105.3 FM, McCook
First Air Date: May 1, 1981
Operating Power: 31,000 watts
Original Call Letters: KZMC
General Manager: Jerrel Kautz
Date of FCC Issue: January 11, 1982
Issued To: Jerrel Kautz
Through the Years
May 1, 1981- KZMX 105.3 FM signs on in McCook, NE. Jerell Kautz, President & General Manager, owner along with wife Kathy Kautz. 100,000 watts at 400 Feet. Format: Adult Contemporary/Variety. Transmitter: West of McCook off State Route 17, South of Culbertson, NE.
September 29, 1982- Change in Construction permit to 31,000 watts at 247 Feet.
April 8, 1983- KZMC seeks assignment from Jerrel Kautz, owner, to KZMC, Inc. with Jerrell Kautz 40% owner, John A. Cartright 30%, John A. Cartright Jr. and James S. Cartright, 15% each. Transaction done to incorporate Kautz’ proprietorship and bring in other stockholders.
Studio Address: 407 West 5th Street, McCook. Format adjustment to Adult Contemporary.
Studio address changed to 106 West 8th Street in 1989.
December 18, 1991- Granted assignment from KZMC, Inc. to AmFirst Bank for $180,000 in lieu of foreclosure. Seller headed by John Cartright (15% owner).
October 11, 1994- AmFirst changes call letters to KKYT.
April 22, 1996- KZMC, Inc sells to Austin McCook LLC for $470,000. Jay Austin, CEO, President and General Manager, along with wife Eileen Austin. Station is owned by the Austins for 10 years.
September 1, 1998- Austin McCook acquires KSWN, 93.9 FM, 50,000 watts at 492 Feet, now co-owned with KKYT.
October 15, 1998- KKYT Call letters are changed to KIOD.
October 13, 2005-Austin McCook (Jay Austin) sell KIOD to Legacy Communications (Jay Vavricek) for $1.3 million, which also includes KSWN.