KNGN

KNGN
CityMcCook, Nebraska
SloganReal Christian Radio
Frequency1360 kHz
Translator(s)K252FV (98.3 MHz, McCook)
FormatReligious
Power1,000 watts day
ClassD
Facility ID65925
Transmitter coordinates40°11′45″N 100°41′57″W / 40°11′45″N 100°41′57″W / 40.19583; -100.69917
http://www.kngn.org/

KNGN (1360 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a religious music format.[1] It is licensed to McCook, Nebraska and owned by Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation.[2]

History

Secular programming

KWRV signed on the air on June 23, 1961.[3] It was owned by the Regional Broadcasting Corporation and maintained studios on Norris Street in McCook.[4] KWRV was knocked off the air for two hours one day in May 1962 when a snake pursued a mouse into its transmitter.[5]

KWRV was sold in 1966 to Semeco Broadcasting Corporation—named for principals Walter E. Sehnert, Vernon A. Meints, and KWRV general sales manager W. O. Corrick—for $91,000.[6] The new owners changed the station's call letters to KICX effective May 19, 1966.[4] The station maintained a middle-of-the-road music format and affiliations with the ABC Information and Intermountain networks.[3] KICX's programming began to be simulcast on KICX-FM 95.9 when that station signed on January 31, 1979.[7]

Change to religion

Semeco, now owned by Corrick's estate, sold KICX-AM-FM to Ron Crowe and Associates for $200,000 in 1989.[8] In order to buy another McCook station, KSWN, Crowe had to spin off a station, and he chose to donate KICX AM to the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod.[9] The station relaunched as KNGN, for "Kansas Nebraska Good News", on April 8, 1990.[10] Locally, the station was operated by Peace Lutheran Church and relied heavily on programming from the synod's KFUO in St. Louis.[11]

However, as time went on, the synod could no longer afford to continue running the station. As a result, in 2001, the station's license was transferred to the locally based Kansas Nebraska Good News Broadcasting Corporation.[12] The station also relocated from its original studios at Peace Lutheran to a larger facility at a former country school in McCook.[12]

In 2018, the station added an FM translator, K252FV on 98.3 MHz. The new translator enabled the station to go 24-hours for the first time in its history.[12]

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