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term "Notables" has replaced "Notable Personalities" so that any station
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of AM radio after the advent of television
can be attributed
to the late Gordon McLendon, who started
KLIF in 1947. KLIF became a trendsetter that
the most copied station in America.
was one of the creators of Top 40 playlists,
of programming that continues today.
A BRIEF HISTORY
OF AM RADIO IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH...
knock AM radio today for its relentless static or its lack of music, this
is where it all began. The early 20th century brought the first radio
stations to the Dallas-Fort Worth area: KFJZ (with roots dating back
to 1917,) WRR (in 1920,) WPA, WBAP and WFAA (all in 1922,) and the rest
is history (well, almost!) AM started out as a freewheeling, 'throw
up a transmitter and go with it' gamut of radio waves in its earliest days,
with a couple of assigned frequencies (833 kc [primarily news and weather]
and 618.6 kc [primarily music.]) and virtually no rules to allow a fair
distribution of the dial for broadcasters. (By mid-1922, all five
DFW stations agreed to a timesharing plan on each frequency.) November
11, 1928 was declared "National Frequency Allocation Day," when the Federal
Radio Commission (FRC, predecessor to the FCC) brought organization to
the dial by assigning dedicated frequencies to the strongest stations,
and culling out many of the small-time opportunists who weren't serious
about broadcasting. Powerhouse WBAP was awarded a clear channel position
on the dial; it is one of only a small handful of stations in the nation
that's allowed to blast its signal to a reported 42 states! And to
honor the art of "DX-ing" (distance listening,) Wednesdays after 3PM were
declared "Silent Night" in the '20s...low-powered stations turned off their
transmitters so that high-powered stations across the US could be easily
received on anyone's dial.
in Dallas-Fort Worth, as with the rest of the nation, was mostly entertainment
and news programming in its infancy; however, its value and importance
was secured during World War II as the center of information for a concerned
public. With the introduction of television to the masses in the
late 1940s, radio's demise was assumed to be imminent. Gordon McLendon
didn't let that happen: In 1947, he signed on KLIF, featuring a music
format. Other stations soon followed, and local radio found its second
life. The invention of the transistor, and subsequently the development
of lightweight, portable radios, along with the inclusion of radios in
cars, helped the reinvented band find a new audience with people on the
go. McLendon and Todd Storz's simultaneous discovery of the "Top
40" in the 1950s gave radio a special popularity among the younger generation,
and his KLIF, along with KBOX and KFJZ, developed formats to capitalize
on current music, especially rock and roll. Other local stations
modified their formats to concentrate on news, country, rhythm and blues,
or Spanish. While KLIF posted incredible ratings during the 1950s
and 1960s, others like KRLD and WBAP found successful programming niches
that catered to older audiences.
and far-reaching capabilities were used by the government to launch a civil
defense system, CONELRAD ("CONtrol of ELectromagnetic RADiation,") the
forerunner of the Emergency Broadcast System (now Emergency Alert System,)
in 1951. (WRR engineer Rick Teddlie co-created the CONELRAD system.)
While the nuclear threat of the Cold War prompted the dedication of a national
broadcast frequency, it wasn't until 1958 that the system was first used
for weather alerts. Broadcasts were originally dedicated to 640 and
1240 kc in all cities, and all regular broadcast stations (AM, FM and TV)
were to go silent when threatening information was aired. EBS replaced
CONELRAD in 1963, and EAS replaced EBS in 1997.
By the early
1970s, however, listeners were slowly discovering the FM band and migrated
to it for its static-free, stereophonic broadcasts; by 1978, FM overtook
AM as the most popular band. Attempts to revitalize AM have netted
little; AM Stereo was proposed
in 1958 and introduced in 1982 to big fanfare; many car manufacturers began
to integrate AM Stereo into their radio units, and KRQX-570 became the
first local AM Stereo station in 1983. However, five different companies
were pushing their systems to become the broadcasting standard. This
included Kahn Communications (who was at the forefront of AM Stereo development
in 1958,) Harris, Motorola, Magnavox and Belar Electronics. Motorola's
C-Quam system was finally chosen by the FCC as the standard in 1993, but,
by that time, the luster had worn off. Broadcasters who were leery
of buying AM Stereo equipment in the early 1980s (fearing that it would
become obsolete at the whim of the FCC) slowly abandoned interest in the
concept by the late 1980s. However, AM Stereo broadcasts are still
conducted by several DFW stations today, and Kahn Communications has recently
unveiled a improved system, "Cam-D," which might create a resurgence of
interest in AM broadcasting in the future.
the late 1980s, The FCC decided to extend the AM band to 1710 kHz.
This would allow new investors to start new stations from scratch (as the
pool of available frequencies was quickly drying up) and would permit existing
restricted-signal stations to move into an uncrowded part of the band and
beef up their coverage area. Automakers and consumer electronics
manufacturers began adding the extended band to their units in the early
1990s, and existing stations were permitted to simulcast on their new frequencies
beginning in the mid-1990s. By December, 2007, all simulcasting stations
will be required to give up their original frequency and begin broadcasting
solely on the new dial position.
is not to say AM is totally dead, or ever will be in Dallas...both WBAP
and KRLD ranked in the Top 5 for many decades according to Arbitron, and
WBAP continues to do so today. Kahn Communications is working on
improvements to their original AM Stereo concept. Ibiquity, another
player who is developing solutions to the substandard sound, is currently
marketing a digital broadcasting system for AM stations (known as IBOC/HD.)
HD receivers are already being sold, despite limited station participation.
Ferris. Call letters established 6/9/1986. Format: Southern
Gospel (1986-90,) Black Christian Gospel (1990-5/18/1998,) Spanish/Ethnic/Spanish
Religious (5/18/1998-2004; as "La Poderosa," 2004-present.) Calls
stand for Dallas-Fort
Owner: Multicultural Broadcasting ("MRBI," 2004-present; Multicultural
bought out all Radio Unica stations after Unica went bankrupt in 2003.)
Former owners: Way Broadcasting (bought 4/19/2000,) Freedom Network, Radio
Unica. Nickname: "La Poderosa," "Gospel 540." Program:
"Mambo Express." Notables: Jim Henderson, Ted Sauceman (GM,)
Lazaro Saldaña, Wilbert Mejia, Yary Uhing, Luiz Munguia, Juan Benitez,
Sara Treviño. Once applied for change of license city to DeSoto.
Station located at 7469 S. Westmoreland, then Red Bird Mall (to 10/2005,)
then to 5801 Marvin D. Love Frwy (10/2005-present.)
Station established 4/16/1986. Temporary calls for KDFT, above.
Dallas. Call letters re-established 11/29/1990. Format:
Talk/News. Owners: Susquehanna, Cumulus. Station named
for its original location in the Oak Cliff
section of Dallas. Station moved from its 43-year home at 1190 AM
on 11/29/1990, although it was simulcast on both frequencies until 12/6/1990.
Broadcasts in stereo. First radio station in the world to simulcast
on the internet. Network affiliation: NBC. Program:
Talknet (syndicated talk show programming,) "Weekend Workout," "Love, Sex
and Relationships," "The Skip Bayless Show," "The Gary Cogill Show,"
"The Deborah Norville Show" (via satellite, 1991.) Notables:
Terese Arena (ND; hired away from a long stint at KRLD in 2003,) Martin
Birnbach, Ed Busch, Freddie Mertz (1992,) David Gold (to 1997; known as
"The Conservative Freight Train,") Bob Ray Sanders, Norm Hitzges, Dr. Lynn
Weiss, Skip Bayless (host of the "Skip Bayless Show,") Dr. Ann Wildemann
(host of "Love, Sex and Relationships,") Gary Cogill,
Schechner, Mark Woolsey aka Mark Elliott (1985-1991; 1996-1999; currently
a senior broadcast meteorologist for The Weather Channel in Atlanta,) Jim
Long, Dan Bennett, Jon Griffin, Lora Cain, Dave Cradick aka Kidd
Kraddick (brief fill-in only during 5/1992 after firing at KEGL-FM,)
McCarthy (to 2001,)
Mike Fisher, Val DeOrr, Baylor Witcher (2004-2005,) Tom Kamb (2000-2001,)
"Humble" Billy Hayes, Scott Anderson, Jeff Bolton, Joe Kelley (2000-01,)
Dr. Laura Schlessinger (via satellite, began 1/7/2002,) Neal Boortz, Leon
Simon, Chris Myers, Darrell Ankarlo, Ed Budanauro, Ron De Roxtra (known
as Ron Barr during his ten years at KRLD-AM,) John Shomby (1993,) Tim Vasquez
(traffic,) Bill Jackson (traffic, 2005-present,) Jim Reeves, Steve Coryell ,
to Susquehanna senior VP Dan Halyburton for providing me with a copy of
the book, "Susquehanna Radio: The First Fifty Years," which provided
otherwise unfindable answers to the history of post-McLendon KLIF and Susquehanna's
presence in the DFW market...thanks, Dan!
Call letters established 1/9/1990. Format: Light Rock.
Owner: Anchor Media. Nickname: "Warm
97.9." Simulcasted sister station KKWM-FM. Broadcasted Dallas
Sidekicks soccer games. See KKWM-FM for personalities.
Call letters established 1/26/1987. Format: Oldies (1/26/1987-12/1989,)
Light Rock (12/1989-1/9/1990.) Nickname: "K-Oldie."
Owner: Anchor Media. Sister station to KZEW-FM. Broadcasted
Plano high school football games. Notables: George "Paul" Medina ,
Randy Coffey ,
Pete Hamill, Rick Stoughton ,
Walker, Mike Wade. KLDD was to have become DFW's first all-sports
station in 1/1990 when sister KZEW's format changed; but management decided
otherwise. Station retained the KLDD call letters with the new simulcasted
"Warm" format until 1/9/1990 (the temporary legal ID was a mouthful..."The
new Warm, 97.9FM... KZEW, Dallas-Fort Worth, KLDD-AM Dallas-Fort Worth.)
Call letters established 7/2/1983. Format: Oldies/Classic Rock.
First AM station in DFW to broadcast in AM Stereo (C-QUAM.) First
station in US to be programmed with classic rock. Nickname:
"K-Rocks." Owners: Belo, Anchor Media (1/1/1987 to format change;
Anchor was owned by Fort Worth's Bass Brothers, who formerly owned KDNT.)
Sister station to KZEW-FM. Programs: "Sunday Blues Program"
(1985-87; syndicated as "Blues Deluxe"
since 1988,) "Midnight Concert Series." Broadcasted SMU football games.
George Gimarc (music director
and a pioneer of the classic rock format,) Steve Anderson, Bob
Corbell aka Mike Channel, Jay Hoker, Dave Johnson (hosted "Sunday Blues
Program,") Stan Atkins, Randy Coffey ,
"Crazy" Dave Otto, Art Reilly, Glenn Mitchell (as
fill-in host for "Sunday Blues Program,") Libby Zabriskie, John Elliott.
In an interesting promotion, the station allowed itself to be "hijacked"
by the song, "Louie Louie," which it played in a continuous marathon for
Worth. Call letters established 6/26/1922 at 833 kc (other sources
say 750 kc,) moved to 630 kc on 5/15/1923, moved to 600 kc on 4/15/1927,
moved to 550 kc on 11/16/1927, moved to 800 kc on 5/25/1929 (shared with
WBAP, and existed only on 800 to 1939,) moved to 600 kc in the late 1930s,
moved and merged with KGKO at 570 kc on 5/1/1938 (WBAP's Amon Carter bought
KGKO in 1938 as a second frequency for WBAP and WFAA to share; Carter sold
half of it to WFAA on 7/26/1940 for $250,000,) moved with WBAP to 820 kc
on 3/29/1941 (the national moving day for clear channel stations as a result
of the Treaty of Havana.) Station shared frequencies with WBAP-820
from 1929 to 5/1/1970 to maximize use of 820's clear channel signal (they
traded dayparts, and each used the 600 or 570 frequency when the other
was using 820 (see KGKO, below.) Expanded to current 50kW on 5/10/1930
(using transmitter near Grapevine, built in 1929; new tower opened in 1938,
and was the tallest man-made structure in the Southwest at the time.)
Original FRC license date was 6/5/1922. Granted dual-city license
on 2/22/1973. Format: Variety, Middle of the Road (4/27/1970-?,)
Top 40 (?-11/2/1976,) News/Talk. Owner: A. H. Belo (Alfred
Horatio Belo) Broadcasting. Call letters stood for "Working
and also noted as "World's
Nickname: "Newstalk 57" (11/2/1976 to 1983.) Sister station
to KERA-FM (1947 version)/WFAA-FM/ KZEW-FM and the "Dallas Morning News"
(formerly "Dallas News and Journal" in WFAA's earliest days.) First
network-affiliated station in Texas (initially with NBC beginning 4/2/1923;
later with Texas Quality Network, ABC [to 8/1/1975] and CBS thereafter,)
first US station to carry educational programs, first to produce a serious
radio drama series, first to air a state championship football game, the
first to air inaugural ceremonies. Original personalities for the
station were drawn from columnists and editors at sister "Dallas Morning
News." The phrase, "Shut 'er down, Eddie!", was the nightly signoff
"Early Birds" (premiered 3/31/1930; hosted by John Allen with entertainment
by Lynn Hoyt, Katy Prince, Frances Beasley, Terry Lea, Louise Mackey and
Dale Evans [yes, THE Dale Evans! Pre-Roy Rogers, she was married
to piano player Frank Butts]), "Hymns We Love" (began in 1952 and moved
to KAAM-1310 years later,) "Dramatic Moments in Texas History," "Cadenza"
(1940s,) "Radio Frolics" (late 1940s; hosted by Norvell Slater and Dorothy
Bell,) "Midnight Nostalgia" (1/27/1974-4/7/1974,) "57
Nostalgia Place" (4/14/1974-10/31/1976,) "Reuben's Record Room," "Farm
Report," "Melodic Living," "At Issue" (audience-participation show, began
11/1975,) "Musical Party Line," "Hogan's Hall of Hits," "The Ted Cassidy
Show," "Behind the News" (1950-1960,) "Ed Busch Show," "Man Around the
House," "Saturday Night Shindig" (began 1944,) "Texans-Let's Talk Texas
Hour," "Quiz of Two Cities," "Herb Jepko Nitecap Show" (syndicated,) "Hotline,"
"Carnival of Music," "Football Scoreboard," "Sports Review" (began 7/5/1948,)
"Business News," "Hackberry Hotel" (featuring "Hack Berry," and "Little
Willie," played by Ben McClesky," "Saturday Night Shindig," "Mrs. Tucker's
Smile" (began 1934,) "Big D Jamboree" (began as "Lone Star Barndance" and
"Lone Star Jamboree;" later moved to KRLD,) "Guests and Telephone," "Murphy
Martin Commentary," "Saturday Night Shindig," "570 Club," "Clare Lou and
M," "Slo-n-Ezy" (an "Amos-n-Andy ripoff,) "Murray Cox RFD." Station
bands: The Plainsmen Quartet, The Pepper Uppers Orchestra, Step Ladder
and the Saddle Tramps, Rangers Quartet, Cass County Boys/Cass County Kids,
Bel Canto Quartet, Sandman Soldiers, Bumblebees Trio, Jimmie Jeffries,
Elmer Bockman, Ben McClusty, Hack and Willie, Peg "Pegleg" Moreland (male
singer known as "King of the Little Ditty.")
Walter Dealey (spearheaded creation of WFAA,)
Buschardt (host of "57 Nostalgia Place" and "Midnight Nostalgia,")
Don Cristy, John Allen
(employed with WFAA 1945-1981,) Don Norman, Jim
Thomas, Lynn Woolley, Dick West
(host of "Behind the News," 1950-1960, and an editorial commentary short
beginning in 1/1957; concurrently at Dallas Morning News through the 1950s
writing editorials, and as Editorial Director, 1960-1977,) Ben Laurie,
"Gentleman" Jim Carter,
Rob Edwards, Kevin McCarthy (1978-1981,) Tom Perryman, Bob Gooding (1960-1961;
then anchored for WFAA-TV newscasts 1961-1979,) Terry Lee Jenkins, Ralph
(late of KFJZ and KWBC; Sports Director, then Assistant Program Director;
hosted "Sports Review" and "Football Scoreboard; began 5/1948; left for
SM position at new KBCS-730AM in 7/1957; returned to WFAA-AM in 10/1958,)
Bob Bruton, L. B. Henson, Harry Withers ,
Schell, Bobby Brock (not to be confused with Dallas Times Herald radio/TV
columnist Bob Brock,) Charlie Vann, Ralph Robison, Phoebe "Peggy" Patton
(hosted a children's program in the 1940s,) Jimmy Jeffries, Ed Hogan (began
1950; hosted "Musical Party Line" and "Hogan's Hall of Hits;" into WFAA-AM
sales in 1953; to WFAA-TV as chief announcer in 10/1955,) Norvell Slater
(1941-1972; host of "Hymns We Love,") John Criswell (later news anchor
for WFAA-TV and KDFW-TV,) Charles McCord, Marty Haag, Craig Barton, Gene
Baudrick, Walter Vaughn, Frank Mills, Eddie Dunn, Dick Syatt, Jim Simon,
Charley Wright, Frank Munroe, Adams Calhoun, Bill Hazen, Darrell Monroe
(1967-1968,) Paul Hitt (assistant on "57 Nostalgia Place,") Bob Stanford ,
Randy Coffey ,
Sharon West, Dave Naugle ,
Harvey Johnston, Laurel Ornish
(1973-1974, news,) Ray Dunaway, Tim Kase, Pierce Allman, Edwin Bryant (as
half of "Uncle Ed and Little Willie" duo,) Roy Newman (staff
musician,) Ann Berry, Jim Boyd ,
Ed Busch, Jim Simon (news and operations director, 11/1976-1977; brought
in from KABC-Los Angeles to head "Newstalk 57" in November, 1976,) Jess
Smith (news and operations director, 1977-1980; replaced Jim Simon,)
(news and operations director, began 1980; replaced Jess Smith; originally
was assistant to Smith,) Rob Milford aka Rob Williams (9/1976 to 11/2/1976;
last jock to broadcast before turning into "Newstalk 57,") Noah Nelson
(later a reporter for KXAS-TV, then NBC News; currently an actor,) Jim
Rose (1967-68,) Connie Herrera (1978-81,) Dorothy Bell, Gary
DeLaune, John Johnson (as host of "The Farm Report,") Elston Brooks
(later an entertainment columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,) Tony
Lawrence, Dan Cutrer, Ted Cassidy
(later played "Lurch" on "The Addams Family;" was announcer who helped
cover the JFK assassination by conducting witness interviews, and hosted
"The Ted Cassidy Show." Left WFAA for Hollywood in 1964.)
(farm reporter and host of "Murray Cox RFD,") Pauline "Polly" Cox
(wife of Murray; assisted with show,) Frank Filesi ,
Jimmy McClain (played the role of "Dr. I. Q.;" became a NW Texas minister
in the late 1940s after leaving WFAA-AM; later voice of KIXL's "Think It
Over" segments,) Marty Miller (1975,) Rex Cromwell, Bill Crowdus (host
of "Man Around the House,") Bob Tripp,
Dick Wheeler, Martin B. Campbell, Dave Cooke, Howard Bogarte, Wilbur Ard
aka "Deacon," Pat Couch (later a reporter with KXAS-TV,) Roy Cowan, Lynn
Bigler, Ken Rundel (as host of "Hotline" and "Guests and Telephone,") Steve
Goddard, Ed Busch (as host of "The Ed Busch Show,") Julie Benell ,
Dave Anthony, Don Thomson, Ken Sasso aka Ken Summers
(morning show host in the mid-1970s; famous for character "Guido,") Lee
Douglas, Mitch Carr (1980-82,) Terry Bell, Cris Cross, Travis Linn
(began 1962; later anchor on WFAA-TV,) Lotie Lofton, Jim Fry (later a reporter
for sister WFAA-TV,) Ann McCarthy, Ralph Nimmons (began 1934; assistant
manager of station until promotion to Station Manager of WFAA-TV in 12/1950,)
K. B. McClure (likely the same person as Ken [Knox] McClure,) Mary Sue
(Suzy) McCord, Bob Dahlgren, Jeff Dale aka Mike Millard, Troy Dungan (former
WFAA-TV weatherman; weather-watcher for "Early Birds" program as a teen
in the 1940s,) Ira Lipson (PD, and concurrently PD of KZEW when KZEW launched,)
Arch Campbell, Herb Jepko (as host of "Herb Jepko's Nitecap Show,") Nick
Ramsey (as host of "Carnival of Music,") Bill Blanchard (as host of "Business
News,") Chuck Murphy, Donald Easterwood ,
Walter Evans (1959-1964; later anchor with KRLD/KDFW-TV,) Jan Isbell Fortune,
Jamie Friar, Paul Gleiser (1973; returned 7/1976-4/1982,) Helen Harris,
Don Valentine (APD; began 1947,) Peter Molyneaux, Karl Lambertz (1933-1946;
returned 2/1952,) Andy Pollin, Greg Maiuro, Marcel Jones, Alex Keese (began
1930; Music Director, Commercial Manager, then General Manager in 1952,)
Russell Koch, Tony Lawrence, Bob Etheridge, Ralph Gould (engineer,) Talmadge
Naylor, Ted DeHay (began 1932,) Robert S. Pool, Shirley Proctor, Lewis
Quince (storyteller,) Russ Rossman ,
Irene Runnels (National Sales Manager, 1977-1978,) Ruth Salter (whistler,)
Joe Salvadore (also with WFAA-TV,) Bob Scott, Kelly Maddox (began 1941;
famous stage and radio actor, 1927-1937; worked for NBC Radio thereafter,)
Patricia Smith (also with WFAA-TV,) "Sugah," "Superfan," Nick Brounoff
aka Nick Alexander (1979-1983,) Bob Tripp ,
Mary and Tommy Tucker, Murphy Martin (began
1961, host of "Murphy Martin Commentary,") Lydia Hiegert (began 1941,)
George Kuesell, Arthur Kuehn, Charlie Van "The Moving Man," George Utley ,
Denson Walker, Hilda LeBlanc Chase, Tom Brown. Station initially
located in a 9' x 9' tent on the roof of the "Dallas Morning News;" to
the Morning News library thereafter; to the Baker Hotel on 10/1/1925; atop
the Santa Fe Railroad Warehouse at 1122 Jackson St. from 6/20/1941 to 1961
(the building still has "WFAA" clearly painted on the top today!) and to
Communications Center in early 1961.
Falls (to 6/21/1935,) Fort Worth. Station established 9/2/1928 in
Wichita Falls; moved to Fort Worth on 5/1/1938. Format: News.
Owner: Carter Publications (5/1/1938-7/1940; although initial FCC
approval was granted on 9/24/1935, and the city of license was changed
at that time, Wichita Falls residents voiced concern over losing the station,
taking nearly three years to resolve before KGKO-Fort Worth went on the
air,) Carter Publication (50%) and Belo Broadcasting (50%) (7/26/1940-
4/27/1970.) Network affiliation: Blue Lone Star Network.
Sister to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram newspaper. KGKO broadcasted
WBAP's programs on 570 during the dayparts that WFAA was using the 820
frequency, and vice-versa, beginning on 9/1/1940. It also rebroadcasted
the WFAA News. On 4/1/1947, the KGKO calls were dissolved per order
of the FCC, and each station identified itself as either "WBAP 570" or
"WFAA 570." Station shared studios with WFAA at the Santa Fe Building
downtown (see WFAA entry) but also had studios in the Medical Arts Building
in Fort Worth. Programs: "America's Town Meeting," "Women's
World," "Darts for Dough," "Books-New and Old," "Sunshine Boys," "Sunday
Recital," "Cross Roads Party," "What am I," "Cowhand Jamboree" (hosted
by the "KGKO Hillbillies.") Network affiliation stayed with each
frequency; 570 had ABC (initially "NBC Blue.") Notables: Lee
Brumm aka Lee Arthur, Craig Barton, Gordon Fitzgerald, John Hicks, Orral
Anderson (as host of "Darts for Dough,") Frances Mossiker (as host of "Women's
World,") Frank Mills (already
at KGKO before Carter Publications bought the station; stayed with Carter's
broadcast properties for 41 years!), Fay "Smitty" Smith, Edwin Bryant (as
half of "Uncle Ed and Little Willie" duo,) Ernest Tubb (country
singer; host of the "Ernest Tubb Show," sponsored by Gold Chain Flour.)
Studios first located at 600/604 Thomas Building, Dallas. Not related
Falls. Call letters re-established 1/13/1935. Briefly traded
frequencies with KGKO, as KTAT-1240 was causing interference with WRR's
(former) frequency. KTAT traded back with KGKO on 1/31/1935, as Amon
Carter expressed interest in using the frequency as a backup for WBAP/WFAA-820
and moving it into DFW. See entry at 1270 kc.
Falls. Station established 9/2/1928. Began life at 1350 kc,
then 1370 kc, before moving to 570. See details above.
are stations that began and ended before the Federal Radio Commission assigned
specific frequencies on November 11, 1928. The general guideline
from the FRC was to broadcast news and weather reports on 833 kc (485 meters)
and music on 618.6 kc (360 meters.) Local stations worked out an
agreement to share the frequencies on 7/1/1922, and developed an alternating
broadcast schedule for each.
Station established 4/23/1923; off air 1928 (other sources say 6/1923.)
Owner: Al G. Barnes Amusement Company (circus owner.) Designated
as a portable station.
Worth. Station to have been established 1927, but owner ran out of
money to start it up. License received in 10/1924, with intention
to broadcast at 1220 kc. Call letters stood for "Keep
Owner: J. R. Curtis. Curtis salvaged his idea and brought KFRO
to Longview, TX in 1935.
Station established 8/1921, but didn't sign on until 5/1922; off air 9/1923.
Electric Company. Located at 915 S. Ervay, Dallas. Second station
in Dallas (after WRR.)
Worth. Station established 3/16/1922 (predating WBAP by over a month
as the first station in Fort Worth;) off air 5/24/1923. Format:
Variety. Nickname: "Voice of the Southwest." Owner:
Leonard Withington dba Fort Worth Record (newspaper.) Notables:
Anna Mae Hopkins, Madeira Manchester, Lorraine Withington (wife of owner,)
Mrs. William Bryant, H. H. "Pop" Boone, Bill "Sparks" Pitkin, Jack Webster
Harkrider, Jim Allison. Upgraded to 100 watt transmitter on 4/17/1922.
Located in a shack on the roof of the newspaper building (much like WFAA-AM.)
Station abandoned when Hearst Newspapers bought the Fort Worth Record (the
Record was later sold to Amon Carter and became the Star-Telegram.)
In 1924, local preacher J. Frank Norris bought the WPA transmitter and
used it to put on KFQB (see entry at 1270.)
The Fort Worth Public Library's newspaper clipping archive for most of
the above information, and to Richard Schroeder's book, "Texas Signs On"
for confirming most of it!
Call letters established 12/21/1998 (broadcasted under KAAM with this format
from 8/1/1998.) Broadcasts in AM Stereo. Format: Children's
(ABC Radio's "Radio Disney" format.) Call letters derived from "Mickey
Mouse." Broadcasts in stereo. Broadcasts TCU football games.
Owner: ABC/Disney (bought 9/4/1998 for $12 million.) Notables:
Kevan "Smokin' B" Browning, Jay Jenson, Tera
Beall, Don Crabtree, Susan Huber, Dean Wendt, Kim Stewart, B. B. Good,
Lee Cameron, Sherry Rodgers, Brian Huen, Rheagan Wallace, Kevin Miller,
Jay Sanchez. Radio Disney format launched in 4 national markets on
11/18/1996; went nationwide in 6/1997. Format is based in Dallas
at ABC Radio Networks.
