1550 AM, Hastings
First Air Date: April 15, 1964
Operating Power: 500 watts, daytime only
Original Call Letters: KICS
General Manager: James A. Lambros, Jr.
Issued To: K Baar J Inc. (James Lambros, President)
Through the Years
April 15, 1964- KICS signs on. Transmitter/studio-U.S. Highway 6, on southeast edge of Hastings, NE.
February, 1965-KICS FM signs on. Separate programming from KICS AM.
September, 1967- KICS A/F sold to Hastings Broadcasting, Inc. (Jack Dinsdale, President) for $80,000. VP & GM is Dave Nixon.
Pre-sunrise authorized to 380 watts .
ABC Network. KICS FM duplicates KICS AM programming 100%.
General Manager- John McMillan. KICS FM duplicates KICS AM 50%.
General Manager- Bob Templeton Format-Contemporary
February, 1975- KICS AM, including KICS FM is sold to Apache Broadcasting Corporation for $160,000.
December, 1978- Apache Broadcasting sells to Highwood Broadcasting Company for $475,000, including KICS FM. President/General Manager- James DePalma.
January, 1983- Stations are sold to Tri Cities Broadcasting, Inc. (R.D. Hanna, President, Edward H. Tricker) for $800,000. General Manager- Jerry Hinrikus.
Format AC/Oldies General Manager- Brian Griffey.
Transfer full ownership from half partner Robert D. Hanna to Edward H. Tricker for assumption of liabilities. Sale includes KEZH FM (formerly KICS FM) and KROX 1260 AM, Crookston, MN.
Mutual Broadcasting System network on KICS.
September, 1990-KICS is sold to Heartland Radio, Inc. (E. Eugene McCoy Jr) for $570,000, including KEZH FM. General Manager- Roy Crocker.
KICS flips format to News/Talk.
Nighttime power is authorized for 27 watts, unlimited hours.
July, 1997- Osage Radio, Inc (E. Eugene McCoy Jr) sells to Three Eagles Communications as part of a package that includes KEZH FM, plus KZEN, Central City, NE, and KNJP, Sargent, NE for $2.1million for stock. Format- Nostalgia “Music of Your Life.”
November, 1997- KICS call letters are changed to KMEM.
July, 1998- KMEM call letters are changed back to KICS.
August, 1998-KICS is sold by Three Eagles Communications to KHAS Broadcasting, Inc. for $110,000. General Manager/Owner- Wayne Specht. Address is 500 East J. Street.
Power and restrictions upgraded to 1,000 wats, unlimited. Address- 200 Tribune Building. CBS Network, Adult Contemporary format.
Transmitter finally noted as South Emerson Avenue, between D & E Streets.
KICS goes to 24 hours operation.
February, 2005-Platte River Broadcasting (David Oldfather, Craig Eckert) Eckert is General Manager buys KICS along with KHAS 1230 AM from KHAS Broadcasting for $560,000.
October, 2005- Eternal Broadcasting ( Dean Sorenson, Richard Chapin) plan to sell KLIQ FM to Platte River Broadcasting for $700,000. KLIQ and KKPR, Kearney cover the entire Tri-Cities area, while the AM stations’ main coverage areas are more limited to their communities of license. No format or staff changes.
KICS 1550 AM adds FM translator K224FK 92.7, 250 watts.
Control sold to Flood Communications as part of a package that includes KKPR 98.9 FM, KXPN 1460 AM, Kearney, KHAS 1230 AM, Hastings and KLIQ 94.5 FM Grand Island and associated translators. Seller Platte River Radio receives $1.08million for the package while retaining 45% ownership of the stations.