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104.1 FM, Crete (Lincoln)

City of License: Crete

First Air Date: August 20, 1976

Operating Power: 3,000 watts

Original Call Letters: KTAP

Format: Diversified

General Manager: Jim Jaworski

News Director: Steve Warga

Chief Engineer: Doyle Feeken

Date of FCC Issue: August 19, 1976

Issued To: Airwaves Broadcasting Services

Through the Years

  • 1976

    February, 1976-  Airwaves Broadcasting Services of Crete, NE is granted KTAP calls.

    August 20, 1976-  KTAP signs on at 103.9 MHz with 3,000 watts at 225 feet.  (Joe Stavas, President).
    Studios/offices:  1367 33rd Avenue, Columbus, NE.   Format:  Diversified.  Station serves the Crete, Nebraska area.

  • 1980

    KTAP FM is sold by Airwaves Broadcasting Services, Inc. (Joseph L. Stavas, President, Donald L. Robson, William C. Whitlock, Ronald L. Kruse and James J. Jaworski 20% each) to KTAP Radio (James J. Jaworski 70% and wife Jacqueline 30%) for $230,000.  [Stavas, Robson and Whitlock own KTTT AM/FM in Columbus,  NE and Whitlock owns 38% of KUVR AM/FM, Holdrege, NE.

  • 1984

    April 1, 1984- KTAP 103.9 FM is sold from KTAP Radio, Inc. to Saline County Radio, Inc for $375,00.
    Buyer is owned by Melville L. Gleason and wife Louise.   Gleason is the previous owner of seven Nebraska radio stations, including KAWL AM/FM in York.    Studios located to 1201 Main Street in Crete.  Format:  Country & Western.

  • 1986

    July, 1986-  KTAP call letters are changed to KBVB.  Format change to Adult Contemporary.

  • 1987

    Format change to Big Band/Middle of the Road

    November, 1987-  Saline County Radio Inc sells KBVB to Star City Broadcasting, Inc (Principally owned by Roger Agnew) for $350,000.  Studios locate to 5601 South 27th Street in Lincoln.

  • 1988

    April 20, 1988-  KBVB is granted a construction permit to change frequency to 104.1 MHz.  New tower is constructed near Courtland, NE and 2 miles southwest of Hallam, NE at Apple Road and SW 42nd Road.
    50,000 watts at 613 feet.

    October 19, 1988- KBVB call letters are changed to KKNB.

  • 1988

    January, 1989-  KKNB is re-launched as Top 40/CHR “B 104”.

  • 1993

    April 19, 1993-  Agnew Broadcasting, Ltd (Douglas Agnew) sells KKNB to Rock Steady, Inc. (Kimberly J. Krueger) for $185,300.  Format:  New Rock .  Studios:  5143 South 48th Street in Lincoln.
    Krueger later acquires KHAT 1530 AM and KIBZ 106.3 FM.

    August, 1983-  Station is branded as “The Planet.”

  • 1995

    October, 1995- KKNB, along with KHAT AM & KIBZ FM is sold by Rock Steady, Inc, Lincoln (Kimberly J. Krueger, President) to Lincoln Radio Acquisition Corporation, New York (Kraig G. Fox, President) for $3.25 million.

  • 1996

    Triathlon Broadcasting Company (Norm Feuer, President/CEO) buys KKNB as part of an 18-station group for $43.8 million.  Julie Gade is General Manager. Studios move from 5143 S. 48th Street in Lincoln to Suite 200, 4630 Antelope Creek Road.

    June 20, 1996-  KKNB format is shifted to Modern Adult Contemporary as “The Point”


  • 1998

    July 24, 1998-  Capstar Buys Triathlon Broadcasting for $190 million, including Nebraska-licensed stations, KZKX, KIBZ Lincoln, KTGL, Beatrice, KKNB Crete, KTNP Bennington, KFAB  & KGOR Omaha, and KXKT Glenwood, IA.

  • 2000

    August 30, 2000-  Capstar sells to Clear Channel Radio.

  • 2001

    January 19, 2001-  KKNB flips format from Modern AC back to Top 40/CHR as “Kiss 104 FM” and changes call letters to KSLI-FM.

  • 2004

    March 17,2004-  KIBZ known as “The Blaze” is moved to 104.1 FM from 106.3 FM. KSLI call letters are retired.  Clear Channel had sold KIBZ to Three Eagles Communications.  Three Eagles stations are all relocated to 3800 Cornhusker Highway in Lincoln.  James Keck is General Manager.  Other stations in the Three Eagles cluster include KFOR AM, KFRX FM, KIBZ FM, KLMS AM, KTGL FM as well as KSLI  (KFOR and KLMS were purchased in 1996.  (Other sources indicated KIBZ was sold by Clear Channel to Three Eagles on April 10, 2007.)

  • 2014

    February 10, 2014-Three Eagles sells to Digity Companies, LLC (Florida), Dean Goodman, President.  Sale includes 47 co-owned stations and was consumated on September 12, 2014 for $66.5 million.

  • 2016

    February 25, 2016- Digity LLC and its 124 stations were acquired by Alpha Media (Larry Wilson) for $264 million.