92.9 FM, Beatrice (Lincoln)
First Air Date: November 26, 1962
Operating Power: 19,700 watts
Original Call Letters: KWBE FM
General Manager: Gordon "Bud" Pentz
Issued To: MIA Broadcasting
Through the Years
November 26, 1962- Sign on, simulcasting KWBE AM. Antenna at 310 feet, atop the KWBE AM tower. Studios and transmitter at 200 Sherman at Mary Street, Beatrice, NE.
Power is increased to 97,000 watts. Programming separates from the AM 40-50% of the day.
Programming separates from the AM 100%.
Programming goes to an Easy-Listening format.
Programming flips to a Country format.
August, 1979-Call letters change to KMAZ (Maize, another name for corn). Pentz had requested KMIA earlier in the year.
Format flips to a Mellow Rock format.
Format is adjusted to Contemporary Rock.
Station is sold to MEG Company (J. Taylor Monfort), for $1.2 million plus 80% of receivables.
Upgrade to 100,000 watts at 810 feet on a new tower southeast of Hallum, Nebraska, at SW 29th and Gage Road.
October, 1987- Call letters and format change to KTGL, The Eagle, Classic Rock. Studios/offices move to 3201 Pioneers Blvd in Lincoln.
Station is sold by ERM Associates Ltd. (J. Taylor Monfort) to KTGL, Corporation (headed by Carl T. Robinson) for $2.2 million. Buyer owns two FM’s including KZKX, Seward, NE. Granted in March, 1993. Studios/offices move in with KZKX at 4630 Antelope Creek Road, Lincoln.
May, 1994- transfer of license to Pourtales Radio Partnership.
Station sold to Triathlon Broadcasting along with KZKX FM Seward/Lincoln for $9.7 million.
Triathlon (San Diego, CA) is sold to Capstar (division of Hicks, Muse, Tate & Furst (Austin, TX) for $190 million. Besides KTGL, packages includes KZKX/KKNB/KIBZ (Lincoln) and KFAB/KGOR/KTNP/KXKT (Omaha).
Capstar soon merges with Chancellor Media to become AMFM, Inc (Dallas, TX) which in turn is swallowed up by Clear Channel, later renamed iHeart.
Format is repositioned as Rock of the 80’s and More.
April, 2007-Clear Channel’s Lincoln cluster is sold to Three Eagles Communications for $14.5 million. Besides KTGL, package includes KIBZ Crete, KLMY Lincoln, and KZKX Seward. Three Eagles already owns 44 stations including KFOR and KLMS, both in Lincoln. Studios/offices move to 3800 Cornhusker Highway in Lincoln.
September, 2014- Three Eagles sells its 48 stations to Digity Media for $66.5 million.
August, 2015-Digity Media sells to Alpha Media, 116 stations in a $264 million package.