1620 AM, Bellevue (Omaha)
First Air Date: May 30, 1999
Operating Power: 10,000 watts days, 1,000 watts nights
Original Call Letters: KAZP
Network Affiliation: ESPN
General Manager: Marty Riemenschneider
Program Director: Neil Nelkin
Sales Manager: Dan Charleston
Chief Engineer: Allen Sherrill
Date of FCC Issue: 1999
Issued To: Mitchel Broadcasting Company of Iowa (John C. Mitchell)
Through the Years
May 30, 1999- KAZP signs on with studios at 1001 Farnam on the Mall, Omaha, co-located with KKAR, KOIL and KQKQ. Transmitter location is at 60th & Harrison Street at co-owned KKAR 1290 site, employing a combiner to use KKAR’s center tower. Initially programming consists of simulcasting the Sports format airing on co-owned KOIL 1180 AM,
September, 1999- Station continues sports and ESPN affiliation after KOIL changes format.
The long-running Unsportsmanlike Conduct show begins in afternoon with hosts Kevin Kugler and Bob Bruce.
October, 2001- KAZP call letters are changed to KOZN, The Zone.
January, 2002- Station is sold to Waitt Broadcasting as part of the Mitchell group sale for $36.6 million. Studios are moved to 50th & Capitol Streets, Omaha.
KOZN begins originating and producing the College World Series games for national distribution by Dial Global, later Westwood One, becoming Sports Director Kevin Kugler’s first national work.
Waitt Broadcasting merges with the New Radio Group, forming NRG Media (Cedar Rapids, IA) under President Mary Quass.
The Zone airs Omaha Nighthawks football for two years until the United Football League folds in 2012.
Sports Director Kevin Kugler leaves for the Big Ten Network and Westwood One. ESPN is dropped in favor of Fox Sports Radio.
Gary Sharp joins station as Sports Director and begins Sharp & Benning morning show with former Husker running back Damon Benning.
August, 2012- Big Red Over-Reaction call-in show begins, following Husker Football games.
All sports programming on the station becomes local from 6am-6pm Monday-Friday.