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840 AM, West Point

City of License: West Point, NE

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

  • 1985

    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.

  • 1988

    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

  • 1992

    Format change to Full Service with a two-person news staff.  Farm 14 hours.  Joins ABC network.

  • 1994

    Studios and offices move to 1011 North Lincoln in West Point.

  • 1995

    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.”

  • 1997

    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.

  • 2004

    Craig Larson assumes the Station Manager position until 2007.

  • 2007

    Broadcast veteran Dwight Lane joins Nebraska Rural Radio Association in West Point as Station Manager.

  • 2011

    Jay Thouvenell replaces Dwight Lane as Station Manager, while Lane transfers to KRVN, Lexington, NE  in a similar position.

  • 2013

    Dwight Lane returns to West Point, replacing Thouvenell as Station Manager.

  • 2018

    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.