1510 AM, 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Manager is Joseph L. Stavas.
April, 1972-Control of City & Farm Broadcasting, Inc is sold to Donald L. Robson for $183,000.
Programming- MOR with special programs of Polkas and Farm News.
Farm Programming is increased. FM airs Top 40 format after AM sign off.
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.
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.
General Manager- Wayne Walker
KTTT switches to Oldies, still with ABC Entertainment network.
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.
Format change to Talk/Oldies, continuing with special Polka, German, Polish programs.
General Manager- Greg Wells.
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.
KTTT is sold as part of the Three Eagles Broadcasting’s 48-station package to Digity (Dean Goodman) for $66.5 million.
February, 2016- KTTT is sold as part of Digity’s 116-station package in 26 markets to Alpha Media for $264 million.