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1280 AM, Broken Bow

City of License: 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

  • 1952

    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.

  • 1954

    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.

  • 1969

    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.

  • 1972

    August 1972- Cheryl Smith was hired as a salesperson and 14 years later she became the fourth manager of the station.

  • 1978

    Georgia Crawford became the first woman inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame on January 10, 1978.

  • 1982

    KCNI’s sister station, KBBN 95.3 FM went on the air June 20, 1982.

  • 1987

    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.

  • 2009

    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.

  • 2017

    KCNI format change to Pure Country.