February 1, 1951 was a big day for Nebraska agricultural men and women in Nebraska. That is the day KRVN went on the air for the very first time. This Monday, February 1, 2016 we celebrate our 65th anniversary. A lot has happened in 65 years but the one thing that has never changed is the dedication to our mission to serve agriculture. In celebration of this iconic station, our 65th anniversary will begin with the re-broadcast of the original 1010 sign on at 7:40am on KRVN 880, Monday, February 1st. Monday on 880 KRVN at 12:45pm, Joe Gangwish and Dave Thorell will talk with retired General Manager Eric Brown for his reflections on the day’s significance. At 1:17pm we will broadcast the original March 6th, 1972 dedication. All day long listen to features including the history of KRVN, memorable jingles and greetings from voices of the past including Rex Messersmith, Rich Hawkins, and a message from the Nebraska Rural Radio Association Board President, Kevin Cooksley.
We celebrate the vision of a group of men and women who recognized the need for reliable information to farmers and ranchers across Nebraska. In 1949 a series of catastrophic blizzards crippled Western Nebraska. There were huge livestock losses. The snow was so deep that you could still find snowdrifts in July in the Sandhill’s! The Nebraska Farm Bureau, The Nebraska State Grange, The Nebraska Cooperative Council and Farmers Union worked together with the newly elected NRRA Board of Directors. Selling $10 dollar memberships door to door they were able to raise the needed capital and KRVN was born. Much has changed in 65 years. KRVN began as a 25000 watt daytime station at 1010 on the dial. March 6th, 1972 KRVN moved to 50000 watts and 880. During the daytime our signal can be heard from Omaha to the Colorado border, south into Kansas and north into South Dakota. At sundown, the FCC requires we broadcast directionally to the west which means listeners to the east of Elm Creek cannot hear KRVN’s signal at night. This January KRVN added 106.9 FM allowing listeners in the Kearney area to hear 880 KRVN 24 hours a day.
KRVN is the flagship and first station of a 9 station network spanning Nebraska with coverage into Iowa, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming. Our stations include: 880 KRVN and 93.1 the River, Lexington; 960 KNEB and 94.1 The Brand, Scottsbluff; 840 KTIC and 107.9 The Bull, West Point; 1580 KAMI, Cozad; and 1370 KAWL and 104.9 Max Country, York.
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