97.7 FM, Nebraska City (Omaha)
First Air Date: October, 1977
Operating Power: 3,000 watts
Original Call Letters: KNCY FM
General Manager: David Messing
Chief Engineer: David Messing
Issued To: Great Lakes Broadcasting
Through the Years
October, 1977- KNCY FM signs on. Studio is located at 123 North 8th Street, Nebraska City and transmitter is located on Old NE-2 at North 55th Road on Nebraska City rural water tower. Owner is Great Lakes Broadcasting (Carl Adams).
Power is increased from 3,000 to 20,000 watts.
Station is sold by Great Lakes Broadcasting (Carl Adams) to Sunrise Broadcasting (Jorge Klebe) for $675,000 including sister AM, KNCY 1600.
Power is increased to 100,000 watts from a new transmitter site and 981 foot tower located 1.5 miles North of Weeping Water, NE.
December, 1994- station gets new call letters, KNBQ.
New Omaha studios are located in the First National Bank building, 1600 Farnam St.
September, 1995- Call letters are changed to KOSJ, “Omaha’s Smooth Jazz” automated satellite-delivered Smooth Jazz format with local morning show. General Manager is Lyle Nelson.
Sunrise sells station the Milwaukee Journal Broadcast Group for $5 million.
Studios moved to 11128 John Galt Blvd, Omaha, with co-owned KEZO, KKCD and KOSR.
Call letters change and the format flips to KESY-FM, Soft Rock, both moved over from co-owned 104.5 which changes to KSRZ (The Star).
Call letters change and the format flips to KQCH, Rhythmic-based Contemporary Hit Radio, Omaha’s New 97-7- Move to It. Also Station moniker is Channel 97.7.
Station achieves #1 ratings in the Spring Arbitron.
Format flips and and call letter change to KBBX with a Spanish format, Radio Lobo 97.7. Journal moved what was La Machina Musical from 1420 AM to 97.7 FM. At the same time, what was Channel 97.7 became Channel 94.1.
Journal sells station to Connoisseur Media for $7.5 million. John Ginzkey is named General Manager.
June, 2008- Ginzkey departs and is replaced by Jim Timm.
April 30, 2014- Jim Timm leaves station to become the new Executive Director of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association.
KBBX is sold to Flood Broadcasting (Michael Flood) for $4.7 million.