Call letters re-established 10/31/1995 from 1310 AM. Format:
Oldies/Big Band/Standards. Owner: Collin County Radio (consisting
of Jack Sellmeyer [radio engineer; currently owns Sellmeyer Engineering
in McKinney,] Hue Beavers and Jaan McCoy, along with 27 other investors,
who paid $700,000 for the station.) Nickname: "K-Double-AM."
Programs: "Moments from Texas History," "Charlie the Collector,"
"Lake Country Jubilee," "Music for Lovers." Notables: Jim Lowe (longtime
voice of Big Tex at the annual Texas State Fair,) Larry Carolla, Charles
Kuenzi aka Johnny Michaels, Teresa
Hanson [Burns] (as host of "Music for Lovers;" married to KRLD's Brian
Burns,) Irv Jackson aka Jack Bishop, Sandy Singer, Lee Gray, Harold Marshall
(host of "Lake Country Jubilee,") Martin Jurow, Christine Stewart, Hue
Beavers, Jaan McCoy, Charlie Haggard aka "Charlie the Collector," Dr. June
Rayfield Welch (host of "Moments from Texas History.") License city
was moved from Wichita Falls to Plano in 10/1995, with towers relocated
to New Hope with a repeater in McKinney. KXEZ-FM was the successor to KAAM,
although the KAAM calls and format were again resurrected by another owner/enthusiast
in 1999 (see 770 kHz.)
Falls. Station established 7/15/1939. Format: Country,
Soft Rock. Call letters stood for Wichita
Dark 12/1994 - 10/31/1995 (although periodic signal testing for KAAM began
in 9/1995.) Owner: North Texas Radio, Joe Carrigan. Program:
"Big Six Jamboree." Notables: Bill Smith aka Bill
Mack (II) (1952-1959,) Joe Tom White, Lynn Bigler. KWFT calls
were resurrected at 990AM in 1995.
Station established 1949. Other sources say KSMU began fall, 1947
at 760 kc. See entry at 89.3 FM for information.
Balch Springs. Station established 9/28/1941. Format:
Entertainment (1941-1963,) Religious (1963-4/5/2004;) Conservative Talk
(4/5/2004 to present; most of the employees and religious programming moved
to KKGM-1630 on 4/2/2004; Salem also flipped their WZZD-AM in Philadelphia
to Conservative Talk on the same day.) Nicknames: "K-Sky,"
"Voice of the Gospel," "Christian Radio for the New Millenium." News
nickname: "Five Star Final." Owners: Salem Communications,
Broadcasting Partners (to 4/1995,) Chilton Radio Corp. (1941-?; renamed
Sky Broadcasting) Andy Bell
(to 5/1999,) Evergreen/AMFM/Chancellor (4/1995-?.) Call letters derived
from station's location "from the skyroof
of the beautiful Hotel Stoneleigh." Programs: "In the Groove,"
"Women's Sports Hour," "Mick Williams Cyber-Line," "Gospel Lighthouse,"
"Musical SKY-Waves," "Texas Gospel Jubilee," "Revolving Bandstand," "Love
of God Hour." Notables as "Religious": Nancy "Nan" Burns,
Gordon "Double G" Griffin, Larry
Shannon, Dexter Andrews, Hector Lariz, Dave Garland, Andrew Cunningham,
Jack Davis, James Evans
aka "The Alluring Aloysius" (1943-52,) Ray Flowers, Spade Cooley, Luke
Rowe, Lon Sosh (sales manager,) Cliff Walker, Bill Clauss, Pete Thomson,
Stoddard aka Mary Sanders (1995-1996; hosted a weekly talk show,) Randy
Leslie Cerny, Dale Berry, David Pitman, Julie Barrett, "Sage," Paula Scott,
Cecil Taylor, Jaan McCoy, Bill Simmons, Dan Bradford, Royel Clark, Lee
Ellen, H. C. Noah, Donald Skelton, Harry Thompson, Larry Groebe, Bill
Bragg (1967-1975,) Mick Williams
(host of "Cyber-Line," 1995-7/20/1997,) George Farrar
(host of "Love of God Hour.") Notable as "Conservative Talk":
William (Bill) Bennett (syndicated.) Texas governor Coke Stevenson
inaugurated the station at high noon on September 28, 1941; during the
station's "entertainment" format, celebrities such as Jackie Gleason, Skitch
Henderson, Vincent Price, Jane Russell, Jack Webb and Charlton Heston visited
the station in person and performed live! KSKY applied for an FM
frequency at 106.9 in 1948, turned down a chance to buy the 98.7 frequency
in 1957, and was awarded 91.3 in the 1960s (but no proof that they ever
signed on has ever been found.) Station licensed to Dallas to 2003.
Originally daytime-only station.
Call letters established 7/22/2004. Station testing as of 1/2006.
Format: To have been Business Talk. Owner: Dave Schum
dba The Watch, Inc. dba Dallas Radio License LLP (now held by "debtor-in-possession"
after a 10/2005 auction.) Persistent rumors had KMSR/KFCD's Talk
format eventually moving to 700, while 990 would become a Business/Sports
Talk station. KHSE was long rumored to be in a "testing" phase to
align the signal on their new tower, but in reality, a tower had never
even been constructed. Station went bankrupt in 8/2005; sold along
with 990 to Schum's largest creditor for $8 million on 10/13/2005.
To have been sister station to KFCD-AM.
Second set of call letters parked for 700 AM, on 3/3/2004.
Original call letters parked for 700 AM, on 3/4/2003; owner Dave Schum
relocated his KCAF calls here on 3/3/2004 when 990 became KMSR.
Grand Prairie. Call letters established 1/25/1969. Format:
Easy Listening (1/25/1969-4/27/1970,) Black Talk/Urban Music (4/27/1970-present.)
Nicknames: "Sunny" and "The Dawn of a New Day" (as easy listening,)
"Soul 73," "Soul Sockin' 73," "You've Got a Friend." Owners:
Republic Broadcast Corporation (8/1968-1971; Texas Lt Governor Ben Barnes
was part owner, along with Alan Feld and Richard Gump [Dallas attorneys,]
Dee Kelly [campaign manager for Ben Barnes' 1966 bid for Lt Governor, and
was on the board of former station owner KPCN] and Charlie Payne [former
McLendon PD;]) Hyman Childs dba Service Broadcasting (1971-present.)
Network affiliation: ABC's American Information Network (1969-1970.)
Program: "Just Jazz," "Speak Out," "Talking About Sports," "Reporter's
Roundtable," "Talk Back."
Notables as Urban: Linwood "Cuzzin'
Linnie" Henderson, Willis Johnson aka "Willis The Crooner 'Where IS the
Party' Johnson" (1976-present; took over morning show in 1979; does advice
feature "Dear Crooner,") Iola Johnson (began 3/1990; currently KTVT-TV
anchor and former WFAA-TV anchor; in 1973 was first black TV anchor in
DFW market,) Lynne Haze (1980-1990,) Harvey Martin
(former Dallas Cowboys player from 1973-1984,) Roger Boykin aka "Roger
B" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram sports reporter; host of "Talking about Sports,")
Gyna Bivens, Shaun Rabb (concurrently KDFW-TV anchor,) Louis White aka
"Da Wolf," (began 1987; black DJ who fashioned his radio voice around Wolfman
Jack; concurrently a teacher at Dallas' Lincoln High School,) Millie Jackson
(R&B singer who had a hit with "Love Don't Come Around Here No More"
in the 1970s,) David Bradshaw, Al "TNT" Braggs ,
John Lott, Roland Martin, C. Boyd Kelly, Ray Weathers, Jim Howell ,
Willie Culton ,
Tony Price, Ron Alexander, Bill Thomas, Dewayne
Dancer, Art Riley (1970-1973,) Bob Collins, Tony Lawrence, Phil Van
Stavern aka Phil Todd, Willie Culton ,
Chuck Smith (PD for soul format,) Irene Runnels
(Sales Manager,) Bill Mack (I), Spike Jackson, Steve Ladd
aka "The Doctor," David Starr (MD,) Joycelyn Johnson, Maryellen Hicks (Fort
Worth judge, host of "Speak Out,") Ron Davis, Noah Nelson (later a reporter
for KXAS-TV, then NBC News; currently an actor,) Jailynn Thornton, Johnnie
(Dallas-based R&B singer who had the first ever RIAA-certified platinum
single with "Disco Lady" in 1976,) Ernie Johnson, Paul Turner, R. L. Griffin,
Bob "Bobby" Paterson, Joe Bagby ,
Gary Faison aka "Babyfase," Cheryl Smith (host of "Reporter's Roundtable,")
John Wiley Price (Dallas County Commissioner; host of "Talk Back.") Notables
as "Sunny": Tony Lawrence, Irene Runnels (director and GM,) Eddie
Craig (last jock on KPCN and first on KKDA; defected to KBUY two days later.)
Station was daytime only until 1990.
Prairie. Call letters established 5/19/1962. Format:
Country and Western. Call letters stood for "Park
Owner: Radio KPCN, Inc (headed by Giles Miller Sr and Dee Kelly,
to 8/1968,) Republic Broadcast Corporation (8/1968 into KKDA; bought for
$422,455.) Notables: Joe Fuchs aka Jay
Weaver, Giles Miller Sr (SM,) Giles Miller Jr aka Ed Milton/Ed Miller
(ND,) David Day, Jack Darden, Bill Smith aka Bill
Mack (II) (1966-10/1967; late of KCUL-AM,) Eddie Craig (1968-1/25/1969;
last jock to broadcast on KPCN,) "Big" Al Turner (1963,)
Thomas Shelby Brown aka Randy Ryder (defected to KYAL-1600 after format
change in 1969,) Joe Bagby ,
Bo Powell, Jim Rose,
Mac Curtis, Jim "Shootin'" Newton ,
Bragg (1966-1967,) George Slocum, Russ Johnson, Tom Rippey, Kyle Gay,
Dick Morrison, Buddy Harris ,
Horace Logan ,
Arnold Poovey aka "Texas Joe" Poovey aka "Groovey Joe Poovey" aka Johnny
KPCN owners made a deal with Gordon McLendon to purchase KNUS-FM in 1967;
the deal fell through that June, and KNUS went to non-simulcast programming
(of sister KLIF) thereafter...and the rest is ratings history! The
new station was to become KPCN-FM and simulcast KPCN-AM. When KPCN
switched to KKDA and an easy listening format in 1969, country listeners
were directed via commercials to try KYAL-AM; dropping C&W music was
attributed to the runaway success of competitor KBOX and their country
format. Daytime-only station.
Prairie. Call letters established 10/20/1960. Nickname:
Format: Black/Rhythm and Blues. Owner: Rounsaville of
Dallas (bought for $300,000.) Rounsaville had to divest of heritage
Atlanta station WQXI to buy KRZY. Notables: George Truehart,
Cal Druxman ,
Robert Rounsaville. Daytime-only station.
Prairie. Call letters established 9/1/1959. Nickname: "Kissin'."
Owner: John "Buck" Buchanan dba Kissin' Radio Inc. (9/1/1959-1960.)
Format: Top 40, with Rhythm and Blues (afternoons, 1959-60,) R&B
(1960; jock Don Logan says, "We made some respectable numbers the third
quarter of 1959, but the station changed formats to Black, because there
was no beating KLIF and KBOX.") Notables: Don
Logan aka Jesse James (as jock) and aka Jess Huntley (as newscaster,)
Joe Bagby ,
Tony Davis (late of KGKO-1480,) Father J. Von Braun (conducted religious
programming on weekends,) Rudy Runnels aka King Arthur (PD.) Located
at the Cliff Towers Hotel, 329 Colorado, in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas.
Prairie. Station established 8/3/1957 (applied for license 1/1955;
granted 2/27/1957.) Owner: Earl Bodine
and Anson Brundage dba Three Cities Radio (fought for three years with
two other applicants to get 730 frequency,) C. R. Sargent (mayor of Grand
Prairie.) Format: Top 40. Nickname: "Your Radio
Companion, Serving the Golden Triangle with The Best in Music and the Latest
News" (the "Golden Triangle" consisted of Grand Prairie, Arlington and
Irving.) Flagship station for the Arlington State College (now UTA)
Rebels; also provided 7-AAAA high school sports broadcasts. Programs:
"The Bob Bruce Show," "Sunrise Variety Show." Notables: Earl
Bodine (co-owner and engineer,) Anson Brundage (co-owner and ND,) Ralph
"Buddy" Widman (SM,
who told reporters at the station's sign-on that, "This will be no 'hick'
station;" Widman was late of WFAA-AM/TV; returned to WFAA-AM in 10/1958;)
Wes Ellis, "Dandy" Don Logan
(1959; continued into KKSN,) Chuck Wallace, Bob Bruce (host of "The Bob
Bruce Show,") Dennis Bruton, David Hultsman, Joe Bagby (who
says he started at the station in 1955 at age 17, but records show KBCS
not going on the air until 1957.) Located at the Hancock Building
at 109 W. Main St in Grand Prairie (initially was to be at the Lennox Hotel,
but changed at the last moment,) then to studios constructed at the transmitter
site on Beatty Road, south of Grand Prairie, in 2/1959. Broadcasted
with 500 watts. Daytime-only station.
Unknown station date (had active CP during 1950 and 1951; deleted by 1952;
cannot confirm that station ever signed on.) Owner: Texas Star
Unknown station date. Campus station for the University of Texas-Arlington.
serving the Dallas market:
Station established fall, 1947. Other sources place it at 640 kc.
See entry at 89.3 FM.
Garland. Call letters re-established 11/1/1999. Nickname:
"Legends 77", "K-Double A-M," "Where the Legends Live." Owner:
Crawford Broadcasting (to 2007,) Don Crawford Jr dba DJRD Broadcasting
(2007-present.) Format: Oldies/Big Band/Adult Standards.
Call letters stand for "Keep
(a backronym.) Broadcasts in stereo.
Programs: "Sunday Night Bandstand," "Big Band Bash," "The Breakfast
Club," "Saturday Sock Hop," "Sinatra and Friends." Notables: Ken
Linda Martin, Jaan Kalmes aka Jaan McCoy (PD and host of "The Breakfast
Club,") "Deacon" Don Evans (holdover
from KPBC-770,) Hermann Bockelmann, Tammy
Dombeck, Steve Simmons (with KPBC-770 1990-99; returned to 770 in 2002,)
Bill MacCormick aka Bill Dennis (1976-present; PD; began with Crawford
at KPBC-1040AM,) Eddie Hubbard ,
Joe Lacina, Jack Carlisle, Jack Davis (was concurrently PD for KKGM-1630,)
"Willie B," Charles Kuenzi aka Johnny Michaels, Chuck Brinkman (2006-present;
hired after an 18-year stay at KLUV,) Jerry Overton, Tori Logan, Tom Goodridge,
"Cruisin'" Al Taylor (as host of "Saturday Sock Hop,") Ray Van Steen, Don
Dick Roth aka Dick Marshall, Dave Mitchell, Irv Jackson aka Jack Bishop
(to 2006,) Bill Bailey, Cary Richards (as host of "Sinatra and Friends,"
"Big Band Bash" and "Sunday Night Bandstand.") 3rd incarnation for
KAAM and this format (see entries at 1310 and 620.)
Station established and call letters re-established 7/1990 (from 1040 AM.)
Format: Religious, Christian Country (began 3/1992.) Nickname:
"The Witness". Call letters stood for Percy
original owner of Crawford
Broadcasting. Owner: Don Crawford dba Crawford Broadcasting.
Program: "Talk from the Heart," "Power Jam." Notables:
Gordon Griffin, Steve Simmons (1990-99; continued with KAAM-770,) Jaan
McCoy, Bill MacCormick aka Bill Dennis (1976-present; PD; began with Crawford
at KPBC-1040AM,) Chris Goodwin (host of "Power Jam,") Jack Davis, Theda
Holmes (host of "Talk from the Heart,") "Deacon" Don Evans (1990-99;
continued into KAAM-770.) Licensed to Garland in 1979, the frequency
laid dormant until several companies expressed an interest in the mid-1980s;
Century Broadcasting was the top competitor for the FCC license for 770
in 1984, but five years passed before Crawford Broadcasting won out and
put a station on the air.
Ovilla. Low-power station broadcasting city of Ovilla information.
Fort Worth. Station established 5/2/1922, although the station was
on the air, unlicensed, a few months prior to May, 1922. Format:
News/Talk (11/1993-present,) Country ("Country Gold," 8/15/1970-11/1993,)
Adult Standards ("Good Music," 1960s,) Variety/Music (1922-1960s.)
Nickname: "NewsTalk 820," "Radio 820," "A Favorite in Texas for a
Quarter of a Century" (1947.) Owners: Amon Carter
dba Carter Publications, Capital Cities/ABC (1974-present [merged with
ABC in 1986.]) Network affiliation: ABC ("NBC Blue,") NBC.
Sister station to WBAP-FM (simulcasted AM programming to it in the 1950s,)
later renamed KSCS-FM. Broadcasts in stereo. Claims to be first
radio station in Fort Worth, but was actually beaten by the Fort Worth
Press's WPA-AM by a month (however, it does hold the record for longest
tenure of any station in Texas with the same call letters.) Began
life at 833 kc with 5 watts of power (some sources say 10 watts,) increased
to 1.5kW in 1923, moved briefly to 750/618.6 kc, then to 630 kc on 5/12/1923,
to 600 kc on 4/15/1927, to 800 kc on 11/11/1928 (shared with KTHS, Hot
Springs, AR until 1929; KTHS later shared time with KRLD at 1040 kc,) to
10kW in 1929, then to its current 50kW in 1932, and relocated to 820 kc
on 3/29/1941 (the national moving day for clear channel stations as a result
of the Treaty of Havana; WBAP had become a clear channel, "Big 8" station
in 1932 [meaning no other station in the nation could use that same frequency
unless they were VERY low power; as a result, WBAP can be heard across
a reported 42 states, especially at night. Seven other stations in
the US still carry this same type of distinction on other AM frequencies.]
The former 800 kc position was reassigned as a Mexico clear channel instead.)
Station shared frequencies with WFAA-AM from 1938 to 4/27/1970 to maximize
use of 820's signal (they traded dayparts; the strike of a cowbell signaled
the switch from one station to the other! It was the longest-lasting
timeshare agreement in history.) See entry at WFAA-AM for more details.
stand for "We
Program" (nickname was suggested by former
president Herbert Hoover, then with the Federal Radio Commission [pre-FCC;]
jokesters used to say, "We Bore All People," and, during Prohibition, "We
Bring A Pint.") First US station to establish a country music variety
show broadcasting a la "Grand Ole Opry." Flagship station for Texas
Rangers baseball (1973-1994,) Dallas Mavericks basketball, University of
Texas sports, Baylor University sports, and The Dallas Grand Prix (auto
race in 1984.) Nicknames: "Newstalk 820," "Country Gold" (1970-81,)
"Country Music and a Whole Bunch More" (1981.) Programs: "Today in
Texas," "Helen's Home," "Harris and Company," "Black Night" (began 11/5/1937;
a theater-of-the-mind horror program; see notes below,) "Sports at Six,"
"Variety in Rhythm," "Saturday Morning Roundup," "Metroplex Forum," "Good
Morning Texas," "Metroplex Perspective," "Cyber-Line," "Computers for the
Rest of Us," "Young Americans Club," "Chem Terry Show," "One Man's Opinion,"
"Sugar Cane and February," "Monitor;" early programming broadcasted from
WBAP's initial affiliation with ABC aka NBC-Blue included "Hop Harrigan,"
"Tom Mix," "Ralston Roundup," "The Lone Ranger," "Inner Sanctum," "One
Man's Family." Early days also consisted of broadcasting church services,
news, weather, music request shows (WBAP was the pioneer of this,) church
choir concerts, bedtime stories, local music, and even fire department
calls! (Much like WRR-AM in Dallas.) First regularly-scheduled
newscast presented on 7/10/1935. Commercial-free for several years
in the 1920s. Station band: The Chuck Wagon Gang.
Sparks (producer and announcer; worked concurrently at WBAP-TV; currently
GM of the 14-station CDR Radio Network in the Ohio Valley,) Harold Hough
(known as "H. H.," as the custom in the early days was to identify by initials
only; he soon took the nickname "Hired Hand,") Joe
Don Harris (I) (2/1957-1981; host of "Harris and Company," returned to
WBAP later and retired 1/2/1998,) Doug Helton, Porter Randall
(longtime voice of TSN News via KFJZ-AM,) Glenn "Uncle Hank" Craig ,Gene
Reynolds, Jim Vinson, Ben Harrover, James Calloway, Gordon Fitzgerald,
Chem Terry ,
Layne Beaty, Gene Baugh, Lee Woodward (brother of actor Morgan Woodward,)
Ted Graves, Tyler Cox, Rick Hadley (ND,) Frank "Dink" Dinkins, Phil Wygant
(husband of WBAP/KXAS entertainment reporter Roberta "Bobbie" Wygant,)
Hal Thompson, Frank Mills (concurrently with WBAP/KXAS-TV; logged 41 years
with the stations before retiring,) James "Jim" Byron
(became news director in 1944 and was later ND for WBAP-TV; began career
with Carter Publications as an unpaid reporter for the "FW Star-Telegram"
in the 1930s,) Sally Francis, Francis "February" Quinn, Frank "Great Lover"
McMordie, John "Uncle Oscar" Jordan, Conrad "Master of Ceremonies" Brady,
Jack Amlung (MD,) Captain M. J. Bonner (hosted a "Grand Ole Opry"-styled
variety show that began on 1/4/1923,) David DuPont, Neil Hackett, Dick
(longtime Texas Rangers announcer; see Dick's bio
Helen Risenhoover (wife of Dick; assisted with his morning radio reports,)
Ray Whitworth aka Ray Kennedy (traffic, and as producer of "The Midnight
Cowboy Trucking Network,") Ted Gouldy, Alex Burton, Tom Whelan, Grace New
(first radio/TV beat reporter, and a female to boot!), John Rook, Mike
Hoey, Doug Adams (later in management with KXAS-TV; was newsman for Bill
Mack's show,) Ron Gray, Don Norman, Tony Lawrence, Harold
(concurrently WBAP/KXAS-TV weatherman,) Milton Brown (as station's orchestra
leader for "Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies.")
Smith aka Bill Mack (II) ("The Midnight
Cowboy;" 2/1969-3/31/2001; although station format was "Good Music" in
the 1960s, Mack played Country overnight, and the station eventually changed
formats to match; Mack voted Texas' #1 Country DJ, 1971-2001; Mack wrote
the hit country song, "Blue," for LeeAnn Rimes in 1997; Mack moved his
show to XM on 9/10/2001,) Don Day ,
Scott Crowder (to 3/31/2008,) Denis Martyn (2003-2004; was longtime McLendon-esque
newscaster at KOY-AM, Phoenix,) Mike Hambrick (2005; former KTVT anchor-turned-Washington
activist; brother of KDFW's Judd Hambrick,) Sandy Beach, Norwood McLendon,
Mark Davis (began 3/28/1994,) Dan Potter (1986-8/2006,) Dick Siegel (1/1981-11/2002;
came from KPLX-FM with Hal Jay,) Rick Roberts, Harroll Harbuck aka Hal
Jay (1/26/1981-present; longtime morning show host; Jay hosted BOTH the
morning and afternoon drive programs from 1981-94; was also PD from 1/1981-8/1981;
"Jay" comes from early in his career, where he worked with his father,
Hal Harbuck Sr, at the same station..."J" was short for "junior,") Joe
Stroop, Hugh Savage aka "Heywood U-Sue-Me" (character on Hal Jay's morning
show, 1997-2002; moved to KFWR-FM,) Sean Chastain, Randy Galloway (1984-2003;
host of "Sports at Six;" show moved to sister KESN-FM in 2003; concurrently
sportswriter for the "Fort Worth
Star-Telegram,") Steve Lamb (1/31/1986-present; married to former WBAP
reporter and current KXAS-TV reporter Deborah Ferguson,) Randy Williams,
Calvin (1995-1996,) Ellen Gallagher, Freddie Mercer, Earl McDonald,
Anthony Hennes, Kathryn Reynolds, Gary
Smith (1969-1973,) Marion Allen, Peter Molyneaux, Muriel Sprowles,
Bud Sherman, Bob Crowley (to 3/10/2009,) Bryan Lundberg (currently with
KTRH-AM, Houston,) Eileen Flake, Jim Hill, Herb Southern, Dave Dogular,
Dave Burns, Merl Tucker, Rick Hill, Ray Coday Jr
aka Ray Lincoln, Frank Parrish, George Cranston, Allen Sciaia, Randy Hames
(currently "Irving Harrigan" on KILT-Houston,) Kerry Alford aka Jimmy Stewart,
G. L. Ausmus, Dorothy Compere Woodfin, Mark Holtz
(Texas Rangers announcer, 1981-1994,) Al Wisk (currently a Dallas attorney
and formerly the LA Rams announcer,) Mel Dacus, Amy Chodroff, Bob Mills,
Layne Beaty, Larry Fitzgerald, David Daniel, Jack Brown (concurrently
with WBAP-TV,) David Perkins
aka Charlie Brown (1970,) Susan Darwin (married to former KSCS manager
Dean James,) Mark Wainwright, Chuck Cooperstein, Bill Hix ,
Brad Wright (concurrently KXAS-TV anchorman,) Jim Baker, Tonya Blankenship
(2003-2004; left for KRLD-AM and returned briefly to WBAP in 2005,) Cathy
Martindale, Deborah Ferguson (concurrently with KXAS-TV news; married to
WBAP sports anchor Steve Lamb,) Steve Cumming (1995-3/2004.)
"Texaco Star" reporter,) Michael Moser aka Michael T. Parker (began 2002,)
(1946-1971,) Grace Robinson, Bob Shomper (left 2006,) Ben Laurie, Alyce
Caron (former KXAS-TV news anchor,) Dave Dumas, Bruce Neal ,
Jim Brady, David Allen, Joe Kelley (2001-2007; co-host of "Midnight Trucking
Show,") Elbert Haling, Hal Collins (host of "One Man's Opinion,") Norvell
Slater, Freda Ross-Findley (late of KETR-FM,) James Alderman
(began 1931,) Fil Alvarado (later with KDFW-TV,) Jeff Austin aka Jeff Allen
(traffic,) Don Thompson,
Blaine Brooks (traffic, 2002-2005,) Alan Barnes (traffic, 2002-6/30/2009,)
Becky Chavaria, Hal Chestnutt, Bill Coates, Hal King (concurrently
an Irving police officer,) Steve Coryell ,
Carl Cramer, Jeremy Procter-Smith aka Jeremy Charles (traffic, 2003-2005,)
Jack Dillon ,
Steven "Stubie" Doak (2003-present; late of KCAF,) Dee Elliott, Al Fasel,
Forester, John Hare (now president
of ABC Radio,) Norm Hitzges, Breck Harris (also with WBAP-TV,) James Hawthorne
(1984-1985,) Ellie Hogue, David Yates,
Laura Houston (1992-present) and Monty Cook (2001-present) (longtime husband-wife
traffic reporters on the station,) Nancy Johnson, Guy "Curly" Woodward,
Sheb Wooley (1946-49; country singer; hosted music show sponsored by Calumet
Baking Powder,) "Maurice" aka "Brother Pink Nose," Jim Baker, Mike Jacobs,
Dan Lewis (to 2009,) Dale "Pee Wee" Woodward, Cecil Knight (longtime traffic
reporter for KPRC-Houston,) Martha
Martinez, Kevin McCarthy, John McCarty
aka John Reid, Gary McNamara, Bill Merrill ,
Jim Miklaszewski (currently with NBC News,) Maria Miller (traffic, to 2007,)
Russell Scott (traffic,) Dave Barnett, Dan Flanagan, Ben Ortega aka Ben
Martin (traffic, 2005-present,) "Catfish" Jim Prewitt (traffic, 2002-1/19/2004,)
Mary Ann Razzuk (currently with WFAA-TV,) Jim Reeves, Art Riley (last jock
to flip switch on timeshare arrangement with WFAA on 4/27/1970,) Dick Yaws
(began 1964 [other sources say May, 1970;] concurrently Fort Worth police
sergeant to 1973; hosted "Good Morning Texas,") Jim Ryan, John
Scott (to 6/30/2009,)
(II) (traffic, 5/22/2003-6/30/2009,)
Stone (longtime Dallas Mavericks announcer and sports director at KDFW-TV,)
John Waelti, Jerry Walker, A. M. Whitford (PD, late 1950s,) Mick Williams
(host of "Cyber-Line" [7/27/1997-2001] and "Computers for the Rest of Us,")
(best known as voice of Campbell Soup's "Mmm Mmm Good"!), Scott Hodges
(1970,) Tony Williams (traffic, to 2003,) Debbie Alcocer aka Debbie Douglas
(to 6/30/2009,) Danny Moffat (traffic,) Nancy Jay, Rusty "Rush" Limbaugh
(via satellite; trained for radio at Dallas' Elkins Institute in the late-1960s!)
