto Technical, Inc.

Bemidji State University

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School

Bethany Lutheran College

Building for Women

Carlton College

Carver County Workforce

Center Cedar Valley Service Inc. Alpha Program

Cedar Valley Services, Inc

Central Lakes College-Brainerd

Central Lakes College-Staples

Central MN Jobs &Training Services

Century College

Choice Unlimited

Clay County Supportive Training Service

College of St. Benedict

St. Catherine University

College of St. Scholastica

Concordia College, Moorhead

Concordia University, St. Paul

Crown College

Dakota County Technical College

Dunwoody College of Technology

East Polk County DAC

East Range Developmental Achievement Center (DAC)

Equality-Pathways to Potential

Federation of Somali Community

Fond du Lac Opportunities Industrialization Center

Fond du Lac Tribal &Community College

Globe University

Goodwill Industries Vocational Enterprises

Goodwill/Easter Seals

Grant County D.A.C., Inc.

Gustavus Adolphus College

Hamline University

Hennepin Technical College-Eden Prairie

Hibbing Community College


Houston County Networks

Institute of Production and Recording

Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association

Inver Hills Community College

Itasca Community College

Itasca Developmental Achievement Center, Inc

Jeane Thorne inc

Jobs Now Coalition

Jobs Plus, Inc.

Kandi Works DAC, Inc

Lake Superior College

Lao Assistance Center of MN

Lao Family Community of MN

Learning Strategies Corporation

Life-Work Planning Center

L J &A

Macalester College Mahnomen County DAC

Mankato Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (MRCI)

Marantha Community College

Martin Luther College

MDI Commercial Services

Merrick Partners, Inc

Mesabi Range Community &Technical College–Eveleth

Mesabi Range Community &Technical College–Virginia

Metro Work Center, Inc.

Metropolitan State University

Minneapolis American Indian Center

Minneapolis Business College

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis Community &Technical College

Minnesota Public Radio

Minnesota Resource Center

Minnesota State College- Southeast Technical-Red Wing

Minnesota State University, Moorhead

Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Detroit Lakes

Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Fergus Falls

Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Moorhead

Minnesota State Community and Technical College-Wadena

Minnesota West Community &Technical College-Canby

Minnesota West Community &Technical College-Granite Falls

Minnesota West Community &Technical College-Jackson

Minnesota West Community &Technical College-Pipestone

Minnesota West Community &Technical College-Worthington

MN Diversified Industries

MN Vocational Association

MW Persons and Associates Inc

National Federation of the Blind of MN

Newgate Education and Research Center, Inc

Normandale Community College-Bloomington

North American Training Institute

North Central University

North Hennepin Community College

Northland Community &Technical College-Thief river Falls

Northland Community &Technical College – East Grand Forks

Northwest Indian OIC, Inc.

Northwestern College

Oak Hills Christian College

Oakland Area Learning Center

Occupational Development Center, Inc.

Opportunity Partners Opportunity Services Inc.

Pine Habilitation and Supported Employment (PHASE)

Pine Technical College

Prosource Educational Services, Inc

Rainy River Community College

Ramsey Action Programs, Inc.

Rasmussen College- Mankato Campus

Ridgewater College-Willmar

Rise Habilitation Services

Rochester Community &Technical College

Rock County Developmental Achievement Center

Rural MN CEP S. Central MN Electrical Industry Joint Apprenticeship &Training Trust Fund

SOAR Career Solutions

South Central Technical College-Faribault

South Central Technical College-North Mankato

Southwest MN Private Industry Council, Inc. – Marshall

Southwest MN Private Industry Council, Inc.-Montevideo

Southwest MN State University – Career Services

St. Cloud State University

St. Cloud Technical College-

St Cloud St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

St. Olaf College

St. Paul College Summit Academy OIC

Summit Academy Opportunities

Todd County Developmental Achievement Center

Transition of the Twin Cities

TSE, Inc

Twin City Area Labor Management Council

University of Minnesota

University of St. Thomas

University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Upper Midwest American Indian Center

Vermillion Community College

Vietnamese Minnesotans Association

Vision Loss Resources


Walden University

West Nicollet &Brown Counties DAC

Winona County Development Achievement Center

Winona ORC Industries, Inc

Winona State University

Women in the Trades

Women in Transition

Women’s Resource Center of Steele County