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95.3 FM, Lincoln, NE

City of License: Lincoln, NE

First Air Date: June 22, 1958

Operating Power: 320 watts

Original Call Letters: KFMQ

Format: Classical/Jazz

General Manager: Herbert Burton

Issued To: Herbert Burton

Through the Years

  • 1958

    June 22, 1958-KFMQ 95.3 signs on with 320 watts of power and antenna at 125 feet.  Studios and Transmitter are located at 1025 Terminal Building, 10th & O Streets in Lincoln.  Station is owned and managed by Herbert Burton.   Format is Classical music and some jazz programming.

  • 1962

    Station increases power to 1,000 watts at 125 feet.

  • 1966

    February, 1966- Station is sold to KFMQ, Inc (Steve Agnew) for $80,000.  Format:  Middle of the Road music daytime, Progressive Rock at night.

  • 1970

    September, 1970-  Format goes to all Rock as Q-102 Nebraska’s Rock & Roll Legend.

  • 1972

    Frequency moves to 101.9 with 100,000 watts at 125 feet.  Height is later increased to 180 feet.

  • 1979

    KFMQ is sold to Telegraph-Herald, Inc. (Robert Woodward, Dubuque, IA) for $1.8 million plus a $200,000 non-compete agreement.  Buyer also owns KLMS 1490 AM.

  • 1985

    Studios are moved to 1540 South 70th, Suite 200 in Lincoln with co-owned KLMS.

  • 1988

    A new 1132 feet tower is constructed at a site near Eagle, NE.

    July, 1988- Station is sold to Midwest Communications (William Williamson & Duke Wright, Green Bay, WI) for $2.8 million, which includes AM KLMS 1480.  Midwest sets up KLMS/KFMQ, Inc as a subsidiary.

  • 1990

    Call letters are adjusted to KFMQ-FM when co-owned KLMS 1480 changes calls to KFMQ-AM.

  • 1992

    October, 1992- Format flips to New Country, Omaha’s Young Country.  Call letters are changed to KYNN The Hit Kicker. The Omaha studio opened in Millard at 143rd and Y Streets in order for the studio to remain in the 1 mv pattern of the station.

  • 1995

    KYNN is sold to John Mitchell (Mitchell Broadcasting) for $1.7 million, which also includes an Omaha translator at 107.7 FM at 75 watts on the old WOWT tower at 35th & Farnam, Omaha.

    Studios are moved to 1001 Farnam, with co-owned Mitchel stations, KQKQ and KKAR.

    February, 1995-  The format is flipped from country to Alternative rock as 101.9/107.7 The Edge.  

    April, 1995-  Call letters are changed from KYNN to KGDE.

  • 1996

    The Edge is named Small Market category Modern Rock Station of the year by Billboard Magazine.

  • 1997

    Lightning strikes hits the Eagle tower, forcing a power reduction on an auxiliary antenna on the tower at 500 feet.  Power is reduced for six weeks for $100,000 in repairs.  As a result of poor signal coverage in Omaha, ratings and revenue suffer.

  • 1998

    Apri 13, 1998- Format changes to Classic Hits, The Fox.   Call letters are changed to KZFX on April 24.

  • 2000

    Station is sold to Waitt Media as part of the Mitchell Broadcasting group for $36.6 million.

    November, 2000-  Studios are moved to 5011 Capitol, Omaha.

  • 2002

    Transmitter is moved from the Eagle tower location  21 miles closer to Omaha on the KGBI tower, 4 miles southwest of Springfield, NE

    February, 2002-  Format flips to Light Rock and call letters are changed to KLTQ.

  • 2005

    Waitt merges with New Radio Group forming NRG Media (Mary Quass, President).

  • 2007

    KLTQ gains the Springfield tower to itself when KGBI moves to the television antenna farm at 72nd & Crown Point, Omaha.

    December 26, 2007- Station flips to Adult Hits as “101.9 The Big O” with new call letters KOOO two days later.

  • 2012

    Community of license is changed from Lincoln to the Omaha suburb of La Vista.

  • 2014

    Format is adjusted to 80’s-based Classic Rock, The Keg. 

  • 2020

    January 13, 2020- KOOO shifted the format back to a straight forward variety hits direction, while retaining the “Keg” moniker.