and rimshot stations are shown depending upon signal strength and location)
king of FM radio in the 1970s and 1980s was KVIL, which took the marketing
Gordon McLendon and applied it to an adult contemporary format. Many
former KLIF listeners
outgrown that station, and migrated to the growing FM band, found that
KVIL served their tastes
a continuous flow of contests kept listeners tuning in. Pictured
above from an August, 1976
of KVIL's public affairs program "Staff Meeting" are (L-R) Andy McCollum,
Ben Laurie, Michael Selden,
and Theatre Three owner Jac Alder. Suzie Humphreys is seated on the
floor, and Ron Chapman
is in the
Dallas Morning News
A BRIEF HISTORY
OF FM RADIO IN DALLAS-FORT WORTH...
FM station in the state of Texas belonged to the Belo Corporation, who
officially signed on "KERA" during the 1946 State Fair of Texas in Dallas.
(The KERA call letters were later used by the local PBS affiliate.)
Before 1946, FM radio was off to an austere start. Developed in 1935,
frequency modulation (FM) was in experimental stages throughout the late
1930s and early 1940s. Sponsored by RCA, the idea was soon looked
upon as a possible detriment to AM and forthcoming television...and RCA
dropped its backing by 1938. General Electric, not part of RCA at
the time, purchased a license from FM's inventor, Edwin Armstrong, and
began manufacturing and selling FM units the same year. On January
1, 1941, the FCC set standards for FM broadcasting, placing the FM dial
between 42-50 mc (mHz.) By the end of 1941, the US entered World
War II and the manufacturing of radios for the public stopped. 350,000
FM units were already in consumers' hands at that point. At the end
of the war, FM radio production resumed, but pressure was put on the FCC
by future TV broadcasters to rethink its FM dial placement (as the 42-50
mc range was reserved for TV channel 1...which was never used publicly
anyway) and the FCC gave in by assigning 88-108 mc to FM instead on 8/14/1947.
All of those pre-war FM units were obsolete at that point!
After a slow
start and little interest in the band during the 1940s and 50s, the FCC
approved stereophonic broadcasting for FM stations in 1961 (although experiments
were often conducted by AM-FM combos who would broadcast one channel on
AM and the other channel on FM...listeners at home could tune an AM and
an FM radio to the appropriate frequencies and hear stereo! In 1955,
WBAP was the first station to attempt this, and later, some GM-Delco car
radios were outfitted with the ability to hear AM in one speaker and FM
in the other for such occasions.) Stereo broadcasting opened up the
dial for a new purpose: to offer static-free, stereophonic music
comparable in quality to what one could get from phonograph records...and
a far cry from the substandard quality that AM offered. Many do-it-yourselfers
built their own hi-fi systems at home, or spent exorbitant amounts of money
purchasing stereo equipment from hi-fi retailers. Car manufacturers
responded as well by adding FM radios as an option beginning in 1963.
Local FM stations such as WBAP, KIXL, KCPA, KBOX and WFAA broadcasted "beautiful
music" in stereo with little announcer or commercial interruption, and
catered mainly to the older listener.
By the end
of the 1960s, underground radio found a home on FM...bringing together
both ends of the age spectrum on one dial. Underground featured what
AM couldn't or wouldn't play...long album cuts, songs that didn't make
the Top 40, music with drug or counter-culture themes, etc. KFAD,
featuring a young Jon Dillon, signed on in 1969 with an underground format,
followed by KNUS. Soon, Top 40 found its way to FM, with KAFM, KFWD,
KVIL, and a reformatted KNUS paving the way. By 1978, FM was firmly
entrenched as the band of choice, leaving a host of AM stations to fend
for limited listenership. FM's sleepy elevator music gave way to
country, album rock, progressive country/rock, Spanish and adult contemporary
featured even more splicing of formats, with contemporary hits (CHR) dominating
the band in one form or another. The 1990s brought the Telecommunications
Act, which put most of the local FM stations in the hands of Infinity (CBS/Viacom,)
Clear Channel (Chancellor/AMFM,) ABC and Susquehanna corporations, and
each have since honed their stations' formats to not conflict with their
other co-owned stations (to not compete within their own group for ratings.)
Looming in the background today are HD radio and satellite radio, both
of which have gotten off to slow starts and have relatively limited listenership.
Now, with internet connectivity coming to automobiles, there lies another
opportunity for listeners to migrate elsewhere for music and information...but
only time will tell whether any of these options will challenge the future
of the FM or AM bands.
Thanks to the
Schenectady (NY) Radio Club for some of the early FM background information!
Station established 11/3/1969 in Denton (city of license change to McKinney
on 7/1/2000 allowed other rimshot stations to move into DFW market and
to not leave McKinney without a station of its own.) Owner:
University of North Texas (formerly
Format: Top 40/Big Band/Rock/Classical (block programming, 1969-?,) Rock
(1970s-1981,) Classical Jazz (1981,) Jazz (1981-present; also Spanish,
Classical and Variety as part of its weekend lineup of block programming.)
Calls originally issued to a decommissioned Coast Guard cutter. Originally
located at 88.5. Program: "La Onda Tejana." Notables:
Campbell, Mark Lambert, Dave Garland, Sam Sauls, Dr. Ted Colson (faculty
administrator who spearheaded KNTU radio project in 1969,) Ray Whitworth
aka Ray Kennedy (longtime DFW traffic reporter and producer; currently
broadcasting in Malakoff, TX,) Andy Waldrop (currently with Traffic.com
in Houston,) Bill Waldrop, Dave Barnett (currently with ESPN,) Tom Kassada
aka Thomas Hayden-Church (currently an actor,) Bret Menassa aka Bret Michael,
Iris Bekker, Carla Marion, Ellie Hogue,
Stasick (his program "Transition" relocated here from KCHU,) Bill Mercer
(station manager in 1969; left KNTU in 1972 to announce Texas Rangers baseball
games,) Lewis Abernathy (currently an actor and director; worked on "Titanic,")
George Gimarc (Gimarc and Waldrop hosted "Jukebox Saturday Night", which
later moved to KDNT-FM; in March, 1977, Gimarc hosted the show, "Rock and
Roll Alternative,") Mike Shannon
(II), Mark Followill, Simon "The Diamond" Garza (host of "La Onda Tejana,")
J. W. Hutson, Terry Hunt, Annette Gonzales, Mike Bain, Debbie Hillman,
Dunham. Campus radio station for The University of North Texas
(formerly North Texas State University, 1961-1988. No, there was
never a question of renaming the station "KUNT"...but it made for a good
joke on campus!) Faculty station administrators Campbell and Sauls
attended NTSU as students in the 1970s and worked in DFW radio previously.
Faculty members Bud Buschardt and Bill Mercer are also Dallas radio icons.
