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92.9 FM, Beatrice (Lincoln)

City of License: Beatrice, NE

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

  • 1962

    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.

  • 1963

    Power is increased to 97,000 watts.  Programming separates from the AM 40-50% of the day.

  • 1969

    Programming separates from the AM 100%.

  • 1971

    Programming goes to an Easy-Listening format.

  • 1975

    Programming flips to a Country format.

  • 1979

    August, 1979-Call letters change to KMAZ (Maize, another name for corn). Pentz had requested KMIA earlier in the year.

  • 1982

    Format flips to a Mellow Rock format.

  • 1984

    Format is adjusted to Contemporary Rock.

  • 1986

    Station is sold to MEG Company (J. Taylor Monfort), for $1.2 million plus 80% of receivables.

  • 1987

    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.

  • 1993

    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.

  • 1993

    May, 1994-  transfer of license to Pourtales Radio Partnership.

  • 1996

    Station sold to Triathlon Broadcasting along with KZKX FM Seward/Lincoln for $9.7 million.

  • 1999

    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.

  • 2006

    Format is repositioned as Rock of the 80’s and More. 

  • 2007

    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.

  • 2014

    September, 2014-  Three Eagles sells its 48 stations to Digity Media for $66.5 million.

  • 2015

    August, 2015-Digity Media sells to Alpha Media, 116 stations in a $264 million package.