90.1 FM, Hastings
First Air Date: August 30, 1997
Operating Power: 1,000 watts
Original Call Letters: KFKX
General Manager: Sharon Brooks
Issued To: Hastings State College
Through the Years
August 30, 1997- KFKX signs on with 1,000 watts at 167 feet. Studios: 700 Turner Street, Hastings, NE (on campus). Transmitter: US-34 4.5 miles North of Hastings (shares KSNB TV tower).
Temporarily dark for upgrade to 780 watts at 213 feet, and new transmitter site on a county-owned tower on US-6 near East G Street on the southwest side of Hastings.
July 28, 2016- Station goes dark at owner’s request, citing changes in the journalism and broadcasting programs and concerns about fewer jobs in the industry. Station sale is being considered. KFKX’s studios would continue to be used for podcasts and an Internet stream.
Septbemer, 2016- A buyer is quickly found. Community Broadcasting, operators of the Bott Radio Network (Overland Park, KS, Rich Bott, President and CEO, Tom Millett, Regional Manager) buys station for $37,500. Station will replace Bott programming being carried on 250-watt translator K260BK 99.9 in Hastings, which is soon sold to Legacy Broadcasting for $40,000 with plans to use it as a fill-in translator for its KRGI 96.5 FM in Grand Island.
January 12, 2017- New facilities sign on with new call letters, KCVG. Community Broadcasting moved the signal to 89.9 FM using 16,000 watts at 312 feet from a tower near Doniphan, just south of Grand Island, owned by MyBridge Radio. The right to use MyBridge’s tower was part of a deal where Community sold its translator in La Vista-Omaha K224DJ 92.7 to MyBridge for $300,000. Tower site is 14 miles from Hastings at South 9 Bridge Road and West Cedarview Road. At this point, Bott Radio Network covers Nebraska with 11 radio stations, including 100,000 wastt FM stations serving Lincoln/Omaha, and Lexington/Kearney.