Station located on the 22nd floor of the Blackstone Hotel (1930s,) at Broadcast
Hill (rear of 3900 Barnett St, 1948-1994,) and at 2221 East Lamar St in
Schroeder's book, "Texas Signs On," is an invaluable resource on the history
of WBAP radio and TV; much of the early information here was derived from
it. A must-read!
who began at WBAP in the summer of 1936, relates a story of how he and
college friend Ronald Reagan were en route to Hollywood to "become stars,"
and made a stop-over in Fort Worth. Mills decided to check out the
local job market, and was offered a position with KGKO, then one with WBAP.
Reagan opted to finish the journey to California by himself, and the rest
is history! (Thanks to former WBAP anchor Ward Andrews for this trivia
a 1937-38 theater-of-the-mind horror program, was a 30-minute, WBAP-produced
nighttime drama consisting of mostly Edgar Allan Poe horror story re-enactments,
complete with sound effects and eerie narrations. Each show was preceded
with the following warning: "Any person with a weak heart or weak
stomach is advised to switch the dial or take the consequences."
Notables working in or on the show (some were part of "The WBAP Players")
included June Harrison, Nelson Olmstead, Harry Hoxworth, Ken Douglas, A.
M. Woodford, Morris Steinberg, Virginia Wiltten (writer who adapted Poe's
and other stories for radio,) Johnny Sullivan, and music by Gene Baugh's
orchestra and Don Gillis. (Thanks to historian Karl Schadow for all
the research on this; if you have any more information or details about
the "Black Night" program, contact Karl at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
the first station in the area to broadcast in stereo, albeit in an unconventional
way. One channel was broadcast over WBAP-AM, with the other over
WBAP-FM, creating a true stereo effect to those listeners who had two radios
to pick up both frequencies! Bill Barclay and Lee "Woody" Woodward
were the hosts of this broadcast in the 1950s; Woodward says, "I don't
recall that it generated a lot of talk, but it was the first."
into the radio business, owner Amon Carter told his circulation manager
at the Star-Telegram, Harold Hough, that, "if this radio thing is going
to be a menace to newspapers, maybe we had better own the menace!"
When asked about possible start-up costs, Hough told Carter, "We can get
the transmitter for $200, and it shouldn't cost more than $50 to set it
up." Carter replied, "All right. We'll put $300 into this radio
thing, and when that's gone, we're out of the radio business." That
was over 80 years ago now, and Carter's investment proved to be a wise
Carrollton. Call letters established 5/15/1997 in Anadarko, OK; station
itself established 2/17/1970. Went dark and moved into Dallas market
6/10/2003 and requested call letters KRPT. Station was rumored to
be Brokered Asian format, but signed on with Tropical/News/Talk format
on 5/3/2004, then to Spanish Catholic (10/2/2006-present; a mixture of
talk and music.) Nickname: "La Promesa," "La Brava," "Super
Tejano," "DFW's Best Tejano," "Metro-Wide with Tejano Pride." Owner:
BP DFW, Guadalupe Radio Network. Broadcasts with 5,000 watts.
Daytime-only station. Simulcasted KFJZ-870 (see below.) Currently
sister station of KATH-910AM.
KFJZ, Fort Worth.
Call letters re-established 1/20/1984 (calls and format moved from 1270
AM.) Format: Big Band/Standards (officially "Al Ham's Music
of your Life" [formerly at KFJZ-1270]) (1/20/1984-2/28/1986; moved to KAAM-1310,)
Spanish (2/28/1986-10/1/2006,) Spanish Catholic (10/2/2006-present.)
Simulcasted with KJON-850 to 9/30/2006. Nickname: "La Pantera"
('The Panther,') "Super Tejano," "DFW's Best Tejano," "Metro-Wide with
Tejano Pride." Owner: Garden City Broadcasting. Programs:
"Voice of Texas," "Little Panthers."
Notables as "Spanish":
Pancho Pistolas, David Cruz (host of "Voice of Texas;" show moved from
KESS-1270.) Notables as "Big Band/Standards": Howard
(ND, public service director and personality,) Rhett Caraway, Scott Reese,
Gary Reid, John McCarty, Ray Edwards. Station filed bankruptcy in
2/1994, but still remains on the air today. Daytime only station.
KJIM, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 2/25/1957. Format: MOR, Country, Big
Band (1950s and 1970s.) Owners (in order:) Blue Bonnet Broadcasting
(2/25/1957-4/1/1958,) Bill Schueler
and actor Jimmy Stewart
dba Trinity Broadcasting (Trinity changed from the KCNC calls to something
'more catchy,') (4/1/1958-12/31/1962,) W. E. "Bill" Windsor (12/31/1962-?;
bought AM and FM outlets for $300,000,) Kurt Meer dba Dalworth Broadcasting
(bought in 1967 after selling off KCUL-AM/FM,) Everett Salley, C. D. Salley,
Broadcasting Consultants Corp. (1/1/1970-?.) Sister station to KJIM-FM/KFWT-FM
and KFWT-TV until 5/1/1966, when AM was sold. Network affiliation:
MBS. Nicknames: "The Sound of Good Music," "KJIM Kountry."
Program: "Love of God Hour." Notables: Glenn "Uncle Hank"
Jim "Shootin'" Newton ,
Arnold Poovey aka "Texas" Joe Poovey aka "Groovey" Joe Poovey ,
Bob Bruton, Russ Bloxom
(1959-1961,) Bill Hix ,
Ben Toney, Morgan Choat, Brad
Wilson, Ray Weathers, Cal Druxman (GM,)
Bill Crable, Jim Rose aka Jim Nelson (1973-1974; Rose worked concurrently
for KFJZ-AM,) Dennis Turner, Jimmy Birdsong, Gene Hatton, Ben Smith, "Babblin'"
Bob Bick, Walt Jones, Darrell Monroe (ND,) George Faulder, Andy Anderson,
Terry Beene (creator of the Terry
Awards,) George Farrar
(host of "Love of God Hour" [show later moved to KSKY.]) KJIM's mobile
studio was a two-man trailer called "Big Jim," made in the shape of an
8' microphone! Station located at 2212 East 4th Street in Fort Worth.
KJIM lives...see 1500 AM below.
KCNC, Fort Worth.
Station established 2/15/1947. Format: Variety. Owner:
Ray Collins, Blue Bonnet Broadcasting (and one source cites Pat Boone as
having partial ownership in the late 1950s.) Programs: "Milk
Bucket Brigade," "What's New," "Mainly for Women," "Home Fashions in Melody,"
"Melody Time," "Western Express," "KCNC Radio Playhouse," "Disc n' Date,"
"Gordon Fitzgerald Show," "Blues at Sundown." Notables: Bob
Bruton, Joe Wills, Jerry Hahn, Don Boles, Robert "Little Richard" Smith
(first black jock in Fort Worth,) Walt Jones, Jack Raymond, Tom Ellis,
Ken McClure aka Ken Knox,
William Keck, "Great Scott," Luther Adkins aka Jim Bradley (PD, commercial
manager and jock,) Willie Nelson (later a C&W singer, of course!
Willie's opening line on his first day was, "This is your ol' cotton pickin',
snuff dippin', tobacco chewin', coffee pot dodgin', dumplin' eatin', frog
giggin' hillbilly from Hill Country!" He also hosted a children's
show,) Lee Woodward (brother
of actor Morgan Woodward,) James Clemmons, Micky Murphy, Andres Mantecon .
First DFW station to implement ethnic programming. Station relocated
from 720 kc.
DeSoto. Low-power station broadcasting city of DeSoto information.
Frisco. Call letters established 1/23/2007, although Catholic programming
began under KXEB calls on 10/2/2006. Owner: Chatham Hill Foundation/Guadalupe
Radio Network. Network affiliation: EWTN. Programs:
"Life on the Rock," "Next Way of Life" (both provided by EWTN.) Sister
station of KJON-850. Notables: Dave Palmer, Claire Romano, Drew Johnson.
Call letters established 3/16/1990. Format: Catholic (10/2/2006-present;
simulcasted to KFJZ-870 in Spanish,) Liberal Talk ("Air America") (3/21/2005-10/1/2006,)
Spanish ("Radio Fiesta Mexicana," "Solo Exitos,") (?-3/20/2005,) Brokered
Voice of Asia (11/1999-?,) Spanish (9/6/1999-11/1999,) Soft Oldies (via
ABC's "Unforgettable" format (8/11/1998-9/6/1999) and ABC's "Stardust"
format (1/1998- 8/11/1998,) Black Gospel (to 1/1998.) Owners: Spanish
Broadcasting System, Rodriguez, Pesa Broadcasting, El Dorado. Nickname:
"Radio Fiesta Mexicana," "Joy 910," "Fab 105." Was sister station to KTCY-FM
(simulcasted their All-Beatles format in 1995.) Began simulcasting
to 1150 AM on 8/1/2001. Notables: John LaBella
(via ABC's "Stardust" format,) Kevan
"Smokin' B" Browning, Willie Mae
McIver, Luis de la Garza. As Air America: Marc Maron,
Mark Riley, Al Franken, Katherine Lanpher, Chuck D., Rachel Maddow, Janeane
Garofalo, Sam Seder, Mike Malloy, Laura Flanders, Kyle Jason, Ed Schultz.
Station moved city of license from Sherman to Frisco in 2003.
Call letters established 11/10/1988. Format: Spanish, Standards.
Call letters established 7/1975. Format: Hot AC/Top 40 (to
1986,) Country (1986-?,) Standards (?-11/1988.) Nickname: "Kick-m
Country." Owners: Sher-Den Communications (1975-?,) Hawthorne
Broadcasting (6/1985-?,) Jerry Snyder and Associates. Network affiliation:
TSN. Notables: Steve Eberhart
(to 9/1978; left for KVIL,) Ken Barnett aka John Paul Stevens, Melissa
Murphy, Richard Kelley, Bob McKinzie, Gil Nelson, John Samford, Gary Mayer,
Terry King, Larry Richardson, Bill Samford, Barry
Cope (1979-81; now "Elvis Duran" on WHTZ-New York,) Don Sitton aka Don
Miller, Larry Carolla (1976,) Barry
Diamond, Debbie Hillman. Sister station to KIKM-FM; initially, nights
were simulcasted to FM, then FM became a full simulcast of AM. Thereafter,
each station operated independently, with the FM on automation (beginning
in 1977.) Former employee Steve Eberhart explains: "The AM
jock had to babysit the FM automation system down the hall. It was
our duty to change the tapes before they ran out to ensure the thing stayed
on the air. We, being the live jocks on the Top 40 AM, couldn't have
cared less, and many a time, the tapes ran out...One time, the tapes all
ran out, which ended up cueing the last event of the day, a PSA cart which
it played, cued up, and played again...and again...and again. A lady
called in and said, 'I think you need to go check on your disc jockey;
he keeps reading the same thing over and over!'" Later, a security
camera was set up so the AM jocks could see the reels getting empty.
Broadcasted with 1,000 watts. KIKM was regularly used as a "farm
team" for KVIL-FM; over the years, KVIL stole Barnett, King and Eberhart
from the station. Station broadcasted 6AM-12AM. The KIKM calls
were still active until 5/26/1999 as KIKM-FM (at 101.7.) See entries
at 96.7 and 101.7 FM for more details.
Station established 10/15/1936 at 1310 kc (at 100 watts, then 250 watts,
daytime only,) moved to 880 kc on 6/18/1940 (at 1,000 watts, 24 hours a
day) and moved to 910 kc by 1949. Call letters stood for "Red
Format: Country (days) and Top 40 (nights) (1950s,) Top 40 (1960s-10/1974,
Country (10/1974-7/1975.) Owners: Grayson Radio (5/1972-?,)
Hicks Family, W. Glenn Duncan and Terry McGovern dba McDunn, Inc (9/1965-?,)
George H. Wilcox and T. B. Lanford dba Red River Valley Broadcasting (1936-?.)
Network affiliation: MBS, TSN (and initially received news via wireless
radio in Morse code from Trans-Radio Press [1930s.]) One of the largest
1000W antenna patterns in the US. KRRV's tower was the first built
between Dallas and Oklahoma City. Held dual-city license and operated
studios in both cities beginning 12/1/1964. Programs: "Don
and Ted," "Mary at Madden's," "Sherman High School On the Air," "Farm Report,"
"Tropical Gardens Ballroom" (KRRV fed their remote broadcast of "Tropical"
to 300 MBS stations on Saturday nights; performers such as Tommy Dorsey
participated. The once-familiar introduction to the show was, "Good
evening, ladies and gentlemen all across America. We are greeting
you from the beautiful and far-famed Tropical Gardens in Denison, where
Texas dances under the stars.") Station bands: "Bud Traweek's
String Strikers," "Knight's Happy Cowboys," "Night Hawks," "D. G. Boys,"
"Happy Go-Lucky Cowboys," "Haskell Rannals and his Dixie Rhythm Boys,"
"Red River Ramblers." Notables: Jack Maquire, Bill Jaco and
Tom E. Spellman (both defected to KTAN-1500 in 1947, and they later co-owned
it,) Dorothy Cox (1937-59,) Lofton L. Hendrick (SM, 1936-56,) Ken Jones
(reporter and salesman, 1962; currently owns KHYI-FM,) Evelyn Powers (singer,)
William Campbell, Bonnie Beardsley, Rosemary Foundray (singer,) Maurice
Wray (and his wife,) V. A. Coker, Edd Routt, Harold Hastings, Glenn Duncan,
Brice Dickson, John L. Blaine, Roy Pickett, Grant Turner (1941; later voice
of the Grand Old Opry,) Barry Cope (now known
as "Elvis Duran" on WHTZ-New York,) M. H.
and Eual Short (pre-teen singers, 1938,) Leo Reynolds ,
Buddy Harris, Eloise Jouvenat, Tom John, W. W. Shelley, Boyd Kelly, Doyle
Jim Thomas, Earl Ellington,
Ray Hohl, Terry James, Tommy Loy
(jock; later famous trumpet player,) W. Harrison (as host of "Farm Report.")
Sister station to KDSG-FM (later KIKM-FM.) Located at 1910 S. Crockett
St (1936-2/3/1941, when the building burned down,) then temporarily to
the Chamber of Commerce office at 421 N. Crockett St, then to Texoma Parkway
(old US 75, just north of US 82) on 5/2/1941 (this building was recently
razed; it was used through 2002 for later occupants of the 910 frequency.)
Richardson studios were located at 318 E. Main Street.
CP issued 6/8/2007 (station currently in Belton, TX) and no further action
has been taken since late 2007. Owner: JLF Communications.
Was to have been new local home for BizRadio Network, who decided to go
with KJSA-1110AM instead.
dissolved on 3/21/2005)
Call letters re-established c. 2004, off air on 3/21/2005. Format:
Sports Talk (simulcast of KTCK-1310.) Frequency was dissolved and
call letters relocated to 1700 kc as part of the FCC's dial expansion program
Call letters established 3/19/2002. Format: Ethnic (as "Radio
Desi" via LMA,) Sports (simulcast of KTCK-1310.) Owner: Susquehanna.
Call letters resurrected from KYNG-105.3.
Call letters established 6/22/1998. Format: Talk (simulcast
of KLIF-570.) Owner: Susquehanna (bought 4/30/1998.)
Station established 9/26/1948 at 1220 kc; moved to 950 in 1953. Owner:
B. V. Hammond (with co-owner Lofton Hendrick,) Sock Hop Radio, Susquehanna
(bought 3/13/1998 along with 1700 kc.) Nickname: "The Voice
of Texomaland," "Sock Hop Radio." Network affiliation: LBS.
Program: "Daddy-O Drag." Notables: Charles Davis, Jim
Thomas, Rex Russell, John Hale, Don Day .
Sister station to KDSX-101.7 FM (later known as KDSQ, KDVE and KIKM.)
950 was apparently sold in favor of purchasing 910 (see above.)
KHVN, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 6/3/1985. Format: Black Gospel.
Owner: Mortenson Broadcasting (5/31/2002-present,) Infinity/CBS (3/1996-5/31/2002,)
Granum (3/1991-3/1996,) Gillmore (1988-1991.) Originally sister
station to KDLZ-FM (1985-12/23/1988) and later KJMZ-FM/KRBV-FM (12/23/1988-12/2001)
and KGGR (12/2001-present.) Program: "Community Forum."
Notables: Dave Martin (GM,) Alisa Robinson, Joe Bagby,
Robert Ashley (ND and host of "Community Forum,") Drew Dawson, Katrina
Bryant, Cedric Bailey, Warren Brooks, Keith Solis, Tanya English, Barbara
Mallory-Calloway (former Dallas City Councilwoman,) Dexter Andrews, Lawanna
Johnson, Sister Minnie Francis ,
Rev. David Green ,
James Mitchell, Michael Ray. Scheduled to go dark on 12/31/2007 as
part of the FCC's dial expansion program of 1989, in exchange for a frequency
with a full day/night schedule on KKGM-1630.
Worth. Call letters established 3/15/1982. Format: Jazz.
Call letters stood for saxophone.
Sister station to KNOK-FM. Owner: Earl G. Graves dba EGG-Dallas
aka Black Enterprises. Notables: Alisa Robinson, "Wee" Willie
Bob Stewart, Kevin Singer, Robert Ashley.
KNOK, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 1953. Format: Variety/Ethnic (1953-1954,)
R&B with Country and Spanish on weekends (1954-1957,) R&B (exclusively;
first in area to do so) (1957-1968 and simulcasted fulltime to KNOK-FM;
simulcasted 50% from 1968 to 2/5/1979,) Jazz (2/5/1979-3/15/1982; separately
programmed from AM.) Owner: Jack Flood dba Associated Broadcasters
(1953-1956,) John Kluge (1956-1960; Kluge later founded Metromedia,) Townsend
Investment Company aka Townsend Fund Stations (1960-1963,) Chatham Corporation
(1963-1978,) Earl G. Graves dba EGG-Dallas aka Black Enterprises (1978-1988,)
Sheridan Broadcasting. Sister station to KNOK-FM. Primarily a black
station in the 1950s and 1960s, FW's Delbert McClinton was the very first
white artist played on the station with his song, "Wake Up Baby," in the
early 1960s. Programs: "Turner's Turntable," "Blues at Sunrise,"
"Doodle for Dollars," "Homeshow," "Gospel Train," "Negro Spiritual Hour,"
"Gospel Music Train," "Shootin' the Breeze," "Top O' the Day," "Big D Express,"
"Jubilee Serenade," "Blues at Sunset," "DJ's Showcase." Notables:
Hepburn (GM, 2/1957-1960; President/part-owner with singer Pat Boone,
1960-1963; President/25% owner, 1963-1978,) Dean McClain, Bill Hix ,
Dell Cook, Neil Baird, Jerry Park, "Mr. Lucky," Lenita Johnson, Jimmy Clemons,
Charles Brewer, Tony Price, Bob Stewart (morning show host who also had
a jazz trio, "Bob Stewart and Company,") Roy Johnson, Julia Scott, Frank
Clarke, Jerry Thomas (began 1954,) Curtis Pierce ,
Jerry Spencer, Freddie Jenkins, Ruben T. "Mad Lad" Washington, Larry
Carolla (1976,) "Big" Jim Randolph, "Wee" Willie Culton .
Daytime only station (but from 1957-1979, KNOK-FM simulcasted KNOK-AM;
when the AM signed off at sunset, the FM simply continued on seamlessly
thereafter.) Station was located at 3601 Kimbo in Fort Worth, but
maintained an office and studio concurrently in Dallas.
KWBC, Fort Worth.
Station established 12/4/1946. Format: Variety/Ethnic with
black-oriented, amateur and public service programming. Owners:
Associated Broadcasters, Worth
(run by P. W. Seward, Joe Davies and Ben Smith; bought transmitter building
and tower site for $6,545 and studios for $35,000; total cost to go on-air
at $70,000.) Slogan: "Serving over a Million Texans."
Network affiliation: AP. Broadcasted with 1000 watts.
Programs: "Listen Ladies," "McNeil at the Wheel." Notables:
Moses Cardona, Alton Cocke, Ed Hogan (1940s;
announcer and later PD; later was host of WFAA-TV's daily "Dialing for
Dollars" movie,) Dean McClain (began R&B music in 1950 on one-hour
program, "McNeil at the Wheel,") Mary K. Middleton, Margaret Bruyere aka
Margaret Brown, Robert Chapman, Roy Loba, P. W. Seward, Joe S. Davies,
Ben G. Smith, William Love aka Lewis Love, Ralph "Buddy" Widman
(PD, 1946-1948;) Eva Robb Watkins (as host of "Listen Ladies,") Everet
Baty, Melvin Parsons, Jim Lowe ,
Mildred Cunningham, Jerry Janes, Marjorie McCarley, Clarence Anglin, E.
H. Walker, J. B. McCrory, J. F. Haacker, Whitson Jones, James E. Rennie,
Rev. J. Frank Norris (who
simulcasted his Sunday morning services from KFJZ in the 1940s; it was
the area's first attempt at simulcasting.) First DFW station to broadcast
a Spanish language program. By 1953, most commercial billings were
from ethnic shows, so owner Associated changed the calls to KNOK and reimaged
the station to serve a black audience. Daytime only station.
Studios located at Joseph Building, 9th and Main in Fort Worth; transmitter
on Old Denton Road, east of Sylvania Avenue.
Call letters established 12/14/2004. Format: Spanish Religious,
Urban (via Rejoice Soul Food syndicated format, 2008,) Talk (live, then
to Talk America on 11/1/2005,) Fox Sports (to 10/31/2005; KHFX took Fox
Sports away on 11/1/2005.) Owner: Dave Schum dba The Watch,
Inc. dba DFW Radio License LLP (to 10/13/2005,) D. B. Swirn (10/13/2005-2007,)
Principal Broadcasting (2007-present.) Currently under LMA to Bernard
Radio-Dallas. Nicknames: "SportsFan 990" (1/2007-present, under
lease arrangement to Thom Bailey,) "Texas Talk Radio." Flagship station
of the FC-Dallas
soccer club (formerly the Dallas Burn.) To have been sister station
to forthcoming KHSE-700 (formerly KCAF.) Basically a re-imaging of
(to 5/2/2005,) Mike Fisher (sports talk host; was last live show on station
after all other employees quit or got fired,) Jerry Overton, Kate Delaney,
Doc Bryce, Dave Marcum, Allan Stanglin, Teena Jones, Chevis King, Joe Howard,
Michael Reagan (via satellite,) Randy Fuller, Martha
Martinez, Bob "Mike" Elmore, Connie Enriquez Herrera. Station
went bankrupt in 8/2005 and was auctioned off 10/13/2005 to D. B. Swirn,
who was Schum's largest creditor, for $9 million (included KHSE;) KFCD/KMSR
was a second chance for owner Schum, who had previously taken 990 to bankruptcy
under KCAF calls on 4/12/2003.
Call letters established 3/3/2004. Format: Talk. Owner:
Dave Schum dba The Watch, Inc. Nickname: "Main
To have been sister station to forthcoming KHSE-700, Wylie (formerly KXXL
and KCAF; KCAF calls were "parked" at 700 when 990 relinquished them.)
Notables: Kevin McCarthy
(longtime DJ at KNUS and later talk show host at KLIF; concurrently hosts
an auto advice show on WBAP,) Don Imus (via satellite,) David Gold, Michael
Reagan (via satellite,) Randy Fuller (traffic,) Jerry Overton (VP/GM,)
Dave Marcum (late of KFWR-FM,) Mike Fisher, Andrea Pilcher, M. I. Blackwell,
Connie Enriquez Herrera (lone holdover from Cafe 990,) Gennifer North (traffic,)
Dave Little, Chuck Cason, David Burrall. Studios located at 12900
Preston Road (in the former KTXQ [Radio One version] and KLTY studios.)
Farmersville. Call letters established 6/27/2002; satellite programming
began 6/28/2002, and live programming began 10/21/2002. Format:
Women's Talk ("Cafe
990," 10/21/2002-10/23/2002,) Conservative Talk via Radio America (6/28/2002-10/21/2002;
10/23/2002-3/3/2004.) Owner: Dave Schum dba Renaissance Radio
aka The Watch, Inc. Nickname: "Cafe
990." To have been sister station to forthcoming KXXL-700, Wylie.
Notables: Gail Lightfoot, Katie Pruitt (PD and talk show host,) Laurie
Seale ("The Six-Foot Blonde,") Lynne Haze (paid a reported $60K a year
to come over from KRNB-FM,) Lora Cain, Dr. Joy Browne (via satellite,)
Steven "Stubie" Doak, Ira
Lipson (created format,) Jim Verde, Barbara Marullo (former KZEW jock in
1975-1976,) Kelly Vrla, Connie Herrera, Mike
Shannon (II.) "Cafe 990" has the unenviable distinction of having
the shortest run of any regular format in DFW radio history, signing off
the format after just three days (see story below.) 60 billboards
touting the station's premiere were rented across town; all contained a
humorous poke at men...such as, "The Seat is Always Down," "Broad Topics,"
etc. Pre-"Cafe" stunting consisted of cafe "sounds"...indistinct
conversations, dishes clanging, etc. After Cafe 990 signed off, Radio
America programming resumed. KCAF was the third station to migrate
from Wichita Falls (KGKO-570 and KAAM-620 were the others.) Station
located at 9400 N. Central (in the former KVIL penthouse studios.)
As a Wichita Falls station, KCAF was previously known as KXXL (2/1/2000-6/27/2002,
although station was already dark when Schum purchased it; former KXXL
owner Dick Moran sued Schum to get the license back,) KTUB (9/4/1998-2/1/2000,)
KWFT (9/25/1995-9/4/1998; taking the former longtime, historic calls from
620AM, which went dark in 1994 and became KAAM in 10/1995,) KNIN (10/7/1991-9/25/1995,)
KKCR (10/19/1990-10/7/1991,) and KGTM (11/9/1983-10/19/1990.)
WHY DID A RADIO STATION SIGN OFF AFTER JUST THREE DAYS ON THE AIR???
and much conjecture surrounded KCAF after its quick fall. Articles
in the Dallas Morning News and the Dallas
Observer painted owner Schum as the bad guy, going into the
transaction undercapitalized and with little business experience.
