KOLN radio went on the air in September 1946 and though we weren't Lincoln's first radio station, we did initiate some significant changes in Lincoln's broadcast industry.
KOLN brought to Lincoln its first television station (still broadcasting under the old radio call letters, KOLN Channel 10). After changing the radio call letters to the current KLIN, we were also the first to successfully network University of Nebraska football to stations outside the state and as far away as California.
Since the beginning, KLIN's studios were in downtown Lincoln, but in the early 70's, plans were unveiled for a new home at 44th and O Street. By 1976, KLIN and it's sister FM station (now B107.3) moved into Broadcast House. And no, it was never an actual residential home as some people in Lincoln might think. Owner Norton Warner designed the building specifically for radio studios and if you ever visit or work there, you feel like you're home. Today, Broadcast House is home of KLIN and its three FM sister stations, B107.3, Froggy 98.1 and WOW 105.3 FM
In the old days, KLIN was a full-service music format with news, weather and sports. But just like everything else, radio (especially AM radio) evolved and KLIN was on the "cutting edge of societial evolution" as our good friend Rush Limbaugh is fond of saying. In fact, with the introduction of Rush's nationally syndicated radio program in 1988, KLIN shed it's old fashioned, tired format for more engaging programming and thus, news-talk radio came to Lincoln. In fact, KLIN was one of the original, and to this day, longest active affiliates of Rush's E.I.B. Network.
Since then, KLIN has been proud to feature radio programming that grabs your attention and invites you to listen and participate - not to have on in the background as just noise. From Lincoln's leading radio news room to Husker sports to engaging personalities like Jack & Dave, Kevin Thomas, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin more and more of Lincoln is making the switch up to Lincoln's Only News and Talk, 1400 KLIN.
From the early 70's, KLIN was family owned and operated by Norton Warner but in 2000,Broadcast House was sold to Triad Broadcasting of Monterey, California. Thanks to the investment of this ownership group, KLIN was able to increase its influence and importance in the community.
That was never more apparent than in 2004 when KLIN celebrated the construction and activation of a new transmitter tower in north Lincoln. For the first time nearly 30 years, KLIN was able to broadcast at it's maximum potential, reaching more of southeast Nebraska and providing a reliable nighttime signal for a growing Lincoln.
On January 1, 2008, KLIN and its sister stations of Broadcast House became part of NRG Media, a Midwestern-based radio company.
KLIN first added an FM signal at 94.5 FM in May 2012. Read below for more information about KLIN-FM.
Some of our most famous KLIN alumni include: Walt Brown, Lita Powell Drake, Ron Dean, Jim Fagin, Don Gill, Joe Patrick, Dick Perry, Jim Rose, John Bishop, Dan (the Weatherman) Staehr, and Bob Zenner. Meanwhile, KLIN's Jane Monnich continues to deliver the latest news from the KLIN News Room as she has for the last 30 years.
FAQs About KLIN 94.5 FM
Q: What will I hear on 94.5 FM?
A: The exact same programming you hear on 1400AM. FCC law mandates that our FM translator is 100% simulcast with AM programming. This means Jack & Dave, Rush, Hannity, Laura, Drive Time Lincoln and SportsNightly/Husker sports will all be heard on 94.5 FM.
Q: Why add 94.5 FM if all you can do is repeat the same thing on 1400AM?
A: Because FM signals are more clear and have better signal penetration than their AM counterparts. For example, you currently cannot hear 1400AM inside most downtown buildings and sports venues like the Devaney Center. But FM does not have this problem, so you can now receive KLIN programming at your office or listen to Husker basketball inside the arena on 94.5 FM. In addition, AM signals like ours tend to decrease coverage area after sundown. This is not a problem with FM, so we will have better nighttime coverage around Lincoln & Lancaster County which will be particularly helpful for evening Husker sports broadcasts and severe weather coverage.
Q: How far away will I be able to hear KLIN 94.5 FM?
A: Field tests of our transmitter have shown that KLIN FM can be heard in a roughly 30 mile radius from our broadcast center atop the U.S. Bank building in downtown Lincoln. As always, radio reception varies from radio to radio based on the tuner, your location and any potential signal interference factors.
Q: The FM signal seems to be delayed from the AM signal. Why?
A: Based on the way KLIN engineers have designed KLIN FM, there will be a slight (less than 2 second) delay on what you hear on 1400AM versus when you hear it on 94.5FM.
Q: Will KLIN 94.5FM broadcast in stereo?
A: Not at this time, but we will be looking into that possibility in the future. One thing to consider is that even if KLIN FM were broadcasting in stereo, most of our current programming is not fed to KLIN in stereo. But you will hear a clearer, more dynamic sound in the talk, news & sports programming than is currently possible on the AM dial.
Q: Are there any other advantages to having KLIN programming on FM?
A: Yes, especially for smart phone & portable radio users. Many portable radios don’t receive AM radio particularly well based on their internal antenna. They are designed with FM music radio in mind, not AM talk radio. Also, many of today’s smart phones are equipped or can have FM tuners inside them. Due to broadcast restrictions the KLIN smart phone APP cannot air Husker sports broadcasts, now with an FM tuner in your smart phone, you can hear the Huskers through your iPhone or Android device as long as you are in range of our FM transmitter. If you don’t have an FM tuner in your smart phone, trying searching for such free apps at your favorite app store or check here for iPhone.