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1580 AM, Cozad

City of License: Cozad

First Air Date: November 24, 1965

Operating Power: 1,000 watts, daytime only

Original Call Letters: KAMI

Format: Classic Country

General Manager: Ed Strasburger

Issued To: Dawson County Broadcasting Corporation (Wayman E. May, President)

Through the Years

  • 1965

    November 24, 1965-  Station Sign on.  Studio located at 83 Meridian, Cozad, NE.  Transmitter- 3 miles southeast of Cozad along U.S. 30.

  • 1970

    March, 1970-Station is sold by Dawson Country Broadcasting Corp (Wayman E. May, President) to George E. Powers for $62,500.   Powers has an interest in KGMT, Fairbury.  Licensee is later named KAMI Country Broadcasting Corporation.

  • 1974

    May, 1974- KAMI Country Broadcasting Corporation control is transferred from George E. Powers to Ivan D. Andersen, Charles I Andersen and James and Joseph Cetek for $57,000.  Ivan Andersen is general manager.

  • 1975

    Studios/offices move to 821 Avenue J in Cozad.

  • 1981

    August, 1981-  Station is sold by KAMI Broadcasting Corporation (Jim & Joe Cetek) to Tri City Broadcasters, Inc (Dean G. Dorsey) for $180,000.

    Format- MOR/Top 40/Farm.  Mark Ahman is named General Manager.

  • 1983

    August 4, 1983-Co-owned KOOC FM 104.5 signs on, 100,000 watts at 360 feet.  Separate programming from KAMI AM, country format until 1988 when it duplicates the AM.

  • 1985

    July, 1985-  KAMI is sold to VectoRadio (Charles Larsen, President) for $560,000, including KOOC FM.   Format- Adult Contemporary.

  • 1988

    Format- Contemporary Country, simulcasts on the FM.  FM call letters are changed to KCVN FM.

  • 1993

    KAMI adjusts format toward Talk.

  • 1995

    KCVN FM separates from the KAMI AM simulcast, continues Country format.

  • 2004

    January, 2004-  Station is silenced for financial reasons while seeking a buyer.

    July, 2004-  KAMI is sold to Community Broadcasting, Inc. (Group Owner-Bott Broadcasting) for $365,000.  Sales includes co-owned KCVN FM.

    Stations are granted a waiver allowing operation from outside the station’s coverage area with operations from 100 North 56th Street in Lincoln, NE.    Programming-religious from the Bott Radio Network.   Tom Millett, Nebraska Regional Manager.

    KAMI is authorized for 17 watts night time operation.

  • 2006

    Bott Nebraska operations address is moved to 213 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE.

  • 2013

    April, 2013-  Station is temporarily silenced by a lightning strike.

  • 2014

    February, 2014- KAMI AM is sold to Nebraska Rural Radio Association for $87,000, Bott keeps the FM.  Format flips to Classic Country.

  • 2016

    Lexington translator K261BT 100.1 signs on, joining translator K224FL 92.7, 250 watts, Cozad.