Station roots go back to "KOED," a mock station set up in the early 1960s
as part of a campus radio club; a typical radio station staff was installed,
but the club only produced feature-type shorts for play on terrestrial
stations at other campuses. Station's original equipment and frequency
was bought from KNER (see below.) Station on-air 6AM-midnight daily.
Station established 10/16/1955 (but a test run occurred 10/9/1955 to broadcast
a church service.) Format: Eclectic/Soft Rock (mostly student-selected)
with Southern Baptist programs (loosely defined as educational, spiritual
and recreational.) Owner: Buckner
Home aka Buckner Baptist Benevolences. Student-run station; originally
10 watts, but later upgraded to a 50w Gates 2-bay transmitter that put
out 66 watts. Start-up investment was $7,000. Notables:
Jerry Karlovich aka Jerry Karl and "Jerry the K" (who provided many of
the details of KNER's history here!), Wayne
Harrison, Robert Lunday, Melvin Walls, Leon Barbee, Roy Powell, Jack
Bird (SM; also helped put KCBI on the air,) Robert Hancock, Paulette Clark,
Carol Hudgins, Orvil L. Deary, Norman Hurt, James Ryle, Randy Adams, Fletcher
Hurst. Broadcasted Sunday through Friday during the earliest years,
5:30AM-10PM. Located first in the Chapel Building on Buckner Blvd
at Samuell in an old choir rehearsal room; later moved to the SE corner
of the campus. Frequency dark after 1968 (equipment and frequency
were sold to North Texas State University to start up KNTU.)
Mesquite. Station established 9/4/1984. Owner: Mesquite Independent
School District. Moved to 88.5 on 12/21/1991 (see entry there.)
Initial call letters requested for 88.3 when application was submitted
in 1980 by the Mesquite Independent School District.
serving the Fort Worth market:
Call letters established 6/17/2010, but station was dark until 11/1/2010.
Format: Religious/Adult Contemporary. Owner: Southwestern
Adventist University. Nickname: The Journey.
Notable: Michael Agee (GM.)
Call letters established 3/1/1984. Format: Religious, Inspirational.
Owner: Southwestern Adventist University. Call letters stood
(although bored students called it "Keene Just Can't Rock"!) A reimaging
of KSUC under new call letters. Notables: Bob Mendenhall, Melissa
Rasmussen, Glen Robinson (1998-2004,) Randy Yates (GM, 2004-date.)
Station relocated from dorm room in college's Heritage Hall to 300 N. College
Drive in 2/1987. On 5/5/1989, 110-mile an hour winds toppled the
station's transmitter, destroying 60 feet of tower sections and two of
four antenna elements. In two days, the station returned to the air
under temporary authorization on a 75-foot tower at 925 watts. Construction
began on a new 180' tower by the fall, and was put into use on 5/18/1990.
A power increase was granted for 4,000 watts with an ERP of 23,000 watts
directed to the west. The original KSUC transmitter was sent to the
Adventist college in Chile the following year, and was on the air by 11/1992
as part of the first Adventist radio station in that country's history.
In 1998, GM Bob Mendenhall stepped down from his 25 years at the station,
and was replaced by Glen Robinson. In November, 1999, KJCR began
broadcasting 24 hours a day with the aid of voicetracking.
Station established 6/13/1974. Format: Religious. Owner:
(later renamed Southwestern Adventist University in 1977.) Notable:
Bob Mendenhall (GM,) Ed Fry (PD.) 88.3 frequency chosen because it
rhymed with call letters (if life were only that easy these days!)
Radio station idea proposed in c. 1968; a gift to the college by Arkansas
radio pioneer Raymond Beem financed the station's start-up costs; station
planning began in 1973. Studios were located in the school's Heritage
Hall in the former dorm room of Beem's wife, who had previously attended
SUC. Initial power was 1,850 watts, and broadcasted from 12 noon
to 12 midnight daily (Saturdays were 6AM-midnight.) Applied for a
signal increase in late 1980 after noting the Mesquite Independent School
District's application to start a radio station at 88.3. Station
sponsored "I Love KSUC" week in February, 1980, to raise $5,000 to expand
the programming schedule to include 18 hours a day on Sundays. A
second fundraiser in early 1981 was held to equip the production studio
and begin an 18-hour-a-day weekly broadcast schedule; the money was raised,
and the station's first 18-hour day was 4/1/1981. By 1984, station
management decided to abandon the KSUC call letters, and applied for replacement
calls KJCR (see above.)
former KSUC/KJCR GM Bob Mendenhall and former employee Melissa Rasmussen
for providing the history of these two stations!
Mesquite. Station established 9/4/1984 at 88.3 mHz. Format: 1970s Top 40/Community
Radio/Sports (1995-present,) Adult Contemporary (1984-1995.) Owner: Mesquite
ISD. Nicknames: "Mesquite's Memory Lane," "Your Community Leader." Network
affiliation: Texas State Network. Call letters stand for "Education
of Mesquite." Programs: "Lifetimes: The Texas Experience,"
"Earth and Sky," "The American Music Magazine," "The Recipe File."
Notables: Dr. James Griffin (station manager, faculty administrator and
broadcaster, 1984-2008;) Brenda Wagner, Robert Bass (1986-2008; Music Manager
beginning 11/2003; last jock to broadcast on 88.3 frequency in 1/1992,)
Mike Wolfe, Bill Sherrard, "Trish," Ed Johnson and Steve Glenn (sportscasters,)
Jim Gibbs, Andrea Galendo, Chris Frazee aka Chris Douglas, and students
Charles Stoudt, Jennifer Lee, Gordon Griffin and Rebecca Mills. First
and only Metroplex station to regularly broadcast 1970s pop oldies.
Student radio station for Mesquite Independent School District. Station
moved from 88.3 on 12/21/1991.
Station established 1975. Moved to 93.3 in 1991. See entry
at 93.3 for information and personalities.
Station established 11/2/1969. Moved to 88.1 (unknown year.)
See entry at 88.1 for information and personalities.
Dallas. Station established 1/26/1950. Moved to 91.7 (unknown
year; somewhere between 1965-1975.) Owner: Texas Trade Schools
aka Elkins Institute/Bill Elkins. See entry at 91.7.
