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Kearney’s radio station is now called ‘The Vibe’

KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) – The radio dial at Kearney is a little different from Friday.

Flood Communications on Friday launched a new brand for KKPR-FM, now known as “98.9 The Vibe.” The station on this frequency was previously known as “Power 99”. In a press release, Flood Communications said the station will feature “The Tri-Cities Greatest Hits” and focus its music library on hits from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

“We are thrilled to launch our new station, 98.9 The Vibe, in the Tri-Cities,” said Andy Ruback, CEO of Flood Communications. “This rebranding is the result of months of hard work and will entertain listeners with a new slate of music and engaging local talent.”

Starting Monday, the station will also feature a new morning show “Murphy in the Morning with Tim.” Jason Murphy returns to Kearney after occupying the top-rated morning show in town for nearly a decade. He will be joined by longtime Kearney resident Timmari Byrn, who is making her radio debut. “Murphy in the Morning with Tim” will air live weekdays from 6-10 a.m.

The station will also feature sports anchored by Doug Duda, the area’s veteran sports announcer. The station’s news department is headed by Michael Shively, an award-winning News Channel Nebraska reporter.

“Having a truly local team, with the talents of Murphy, Tim, Doug and Michael, will create an exciting VIBE for the region,” said General Manager Jessie Johnson.

The rebranding is part of Flood Communications’ investment in the Tri-Cities following the acquisition of Platte River Radio in November.

Promotions, broadcast schedule, on-air talent biographies and station stream link can be found at 989thevibefm.com.

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