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970 AM, North Platte

City of License: North Platte

First Air Date: December 26, 1952

Operating Power: 1,000 watts, daytime only, directional antenna

Original Call Letters: KNBR

Format: Commercial with Religious emphasis

General Manager: Emil Odean

Issued To: John G. Townsend

Through the Years

  • 1952

    December 26, 1952- Sign on as KNBR.  Studios at 212 North Jeffers, Transmitter on US 30, 5.2 miles west of North Platte city limits.   Owner- John G. Townsend (owner of Townsend Manufacturing, Sutherland, NE.)

  • 1956

    July, 1956- Call letters changed to KJLT, “King Jesus Lives Today.”

    Power upgrade to 5,000 watts, non-directional.  Station switches to non-commercial status.  Studios/Offices move to Hirschfield Building, 600 North Dewey St, North Platte.

  • 1957

    July, 1957-Control transferred to Tri-State Broadcasting Association, Inc. through Townsend’s transfer of license and assets to the corporation as a gift.  John Townsend remains president and as occasional general manager.

  • 1966

    March 3, 1966- Blizzard winds topple tower.  Off the air for 15 days.

  • 1967

    Pre-sunrise operation authorized at 500 watts.

  • 1975

    Studios/offices move to 201 South Bailey, North Platte.

  • 1979

    President’s son, John L. Townsend takes over as general manager while John G. remains president and chief engineer for another eight years.  John L. takes over as president as well in 1990.

  • 1989

    Authorized for 55 watts night time operation.

  • 1990

    KJLT adds a co-owned FM station through the purchase of KODY FM 94.9, 63,000 watts at 200 feet, for $85,000.  Changes calls to KJLT FM.  Adopts Christian format.

  • 2016

    FM translator K239CI granted.  95.7, 250 watts.