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1510 AM, Columbus

City of License: Columbus

First Air Date: December 2, 1962

Operating Power: 500 watts

Original Call Letters: KTTT

Format: Bright Pop Music

General Manager: Ken Kilmer

Issued To: City and Farm Broadcasting, Inc.

Through the Years

  • 1963

    April, 1963-  Sign on (perhaps earlier as December 2, 1962?)  Owner is City & Farm Broadcasting, Inc (William Whitlock, President).  Studio- 1259 27th Avenue, Columbus, NE.  Transmitter- North of U.S. 81, 2.6 miles northwest of Jct 81 and 30.

    Programming per ad:  Bright pop music, full time news staff, mobile news unit, fully equipped.

  • 1966

    Joseph f. “Big Joe” Siedlik begins his Sunday Polka show, a 40+ year career that leads to producing shows for stations in the region from his home studio in Columbus.

  • 1967

    KTTT joins ABC network.  Pre-Sunrise operation is authorized, 87 watts, modified to 53 watts the following year.  Studios/offices move to 1367 33rd Avenue in Columbus.

  • 1969

    Co-owned FM signs on.  KTTT-FM 93.5, 3,000 watts at 252 feet, antenna on AM tower.  Programming duplicated on FM 50%, increased to 100% in 1972.

  • 1970

    General Manager is Joseph L. Stavas.

  • 1972

    April, 1972-Control of City & Farm Broadcasting, Inc is sold to Donald L. Robson for $183,000.

  • 1973

    Programming- MOR with special programs of Polkas and Farm News.

  • 1975

    Farm Programming is increased.  FM airs Top 40 format after AM sign off.

  • 1985

    KTTT is sold to Columbus Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (Ronald L. Kruse, Timothy A. Cumberland and Charles W. Sand) for $792,000.  Sale includes the FM.

    Studios/offices move to 1418 25th Street.  FM call letters are changed to KWMG.

  • 1989

    August, 1989-KTTT is sold to Husker Broadcasting Inc. (Raymond A. Lamb, President; Ross Johnson, Vice-President) for $850,000.  Sale includes the FM.

    Format- Soft Adult Contemporary, targeting 25-65.  General Manager- Phil Vausch.

    FM separates programming from the AM and goes Album Rock, targets 30+, young families.  AM keeps ABC-Entertainment while FM picks up ABC-Contemporary network affiliation.

  • 1992

    General Manager- Wayne Walker

  • 1994

    KTTT switches to Oldies, still with ABC Entertainment network.

  • 1996

    KTTT and FM sold to Three Eagles Communications as part of a package that includes ten other stations for $10.2 million.  Three Eagles also owns an agriculture and news network, FarmNet, based in Columbus.   Susan Littlefield is Farm Director.

  • 1998

    Format change to Talk/Oldies, continuing with special Polka, German, Polish programs.

    General Manager- Greg Wells.

  • 2002

    August, 2002- Three Eagles buys two other Columbus stations, KJSK 900AM, and KLIR 101.1 FM from Heartland Broadcasting following the death of Heartland’s owner and transfer of control of the company to a Sioux City, IA bank, for $2.7 million.  Besides KTTT and KKOT, Three Eagles owns five other stations in Nebraska.   KTTT retains ABC network.

  • 2014

    KTTT is sold as part of the Three Eagles Broadcasting’s 48-station package to Digity (Dean Goodman) for $66.5 million.

  • 2016

    February, 2016-  KTTT is sold as part of Digity’s 116-station package in 26 markets to Alpha Media for $264 million.