Black Hills Gold Hits-KDSJ 980 AM/103.5 FM in the Northern Hills is a radio station offering a full service format of music, news, weather and sports. Licensed to Deadwood, South Dakota, the station serves the Northern Black Hills area (about 45,000 people). The station’s music mix includes tunes from the 1960’s and the 1970s (with a few 50’s and 80’s hits mixed in here and there).
KDSJ was first owned by Eli and Harry Daniels, who started the station in 1947. Al and Jeanne Decker (Goldrush Broadcasting, Inc) took over in July of 1982. Loren, Pace, and Renee Maier (4 Paws Broadcasting, LLC) took over in December of 2019. Carolyn and Doyle Becker (Riverfront Broadcasting, LLC) took over in July of 2020. KDSJ was then joined by five sister stations in western South Dakota: KDDX (X Rock) in Spearfish, KOTA (News Radio) in Rapid City, KQRQ (Q92-3) in Rapid City, KZLK (Z106-3) in Rapid City, and KZZI (The Eagle) in Spearfish.
Originally located at 745 Main Street in Deadwood since 1953, KDSJ relocated to 2827 East Colorado Boulevard in Spearfish in 2022 to join sister stations KDDX (X Rock) and KZZI (The Eagle) in the same building.
Ryan Reider — Ryan Reider is originally from Woonsocket, South Dakota, and got his start in radio at KDSJ as a part-time announcer during his junior year at Spearfish High School in May 1994. In December 1995, he left KDSJ and moved to Wessington Springs, South Dakota, with his parents. In April 1996, he began as a part-time announcer at KORN/KQRN in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he was shortly promoted to KQRN’s Program Director. In January 2000, he moved to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and held positions in retail management, accounting, customer service and as an administrative assistant. In May 2005, looking to get back to his radio roots, he rejoined the KDSJ staff as Program Director. Ryan’s middle name is Ray and his family’s nickname for him is “Raymond.” Ryan has been described as a “bookworm,” “snobby film buff” and “computer nerd.” He agrees with all of those. He is the proud “dad” of a cat named Joker that he adopted from the Western Hills Humane Society in Spearfish. He continues Al Decker’s Worst of the Week jokes in the morning that either make you laugh, or you roll your eyes, shake your head and say…WOW!…
Cody Oliver — Cody Oliver has been with KDSJ since 2006 as the News and Sports Director. He grew up around Lemmon, South Dakota, and graduated from Lemmon High School in 2002. He always knew he wanted to be in radio and broadcast sports since being a kid and doing the play-by-play of basketball games in the stands. “When you talk to yourself, somebody will listen.” Being raised on a ranch and around a hard working family has developed his work ethic in everything he does.
Cody graduated from Black Hills State in 2006 with a Mass Communications degree with an emphasis in broadcasting. Working at KBHU-Radio and KBHU-TV helped greatly in learning about the business, audio production and sports broadcasting.
At KDSJ, Cody covers news and sports. From getting the daily news, interviewing numerous guests and doing play-by-play for sporting events. He stays quite busy. Cody says the best thing about local radio is “everyday is a little bit different. When you get to work you never know what you might be in for. Weather developments, news stories, sporting events, community happenings and the hope that technology will work with you.”
Cody hopes to continue the wide range of sports coverage on KDSJ and wants to continue to bring the loyal listeners the local news, events and happenings from around the area each day.