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Published April 19, 2012, 10:17 AM

Conservative Talker Scott Hennen Makes Return to Fargo Radio Station

FARGO – Scott Hennen, the man conservative talk radio listeners in the Red River Valley call “The Chairman,” plans to keep AM1100 The Flag focused on conservative talk.

By: Helmut Schmidt, Forum Communications

FARGO – Scott Hennen, the man conservative talk radio listeners in the Red River Valley call “The Chairman,” plans to keep AM1100 The Flag focused on conservative talk.

Hennen, the founder of The Flag, made his triumphal comeback as The Flag’s new owner this morning in an hourlong stint on the Chris Berg Show.

“Our secret sauce is pretty much not a secret – conservative talk,” said Hennen, who promises that the show will focus on a philosophy based on three pillars: faith, family and freedom.

Hennen declined to reveal who makes up his current investor group. But he said oil billionaire Harold Hamm, who he counts as a friend, is not part of that group.

He said he and the current investors have made a substantial six-figure non-refundable deposit on the station. He said he is still lining up and finanalizing the investors in the station. But he said if need be, he has the backing to buy the station now.

The Federal Communications Commission must still sign off on the sale of the station and transfer of the broadcast license, Hennen said. That will take place in three to six months, he said.

“It’s an opportunity for a fresh start,” said Hennen, who has been on and off the air with the station a couple times in the past couple years.

The Flag will be merged with Bakken Beacon Media, which runs a Web site and radio station AM1190 KTGO in Tioga, N.D., Hennen said.

Hennen said that The Flag will begin physically moving in the next few weeks to his offices and studios at 3301 S. University Drive in Fargo.

He said no one will lose a job in the purchase of The Flag, though at least one employee will stay behind to work with the cluster of three other radio stations that The Flag used to be part of in downtown Fargo.

Hennen said he doesn’t feel that 101.9 FM TALK, the new conservative talk radio station created from the former classic rock station Rock 102, will be significant competition for his audience. He said only about 20 percent of listeners in the conservative talk niche are likely to switch back and forth between the AM and FM radio bands.

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