Fort Worth. Station (legally) established 10/5/1964 as campus station for
but broadcasted only across the TCU campus and dormitories on 1025 kc (AM)
from 1957-1964, then to 89.1 FM. Format: Alternative (present,) Talk/ Documentary/Drama
(1950s-1960s.) Owner: TCU. Nickname: "The Choice." Broadcasted from
3PM-9PM from 1957-1960; 5PM-10PM weekdays in 1964; maintained regular broadcast
schedule thereafter. Notables: Russ Bloxom
(later with WBAP/KXAS-TV,) Bill Hawes (station manager and faculty adviser,)
Russell Scott (station manager, 7/2006-present,) Chip Adams, Roger Cooper,
Andrew Haskett, Chuck LaMendola, Mercedes Olivera, Rosemary Solomons, Gerald
"Jerry" Park (later with WFAA-TV,) Paul Adkins, Ray John, Bill Miller,
Jim Dye, Dale Hughes, Dr. R. C. Norris, Kent Apple, Morris Johnson, Bob
Delk, Larry Kuehn, Mary Dewald, Don Lacy, Jane Eller, Craig Libby, Leonard
Herring, Sanda McQueery (later with KTVT; married Russ Bloxom,) Linda Hubbard,
Bonnie Malcolm, John Moncrief, David Therrin, Kenneth Nations, William
Thompson, Robert Watson, Kay Robertson, Merlin Littlefield, Janet Johns,
Carolyn Hand, Jerry White, Gretchen Short, Jim Wright, Chuck Sibley, James
Young, Jim Stovall, Jim Zetshe, Clem Candelaria (later with KTVT,) Bob
Lamey, Bebe Edmonson, Phil Crow, Linda Hubbard, Linda Craugh, Lee Roy Quick,
Mike Marshall, Jack Pippen, June Pierce, Teresa Hale, David Fisher, Sara
Freeman, Jay Cruz.
Commerce. Station established 4/7/1975. Format: Adult contemporary, oldies
and jazz. Owner: TAMU-Commerce. Nicknames: "The Lion" (school mascot,)
"The Mint." Call letters stand for "East
Network affiliation: Bloomberg, BBC. Campus radio station for
Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University,
1961-1996.) Programs: "The Art of Sound," "Bluegrass Special."
Notables: Vicki Holloway (to 9/2006,) Mike Young, John Hendry, Bill
Ogden (host of "Bluegrass Special,") Bruce Tater and Mark Chapman (as hosts
of "The Art of Sound;" Tater was the longtime co-host of a similar program
on KERA-FM in the 1970s and 80s,) Freda Ross-Findley (as Freda Ross, while
a student at ETSU; currently assistant news director with WBAP,) Rich Reneau.
Call letters established 1/31/2002. Format: Soft Rock, Christian.
Owner: CSSI. Nickname: "QXFM." Simulcasts to KMQX-88.5
Weatherford and KYQX-89.5 Weatherford (not part of this survey.)
Formerly simulcasted KTPW-89.7. Notables: Brent Baker, Dave
Cowley, Gentry "Ace" Little.
Call letters established 1/18/1999.
Call letters established 12/11/1998.
Station established 5/7/1985.
Dallas. Call letters established 7/30/1983 at 90.9 FM (signed on 8/6/1983;)
began at 89.3 FM on 5/1/1988. See entry at 90.9. Format: Block
programming, including Alternative, Ecletic, Tejano, you name it!
Grassroots/community station. Owners: Agape Broadcasting, ACORN. Call letters
stand for "non-commercial."
Nickname: "The Voice of the People." Initially 10kW; upgraded
to 50kW in 3/1990. Programs: "Law for the People," "Pajama
Party," "Talk Back." Notables: Robert Spray (host of "The Grey
Zone,") Jeff Kovarsky aka Jeff K, George Gimarc (as host of "The Rock-n-Roll
Alternative,") Reverend Ivan Stang (as host of "Hour of Slack,") Craig
Taylor, James Stapleton, Robert Heath, Linwood Henderson aka "Cuzzin' Linnie,"
John Wiley Price, Dave Chaos, Christian Lee, Charlie Rawls, Dan Pacyna,
Leo Perron, Tom Davis, Norm Ward (as host of "Thank Goodness it's Friday,")
Arnold Joe Poovey aka "Texas Joe Poovey" aka "Groovey Joe Poovey," "Jojo,"
Omari Miller, Ceodies Miller, H. T. Hardeman, Jerry Rocha, Robert Wisdom
(1983-1989,) "Shaggy" (1980s; host of "Pajama Party.") Station long
located at 4415 San Jacinto Street in Dallas until 2004, then to 5353 Maple
Dallas. Station established 5/1976. Format: Religious. Swapped frequencies
with KNON on 5/1/1988. See entry at 90.9 for more information.
Dallas. Station established 1949 (other sources say fall, 1947, at
either 760 or 640 AM, and began as an FM on either 11/1/1950 or 4/16/1951,)
then dark 1958-64 (other sources say 1955-1964,) then returned 10/12/1964-1980,
then dark again 1980-87, returned 1987-2003, then turned into an online-only
station thereafter (station changed to KPNI calls in 1994; calls refer
to school mascot, the pony.)
Format: Classical, Edge/All Genre. Owner: Southern Methodist
University. Notables: George Wood (SM,) Chuck Conrad, Rob Horan,
Allen Case, Pierce Allman, Barney McGrath, Joe Albreitht (PD,) Mike Howe,
Jen Bradley, Sandra Garrison, Dave Hultsman, Randy Beckham, Chris Wilmot.
Broadcasted with 250w; on air 4PM-10PM, and only during the school year.
Sister station KSMU-AM was only receivable through campus electrical lines
(a "carrier current" station,) over 640 kc, but installed an antenna in
1957...much to the consternation of KSKY, whose signal was compromised.
KSKY complained, and, in 1958, KSMU's AM broadcasts were stopped, and its
FM license revoked! Located on top floor of Dallas Hall on the SMU
campus (1949-55,) then to an abandoned army barrack left on campus (1955-57,)
to the basement of the Umphrey Lee Student Center (1964-80,) to the Hughes-Trigg
Student Center (1987-date.) After 1958, station was forbidden by the FCC
to broadcast beyond the campus, but later managed to get a license to air
the AM side by 1964. The FM was used as a 10-watt simulcasting pirate
station from 1969-72. Station management applied for an FM license
in 1972, but did not have the support of the school's president.
(One source says the FM side was reactivated with a 2 watt, campus-only
signal in 1978.) By 1979, KSMU was sending an FM signal to Park Cities
Cable's public access channel, but interference issues caused the FCC to
confiscate the transmitter in 1980. From 1987-1997, the station was
only heard in the student center, although attempts were made to reuse
the old electrical line system (one source says a LPFM license was received
around 1988.) After 1997, a modern repeater system was installed
in nine residence halls on campus. Listenership was still limited,
and the station went to an online-only broadcast in 2003.
Sanger. Call letters established 6/14/2004. Format: Christian
Rock. Owner: Stan Thomas dba Research Educational Foundation.
Nickname: "Power FM." Basic re-image of KTPW (call letter change
requested by new owner.) Program: "Powertalk." Notables:
Chris Goodwin (PD,) Eddie Alcaraz (GM,) Dawn Henderson, Drue Mitchell,
Jade Clark, Rick Walker (host of "Powertalk.") New owner of former
sister station KVTT, Covenant Educational Media, has dibs on buying KVRK
should REF decide to sell it before 2007.
Call letters established 1/18/1999, but format didn't begin until 7/27/1999.
