Posted 1 year ago

By Jason Wentworth


On February 15, 1949, there were no cellphones, no internet — even the TV screen was black and white.  On that day KCOW-AM (“1400 on your dial”) was born.

65 years later, competing with every entertainment and information gathering device known to man, KCOW continues to thrive, serving as a friendly companion and a reliable source of local news and information.  To celebrate our birthday — and salute the legions of listeners and loyal advertisers who make every broadcast day possible–we’re holding a week long extravaganza called “Retro Week.”

KCOW hosts Mike Glesinger, Kalin Krohe, Jason Wentworth and Kevin Horn will be joined by special guests each day from 1:00 to 5:00pm June 2-6.  Music will play a big role, as it always has on KCOW.  The week will also include archival audio and memories from the station’s past.  We’ll also be giving away our 65th anniversary tumblers, sponsored by Git ‘n Split in Alliance.

The party really swings into high gear on Saturday, June 7th, when Colorado’s Home Slice Band performs live in the Heartland Aviation hangar at Alliance Airport.  Tickets for the 7:30 pm dance are available now at the Post Store link atop this page, or in person at the KCOW Studios in Alliance.

The Home Slice Band features multiple vocalists and a horn section reminiscent of the 70’s Chicago sound.

Our “retroversary” week will be a fun time to look back, and remember not just KCOW’s past, but the story of Box Butte County over the past six decades.

However, our everyday goal is to serve as a source of current, accurate local information.  In the best of times, and the worst of times, KCOW has been there to keep our community informed.  Today our over-the-air signal is augmented by 24-hour online streaming, a continually-updated Facebook page, and Alliance news at panhandlepost.com.

From 1949 to 2014 and beyond…AM 1400 KCOW is proud to be The Voice Of Box Butte County!


  • ellen gardiner

    my husband keith gardiner worked there when Jim Kamerzell was manager, Keith was in highschool…he loved being on the radio…great memories for us while we were dating

  • Martin Rehder

    KCOW presented the Anniversary Show on Sunday afternoons and it owed it popularity to listeners being able to, by mail, personally request songs be played in honor of friends and acquaintances celebrating wedding anniversaries. I think this might possibly have been one of the most popular entertainment-based shows KCOW ever created; atleast amoung the older generation of Alliance listeners.