1280 AM, Broken Bow
First Air Date: September 28, 1949
Operating Power: 1000 Watts
Original Call Letters: KCNI
Format: Adult Contemporary
Issued To: Bud & Georgia Crawford
Through the Years
KCNI increased power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts on April 3, 1952 and moved from 1490 AM to 1280 AM under the ownership of Bud and Georgia Crawford.
Bud Crawford died and Georgia took over as manager, becoming th eonly woman owner and manager of a radio or television station in Nebraska at the time.
A fire nearly totaled the original KCNI building December 8, 1969 however, KCNI went back on the air about a week later, broadcasting from a four-room trailer house.
August 1972- Cheryl Smith was hired as a salesperson and 14 years later she became the fourth manager of the station.
Georgia Crawford became the first woman inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on January 10, 1978.
KCNI’s sister station, KBBN 95.3 FM went on the air June 20, 1982.
February 2, 1987, KNCI made a format switch from Adult Contemporary to Country music.
The Get Up and Go Breakfast Show debuted in 1987 and the Partyline Show moved from 2pm to 10:30 am, where it has been ever since.
Dave Birnie started as news director in the late 1970’s and became the fifth manager on February 1, 1990.
Dave and his wife Joan Purchased KCNI/KBBN on September 9, 2009 from Liane and Jerry Griffith, who were majority stockholders since the time of Georgia Crawford’s passing.
KCNI format change to Pure Country.