96.1 FM, McCook
First Air Date: January 31, 1979
Operating Power: 1800 watts
Original Call Letters: KICX
General Manager: Daniel Stramel
Issued To: Semeco Broadcasting Group
Through the Years
January 31, 1979- KICX FM signs on at 95.9 FM with 1800 watts at 380 feet. Format: Middle of the Road simulcast of KICX 1360 AM. Owner: Semeco Broadcasting Group (W.O. Corrick, President). Transmitter location: 71362 County Road 382, McCook, NE, near County Roads 714 and 382.
May 24, 1989- KICX FM is granted a construction permit to change to 3,100 watts with frequency change from 95.9 FM to 96.1 FM.
June, 1989- KICX completes upgrade to 3,100 watts on 96.1 Mhz.
July, 19, 1989- Assignment of license from Semeco Broadcasting Company to Ron Crowe & Associates for $200,000 including KICX AM 1360 AM. Seller is headed by Mary Lou Corrick, personal representative of the estate of Wilfred O. Corrick. Studio: 802 West C Street, McCook, NE. However, Crowe must spin off one of two stations in order to buy KSWN AM. Crowe donated KICX AM to the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, and KICX FM becomes the sister station to KBRL. Ron Crowe is the general manager.
Ron Crowe & Associates sell KICX 96.1 FM and KBRL 1300 AM to McCook Radio Group (Dave & Connie Stout). KICX format flips to Adult Contemporary branded as “KICX 96.1 FM”.
McCook Radio Group purchases KRKU 98.5 FM and all studios/offices move to 1811 West O Street in McCook.
McCook Radio Group upgrades KICX 96.1 FM signal to 55,000 watts at 318 feet.
January 2007- McCook Radio Group (Dave & Connie Stout) agrees to sell to Armada Media (Jim Courselle, President, Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin) for $3.6 million in a package deal that includes KICX 96.1 FM, and KRKU 98.5 FM McCook, KFNF 101.1 FM, Oberlin, KS; KADL 102.9 FM, Imperial, NE, KSTH 92.3 Holyoke, KS and KJBL 96.5 FM Julesburg, CO, plus a construction permit for a new 50,000 watts FM on 103.9 in McCook. KRKU has a construction permit to move to the North Platte, NE market. (McCook Radio Group also won a construction permit for KNAX 700 AM, McCook in 2003, but the CP has now expired and is not included in this deal.
Bryan Loker is General Manager.