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107.9 FM, West Point

City of License: West Point, NE

First Air Date: August 1, 1988

Operating Power: 3,000 watts

Original Call Letters: KWPN FM

Format: Adult Contemporary

General Manager: David Kelly

Program Director: Sharon Kelly

Issued To: Kelly Communications

Through the Years

  • 1988

    August 1, 1988- KWPN FM 107.9 signs on with 3,000 watts at 328 feet on the KWPN AM tower.  Transmitter is located five miles south of West Point, east of US-275 at 1811 D. Road.  Studios c0-located with KWPN AM at 435 North Monitor in West Point.   Format:  Adult Contemporary.

  • 1991

    KWPN FM begins 30% duplication of programming of KWPN AM.

  • 1992

    KWPN FM increases power to 6,000 watts at 305 feet.  Duplicates AM programming 100%.

  • 1994

    Studios/offices move to 1011 North Lincoln in West Point.

  • 1995

    KWPN FM power is increased to 50,000 watts at 318 feet.

  • 1997

    August, 1997-Kelly Communications (David M. Kelly) sells KTIC AM and KWPN FM to Nebraska Rural Radio Association, Lexington, NE (Otto Geiger, President; Eric Brown, General Manager) for $1.5 million.  Charlie Brogan becomes Station Manager.

  • 1998

    KWPN FM programming separates from KTIC AM.  Adopts Adult Contemporary format with local news and sports, and adds ABC affiliation.

  • 2004

    Craig Larson assumes station manager position, transferring from Lexington, NE.

  • 2006

    KWPN FM upgrades to a new tower of its own about 19 miles to the northwest of West Point.  Power is reduced to 33,000 watts at 512 feet.  The new facility provides strong coverage to Norfolk but has a weaker signal to the south in Fremont.  The move was originally at the request and expense of Connoisseur Media that was seeking 107.7 in Glenwood (Pacific Junction), Iowa.   Connoisseur’s construction permit was eventually denied as the proposed station would cause interference to aircraft communications at Offut Air Force base.

  • 2006

    KWPN FM call letters are changed to KTIC FM.  Format flips from Adult Contemporary to Country as “The Bull.”

  • 2007

    Dwight Lane becomes Station Manager, while Craig Larson transfers to co-owned KNEB AM/FM in Scottsbluff as Station Manager there.

  • 2011

    Jay Thouvenell is named Station Manager while Dwight Lane transfers to co-owned KRVN A/F in Lexington.

  • 2013

    January, 2013-  Dwight Lane returns to West Point as Station Manager.