Dave Schum agreed to an interview for this website in 2004, and the following
timeline is based on documentation and his personal recollection of those
events. This is not meant to explain all sides of the story; others
who spoke to me on the subject had varying observations, and further input
or challenges to the following information by those involved would be welcome
and will be posted. I also encourage you to click the Observer
link above for another take on the story. I claim NO responsibility
for the accuracy and/or truthfulness contained in the following summary:
a license for 990 in 1997, station owner and Dallas restauranteur Dave
Schum hired Scott Savage in 2002 to put together a format and hire talent
to be used on Schum's dormant frequency. The process became a rush
job right off the bat. The pricey, former KVIL penthouse studios
were rented, which were left stripped and bare (and early hires brought
furniture from home to work from.) Ira Lipson, longtime programming
consultant who had come up with the "Zoo" idea for KZEW years earlier,
was brought in to develop the format. Savage did all the hiring and
arranged for all the working capital, but finances ran short very quickly.
Savage used his personal credit card to pay for some needed studio equipment
(Schum estimates about $5,000 worth.) Some of the operations employees
became aware of the cash shortage, but pushed ahead to get the station
on the air anyway, reportedly at Savage's insistence. According to
Schum, most of the on-air talent was signed to long-term contracts (six
years, in some cases.) Already, there were reservations from the
staff about the station not being ready in time, and the power output being
poor (a much-needed power upgrade CP was left in limbo due to financial
shortages.) Putting off the start date was considered, but the billboard
company put heat on the station to run all 60 advertisements according
to the original date planned. On the premiere date, 10/21/2002, Schum
realized that he wouldn't be able to make the first payroll. First,
Schum approached Savage about a loan to cover payroll; Savage agreed, but
then reneged. Schum then checked into bridge financing (a short-term
loan to cover immediate needs,) but was turned down for a $1.5 million
request. He then offered to sell the station to Savage. Savage,
who Schum says had already formed a consortium on the side and was actively
seeking a local station to buy anyway, contacted his own business partner,
Ed Ferreri (dba Pinnacle Broadcasting,) who offered Schum a pitiful $1
up front, and a lump payment of $250,000 later for the entire operation.
(A reasonable price for a working, rimshot AM station at the time would
have been $6-$10 million.) Schum balked at the lowball offer.
On the second day of operations, October 22, some employees received paychecks
that did indeed cash, but HR was told to not pass out any more. An
employee meeting held that evening allowed Schum to explain what was going
on, and all of the employees decided to go forth and keep the station on
the air anyway...provided Schum accepted Savage's buyout offer. Savage
indicated that he had the cash to cover payroll, but wouldn't cover it
if Schum didn't sell him the station. At 3PM the following day, October
23, the employees were gathered again for Schum to announce that payroll
would still not be met, and at 7PM, Schum told the group that he had refused
Savage's offer. Everyone then packed their bags and walked out, after
a mere three days on the air.
contention is that Savage always had his sights set on wrestling the station
away from him, and that Savage rushed the premiere process along and made
the station doomed to fail. Schum identified one employee, who was
a friend and former co-worker of Savage's, who engaged in theatrics during
the meetings to galvanize the rest of the employees against Schum.
He also blames CFO Carla Phillips for hastily cutting the check for the
billboards instead of making payroll. Regardless, Schum sought bankruptcy
to protect his assets, and was filed on by Savage, Ira Lipson and TM Century
(local jingle service,) along with many of the employees who were not paid
and/or had contracts. By early 2004, Schum said that he was through
most of the process of paying off those debts, and that 990 would again
take to the airwaves that April. While Schum's second attempt at
running a station lasted longer, it was met with much of the same financial
woes, and ended up being sold to a creditor at auction in October, 2005.
Dallas. Call letters established 7/1990. Format: Black
Religious. Owner: Mortenson Broadcasting. Nickname:
Notables: Lador Frank, Ann Arnold, Alvin McCottry aka "Brother Al,"
Calvin Foster, Jerome Thomas, Tonya Hall. Daytime only station.
Call letters established 10/26/1973 (but programming began 10/20/1973.)
Format: Religious. Owner: Don Crawford Sr dba Crawford
Broadcasting. Call letters stood for Percy
original owner of Crawford Broadcasting. KPBC moved to 770 AM in
3/1990 to increase signal (see entry there.) Nickname: "The
Warm Sound," "Stereo Love 1040." Programs: "The Overcomers
Club," "Dr. Moon Show." Notables: Chuck
Mohnkern, Jeff Dale, Bill MacCormick aka Bill Dennis (1976-present;
PD; continued into KPBC-770AM and KAAM-770AM,) Tony Lawrence, Chris Goodwin,
Connell aka Crash Kelly, Doreen Day, Jeff Dale, Robert Moon (as host
of "The Dr. Moon Show,") "Deacon" Don Evans
(hosted a call-in 'help' show for listeners, entitled "The Overcomers Club,"
solving problems with a song.) Logo above was an answer to KVIL-FM's
annual bumper sticker distribution ("I Love KVIL," "KVIL Loves Me," etc.)
Daytime only station.
Station established 6/8/1947. Format: Easy Listening/M-O-R/"Beautiful
Music." Owners: Lee Segall (created
the national radio program, "Dr. I. Q.,") dba Variety Broadcasting, with
celebrity minority owners Tyrone Power, Dallasite Greer Garson and William
Holden and local partner Julius Schepps; Robert and Theodore Strauss dba
Strauss Broadcasting (2/15/1964-?; Theodore was a sales man at KIXL from
1947-1964.) Nickname: "The New Radio Concept." Daytime simulcasting
to sister station KIXL-FM (nickname was "104 on Both Dials.") Network
affiliation: American Information Network. Feature: "Think
It Over" (short famous quotations and 'thoughts-for-the-day;' later assembled
into two books and sold to interested listeners.) Programs:
"Radio Town Mirror" ('Radio Town' was the nickname of KIXL's building,)
SMU Theatre of the Air," "Radio Phone Club," "From Bed to Worse," "Prisoner
of War," "Homemaker Show," "Music Review," "March of Music," "What's New,"
"Viewpoint," "Midday Masterpieces," "Deems Taylor Classics." Notables:
Bob Johnston (1960-1961,) Hugh Lampman
(1952-1954,) Murray Followill (father
of Dallas Mavericks radio announcer Mark Followill,) Meg Healy (host
of "Meg Healy's Homemaker Show,") Ricky Cox, Ken Foote, Frank Filesi ,
Jerry Haynes (later "Mr. Peppermint" on WFAA-TV,) Pierce Allman, Dick Hitt
(later Dallas Times Herald columnist,) Charlie Payne, Jack Darden, Rev.
Jimmy McClain (voice of "Think It Over" and played the role of "Dr. I.
Q.;" became a NW Texas minister in the late 1940s after leaving WFAA-AM,)
Harold "Hal" Smith ,
Bob Tripp, Marvin Hillis, Paul Gleiser (1971-1972,) Phil Davis, Bill Shaw
(1952-53,) Don Robinson, David Healy (son of Meg,) Bill Bailey, Jonathan
Hayes aka Jeff Edward (10/1970-6/1973; longtime personality and traffic
reporter; currently with KLUV's morning show,) Dave Beuret (to 1971,) Rob
Edwards, John Wilson, Les Sims, David Bradshaw, Bill Morgan, Jim Mitchell,
Olin Terry, Joe Hickman, Shirley Stone, Clate Holm, Ben
Laurie, Neal Browne,
Van Riper. Applied for TV station on Channel 2 in 1948.
Located at "Radio Town," 1401 S. Akard St, south of downtown Dallas; transmitter
located at Military Pkwy and Forney Road. Daytime only station.
Station licensed on 5/9/1927, but apparently never signed on air.
Owner: Henry "Dad" Garrett (who had started up WRR in 1922.)
Dallas. Station established 10/31/1926 (other sources say 2/14/1926
and 10/30/1926.) Format: Variety, News/Sports/Talk (1/7/2002-present,)
Easy Listening (KRLD claims to have switched to news and information in
April, 1978, but personal recollection has them programming music and news
way into 1979.) Owner: Infinity/CBS. Former owners:
of Dallas (originally
"Dallas Radio Laboratories," but the KDRL calls were already taken!), Edwin
J. Kiest (acquired shortly after sign-on; the "K"
in "KRLD" was said to stand for "Kiest,") Times Herald Printing, Metropolitan
Broadcasting, Times Mirror (to 1970; sold per FCC rules after acquiring
KRLD-TV,) Philip Jonsson dba Great Plains Exploration (1970-1978,) Metromedia
(1/1978-?; divested of KAFM due to FCC rules,) SFX, Westinghouse (which
was acquired by CBS in 1996.) Calls were also said to stand for "Keep
Radio Leading Dallas." Nicknames: "Your News and Information
Center," "Cross-Over Country Music," "All Pro Radio" (1977,) "All Star
Listening Around the Clock," "Newsradio 1080," "Galaxy 4, Transponder 3,
Channel 61.7" (KRLD's satellite information.) Former sister station
to KRLD-FM [92.5]/KAFM-FM, KRLD-Channel 4 and The Dallas Times Herald;
later to KRLD-Channel 33 (1984) and KRLD-FM at 105.3. Network:
CBS (1929-present; briefly with ABC when WFAA took the CBS affiliation
for their All-News format on 8/1/1975, but was one of the original 16-member
station group to join CBS in 1929.) Formerly on 890 kc (twice,) 840
kc, 650 kHz (1927-1934) and 1040 kHz (1934-1941; shared time with KTHS-Hot
Springs AR; KTHS had shared time with WBAP in the 1920s.) Upgraded
signal to present 50kW in 1938. Broadcasts in stereo. First
station to present live broadcasts of high school and college football
games; first to broadcast live music and entertainment programs, and first
to offer continuous election results. 1920s KRLD salesman Clyde Rembert
conceived the idea of advertising spots, thus inventing the concept of
commercials (gee, thanks!) Flagship station for the Texas Rangers
baseball team (1972-1973; 1995-present,) Dallas Chaparrals basketball,
and the Dallas Cowboys (1960s-1977; 198?-1990,) and carried Houston Astros
baseball in the 1960s. Only union radio station in DFW.
"Sports Central," "Hometown Editor," "The Auto Show," "CBS Radio Mystery
Theater," "Ask the Lawyer," "Hillbilly Hit Parade," "Swap and Shop," "Garden
Gate" (hosted by Dewey Compton,) "Clockwatch Show," "Big D Jamboree" (began
10/16/1948 on KRLD; previously on WFAA,) "Longhorn Jamboree," "All Night
Trucking Show," "Radio Revival," "Music Revival," "Texas Roundup," "KRLD
Salutes...," "Johnny Hicks' Popular Discs," "Music Till Dawn," "Alex Burton
Commentary," "Music Thru the Night," "Cornbread Matinee," "Montage," "Eye
on the Internet," "Cerie Segal's Travel Tips," "Ask Tex Schramm," "KRLD
Radio Theater," "The Marty Griffin Show," "Mike Hargrove Show" (Texas Rangers
player,) "Danny O'Brien Show" (Rangers' GM,) "Information Highway," "Potpourri,"
"Vignettes of Texas History" (1983-91,) "The KRLD Restaurant Show with
Jim White," "Thought for the Day" (short, thought-provoking messages ala
KIXL's "Think It Over,") "High School Football Scoreboard." Station
band: The Stamps Quartet.
(1959-1966; 1968-1985; Sports Director beginning in 1970; host of "Ask
Tex Schramm" [Schramm was GM for the Dallas Cowboys,]) Brad Barton (4/3/1978-8/6/2009,)
Eddie Barker, Ves Box (1940-1952,) Carl Braz, John Butler ,
Ray LaPere, Joe Holstead,
Dick Wheeler (ND; retired 4/1989,) Alex Burton (1970-1990; newscaster and
host of "Alex Burton Commentary,") Sandy Banks, Laurel
Ornish (began 1985; became Business Editor when Ward Andrews retired;
returned late 1990s as substitute anchor,) Bob Hathaway, Jody Dean, Paul
Chambers (6/1985-2/1995; now with CNN's "Entertainment Extra,") Tony deHaro
aka Tony Welch (news director of Metromedia, and cousin to KDMX's Anna
Heinritz aka Jack Hines, Joe Fuchs aka
Weaver (as host of "The Auto Show,") Charley Wright (who appeared as
a contestant on the nighttime "The Price is Right" in 1978 while employed
at KRLD; the station got a free plug out of the deal!,) Neil Sperry, Randy
6/2002,) James Underwood, "Pappy" Hal Horton
(host of "Hillbilly Hit Parade,") "Uncle" Gus Foster (host of "Texas Roundup,")
Rex Griffin (later host of "Texas Roundup,") Ted Parrino ,
Katie Pruitt (anchor, traffic reporter and host of "Eye on the Internet,")
Jim Reeves, Art Riley, William A. Roberts ,
Russ Rossman ,
Woodrow Shelley, Ed Wodka (VP/GM,) Charles Simmons aka Paul Ross ,
Steve Simmons, Michael Spears (1994-6/17/2002,)
Barbara Swarz, Tom Tully, Brad Wheelis (now anchor with ABC Radio News,)
Mick Williams (regular round-table contributor on "Charley Jones Overnight;"
evolved into "Mick Williams Cyber-Line,") Wes Wise (later Dallas mayor,)
Doug Helton, Roger Emrich aka "The Raj-mahal," Hugh Lampman
(9/1/1954-1963; as host of "Music Till Dawn;" occasionally was broadcasted
in one channel on KRLD-AM, and the other channel on KRLD-FM...creating
a 'stereo' effect!,) Bob Cockrum (1982-9/3/1993,) Randy Brown aka Christopher
Haze, Mark Lambert, Larry Huchingson (engineer;
currently with "Entertainment Tonight,") Dan McGraw (who performed a special
radio newscast for use in a February, 1962 episode of CBS' "Route 66" filmed
on location in Dallas; the KRLD calls were clearly identified.)
Cain (1994-2000,) Charley Jones, Jack Davis, Peter Arnel, Glenn Mitchell
(1992-1994,) Dick Osborne, Tony Lawrence, Nancy Jay,
Interrante, David Hultsman, Chris
Marrou (longtime news anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio,) Murphy Martin ,
Kevin McCarthy, Ed McLemore, Bill Mercer (began 1953,) Dietra Miles (now
with ABC Radio News,) Craig Miller, Laura Miller (later newspaper columnist
and mayor of Dallas,) Sam Donaldson (currently an ABC newsman,) Al Wisk
(currently a Dallas attorney, and formerly the LA Rams announcer; quit
KRLD to attend law school,) Lynn Woolley, Mark Watkins (2002-8/6/2009,)
Jocelyn White, Ruth Clem, Phil Adler (left 12/1993,) Ward Andrews (former
WBAP/KXAS-TV anchor; Business Editor to 1985,) Bill Bailey, Ralph Baker ,
Rick Roberts, Craig Way (hosted "High School Football Scoreboard,") Jim
Underwood, Bob Huffaker, Cameron Fairchild (fired in 10/1994 after a fight
with Jody Dean!), Rick Ulrick aka Rick Erickson, Bob
Morrison (ND,) Joyce King, Ken Fairchild, Suzanne Calvin (1978-1981,
1991-1994,) Howard Chamberlain, Steve Coryell ,
Ken Dowe (host of "Information Highway,") Rick Wais, Ray Walker (1979,)
Rob Milford (5/1999 to 4/2002,) Charlynne Burgess (singer
with the KRLD Radio Orchestra in the 1940s,) Jon Dillon (as host of acid
music "Montage" program,) Jeff Dale, Marty Miller (1979,) Clyde White aka
White (I) (1995-present; news anchor and host of "The KRLD Restaurant
Show with Jim White,") Jesse Milburn, James Crocker, Donna Drew, Melvin
Munn, Mike Rogers, Charlie Butts (1988-10/1993,) Johnny Hicks (as host
of "Johnny Hicks' Popular Discs,") Sonny Carpenter, Charlie Seraphin, Jack
Schell, Dave Cooke, Terry Bell, Eric Merenge, Clarissa Douglas (currently
with ABC Radio News,) Mike "Bob" Elmore, Ken Fairchild, Dan Foster, Irene
Alice Rios, Baylor Witcher (2000, late of KYNG-FM,) John Harper, Jim Foster,
Murray Jackson, Tony Garrett, Gary
DeLaune, Roy Nichols (Gary and Roy defected from KLIF's newsroom to
KRLD-AM/TV on the same day; Roy became a news anchor on KRLD-TV,) Walter
Evans (1955-1964; later news anchor for KRLD-TV,) Art Hains, Allan Jackson,
Dallas Townsend, Art Hammett (1960-77;
longtime traffic reporter and Dallas policeman who was murdered by a jealous
husband!), Bob McCormick (began 9/9/1991,) Ron Rice (I) ,
(as host of the "Clockwatch Show" and morning show, mid-1950s to early-1970s,)
Jim Farr, Dewey Compton, Jerry Overton, Chuck Wheeler, Barbara Jean "B.
J." Austin, Peter Gardner, Ron De Roxtra aka Ron Bahr (1984-1994,) Ron
Barr (syndicated sports show host; no connection to Ron Bahr/De Roxtra.)
Dahlgren, Tony Purcell, Gary Brandt, Randy Galloway, Dan Rather (current
CBS news anchor,) Bill Cerverha, Russell Scott, Marvin Kalb, Jerome Davis,
Harvey Martin (former
Dallas Cowboys player who hosted "The Beautiful Harvey Martin Show" in
the late 1970s,) Harold Goodman, Heather Behrens, Jennifer Ellis, Brian
Burns, Ray Whitworth aka Ray Kennedy, Kym West, Chuck
Schechner (defected to KRLD from a long stint at KLIF-570 in 2002,)
Ty Walker, Iris Bekker, Brad Sham, Keith Carter, Tom Tradup (began 7/1989,)
Tom Bigby, Jeff Hayes, Wayne Harrison, Robert Z. "Bob" Glass (owner of
start-up station KFOP; hired away in 1925 when his station went under to
build KRLD; continued as one of a two-person staff in the 1920s!), Lee
Dunkelberg, John LaVine aka John Wolf, Larry Scott (as host of the "All
Night Trucking Show,") Dr. Laura Schlessinger (via satellite, 1994-1/4/2002.)
Station located at the Kirby Building (1930s,) The Adolphus Hotel (2nd
floor, 1940s,) with the Dallas Times Herald at 1101 Patterson (1940s-1964,)
with KRLD/KDFW-Channel 4 at 400 N. Griffin (1964-1971,) the former Maxwell
Electronic Corporation building at 7901 Carpenter Fwy from 1971-1995 (housed
Maxwell's KMEC-TV Channel 33 from 1968-1969, and Evans Broadcasting from
1969-70;) the Ballpark in Arlington (1995-2005,) and at 4131 N. Central
Expwy (2005-present.) While located at the Adolphus Hotel downtown, KRLD
exchanged rent for radio plugs: "KRLD, voice of the Great Southwest
in Dallas-Fort Worth, located in the Adolphus Hotel" was their usual ID.
Initial broadcast schedule (1920s) was six hours a day (and off the air
Wednesdays for maintenance!) During Metromedia's ownership, the Maxwell
building's address was changed from 7901 Carpenter Freeway to 1080 Metromedia
Place. Although Metromedia is long gone from DFW, the street name
still remains today!
has unearthed some long-lost photos from KRLD-AM! Check them out
Wells. Station re-established 4/27/2008 (moved from 1120AM.)
Format: Business Talk (from BizRadio Network; Houston-based BizRadio
is also on the 1110 AM frequency in Alvin/Houston,) Country (as "Big
Country," 2/2009-date.) Simulcast of former BizRadio frequency KMNY-1360
AM, 4/27/2008-5/2/2008; completed transition to 1110 AM on 5/3/2008.
Owner: M&M Broadcasters (to 4/2008; then 2/2009-date.) BizRadio
Partners (4/2008-2/2009; note was for $7.5 million; BizRadio owner Dan
Frishberg put more than half the money down up front, but let the station
go back to M&M after BizRadio suffered major financial trouble later
in 2008.) Call letters stand for "Jerry
Station established 4/1947. Original dial position for KCLE-1140
(not part of this survey; moved to 1140 kc in 7/2000; CP to move back to
1120 kc as of 2005; swapped calls with KHFX-1460 on 9/1/2008.) Format:
Country. Owner: George Marti and Jim Gordon (to 1969,) George
Marti (1969-2005; minority partner in later years,) M&M Broadcasters
(partnership of Gary Moss and George Marti; ?-2/2003; bought back station
in 12/2005,) First Broadcasting (2/2003-12/2005.) Former sister station
to KCLE-94.3/94.9 (see entry at 94.9 FM for personalities and more information.)
serving the Mineral Wells/Fort Worth area (frequency dissolved in 2008;
station moved to 1110AM):
Wells. Call letters established 10/31/1983, dark after 5/2008 (moved
to 1110AM.) Format: Country (12/2003-4/2008,) Nostalgia ("Music
of Your Life.") Nickname: "The Radio Ranch." Owners:
First Broadcasting, Big D Broadcasting (bought 4/30/2004,) Jerry
M&M Broadcasters (bought 12/2005.) Notable: Don Swancy
(9/1984-12/1984; Swancy also had worked at former frequency holder KORC.)
In the mid-2000s, a CP was on file to move station to Maple Grove, MN (no,
that's not a typo!) Instead, station upgraded power to 20kw by moving
to 1110AM (see entry there.)
Wells. Call letters established 10/13/1981. Format unknown.
Sister station at 95.9 FM retained the KXYS calls from 10/13/1981 to 10/4/2002.
Wells. Station established at 1140 kc on 12/1/1946. Format
unknown. Owner: Achilles Corcanges. Notable: Don
Swancy (later worked for KJSA.)
serving the Dallas area:
Station established 2/1924, dark by 6/1924. Unknown format.
Owner: Wilson Construction Company. Notable: Robert Glass
(who signed on KRLD in 1926.) Located at Texas Building.
dissolved in 2004; station relocated to 1160)
Park. Call letters established 3/1/2001, dark in 2004. Format:
Voice of Asia simulcasted from KXEB-910 (8/1/2001-?,) Business
Talk Radio Network (3/1/2001-8/1/2001; company leased airtime from Rodriguez.)
Nickname: "Your Business Edge." Owner: Rodriguez, Metroplex
Broadcasting, Dallas AM Partners. Notable: Don Imus (via satellite,
through summer 2001.) Station relocated to 1160 AM.
Park. Call letters established 11/21/1994. Format: Easy
Listening via Westwood One satellite (1994-?,) Business, Ethnic, Nostalgia
(10/1997-?,) All Traffic (2/24/1997-10/1997.) Call letters stood
Owner: Rodriguez. Notables: Len
Bob Cooper, Danny Moffat. Conflicting sources show an Asian format
beginning on 8/30/1997. Spanish simulcast of Dallas Cowboys football
games in 1996.
Highland Park. Call letters re-established 8/11/1986. Format:
Soft Rock. Simulcast of KVIL-FM; station reverted to original calls
after the FCC laxed simulcasting rules. See KVIL-FM for list of personalities
and owners. Daytime only station.
Park. Call letters established 10/1/1985. Format: Soft
Rock. Sister station to KVIL-FM; the FCC discouraged fulltime simulcasting
in the mid-1980s, and KVIL's owner requested a call letter change to underscore
the separation of the two stations. See KVIL-FM for list of personalities
and owners. Daytime only station.
Highland Park. Station established 3/1/1960. Format:
Soft Rock. Original owner: John Coyle dba University Advertising
Co. (Coyle rescued KVIL during the construction process when the original
owner ran out of money.) Simulcast of KVIL-FM during certain dayparts
(1970s) to full simulcast (late 1970s-1985.) Original 1960 staff
roster: John J. Coyle, owner; John A. Hicks, VP of operations; Jack
R. Howard, VP and GM (former commercial manager of KIXL-AM;) Dillard Carrera,
PD (former production manager of KIXL-AM;) Dave Beuret, Hap Arnold, Andy
Anderson and Ron Bailey, announcers; Robert Farris, Gordon Vaughn, Ernest
Jennings and Robert Warren, engineers; Jay Larsen, commercial manager;
Jimmy Wilson and Wyatt Higginbotham, sales; Pat Hatcher, traffic manager
(formerly with WFAA-AM;) and Sue Noland, secretary. "Shootin'" Jim
Newton worked with University Advertising during 1959 to put KVIL on the
air. See KVIL-FM for list of later personalities and owners.
Daytime only station.
Park. Call letters established 8/23/2006, but format began 9/12/2006.
Format: R&B Oldies (8/23/2006-9/12/2006,) Conservative Talk (9/12/2006-3/1/2009,)
Conservative Talk/Business Talk (3/2/2009-present; select programming from
the BizRadio Network moved from 1110AM and leased weekday time on KVCE.)
Owners: Dan Patrick and Edd Hendee. Nickname: "The Voice."
Mostly a simulcast of Patrick's Houston station, KSEV-700AM. Notables:
Chad Hoker (former VP of sales,) Sean Matthews, Matt McClearin, Jerry Overton,
Edd Hendee, Mark Russo, Dan Frishberg.
Park. Call letters established 6/20/2005. Format: R&B
Oldies (began 4/2005 under KBIS calls.) Owner: First Broadcasting.
Nickname: "Magic 1160." Exclusively commercial-free Motown
R&B through summer, 2005, then to general R&B oldies thereafter.
Park. Call letters established 3/1/2001 at 1150 kc. Format:
Motown Oldies. Dark during most of 2004 and early 2005 during frequency
switch from 1150.
serving Cedar Hill:
Cedar Hill. Low-power station broadcasting city of Cedar Hill information.
Call letters established 11/12/2001. Format: Sports Talk (Fox
began 4/9/2001 under KTRA calls,) Oldies (4/1/2005-2/21/2006,) Country
(2/22/2006-3/30/2008,) CNN News (3/31/2008-date.) Nickname:
"Mighty 1190" (resurrected from the old KLIF-1190,) "Lone Star 1190" (name
began under country format on 4/24/2006, soon changed to "Cowboy 1190,")
"CNN 1190." Owner: Clear Channel, but broker First Broadcasting
managed station under LMA until 12/2007. Notables: James Carney
aka "Moby" (returned to DFW market after 20-year hiatus, albeit via satelllite,)
Eddie Coyle (late of KEGL-"Sunny 97.1,") John Roberts, "Hollywood"
Henderson. Oldies format began 4/1/2005 with an all-Beatles format,
then to a "Jack FM" approach of no talk and random playing of hits across
the 50s-90s decades on 5/24/2005. Commercial free through 4/24/2006.
Call letters established 4/9/2001. Format: Fox Sports.
Owner: Clear Channel. Nickname: "Extra
Sports." Station evolved into KFXR.
Call letters established 9/20/2000. Format: 1950s/1960s Oldies
(remaining from KLUV; format was to change to Christian Talk but never
occurred,) Fox Sports (began under KJOI calls 2/8/2001.) Call letters
derived from "Joy."
Owner: Radio One (purchased from Infinity for $16 million.)
Dallas. Call letters established 8/17/1998. Format: Talk
(8/17/1998-8/28/1998,) simulcast of KLUV-FM (8/28/1998-9/11/1998,) 1950s/1960s
Oldies (9/11/1998-9/20/2000.) Owner: Infinity. Nickname:
"Mighty 1190" (resurrected from the original KLIF-1190.) Notables:
Don Imus (via satellite,) John Summers. Sister station to KLUV-FM.
Second time to be a sister station of 98.7 FM.
Call letters established 1/11/1997, but station was originally established
as KEWS-FM on 3/29/1996 (some sources give KOOO's start date as 7/1/1997,
but that is likely the date the station went with live programming to complement
its syndicated offerings.) Owner: Infinity. Format:
Talk/News, and partial simulcast of KRLD-AM (which was one of its sister
stations.) Nickname: "K-Triple-O." Notables: Jerry Bobo,
Michael Spears, Mark Lambert, Don Imus
Call letters established 11/3/1995. Format: Talk/News, Religious.
Station became KWRD-FM on 1/11/1997. Notables: Monte Johnson,
Pete Stein, Don Imus (via satellite.)
