KIMBALL - The return of a radio station in the Nebraska Panhandle is planting its roots in downtown Kimball.

Flood Communications announced Thursday the KIMB studios will be located at 109 S. Chestnut Street. The building, which was remodeled by the owner Shane Hays, sits between Larsen's Jewelry Store and Kimball Nutrition.

Hays says the building was condemned and earmarked to be bulldozed four years ago. 

"This is exactly what I envisioned for downtown, full buildings," Hays said. "Flood Communications helps fulfill that."

The KIMB building will include a fully operational studio, with multiple microphones for guests, an on-air board, and computer system to operate on-air programming. The building will also include office space for account executives and news reporters. 

The Nebraska-based media company announced their plans in August to purchase the Kimball radio station.

"We want to be in the heart of the communities we serve," Station Manager of Flood Communications - Western Nebraska Hunter Arterburn said. "Shane was able to get us in a great building downtown that will assist us in serving Kimball in new ways. We're excited to be in a beautiful spot and be a part - and contribute to - the energy and fun of downtown."

Karen Robinson, of Larsen's Jewelry, says they've supported radio in the past.

“We were always pleased with what they do,” Robinson said.

She sees radio returning to Kimball as a way to keep people informed.

Kimball resident, Nikki Hottell, sees an advantage for residents who are not familiar with smart phones and computer technology who want to keep up with community news. 

Another Kimball resident, Taylor Brown, expects with an office in Kimball, businesses will be more interested in advertising. He also sees the opportunity to get more news to more people. 

Both Hottell and Brown are excited to see more sports and community coverage with the return of radio to the Kimball community.            

About Flood Communications

One of the largest news operations in Nebraska, Flood Communications delivers hyper-local news and high-quality programming to radio, TV and digital audiences across the state, reaching more than 500,000 homes and 500,000 social media followers. Its stations include: News Channel Nebraska, Telemundo Nebraska and 16 radio stations. News Channel Nebraska is the only in-state, independent television network of its kind in America. Telemundo Nebraska is the state’s first network affiliate to deliver live, local Spanish news to Nebraska’s nearly 250,000 Hispanic residents. Flood Communications connects communities across the state by covering important events, supporting worthy causes and continuing to look ahead, envisioning the future of communications. To learn more, visit