1420 AM, Omaha
First Air Date: March 2, 1957
Operating Power: 500 watts
Original Call Letters: KOOO
Date of FCC Issue: 1957
Issued To: Central Plains Broadcasting
Through the Years
March 2, 1957- Original Sign On as KOOO at 500 watts. The studios were located at 2321 M. Street in Omaha. The Transmitter location was one mile east of the Missouri River and one-half mile south of South Omaha Bridge Road in Council Bluffs, IA. The owner was Central Plains Broadcasting (Harold Soderlund 65% ownership).
Sold to KOOO Corporation (James Fenlon, Sioux City, IA) for $200,000.
Power was increased from 500watts to 1,000 watts. Studios/offices were moved to the Livestock Exchange Building, 4920 South 30th Street, Omaha.
Station sold to Pier-San Broadcasting (Webb Pierce, Mark Sanders) for $275,000. Studio/offices are moved into a former recording studio at 1910 California, Omaha.
Engineer and air personality Don Denver begins his 18 year tenure at the station.
Studios/office move to 102 North 48th Street, Omaha.
Part-owner Jim Treat takes over as general manger for the next 12 years.
Station joins the MBS network. (Mutual)
Sister FM at 104.5 signs on and simulcasts the AM 1420 programming.
June, 1977-Station is sold to Centennial Communications of Denver, CO, including the FM for $1.285 Million. Simulcast continues. Centennial president Bruce Meyer takes over as general manager. Station joins CBS network, and softens the format with adult-contemporary artists, removing “hard-line” country.
September 1, 1978- AM splits from the FM simulcast, dropping country for All News, adding the fledging Nebraska News Network to its CBS and MBS affiliation.
November 21, 1978- Centennial’s Ray Hambric replaces Bruce Mayer who steps down as general manager. The AM drops All-News after 3 months and begins simulcasting the FM’s Beautiful Music format, keeping CBS.
February, 1979- Call letters are changed from KOOO to KESY-AM, reflecting KESY FM simulcasting.
February, 1980-AM splits from the FM calls, and returns to a Country format. Call letters are changed back to KOOO.
Files for bankruptcy as KOOO AM 1420 is losing $15,000-$20,000 per month.
August, 1981- Format flip to Adult Standards, automated with “Music of Your Life”
Moves studios/offices across the street to 4807 Dodge Street, Omaha.
Station is sold to Richard Marshall Capital Corporation (Marshall Hambric, Sherry Sanders) including the FM for $3Million.
Sold to MediaOmaha, a subsidiary of Sungroup Investments (Indianapolis, IN) for $400,000, in a separate deal that was connected to a $2.2 million FM sale to the same group.
September, 1984-AM is sold to Nelson Broadcasting, (Lyle W. Nelson) for $650,000. Studio/offices move to the Blackstone, 302 South 36th Street, Omaha. Call letters are changed to KROM, “Radio Omaha” with a middle of the road format, sports and network affiliation with CBS.
Nelson returns station to MediaOmaha. KESY AM call letters return, simulcasting the FM’s Beautiful Music format.
Nighttime operation is authorized at 330 watts.
June 15- Call letters changed to KLAO.
June 22- Call letters changed back to KESY.
January 3, 1995- FM simulcasting ends, station picks up Satellite Music Network’s Soul Oldies format. Call letters are changed to KBBX for “Boom Box”.
Station is sold along with its FM to Journal Broadcasting for $5.475 Million. Journal flips the format to Spanish programming from the Hispanic Satellite Network on April 1, 1998.
May 10, 2002- as part of a major format shuffle, the format would move to then-sister station, 97.7 FM. After two weeks of simulcasting, the call letters and format are changed to KHLP, “K-Help” with satellite delivered All-Advice programming, plus sports ranging from high school games to Omaha Royals baseball, Creighton basketball, and Omaha Beef indoor football.
Station is sold to Salem Communications (California) for $900,000. Call letters and format change to KTOK, satellite-fed conservative News/Talk and was marketed as “News/Talk 1420, KTOK.”
September 4, 2008- Station flips format to Spanish Christian, “La Luz” (The Light).
April 4, 2016- KOTK changes format to conservative talk, branded as “94.5/1420 The Answer”.
July, 2018- Hickory Radio. Omaha, NE (Steve Seline) purchases the station from the Salem Media Group.
March 31, 2019- KOTK flipped to a simulcast of oldies-formatted KOBM (1490 AM), branded as “Boomer Radio”.
April 1, 2019- Call letters changed to KOBM. Simulcasting with 1490, 94.5 FM, 97.3 FM, 104.1FM,106.5FM translators, creating the Boomer Radio Network. 1490 AM adopts the KIBM call letters.
December 20, 2022- FCC approves a callsign change for Hickory Radio’s KOBM/1420 (Omaha) to KXCB. KOBM is part of Hickory/Walnut Radio’s “Boomer” network of five signals that primarily identifies by the frequency of KOBM’s FM translator, K233CO/94.5 Omaha.
February 1, 2023-“Bluffs Country 106.5” starts airing on Walnut Radio’s K293CX (Council Bluffs) and Hickory Radio’s KXCB/1420 (Omaha). K293CX transmits from Council Bluffs with a 250-Watt signal that’s strong in Council Bluffs and downtown Omaha.
K293CX and KXCB had previously been part of the “My Boomer Radio” Oldies/Classic Hits network, which recently signed on K281DG/104.1 (Omaha), serving much of the same area that K293CX reaches.
The new format positions itself as “Council Bluffs’ local hometown Country station,” making it the only radio station specifically targeting Council Bluffs.