Call letters established 8/17/1992. Format: Talk/News.
Salem Communications. Basic re-imaging of KUII. See KUII below.
Call letters established 2/4/1991. Format: CNN News.
Owner: Susquehanna, Greystone Broadcasting. Program:
"Sports First." Notables: Rob Milford aka Rob Williams (1993,)
Gail Lee (Milford and Lee hosted the morning news program,) Mike Rogers,
Judi Hanna, Bobby Brock, John Basham (weather,) Jim Long (entertainment
reporter,) Dave Michaels (traffic,)
Tim Freeman, Steve Dinkel, Steve West (OD,) Jeff Catlin (sports,) Richard
Walker (morning show host,) Don Walker (SM,) Kim Satullo (sales,) Mary
Gertz (sales,) Gail Lee aka Gail Force, Tom Scott (PD,) Ron Engelman
(former KLIF morning show personality who hosted a talk show at KUII; got
in trouble with federal authorities for sympathizing with the Branch Davidian
group near Waco during their 1993 standoff,) Rob Chickering, Neil Ogenstein,
Gerry Oher (concurrently with WFAA-TV; hosted "Sports First,") Tony Hill
(former Dallas Cowboys player; hosted a sports program,) Mary Tyler, Scott
Wilson (concurrently "Scorchin' Scotty" on KEGL-FM,) G. Gordon Liddy (via
satellite, ) Morton Downey Jr. (who
relocated his syndicated talk program to Dallas, 1/1993-10/1993.)
Simulcasted KDFW-Channel 4 News in 1991.
Call letters established 12/7/1990 (other sources say 12/25/1990.)
Format: CNN News. Owner: Susquehanna. Temporary
call letters for KUII.
Call letters established 11/29/1990. Commercial-free simulcast of
KLIF after move to 570 kHz; commercials were covered with detailed instructions
to tune to KLIF's new home at 570. Owner: Susquehanna.
Dallas. Station established 11/9/1947. Format: Entertainment/Sports
(11/9/1947-5/1953,) Top 40 (5/1953-11/23/1977; stunting for Top 40 format
consisted of a 24-hour playing of the "Dragnet" theme,) Adult Contemporary
(11/23/1977-1/1/1981,) Country (1/1/1981-1985,) Country/Talk (1985-1/22/1986,)
Talk (1/22/1986-11/29/1990.) Former sister station to KROW-FM/KLIF-FM/KNUS-FM,
and sister to KPLX-FM after Susquehanna purchase. Legendary McLendon
station, known for completely changing the face of modern radio.
Call letters derived from Oak Cliff,
KLIF's original home. Owners: Liberty/McLendon Broadcasting
(1947-1/31/1972, headed by Gordon McLendon
(nicknamed "The Old Scotchman,") who is credited alongside radio entrepreneur
Todd Storz as the inventor of the Top 40 format, and is also the creator
of the first mobile news units, first "Game of the Day" baseball broadcasts,
first use of jingles, first editorials, first all-news station and first
easy listening station;) Fairchild Industries (1/31/1972-1980; reportedly,
McLendon sold KLIF and his other Texas AM stations to keep them away from
his wife during divorce proceedings; also, McLendon offered KNUS to Fairchild
for a fire sale price, but Fairchild didn't want it; McLendon soon showed
them the error of their ways by programming against KLIF and beating them;)
Susquehanna Broadcasting (1980-present [see 570 kHz.]) Station moved
to 570 kHz on 11/29/90. Network affiliations: NBC (during talk
format,) LBS (McLendon's Liberty Broadcasting Service.) Nickname:
"Mighty 1190" (1947-1979,) "Come Home to KLIF" (1979-1/1/1981,) "Country...Texas
Style" (1/1/1981-81,) "Classic Country" (1981,) "Country Songs that Tell
a Story" (1982-1/22/1986.) News nicknames: "20/20 News," "20/20
Double Power News." Flagship station for the Dallas Cowboys, 1960-1971.
"Coffee Capers," "Sunny Side Up," "Luncheon Music," "Moondial," "KLIF House
Party," "Old Scotchman's Almanac," "Hillbilly Roundup" (also was on KXOL,)
"Bandstand," "Lullabye in Rhythm," "Go to Town," "At Your Service," "Mellow's
the Mood," "Candlelight and Gold," "Liberty Jamboree," "Joe Keith's Revolving
Bandstand," "Great Day in the Morning," "Platter Shop," "Requestfully Yours,"
"David Reads the Bible," "Tops in Pops," "Harlem Hit Parade," "Snakepit"
(With Chuck Boyles,) "Hotline" (with Rod Roddy ;
moved to KNUS and rerun on KLIF; resurrected on KFJZ-FM and later WFAA-AM
by Ken Rundel,) "Girl Talk" (with Dave Ambrose,) NBC Talknet (syndicated
talk show programming.) Promotions: "KLIF Mystery House Number,"
"KLIF Mystery Telephone Number," "Money Drop," "School Spirit Contest,"
"Mystery Caller," "Mystery High School Hero," "Mystery Location," "Mystery
Neighbor," Mystery Teen," Mystery Voices," "Mystery Walker," "Secret Word,"
"Girl Watching Festival," "Album Credit Card," "Cut-Up Contest" (c. 1974;
pieces of several celebrity voices were played; whoever identified each
of them won a huge jackpot [for reference, the final voice that stumped
the whole town was Mike Love of the Beach Boys!]), "$50,000 KLIF Treasure
Hunt," "KLIF Star Search" (1981,) "Urban Cowgirl" competition (1981,) throwing
balloons with money taped to them off the top of the Adolphus Hotel, and
a buried treasure contest (among MANY others!) Mascot: Klif
the Parrot (1947.)
as "Top 40:" Charlie Van Dyke (12/1965-12/1968; returned 5/30/1977,)
Wes Wise (former Dallas mayor and KDFW-TV anchor; assisted Gordon McLendon
with sporting event re-creations,) Harry "Paxton" Mills ,
Ben Laurie, Ken "Hubcap" Carter,
Dale Payne aka Jimmy Rabbitt,
(PD, 1957-66,) Russel Lee Moore aka Russ "Weird Beard" Knight,
Dowe ("Ken Dowe and Granny Emma,")
Spears aka Hal Martin ,
Dave Ambrose (1966-1975,) Gordon "The Old Scotchman" McLendon
(station owner, also did news commentary and early sports/entertainment
programming,) Mike Williams aka Michael O'Shea (1967-1973; currently owner
of All-Comedy Radio Network,) Lan Roberts ,
(to 1973; moved to KVIL-FM,) James Martin "Jim" Taber ,
(later announcer for "Soap" and "The Price is Right,") Linwood "Cuzzin'
Linnie" Henderson, Dickie Heatherton (brother of 1970s TV star Joey Heatherton;
currently works in Rochester, NY,) Gary Owens (later "Laugh-In" announcer,)
Ralph Chapman aka Ron Chapman/Irving Harrigan (1959-1965,) Chris Kerson,
Tom Murphy (teamed with Irving Harrigan as "Murphy and Harrigan;" Tom and
Ron came to Dallas together from a CT station,) Randy Robins, Alec Gifford,
Dunaway, Allen Elwin aka Allen Farmer, Betsy
Thaggard aka Kelly Clarke, Chantal Westerman, John Borders aka Johnny
Dark, Doug Helton, "Big" Al Turner
(host of "Hillbilly Roundup,") George Michael (of the syndicated "Sports
Machine,") Kevin McCarthy, "Gentleman" Jim Carter (personality and driver
of the KLIF Headliner Cruiser!), Rex Miller, Sam Pate ,
Reb Foster aka Dennis James, Charley Wright, Dick Kemp aka "The Wilde Childe,"
Jack Woods aka Charlie Brown (teamed with Irving Harrigan,)
Jolle, Wendell Jones aka Rex Jones ,
Ken McClure aka Ken Knox ,
Bruce Hayes ,
Tucker, Todd Wallace, Dick Shannon aka Van Winkle, Mitch Carr (1975,)
Bob Shuman, Rick Shaw ,
Bill Jenkins, Larry Dunkle aka Gary Mack (II), Scott Hodges, Larry Carolla,
Bobby "Magic" Christian, Harry Birrell (retired; spent 1968-1993 at KNX-Los
Angeles,) Myles Cameron, "Captain" Mike Ambrose (worked
in LA radio, then spent over 25 years as a San Diego TV weatherman,) Don
Berns, George Singer, Allen Nelson aka Art Nelson ,
Lee Brumm aka Lee Arthur, Elliott Field, Larry Wilson, Lou Staples
(talk show host,) "Catfish" Jim Prewitt aka Larry Chase, Hugh Lampman ,
Tony Booth, Jim
Davis, Nick Brounoff aka Nick Alexander (1976-78,) Victor Pryles aka
Harry Nelson, Larry Shannon,
Steve Scott, Mark Wesley, Stan Richards, Tony Gerald, John London and Ron
show co-hosts in the late 1970s; both had worked at KLIF in the early 1970s,
and Engelman returned to 1190 [under the KUII calls] in 1992 to host a
talk show,) Scott Hodges (1971-1972.)
Holiday, Brant Miller (currently does
weather on WMAQ-Chicago,) Joe Long,
(longtime jingle producer; did first jingles for KLIF live!), Andy Waldrop,
Ray Whitworth aka Ray Kennedy, Fred Edwards, Danny Patrick McCurdy aka
Dan Patrick (a later "Charlie Brown,") Barry Kaye, Tom Newton aka Tom Kent,
Frank Haley, Bob McCord, Mike Scott, Jim Oldman aka "Jumpin' " Jim O'Brien
(died doing an aerial radio stunt in Philadelphia where his parachute did
not open; Peri Gilpin [Roz on "Frasier"] is his daughter,) Chuck Boyles,
DeLaune, Roy Nichols (Gary and Roy defected from KLIF's newsroom to
KRLD-AM/TV on the same day,) Art Roberts ,
Stan White, Al Lurie (GM, 1957-1972,) Bill Stewart, Edd Routt ,
John Carter (Foshee),
Dick Mock, Mike Hiott, Robert A. "Bob" Knowlton, Jim Rose (1972,) Bruce
Brad Messer, Alan Cole,
Russ Barnett ,
Bill Enis ,
Bill Grady, Bill Robbins, Bob "The Milkman" Dayton ,
Gary Hamilton, Gary Cannon (engineer,) Gene Edwards, Mary
Stoddard aka Mary Sanders (1963-64,) Bob
Morrison (drove KLIF van in 1960s,) Glen Duncan, Jim Hilliard aka Jimmy
Darren, Jim Randolph, Joe Holstead,
Joel Sebastian, John Ravenscroft aka John Peel ,
Ken Reed (1958-59,) Kenny Sargent ,
Larry Monroe, Shalimar Allee, Marc Avery, Bob Presley, Bob Richmond, Dick
Richmond, Paul Chappel, Jay Daniels, Paul Menard (a later "Harrigan,")
Pete Gent (former Dallas Cowboys star and author of "North Dallas Forty,")
Phil Allen, Ralph Baker, Ricky Ware, Ron Jenkins aka Ron McAlister, Rudy
Rocha, Bob Shannon, Dave Mullstein, Sam Lee, Steve Mace, John Butler,
Red Calhoun and Buster Smith (first black DJ team in Dallas,) Katharine
(called the "Society Editor of the Air,") James Collier ,
Sandee Stevens, Ted Agnew, Bob Stevens, Mike Scott (not the same person
as KSCS's Michael Scott,) Brice Armstrong and Jack Auldridge (a later "Charlie
and Harrigan" team,) Jack Woods ("Charlie Brown" of "Charlie and Harrigan,")
Lambert, James Bond, Jay Lawrence aka "Jaybird," Tom Whelan, Jim Reeves,
Stacy Richardson (1970,) Art Riley, Dick Roth aka Dick Marshall, Joe Salvadore,
Blackie Sherrod (longtime newspaper sports reporter,) John Tyler, Craig
Slayton, Tracy Mitchell, Warren Anderson, Harold Hodo aka
J. Walter Beethoven, Charlie Payne (GM,) Jerry Miller, Bruce Wayne, Cloyd
Moll aka Cat Simon, Bob Hood (1968,) Lee Poole aka "Coyotee," Ordean Moen
aka Deano Day, Larry Monroe, Chuck
Murphy (1971-1975,) Glenn Callison (engineering director for McLendon
stations, 1947-75,) Johnny Murray, Don McGregor, Lee Douglas, Les Vaughn,
Buddy Harris ,
Malcolm Landess (also a news anchor for WFAA-TV,) Gene Edwards, Jimmie
Jeffries (late of WFAA-AM,) Aubrey Escoe, Paul Gleiser (from 2/1972,) Lowell
Gram, Frank Haley, Fred Hardy, Buddy Harris, Margaret (Meg) Healey, Kalten
Heatter, Jim Howell ,
Jeffries, Bob Johnston, Joe Keith, Mark Foster, Mark West, Mike Wade, Don
Wade, Jim Davis, Todd Wallace, Dick Siegel (began 1968; returned under
Country format in 1980,) Bud Watson, Chuck Blore, Howard Bogarte, Mike
Snyder (current KXAS anchor,) Dean Tyler (operations manager after
Notables as "Country": Don Harris (hired
away from a 15-year stint at WBAP-AM,) Bob
Corbell, Dave Barkin, Jon Rivers, Gary Walker, John Nelson, Dick Siegel
(traffic during 1980-1981; defected to WBAP with KPLX's Hal Jay,) David
Coursey, Bill Smith aka Bill Mack (II)
(fired at WBAP after a long stint in 1982; rejoined WBAP after KLIF changed
from country,) Larry Carolla (1982,)
Doyle King, Dan Bennett (PD,) Dan Halyburton (GM.) When Country format
was implemented, Harry Nelson (Victor Pryles,) Cuzzin' Linnie, John Carter
(Foshee) and Jack Monroe were fired; Michael Selden was offered KPLX with
a pay cut for staying, although he still occasionally filled in at KLIF.
(Note: KLIF was already running NBC Talknet during the graveyard
shift before switching formats to "Talk" on 1/22/1986.)
"Talk": David Gold (host of "The David Gold Show;" known as "The
Conservative Freight Train,") Bob Ray Sanders, Dewayne Dancer, Norm Hitzges
(host of "The Norm Hitzges Show;" began 1986,) Ed Busch, Greg Maiuro, Dr.
Lynn Weiss (host of "The Dr. Lynn Weiss Show,") John Pendolino (host of
"The Business Hours,") Dan Bennett, Dale Groom, Ed Calbridge, Karen Bloom
and Art Snow (co-hosts of "At Your Service,") Mark Woolsey aka Mark Elliott
(1985-1991; returned 1996-1999 at KLIF-570; currently a senior broadcast
meteorologist for The Weather Channel in Atlanta,) Mike Early,
Schechner, Mark Elliott, Jim Long, Sally Jessy Raphael, Bruce Williams
(Williams as host of "Bruce Williams' Money and Financial Talk;" Raphael
and Williams both via NBC Talknet satellite.) Weekends on the "Talk"
format included gardening, pets, fishing, home repairs and car care shows,
along with Dallas Mavericks basketball, NFL Monday Night Football and Southwest
Conference football. Daytime only to 2/12/1950; 24 hours a day thereafter.
To 50,000 watts on 2/9/1959. Station was located at the Cliff Towers
Hotel, then 2100 Jackson St. (with the LBS network, which Sellers Recording
took after LBS's failure,) 2108 Jackson St., then the best-remembered triangular,
2-story building at 2120 Commerce Street downtown (1964-1980; huge lit
marquees touting KLIF [and later KNUS] events were mounted to it, along
with neon call letters and large windows that allowed passing motorists
to see the jocks at work,) moved to 411 Ryan Plaza in Arlington in 1980,
and 3500 Maple in Dallas in late 1987.
See an outstanding,
extensive history of KLIF on Steve
In a strange
early 1970s promotion, KLIF ran promos for a "KLIF Becomes a Thing of the
Past" stunt; the station inexplicably took an entire day off, while making
listeners believe the station was going dark for good! Although the
signoff was probably for repairs, leave it to Gordon McLendon to exploit
it for all it was worth!
of Top 40 AM was sealed at KLIF on 11/23/1977, in an event employees termed
the "Thanksgiving Massacre." With FM stealing most of AM's ratings
by then, KLIF resorted to drastic measures to save the station. A
flip to Adult Contemporary was immediately implemented. Fired were
Randy Robins, Jim Davis, Ray Whitworth, Charlie Deaton, Bob Shuman, Mike
Wade and GM Edd Routt. Charlie Van Dyke was promoted to PD and moved
himself from mornings to afternoons, John Tyler was brought in as GM, London
and Engelman were hired by Van Dyke for mornings, Andy Waldrop was moved
up from promotions to weekend jock, and Dick Siegel and Nick Alexander
were hired to fill out the jock schedule. Siegel, later the wise-cracking
airborne traffic reporter on WBAP, was the unlikely host of "Studio 1190"
on Saturday nights, an all-disco music show in 1978.
early 1980s, billboards across town promoted KLIF's "Country Songs that
Tell a Story" format by posting humorous and thought-provoking lines from
country songs, like "She's so ugly/She makes my cat bark," "For a good
girl/She ain't half bad," "Take the 'L' out of 'lover' and it's 'over,'"
"She got the goldmine/I got the shaft," etc.
to Susquehanna senior VP Dan Halyburton for providing me with a copy of
the book, "Susquehanna Radio: The First Fifty Years," which provided
otherwise unfindable answers to the history of post-McLendon KLIF and Susquehanna's
presence in the DFW market...thanks, Dan!
Station established 8/12/1956. Format: Radio Desi (brokered,)
Oldies, Country. Owners: J. Fred Case dba Bartlesville Broadcasting
Company, Horace Bowen, Tarrant Radio Broadcasting (bought 9/5/2001.)
Notables: Don Swancy (9/1968-5/1969,) Jerry Condra aka Jerry Parks,
Nell Owen, Howard Greenblatt
(ND and personality,) Bud McKool (both late of KBUY,) John McCarty .
Station established 4/17/1924 at 1310 kc (moved to 1240 after 1929;) dark
in 3/1935. Format: Sports, Country and Western, Variety (local
talent, records, civic events and local news.) Owner: Dave
Ablowich Sr dba New Furniture Store. Flagship station for Greenville
High School football. Broadcasted services from the Kavanaugh Church
on Sundays. Station broadcasted at 10 watts, then later 15 watts.
Notables: Dave Ablowich Jr (engineer; son of owner,) Ernest Hackworth
Jr aka "Uncle Dudley" (began 1931.) Studios located at 2316 Johnson
Street at Jordan, on the 2nd floor overlooking the New Furniture Store
(three rugs hung from the ceiling blocked off the studio area.) Homemade
transmitter located on the entire 2100 block of Park St on the south side
of the street. Listenership reported from 40 states, Canada and even
New Zealand! Ablowich started out as a ham operator in 1920, and
applied for KFPM in 1924.
Duncanville. Low-power station broadcasting city of Duncanville information.
serving the Sherman-Denison market:
Denison. Licensed 11/5/1941, but unknown if station ever signed on.
Owner: Denison Texoma Broadcast Company.
KFLC, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 2/23/2004. Format: Spanish Talk.
Nickname: "La Voz del Pueblo" ("The Voice of the Town.") Owner:
Univision (bought 9/22/2003; apparently is the second time Univision has
owned this frequency.) Notables: Jose Guzman (former Texas Rangers
baseball player,) Eleno Ornelas. Spanish flagship for Texas Rangers,
Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks. Call letter change was to prevent
radio diary confusion between KESS-FM (music) and KESS-AM (talk.)
CP on file to bump up from 5,000 watts to 50,000 watts as of 2005.
KFLC calls were once used in Dallas at 1330 kc in 1924 for a temporary
station set up at the State Fair of Texas.
KESS, Fort Worth.
Call letters re-established 4/29/1991. Format: Spanish, Spanish
Talk. Owners: Univision (formerly Hispanic Broadcasting [to
6/2002] and formerly Heftel [to 5/1999]) (1994-?.) Nickname:
"La Fabulosa." Program: "Voice of Texas." Notables:
Rossy Garza, David Cruz (host of "Voice of Texas,") Jim Lowe .
Worth. Call letters established 9/19/1990. Format: Spanish.
Worth. Call letters established 11/17/1986. Format: Spanish.
Traded frequencies with KSSA-94.1 FM after the 11/17/1986 frequency switch
that permanently sent 93.9's occupant to 94.1.
KFJZ, Fort Worth.
Call letters re-established 8/15/1939 at 1240 kc (moved from 1370 kc; see
entry there) and to 1270 kc on 3/29/1941. Format: Top 40 (1970s,)
Jazz and Standards (officially "Al Ham's Music of your Life") (1980-1984,)
Swing (1985,) Entertainment. Nickname: "Music of Your Life,"
"King-Z," "From Beethoven to Boogie" (1940s.) Call letters stood
for "Fort Worth
(1980-84; a backronym.) Sister station to
KFJZ-FM/KEGL-FM and KFJZ/KTVT-Channel 11. Network affiliation:
ABC, Mutual, TSN. Call letters and format moved to 870 AM in 1/1984.
Former owners: Elliot and Ruth Roosevelt dba Fort Worth Broadcasters
(8/15/1939-1945; paid $101,570 for it; Elliot was FDR's son,) Sid Richardson
dba Tarrant Broadcasting (1945-1960; had owned predecessor KTAT in the
1930s; purchased KFJZ directly from Ruth Roosevelt, who was awarded the
station in divorce proceedings,) Arnold /Audrey
dba Pyrometer Company of America in partnership with former KFJZ manager
Stan Wilson (10/22/1964-2/1972; bought TSN and AM/FM/TV stations for $1
million;) Communications Properties (2/1972-10/2/1976; bought AM/FM/TSN
for $4 million,) Swanson Foods (10/2/1976-11/1983,) Founders Broadcasting
(11/1983-3/1986, through call letter change to KSSA.) Programs:
"The Shadow," "Sidetrack," "Neighbors," "Swap Shop," "Erskine Johnson in
Hollywood," "Freedom of Opportunity," "Cedric Foster," "Quick as a Flash,"
"Nick Carter," "The Fresh-Up Show," "Gabriel Heatter," Queen for a Day,"
"Take it Easy Time," "Morton Downey [Sr.]," "Guy Lombardo," "The Insomnia
Club," "Terrible Terry's Stomping Grounds," "Texas Pharmaceutical Hour,"
"Bing Crosby Sings," "Real Life Story," "Spotlight Bands," "Rouges Gallery,"
"The Coffee Club," "What's the Name of that Song?" Notables:
Porter Randall ,
(as host of "The Coffee Club" and "Swap Shop,") Mark Stevens aka Mark E.
Baby (later teamed with Jim Pruett to form "Stevens
and Pruett" on KEGL and later on KLOL-Houston,) Jim
Thomas, Mark Oristano, Martha
Martinez, Dave Tucker
(1/1967-1974; late of KBOX-AM,) Don
Tennison, Patrick Dearen aka Marlin Spike McGuire, Charlie Ross, Richie
Allen, Jim Thomas, Larry
Shannon aka Biff Burns (began 1968; teamed with Mark Stevens [aka Mark
E. Baby] for mornings in the 1970s; Shannon also hosted "Sidetrack,") Randy
Brown aka Christopher Haze, Beau
Weaver, Alton Stricklin, David Cockrell aka David London/David Laurence,
Jim Lowe (1943-1947,)
John Borders aka Johnny Dark.
Worth. Call letters established 1/20/1984. Format: Spanish.
Call letters derived from "casa."
Owner: Founders Broadcasting (to 3/1986,) Marcos Rodriguez
(3/1986-?.) Calls were resurrected at 1600 AM on 8/5/1987, although
they were still in use by KSSA-FM after trading frequencies with KESS on
(host of "Coffee Cup Caper" morning show,) Harrel Banks,
Randy "Big R" Robins, Ken "Hubcap"
Carter, Randy Vick Sr.,
Rick Wais (1982,) Blanchard McKee (as host of "Neighbors,") Dave Naugle
(as host of "The Insomnia Club,") "Uncle" Walter Moore, Joan Morgan, Rob
Milford aka Rob Williams (11/1975 to 8/1976,) "Truckin' Tom Cookin' Kent,
Larry Thompson aka Larry James, Peter McClain, Jerry Park, Earle Fletcher (1941,)
David Day, Lee Randall, Ralph "Buddy" Widman
(1940s,) Curtis Pierce, Sid Burns, Zack Hurt, Karl King ,
(personality and public affairs director,) Charlie Butts, George Nolen,
Jack Hudson, Hazel Riley (secretary, 1945-57,) Marvin Hillis, Mackie Baird
(Beard?), Art Snow, Jim Rose (MD/jock, 1973-76, under both Top 40 and Country
formats; worked concurrently at KJIM-AM as "Jim Nelson" [PD Ray Potter
would not let Rose use the same name on both stations!]), Kathy Alcala-Downs,
Ray Menefee, Mike Marshall (1/1964-3/1967,) Lee Randall, Jim Van Sickle
(1968-80,) Johnny Smith, Stan Wilson (I)
(1940-60; launched KFJZ-TV in 1955, and later the Dallas Cowboys Radio
Network; partnered with Arnold and Audrey Malkin to buy the station in
1964,) Robert Mitchell, "Deacon" Don Evans ,
Ray Potter (PD,)
Bruce Buchanan aka Jim Edwards, Mike Downs, Ron Wortham, David Day, Chem
"Terrible Terry's Stomping Grounds,") Dan Allison, Joe
Bob Barry (not the same as KDNT's Bob Berry,) Beau
Weaver, Russ Lamb (morning show host,) Allen Klaus
and Keating Chase (as
jokesters "Snuffy and Puffy" on Russ Lamb's morning show,) Lee Galceran,
Booker Turner, Forrest Clough, Phyllis Stroupe, Skeeter Gordon, Tommy Medeno,
Charles Meade, Roy Duffy, Johnny Lee Smith, Ken McClure aka Ken Knox ,
Lee Ann Kneisle, Ray Coday Jr
aka Ray Lincoln, Jack Gallo, Jack "Mother" Murray, John Lee, Tee Casper,
Gene Cagle (announcer in 1933; later owned the station,) Wally Blanton ,
Jon Powers, Cal Druxman (sales,)
Scott Allen, Richie Allen, Jon Rivers, John Lee Smith ,
Charles Hobbie, Harley Bellew, Gene Ashcraft aka Gene Craft ,
John Foshee aka John Carter,
Mike Millard, Jim Simon, Hap Arnold, Stan White, Jim Pratt ,
Red Barber, Don Dunphy, John Moncrief ,
Jefferson "John" Hopkins ,
Danny Moffat. Power increase to 1,000 watts in 8/1939 and to
5,000 watts in 1941. Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, WRR and KFJZ
were marketed together to advertisers as one-stop shopping to cover both
Dallas and Fort Worth. Station located at 1201 Lancaster Blvd. (1939-1955,)
4801 West Freeway (IH-30) (1955-1975 with KFJZ/KTVT-TV; leased same studios
after Gaylord bought sister station KTVT-TV in 1962,) 5915 Pioneer Parkway
(1975-1984.) Check out
for some outstanding history on KFJZ and see photos from the January, 2001,
KTAT, Fort Worth.
Call letters re-established 1/31/1935 (traded back with KGKO-570.)
See notes under KTAT (1929) below. Owners: Sid Richardson
dba Tarrant Broadcasting, Elliot and Ruth Roosevelt dba Fort Worth Broadcasters
(owned briefly under KTAT calls before changing to KFJZ.) Notable:
Don Naylor. For 11 hours, KTAT was the flagship of the new Texas
State Network; once technical issues were resolved later that day, Tarrant
moved its existing KFJZ from 1370 to 1240, and cancelled KTAT's license.
