KFAB

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For the radio station at 92.7 FM licensed to Kindred, North Dakota, which held the call sign KFAB-FM from May 2002 to February 2007, see KZDR.
KFAB
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City of license Omaha, Nebraska
Broadcast area Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska
Frequency 1110 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date 1924 (in Lincoln, moved to Omaha in 1948)
Format News/Talk
Power 50,000 Watts
Class A
Facility ID 26931
Transmitter coordinates 41°07′11″N 96°00′6″W / 41.11972°N 96.00167°W / 41.11972; -96.00167Coordinates: 41°07′11″N 96°00′6″W / 41.11972°N 96.00167°W / 41.11972; -96.00167
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Owner Clear Channel Communications
(Capstar TX L.P.)
Webcast Listen Live
Website kfab.com

KFAB (1110 AM) is a 50,000 watt clear channel news and talk radio station licensed to Omaha, Nebraska. The station is owned by Clear Channel Communications. It provides a strong signal to most of eastern Nebraska during the day, and at least grade B coverage as far as Kansas City, Topeka, Sioux City and Des Moines. KFAB's transmission towers are located southeast of the town of Papillion, Nebraska.[1] At night, the station's signal reaches most of the western half of North America.

History[edit]

KFAB was first licensed in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1924. The station's call sign was issued sequentially by the Federal Communications Commission and has no meaning.[2] The station operated on 770 kHz and then 780 kHz, in an unusual shared-time arrangement with Chicago's co-channel WBBM. Beginning in 1939, both stations synchronized their carrier frequencies via a telephone line that ran from the WBBM transmitter outside Chicago to the KFAB site near Lincoln, thus providing a nearly coast-to-coast CBS signal on that frequency.

In 1948, the station moved to Omaha and to the 1110 kHz frequency so that WBBM could boost its power to 50,000 watts on 780 AM. KFAB also boosted its power to 50,000 watts, allowing it to still be heard with city-grade strength in Lincoln. However, at night it only provides a grade B signal to the Iowa side of the Omaha market because it must adjust its signal (via a three-tower array) to protect WBT in Charlotte, North Carolina, another clear-channel station located on the same frequency. It became Nebraska's first 24 hour radio station in 1951. In 2005, KFAB became the first Nebraska radio station broadcasting in HD.

In 1948, while still an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Johnny Carson worked at KFAB writing and doing shows.[3]

Programs[edit]

KFAB is host to such national shows as Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Matt Drudge, Michael Savage, Coast-to-Coast AM, and The Mutual Fund Show with Adam Bold. KFAB also broadcasts local radio shows hosted by Gary Sadlemyer, Jim Rose, Scott Voorhees, Chris Baker, and Thor Schrock.

KFAB is the home of all Nebraska Cornhuskers football and basketball games, sharing flagship status with Lincoln's KLIN.

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