1530 AM, Lincoln, NE
First Air Date: December 21, 1965
Operating Power: 5,000 watts directional, daytime only
Original Call Letters: KLOL
Format: Middle of the Road
General Manager: Larry Getchell
Issued To: Lancaster County Broadcasting Co.
Through the Years
December 21, 1965- KLOL signs on with a Middle of the Road format and a directional signal with major lobes pointed south and north-northeast. Station has a five-tower directional pattern, daytime only. The owner is Lancaster County Broadcasting Co., a subsidiary of Gem Radio Stations (James Goetz, Winona, Minnesota).
Charles F. Bunn is named General Manager.
February, 1968- Station is sold to J-P Enterprises (Jim Treat) for $160,000. The three-year ownership rule is waived.
March, 1968- Format changes to Proud Country. General Manager is Fred Scott.
Pre-sunrise operation is authorized at 70 watts.
February, 1973- Co-owned FM 106.3 signs on as KHAT-FM, Champagne Country format.
Don Tawzer is named General Manager.
March, 1986- KLOL is sold to TM Communications of Dallas, TX for $1.025 million, including the FM. Call letters are changed to KHAT-AM, simulcasting the FM’s Adult Contemporary programming.
Station is sold to Marathon Communications (Pat Shaughnessy, former TM President/CEO) as part of a package including the FM and two other stations in Nevada and Alabama for $7.1 million. Dan Charleston is named General Manager.
Shaughnessy’s Marathon Communications was millions in debt. His other two stations WAVH FM, Mobile, AL and KBUL, Carson City, Nevada were turned over to his chief creditor, AT&T Credit Corporation, for assumption of $5.5 million in debt.
KHAT AM/FM is sold to Tate Communications (Harvey Tate) for $1.325 million. The adult contemporary simulcast of the FM is replaced by satellite-delivered Big Band format.
A local 2-hour morning talk show hosted by station manager Cathy Fife begins.
April 30, 1993- station is silenced. License is sold to Rock Steady Inc. (Kimberly Krueger, President, Douglas Agnew) for $500 when buyer purchased co-owned KIBZ 106.3 FM.
KHAT AM is still dark, and license is sold to Lincoln Radio Acquisition Corporation (Kraig Fox, New York) as part of a package that includes KIBZ 106.3 FM and other stations for $3.225 million. The sale fails; license and co-owned FM are involuntarily returned to Rock Steady, Inc.
KHAT is sold by Rock Steady Inc. (Doug Agnew) to Triathlon Broadcasting Company of Lincoln for $3.23 million including KBIZ and KKNB.
KHAT AM license is deleted. The land is sold for real estate development.