840 AM, West Point
First Air Date: March 17, 1985
Operating Power: 2,500 Watts, daytime only
Original Call Letters: KWPN
Format: Country/Farm/weekend Polka
General Manager: David Kelly
Program Director: Sharon Kelly
Issued To: Kelly Communications
Through the Years
March 17, 1985- KWPN AM signs on daytime only with 2,500 watts. Studios and Offices, 435 Monitor in West Point, NE. Transmitter: five miles south of West Point, east of US-275 and 1811 D Road. Format: Country, Farm & Weekend Polka.
Power is increased to 5,000 watts. Kelly also seeks a construction permit for unlimited operation, later denied as 840 is a nighttime clear channel for WHAS, Louisville, KY.
Format is adjusted to Country with Light Adult Contemporary, keeping Farm and Polka hours.
August 1, 1988- KWPN 107.9 FM signs on. 3,000 watts at 328 on the AM tower. Format: Adult Contemporary
Format change to Full Service with a two-person news staff. Farm 14 hours. Joins ABC network.
Studios and offices move to 1011 North Lincoln in West Point.
KWPN AM call letters change to KTIC 840. Format is described as Farm, Market, country, Polka, targeting “farmers, ranchers, stockmen and all involved in agribusiness.”
August, 1997- Kelly Communications (David M. Kelly) sells KTIC and KWPN FM to Nebraska Rural Radio Association, Lexington, NE (Otto Geiger, President) for $1.5 million. Eric Brown is General Manager for Nebraska Rural Radio Association. Charlie Brogan is Station Manager, coming from KRVN in Lexington.
Craig Larson assumes the Station Manager position until 2007.
Broadcast veteran Dwight Lane joins Nebraska Rural Radio Association in West Point as Station Manager.
Jay Thouvenell replaces Dwight Lane as Station Manager, while Lane transfers to KRVN, Lexington, NE in a similar position.
Dwight Lane returns to West Point, replacing Thouvenell as Station Manager.
Translator K254CX 98.7, 250 watts begins relaying KTIC’s Farm/Country programming. The translator was moved from Norfolk to West Point over a number of years.