93.9 FM, McCook
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
June 6, 1997- KSWN call letters approved.
January 19, 1996- Original construction permit granted.
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.
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.
Format flip from hot adult contemporary, “The Prairie” to Top 40 , “The Zone, 93.9”.