Format: Christian Rock. Owner: Research Educational Foundation
(co-owned with KVTT-91.7.) Simulcasted to KSQX-89.1, Springtown,
TX, until ownership change. Call letters stand for "The
Nickname: "Power FM." Program: "Alan's Golden Oldies"
(hosted by Alan Price.) Notables: Rick Walker, Chris Goodwin.
KTPW calls were previously used at 89.1 FM.
Station established 11/13/1998. Unknown format (likely just parked
call letters while awaiting construction.)
Greenville. See entry at 100.5.
Dallas. Station established 7/11/1974. Format: Public Radio/Talk (9/6/1999-present,)
Public Radio/Talk/Classical/Eclectic (7/11/1974-9/6/1999.) Nickname: "90.1,
One of a Kind," "Radio for Big Thinkers." Network affiliation:
NPR. Owner: North Texas Public Broadcasting. Sister to TV stations
KERA-Channel 13 in Dallas and (was) to KDTN-Channel 2 in Denton, and to
KVTT-FM (began 6/9/2009) and North Texas Radio for the Blind. Call letters
stand for a new "era"
in broadcasting. Programs: "World Cafe," "Flight Time," "All-Night
Jazz," "BMT Jazz," "The Record Collector," "Sports Spectacular," "Morning
Magazine," "Morning Edition." Notables: Norm Hitzges, Dan Seibold,
Rick Vanderslice, Hugh Lampman, Ray Whitworth aka Ray Kennedy, J. T. Aquila,
Lambert, Ed Budanauro (host of "All-Night Jazz,") Karen Denard, Glenn
Mitchell (host of "Morning Magazine," 1976-79; held reporter and commentator
duties for most of the station's history,) John Nelson, Steve Shapiro,
Mark Elfenbein, Norm Hitzges (host of "Sports Spectacular," 8/1975-3/1990,)
Gabrielle West, Craig Shropshire, Mike Ritchey, John Ardoin (as host of
"The Record Collector,") Liza Richardson, Bill Porterfield, Tom Grimes,
Ed Pfister, Lee Clark, Jyl Hershman, Chris Douridas, Katie Sherrod, Marla
Crockett, Kevin Allen, Yolette Garcia, Jeff Luchsinger (began 1991; fired
3/2006,) Susan Harmon, Bill Ryan, Tom Olson (1983-1991,) Dennis Gonzales,
Dr. Richard Meyer (began 4/1982,) Ira Bernstein, Duane Martin, Bruce Tater
(Bernstein, Martin and Tater were co-hosts of "BMT Jazz,") Jean Fugett
(host of "Flight Time" and a former Dallas Cowboys player,) Tony Garrett/John
Anders/Dick Hitt (hosts of "Morning Magazine,") Sam Baker (host of "Morning
Edition.") Not related to KERA-94.3 (1946.)
Initial call letters requested for 90.1 when application was submitted
in 1973 by North Texas Public Broadcasting.
Dallas. Station established 9/9/1993. Format: Religious
("Oasis Network.") Owner: CSN International. LPFM; simulcasted
from KDKR 91.3-Decatur.
Dallas. Call letters established 5/1976 at 89.3; began at 90.9 on 5/1/1988.
Format: Religious. Owner: Criswell
(100%) until splitting 50/50 with First Baptist Church on 7/30/2010. Swapped
frequencies with KNON (see 89.3.) Notables: Jack Bird (formerly SM
at KNER,) Tom Nau, Terry Barrett, John Driggs, George Davis, Johanna Fisher,
David Briggs, Bruce Robertson, Mike McCormick, Mike Middleton, Bob Morrison.
Dallas. Call letters established 7/30/1983, but signed on 8/6/1983.
See entry at 89.3. KCBI owner Criswell Bible Institute challenged
the FCC and wrestled KNON's license away. The 89.3 frequency was
legal for up to 100,000 watts, and was only broadcasting with 3,000.
Criswell argued that their station needed the additional power, and that
KNON and KCHU had neglected serving the public interest by being dark for
so long, and not expanding to the maximum wattage. KCBI won the 90.9
position, and reluctantly conceded their old 89.3 frequency to KNON on
5/1/1988. See entry at 89.3 for more information.
Dallas. Station established 8/28/1975. Format: Community Radio.
Owner: Agape Broadcasting. Feature: "Live Day" (a 24-hour
presentation of live bands performing on rotation inside the station.)
Programs: "Community Review," "Dr. Capacitor's Laboratory," "Voices
of the Masters," "Just Before Dawn" (early gay community show,) "Dallas
Arcade," "Transitions," "Jazz Street," "Cosmic Corner," "Handicapped in
Action," "Xanadu," "Follow Spot," "Hungry Ear." Notables: Vernon
Ahtone, Mark Amott, Madelyn Anderson (as host of "Community Review,") J.
D. Arnold, Roberto Arrendondo, Frances Atkinson, Khalil Ayoub, Suyarkant
Bhatt, Clarke Blacker, Larry Bolef (host of "Dr. Capacitor's Laboratory"
and station engineer,) Ernie Brandt, Barry Brenesal (host of "Voices of
the Masters,") Walter Brock (morning show host,) Charles Brooks, Mike Butts,
Lisa Caldwell, Neal Caldwell, Dale Carnegie, Daniel Carapetyan, Al Christians,
Terry Clotioux, Lewis Cody, J. R. Compton, Kevin Costa, James Cowan, Nikki
Craft, Jayne Crom, Cryspian, Ed Cullum, Perfecto Delgado, Pam Deutsch,
Dave Dunnigan, Manny Esquivel, Olga Evanoff, Brad Ficke, Cecilia Flores
(morning show co-host,) Art Fogg, James Lawrence Fly, Akin Tunde Funso,
Norma Garcia, Mike Gingrich (host of "Just Before Dawn,") Charles George,
Sut Grant, Sara Gray, Penny Greaves, Dennis Gross (organized station,)
Bill Gruben and Roger Gruben (co-hosts of "Dallas Arcade" comedy show,)
Yolanda Guerra, Irma Hall, Pete Hansell, Zoo Harris, Richard Hoffman, Jerry
Hunt, John Johnson, Richard Johnson, Debbie Kalina, Gary Ketler, The Knights,
Mike Kriss, Terry Lance, Albert Lemke, Regina Lester, Mike Levin, Gabriel
Liebermann, Dave Liggions, Susan Lorentina, David Luxem, Shirley Luxem,
Jim Mann, Pat Martini, Kim Marton, Tommy Mason, Ken Massman, Earl McDonald,
McFarland (host of "Jazz Street,") James McGar, Jerry McKinney, Ernist
MacMillan, Lorenzo Milam, Leslie Finney Mo, James R. Moore, David Newberger,
Mark Newberger, Allen Newton, Lisa Nichols, Carol Parks, John Pate, Donald
Payton, Tod Pearson, Leo Perron, Chris Phelps, Colin Pringle, Steve Putman,
Trisha Ramsey, Campbell Read, Charles Reed, Jed Riffe, Lois Robinson, Riki
Rothchild, Mike Saunders, Steve Schiller, James Searles, Robby Setser,
Lisa Sexton, Anthony Shaw, Pat Sheehan, Kat Sherman, Mary Shiroma, James
Siddall, Donald D. Smith, Rod Stasick
(as host of "Transition;" program later moved to KNTU,) Joe Stanco (as
host of "Xanadu,") Cynthia Stewart, Liz Stewart, Mary Stoddard aka Mary
Sanders (1975-1976,) Mike Stoddard (the Stoddards were longtime DFW radio
personalities, married, who served on the board of KCHU,) Steve Stokes,
Allen Stovall, Tom Sullivan, Keith Terry, Jim Thompson, Bob Trammell, Sybil
True, John Tuthill, Burns Vick, Rene Villareal, Suza Welton, John Ward,
Glenda Webb, Fred Weiss, Gabrielle West, Jamie West, Barbra Whitlow, Shaw
Whitney, Walt Williams (host of "Follow Spot,") Robert Wisdom, Lynn Wyler,
Wynne, Shannon Wynne, Jim Yanaway, Laney Yarber, Chris Yates, Charlie
Young. Studios located at 2516 Maple in Dallas (now the Hotel St.
