1310 AM, Fairbury
First Air Date: December 10, 1960
Operating Power: 500 watts, daytime only
Original Call Letters: KGMT
General Manager: Ernest Heines
Issued To: Great Plains Broadcasting, Inc.
Through the Years
Station signs on. Owner is Great Plains Broadcasting, Inc. (Melville L. Gleason, President).
Studios/offices at 316 Fifth Street in Fairbury, NE.
Transmitter- State Route 3-S, 1.5 miles southeast of Fairbury
October, 1962- Transfer full control of Great Plains Broadcasting Inc from Melville L. Gleason and family to William and Harold L. Nuckolls, Clyde R. Moore, Earl Elgert, Carroll A. Nispel and Bruce E. Ackerman for $55,000 and a 5-year no-compete covenant.
Darrel Junkers is named General Manager.
November, 1967- Transfer full control of Great plains Broadcasting Inc to George Edward Powers through the purchase of stock from William Nuckholls, Earl Elgert and Harold L. Nuckolls for $31,800. George Powers is President and General Manager.
January, 1969- Studio moves to the transmitter site.
Frank R. Newell is General Manager. KGMT joins the ABC network. Format- Country, special programs Polka, Farm.
Transfer to Frank R. Newell through buyout of stock from George E. Powers for $96,100. Frank Newell is President and General Manager.
Transfer of control of Great Plains Broadcasting from Frank R. Newell, Steven C. and Teckla S. Nickelson, and James F. Kokesh to Jennings Agency, Inc. (M. Douglas Jennings, Chairman). Steve Mickelson is President and General Manager.
Mark Fischler is General Manager. Station switches to ABC-Information from ABC-Entertainment, Oldies are added to the Country mix.
Studios and offices move to 414 4th Street in Fairbury. Larry Riggins is General Manager.
Format adjusted to Middle of the Road, Farm programming is increased.
December, 1983- Co-owned KGMT FM signs on, 99.3 FM, 26,300 watts at 320 feet. Duplicates AM programming. FM Tower location- U.S. 136 at Meridian Street, 6 miles northeast of Fairbury.
August, 1984- Stations are sold to Siebert Communications for $375,000. Rick Siebert is President and General Manager. Station joins RKO One network. Siebert begins a long-term affiliation with Kansas City Royals baseball. Co-owned FM changes calls to KUTT FM.
Format- AC and Oldies with Farm and Polka special programming. Night power of 97 watts is authorized.
FM separates programming from simulcast of AM to Country with News and Farm programs.
FM upgrade- Move to 99.5, 100,000 watts at 692 feet. New tower south of Harbine, about 15 miles east of Fairbury.
KUTT goes to Hot Country format with Farm News.
KUTT adds ABC.
KGMT Adjusts to Oldies from AC/Oldies
Siebert Broadcasting purchases nearby KWBE 1450 in Beatrice from NRG Media for $650,000.
Siebert sells to Flood Communications of Beatrice for $7,000,000. Sale includes KGMT, KUTT FM and KWBE 1450.