107.9 FM, West Point
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
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.
KWPN FM begins 30% duplication of programming of KWPN AM.
KWPN FM increases power to 6,000 watts at 305 feet. Duplicates AM programming 100%.
Studios/offices move to 1011 North Lincoln in West Point.
KWPN FM power is increased to 50,000 watts at 318 feet.
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.
KWPN FM programming separates from KTIC AM. Adopts Adult Contemporary format with local news and sports, and adds ABC affiliation.
Craig Larson assumes station manager position, transferring from Lexington, NE.
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.
KWPN FM call letters are changed to KTIC FM. Format flips from Adult Contemporary to Country as “The Bull.”
Dwight Lane becomes Station Manager, while Craig Larson transfers to co-owned KNEB AM/FM in Scottsbluff as Station Manager there.
Jay Thouvenell is named Station Manager while Dwight Lane transfers to co-owned KRVN A/F in Lexington.
January, 2013- Dwight Lane returns to West Point as Station Manager.