Germain.) Station dark after 9/1977 (the antenna fell in 9/1977,
and the station couldn't afford to fix it!)
engineer Colin Pringle has assembled an excellent site dedicated to the
history and people of KCHU...click
Daingerfield. See entry at 100.5.
Call letters established 5/17/1996. Format: Religious.
Owner: CSSI. Simulcasted to K213BP-Dallas at 90.5 FM and K248BC-Dallas
at 97.5 FM. Notables: David Ingels, David Warren.
Station established 4/26/1996. Likely just temporary calls for KDKR.
Dallas. Station was to sign on in 1960, but most sources say it never
did. Format: Religious. Owner: Sky Broadcasting.
Simulcast of KSKY-AM. See AM page for station details. KSKY
was offered the 98.7 frequency in 1957 for $75,000, but passed on it.
Dallas. Call letters established 9/28/2009. Format: Eclectic/Freeform
(11/9/2009-present,) Religious (continuation of KVTT format and schedule
to 9/28/2009.) Owner: North Texas Public Radio Foundation aka
KERA-FM (9/16/2009-present; bought for $18 million.) Programs:
"Undercurrents," "Acoustic Cafe," "American Routes," "Mountain Stage,"
"Putumayo World Music Hour," "Sound Opinions," "The Thistle & Shamrock,"
"World Café" (all are nationally-syndicated public radio programs.)
Notable: Jeff Ramirez (PD.) Station located at 3000 Harry Hines
Station established 1/26/1950 at 88.5. Format: Religious (1976-9/28/2009.)
Owner: North Texas Public Radio Foundation aka KERA-FM (6/9/2009-present;
bought for $18 million,) Covenant Educational Media (2004-9/16/2009; bought
for $16.5 million,) Eldred Thomas dba Research Educational Foundation (3/1976-2004,)
Texas Trade Schools aka Elkins Institute/Bill Elkins (to 3/1976.)
Former sister station to KLTJ-Channel 49, KSQX-FM Springtown and KTPW-FM
Sanger. Call letters stood for "Keep
Nickname: "Praising the Lord and Teaching the People." Radio
student lab during Elkins' ownership. Program: "The Cutting
Edge." Notables as Elkins Institute: students Rusty
"Rush" Limbaugh (yes, him!), Dave Mitchell, Doug Saye, "Deacon" Don Evans.Notables
as "Religious:" Brett Hall, Rev. Mike Hayes (host of "The Cutting
Edge,") Don Spear, Devin Wickham, Ray Nell Thomas (wife of Eldred,) "Brother"
Tom Dooley (also owned Master Media in Euless, TX.) Broadcasted 2PM-8PM
daily (1950.) Eldred Thomas bought station after hearing that KDTX-102.9
was dropping its religious programming in favor of "evil" rock and roll.
Station first located at 1316 W. Commerce in Dallas. The KVTT calls
and programming relocated to 1110AM briefly, and then to an online-only
station until c. 2011.
Farmersville. Station established 9/1/1998. Format: Country
("The Possum," 12/29/2006-present; first was a mix of live and satellite
programming, later was satellite-fed from Jones Radio Networks [Dial Global's
"Classic Hit Country" format,]) Oldies (ABC's "Oldies Radio" format, to
12/29/2006,) Big Band/Standards, Ethnic. Owner: Ken Jones dba Metro Broadcasters
of Texas. Nickname: "Desi Zone," "Goodtime Oldies," "Easy 92.1."
Sister station to KHYI-FM (95.3.) Originally the successor to KAAM-AM's
second incarnation (620 AM.) Programs: "Sunday Jazz Brunch,"
"Backstage." Notables as Big Band/Standards: Linda Martin,
Irv Jackson aka Jack Bishop, Hal Mayfield, Cary Richards, Jack Carlisle,
Dave Conley, Charlie Tuna (syndicated,) Gary Owens (syndicated,) Wink Martindale
(syndicated.) Notables as "The Possum:" John Malone, Lew Jones, Monty
Montell, Dave West, Jack Edwards (all part of Jones/Dial Global format.)
Station split daypart with bartered "Radio Desi" programming in 2002.
Station's transmitter is located in Farmersville with studios in Allen.
Station established 12/1/1981. Moved to 103.3 in the early 1990s
(see entry there.)
serving the Fort Worth market:
Glen Rose. Call letters established 4/1/1998. Format:
Country. Owner: LKCM Capital Partners, M&M Broadcasters
(80%,) George Marti (20%.) Nickname: "The Ranch," "Hank-FM"
(began 1/6/2012.) Was sister station to KTFW-1460 AM; now sister
to KFWR-FM, KRVA-FM and KRVF-FM. Notables: Morgan 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. Station established 1989. Unknown format. Owner:
George Marti. Successor to Marti's KCLE-94.9, which was sold in 1969.
Marti applied for the 92.1 position and resurrected the old call letters
(which were still in long use by his KCLE-AM in Cleburne.)
Dallas. Call letters established 2/20/1986. Formats: Top 40 (2/20/1986-12/1986,)
Classic Hits and Jazz (12/1986-1988,) Classic Hits (1988-1990,) Classic
Rock (1990-4/23/2007,) Americana (as "Lone Star 92.5") (4/23/2007 to present;
"Lone Star" was originally a format used on one of 92.5's HD channels.)
