1410 AM, North Platte
First Air Date: January, 1966
Operating Power: 1,000 watts daytime, 500 watts directional nights
Original Call Letters: KNOP
General Manager: Harry D. Peck
Issued To: North Platte Television, Inc. (Fred E. Hrake)
Through the Years
January, 1966- KNOP signs on, with studios/offices at U.S. 83, 3.75 miles North of the North Platte city limits at the KNOP TV studios. Transmitter located on US 83, 1.6 miles north of North Platte.
Studios and offices move to 414 N. Dewey Street, North Platte.
August, 1967-North Platte Television Inc., ownership transfer from Fred E. Harake et al to Fer-Rich Broadcasting Company, Inc. (Ferris E. Traylor and Richard F. Shively) for $217,000, which includes KNOP TV Channel 2.
Transfer of control to Richard F. Shively.
February, 1971-Station is sold to A.E. Dahl for $275,000. Studios/offices move back to 1301 East 4th Street in North Platte.
Call letters are changed to KAHL.
Station switches network affiliation to ABC from CBS. Format: Middle of the Road, Farm news 7 hours weekly, “Farm and Ranch Radio” slogan.
Daytime power increase to 5,000 watts. Slogan: “Big Radio for West Nebraska.”
February, 1979- Co-owned KELN 97.1 signs on. Format: top 40 with Oldies blend. Network affiliation: MBS.
KAHL network affiliation switched to MBS. Farm programming is increased to 12 hours weekly.
June, 1982- KAHL is acquired by Valley Communications, Inc. for $810,000, including KELN 97.1 FM. Sold by Dahl Broadcasting, Inc and Dahl FM Broadcasting Inc to Valley Communications. Seller is principally owned by A. E. Dahl and son, Nelson E. Dahl, who have no other broadcasting interests. Buyer is owned by Ross Beach and Robert E. Schmidt, who are a Hay, Kansas-based group owners of four AM’s and three TV’s.
Call letters change from KAHL to KOOQ.
KOOQ format is country with 12 hours of farm programming weekly. New GM is Gary Shorman who eventually is the COO of Beach-Schmidt broadcasting.
KOOQ format flips from Oldies to Country. Jim Kamerzell becomes General Manager as Shorman takes on group COO duties.
March 1991-Ross-Beach sells controlling interest to Robert E. Schmidt, Beach-Schmidt Group, Hays, KS. as part of a 12-station deal that includes KELN 97.1 FM for $14.14 million.
Don Clonch replaces Kamerzell as General Manager.
Beach-Schmidt becomes employee-owned (ESOP) Eagle Communications, headquartered in Hays, KS, Robert E. Schmidt, VP.
Rex Anderson succeeds Don Clonch as General Manager.
Chuck Schwartz takes over as General Manager.
November 1, 2007-KOOQ format flips from Oldies to ESPN radio.
December, 2018- FM Translator is added- K251CP 98.1, 250 watts. With the translator launch, ESPN is dropped for “Reindeer Radio” Christmas music stunt programming. At conclusion, a new Classic Hits format is launched as “North Platte’s Greatest Hits from the 70s, 80s, and 90s.”