101.5 FM, Hastings
First Air Date: February, 1965
Operating Power: 2,700 watts
Original Call Letters: KICS FM
Format: Middle of the Road/Beautiful Music
General Manager: James A. Lambros, Jr.
News Director: Jerry Baker
Program Director: James Lucas
Chief Engineer: Timothy Lowenstein
Date of FCC Issue: June 7, 1965
Issued To: K-Bar-J, Inc.
Tagged:Bob Templeton Brian Downey Brian Griffey Charles Cooper Charles Sweatt Dallas Nau Dan Zabka Dave Nixon Dean Sorenson Dick Chapin Don Small E. Eugene McCoy Jr Gary Buchanan Jack Dinsdale James A. Lambros Jr. James J. DePalma James Lucas Jerry Baker Jerry Hinrikus John McMillan Lloyd Thomas R. D. Hanna Ray Crocker Rich Dillman Roger Harper Rolland C. Johnson Shawn Schleif Timothy Lowenstein Timothy T. Boyd Tom Robson Tony Edmonson Wayne Specht
Through the Years
February, 1965- Station signs on as KICS-FM. Studios/offices & transmitter located at 500 J Street, on the southeast edge of Hastings, NE on U.S. Highway 6. Co-located with KICS AM. 2,700 watts at 159 feet (Class A). Simulcast KICS AM 100%.
September 9, 1967- Voluntary assignment from K-Bar-J to Hastings Broadcasting, Inc. (Jack Dinsdale, President). Dave Nixon, Vice-President/General Manager. Roger Harper, Program Director; Lloyd Thomas, News Director.
John McMillan, General Manager. KICS FM duplicates KICS AM programming 50%.
General Manager- Bob Templeton. Format: Contemporary
February 6, 1975- Voluntary assignment of license to Apache Broadcasting Corporation for $160,000.
(Charles Sweatt, Chairman). Kenneth Gruszaecki, Vice President/General Manager. Brian Downey, Program Director; Tom Robson, General Sales Manager; Rich Dillman, News Director; Don Small, Chief Engineer. Programming duplicates KICS AM 50%, otherwise a Progressive format.
December 14, 1978- Voluntary assignment of licenses to Highwood Broadcasting Company (James J. DePalma & wife Letitia) for $475,000. DePalma is President & General Manager. Shawn Schleif, Program Director; Tony Edmonson, News Director; Dan Small, Chief Engineer.
Station call letters changed from KICS to KEZH FM.
Format flip to Beautiful Music.
January 1, 1983-Highwood (DePalma) sells to Tri-Cities Broadcasting (R. D. Hanna, President, Edward Tricker)) for $800,000 and a $150,000 non-compete. Jerry Hinrikus, General Manager, Shawn Schleif remains as Program Director. Tower height increased to 265 feet.
KEZH gets a construction permit for and upgrade to 49,600 watts at 255 feet.
Format change to adult contemporary/oldies. General Manager is Brian Griffey.
July 12, 1984- Sold to Tri-Cities (Brian Griffey, Charles Cooper) for $75,000. ($35,000 cash, $40,000 loan).
January, 1986-Transfer full ownership from Fox Hanna Corporation, half-partner Robert D. Hanna to Edward H. Tricker for assumption of liabilities. Sale includes KICS AM and KREX, 1260 AM, Crookston, MN.
KEZH upgrade to 50,000 watts at 265 feet. Format: Adult Contemporary.
September, 1990- Fox Hanna Corporation (Timothy T. Boyd) sells to Heartland Radio, Inc (E. Eugene McCoy, Jr.) including KICS AM for $570,000. (Other buyers include E. Eugene McCoy, Sr., William P Turney and Michael S. O’Connor.) Heartland also has an interest in KZOC FM, Osage, Kansas and KZEN, Central City, NE. General Manager: Ray Crocker.
KEZH flips format to Country.
June 23, 1993- KEZH is granted a construction permit to go to 100,000 watts at 1004 feet. Tower location is 1.3 miles northwest of Lowell, NE.
September 9, 1997- Osage Radio Inc (E. Eugene McCoy, Jr) sells to Three Eagles Communications (Rolland C. Johnson, Chairman/CEO, Gary Buchanan, President/COO) as part of a package that includes KICS AM, KZEN FM, Central City and KNJP, Sargent, NE for $2.1 million. Studios move to 311 West 11th Street, Kearney, NE.
KEZH call letters are changed to KROR and format changes from Country to Classic Rock as “Rock 101.5 FM.”
August 6, 1998- KICS AM is spun off to KHAS Broadcasting, Hastings, NE (Wayne Specht, General Manager).
November 20, 2000- Three Eagles Communications spins KROR to Eternal Broadcasting, LLC (Dick Chapin, Dean Sorenson) for $750,000.
KROR studios move to 3522 West Capital Avenue, Grand Island, NE, co-located with KSYZ FM.
Facility upgrade to 100,000 watts at 1,004 feet. Tower location: N40 39 28, W 98 52 04, same tower location as KRNY FM and KQKY FM, Kearney, NE.
January 31, 2006- NRG Group acquires KROR in a swap for KLIQ FM, Hastings, NE. Dan Zabka is General Manager of KSYZ and assumes same duties for KROR.
Dallas Nau is General Manager.