1490 AM, Omaha
First Air Date: March 3, 1942
Operating Power: 250 watts
Original Call Letters: KBON AM
Network Affiliation: Mutual
Issued To: Inland Broadcasting
Through the Years
Pre-Sign on: Station got in just under the wire before World War II put a time freeze on applications and construction.
Originally, the company sought KONB calls before sign on.
Original application was for 1500kHz, but was moved to 1490 during the 1941 NARBA frequency shifts.
March 4, 1942- KBON signs on, with 250 watts of power, affiliated with the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Company is Inland Broadcasting, “Omaha’s New Radio Voice”.
Station located in the Central Club Building, 2027 Dodge Street, Omaha. Tower located on roof of building.
Don Perazzo hosts “Sunrise Serenade”. Program stays on air for 14 years. Perazzo remains with station, goes into sales in the 1960’s, and management in the 1970’s.
Sandy Jackson joins station, starts “1490 Swing Club”, becoming Omaha’s first DJ.
Sandy Jackson moves to afternoons “Rhythm Inn”.
New tower installed at 38th & Wright Street. Sister FM station signs on, from atop the new tower. Studios/office move to World Insurance Building (Saunders-Kennedy Building), 18th & Douglas.
May 7, 1949- Airs overnight Radiothon for Cancer Society, includes every Omaha radio personality from all stations.
Sandy Jackson leaves station for Todd Storz’ KOWH, 660AM.
September, 1957- Inland sells to Goldenrod Broadcasting for $170,000.
May 7, 1958- Stan Freberg Day. Airs all-day tribute to the writer of “What Do They Have in Omaha?”
Station begins 24-hour schedule. The first overnight DJ is Fritz Johnson.
Frank Scott comes aboard as News Director and soon rises to Program Director and General Manager.
New FCC rules allow 1,000 watts daytime power, remains at 250 watts at night.
Picks up ABC network when dropped by KOIL, 1290.
Lyle DeMoss joins the station following a lustrous career at KFAB and WOW.
Goldenrod Broadcasting sells to Blaustein Industries (Baltimore, MD) for $325,000.
Begins programming shift to news/talk with more news blocks and “Open Line” talk shows.
Transitions to news/talk completed except for late night filler music blocks. Slogan: “Designed to Face the Music”.
Blaustein sells to Paxton Radio, subsidiary of Welcome Radio (Colorado), for $400,000.
Call letters are changes to KLNG for “Calling” radio. Drops ABC Network for CBS.
Frank Scott delivers reports from Israel for three days during Yom Kippur War.
Format goes to all news/talk. Last vestiges of music is removed.
Joins NBC’s new News & Information Service (NIS) network.
May, 1976-Studios/Office moves to 3615 Dodge St., Omaha.
Paxton Broadcasting sells to Great Empire Broadcasting for $700,000 on the last day of NIS operation. Flips format to Country.
Call letters change to KYNN for “Country Kin”. Ken Fearnow is brought in as Sales Manager, soon becomes General Manager.
Gains sister FM as Great Empire also bought KOWH 94.1 FM, and changes call letters to KYNN FM.
Studios and office move to 90th and West Dodge Road, Omaha.
Station goes to 1,000 watts full time with new FCC rules for Class IV stations.
Great Empire sells to Albimar Broadcasting (Boston, MA) for $500,000. Keeps KYNN call letters and a mostly automated country format.
April, 9, 1985- Flips to Oldies format, with new call letters, KEDS, for the “Edsel” or the 50’s sneaker.
July, 1987- Drops Oldies format, begins simulcast of sister FM KEZO 92.3 rock format.
1987- Albimar sells to Narragansett Radio, including KEZO FM, for $8.3 million.
Begins adding sports. Signs contract for various teams.
Stations affiliates with ESPN Radio, becoming Omaha’s first all-sports station.
Narragansett sells to Journal Broadcasting (Milwaukee, WI) which pays $9 Million for the AM/FM combo that includes KEZO 92.3FM.
Changes call letter to KOSR, for “Omaha Sports Radio.”
Adds Fox Sports Radio.
Swaps format with Journal’s 590 AM, becomes KOMJ with a Nostalgia music format.
Journal sells station to Cochise Broadcasting (Jackson, WY) for $500,000.
Format flips to satellite-delivered Nostalgia from Waitt Radio Networks (WRN) which is also located in Omaha and 90th & Western.
Cochise is is fined $7,000 from the FCC for failure to maintain a Main Studio.
Cochise sells to Walnut Radio (Steve Seline) for $450,000.
January 7, 2015-Format changes to Oldies/Adult Contemporary as “Boomer 1490.”, a nod to Baby Boomers, its core demographic.
Format was officially launched with a live listening party at Gorat’s Steakhouse in Omaha. The first song played under the new Boomer format was “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys.
June, 2015- Long time Omaha radio legend Dave Wingert became the new Morning Show Host.
Station gains its first translator, 99watts at 104.1 FM, K281CJ, first used on February 10, 2016.
Takes satellite Oldies/AC programming from Local Radio Network (LRN, Indianapolis, IN).
September, 2018- long time Omaha radio personality Jack Swanda takes over afternoons on the station.
December 11, 2018- Call letters are changed to KOBM.
April 1, 2019- Along with sister 1420AM changes, call letters flip from KBOM to KIBM.
During the latter part of the year, 1490’s transmitter site is moved to its new location, co-located on the 660AM tower, 60th & Hartman, Omaha.