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97.7 FM, Nebraska City (Omaha)

City of License: Nebraska City

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

  • 1977

    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).

  • 1991

    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.

  • 1994

    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.

  • 1995

    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.

  • 1996

    Sunrise sells station the Milwaukee Journal Broadcast Group for $5 million.

  • 1997

    Studios moved to 11128 John Galt Blvd, Omaha, with co-owned KEZO, KKCD and KOSR.

  • 1998

    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).

  • 1999

    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.

  • 2000

    Station achieves #1 ratings in the Spring Arbitron.

  • 2002

    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.

  • 2006

    Journal sells station to Connoisseur Media for $7.5 million.  John Ginzkey is named General Manager.

  • 2008

    June, 2008- Ginzkey departs and is replaced by Jim Timm.

  • 2014

    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.