(See entry at 1370 for more information.)
KGKO, Fort Worth.
Moved from 570 kc on 1/13/1935 (traded with KTAT) and moved back to 570
on 1/31/1935. See entry at 570 for more information.
Worth. Call letters re-established 4/23/1930 at 1240 kc. See
KTAT (1929) entry below. Owners: A. P. Barrett dba Texas
(re-acquired from parent company Southern Air Transport,) Sid Richardson
dba Tarrant Broadcasting (bought in early 1930s.) Notable:
Worth. Call letters established (and station re-established) 11/9/1929.
(parent of Texas Air Transport.)
Worth. Call letters established 1/6/1929 at 1280 kc; dark after 1/12/1929.
Format: Entertainment. Owners: A. P. Barrett dba Texas
dba Tarrant Broadcasting, Raymond E. Buck. Network affiliation: CBS.
Programs: "Old Man Rhythm," "Barrel of Melody," "Musical Memories,"
"Happiness Hour," "Home Builders," "Coffee Club," "Sports Flashes," "Honeyboy
and Sassafras." Notables: Frank Bird, A. B. Tinsley, Sam Bennett
(GM,) Harry Waters (chief announcer and station director,) Bill Warren,
Frank Dinkins. In October, 1928, KFQB was sold by W. B. Fishburn
to A. P. Barrett dba Texas Air Transport. Barrett changed the calls
to KTAT, and control of the station was returned to J. Frank Norris (Norris,
by the way, had kept a percentage of ownership during all transactions,
and owned the Sunday 11AM-12PM timeslot for his church services.)
Studios were then built next to the church. On National Frequency
Allocation Day, 11/11/1928, KTAT was awarded 1280 kc (other sources say
1240 kc.) Tragedy struck on 1/12/1929, as the church and tower were
completely lost to a fire, after only six days on the air. The station
was dark until 11/9/1929, when Texas Air Transport's parent company, Southern
Air Transport, acquired the frequency. Shared time with WACO-Waco.
Broadcasted with 1,000 watts.
premiere was a remote from the Crystal Ballroom of the Texas Hotel in downtown
Fort Worth. Guests from radio stations across the state did much
of the broadcasting; local representatives included WFAA's Adams Calhoun
and Robert Pool, WRR's John Thorwald, KRLD's Arthur Stowe, WBAP's Harold
"Hired Hand" Hough, and KGKO's Zack Hurt and Glenn Hewitt.
Worth. Station established on 5/12/1924 at 618.6 kc (later to 590
kc in 1926, then 1180 kc, then 1140 kc, then 1150 kc, then 900 kc [other
sources say to 920 kc in 9/1927,] then 1240 kc.) Format: Religious,
Entertainment. Call letters stood for "Keep
Owners: J. Frank Norris, J. M. Gilliam, W. B. Fishburn. Programs:
"Fishburn's Two Little Maids," "Radio Bible Class," "Vespers." Notables:
Glenn Hewitt and Zack Hurt, ("Glenn and Zack,") Louis E. Diehl, "Bill and
Ernest" (blind saxophone and piano players,) "Jack and Bill" (the KFQB
"Lullabye Boys,") H. B. "Colonel" Greene (engineer.) When WPA-AM
was abandoned in 1923 (see entry at 618.6,) Rev. J. Frank Norris
(dba Search-Light Publishing) bought the transmitter from the Fort Worth
Record and used it to start up 5,000-watt station KFQB in 1924. Norris
was the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth, and based the
studios there. The tower was located on top of the church (other
sources say it was mounted to the Farmers and Mechanics National Bank building
downtown.) Norris was a Fundamentalist Baptist who, in 1912, was
accused of burning down his own church, and was given 30 days to leave
town by area deacons (he defied them and stayed.) He was also said
to have murdered a business associate in 1926, but used his connections
to get out of it! Later, he was expelled from the Southern Baptist
Convention for his anti-evolution beliefs and preachings, as the theory
of evolution was endorsed and taught at SBC's Baylor University. During
his ownership of KFQB, Norris held an 18-day crusade against evolution
in Nashville, and he later testified alongside William Jennings Bryan at
the famous Scopes-Monkey Trial. On 10/25/1926, he sold the station
to J. M. Gilliam (business manager of Search-Light,) who changed the format
from religious to entertainment, and hired Glenn Hewitt and Zack Hurt ("Glenn
and Zack,") to host a comedy program. Gilliam relocated the studios
to the basement of the Westbrook Hotel, 4th and Houston in downtown (although
the tower still remained at Norris' church.) He sold KFQB a year
later to W. B. Fishburn (of Fishburn's Dry Cleaners, still operating today)
on 12/12/1927 for $8,500. Station shared time with WJAD-Waco.
Bill Fairlie (FW Star-Telegram,) Richard Schroeder, UT-Arlington Special
Collections and the Fort Worth Public Library's clipping file for much
of the above information.
Dallas. Call letters established 2/8/1994, but format began on 1/23/1994
under KAAM calls. Format: Sports Talk. Owner: Spence
Kendrick and Geoffrey Dunbar dba Cardinal Communications (1993-1995,) SFX
(1995-1996; SFX bought by CBS in 12/1996;) Susquehanna Broadcasting (12/1996-present;
paid $14 million for it.) Nickname: "The Ticket"
(thought of by Renee Rhyner, Mike's wife; Mike and Greg Williams sold investors
on "Ticket" concept.) Simulcast on KTBK-AM (in stereo) and KTDK-FM.
Notables: Rocco Pendola, Slip Bayless (longtime newspaper sports
columnist; very first person to broadcast on station,) Gordon Keith, Bruce
Gilbert, Bob Sturm, Gregg Williams, Max Miller (to 7/1998,) George Dunham,
Norm Hitzges, Mark Followill, Mike Rhyner, Chris
Arnold, Chuck Cooperstein, Hank McMonigle, Barbara "Barb" Smith, Jim
Simulcasted to KTBK-1700 and KTDK-104.1. When Cardinal purchased
KAAM from Bonneville, they kept the studio briefly at its original home,
15851 Dallas Parkway, in order to renovate the former KVIL studios at 5307
Mockingbird (in the Capital Bank building, which Cardinal owned)...KTCK
moved into the refurbished studios in 1/1994.
Call letters established 1/1978. Format: All News (carried
over from WRR) to 6/12/1978; AC Gold (to 4/1981,) SMN Adult Contemporary
format via satellite (4/1981-8/1982,) Pop Oldies (8/1982-3/8/1986,) Big
Band/Standards (officially "Al Ham's Music of your Life" [formerly at KFJZ])
(3/8/1986-1993; dark briefly until 1/23/1994, when Ticket format signed
on briefly under KAAM calls.) Owner: Bonneville Broadcasting
(1/1978-11/1993.) Nicknames: "Big Bands, Great Singers," "Discover
the Gold," "K-Double-A-M." Sister station to KAFM-FM/KZPS-FM (1/1978
to 11/1993.) KAAM name and format was resurrected at 620 AM in 10/1995
and at 770 AM in 11/1998.
"$500,000 Trivia Challenge" (1984.) Programs:
"Jerry Jones Show," "Travel Talk," "Sleepers," "The Larry King Show" (syndicated,)
"Sock Hop Shop," "Hymns We Love" (started at WFAA-AM in 1952; ran until
12/12/1993 on KAAM,) "Historic Moments." Notables: Dave Johnson
and Glenn Mitchell
(co-hosts of "Sleepers,") Bob Johnson
(did afternoon news for Robin Jones and Russell Martin,) Dick Roth aka
Dick Marshall, Tony Garrett/Dick Hitt/Judi Hanna (morning team; fired 4/1981
at format change,) Steve Simmons, Steven
"Stubie" Doak (10/1982-1983; moved to sister station KZPS,) William
Steding, "Rockin'" Robin Jones,
Vicki Robbins, Charles Kuenzi aka Johnny Michaels, Cerie Segal (as host
of "Travel Talk,")
Nancy Jay, Gerry Oher,
Lambert, Larry Carolla, Lee Gray, Jim Lowe ,
Sandy Singer, Ben McGregor, Ron Knowles (began 1/7/1988,) Howard
first jock heard on KAAM,) Bret Lewis, Jack Grady, Chris Allen, Jim Thomas
and Leon McWhortor aka Jay Roberts (I) (co-hosting "Solid Gold Saturday
Night,") Dave Mitchell, Phil Markert, Beverly Margolis, Stu Bowers, Tom
Hopkins, Terry Bell, Bob Paterson, Brian Moran, Ed Spencer, Tom Glade,
(host of "Hymns We Love,") Chris Allen, Jeff Mitchell, A. C. Greene (as
host of "Historic Moments,") Russell Martin. Located at Fair Park
(briefly until sale from WRR was completed,) 12750 Park Central #512 (6/12/1978-?)
and 15851 Dallas Parkway (?-1994.)
Station legally established 8/4/1921 as the second licensed station in
the US, but began broadcasting without a license in Fall, 1920. Format:
Public Service (1920-1927,) Talk (1927-early 1970s,) Contemporary Oldies
(early 1970s-1974,) All News/Talk (1974-6/12/1978.) Call letters
stand for "Where
(also said to be "White Rock Radio," for its proximity to that Dallas lake;
the tower was once located on nearby Flagpole Hill; jokesters used to say,
"We Reach Rockwall"!) Nickname: "Fun Radio." Owner:
City of Dallas/City of Dallas Police Fire and Signal Department (fire department
gave up control to the city in 1931.) Originally broadcasted at 20w
(1920,) 100w (1921,) 500w (1925,) 5kW (1940) and at 833 kc, 1220 kc, 1150
kc, 850 kc, 650 kc, 1190 kc (1928-?, on a timeshare plan with WOAI-San
Antonio) and 1280 kc (through at least 1935.) Network affiliation:
Mutual/MBS, NBC News and Information Service (1974-?,) TSN. First
licensed radio station in Texas (and second in the US,) first news/talk
station in Dallas, first station to regularly feature traffic reports ("Fina
Traffic Report," began 1962.) Original Dallas Cowboys flagship station
(although research has also turned up KRLD as the original flagship station
from 1960-71, and KBOX from 1960-1962.) Flagship station for Dallas
Rebels and SMU basketball teams, and the Dallas Texans football team (1960-1963,
until their move to Kansas City to become the Chiefs.) WRR was originally
used as a communications system for the Dallas Fire Department (1920-1922;
although discussions of developing a two-way radio system date back to
1916,) and firemen did the air personality work! Programs:
"Kats Karavan Show," "Blues Karavan" ("Kats" and "Blues" ran back to back;
Jim Lowe hosted both, and "Kats" was taped concurrently as Lowe did his
morning program,) "Jukebox Serenade," "Jett's Talk of the Town," "Al Jones
Show," "The Laurel Ornish Show," "Who's Who in Radio," "Charlie the Collector
Show," "Nancy Goodman Show," "Kiddie's Club," "Pet Time," "Coffee Time."
John Stone (the Southwest's first disc jockey, in 1920!), Frank Glieber (1956-1959;
disc jockey and host of the "F. G. Show,") Brad Sham, Doug Helton, Bruce
"Gentleman" Jim Carter, Lee Brumm aka Lee Arthur, Buddy Harris ,
Dan Squibb, Dave Naugle ,
Pete Mood, Jim Lowe
(1950-1974; host of the rhythm-and-blues "Kats Karavan Show" from 1953-1967,
as well as "Blues Karavan," and Lowe was the longtime voice of "Big Tex"
at the Texas State Fair; Lowe was nicknamed 'Tiger, the Old Cool Fool'
on the air!), Roy Newman (staff
musician,) John Ravenscroft aka John Peel ,
Bob Warren, Ron Wortham, Bob Jett (host of "Jett's Talk of the Town,")
John Roosevelt, Al Jones
(1943-1956; as host of "Al Jones Show,") Marvin Williams, Edwin Bryant
(as half of "The Pair of Peppers" duo.)
Hickman, Dave Cook (not the same as Dave Cooke of KRLD,) John Henry Faulk,
Hal King (concurrently
an Irving police officer,) Brice Armstrong, Ben Smith, Fulton Lewis Sr.,
Fulton Lewis III, Rob Milford aka Rob Williams (10/1977,) Eddie Hill, John
Miller (not the WBAP/KXAS/WFAA news director,)
Kelly, Kenny Sargent
(personality and singer who recorded, "Under a Blanket of Blue,") Clyde
White aka Jim White (I) (1967-1969,)
James Alderman ,
Charlie Haggard (host of "Charlie the Collector Show,") Rick Teddlie (engineer;
co-creator of CONELRAD emergency system,) Dale Berry, William Boyd, Ocie
Brisby, "Handyman" Al Carrell, Victor Cortinas, Pat Couch (later reporter
for KXAS-TV,) Jerry Doggett (1941-1956; announcer for Dallas Rebels and
SMU basketball teams,) Chuck Duncan, Cedric Foster, G. Guy Gibson, Lois
Goldthwaite, Roy Parks, Nancy Leitstein (Brinker) aka Nancy Goodman (host
of "Nancy Goodman Show;" once married to restaurant mogul Norman Brinker,)
L. B. Henson, Norm Hitzges, Taylor Branch, David Hultsman, John Thorwald,
Harry James, George Gimarc, Ron Knowles,
Tim Jernigan, Ray LaPere, Jim Lawrence, Joe McChesney (formerly "J. Morgan
Van Buren" on KBOX,) Sterling "Mac" McClain (host of "Who's Who in Radio,")
Brian Melton, Bob Norman, Laurel
Ornish (1972-1973, 1974; hosted "The Laurel Ornish Show;" first woman
newscaster in local radio; returned in 1974 when station went All-News/Talk,)
(1930s,) Paul Pryor (son of "Cactus" Pryor, early Austin, TX radio-TV vet,)
Vickie Robbins, Edd Routt ,
Brad Sham (in his first broadcasting job, 1972,) Neil Sperry, Jess Smith,
Patricia Smith, Durward
Tucker (began 1933,) Tom Tully, Ken Walters, Mark
Lambert, Mark Willis, Sybil Robson (niece of WalMart's Sam Walton;
worked as a traffic reporter in mid-1977.)
The Dallas Athletic Club Symphony Orchestra. WRR's tower at Fair
Park fell on 6/23/1977. WRR was first located at 2012 Main Street,
downtown, on the 2nd floor of the fire station. In 1923, WRR moved
to the Jefferson Hotel. Then in 1925, it moved to the Adolphus Hotel
downtown, then to the Southland Life Building's 10th floor in the 1930s,
and to Fair Park from 1936-1973: first, it was next to the Hall of
State Building on the Fair Park grounds, then moved next to the coliseum
thereafter, where it still resides today. During WWII in 1945, a
German POW camp was located next door to the station at Fair Park.
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, WRR and KFJZ were marketed together to
advertisers as one-stop shopping to cover both Dallas and Fort Worth.
WRR applied for a television station on Channel 10 in 1950, but the channel
was reassigned to Waco when the FCC lifted their freeze on new TV applications
in 1952. Visit WRR's former sister station, WRR-FM, on the web...they
have an excellent photo gallery of the history of WRR-AM on their site...click
Station established 10/13/1923; dark on 10/27/1923. Format:
Variety. Owner: R. A. Hall. Station set up exclusively
for two-week broadcast of the State Fair of Texas. Calls later resurrected
at 1270 kc.
Corsicana. (Additional link here.)
Station established 5/17/1937 at 1310 kc; moved to 1340 in 1947.
Format: Variety (1937-1980s,) Country (1980s-5/31/2008,) Talk (6/1/2008-present.)
Owners: J. C. West (5/19/1937-3/15/1955,) Lee Glasgow (3/15/1955-1964,)
Richard Parker dba KAN-D Land Inc/Corsicana Cable TV (1964-1995,) Corsicana
Media Inc/Northland Cable TV (1995-3/15/2008; bought for $500,000,) Yates
Communications (bought 3/15/2008.) Nicknames: "Country Music
for Today's Texans," "Green Radio"
("Green Radio" format began online in late 2007; began on KAND 6/1/2008.)
Flagship station for Corsicana High School Tigers and Navarro College Bulldogs
football games. Former sister station to KAND-FM (aka KXCL-FM and
KCIR-FM.) Programs: "Talk Time," "Texas Stomp." Notables
as "Variety" and "Country": Alan Barnes, Steve
Elkins, Perry Taylor (1949-1985,) Paul Trevor, Kevin McAdams,
Yates, Dee Andra Huckaby, Dixie Lawrence, Michael Spears ,
Dewey Beale ,
Nick Brounoff aka Nick Alexander, "Uncle" Gus and "Aunt" Louise Foster
(hosted "Texas Stomp,") Perry Taylor ,
Jerry Litteral aka Jerry Houston, Don Hupp, Ron Ricks, Paul
Berry, Mary Sikes, Margie Holton, Bill Van Ness, "Ramblin'" Roy Miller ,
Jerry Hancock (took over mornings after Roy Miller's death in 2007,) Steve
Kelly, Aubrey Escoe, H. L. Cofer, Margie Holton, Annette Gonzales (later
in Houston television,) Miles Taylor, Barry Bragg, Byron Haney, Lex Myers,
Dick Aldama, Bob Belcher, Joe Salvadore, Ray Murphy, Bob Knoll, Elmer Smith.
Notables as "Green Radio": Kevin McCarthy, David
Yates (owner, and former jock at KAND in the 1980s,) Alex Burton. Original
owner J. C. West, who also owned the Wolf Brand (canned)
Chili plant in Corsicana, used chili as part of employee compensation!
He applied for the calls "WOLF," but the FCC wouldn't permit it, as "W"
calls are confined exclusively to stations east of the Mississippi River.
Hurst. Call letters established 3/4/2005. Format: Spanish
(under KMNY calls to 3/31/2005,) Business Talk and Variety (4/1/2005-5/23/2008;
via LMA from BizRadio Network [BizRadio bought KJSA-1110 AM in 4/2008;
simulcasted programming on 1360 and 1110 4/27/2008-5/23/2008; completed
transition to 1110 AM on 5/23/2008;]) Modern Classic Rock/80s Pop/Variety
(as "Retro Radio," 5/24/2008-6/30/2008;) nights: brokered Spanish,
Chinese or other ethnic programming to 10/1/2006; unsold nights were automated
M-O-R; then Spanish (via HCCA Network) 10/1/2006-12/2007, then Progressive
Talk ("Rational Radio," 1/28/2008-date; switched to 24/7 schedule 7/1/2008.)
Owner: Multicultural Radio Broadcasting/MRBI (2/4/2004-present.)
Call letters stand for "money."
Sister station to KDFT-540. Affiliations: As Progressive
Talk - NovaM (progressive talk network that dissolved in 2/2009,) Air
America. Program: "The
Hi-Fi Club" (6/18/2006- 9/24/2006; 12/30/2007-date; a resurrection
of the 1959-1962 "Coca Cola Hi-Fi Club" from KXOL-1360.) Notables
as "BizRadio": Ray Whitworth (producer, 2005-2007,) Daniel Frishberg
(as host of "The MoneyMan Report;" heads BusinessRadio Partners,) Vince
Rowe (to 9/28/2006; returned 1/2007,) Lou Dobbs (via satellite from CNN,)
Brent Clanton (to 5/2008,) Mike Norman, Mike Shannon (II) (producer, 7/2005-5/2007,)
Jim Cramer, Ed Moyer, Scott Murray (2/2006-4/2006; former KXAS-TV sports
Notables as "Rational Radio": Dave Clifton, Irv
Jackson aka Jack Bishop (2006-2010; late of KAAM; handled public affairs
programming for KMNY, then appointed local manager of Rational Radio in
2008,) Bill Press, Stephanie Miller, Thom Hartman, Randi Rhodes (to 2/2009,)
Ed Schultz, Mike Malloy (all via satellite;) Mike
Shannon (II), Chad Hoker,
Lewis and Ray Whitworth (all as host of "The Hi-Fi Club.") Notables
as "Retro Radio": Mike Shannon (II)
(PD, and host of "The Hi-Fi Club,") Chad
Hoker (host of "The GenX
Radio Project,") Bud Buschardt, Jim Thomas (as host of "70s Saturday
Afternoon," an update of his long-running "70s Saturday Night" program
on KDMX-FM and KBFB-FM;) Joe Fuchs aka Jay Weaver, Randy Carlisle (host
of "The Real Oldies Show;")
(host of "The 1360 Jazz Cafe;" Larry Stanley (host of "The Larry Stanley
Show;") Jeff Allen, Steph Quinn, Ray Whitworth, Doyle King. Notables
in management, and during other broadcast hours: Ted Sauceman
(Dallas Market Manager,)
(II), Chad Hoker, Ray Whitworth
and John Lewis (all hosts of "The
Hi-Fi Club.") BizRadio's sister station in Houston (initially
KXYZ-1320 AM, leased also through MRBI; now at owned KTEK-1110 AM) was
formatted and financed by Frishberg and a coalition of listeners in 2/2005
who were left without a business talk station when Infinity's KIKK-650
AM switched to Hot Talk in 9/2004; Frishberg, a former host on KIKK, brought
format to DFW two months later. KMNY paid homage to its roots on
11/22/2006 by playing long-lost clips of KXOL-1360 news coverage of the
JFK assassination. The KMNY calls were salvaged from another MRBI
property in Pomona, CA; calls were originally obtained for and by the defunct
"Money Network" in the 1980s (the former KAHZ calls were exchanged with
Pomona's KMNY.) Station located at Red Bird Mall (later Southwest
Center Mall, to 10/2005,) then to 5801 Marvin D. Love Frwy (10/2005-present.)
KAHZ, Fort Worth
(later Hurst.) Call letters established 9/24/1993. Format:
Spanish Talk (?-3/31/2005,) Religious/Roman Catholic Talk (11/1/1998-?,)
via satellite (9/24/1993-1/30/1998; sale of the Radio Aahs parent company
Children's Broadcasting Corporation fell through on that date, and Children's
permanently pulled the plug on the format; owners also blamed the success
of competitor Radio Disney, and subsequently sued Disney for copyright
infringement.) Owners: Children's Broadcasting, Global Broadcasting
(announced 6/1997, but apparently fell through on 1/30/1998,) Radio Unica,
Multicultural Radio Broadcasting (rescued KAHZ from bankrupt Radio Unica
on 2/4/2004.) Notables: Bob Bruton (SM,) Ted Sauceman, Eric
Roberts, Crystal Preston, Gretchen Vawter, Stephanie Steele, Nicole Caylor,
Brad Lane (OM,) Waymon Preston, Keith Whipple. Station located in
Hurst, then to Red Bird Mall.
Worth. Call letters established 6/1/1988. Format: Country,
Religious, Religious/Talk (6/1992-?.) Nickname: "Praise 1360."
Flagship station for the Fort Worth Fire hockey team (1992-93.) Notable:
Worth. Call letters established 11/23/1985. Call letters stood
for "Word of
(calls resurrected from 94.9 FM, who abandoned them in 1984. Station
was not owned by Jimmy Swaggart as 94.9 FM was, but carried programming
from Swaggart's network.) Owner: Universal Broadcasting.
Format: Country Gospel. Program: "Good Morning Metroplex."
Notables: Jack Davis, Paul Thomas Hughes.
Fort Worth. Station established 4/2/1947. Format: Variety
(1947-1950s,) Country (1950s-1956,) Top 40 (1956-5/1976,) Country (5/1976
to 11/23/1985.) First fulltime 24-hour radio operation in Fort Worth.
First non-network affiliated station in Fort Worth, first area station
to use block programming. Owners: Fort Worth Broadcasting Company
(4/2/1947-?; headed by Frank M. Skinner and later Earle Fletcher ,)
C. C. Woodson (?-7/21/1955,) Wendell Mayes Sr.
aka KXOL Inc. (7/21/1955-11/1/1973; Mayes also owned local Muzak franchise
beginning in 4/1965 as "Music Broadcast Company," which fed generic music
to area subscribers via FM sideband and telephone lines,) Tom E. Turner
dba TETCO/Signal Oil/Sigmor (11/1/1973-11/23/85; officed in basement of
station.) Nickname: "Pure Country." Flagship station
for Fort Worth Cats baseball. Promotion: "Adam," a personified,
automated phone dialer that called listeners at random to guess a jackpot
amount (1968.) Programs: "Hillbilly Supper Club," "The Coca
Cola Hi-Fi Club," "Ballads by Brooks," "Voters Digest." Notables:
Lan "Lanny" Roberts ,
James Lucas aka Michael James, Russ
Bloxom (1961-1967, later longtime anchor for WBAP-TV/KXAS-TV,) Bob
Meadows, Dickie Rose, Bob Norman, Brenda Bell, Larry
Shannon, Michael Selden ,
Dave Garland, Eddie Gale (1959,)
Ron Selden (Michael Selden's cousin,) Jim Lowe (1947-1950;
helped put KXOL on the air,) Elston Brooks
(host of "Ballads by Brooks;" later an entertainment columnist for the
"Fort Worth Star-Telegram,") Jerry Hahn, Bill Hightower (1955-1958; ND
who hired Bob Schieffer, Bruce Neal and Roy Eaton,) Norman
Alden (later an actor; on-air role as "Epod", which is "dope" spelled
backwards! Alden was the first voice ever heard on KXOL,) Joe Wills,
Wilson, Suzanne Calvin (1976-1977,) Kent Burkhart (currently developing
satellite technology in Florida,) Ken Krazon, Parker Willson, Robert Mitchell,
Dick Yaws ,
Jim "Tuck" Tucker
(who headed the listener's club, "Tucker's Commandoes;" also known as "Emperor
Jim Tucker,") Chuck Murphy
(to 1968,) Chuck Browning, Larry Vance, Misty
Fincher aka "Frontier Lady," Davey O'Donnell (original
host of "The Coca Cola Hi-Fi Club,") Bill Enis ,
Puff aka John Lewis (who did final signoff of station in 1985; returned
as host of a new "Hi-Fi Club" at KMNY-1360 in 2006,) Kenny Sargent
(former singer with the Glen Gray Casa Loma Orchestra,) Bob Bruton (first
overnight disc jockey in Fort Worth,) Bob Allen, Ben
Laurie, Doug Helton, George Carlin (7/1959-2/1960;
later a stand-up comedian; hosted "The Coca Cola Hi-Fi Club" and its successor,
"The Teen Club,")
Roy Eaton (ND,
left KXOL for WBAP-TV, then returned to KXOL on 9/1/1968 as "Director of
Informational Services,") Jim Ridgeway, Jim Robe, Dick Smith, Jim Travis,
Joe Martin, "Texas" Joe Poovey aka "Groovey" Joe Poovey ,
John Paul Beard, Karen "Duckie" Fielding, Kay Patrick Powell, Ken
"Hubcap" Carter, Larry Fitzgerald, Neil Baird (1953-1955; ND,) Bruce
Bob Schieffer (later WBAP-TV anchor and host of CBS' "Face the Nation,")
Dennis Bruton, Chuck Dunaway,
MacKrell aka Jimmy Kaye (later game show host, actor and infomercial
spokesman,) Bob Botick, Mac Hudson, Bill Hix
(first airborne traffic reporter in DFW; flew in a Piper Cub!,) Frank
Jolle, Anne Crawford, Mac Curtis (currently heads a rockabilly musical
act; spent time at KFI-Los Angeles in the 1970s,) Bill Brooks, Bill "Sweet
William" Herring, Larry Glenn, Larry Morrell, Lou Staples ,
Marcos Rodriguez ,
"Captain" Mike Ambrose (to
KXOL, then KLIF-1190, then to LA radio thereafter; then spent over 25 years
as San Diego weatherman,) Mike Kelly, Mike Parenti aka Mike Monday, Morgan
Choat, Bill Howell.
