1580 AM, 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
November 24, 1965- Station Sign on. Studio located at 83 Meridian, Cozad, NE. Transmitter- 3 miles southeast of Cozad along U.S. 30.
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.
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.
Studios/offices move to 821 Avenue J in Cozad.
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.
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.
July, 1985- KAMI is sold to VectoRadio (Charles Larsen, President) for $560,000, including KOOC FM. Format- Adult Contemporary.
Format- Contemporary Country, simulcasts on the FM. FM call letters are changed to KCVN FM.
KAMI adjusts format toward Talk.
KCVN FM separates from the KAMI AM simulcast, continues Country format.
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.
Bott Nebraska operations address is moved to 213 South 13th Street, Lincoln, NE.
April, 2013- Station is temporarily silenced by a lightning strike.
February, 2014- KAMI AM is sold to Nebraska Rural Radio Association for $87,000, Bott keeps the FM. Format flips to Classic Country.
Lexington translator K261BT 100.1 signs on, joining translator K224FL 92.7, 250 watts, Cozad.