98.1 FM, Milford (Lincoln)
First Air Date: July 15,1996
Operating Power: 100,000 watts
Original Call Letters: KFGE
General Manager: Lisa Warner
Date of FCC Issue: October 22, 1996
Issued To: Community Broadcasting Inc.
Through the Years
March 23, 1990- Original construction permit for KUHG 98.1 FM, Hastings, NE is granted.
May 21, 1992- Records show that the construction permit is licensed to Community Broadcasting, Independence, MO.
October 26, 1993- Construction permit is modified to move city of license from Hastings, NE to Milford, NE.
March, 1996- Warner Enterprises (Norton E. Warner, Sr, President) enters into an option to purchase KFGE (formerly KUHG) for $1.3 million from Bott Broadcasting Company (Community Broadcasting), Overland Park, KS (Richard P. Bott, President).
July 15, 1996- KFGE “Froggy 98” signs on with 100,000 watts at 981 feet. Studios/Offices: co-located with Warner’s KLIN AM and KKUL FM at the Broadcast House, 4343 O Street in Lincoln. Transmitter: approximately 3 miles north of I-80 and 4 miles east-southeast of Utica, NE (east of 406th Street between Fletcher Road and Superior Rd.
KFGE initially is in a local marketing arrangement between the licensee (Bott) and LMA partner, Warner.
October, 1997- The Local Marketing Agreement between Bott and Warner ends with the sale of KFGE to Warner Enterprises (Norton Warner Sr.) for $800,000. Seller: Bott Broadcasting Company (Richard P. Bott, President) KFGE General Manager is Lisa Warner. Patrick Combs is General Manager starting in 1998.
March 31, 2000- Warner Enterprises sells KLIN AM, KKUL FM, KEZG FM, all Lincoln, KFGE Milford and KWBE Beatrice to Triad Broadcasting Company, Monterey, CA. (David Benjamin, President) for $12 million. Greg Wells becomes General Manager. Mark Halverson replaces Wells in 2001 and remains as General Manager until the sale of the stations to NRG Media in 2007.
September 4, 2007- Triad Broadcasting Company sells the cluster of stations (KLIN, KFGE,KLNC, KBBK, KWBE) to NRG Media (Mary Quass, President) for $17,500. Andy Ruback is named General Manager.