Smith aka Bill Mack (II), Norman Hall,
Harry "Paxton" Mills,
Phil Robbins, Jim Rose (MD,) Ray Robbin, Ruben T. "Mad Lad" Washington,
Rocky Davis, Bill Noble, Bob Richmond, Carl Story, Harold Hodo aka
Casey Jones, Cris Taylor (as host of "Voters Digest,") Cecil
Knight (spent 20 years as airborne traffic reporter for KPRC-TV Houston;
later with WBAP in 2003-04,) Charlie Pro, Chem Terry ,
"Cowboy" Weaver, Dave Ambrose, Gene Kelly ,
Ron Peterson, Ron Stevens, Ron McCoy, Dave Dumas, David Coursey, Johnny
May, Don Day,
Jerry Condra aka Jerry Parks (not the same as WFAA-TV's Jerry Park,) Jerry
Park aka Sid Park (who IS the WFAA-TV anchor; Condra liked the name "Park"
better; Park deferred and took the name "Sid Park." Don Hodges, Warren
Webber aka Bill Warren, Zack Hurt, Ronnie Voss, Roy Stamps, Rusty Reynolds,
Skeeter Gordon, Tom Meade aka Rod Tanner, Jerry Lee (1960,) Steve Rich,
Ken Ratliff, Jim Ratliff (1975-77,) Stew Robb, Tom Green, Lowell "Jay"
Duncan, Rod Roddy
(began 1957; later announcer for CBS' "The Price is Right,") Gary Wayne,
Dick Osburn (VP/GM, late 1960s,) Misty Fincher aka "The Frontier Gal,"
Breck Harris (later WBAP-TV reporter,) Randy "Red Rocket" Hames, Ron Spain,
Doug Adams (later GM for KXAS-TV,)
Jarrott (as host of the "Jack and Jarrott Morning Show," 1969-71,)
Bruce Buchanan aka Jim Edwards, Gary Dark, Leo Burch, Gary Stone, Gene
Ashcraft aka Gene Craft
(developed the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network in 1965,) George Wiley, Ron
McCoy, Hal King, Scott Reese (began
5/1976; worked concurrently at KDNT during mid-1976,) Rocky Davis, George
Jack Burns (1959-60; comedian partnered with George Carlin; later of duo
"Burns and Schreiber;" Avery Schreiber is the late moustached Doritos spokesman
in the 1970s,) Jack Monroe, Jack Murray, Jason
Walker, Tom Wayne, Jay Langhammer, Mark Johns aka Mark "Brother" Shane
(1969-1970,) Charles Wallace, Jerry May, Mike O'Hare, Tommy Vance, Ken
Enos aka Ken Knight, Tony Berta, Jeff Yates, Jim "Shootin'" Newton, Bill
Beasley, Bob Beattie, "Big" Tom Bigby, Don
Sitton aka Don Miller, Dick Bove, Johnny Bridges, John Burns, Robert
Crouse, Hal Eisner, Jeff Cunningham
(1977,) Earle Fletcher (began
1/1952,) Charles and Joyce Hobby, D. C. Hornburg, Herb Humphries ,
Rick Johnson aka Bwana Johnny ,
Russ Lamb, Steve Lewis, Charles Mahan, Charlie Martin, John
Nick Brounoff aka Nick Alexander (1974,) Danny Moffat, Charles Murphy (best
known as WBAP-TV anchor during the JFK Assassination coverage,) Barney
Pip, William Rice, Art Riley, John Rook, Frank M. Skinner, Charles Watson,
Joe Willis. Also, Larry and Jody Huchingson volunteered time at the
station in the 1950s. When KXOL was sold in 1985, many employees
defected to KPAR-Granbury. The oldies music collection was
auctioned off to KLUV, who used it to bolster their oldies format.
Station first located at 1216 Pennsylvania at Henderson in downtown Fort
Worth, to 3004 W. Lancaster in 9/1965, and to West 7th Street thereafter.
Lewis Puff's wonderful tribute to KXOL here!
Worth. Station established 1924 (other sources say 9/1923) at 1180
kc, but roots of station date back to 1917. Format: Variety/
Entertaiment. Owners: US Government (1917-1918,) W. E. "Bill"
Branch (1918-1924?; 1924-1928,) H. C. Allison (1928-1930,) H. C. Meacham
(1930-1931,) Ralph Bishop (1931-1938,) Elliot and Ruth Roosevelt dba Fort
Worth Broadcasters (1938-1945.) The original KFJZ began as a 5-watt
military communications station for Fort Worth's Camp Bowie during World
War I in 1917. After Armistice Day on 11/11/1918, W. E. "Bill" Branch,
an electronics tinkerer near Fort Worth, was offered any radio equipment
he wanted from the disbanded military camp. By 1920, the original
equipment had been reconstructed in Branch's living room, and the station
was back on the air. Around 1923-24, Branch sold the equipment to
the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for $500 so they could start
their own station. However, SBTS couldn't afford to keep it on or
to do the maintenance, so Branch was given back the equipment for free,
provided he'd haul it all away. Branch had relocated closer to town
to the Polytechnic area in 1924, and again set up the station studios and
transmitter in his house and backyard (other sources say he set up studios
at the Northern Texas Traction Company at 3rd and Main, downtown.)
This time, he operated KFJZ as a commercial station (other sources say
it became commercial in 1926,) increased the power to 50 watts, and broadcasted
for two to three hours a day. Moved to 1140 kc in 1925, and to 1200
kc in 1927.
Branch sold the station to H. C. Allison for $9,000, and increased the
power to 100 watts at the time of sale. Allison relocated the studios
to the Moore Building at 10th and Main in downtown Fort Worth, aired programming
from 8PM-10PM nightly, and hired Truett Kimzey as chief engineer.
Kimzey rebuilt the transmitter and increased the power to 250 watts.
Allison soon moved the station south of town to the Sunnyhill Dairy Farm
area. By mid-1928, Allison relinquished programming control by setting
up an LMA for "The Texas Hour," headed by George Gleeson. On 11/11/1928,
all stations in the US were assigned frequencies by the Federal Radio Commission,
and KFJZ was awarded 1370 kc (other sources say it was at 1360 until 1930.)
In 1929, Allison terminated the LMA and reassumed control of the station.
In 1930, he sold it to Fort Worth pioneer H. C. Meacham for $19,000, and
Meacham moved the studios to the mezzanine level of his Meacham's Department
Store at 12th and Main, downtown. Store patrons were treated to live
musical acts as they performed for the station; the Light
Crust Doughboys (featuring Bob Wills) got their start this way.
In 1931, the station was sold again, this time to Ralph S. Bishop for $39,000
(some sources say $32,000) and the studios were relocated to the Texas
Hotel (into the same studios where KTAT had recently moved from) and later
to the Trinity Life Building. During this time, KFJZ expanded to
an 18-hour broadcast day. Bishop held the station for six years,
selling it on 4/14/1938 (other sources say June, 1937) to Fort Worth Broadcasters,
headed by Ruth and Elliott Roosevelt (son of FDR) for $57,000. By
September, 1938, the Roosevelts constructed new studios for KFJZ at 1201
W. Lancaster St. and created the Texas State Network. TSN was chartered
on 8/2/1938, and its premiere broadcast was from a Casa Manana event on
9/15/1938. (KFJZ had been a Mutual affiliate previously, and became
the flagship for TSN.) On 8/16/1939, the Roosevelts purchased KTAT-1240
for $101,570 and moved KFJZ there, and surrendered their license for the
1370 frequency. See entry at 1270.
Bill Fairlie (FW Star-Telegram,) Richard Schroeder and the Fort Worth Public
Library's clipping file for much of the above information.
Royse City. Low-power station broadcasting Royse City municipal information.
Waxahachie. Station established 6/26/1955. Format: Country
(12/1988-present,) Standards (?-12/1988,) Spanish (1978,) Big Band (1978.)
Call letters stand for "Keep
Owner: Richard Tuck
(longest continuous owner of a Texas radio station; owned station KBBA-AM
in Bentonville, AR when he applied for KBEC.) Sister station to KBEC-FM.
Programs: "Italy [High School] Hour," "1390 Club" (both hosted by
Bill Ward ,
who began with the station on its premiere date,) "Sunday Morning Polka
Show" (1964-present,) "Quest," "Coffee Cup Hour" (1955-2002; longest running
morning program in DFW area.) Notables: Bill Ward
(began 6/26/1955,) John Borders aka Johnny Dark (1956,) Morgan
Choat, Catherine Crandall, Roger Creech, Mike Crow, Victor Donovan,
Richard Tuck (station
owner and host of "Coffee Cup Hour,") Bob Easley, Lee Harris, Vicki Harris,
Doug Harrison, Chris Huff,
Gene Kelly, Pat McDonald, Jonathan Hayes, Gary Barton, Barry Wolverton,
Nolan Moran the "3-D Man" ,
Jerry Lee (1955,) Mike O'Daniel ,
aka "Miss Faye" (wife of Richard Tuck,) Sam Meyers, "Shootin'" Jim Newton,
T. K. Wheeler, Mark Pannill, Harold Patton, Cecil Burton (sports director,
1955-57,) "Ranger Rita," Rex Reese, W. C. Estes Jr. (as host of "Quest,")
Jeremy Robinson, "Ramblin'" Roy Miller ,
Mike Turner, Jerry West, Wes Wilson, Ken Roberts, Dub Estes, Carroll Todd,
Johnny Krajda (host of "Sunday Morning Polka Show.")
CP issued in 1952; deleted in 1953. Owner: Cen-Tex Broadcasting.
Calls to have stood for Waxahachie.
Notable: Pierce Brooks.
CP issued in 1949, deleted in 1951. Calls to have stood for Ellis
Station established 3/27/1946, but began construction in 1941 (delayed
by World War II-related shortage of copper and equipment.) Format:
Classic Country (8/15/2009-present,) News/Talk/Sports (to 8/15/2009,) Oldies
(began 5/1999,) Country (1/1994-5/1999,) News/Talk (?-1/1994,) Adult Contemporary
(2/1987-?,) Standards (?-2/1987.) Owner: Truett Kimzey (who
also contracted out his engineering services concurrently to KFJZ-AM, and
operated a TV repair service in Fort Worth,) Leo Hackney dba First Greenville
Corporation, Susquehanna/Cumulus (who bought KGVL along with KIKT-FM in
1996, strictly to downgrade the FM's power to move Susquehanna's KKZN-93.3
into DFW,) Alpha and Mike Horne (6/19/2009-present; bought both KGVL and
sister KIKT-FM for $600,000.) Broadcasts in AM Stereo. Sister
station to KIKT-FM. Nicknames: "Home Town Radio," "14K Oldies."
Call letters stand for Greenville.
Network affiliations: MBS, KBS, TSN, AP. First broadcasted
with 500 watts, then to 1,000 watts in 2/1965. Programs:
"Luncheon Lyrics," "Sports Hi Lites," "The Lion's Roar," "Lake Country
Jubilee," "Rhythm Roundup," "Sunrise Jamboree," Rhythm Rodeo," "Musical
Clock," "Western Hits." Notables: Frank Janda (longtime SM;
operated station under an LMA as "Dynamic Broadcasting LLC" from 1999 to
7/15/2006 along with Sandra Salley; owner Cumulus had Janda arrested in
2006 over false pretenses regarding Janda's non-sharing of advertising
revenue; Cumulus settled the countersuit in 9/2008,) Dave Garland, Dave
Mitchell, "Gentleman" Jim Carter, Pete Stein, Rich Reneau, J. Mary Jones,
Ralph Marcom, Harold Marshall (host of "Lake Country Jubilee,") Earle Fletcher
(original GM, late of KFJZ-AM,) Charlie Payne ,
Leo Hackney (succeeded Fletcher as GM in 5/1947,) Porter Randall (via
TSN,) Chuck Shamka, Cedric Foster (via MBS,) Charles Joslin (GM,) John
Once had CP to move to 1200 kc as a daytime-only station. Station
first located in Greenville, then to 1517 Wolfe City Drive in 7/1973.
Granbury. Call letters established 6/6/2002. Format:
Country. Nickname: "The Pirate,"
"Your Hometown Station," "News and Sports of Hood County." Owner:
BBC Broadcasting, Pirate Broadcasters. Notables: Dick Siegel,
Shayne Hollinger, Lee Riza (PD,) Skip Young, "Granny Granbury," John Beard,
Bill Coward, Buddy Hodges, Byron Anderson, Sylvia Dalton, Robert Elliott,
Scott Randolph. Daytime only station.
Station established 2/27/1980. Format: Country. Nicknames:
"Lake Country Radio," "Pure Country" (re-used from KXOL.) Owner:
Fran Parr ,
Gary Luker dba Granbury Broadcasting, BBC Broadcasting. Network:
TSN. Notables: John Puff
aka John Lewis, Charlie Martin, Tom Wayne, Joe Martin, Bill Smith aka Bill
Mack (II), Ronny Voss, Steve Rich (all of whom defected from KXOL-1360
when the station was sold in 1985,) Jody
Dean, Pamela Steele, Don Swancy (10/1987-7/1988.) Station was
under constant financial difficulties, later resulting in their news and
weather teletypes being repossessed! Also lost was the affiliation
with TSN, but station rigged a receiver to intercept the TSN newscasts
anyway. Initially a 24-hour operation; reduced to daytime-only in
serving the Bonham market:
Station established 5/25/1948. Unknown format. Owner:
Vision Media Group, Frank Svoboda (1948-?,) Charles Cain.
Denton/University Park. Call letters established 7/11/1997.
Format: Spanish Christian. Call letters derived from "Latino."
Owner: Mortenson Broadcasting. Nickname: "Radio Vida."
Notables: Jose Castillo, Josue A. Rodriguez, Rafael Hernadez, Eusebio
Balderas, German Guevara, Reynaldo Perez, Kenia Beltran, Erika Garcia,
Angel Pincay, Jesus Saldaña. Simulcasted to KNAX-1630, 3/20/2001-7/2002.
Station licensed to Denton until 2002. New towers installed on Bruton
Road at Second Avenue in 2005.
Call letters established 3/15/1996. Format: Spanish talk (informacion.)
Call letters established 3/15/1994. Format: Spanish Country
(began under KDNT calls on 12/1/1993.) Sister station to KLTY-FM.
Former sister station to KICI-FM. Owner: Rodriguez Broadcasting.
Notable: Betty Whatley (5/24/1994-1/1999; wife of KDNT's Hal Whatley.)
Simulcasted KAND-FM starting in 12/1993. Station located at 1440
Wheeler Dr in Denton.
Denton. Station established 6/1/1938. Format: Spanish
Country (12/1/1993-3/15/1994,) News/Talk (10/1989-12/1/1993; plus a lone
broadcast on 12/9/1993,) SMN "Country Gold" format via satellite (1987-10/1989,)
Easy Listening (to 1987.) Sister station to KDNT-FM/KZRK-FM (106.1, 1949-1970s;
then 94.5, 1983-89) and was to be sister to proposed TV station KDNT-Channel
2. Station began life at 1420 kHz, moved to 1450 kHz in 1940, and
to 1440 kHz in 1942. Call letters stood for Denton.
Owners: Harwell V. Shepard
(1947-1972,) Bass Brothers (1972-10/1976; Bass Brothers later formed Anchor
Media, who owned KZEW/KKWM/WFAA in the late 1980s,) Mel Wheeler (10/1976-11/17/1984,)
Galen O. Gilbert and Associates dba KDNT Radio Inc. aka Community Service
Radio Group (11/17/1984-1993, although FM side was sold in 1989,) Rodriguez
Broadcasting (12/1/1993 through format/call letter change in 3/1994; paid
$650,000 for it.) Promotion: "Shout That Slogan." Programs:
"The Dawn Patrol," "Good Morning North Texas," "Noon News Watch," "Swap
Shop," "The Alan Crone Talk Show," "Of, For & About Women," "The Clyde
Sebastian Show," "1440 Club," "Night Notes," "Legal Talk," "The Richard
Pitzinger Show" (featuring the Western Melody Makers band, headed by Sid
King,) "Saturday Night Hoedown," "Saturday Night Stage Show," "First United
Methodist Church" (KDNT broadcasted their services for over 50 years!),
"Deborah Norville Show" (via satellite, 1991.) Notables: Sam
Sauls, Roger Emrich, Mike
Ehrle aka Mike Ward (1964-1973,) Ken Rench
(1959-1968,) Sandy Shepard aka Clyde Sebastian aka James Lewis (Sandy was
the son of owner Harwell Shepard,) Bill Orton, Hal Whatley
(1960-1993; Chief Engineer; also hosted radio program briefly as "Country
Cuz,") Jess Gilbert (CE, 1993,) Andy Shane, Buford Harrell
(1951-1985,) Josh Holstead
(1985,) Brian Gann, Mike Shannon (II)(1988,)
Carl Martin ,
Chris Anderson aka Dave Christian, Richard Pitzinger, Charlie Beard, Lee
"Woody" Woodward (1954-1955; brother of actor Morgan Woodward,) Willie
Nelson (yes, the singer! Disc jockey during 1954), Ross Ramsey, Russ
Campbell, Doyle King (4/1978-12/30/1980,) George Krieger (1983-1984,)
Tom Light (1941-1944;
later owned Tom Light Chevrolet in Bryan, TX,) Bill Smith aka Bill Mack,
Mike Magruder, Michael Main, Prince Mayne, Matt McClennahan aka Matt Reese,
Jerry McNatt, George Nolen, Vivian Badillo Cullipher, Tim Sullivan, Dave
Sheryl Powers, Ellise Pierce, Jim McShan, Bill Mercer (1959-1976;
1984-1993,) Marshall Bill Moyers (mid-1950s,) Jim "Shootin'" Newton ,
Chris Ontego aka Chris Wayne, Jim Palmer, Polly Plummer, Bob Powell, Pat
Reeded, Walter Richardson, Ellen Sanko, Anne Schulze ,
Lorie Sheffield (ND, 1977-1978,) "Red" Shepard (first wife of owner Harwell
Shepard,) Bill Roy Switzer, Bill Van Ness, Philip Walker (1940s,) Jack
Wallace (1930s,) Casey Walston (1980s,) Jay Ward (ND, 1970s,) Vinny Ryan
of owner Mel Wheeler,) Davie Lee White aka Davie Lee, Sam Whitmire (currently
with KFWR-FM in Fort Worth; married to radio personality Debi Diaz,) Ray
Whitworth, Farris Wilson (1938,)
Patrick Woods, Dave Wright.
Michaels (OM in 1991,) Colonel
Mason, Mark Followill, Alan Crone (to 1993; host of the "Alan Crone
Talk Show;" currently with KOTV-Tulsa as staff meteorologist,) Bill Van
Ness, Joe Fuchs aka Con West/Jay Weaver
(1965,) Ray Weathers, Dean Minnick (GM,) Micky Murphy (c.
1930s,) Frank Haley (1961,) Joe Dodd (1991-1993,) Mel Cummings (1961,)
Dave Mitchell (1968-1972,) Doug Anderson, Mike Robinson (1981-1982,) "Boppin'"
Bob Berry, Steve "Dusty" Rhodes, Kim Landrum, Dennis Grandcolas (1986-1993,)
Harley Balew, Sid Erwin aka Sid King, Mary Grace Smith, Scott Sommer (PD,
1980s,) Michael Rey (II), Kenny Sargent, Andy Waldrop, George Gimarc, Earl
Rast, Bob Bostian (began 1972,) Hal Thompson, Virgie Burrows, Aubrey Jackson,
Jim Boso, Harry Dierks, Ken McClure aka Ken Knox, Clark Wheeler (GM,) Steve
Wheeler (both sons of owner Mel Wheeler,) Dusty Hendrix, Bernie Tamayo
(later a WBAP-TV news anchor,) Scott Causey aka Dave Scott, Terry Starnes
aka Terry Wayne, Dale Olson (1984-1993,) Hal Murray, Kathy Machi, Jeff
Lyons, Joe Short (GM, 1984-1986,) Larry Crippen aka Johnny Flash/Larry
Lee, Herman Cecil, Bob Syler, Scott Reese
(as Charlie Tuna; Reese was concurrently on KXOL in mid-1976,) Doug Adams
(later ND at KXAS-TV,) Stephen Albrecht (1969-1972,)
Bobby Allen (to 1993,) D. J. Anderson (to 1993,) Brent Baker, LaCola Hanks
Frank Barrow (1938-1939;
later mayor of Denton,) Jeffery Bennett (PD; started 1985,) Dave Buell,
Cody Burk, Rick Burt aka Rick Burton, Dan Clark (pre-1960,) Warren Clary ,
Dave Cooley, Tom Crouch (early 1980s,) Roger Daniel (ND; 12/1973-1975,)
Bruce Davis (1955,) Ted Davis (now play-by-play announcer with Milwaukee
Bucks basketball,) B. H. Dennison (CE, 1939-1940,) Sally Diamond, George
Dunham (1984-1988; currently with KTCK-1310,) Brule Eagan (1988-1990,)
Eddie Evans (1952-1953,) Matt Freeman (1991,) Bob dunn, Larry Weinstein,
Dave Garland (sales; began 1975,) Bill George (pre-1960,) Fred Graham ,
Vernon Hartman, G. C. Hollowwa (CE; 1940-1941,) Brooks Holt (1953-1962,)
Bill Honeycutt (CE, 1938; later longtime CE for KRLD-TV,) Irv Jackson aka
Jack Bishop, Kit King, Stan King, Grant Koeller (1983.) KDNT-AM is
perhaps the only case ever where a station briefly reverted to its old
format and personalities after a sale has been completed and a new format
implemented... former owner Galen Gilbert worked out a post-sale plan to
bring back "The Alan Crone Talk Show" for one final airing, despite the
new ownership and Spanish Country format that had already been in place
for a week! Gilbert felt that it was important to the community to
have a forum to discuss pending Denton school district legislation.
Power increase from 100 watts to 250 watts in 1945, with subsequent upgrades
over the years to 1,000, and 5,000. Station located at 235 West Hickory
in Denton (1947-79) and 1440 Wheeler St, south of Denton (1979-93; building
and towers razed in 10/2005.)
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Commerce. CP issued on 9/2/1953, but station never signed on.
Owner: W. W. Mangum dba Memorial Broadcasting. KDNT owner Harwell
Shepard immediately filed a protest with the FCC, arguing that this proposed
station would interfere with his at nearby 1440. The FCC agreed,
and canceled Memorial's application on 8/31/1955.
Call letters re-established 9/1/2008 (from 1140; KHFX calls were exchanged
there.) Format: FOX Sports, Country (as "Big Country;"
Call letters established 11/1/2005. Format: FOX Sports
(moved from KFCD-990.) Flagship of Fort Worth Brahmas hockey.
Owner: M&M Broadcasters. Notable: Jim Rome.
KTFW, Glen Rose.
Station established 2/19/2002. Format: Classic Country.
Owner: M&M Broadcasters (80%,) George Marti (20%.) Simulcast
from sister station KTFW-92.1 FM. Notables:
Choat, Joy Delaney, Ron Peterson, Jimmy Aiken, Dave Stone, Mike Crow,
Gary Moss, Scott Miller, Ron Moore, Marlee Padgett, Richard Adams, Jamie
McGriff, Jimmy Stewart, Bill Jackson, Jim Russell.
Rose. Call letters established 6/24/1996.
Station established 7/22/1922. Owner: Lee Glasgow. Former
sister station to WACO/KHOO-FM. Moved COL to Glen Rose in 1996.
Notable: Eddie Craig.
Call letters established 3/30/2005. Format: Southern Gospel,
ESPN Deportes (began 6/25/2007.) Nicknames: "Your Home for
Southern Gospel Music," "KNIT, Southern Gospel 1480." Owner:
James Crystal Florida Inc. (11/1/2005-present; traded WORL-Orlando for
KNIT,) Salem (3/2005-11/1/2005; Salem's board includes VP Ken Scott Gaines,
who was once the PD for 1480's KBOX in the 1960s.) Network affiliation:
SRN (Salem,) ESPN Deportes (Spanish sports.)
Call letters established 6/18/2002. Format: Spanish (Tejano.)
Owner: Univision. Call letters stood for "Kick."
Simulcast of sister station KHCK-FM (8/2002-4/20/2004; continued alone
with Tejano format and FM's personalities after FM switched to Cumbia format.)
Notables: Pancho Pistolas (jock and PD,) Jonny Ramirez, "Big Poppa,"
Call letters established 2/20/1998. Format: Spanish.
Nickname: "Amor." Sister station to KDOS-FM.
Call letters established 4/1/1993. Format: Spanish (Banda.)
Call letters stood for "K-Mart;"
although not affiliated with the retail chain, it was to imply to advertisers
that the station was a 'great value.' Owner: Marcos Rodriguez.
Call letters established 9/21/1989. Format: Dallas
Owner: Granum (6/1991 to format change,) Gillmore (to 6/1991.)
Broadcasted SMU football games. Sister station to KMEZ-FM.
Programs: "America's Dining and Travel Guide," "Dialogue," "Talkin'
with Pauken" (hosted by Congressman Tom Pauken.) Notable: John
The KDBN calls were resurrected locally by 93.3-"The Bone" in 2002.
Call letters established 9/4/1991. Format: Easy Listening via
Unistar Network. Nickname: "Memories 1480." Owner:
Granum. Notable: Frank Gonzales. Sister station to KCDU-FM
Call letters established 11/15/1982. Format: Easy ("EZ")
Listening. Owner: DKM-Dallas Broadcasting Corp. (11/1/1986-1988,)
Gillmore (1988-3/1991.) Simulcast of sister station KMEZ-FM.
See KMEZ-FM for list of personalities. KMEZ moved from their original
KBOX studios to 5956 Sherry Lane, Dallas, in 8/1989. Flagship
for SMU football (1989.)
Dallas. Call letters established 7/14/1958. Format: Top
40 (7/14/1958-1/24/1967,) Country (1/24/1967-11/14/1982.) Owners:
Balaban (7/14/1958-8/1/1967,) Group One Broadcasting (8/1/1967-1986.)
Nicknames: "Wonderful K-BOX," "Big Top Radio." Sister station
of KBOX-FM/KTLC-FM. Named for Balaban VP John Box.
Programs: "Ask Tex Schramm" (began in early 1960s and later moved
to KRLD,) "Feminist View," "Amigo Forum," "In Black America," "Black History,"
"Spectrum," "Dallas Dialog," "Youth and Their Community," "Energy and You,"
"Lawn and Garden," "Myers Showcase," "Science of the Mind," "Chuck Howley
Show" (Howley was a Dallas Cowboys player,) "Man and his Environment."
as "Top 40": Ron Jenkins aka Ron McAlister, Bob Dayton ,
Pat Hughes (1960-61,)
Wilson, Dan Ingram (1959-61; spent 40 years in New York radio,) Frank
Jolle (1/4/1965-12/30/1966,) Gary Mack, Rex Miller, Danny Patrick McCurdy
aka Dan Patrick, Frank Glieber
(hosted "Ask Tex Schramm" [Schramm was GM of the Dallas Cowboys,]) Roger
(spent 18 years at Los Angeles' KFI,) Ken McClure aka Ken Knox ,
Jerry Clemmons, Joe Long,
Mike Terry, Tex DeWeese,
Al Smith, Dave Tucker, Jerry
Knight, Dan Casey, Terry Byrd, "Emporer" Bill Ward
(1964-71; jock, PD and later SM; spearheaded the move from Top 40 to Country
in 1967,) Bill Holley,
Ben Laurie, Bobby
Brock (not the same as the former Times Herald TV columnist,) Johnny McKinney,
Schell aka Jack West (Schell broadcasted nightly from a local bowling
alley, Circle Bowl,) Chuck Benson,
Jerry Goodwin aka Danny Preston, Al Lohman, Hal Raymond ,
Johnny Borders, Tony deHaro (1960s; cousin of Anna deHaro, current KDMX
personality,) Bill Mackey (began 1961,) Ray Carnay, Irene Runnels ,
Glen Sims ,
Jack Carney, Bill Jenkins, Paul Potter, Phil Allen, Robb Robbins, Dick
Clayton, Bob Whitney, John Box, Dick Morrison, Harriet Baker, Charles Boland,
Gordon Vaughn, Pat Conway, Jim MacKrell
aka Jimmy Kaye (later game show host, actor and infomercial spokesman,)
Eddie Gale (1958,) Edward Hunt, Lloyd George, Harry Hines, Joseph Wolfman,
Earl Bodine, Charlie Van Dyke (who served as an intern at the station as
a teen; hosted an occasional feature on high school happenings; trademark
voice was a result of rheumatic fever that scarred his vocal cords at age
13,) Parker Daggett, Stanton Pearson, Bob
Davis (1969-76,) Tom Murphy, Pat Harrington, George "Super" Cooper ,
Ken Dowe, Jack O'Day, Frank Malone, Jerry Kunkel, Sam Pate ,
Allen Abbott, Kay Box, Mike Marshall (1960,) Ceryl McDonald ,
Jack Dillon ,
Dan Hydrick, Betty Verrell, Don Buehler.
