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KOIL-AM logo.png
City of license Bellevue, Nebraska
Broadcast area Omaha, Nebraska
Branding The All-New KOIL 1180
Frequency 1180 kHz
First air date 1987
Format News/Talk
Power 25,000 watts day
1,000 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 43237
Transmitter coordinates 41°16′12.00″N 95°47′10.00″W / 41.27°N 95.78611°W / 41.27; -95.78611
Callsign meaning "Oil" (after original owner Mona Motor Oil Company)
Former callsigns KNPE (1984-1987)
KKAR (1987-1993)
KOIL (1993-2003)
KYDZ (2003-2009)
Owner NRG Media
(Waitt Omaha, LLC)
Webcast Listen Live

KOIL (1180 AM) is a radio station licensed to serve Bellevue, Nebraska, USA. The station is owned by NRG Media and the broadcast license is held by Waitt Omaha, LLC.



KOIL broadcasts a News/Talk format to the Omaha metropolitan area.[1] Notable syndicated programming on KOIL includes Morning in America hosted by Bill Bennett, plus syndicated talk shows hosted by Neal Boortz, Clark Howard, Dennis Miller, Dave Ramsey, Rusty Humphries, Lars Larson, and Mike Gallagher.[2]



History of 1180 AM

This station received its original construction permit from the Federal Communications Commission for a new station licensed to serve Bellevue, Nebraska, at the 1180 kHz frequency on May 21, 1984.[3] The new station was assigned the call letters KNPE by the FCC on August 15, 1984.[4] On January 22, 1987, while still under construction the station applied for and was granted new callsign KKAR.[4] After several extensions, two transfers, and a permit renewal, Mitchell Broadcasting Company finally received its license to cover for KKAR from the FCC on April 26, 1989.[5]

In September 1990, the station applied to the FCC for an increase in daytime power to the current 25,000 watts.[6] The construction permit was granted in February 1991.[6] On August 24, 1993, this station was first assigned the KOIL call letters, a heritage Omaha broadcast callsign that dates back to 1925 (see "History of KOIL" below).[4] After a lengthy series of extensions KOIL was licensed to operate at the new signal strength on June 23, 1998.[7]

In September 1999, the station dropped its sports radio programming to become a full-time affiliate of Radio Disney.[8]

In April 2000, Mitchell Broadcasting Company, Inc., applied to transfer the broadcast license for KOIL to JCM Broadcasting Co., LLC. The deal was approved by the FCC on May 19, 2000, and the transaction was consummated on July 5, 2000.[9]

In December 2001, JCM Broadcasting Co., LLC (John C. Mitchell, president) reached an agreement to sell this station to Waitt Radio, Inc. (Norman W. Waitt Jr., chairman) as part of a 16-station deal valued at $36.6 million.[10][11] The deal was approved by the FCC on February 26, 2002, and the transaction was consummated on March 5, 2002.[12]

On April 22, 2003, the station was assigned the callsign KYDZ to better match its service as the local Radio Disney affiliate.[4] The KOIL callsign was moved to sister station KKSC (now KMMQ).[13]

In 2005, the entire Waitt Radio station group, including KYDZ, was transferred to NRG Media, also owned by Norman W. Waitt Jr.[14]

In June 2006, the station's format was flipped to Spanish Classic Hits, including a blend of Mexican and other Latin American music from the 1970s and 1980s, and given the on-air branding "La Bonita."[15]

On January 1, 2009, the station returned to the historic KOIL callsign as the format flipped to syndicated news/talk.[2][4]

History of KOIL

KOIL was originally owned by the Mona Motor Oil Company (hence the "OIL" in the call letters) and located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, KOIL signed on July 10, 1925.

KOIL was one of the stations that participated in the first CBS network radio broadcast on September 18, 1927.[16]

It originally broadcast at 1080 AM before moving to 1290 AM. The station moved to Omaha in 1937.

The station was purchased by salesman and promoter Don Burden in 1953.

KOIL later adopted a Top 40 format.

As a result of a Federal Communications Commission investigation into improprieties, Burden was forced to surrender his radio licenses, and KOIL went off the air in September 1976. The last song played as it went off the air in September 1976 was Simon & Garfunkel's "Sounds of Silence."

Three months later, KOIL returned to the air under new ownership.

In 1993, it moved to 1180 AM in an exchange with station KKAR. In April 2003 it moved to 1020 AM, replacing KKSC (now KMMQ).[13] The callsign returned to 1180 kHz in January 2009.

Announcers who once worked for KOIL include Roger W. Morgan, Gene Okerlund, Gary Michael Ross, Dr. Don Rose,[17] Dick Sainte, and former Shindig! host Jimmy O'Neill. The Real Don Steele, Frank "Coffeehead" Allen, and Sandy Jackson


  1. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron.  
  2. ^ a b "NRG Media Flips KOIL-AM/Omaha to News/Talk". Radio Online. January 5, 2009.$rol.exe/radio_news_search.  
  3. ^ "Application Search Details (BP-19820409AE)". FCC Media Bureau. May 21, 1984.  
  4. ^ a b c d e "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database.  
  5. ^ "Application Search Details (BL-19870311AA )". FCC Media Bureau. April 26, 1989.  
  6. ^ a b "Application Search Details (BP-19900405CE)". FCC Media Bureau. February 4, 1991.  
  7. ^ "Application Search Details (BL-19960522AA)". FCC Media Bureau. June 23, 1998.  
  8. ^ "Radio News Search". Radio Online. September 1, 1999.  
  9. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20000419ABG)". FCC Media Bureau. July 5, 2000.  
  10. ^ "Changing Hands - 2002-01-14". Broadcasting & Cable. January 14, 2002.  
  11. ^ "Waitt To Acquire 16 In Nebraska For $36.6 Million". Radio Online. December 5, 2001.  
  12. ^ "Application Search Details (BAL-20020214AAO)". FCC Media Bureau. March 5, 2002.  
  13. ^ a b "Radio News Search". Radio Online. April 29, 2003.  
  14. ^ "Deals - 2005-04-18". Broadcasting & Cable. April 18, 2005.  
  15. ^ "Radio Disney KYDZ/Omaha Flips to Spanish Classic Hits". Radio Online. June 29, 2006.  
  16. ^ "CBS Radio News Celebrates 75th Anniversary". Radio Online. September 17, 2002.  
  17. ^ "Legendary Morning Air Personality Dr. Don Rose Dies". Radio Online. March 30, 2005.  

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