1430 AM, Grand Island
First Air Date: April 1, 1953
Original Call Letters: KRGI
Issued To: Grand Island Broadcasting Co.
Through the Years
April 1, 1953- KRGI AM signs on at 1430 kHz, 1,000 watts with unlimited hours of operation. Directional pattern antenna at night with three towers. Studio: 315 South Locust Transmitter: North side of U.S. 34, 5 miles southeast of town.
Owner: Grand Island Broadcasting Co. (Robert Lester, Wilber Bachman, Jake Grasmick, Walter Siebert, Samuel Wohlback, Wick Heath) [During construction permit phase, Samuel Wolhback retired and sold his 20% interest in equal parts to Robert Lester and Wilber Bachman. Total consideration- $10,000.]
Grand Island Broadcasting Company (Robert Lester & Associates) sells to James L. Stuart (subsidiary of Stuart Investments, Richard Chapin VP) for $145,000. Stuart owns KFOR, Lincoln. Bob McKune is named General Manager.
Granted assignment of license to Grand Island Broadcasting Co. Ltd.
Daytime power is increased to 5,000 watts. Remains at 1,000 watts at night, directional. Station begins long time affiliation with ABC network.
Gary Fries is named General Manager, and stays for two years.
Programming is described as Middle of the Road, Top 40.
KRGI FM signs on. Programming is separate from KRGI AM.
Studios move to 3205 W North Front Street.
Format is adjusted to Adult Contemporary
KRGI AM & FM are sold by Grand Island Broadcasting Co. (subsidiary of Stuart Broadcasting Co. James Stuart & family) to Harris Enterprises Inc. (John P. Harris and family) for $3 million, comprising $1.5 million in cash and remainder in a note at 9.5% over seven years.
KRGI AM/FM sold by KRGI Inc. (subsidiary of Harris Enterprises headed by Lloyd Ballhagen) to JRK Broadcasting Ltd (John R. Kidd) for $1.95 million.
Lyle Nelson is General Manager until the sale of the stations in 1996.
JRK buys KMMJ, Grand Island and KLRB (later KRGY, Aurora) for $700,000. Stations move in with KRGI at 3205 W North Front Street.
KRGI AM format adds News-Talk to Adult Contemporary mix.
JRK Broadcasting (J.R. Kidd, President) sells KRGI AM/FM as part of a package that includes KMMJ Grand Island and KRGY Aurora to Steckline Broadcasting (Gregory R. Steckline) for $2 million. KRGI AM format News-Talk.
Steckline Communications LLC (Gregory R. Steckline) sells KRGI AM/FM as part of a package that includes KMMJ Grand Island, KRGY FM Aurora, and KIMB Kimball to Legacy Communications LLC (Jay Vavricek) for $4.75 million.
Translator for KRGI AM rebroadcast signs on , K288HC, 105.5 FM, 250 watts, located on the KRGI FM tower.