1300 AM, McCook
First Air Date: September 26, 1947
Operating Power: 250 watts
Original Call Letters: KBRL
General Manager: Leroy W. Lenwell
Issued To: Partnership of 4 individuals
Through the Years
September 26, 1947- KBRL signs on at 1450 kHz, 250 watts full time.
Owner: Partnership of Leroy W. Lenwell, William J. Cox, Edward Cooper and Arthur V. Henri.
Studios/offices/transmitter location: J Street and US 83 (1300 West J Street), McCook.
Granted voluntary assignment of license from the partnership composed of four equal partners to a corporation- the McCook Broadcasting Co. No monetary consideration is involved.
Leroy Lenwell is elected as president of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association.
Facilities change from 1450 kc, 250 watts unlimited to 1300 kc, 1,000 watts, daytime only.
Studios and offices move to 109 East C Street.
Power increase to 5,000 watts with new directional antenna system. New transmitter site is just over a mile southwest of town near Federal Avenue and Road 384. Studios and offices are moved to 320 Norris Avenue.
August, 1965- Acquisition of positive control by Leroy W. Lenwell (25% before, 100% after), through purchase of stock from Arthur V. Henri, Edward Cooper and William J. Cox (each 25% before, none after) for $45,000.
Pre-sunrise operation with 500 watts is authorized (6am- local sunrise).
Station is sold by Leroy Lenwell to KBRL Broadcasting Co. (Edwin S. Towle III, President) for $155,000. General Manager is William Hardt. Format: Middle of the Road.
KBRL is sold by Edwin S. Towle III to Leroy M. Santee, Carol B. Santee and David R. Santee for $200,000. Leroy Santee and his wife, Carol, are teachers in the Denver, Colorado public schools. David Santee is their son. The Santees have no other broadcast interests. General Manager is David Santee. Format: Farm/Country
Leroy Lenwell is inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
Voluntary assignment of license to partnership of Jerry Venable and Ernest McRae. Licensee name remains KBRL Broadcasting Co. David Santee remains as General Manager.
October, 1982- KBRL call letters are changed to KSWN.
October, 1987- First National Bank & Trust of Great Bend, Kansas acquires station, presumably in receivership. General Manager is Ed Briley Format: Country
KWSN changes call letters back to KBRL.
Assignment of license from K-101 Inc. to Ron Crowe & Associates for $42,000. Seller is owned by First National Bank & Trust Co, Great Bend, Kansas and has no other broadcast interests.
Ron Crowe and Associates the same year, purchases KICX-AM/FM and must spin off one of the two stations in order to by KSWN. Crowe chose to donate KICX AM to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. KICX FM becomes sister station to KBRL.
Studios and offices are moved to 802 West C Street. Ron Crowe becomes General Manager. Format: Contemporary Country.
Station is sold from Ron Crowe and Associates to McCook Radio Group, LLC, including KICX 96.1 FM.
McCook Radio Group, owner of KBRL 1300 AM and KICX 96.1 FM, purchases KRKU 98.5 FM, McCook. Studios and offices are moved to 1811 West O Street in McCook. David Stout is President and General Manager. Format: Oldies/Full Service.
January, 2007-McCook Radio Group (David & Connie Stout) sells to Armada Media (Jim Coursolle, President, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin) for $3.6 million in a package deal that includes KICX 96.1 and KRKU 98.5 McCook, KFNF 101.1 FM, Oberlin, Kansas; KADL 102.9 FM, Imperial, NE, KSTH 92.3 FM, Holyoke, CO and KJBL 96.5 FM, Julesburg, CO, plus a construction permit for a new 50,000 watt station on 103.9 FM in McCook. KRKU has a construction permit to move into the North Platte, NE market. (McCook Radio Group also won a construction permit for KNAX 700 AM (McCook) in 2003, but the CP has now expired and KNAX is not included in the deal.)
Bryan Loker is the General Manager.
KBRL format change to News-Talk as “The Big Talker.”
FM translator for KBRL signs on at 97.5 with 250 watts.