95.3 FM, Lincoln, NE
First Air Date: June 22, 1958
Operating Power: 320 watts
Original Call Letters: KFMQ
General Manager: Herbert Burton
Issued To: Herbert Burton
Through the Years
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.
Station increases power to 1,000 watts at 125 feet.
February, 1966- Station is sold to KFMQ, Inc (Steve Agnew) for $80,000. Format: Middle of the Road music daytime, Progressive Rock at night.
September, 1970- Format goes to all Rock as Q-102 Nebraska’s Rock & Roll Legend.
Frequency moves to 101.9 with 100,000 watts at 125 feet. Height is later increased to 180 feet.
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.
Studios are moved to 1540 South 70th, Suite 200 in Lincoln with co-owned KLMS.
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.
Call letters are adjusted to KFMQ-FM when co-owned KLMS 1480 changes calls to KFMQ-AM.
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.
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.
The Edge is named Small Market category Modern Rock Station of the year by Billboard Magazine.
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.
Apri 13, 1998- Format changes to Classic Hits, The Fox. Call letters are changed to KZFX on April 24.
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.
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.
Waitt merges with New Radio Group forming NRG Media (Mary Quass, President).
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.
Community of license is changed from Lincoln to the Omaha suburb of La Vista.
Format is adjusted to 80’s-based Classic Rock, The Keg.
January 13, 2020- KOOO shifted the format back to a straight forward variety hits direction, while retaining the “Keg” moniker.