1240 AM, North Platte
First Air Date: July 5, 1930
Operating Power: 500 watts
Original Call Letters: KODY
General Manager: W.I. LeBarron
Issued To: Herbert Logan Spencer
Tagged:Bob Issacson George B. Dent Jr George Haydock George McPherson Gerry Wing H.P. Lau Harley Samuels Harry Peck Herbert Logan Spencer James Stuart Joe di Natale John Alexander John Hagerman John Mitchell John Phillips John Townsend Judith S. Scofield Maxine Dent Neil Nelkin Richard Wagner Rob Mandeville Robert Howsam Thomas Haydock Townsend E. Dent W. I. LeBarron
Through the Years
Station’s initial call letters are KGNF, at 1430kHz, 500 watts daytime operation only. Studios & Transmitter were located at 1621 East 12th Street, North Platte, NE, the site of the original ranch home of William F. Cody. (Streets were later renumbered, changed to 1520 East 12th Street). Station Director was W. I. LeBarron.
July 5, 1930- Station signs on.
License is transferred to Great Plains Broadcasting Co. (W. I. Le Barron, President).
November, 1934- Power is increased to 1,000 watts.
Dial position is shifted to 1460 in the 1941 NARBA reallocation program.
December 11, 1943- Station is sold to WOW Inc. (Omaha, NE) for $40,000. Call letters are changed to KODY. John Alexander is named General Manager and station joins the NBC network.
Frequency is moved to 1240 kHz with 250 watts, gaining unlimited hours of operation.
October, 1950-Station is sold to Radio Station KODY (George B. Dent, Jr 43%, Townsend E. Dent 42%, John Alexander 16%) for $100,000.
June, 1957- Sold to KODY Inc. (Judith S. Scofield 50%, Harley & Margery Samuels 50%) for $210,000.
May, 1959- Construction permit is filed for 1,000 watts daytime operation.
September, 1959- Sold to KODY Broadcasting Co. (George & Maxine Dent, Jr.) for $197,500.
September 15, 1960- Station is sold to North Platte Broadcasting, Inc. (James Stuart Investments, Lincoln, NE) for $200,000 including a five-year no-compete clause. Harry Peck is named General Manager.
January, 1961- New transmitter and tower are constructed at West 17th and North Washington Streets on the north side of town.
Daytime power is increased to 1,000 watts.
July, 1962- Studios and offices are moved to 308 West 4th Street, North Platte.
July, 1964- Station is sold to KODY Radio, Inc. ( H.P. Lau, Lincoln Grocery firm, 92%) for $250,000. Format is Middle of the Road, still with NBC .
Nebraska radio legend Joe di Nalate served as General Manager of the station from 1964-1972. Gerry (Geraldine) Wing was Promotion Director for the station for many years.
December, 1972-Station is sold to North Platte Broadcasting, Inc. (Richard Wagner, President with Robert Howsam (President of the Cincinnati Reds and one-time owner of KHOW, Denver, CO), Eames Irwin, John Phillips 20% each, Thomas Haydock and George Haydock 10% each) for $220,000. No format change. Wagner is Vice-President of Cincinnati Reds, Inc.
Sister FM signs on, KODY FM 94.9, 63,000 watts at 205 feet, from the AM tower site, with separate Country programming.
Station gains full time operation with 1,000 watts. KODY FM call letters are changed to KSRZ.
September, 1987-Station is sold by North Platte Broadcasting Inc. (Eames Irvin) to Central Nebraska Broadcasting (Mitchell Broadcasting Group, John Mitchell, President) for $300,000 including KSRZ FM. Buyer also owns KXNP 103.5 (KX104), North Platte. CBS, MBS networks added to NBC affiliation. Format: Adult Contemporary/Oldies. Neil Nelkin, former co-owner of KXNP is named interim station manager.
Bob Issacson named General Manager
KSRZ is sold off to John Townsend of Tri-State Broadcasting, Co, and call letters change to KJLT, with a religious format.
After some management changes, George McPherson is named General Manager.
March 22, 1990- KSRZ is sold to John Townsend for $85,000, owner of KJLT AM. KSRZ is renamed KJLT FM.
McPherson is replaced as General Manager by John Hagerman.
Studios/Offices are moved to 305 East 4th Street, North Platte.
General Manager John Hagerman retires and is replaced by Rob Mandeville.
KODY drops NBC, but keeps CBS network affiliation.
Mitchell stations including KODY are sold to Waitt Radio as a package for $36.6million. Waitt Radio later becomes NRG (New Radio Group).
NRG sells KODY to Armada Media in a multi-station package that includes KXNP, 103.5 FM, North Platte, KUVR 1380 AM and KMTY 97.7 FM Holdrege-Kearney for $4.5 million.
An FM translator K291BW for KODY programming relay is added at 106.1, 250 watts.