Former sister station to KAAM (1/1978-11/1993; new owners continued to
rent space at KZPS until the studios for successor KTCK were complete in
3/1994.) Current owner: Clear Channel. Former owners: Evergreen Media,
Bonneville Broadcasting (Evergreen bought KZPS and KDGE from Bonneville
in 6/1997 for a combined $83.5 million,) Chancellor Media (AMFM; absorbed
Evergreen in 1997.) Call letters stand for "Your Power
Nickname: "Lone Star 92.5" (4/23/2007-present,) "Classic Rock" (1990-6/2007,)
"Classic Hits" (12/1986-1990,) "Z92.5-Your Power Station" (2/20/1986-12/1986.)
Programs: "Back Pages," "Southern Fix at Six," "Enerjazz," "Dillon's
Dungeon," "Out to Lunch Show," "Most Music in the Morning," "Get the Led
Out" (hosted by John Moore,) "Jerry Jones Show." Notables as "Classic
Rock/Hits": Clyde White aka Jim
White (I) (morning show host, 1986-1987, prior to John Rody,) John
LaBella and John Rody ("LaBella and Rody," 1990-91; Rody started 2/1/1988;
soloed from 1988-1991 as host of "The Morning Deal;" he and LaBella reunited
in a special broadcast on 2/9/1990; KZPS split team in early 1991 and used
LaBella on other shifts; Rody was rehired on 9/27/1991 and reunited with
LaBella until his firing in 8/1992,) Scott Parkin (to 4/1992; Parkin also
hosted the "Farm Report,") Sam "Bo" Roberts and "Long" Jim White (II) ("Bo
and Jim," 8/1998-6/18/2001; returned later.)
Reavis, Jim Thomas,
Alberts aka Big Wally Londo,
Boy and Billy (via satellite; began 7/6/1995,) Jack "Locker Room" Lindstrom,
Tempie Lindsey, Babe Laufenberg, Charles Mixon aka Chaz Mixon (1990-97;
returned in 2004,) Danny Owen,
Gimarc (host of "Back Pages,") Cerie Segal,
Dillon (1989-present; host of "Dillon's Dungeon,") Pamela Steele (1982-1992;
fired in 8/1992 along with John LaBella; Steele is married to John Rody,)
Scott Reese, David Perry aka Dave Bolt, Guy Johnson, Jaan (pronounced "John")
McCoy, Stan Robak, Chris Kerson (5/1989-9/1993,) Shadow Hayes aka "The
Jammer," Cindy Scull (late of KEGL; fired 4/2007,) John Michaels (not sure
if this is "Johnny Michaels" of KNUS fame,) Gerry Oher, Susan Edwards,
Melissa Rasmussen, Michael Moser aka Michael T. Parker (1997-1999,) Keith
Vaughn, Debbie Alcocer, Doyle King, Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold aka "Bob
and Tom" (cheaper, syndicated Indianapolis morning team used to replace
Bo and Jim after their 6/18/2001 firing,) Christopher Hackett,
Garner, Nancy Jay, Ed Budanauro (host of nighttime jazz program, "Enerjazz,"
Stephen "Stubie" Doak (1983-4/1989,)
John Lacy, Jay Philpott (to 1/3/2003,) John
Ford, Randy James, Steve Nichols, Nancy Johnson (1994-1996,)
Morrill aka John Moore aka J. David (12/24/1993 to 5/1995; returned
briefly in 10/1995; returned 8/1998 as host of "Out to Lunch Show" and
as assistant PD; left 11/1999; returned 6/2001 to 10/11/2002 until replaced
with Schelby Sweeney-Dugan,) Ellen Daniels, Brian Allen (8/1998-present,)
Jack "Locker Room" Lindstrom (fired 4/2007,) Marc Avery, Paula Street aka
Paula Walker, Robin Jones, Schelby Sweeney-Dugan, Tom Dooley. Notables
as "Lone Star": J. D. Freeman, Bo Roberts and Jim White (II,)
"Redbeard," Jon Dillon, Laura Steele, Randy James, "Double D."
Call letters established 2/12/1986. Format: Top 40. Temporary
calls for KZPS, 2/12/1986- 2/20/1986.
Call letters established late 1972. Formats: Rock/Underground (1972-1973,)
Top 40 (1973-12/31/1974,) Progressive Country/Western Swing (1/1/1975-7/1976,)
AOR (7/1976-6/12/1978,) "Adult" Rock and Jazz (6/12/1978-1982,) Pop Oldies
(1982-8/1982,) Top 40 (8/1982-1986.) Owner: Bonneville Broadcasting (1/1978-6/1997,)
Metromedia (1/1978; sold when they exceeded FCC ownership limits by buying
former sister station KRLD-AM,) Jonsson (to 1/1978.) Nicknames: "92K" (1973-1974,)
"The Outlaw" (1975-1976,) "Maximum Music," "K-FM" (1972-1973; 1975,) "The
Pride of Texas" (1975,) "Feel the Energy," "Maximum Hits." Sister
station to KRLD-AM and KRLD/aka KDFW-Channel 4. Promotion:
"$500,000 Trivia Challenge" (1984.) Publication: "Texas Radio
Chili Cookbook." Programs: "Longhorn Jamboree," "All That Jazz,"
"Historic Moments," "Texas Hit Review" (simulcast over KTVT-TV,) "Texas
Top 20." Notables: Randy Hames, Andy Barber ("fired" in 6/1984 for
calling Duran Duran's Nick Rhodes a 'sissy;' Barber was soon reinstated,
but the whole process was actually a bit,) Pete Thomson, Nancy Jay, "Captain
Billy," Ryan West, Paul Donovan, William Steding, Guy Johnson, Chris Kerson,
Gary Fox, Pam Johnson, Susan Edwards,
Garner, A. C. Greene (as host of "Historic Moments,") Allen Elwin aka
Owen Farmer/Allen Farmer, Jim Heath, Dave "Dorb" Howe, Larry Martin, Bob
Burns, Randy Coffey, Steve Coffman, Pamela Steele (1982-1992,) Don Moore,
Jonathan Lear, Mark Campbell (as host of "All That Jazz,") Lynn Woolley,
Chris Favors, Dick Hitt (concurrently columnist for "The Dallas Times Herald,")
Dan Stevens, Sam Sauls, Leon McWhortor aka Jay Roberts (I,) Chuck Dunaway,
Danny Moffat, Steven "Stubie" Doak, Bob
Johnson, David Hultsman, Allen Gulledge aka Allen Stone, Steve Nichols,
J. D. Ryan. Chastised in the mid-1980s for editing and relooping songs
to make them kid-friendly (the station was then Mormon-owned!) Located
at 12750 Park Central Dr, Suite 512 (moved from Maxwell Building at 7901
Carpenter Fwy/1080 Metromedia Place after sale closed from Metromedia.)
Ed Padget for providing this long-lost logo!
Dallas. Station established 3/15/1948. Format: Progressive (1972,)
simulcast of KRLD-AM (pre-1972; 50% simulcasting was reported in 1969.)
