KGOR Launches Mornings with Montez & Shari

iHeartMedia Classic Hits 99.9 KGOR-FM Omaha NE has announced the debut of “Mornings with Montez & Shari” hosted by Montez and Shari Stone. Montez has spent the past two decades in Omaha radio and joins KGOR from co-owned CHR “96.1 Kiss-FM” KISO where he served as Music Director/afternoon host. Stone most recently worked at Salem Media Christian AC 100.7 KGBI-FM where she hosted middays and served as Digital Product Coordinator. The Omaha native previously worked at “101.9 The Fox” KZFX and 590 WOW/94.1 WOW-FM. The new show replaces Tim Sheridan, who exited last week after 2 1/2 years as morning host. He originally joined KGOR and sister News/Talk 1110 KFAB in July 2012 as morning news anchor. 99.9 KGOR, Omaha’s Greatest Hits, announced today the deb...[Read More]

Walnut Radio Acquires Omaha AM Pair From Salem

Walnut Radio has purchased Christian Preaching “660 The Word” KCRO/106.5 K293CJ and Conservative Talk “94.5 The Answer” 1420 KOTK/94.5 K233CO Omaha NE from Salem Media. The stations will be purchased by Walnut Radio affiliate Hickory Radio with Salem licensing the Word and Answer brands to the company. The stations will join Walnut’s Oldies “Boomer Radio” 1490 KOMJ/104.1 K281CJ Omaha in Walnut’s local cluster. -Salem Media Group (NASDAQ: SALM) announced today it has signed an agreement to sell KCRO-AM (660), KOTK-AM (1420), and affiliated translators to Hickory Radio. Hickory is an affiliate of Walnut Radio, who will manage the radio stations on behalf of Hickory. For listeners, programmers and advertisers, the transition from Salem to Walnut...[Read More]

Salem Sells KGBI-FM Omaha To University of Northwestern-St. Paul

Update 5/24:University of Northwestern-St. Paul will pay Salem Media $3,150,000 for Christian AC “100.7 The Fish” KGBI-FM Omaha. Original Report 5/22: Salem Media has announced it has agreed to sell Christian AC “100.7 The Fish” KGBI-FM Omaha to University of Northwestern-St. Paul for an undisclosed price. The buyer will convert the station to non-commercial status and its own Christian AC network that includes stations throughout the midwest including 98.5 KTIS-FM Minneapolis, “Life 88.5” KJNW Kansas City and stations in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin. Salem will retain Christian Preaching “660 The Word” KCRO/106.5 K293CJ and Conservative Talk “94.5 The Answer” 1420 KOTK/K233CO in the Omaha ma...[Read More]

FCC Report 3/18: What’s Next For The Chicago Ghost Translator

Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna has withdrawn its license to cover for 98.3 W252AW Chicago filed in April 2017 after a series of petitions to deny filed by veteran Chicago engineer and reporter Larry Langford. Centro Cristiano had been filing a series of applications to hop W252AW from Chicago's western suburbs with the intent to bring it to downtown Chicago. Langford filed a Petition To Deny in December 2017 stating that many of the previous Construction Permits were never built out showing that a July 2016 License To Cover on a tower owned by the Illinois Department of Transportation, an October 2016 LTC on the tower of CBS Radio's 670 WSCR, and a March 2017 LTC on a tower owned by the Chicago Transit Authority could not have been built as claimed as all three tower owners were never ...[Read More]

KQKQ Is Sweet Once Again

NRG Media Hot AC “Q98.5” KQKQ-FM Council Bluff IA/Omaha NE has dropped its branding after thirteen years and returned to its heritage “Sweet” identity. KQKQ is now branding as “Sweet 98.5” as “Omaha’s Sweetest Variety”. The station is retaining the current Hot AC format as opposed to the CHR format it held as “Sweet” from 1980 through 2004. Morning hosts Pat & JT remain in place while expanding their show to 5-10am. KQKQ has returned to the beloved Sweet name that it had for decades. • The New Sweet 98.5, Omaha’s Sweetest Variety (same Hot AC format), will continue to feature current chart-topping hits, in a fun, up-tempo environment – with added variety and more music, designed to increase the time listeners spen...[Read More]

