94.5 FM, Hastings
First Air Date: February, 1965
Operating Power: 3,000 watts
Original Call Letters: KICS FM
General Manager: James A. Lambros, Jr.
Issued To: K Baar J Inc.
Through the Years
February, 1965- KICS FM signs on. 3,000 watts at 155 feet. Programming separate from co-owned KICS AM, Hastings. Transmitter/studio- 500 J. Street, Hastings.
September, 1967- KICS AM & FM are sold to Hastings Broadcasting, Inc. (Jack Dinsdale, President) for $80,000. VP/GM- Dave Nixon.
ABC Network. KICS FM duplicates KICS AM programming 100%.
General Manager- John McMillan. KICS FM duplicates KICS AM programming 50%.
General Manager- Bob Templeton. Format-Contemporary.
February, 1975- KICS AM and KICS FM are sold to Apache Broadcasting Corporation for $160,000. KICS FM format- Progressive Rock.
December, 1978-Apache Broadcasting sells KICS AM/FM to Highwood Broadcasting Company for $475,000. President/General Manager- James DePalma.
KICS FM changes call letters to KEZH, upgrades to 250 feet, still at 3,000 watts. Format flips to Beautiful Music.
January, 1983- KEZH FM, KICS AM sold to Tri-Cities Broadcasting, Inc ( Robert D. Hanna, President, Edward H. Tricker). for $800,000. General Manager- Jerry Hinrikus.
General Manager- Brian Griffey.
Transfer full ownership from half partner Robert D. Hanna to Edward H. Tricker for assumption of liabilities. Sale includes KEZH FM, KICS AM, Hastings and KROX 1260 AM, Crookston, MN.
KEZH FM goes to 50,000 watts at 265 feet, format flips to Adult Contemporary.
September, 1990- KEZH FM & KICS AM are sold to Heartland Radio, Inc. ( E. Eugene McCoy, Jr) for $570,000. General Manager- Roy Crocker.
KEZH flips to Country format.
July, 1997-Osage Radio Inc. (E. Eugene McCoy, Jr) sells to Three Eagles Communications as part of a package that includes KICS, KEZH, plus KZEN Central City, NE and KNJP, Sargent, NE for $2.1 million for stock.
KEZH FM changes calls to KROR FM.
KROR address is 311 West 11th Street, Hastings. Format to Classic Rock.
January, 2000- KROR FM is sold by Three Eagles Communications to Eternal Broadcasting (51% Dean Sorenson, Sioux Falls, SD; 49% Richard Chapin, Lincoln, NE) for $750,000. Format-Classic Rock. Address- 3532 West Capital Avenue, Grand Island, NE.
(Eternal Broadcasting purchased KCRO 660 AM from Radiomaha, Inc. a year later for $2 million.)
KROR FM is upgraded to 100,000 watts at 1004 foot tower- 30 miles West of Hastings, near Skeeter Creek Road and W road, adjacent to the South Channel Platte River.
October, 2005- NRG Media buys KROR from Eternal Broadcasting for $270,000 plus KLIQ 94.5, Hastings. Eternal plans to sell KLIQ to Platte River Broadcasting (David Oldfather, Craig Eckert) for $700,000. No Format or staff changes.
Control sold to Flood Communications as part of a package that includes, KKPR 98.9 FM, KXPN 1460 AM, Kearney, NE, KHAS 1230AM and KICS AM, Hastings and KLIQ 94.5 Grand Island and associated translators. Seller Platte River Radio receives $1.08 million for the package while retaining 45% ownership of the stations.