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93.9 FM, McCook

City of License: McCook, NE

First Air Date: September 17, 1998

Operating Power: 50,000 watts

Original Call Letters: KSWN

Format: News/Talk/Sports, Adult Contemporary

General Manager: Jay Austin

Chief Engineer: Val Lane

Date of FCC Issue: January 15, 1999

Issued To: Austin McCook LLC

Through the Years

  • 1995

    June 6, 1997- KSWN call letters approved.

  • 1996

    January 19, 1996-  Original construction permit granted.

  • 1998

    February 19, 1998- Construction Permit to replace expired permit approved.

    September 17, 1998- KSWN 93.9 FM signs on with 50,000 watts at 492 feet.  Studios/Offices located at 108 West 8th Street in McCook, NE, co-located with KIOD FM.   Transmitter location:  approximately 16 miles west of McCook, south-southeast of Culbertson, NE off NE-17 and country road 713.
    Jay Austin, CEO and President.  W. Lawrence Patrick, General Manager.  Slogan:  93.9 “The Prairie.”
    Format:  News/Talk/Sports, Adult Contemporary.

    October 16, 1998-  Construction permit extension approved.

  • 2005

    October 13, 2005-  Austin-McCook LLC  (Jay and Eileen Austin) sells KSWN FM to Hometown Family Radio (Legacy Communications, Jay Vavricek, President) for $1.3 million, which includes sister station KIOD FM.    Jay Austin initially remains as General Manager but eventually Alan Usher is named VP General Manager.

  • 2016

    Format flip from hot adult contemporary, “The Prairie”  to Top 40 , “The Zone, 93.9”.