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1310 AM, Fairbury

City of License: Fairbury, NE

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

  • 1960

    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

  • 1962

    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.

  • 1967

    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.

  • 1969

    January, 1969-  Studio moves to the transmitter site.

  • 1972

    Frank R. Newell is General Manager.  KGMT joins the ABC network.  Format- Country, special programs Polka, Farm.

  • 1975

    Transfer to Frank R. Newell through buyout of stock from George E. Powers for $96,100.  Frank Newell is President and General Manager.

  • 1978

    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.

  • 1980

    Mark Fischler is General Manager.  Station switches to ABC-Information from ABC-Entertainment, Oldies are added to the Country mix.

  • 1981

    Studios and offices move to 414 4th Street in Fairbury.  Larry Riggins is General Manager.

  • 1982

    Format adjusted to Middle of the Road, Farm programming is increased.

  • 1983

    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.

  • 1984

    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.

  • 1988

    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.

  • 1994

    FM upgrade- Move to 99.5, 100,000 watts at 692 feet.  New tower south of Harbine, about 15 miles east of Fairbury.

  • 1996

    KUTT goes to Hot Country format with Farm News.

  • 1995

    KUTT adds ABC.

  • 2005

    KGMT Adjusts to Oldies from AC/Oldies

  • 2008

    Siebert Broadcasting purchases nearby KWBE 1450 in Beatrice from NRG Media for $650,000.

  • 2015

    Siebert sells to Flood Communications of Beatrice for $7,000,000.  Sale includes KGMT, KUTT FM and KWBE 1450.