FCC Report 12/4: Nine Signal Shuffle Proposed In Northern Michigan

As part of a counter-proposal to his own application to add a new Class C2 on 97.1 in Gaylord MI, Roy Henderson's 99.3 WOUF Beulah MI applies to change city-of-license to Traverse City while upgrading from a Class C2 to C1 with 60kW/367m from the tower of WCMV and WPBN-TV outside Kalkaska MI. As part of that move sister 101.9 WLDR-FM Traverse City would change COL to Beulah, while two other stations would be displaced and four new allotments would be created.

iHeart Brings El Patron To Omaha

iHeartMedia has broken up its “Rock 94.9/102.3” simulcast in Omaha and launched Regional Mexican “102.3 El Patron” K272FE Council Bluffs IA/KKFF-HD2 Bennington NE. The flip gives a competitor to Flood Communications’ “Lobo 97.7” KBBX Nebraska City. El Patron has picked up the syndicated El Show de Piolin for mornings. The Active Rock format continues on 94.9 K235CD/KISO-HD2 Omaha.

Station Sales Week Of 4/22

Station Sales After a second attempt at bringing a 107.7 signal into the Omaha market failed due to conflicts with the FAA, Kona Coast Radio is selling Silent 107.7 KIMI Malvern IA to Educational Media Foundation for $100,000. EMF will utilize KIMI to bring their “Air-1” network into the Omaha market as a satellite of 92.7 KYRA Thousand Oaks CA. Stephens Media sells Silent 1490 KBIX Muskogee OK and 102.9 K275CK Clinton MO (with a CP to relocate to Muskogee) to Grupo Teletul Multimedia for $175,000. University of Utah purchases Silent 93.9 KYLZ Parowan UT from Tri State Radio for $450,000. KYLZ holds a CP to relocate to Enoch where it will cover the St. George/Cedar City market with 100kw/341m. Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa sells Silent 89.9 KWDS Kettleman City CA to Intermountai...[Read More]

Omaha Gets Its Answer

On the day it resets its national syndicated Conservative Talk lineup with the move of Hugh Hewitt to mornings, Salem Communications has launched the format in Omaha with the debut of “94.5/1420 The Answer“. For 1420 KOTK Omaha, the move is a return to the format it carried from 2005 until 2008 when it flipped to Spanish language Christian programming, most recently as “El Pez“. 94.5 K233CO shifts from rebroadcasting sister Christian Preaching 660 KCRO Omaha to bring The Answer to FM.

Walnut Radio Launches Boomer 1490 Omaha

Walnut Radio has closed on their purchase of Soft AC/Standards “Magic 1490” KOMJ Omaha from Cochise Radio Partners. With the sale closing, Walnut Radio has relaunched the station as “Boomer 1490“. The station describes its revamped format as “the greatest music ever made, from the 50’s to today’s crooners! From Elvis to Michael Buble, The Beatles to Rod Stewart, Barry Manilow, the Beach Boys, Carpenters and many more of the artists you loved then and you love now!” Cochise had operated the station commercial-free, something that will change now. The station had its fair share of issues as Cochise was fined $17,000 by the FCC for not maintaining studio or public files. A sale to Kona Coast Radio in 2013 never closed.

iHeartMedia Rocks Omaha On Two Frequencies

As the clock struck midnight on December 26, iHeartMedia “Man’d Up” and launched “Rock 94.9/102.3“. Airing on both 94.9 K235CD Omaha and 102.3 K272FE Council Bluffs, the station is airing a mix of Rock hits from the 70s to early 2000s. Update 12/23: When the Christmas music ends on 94.9 K235CD Omaha, the translator will flip to Rock conveniently branded as “Rock 94.9“. was registered by iHeartMedia earlier this month and is already redirecting to 94.9’s site. A flip to Rock will place the translator in competition with Journal’s “Z92” KEZO. Original Report 11/12: Following the launch of “Christmas 102.3” K272FE Council Bluffs/Omaha on Halloween, iHeartMedia has debuted “Christmas 94.9”...[Read More]

New Signal Launches With Christmas In Omaha

We have what will be the first entrant in the 2014 Post-Christmas Format Change Watchlist as iHeartMedia has launched “Christmas 102.3” K272FE Council Bluffs/93.3 KFFF-HD2 Bennington in the Omaha market. In previous years iHeart has aired Christmas music on Classic Hits 99.9 KGOR, who will cede it this year to K272FE. Journal Communications AC “Star 104.5” KSRZ and Salem’s Christian AC “100.7 The Fish” KGBI usually program holiday music as well. K272FE is licensed with 99 watts at 181 meters with a signal that covers Omaha and Council Bluffs (Coverage Map).