Nebraska Broadcasters Association Archive logo

1530 AM, Lincoln, NE

City of License: 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

  • 1965

    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).

  • 1966

    Charles F. Bunn is named General Manager.

  • 1968

    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.

  • 1973

    February, 1973-  Co-owned FM 106.3 signs on as KHAT-FM, Champagne Country format.

  • 1984

    Don Tawzer is named General Manager.

  • 1986

    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.

  • 1987

    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.

  • 1990

    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.

  • 1992

    A local 2-hour morning talk show hosted by station manager Cathy Fife begins.

  • 1993

    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.

  • 1995

    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.

  • 1996

    KHAT is sold by Rock Steady Inc. (Doug Agnew) to Triathlon Broadcasting Company of Lincoln for $3.23 million including KBIZ and KKNB.

  • 1997

    KHAT AM license is deleted.  The land is sold for real estate development.