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City Gibbon, Nebraska
Broadcast area Kearney, Nebraska
Branding Big Country 97.7
Frequency 97.7 MHz
First air date 1970
Format Country
ERP 50,000 watts
HAAT 148.3 meters (487 ft)
Class C1
Facility ID 27174
Transmitter coordinates 40°36′8″N 98°50′21″W / 40.60222°N 98.83917°W / 40.60222; -98.83917
Former callsigns KUVR-FM (1980-1984)
KKTY-FM (1983-1989)
KUVR-FM (1989-1996)[1]
Owner Joseph Vavricek
(Legacy Communications, LLC)
Sister stations KUVR

KMTY (97.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to serve Gibbon, Nebraska, United States. The station is owned by Joseph Vavricek, through licensee Legacy Communications, LLC.

KMTY broadcasts a country music format branded as "Big Country 97.7" to the greater Kearney, Nebraska, area.[2] KMTY previously aired an adult hits music format branded as "Jack FM" and before that a similar adult hits format as "Bob FM". In addition to its music programming, KMTY broadcasts Major League Baseball games as an affiliate of the Kansas City Royals radio network.[3][4]

The station was assigned the KMTY call sign by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on April 1, 1996.[1]


On September 30, 2011, KMTY was granted an FCC construction permit to change the city of license from Holdrege, Nebraska to Gibbon, Nebraska, move to a new transmitter site, increase ERP to 100,000 watts and decrease HAAT to 42 meters.

In May 2013, Armada Media and Legacy Broadcasting traded some stations in Nebraska, with two stations in Holdrege (KUVR/1380 and KMTY/97.7) going to Legacy and eight others in the Scottsbluff and North Platte markets [KZTL/93.5 (Paxton-North Platte) and KRNP/100.7 (Sutherland-North Platte) KOAQ/690 (Terrytown), KOLT/1320 (Scottsbluff), KMOR/93.3 (Gering), KETT/99.3 (Mitchell), KOZY-FM/101.3 (Bridgeport), KHYY/106.9 (Minatare)] going to Armada Media. The transaction was completed on October 11, 2013, for a purchase price of $800,000.

On June 17, 2013 KMTY changed their format from adult hits (branded as "Jack FM") to country, branded as "Big Country 97.7".

The move from Holdrege to Gibbon was licensed by the FCC on August 25, 2014.


  1. ^ a b "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Station Information Profile". Arbitron. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Royals Radio Network". Kansas City Royals. Retrieved July 16, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Royals Radio Affiliate Profile: Holdrege, Nebraska [KMTY-FM]". Royals Review. November 17, 2008. 

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