BROKEN BOW- After a number of years broadcasting news to listeners in Central Nebraska, KCNI/KBBN will now be switching news stations after Westwood One News (WWO) informed it’s 962 affiliates that they would be ceasing operations at the end of August.
According to a press release from July 10, WWO stated, “Due to the extraordinary circumstances in the current marketplace, Westwood One News will be ceasing operations effective on Sunday, August 30, 2020, following the 11:30 pm ET newscast. Please accept this letter as official notification of the cancellation of this service.”
WWO first launched in 2015 and since that time has won a number of awards and has provided news coverage across the country. With the end of the news service, KCNI/KBBN will now transition to CBS News.
CBS is widely known across the country and has been recognized for a number of broadcast awards including Best Newscast for seven straight years. With its extensive resources, KCNI/KBBN General Manager and Owner David Birnie said that he is excited about this transition.
“After researching available radio new networks, CBS was our choice and is clearly the best fit for KCNI KBBN. We wanted a National News Network affiliate that simply provides factual stories without slanted commentary,” said Birnie. “CBS Radio news has received more Edward Marrow awards than any other radio network. CBS has received overall excellent awards 12 of the last 18 years and has been awarded Best News Casts 7 years in a row! CBS Radio and KCNI/KBBN will make great partners!”
Equipment is currently being installed at KCNI/KBBN and the first broadcast for CBS Radio will be on Tuesday, September 1.