Sister station to KRLD-AM and KRLD/aka KDFW-Channel 4. Call letters
stood for Radio Laboratories of Dallas, original owner of KRLD-AM in the
1920s; readapted as "Radio
(a backronym) around 1970 to match their PAMS
jingle package. Owners: Metromedia, Times-Herald Printing.
Nickname: "Radio Love Dallas." Station was used on occasion
in the 1950s to simulate stereo: KRLD-AM's "Music Till Dawn" program
was sometimes broadcasted in one channel on AM, the other channel on FM
(so a listener could tune one radio to the AM side and another to the FM,
thus creating "stereo!") Notables: Dan Foster, Hugh Lampman,
Dillon. Broadcasted 5:30AM-12AM daily (1950.) One of only
three 24-hour FM stations in DFW (1960s.) An early-1950s Texas Almanac
states that call letters "KDFW" were used on this station prior to KRLD,
but no other sources confirm this...the KDFW calls were applied for in
1958 to use at 107.9, and, of course, were taken on 7/2/1970 by Channel
4 and still in use today. Not to be confused with KRLD-FM/105.3 that
signed on in 12/2008.
Haltom City. Call letters established 9/7/2009, although CHR format
began under KDBN calls on 9/4/2009. Format: Contemporary Hits.
Owner: Cumulus. Nickname: "i 93." Notable:
John Foxx (PD.) Sister station to KLIF-570AM, although programmed
separately. Stunting consisted of three days (9/2, 9/3, and on 9/4/2009
until noon) of a mix of commercial-free classic rock, classic country and
classic R&B, intertwined with clips from the old KLIF-1190 and Heller-era
jingles from KVIL. The term "Legends" was mentioned numerous times,
to give a hint of a possible oldies format. Not related to the former
KLIF-FM at 98.7 (1963-1966.)
City. Call letters established 1/29/2002, although classic hard rock
format began under KKMR calls on 1/3/2002. Format: Classic
Hard Rock (as "The Bone," 1/3/2002-4/23/2007,) Classic Rock (as "The Bone,"
4/23/2007-4/24/2009,) Alternative Pop/AAA (as "Quality Rock," 4/27/2009-9/4/2009,)
Contemporary Hits (as "i 93" under KDBN calls, 9/4/2009-9/7/2009.)
Owner: Cumulus, Susquehanna (to 5/2006.) Nicknames: "The
"Quality Rock." Notables as "The Bone:" Sam "Bo" Roberts,
Channing Johnston (2002-04; returned briefly on 1/21/2006,) Yvonne Monet,
Gary Thompson (PD; left 5/2009,) Jonathan Hayes aka "Judge," Randy James,
Jeff Kovarsky aka Jeff K, John Myron and Kelly Mohr DeYoung aka "Pugs and
Kelly" (2008-2009; late of KLLI,) Tim Freeman aka "Cane," Channing Johnston,
"Alexis," Chris Myers (host of a wrestling-themed program,) Barbara Smith
(late of KVIL,) Jennifer Reed, Debbie Sexxton, "Paladin" (worked concurrently
at KKGM-AM,) Rich Phillips, Candy Stuart, "Squeaky."
Notables as "Quality
Rock:" Scott "Chulo" Gaines (to 9/2/2009,) "Alexis" (to 9/2/2009;
a holdover from "The Bone" format,) "The Regular Guys" (syndicated Atlanta-based
morning show team consisting of Larry Wachs, Eric Von Haessler, "Southside"
Steve Rickman, and Tim Andrews.) Not related to the former KDBN-AM
(1991.) 2009 stunting consisted of a weekend of only Dave Matthews
Band songs. HD channel: New Adult Hits.
City. Call letters established 12/15/1999, although format began
under KKZN calls 8/31/1999. Format: Classic Hard Rock, Adult
Alternative/1980s Rock. Owner: Susquehanna Broadcasting.
Nicknames: "The Bone" (1/3/2002-2/2002; see above,) "Merge"
(8/31/1999-1/4/2002, meaning the 'merging' of radio and the internet.)
Stunting between "Merge" and "Zone" formats consisted of airing the audio
portion of "The Bob Newhart Show" episodes on 8/31/1999. Notables:
Mike Vasquez, John LaVine aka John Wolf, Jeff Kovarsky aka Jeff K, Chip
Adams, Tim Rogers (1999-2001) and Yvonne ("Tim and Yvonne;" Tim, fired
over a dead cat story, details his negative radio experiences in a 2/2002,
'D Magazine' article...click
Simulcasted to KMRR-104.1, Sanger.
City. Call letters established 12/20/1996. Format: Adult Alternative.
Owner: Susquehanna Broadcasting, Marcos Rodriguez. Nickname: "The
(12/20/1996 to 8/31/1999.) Release: "Zone Cuts Live."
Notables: John Morrill aka John
Moore (first live jock; 1/1997 to 4/1998) and "Spike" (Moore and Spike
hosted morning show from 1/1997 to 5/1997,)
Folger (PD,) Brian Wilson.
Simulcasted to KXZN-104.1-Sanger. Station was to have originally
to be a partnership of Susquehanna and Hispanic Coalition and programmed
City. Station established 10/31/1996. Nickname: "The Zone." Temporary call
letters for KKZN (see above.)
Station established 1975 at 88.5; call letters established here in late
1991. Format: Contemporary Hits, Oldies, Classical/Jazz/Diversified
(1975-?.) Owner: St. Mark's School of Texas. Call letters
stood for "Radio
Network affiliation: Longhorn. Non-commercial (yes, at 93.3!)
Moved from 88.5 when KEOM received FCC approval for a power increase and
a move from 88.3 to 88.5. Station broadcasted at 10 watts (according
to WFAA News and Broadcasting Yearbook) or 33 watts (according to the Dallas
Business Journal.) Station briefly broadcasted simultaneously with
KNBR/KKZN (above,) although coverage overlapped. Notables:
Paul Gutman, Larry Groebe (first PD and announcer in 1975,) Dave Black
(1984-1985; host of "New Wave Dave Show,") Ken Walters, Lisa
Loeb (1985-1986; host of "Black Coffee;" Loeb, who went on to fame
and fortune as a singer and songwriter, had a #1 hit with "Stay (I Missed
You)" in 1994. She attended the Hockaday School, which was the all-female
sister institution to St. Marks, an all-boys school,) Graeme Wood, Scott
Smith, "Fast" Eddie Vasallo, Trent Wolbe, Mia Squilla (faculty adviser;
later with KERA-TV.) Station went dark in early 1997. St. Marks
first operated radio stations as "Lion" (1966-Spring, 1967) and as KSTM
(1970;) both only broadcasted through the school's PA system. "Lion"s
station director was Rich Geyer, and production was handled by David Laney.
