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KOIL NewsTalk1290 logo.png
City Omaha, Nebraska
Broadcast area Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area
Branding News Talk 1290 KOIL
Slogan Omaha's Stimulating Conversation
Frequency 1290 kHz
First air date July 10, 1925 (1925-07-10)
Format Talk
Power 5,000 watts
Class B
Facility ID 542
Callsign meaning K-OIL (original owner was the Mona Oil Company of Council Bluffs, Iowa.)
Former callsigns KOIL (1925-1993)
KKAR (1993-2012)
KOIL (2012 - present)
Affiliations Westwood One (current)
Premiere Networks
ABC News Radio
Owner NRG Media
(NRG License Sub, LLC)
Sister stations KOZN, KZOT, KMMQ, KQKQ, KOOO, KOPW
Webcast Listen Live
Website mighty1290koil.com

KOIL (1290 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station, licensed to Omaha, Nebraska. It is owned by NRG Media (headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and airs a Talk radio format. KOIL's weekday schedule is mostly nationally syndicated talk shows such as Don Imus, Laura Ingraham, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Jim Bohannon, Clyde Lewis and Jerry Doyle. It also airs games from the Omaha Lancers junior ice hockey team.[1] KOIL's studios are located at Dodge Street and 50th Avenue in Midtown Omaha, and its transmitter site is located in Bellevue, Nebraska. KOIL operates at 5000 watts around the clock but at night it uses a directional antenna to protect other stations on 1290 kHz.

In the 1970s, KOIL had been one of Omaha's leading Top 40 stations, until September 2, 1976, when owner Don Burden had his station licenses revoked due to misconduct.[2]

The station used the call letters KKAR from August 1993 until June 2012. The station returned to the original KOIL call letters at midnight local time, Monday June 4, 2012.


KOIL first signed on the air on July 10, 1925. It was originally owned by the Mona Motor Oil Company (hence the "OIL" in the call letters) and was located in nearby Council Bluffs, Iowa. It broadcast at 1080 AM before moving to 1290 AM. The station's location moved to Omaha in 1937.

KOIL was one of the stations that participated in the first CBS network radio broadcast on September 18, 1927.[3] Its network affiliation switched to NBC December 1, 1931.[4]

The station was purchased by salesman and promoter Don Burden in 1953, who later put a Top 40 format on KOIL.

As a result of a Federal Communications Commission investigation into improprieties,[citation needed] Burden was forced to surrender his radio licenses, and KOIL went off the air in September 1976. The last song played by Gene Shaw as it went off the air on September 2, 1976 was Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sound of Silence." The engineer on duty who turned off the transmitter after 51 years was Don Eliason. On Tom Becka's last segment, he also played the song as he signed off.

Three months later, on December 16, 1976 KOIL resumed transmission under new ownership by Omaha businessman Nathan Novak.

In 1993, it moved to 1180 AM in an exchange with station KKAR. In April 2003 it moved to 1020 AM, replacing KKSC (now KMMQ).[5] The callsign returned to 1180 kHz in January 2009; on June 4, 2012, KOIL was returned to 1290 AM and rebranded as the Mighty 1290 KOIL [6] and now includes live, local weekend programming from local hosts Thor Schrock,[7] Darren Carlson,[8] Sean McGwire[9] and T.J. Bell[10][11]

Announcers who once worked for KOIL include Roger W. Morgan, Gene Okerlund, Gary Michael Ross, Dr. Don Rose,[12] Dick Sainte, and former Shindig! host Jimmy O'Neill; The Real Don Steele, Gary Owens, Kris Eric Stevens, Lyle Dean, Frank "Coffeehead" Allen, Joe Light, Dave Wingert, Sandy Jackson, and Tom Becka.


  1. ^ http://www.newstalk1290koil.com/ProgramSchedule.aspx
  2. ^ from nebradio.tripod.com
  3. ^ "CBS Radio News Celebrates 75th Anniversary". Radio Online. September 17, 2002.
  4. ^ "KOIL Joins NBC" (PDF). Broadcasting. November 15, 1931. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Radio News Search". Radio Online. April 29, 2003.
  6. ^ http://www.mighty1290koil.com/
  7. ^ http://www.arnnetworks.com
  8. ^ http://www.itissaturdaymorning.com/
  9. ^ https://www.facebook.com/AmericasHealthcareChallenge
  10. ^ http://tjsoldit.com/
  11. ^ http://www.mighty1290koil.com/WeekendProgramming.aspx
  12. ^ "Legendary Morning Air Personality Dr. Don Rose Dies". Radio Online. March 30, 2005.

External links

  • The Mighty 1290 - Official Website
  • Query the FCC's AM station database for KOIL
  • Radio-Locator Information on KOIL
  • Query Nielsen Audio's AM station database for KOIL
  • "The Mighty 1290" KOIL tribute page

Coordinates: 41°11′20″N 96°00′21″W / 41.18889°N 96.00583°W / 41.18889; -96.00583

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