A most welcome verification came this evening. KATA was heard very briefly on October 24 with a legal ID on top of the hour before slipping into the noise again. From the email I received perhaps I shouldn't have heard it: "KATA's tower is short due to lightning storm decades ago. The old owners re-licensed the station with a short tower so it is amazing that you could pick it up at all."
My 90th "graveyard" or Local Channel station.