Nebraska Radio History Archive Presentation:
A Star Is Born
KLIN-FM was Lincoln's "Beautiful
Music" station for many years. Shurtleff-Schorr Broadcasting Company
signed KLIN-FM on the air in 1968.
KLIN-FM originally signed on with a
Schaefer automated music system with
10-inch music reels and cartridge carousels for spots and PSAs. We called
the system "Iron Irving." The programming may have been canned,
but it was
glorious stereo. Shurtleff-Schorr sold the stations to Norton Warner about
1970. - John King KLIN News Reporter & Board op
The Beautiful music format continued for more than a decade, using the famous
Bonneville Beautiful Music Format, except for a live morning show with Sandy Jackson.
As the format began losing popularity
in the early 80's,
KLIN-FM switched to a brand new format being offered by the Transtar (Unistar) Radio
Network known as "special blend", a light MOR format featuring artists
like Barry Mannilow, Elton John, and occasional standards from artists
like Frank Sinatra.
Soon after the switch, KLIN-FM became
KEZG, "EZ 107" and began it's evolution into an Adult Contemporary
By 1991 EZ-107 was live, except for
it's evening and overnight dayparts. "Special Blend" was no longer
being offered by Unistar and listeners were hearing more mainstream contemporary
artists such as Whitney Houston and Michael Bolton as the "New Star
In 2000, Lincoln's last group of
locally owned radio stations were sold to Triad Broadcasting. The call
letters were changed to KBBK as a Modern Alternative format "B 107"
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