Van ("The Moving Man,") Ken Gaines aka Ken "Great" Scott (currently a VP
with Salem; Salem bought KNIT-1480 in 2005,) Stu Hepburn (Sales Manager;
worked concurrently for KNOK,) Edward "Ned" Sheridan Jr (ND,) Chuck Kirk,
Alan Golden, Robert Swortwood, Joe McChesney aka J. Morgan Van Buren (later
with KXXK-FM as PD,) William Wentzell,
Hamon, Hyman Childs (currently owner of KKDA AM/FM and KRNB-FM,) Robert
Hanna, Bill Hampton, Leo Letterer, Bill Thompson. Notables as
"Country": Allan Peck and Peggy Newman
aka Peggy Sears (the "Peck and Peggy Show", 1976-80,) Allan Peck and Penny
Reeves (the "Peck and Penny Show," 1974-76; Peck currently DJs on KHYI-FM,
and owns a home theatre business; son Allan
Peck II is a DJ on 96.7-The Twister,) Bobby Dark, Ron Rice (I) ,
Jack Weston (later president of RCA Records in Nashville,) Danny McDuff
(1977-80; left for KPLX-FM,) Jim Rose (1971-72,) Len Mohnkern (final
broadcaster before 11/14/1982 signoff,) Roger Dimick (1970,) Larry Whiteside,
Doug Helton, Russ Campbell, Davie White
aka Davie Lee (1967-68,) Dick
Moore (host of "Spectrum," replaced by Dave O'Brien,) Lorna Littleway,
Larry Scott, Dick Wheeler, Ross Ramsey, Gail Lightfoot, Tim Kase, Tom Matts ,
Alan Holmes, Dave Manders (sales; former Dallas Cowboys player and father
of current country singer Mark David Manders,) Bob Marion (host of "In
Black America,") Bill Anderson (host of "Man and his Environment,") Joe
Greer, Bob Clayton, Jack Gardiner, Art Keller (began 7/1967,) Dan Dailey
(began 7/1967,) Allan King, Larry Scott, Bob Bostian (GM; left in 1972
for a Denver station, but returned to the area at KDNT later that year,)
Roger Berk, Dave Malone, "Emmett," Sherman Cohen (who filed a discrimination
suit against the station in 1971,) Russel Lee Moore aka Russ "Weird Beard"
Knight (1971,) Ted Roney, George Pechancek, Don Wade, Jay Ward,
Walker, Mac Daniels, Jim Rohnes, Darcel Barnes, David Hultsman, Patricia
Smith-Melton (1979-1980,) Earl Vandervoort ,
Craig Magee (PD in 1976,) Loren Wilhelm aka Dave O'Brien (as host of "Spectrum,"
"Dallas Dialog," "Youth and Their Community," "Lawn and Garden" and "Energy
and You,") Rick Fulgham ,
Loomis, Chester "Chet" Maxwell
(12/1969-11/1986,) Tom Lundgren aka "Tiger" Tom Allen, Donald Curtis (host
of "Science of the Mind.") Station located at 9900 McCree Road in
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Dallas. Station established 1/25/1953. Format: Adult
Standards, Jazz. Owner: Lakewood Broadcasting. Not related
to the original KGKO at 570 kc. To have been sister station to proposed
KDTX-TV Channel 23. Programs: "Go to Town," "Morning Grinder
Show," "The Nightwatchman Show," "Bandstand." Notables: Tony
Davis, Buddy Harris
(as host of the "Morning Grinder Show,") Tex DeWeese ,
Harvey Matusow, Don Keyes
(1953-57; his first job in radio; went to KLIF-AM thereafter and had a
long, distinguised career with the McLendon organization,) Leonard Coe,
Sam Bennett, John Knapp, Marvin Williams, Jimmy Harris, Ed Jordan, Carmine
Anthony, Clem Cooper, Bill Borum (as host of the "Nightwatchman Show,")
Bud Vincent, Gary Wood, "Gene." Station located at 9900 McCree Road,
Dallas (1956-1958,) and at the Cliff Towers Hotel (1952-1956; former home
Call letters established 7/31/1991. Format: Oldies. Owner:
"Bobbin'" Bob Allen (longtime DFW radio personality.) Calls resurrected
from KJIM-870. Located near the Woodlawn Country Club (1968-present.)
Daytime only station.
Call letters established 1958. Format: Country and Western
(one of the first Texas stations to go C&W.) Calls stood for
Owners: King Fisher/Jimmy Fisher/Harry O'Conner/Paul Carter dba O'Conner
Broadcasting (1958-60,) Bill Jaco and Tom Spellman (1960-69; Jaco was a
disc jockey,) Floyd Shelton (1969-?,) Larry Henderson (co-owned
with his wife.) Notables: David Sprowl, John
Scott, Bill Jaco, Gary King. Increased power to 1,000 watts in
1968. Sister station to KWSM-FM. Located on US 75, south of
US 82, then to the Grayson Bank Building, then to near the Woodlawn Country
Station established 12/19/1947. Format: Entertainment, Classical.
Owners: Joe Carroll and Elmer Scarborough (1947-48,) Tony Anthony
and E. T. Fant Jr (1948-?,) Charles L. Cain (?-1953,) Col. Howard L. Burris
(1953-55; operated under an LMA to Howard Davis,) Galen O. Gilbert (1955-57;
Gilbert later owned KDNT-Denton,) J. Lou Groves (1957; Groves was a theater
operator,) Senator William J. Samples (1957-58,) and King Fisher/Jimmy
Fisher/Harry O'Conner dba O'Conner Broadcasting (1958.) Programs:
"An Ear for Corn" (morning show,) "Concerts in Miniature" (hosted by Bill
Jaco,) Notables: Bill Jaco (who was the first to broadcast
on the station, and was PD,) Otis McKenzie, Bill Collins, Louise Cobbler,
Sue Hill, Paul Phillips, Stafford E. Davis. Located at 2024 N. US
75, south of US 82.
Park. Call letters established 12/29/1997. Format: Spanish
(as "El Gato," 12/2003-8/2004, simulcasted from sister station KTCY-104.9;
was simulcasted from other sister station KZMP-101.7 ["Radio Tricolor"]
to 12/2003; along the way, KTCY-FM and KZMP-FM swapped calls,) Spanish
Religious (under LMA, 8/2004-1/2006,) "Radio Tricolor" (again, this time
as simulcast of sister KZMP 104.9 (1/2006-2009;) ESPN Sports (in Spanish)
(2009-present.) Owner: Z-Spanish Media, Entravision (bought
8/15/2000,) Lieberman (bought 11/3/2006.) Licensed to Fort Worth
until 2003. Notables: Scott Savage, Dean James.
Worth. Call letters established 6/6/1997. Format: Motivational
(non-religious.) Call letters stood for "Personal
Aired syndicated programming from the Personal Achievement Radio service.
Notables: Anthony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Leo Buscaglia (all by satellite,)
Muriel Funches, Mark Lambert.
Worth. Call letters established 2/8/1993. Format: Spanish.
Call letters derived from "Latino."
KMZK, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 12/1978 (calls were an acronym of sorts for "muzik.")
Format: Beautiful Music. Owner: Co-owned by actor Jimmy
Stewart and William Schuller dba Radio 15, Inc. Nickname: "Radio
15." Notables: Dave Mitchell, Mark Martick aka Mark Roberts,
John B. Wells, John Rody, Jack Dillon ,
Steve Cromer, Clarice Merryweather, Pat Gradski.
Worth. Call letters established 3/27/1989. Format: Religious.
Owner: Jack Stuart
and Mary Gaines.
Worth. Call letters established 1/25/1988. Format: Religious.
Worth. Call letters established 6/25/1985, but station didn't sign
on until 9/1985. Call letters stood for "Ministry
Format: Spanish/Tropical/Caribbean (to 3/1/1986,) Black Religious
with some Spanish Religious (2/17/1986-1/25/1988.) Nickname:
"Faith 1540." Owners: Nelson Laberen, Command Broadcast Associates.
Notables: Era Alberto Soto, Jose Castillo, Josey Podesta.
Worth. Call letters established 1983. Format: Spanish.
Worth. Call letters established 7/1979. Format: Spanish.
Worth. Call letters established 3/3/1976. Format: All
News (3/3/1976-9/5/1977,) "Bright, Beautiful Music" (9/5/1977-12/1978.)
Call letters derived from roman numerals (R=Radio,
Nickname: "Radio 15". Owner: Co-owned by actor Jimmy
and Bill Schueler
(Schueler also owned the Oklahoma News Network) dba Radio 15, Inc.
Network affiliation: NBC News and Information Service. Notables:
Dave Mitchell, James "Jim" Miklaszewski aka James Alan (currently Pentagon
correspondent for NBC-TV,) Rob Milford aka Rob Williams, Elizabeth Schuller,
Larry LaMottoe, Greg LaMottoe (Larry and Greg went to CNN thereafter,)
Rick Wais, Hal Eisner, Bob Rayel, Dan Steffel, Norris Palmer, Larry Fitzgerald,
Robert Allen, Peter Wellish aka "Dr. Gonzo" (Fitzgerald, Allen and Wellish
left the station after the All News format ended on 9/5/1977.) When
KBUY owner John B. Walton sold 1540 to Radio 15, he kept the KBUY calls
and transferred them to his station in Amarillo. Later, his station
in Ruidosa, NM was given the calls KBUY-FM. Station located at Seminary
South shopping mall in Fort Worth.
Worth. Call letters established 1/1/1967. Format: Ethnic,
Spanish (c. 1972,) 'Country Classical' (began
1/2/1967.) Owner: John B. Walton (bought 8/24/1966.)
Sister station to KBUY-FM (both KCUL-AM and FM were sold to John Walton
and became KBUY-AM/FM.) Format adjustment in 1967 was noted to be
"an 'uptown' version of KCUL." Network affiliation: Mutual.
Program: "Cowtown Hoedown" (carried over from KCUL.) Notables:
Jack Dillon ,
Joe Fuchs aka Jay Weaver,(1/1966-1972,)
Thomas Shelby Brown aka Randy Ryder, Harroll Harbuck aka Hal
Jay (began 1972,)
Boxcar Willie, Ted Mack, James Schumacher, Larry
Shannon aka Charlie Wise, David Perkins aka Charlie Brown (1967,) Skeeter
Gordon, Gene Kelly
(aka Jelly Belly Kelly or Chuck Roast; PD; later with KXOL and spent many
years in San Antonio radio thereafter,) Ken Enos aka Ken Knight (left for
San Antonio radio,) Wade Simms aka Cary Simms (later with WBAP-TV,) Ron
Rice (II), Larry Glenn, Don Sitton
aka Don Miller, Jerry Condra aka Jerry Parks (not the same as WFAA-TV's
Jerry Park,) Lawton Williams
(singer/songwriter,) Eddie Craig (began 1/25/1969; late of KPCN,) Tony
Berta, Roy Lemons (SM 1966-1969,) Don Thompson (PD,) Eddie Steward, Bob
White (original PD,) Bob Allen (PD,) Bud McKool aka Bob Gordon, Darrell
Monroe, Don Swancy, Ron Peterson, Bill Smith aka
Mack (II) (PD; began 10/1967; had been with predecessor KCUL-AM,) Stacy
Richardson (1972-1973,) Gary Smith
(1967-1969,) Bo Powell (began 1/23/1969; defected from KPCN,) Virgil Dowell
aka Mike Bradley, Larry Fitzgerald, Jay Langhammer (1971,) Tom Bigby (PD;
in Philadelphia radio for many years thereafter.) Broadcasted with
50Kw (day) and 5,000 watts (night.) Station located at Seminary South
shopping mall in Fort Worth. When John Walton sold KBUY-AM, he retained
the call letters and sent them to his Amarillo, TX station.
KCUL, Fort Worth.
Station established 1949. Format: Variety (to mid-1950s,) Country
(mid-1950s-1/1/1967; also had blocks of Spanish programming in 1958.)
Nickname: "The Station of Distinction," "Big Radio KCUL," "#1 Gun
for Country Fun," "Sweet Popular and Semi-Classical." Owner:
East-West Broadcasting (to 2/12/1951; the station was named for investor
A. B. Culbertson,
but other sources mention a connection to FW optometrist L. H. Luck [Luck
Optical,] and that "KCUL" is "luck" spelled backwards,) Dr. James Ulmer
(2/12/1951-1955,) Kurt Meer dba Dalworth Broadcasting (1955-8/24/1966;
Meer purchased KJIM-870 after selling KCUL,) John B. Walton (8/24/1966-into
KBUY.) Sister station to KCUL-FM. First local station
to program Country music 24 hours a day. Programs: "Cowtown
Hoedown" (from The Majestic Theatre; hosted by "Uncle Hank" Craig; show
continued on its own with Craig as host after KCUL dropped it;) "Homemaker's
Holiday," "Ladies...Pat Patterson," "Open Line," "Guiding Lines" (fishing
show,) "Mexico Lindo," "Women's Wisdom," "The Lunch Munchers Show," "Teen
Club," "Cotton Pickers," "Life Line" (religious program funded by Dallas
millionaire H. L. Hunt,) "Man on the Beat," and religious programs hosted
by Garner Ted Armstrong and Carl McIntyre. Notables: Bill Smith
aka Bill Mack (II) (1963-1966,) Hugh
Ben Toney, Duane Ramsey, Dan Allison, Reb Foster aka Dennis Bruton, Willie
Nelson (yes, the country singer!), Joe Fuchs aka Jay
Weaver (began 1/1966,) Brett Allison, Vincent Pulido, Jack Britton,
Don Logan (1958-59,) Dick Wheeler (jock and co-host of "Ladies...Pat
Patterson,") Glenn "Uncle Hank" Craig ,
Gary Smith (worked
briefly at KCUL before the call letter change,) Bo Powell, Ron Rice (II),
Gene Kelly aka "Jelly Belly Kelly" and "Chuck Roast," Virgil Dowell aka
Mike Bradley (PD,) Bob White (PD,) Bob Allen (PD and host of "Open Line,")
Bill Hightower, Bud Faulder, Eddie Stewart, Ray Robbins,
Choat, Bob Peacock ("The Bird With the Word,") Terry
Jones, Bob McCord, Pat Patterson (host of "Ladies...Pat Patterson,") Jerry
Condra aka Jerry Parks (not the WFAA-TV personality,) Bruce Chambers (president
and GM,) Roy Lemons (GM, 1966-1969,) Don
Sitton aka Don Miller, John Fox, Angie Meer, Jim Tucker ,
Nestor Cuestra, Dick McLendon (host of "The Lunch Munchers Show,") Carl
Logan, Bill Woods (host of "Teen Club," which featured the 'Great 38' songs,)
Anne Cross, Johnnie Lemons, "Wild" Bill Reynolds, A. B. Culbertson, M.
Ward Bailey, T. S. Christopher, John Griffith, Maydell Wallace, Joe McKinney,
"Pretty Boy" Floyd, Horace Logan,
MacKrell, Sr aka "Uncle Mac" (jock and hosted "Guiding Lines;" father
of local jock and later game show host Jim MacKrell,) Rita Reynolds (host
of "Women's Wisdom,") Jose Guerrero (host of "Mexico Lindo" show,) "Easy"
Ed Hamilton, Larry Glenn, Tony Berta, Darrell Monroe, Andres Mantecon ,
Lawton Williams (PD and GM.) Broadcasted with 50Kw (day) and 1,000
watts (night.) Station located at 3607 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth.
Terrell. Call letters established 4/1/1992. Format: Big
Bands and Great Singers (primarily adult standards and big band from the
1930s-1950s.) Owner: Mohnkern Electronics, Inc. Nickname:
"The Pick of
the Dial." Chuck Mohnkern and his father Len have also owned the
Radio Shack dealer store in Terrell since 1980. KPYK has petitioned
the FCC for a position on the expanded AM band. Programs: "The
Joe Mazza Show," Karaoke Night," "The Old Ship of Zion," "Journey into
Song," "Imagination Theater," "Mick Williams Cyber-Line" (2001-present;
syndicated from USA Radio Network,) "Good Day USA," "Oasis," "Musical Milestones,"
"Second Thoughts," "Guidelines," "Keys for Kids," "Earth and Sky," When
Radio Was," "Down Gilead Lane," "Unshackled," "Radio Super Heroes," "The
Bob Snyder Show," "Saturday Date." Also broadcasts Terrell city council
and school board meetings and high school sports. Notables:
Warren Brooks, Chris Babler, Liz Mohnkern, Marvin Malone, Chuck Mohnkern,
Eric Bradley, Reginald Daniels, Dave Washburn, Bill Rand, Warren Daniels,
Station established 11/6/1949. Format unknown. Owner: Terrell
Tribune (1947-1950s,) Wnorowski (1950s-early 1960s,) Billy D. Pirtle (early
1960s-late 1970s; the station changed hands twice before Pirtle had to
repossess it!,) Billy D. Pirtle (early 1980s-1986,) Bill Collins
(1986-1992.) Daytime-only station, as the Terrell Tribune originally
chose a frequency that was designated as a Mexican clear channel, and had
power limits imposed after sunset (it was also less expensive to operate
for 12 hours instead of 24!) Also used occasionally as a broadcasting
lab for Elkins Institute students in the 1970s. Notables: Ben
Smith, Mike Terry, Bob Wilson, Derek Frerichs, Bill Boyd (country singer,)
Jim Boyd (brother of Bill,) , Rev. Warren Daniels (cleaned station in exchange
for getting a Sunday radio program,) Jim Rose (PD/MD,) Jack Darden (1966,)
Joe Goodwin, Gus Jones, Bill Hughes, Dale Berry. Located at the American
National Bank building on Moore St.
Gainesville. Station established 10/1/1947. Format:
Classic Country. Nicknames: "Hometown
Radio," "The Voice and Choice of North Texas and Southern Oklahoma."
Owner: Eberhart Broadcasting (2/2008-present; headed by longtime
DFW radio personality and consultant Steve Eberhart, who jocked at KGAF
in the 1970s,) First IV Media (11/15/1974-2/2008,) White Fuel Corporation,
Bud and Joe Leonard Jr. dba Gainesville Broadcasting (1947-1967; Joe Leonard
also owned Lin Records.) Programs: "Dee's Breakfast Club," "Swap
it to Me." Notables: Steve Eberhart (disc jockey, 12/3/1973-5/1976;
owner, 2/2008-present,) Dee Blanton (host of "Dee's Breakfast Club,") Curt
Spain, Stephen Monahan, Chad Henderson, Clay Corbett, Ray Whitworth aka
Ray Kennedy (to fall, 1977,) Randy Williams, Mike Stoddard ,
Mike Parenti aka Mike Monday, Ross Whitmire, David Klement, Mike Smith,
Pat Bolin, Steve Simmons, Bob Couch. Studios located at Radio Hill
in Gainesville. Formerly sister to KGAF-94.5 FM. Owner Steve
Eberhart explains the station layout: "At the time in the late 1940s,
it was well built with acoustic soundproof walls and windows. It
included a master control room (later the transmitter room, which was (later)
enlarged to facilitate the FM transmitter, a horseshow Gates console setup
for disc jockey duty, a small production studio, and a large, live performance
studio where live bands performed in the early days! The performance
studio for (many) years later was used as an office, but is still equipped
with soundproofing, and the old mic jacks that were used (then.)
It is actually one of the few 'retro studios' still in use that essentially
hasn't changed since the 1940s." Eberhart also mentioned that Elvis
Presley visited the KGAF studios in the 1950s, prior to a concert in Gainesville!
The Leonard brothers made more money off selling FM sideband broadcasts
(ala Muzak) to local businesses. Daytime only station (1947-1980s,)
24 hours a day (1980s-present.)
serving Dallas-Love Field Airport:
Dallas. Low-power station broadcasting parking information for Love
Cockrell Hill. Call letters established 1/1/1993. Format:
Adult Contemporary (via Jones Radio Network; 11/1/2006 to present,) Asian/Indian
(2005-10/31/2006,) Spanish. Owner: Z-Spanish Media, Entravision,
Mortenson (11/1/2006-present.) Nickname: "Radio Variedades."
Was simulcast of sister station KRVA-FM 106.9 until the FM was sold to
First Broadcasting (the stations still share the same calls, but are no
Hill. Call letters re-established 8/5/1987. Format: Spanish.
Call letters stood for "casa."
Owner: Marcos Rodriguez
dba Radio Plano Inc. Call letters resurrected from 1270 AM.
Sister station to KSSA-FM. Program: "A Su Salad." Notable:
Felice Doyle (host of "A Su Salad.") Frequency was dark between 1/7/1987
and 8/5/87. Moved license to Cockrell Hill in 1987.
Call letters established 7/1/1985. Format: News/Talk.
ABC Talk Radio affiliate. Owner: John T. Pickens dba NMR, Inc.
Programs: "The Evening News Hour" (local,) "Owen Spann Show," "Michael
Jackson Show" (not the singer,) "Ira Fistell Show," "Ray Briem Show" (ABC
syndicated shows.) Notables: Andy
McCollum, Harold Baker, Randy Wiles, Pat Foss, Ed Busch, Andy
Connell aka Adam Kelly, Art Riley, Bob Miller. Dark after 1/7/1987.
Located at 1310 Avenue K, Plano.
Call letters established c. 1976. Format: Middle-of-the-Road
(c. 1976-77,) Contemporary Christian, Christian Rock (1985,) Country Gospel
(late 1970s.) Call letters stood for "16"
in roman numerals. Nickname: "K-16," "First in Gospel Country,"
"Top Rated Metro-Plex Suburban Radio." Owner: John T. Pickens
dba NMR, Inc. Programs: "This Week in McKinney," "Gospel Show."
Notables: Dave Mitchell, Mark Bacall, Phil Dickerson, Chris Goodwin,
Cox (ND, 1982-84,) Andy Connell
aka Crash Kelly, Ike Blevins, Jennifer Ellis, Bob Wilson, Tim Easley, Rhonda
Miller, Bob Brown, Bruce S. Ford, Josh Fuller, Larry Collins (as host of
"This Week in McKinney,") Bob Wilson (GM,) Bruce Sifford (as host of "Gospel
Show.") Located first in McKinney, then to 1310 Avenue K, Plano.
Recently, the KXVI calls were re-used at 100.5-Pittsburg for "The Bridge
Network," a DFW-based religious broadcaster serving East Texas.
Call letters established 9/1965. Format: Country (late 1960s.)
Call letters stood for "y'all."
Nickname: "Your North Texas Neighbor," "Top of the Dial at 1600,"
"The People Pleasers," "Top-Rated Suburban Radio Station." Owner:
AHB Broadcasting (3/1969-1971,) John T. Pickens dba NMR, Inc. (1971-1987.)
Larry Shannon, Stan
Wilson (II), Brad Wilson (who
started at the station at age 14; currently he and Larry Shannon are partners
Stan Wilson is Brad's father,) Bob Wilson, Bill
Bragg, Larry Collins, Arnold Poovey
aka "Texas Joe" Poovey aka "Groovey Joe Poovey" aka Johnny Dallas, Mike
Terry, Thomas Shelby Brown aka Randy Ryder (late of KPCN; concurrently
owned a Baskin-Robbins franchise in Duncanville, TX,) Wayne Farrar, Troy
G. Young, James L. Shell (GM,) James Thomason. Daytime only station.
Located in Frisco (1968-69,) at 1312 Central Expressway, Plano (1969-1972;)
701 15th Street, Plano (1971-74,) and 1310 Avenue K, Plano (1974-on.)
Station established 9/29/1947. Format: Variety. Owner:
George W. Smith Jr dba McKinney
(Smith was mayor of McKinney, 1957-59.) Network affiliation:
Liberty Broadcasting Service. Station band: "The Bennie Dugger
Quartet." Notables: Wayne Farrar, C. W. Rampy, H. D. Mouzon
(sales and later news director; sold cars in the 1970s and 1980s, eventually
opening Mouzon Jeep in Richardson, TX in the late-1980s,) Arnold Poovey
aka "Texas Joe" Poovey aka "Groovey Joe Poovey" aka Johnny Dallas, Roger
Dimick (1964-65.) Located at 218 E. Virginia, McKinney. Daytime
Lewisville. Low-power station broadcasting city of Lewisville information.
Fort Worth. Call letters established 4/1/2004. Format:
Southern Gospel. Owner: Mortenson. Successor to KSKY-660,
longtime Religious station that switched to Conservative Talk on 4/5/2004.
The format and most of the employees defected to KKGM. Carries all
Oklahoma University (OU) sporting events. Notables: Lon Sosh
(GM,) Ray Whitworth, Jack Davis (PD; with KAAM-770 concurrently until 2007,)
Paul Hughes, Nancy "Nan" Burns, Bob Hood, "Paladin," Craig Whitehurst,
Jason Fields, Beverly Black, Mike Price, John Holcomb, Miguel Corona.
Station located at Executive Airport (the former Red Bird Airport.)
Worth. Call letters established 3/20/2001. Format: Spanish
Religious ("Radio Christiana," began 7/2002,) Spanish (simulcast of KTNO-1440,
3/20/2001-7/2002.) Owner: Mortenson (bought 5/31/2002.)
Station had applied for license city move to Euless and for call letters
"KHEV," but went with "KKGM" instead in 2004.
Worth. Call letters established 3/6/1998. Format: Spanish.
Worth. Station established 1994. Format: Gospel (simulcast
of KHVN.) Owner: Infinity. Intended to be the dial expansion
position for KHVN-970 kHz, to become the new permanent home for KHVN in
2004, but Infinity sold the frequency in 1998. Since Mortenson now
owns both 970 and 1630, divesting of KHVN is scheduled for 12/31/2007.
Dallas. Low-power station broadcasting event and parking information
for downtown Dallas.
Worth Airport. Low-power stations broadcasting American Airlines
departures (1640) and arrivals (1680) from Dallas-Fort Worth International
Airport. One source says that only 1680 is currently in use.
Formerly known as WPLR660.
Farmers Branch. Low-power station broadcasting city of Farmers Branch
information. Moved from 690 kc.
Midlothian. Low-power station broadcasting city of Midlothian information.
Moved from 800 kc.
Watauga. Low-power station broadcasting city of Watauga information.
Richardson. Call letters established 3/21/2005 (calls moved from
950 AM; 950 was dissolved in 2005 as part of FCC dial expansion program
of 1989.) Format: Sports Talk (simulcast of KTCK-1310.)
Owner: Susquehanna. City of license changed to Richardson in
Station established 3/31/1999, although licensed on 6/22/1998. Format:
Sports Talk (simulcast of KTCK-1310.) Broadcasts in stereo.
Owner: Susquehanna (bought 3/13/1998,) Sock Hop Radio.
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