Since 1937, KAND Radio has been a voice for Corsicana and Navarro County.

At the end of 2007, its 70th year of broadcasting, KAND Radio will go silent.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Jim Burgess, business manager for Northland Cable TV, the owner of KAND Radio since 1995.

“It is sad, but the radio station is being shut down,” Burgess confirmed Wednesday in a conversation with the Daily Sun.

Founded by the famous West family of Wolf Brand Chili fame, the only “call sign” the station has known since it signed on the air was “KAND,” which lore says stood for “canned” chili, to promote the Corsicana-based food product.

The station went through a series of owners through the ensuing years until Richard Parker purchased the operation in 1964, later acquiring an FM station to accompany the KAND-AM signal. He sold the FM operation in 1992 to a broadcast group in Dallas. In 1995, he sold KAND-AM and Corsicana Cable TV, which was founded by Parker in 1972, to Northland. For many years, the station was located on Corsicana’s busy Seventh Avenue, on property where CVS Pharmacy is located now. KAND and Northland moved to its present location on North Beaton Street in 1997.

For more on this story and the history of KAND Radio, see the Thursday print and online editions of the Daily Sun.

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