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900 AM, Columbus

City of License: Columbus, NE

First Air Date: April 28, 1948

Operating Power: 1,000 watts

Original Call Letters: KJSK

Format: Religious/Middle of the Road

General Manager: George Basil Anderson (Founder)

Program Director: Florence Anderson

Chief Engineer: Harold Hardy

Through the Years

  • 1948

    April 28, 1948-  KJSK signs on at 1,000 watts, non-directional on a 260 foot tower.  Daytime only.  Studios and transmitter co-located  on Route 3, Shady Lake Road 6  (8/10th of a mile northwest of town).  Format is Religious/Middle of the Road and the call letters mean: “Know Jesus Saves and Keeps.”  Glorious Gospel Hour  produced by Anderson begins a 30+ run after airing five years on another station.

  • 1956

    Anderson expands into group ownership with the purchase of stations in Kansas and Colorado, and copyrights “Heart of the Nation Stations” slogan.

  • 1959

    Reassigns license to KJSK Inc. as part of the Anderson Group of Stations.

  • 1964

    KJSK 101.1 FM signs on.

  • 1978

    Station expands agricultural programming with 11 daily market reports and summaries.

  • 1987

    KJSK AM is authorized 66 watts for unlimited night time operation.

  • 1989

    Sunday All Star Polka Show hosted by Mark Vyhlidal begins a long run on the station.

  • 1990

    November, 1990- License is assigned to Roger P. Anderson, George’s son for $101,500.

  • 1992

    KJSK is sold to Heartland Broadcasting, Inc. (Timothy R. McMahon, Daniel Gardner) for $850,000, including KJSK FM.

  • 1994

    Format is modified to News-Talk emphasis while keeping religious and polka programming.

  • 2001

    KJSK AM and its FM is sold to Three Eagles Communications (Gary Buchanan, Rolland Johnson, CEO) for $2.7 million.  (Three Eagles owns 35 other stations at that time, including a station cluster in Lincoln, NE.)  Studios move to 1418 25th Street in Columbus joining now co-owned KTTT.

  • 2014

    Digity (Dean Goodman CEO) acquires Three Eagles in a 48-station deal for $66.5 million.

  • 2016

    February, 2016- Digity is acquired by Alpha Media (Larry Wilson, Chairman) in a $264 million package.