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97.3 FM, Aurora

City of License: Aurora

First Air Date: March 1, 1980

Operating Power: 2,250 watts

Original Call Letters: KIAE

Format: Country & Western

General Manager: Stephen G. Kafka

News Director: Stephen G. Kafka

Chief Engineer: Emery Rodabaugh

Date of FCC Issue: May 30, 1980

Issued To: Kafka

Through the Years

  • 1980

    March 1, 1980-KIAE, 97.3 FM, signs on with 2,250 watts at 90 feet.  Transmitter and Studios/offices located at 1235 M Street in Aurora, NE.

  • 1985

    Format flip to AOR/Blues.

    February 22, 1985-  Granted assignment of license from Steven G. Kafka to Mile Hi Broadcasting (Tony A. Crawford, Bernard Wiland) for $55,000 ($25,000 cash, remainder note).   Crawford also owns KRCT AM and FM, Trinidad, Colorado.

    March 26, 1985-Call letters change to KKBB FM.

  • 1986

    March 16, 1986-  KKBB tower height increased to 350 feet. Studio moves to 1227 M Street in Aurora.  Format:  Big Band, Easy Listening.    Tony Crawford, President; Jen Evans, General Manager & General Sales Manager; Dale Stephens, Program Director & News Director;  Gene Harmong, Chief Engineer.

  • 1987

    October 13, 1987-Call letter change to KMTY FM.  Format change to Adult Contemporary/Lite.
    Upgrade to 50,000 watts at 354 feet.  New transmitter location:  Approximately 4 miles west of Aurora, NE, north of U.S. 34. Tony A. Crawford, President & General Manager; Karen Land, Program Director; Jeff Dale, Chief Engineer.    Studio Address changes from Aurora to 3404 West 13th St, Grand Island, NE.

  • 1992

    Format change to Classic Rock. Call letters change to KLRB on February 1, 1992.

  • 1993

    April 12, 1993-  Wright Way Broadcasting Corporation transfers control for assumption of debt, including seller’s obligation on note of $50,995.    Seller:  Tony A. Crawford & Bernard Land, selling 42% of their interest to Ty Romsa and Murray Carstens.

  • 1994

    KLRB is purchased by Central Nebraska Broadcasting, Inc.  (Tommy Gleason, President ) from Wright Way Broadcasting (Ty Ramsa & Murray Carstens) for $374,000.  Buyer owns KAWL AM, KTMX FM, York, NE.  Seller owns KMMJ AM, Central City, NE.

    Tom Robson, General Manager; J.D. Blue, Program Director; Del Meyer, General Sales Manager; Jack McConnell, News Director.

  • 1996

    JRK Broadcasting, L. P.(John R. Kidd, President)  buys KRLB for $700,000, which includes KMMJ AM.  Tom Robson remains as General Manager; Coby Mach, Operations Manager & Program Director; Del Meyer, General Sales Manager.

    JRK also acquired KRGI AM in 1991. Shaun Schleif, General Manager; Chris Loghry, Program Director, Brad Fossberg, News Director.

  • 1998

    Studios/Offices move to 3205 West North Front Street.

  • 1999

    February 22, 1999-  JRK makes a group buy including KRGI AM, KRGI FM and KMMJ AM in addition to owning KLRB.   Lyle Nelson, General Manager; Jim Davis, Operations Manager & Program Director; Gene Hornburg, Chief Engineer.

  • 2001

    August 3, 2001-  Call letter change to KRGY FM.

  • 2003

    JRK (John R. Kidd, President) sells KRGY along with KRGI AM & FM, KMMJ, Grand Island to Steckline Broadcasting (Gregory R. Steckline), Wichita, KS for $2 million.

  • 2004

    Steckline Broadcasting sells KRGY along with KMMJ AM, KRGI AM & FM, Grand Island and KIMB AM, Kimball, NE to Legacy Communications, LLC (Jay Vavricek) for $4.75 million.

  • 2007

    KRGY changes format to Hot Adult Contemporary branded as “Star 97.3”.

  • 2020

    October 1, 2020-  KRGY format change from Hot Adult Contemporary to Classic Rock and branded as “The Wolf”.