KNGN

KNGN
City McCook, Nebraska
Slogan Real Christian Radio
Frequency 1360 kHz
Translator(s) K252FV (98.3 MHz, McCook)
Format Religious
Power 1,000 watts day
Class D
Facility ID 65925
Transmitter coordinates 40°11′45″N 100°41′57″W / 40.19583°N 100.69917°W / 40.19583; -100.69917Coordinates: 40°11′45″N 100°41′57″W / 40.19583°N 100.69917°W / 40.19583; -100.69917
Callsign meaning Kansas Nebraska Good News
Former callsigns KWRV (1961–1966)
KICX (1966–1990)
Owner Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation
Website http://www.kngn.org/

KNGN (1360 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious music format.[1] It is licensed to McCook, Nebraska and owned by Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation.[2]

History

Secular programming

KWRV signed on the air on June 23, 1961.[3] It was owned by the Regional Broadcasting Corporation and maintained studios on Norris Street in McCook.[4] KWRV was knocked off the air for two hours one day in May 1962 when a snake pursued a mouse into its transmitter.[5]

KWRV was sold in 1966 to Semeco Broadcasting Corporation—named for principals Walter E. Sehnert, Vernon A. Meints, and KWRV general sales manager W. O. Corrick—for $91,000.[6] The new owners changed the station's call letters to KICX effective May 19, 1966.[4] The station maintained a middle-of-the-road music format and affiliations with the ABC Information and Intermountain networks.[3] KICX's programming began to be simulcast on KICX-FM 95.9 when that station signed on January 31, 1979.[7]

Change to religion

Semeco, now owned by Corrick's estate, sold KICX-AM-FM to Ron Crowe and Associates for $200,000 in 1989.[8] In order to buy another McCook station, KSWN, Crowe had to spin off a station, and he chose to donate KICX AM to the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.[9] The station relaunched as KNGN, for "Kansas Nebraska Good News", on April 8, 1990.[10] Locally, the station was operated by Peace Lutheran Church and relied heavily on programming from the synod's KFUO in St. Louis.[11]

However, as time went on, the synod could no longer afford to continue running the station. As a result, in 2001, the station's license was transferred to the locally based Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation.[12] The station also relocated from its original studios at Peace Lutheran to a larger facility at a former country school in McCook.[12]

In 2018, the station added an FM translator, K252FV on 98.3 MHz. The new translator enabled the station to go 24-hours for the first time in its history.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Spring 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  2. ^ "KNGN Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division. Retrieved 2010-11-28.
  3. ^ a b "KICX" (PDF). 1976 Broadcasting Yearbook. p. C-121. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b FCC History Cards for KNGN
  5. ^ "Snake Halts Radio Station". Lincoln Journal-Star. UPI. May 8, 1962. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  6. ^ "Ownership changes" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 4, 1966. p. 129. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  7. ^ "KICX" (PDF). 1981 Broadcasting Yearbook. 1981. p. C-144. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. February 24, 1989. p. 10. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  9. ^ "Transactions" (PDF). Radio & Records. June 23, 1989. p. 10. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "'Good News' radio set to go on air in McCook". Lincoln Star. Associated Press. April 2, 1990. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "Church approves plan to run radio station". Lincoln Star. Associated Press. June 14, 1989. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  12. ^ a b c Discoe, Connie Jo (January 12, 2018). "Religious station adding FM, boosting power, going 24 hours". McCook Gazette. Retrieved September 22, 2019.

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