(city of license change to Cooper, east of Greenville, in 2000.) Call letters
established 9/4/1984. Format: Country (1980s-8/1988, ?-present,)
Top 40 (1970s,) Pop Oldies (1970s.) Owner: Alpha and Mike Horne (6/19/2009-present;
paid $600,000 for both KIKT and sister KGVL,) Susquehanna Broadcasting/Cumulus
(1996-2009; bought it to turn down the power so KKZN/KMRR/KDBN-93.3 could
be heard clearly in Dallas,) Leo Hackney dba First Greenville Corp.
Nicknames: "The Kick
of Texas" (a
"T-93.5, The Rhythm of Texas," "The Coyote." Flagship station of Greenville
HS Lions football; also aired Texas A&M-Commerce football and basketball
games. Notables: Frank Janda (longtime GM; 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,) Cliff Powers, Rich Reneau, Jim Patrick (began 7/1989,)
John Hendricks, Jason Russell, Chuck Shamka, Trey Elliott, Mike Shepard
(later with KVIL,) Dakota LeAnn, Charles Joslin (GM.) Sister station
to KGVL-1400 AM. Station located at 1517 Wolfe City Dr near Greenville.
Station established 9/15/1978. Format: Country. Owner:
Leo Hackney dba First Greenville Corp. Sister station to KGVL-1400
AM. Station located at 1517 Wolfe City Dr near Greenville.
Station established 1958; dark by 1960. Format: Variety (simulcast
of KBEC-AM.) Sister station to KBEC-1390 AM; on air briefly as owner
Richard Tuck lost money on it and surrendered the license back to the FCC
in 1960. See KBEC-AM for personalities.
Station established 9/10/1984 as KZEA-105.7 (later KTYX and KICM) in Healdton/Pauls
Valley, OK; moved to 93.7 in 1996 so that KSTV-Stephenville (now KRNB)
could move into DFW. Began plotting a move into DFW as a rimshot in 6/2002.
On 6/10/2003, the KICM call letters and Country format were sent to 93.7's
sister station at 97.7-Ardmore, OK. 97.7's existing calls, KNOR,
were assumed by 93.7, and 93.7 went dark on the same day. Studios
moved to Krum on 8/1/2003, with signal testing beginning in the fall; regular
programming began in 3/2004. Call letters stand for Norman, OK (former
city of service.) Format: Spanish (as "La Raza," 7/13/2006-present,)
Dance (as "Party 93.7," 8/6/2004-7/13/2006,) Spanish (4/2004-8/6/2004,)
Country (as simulcast of KICM-Ardmore, 3/15/2004-4/2004,) Smooth Jazz (during
periodic testing, 7/4/2003-3/15/2004; nothing more than the same Jazz disc
continually repeated.) Owner: Liberman Broadcasting (4/2004-present,
paid $15.5 million,) Dick Witkovski dba Witko Broadcasting/AM-PM Broadcasters.
Notable: Winter Horton (SM.) Radio vet Kevin McCarthy was reported
to have expressed serious interest in buying the station, but interference
from a local media broker, who was trying to force its way in as a middleman
on the transaction, ended up ruining the deal. McCarthy then scrapped
his dream of ownership and signed on with the new KMSR-990 as a talk show
host. To have been sister station to rimshot KBOC-98.3/Bridgeport.
Station located at 4201 Pool Rd in Colleyville.
dissolved on 11/17/1986)
Fort Worth. Call letters established 1977. Format: Spanish.
Owner: Latin American Broadcasting. Network affiliations:
Mutual, TSN. Nickname: "La Fabulosa," "Recuerdo," "Solid Spanish
Radio." Notables: Armando Quintero (also Spanish voice of the Dallas
Cowboys,) Armando Reyna, Rogelio Soto, Jonas Molina, Demetrio Mora, Bertha
Obregon, McHenry Tichenor, Marcos Rodriguez (Sanchez). Station located
at Seminary South shopping mall in Fort Worth (later known as Hulen Fashion
Mall and currently as Fort Worth Town Center mall.) KESS traded 93.9
for KSSA's 1270AM on 11/17/1986; at that time, the 93.9 frequency was dissolved
and moved to 94.1.
KRXV, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 3/3/1976. Unknown format (possibly news/talk simulcast
from AM side.) Owner: Co-owned by actor Jimmy Stewart (I) and
Bill Schueler (Schueler also owned the Oklahoma News Network) dba Radio
15, Inc. Call letters derived from roman numerals (R=Radio,
as 1540 was the AM station's frequency. Sister station to KRXV-AM.
When John B. Walton sold the station to Radio 15, he kept the KBUY-FM calls
and transferred them to his station in Ruidosa, NM. Station located
at Seminary South shopping mall. See listing at 1540AM for personalities.
record, Seminary South's theme song for its 1960s and 1970s commercials
was "Here Comes the Sun"...resung as "Sem-in-ary South, do do do do, Sem-in-ary
KBUY, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 1/2/1967 (calls were taken from owner John Walton's
Amarillo, TX station.) Format: Ethnic,
Spanish (c. 1972,) Country (first area station
to have fulltime Country & Western format.) Owner: John
B. Walton (bought 8/24/1966.) Sister station to KBUY-AM (both KCUL-AM
and FM were sold to John Walton and became KBUY-AM/FM.) Program:
"Cowtown Hoedown" (carried over from KCUL.) Notables: Jack
Dillon, Joe Fuchs aka Jay Weaver,(1/1966-1972,)
Thomas Shelby Brown aka Randy Ryder, Hal
Jay, Brad Wilson, Boxcar Willie, Ted Mack, James Schumacher, Larry
Shannon aka Charlie Wise, David
Perkins aka Charlie Brown, Skeeter Gordon, Gene Kelly (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 Miller, Lawton Williams,
Tony Berta, Roy Lemons (SM 1966-1969,) Don Thompson (PD,) Bud McKool aka
Bob Gordon, Darrell Monroe, Don Swancy (5/1969-7/1969,) Jerry Condra aka
Jerry Parks, Don Sitton aka Don Miller, Bob White (PD,) Bob Allen (PD,)
Ron Peterson, Bill Smith aka Bill Mack (II) (began 10/1967,) Stacy Richardson
(1972-1973,) Gary Smith (1967-1969,) Virgil Dowell aka Mike Bradley, Larry
Fitzgerald, 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.
KCUL, Fort Worth.
Station established 12/24/1964. Format: Country. Sister
station to KCUL-AM. Owner: Kurt Meer dba Dalworth Broadcasting,
John B. Walton (8/24/1966-into KBUY, paid $7.15 million for both the AM
and FM.) Call letters reportedly taken from backwards spelling of
original AM owner's name, Dr. L. H. Luck.
Simulcasted from sister KCUL-1540 AM. Programs: "Cowtown Hoedown,"
"Open Line." Notables: Joe Fuchs aka
Weaver (began 1/1966,) Jerry Condra aka Jerry Parks, Bud Faulder, Eddie
Stewart, Ron McCoy, