1400 AM, Alliance
First Air Date: February 15, 1949
Operating Power: 2500 watts
Original Call Letters: KCOW
General Manager: Charles R. Bilyue
Chief Engineer: Charles R. Bilyue
Issued To: Sandhills Broadcasting Corporation
Through the Years
December, 1947- A group of local business and professional men form Sandhills Broadcasting with the intention to build a station in Alliance.
February 15, 1949- KCOW signs on at 6:30 a.m. Temporary studio/offices in the Drake Hotel. Transmitter is located at 1100 West 3rd Street in Alliance.
Studios and offices are later moved to the transmitter site, with the address being 1030 West Third Street, Alliance.
Gene Ackerly takes over as General Manager.
Studio and transmitter is moved to 1100 West 10th Street. Mailing address is later adjusted to 1210 West 10th Street.
Daytime power is increased to 1,000 watts.
KCOW is sold to KLOE, Inc. a subsidiary of the Beach-Schmidt Group (Ross Beach, Robert E. Schmidt) headquartered in Hays, Kansas, for $117,500. Don Gill is named general manager.
February, 1968- Permitted specified hours with 7:30 pm sign off, sign on at 6:45 am and 6:45 am Sundays.
Station returns to unlimited hours of operation. Mike Garwood is hired as afternoon DJ starting a 32 year career with KCOW. Garwood was also a sportscaster, promotion manager, operations manager and became General Manager in 1989, a title he held until his passing in 2007. Garwood was inducted into the Nebraska Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010.
October 1, 1985- Co-owned KAAQ 105.9 FM signs on.
Ross Beach sells out to Robert Schmidt. AM/FM sells to KAYS Inc. (Robert Schmidt) in a package deal that includes ten other co-owned stations in Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri for $14.14 million.
October, 1992- Company is renamed Eagle Communications, Inc (Robert Schmidt).
October, 2002- Employees of Eagle Communications, Inc., and its subsidiary, Eagle Radio, Inc. acquire majority ownership.