|City of license||Columbus, Nebraska|
|HAAT||232 meters (761 feet)|
|Former callsigns||KOXI (?-1984)|
(Digity 3E License, LLC)
KLIR (101.1 FM, "Clear 101") is a radio station licensed to serve Columbus, Nebraska, USA. The station is owned by Digity, LLC, through licensee Digity 3E License, LLC. Digity owns and operates radio station throughout Nebraska and the midwestern United States.
The station was originally owned by the Anderson family from Denver, broadcasting an easy listening format as KOXI. In early 1984, the new General Manager and soon-to-be part owner, Stan Tafoya, negotiated a deal to bring the new call letters "KLIR", or "Clear" from a station in Denver. The Columbus station was granted the new call sign by the Federal Communications Commission on July 9, 1984. The decision to change the call letters coincided with a format change to an adult contemporary format, or "Soft Rock, with Less Talk".
Under the Tafoya's leadership, the "Clear" sound was created for the community of Columbus and surrounding areas. Clear positioned itself as "The Radio Station Columbus Built", and became very successful in both ratings and revenue, still retaining many of the same programming elements today. For years, KLIR has been the most listened to radio station in the Platte County, according to the Arbitron Ratings Company.
Chuck Lontine was one of the first talents hired by Tafoya, but left within the first year of the new KLIR to become a sales executive with CBS Radio in San Francisco. Tafoya then searched the Midwest for new voices, recruiting Steve Kohl from the Denver market. Kohl took the on-air name of "Scott Fisher" and helped guide the station to even greater success. A strong on-air team soon developed with Fisher in the morning and Jon Michaels in the afternoon. The credible news voice of James Nickel also contributed to the "Clear" sound. And top salesman Verl Wurtz added his play-by-play talents to the station's popular local sports programming.
Tafoya left in the mid-90's after a subsequent sale of the station to new owners. Many local business people and listeners have long cited the operation under Tafoya as a classic marketing success story, where a relatively small and unknown radio station transforms itself into the market leader.
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- Radio & Records Magazine
- Broadcasting & Cable
- Columbus Telegraph Newspaper
- Omaha World Herald
- KLIR official website
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- Radio-Locator information on KLIR
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KLIR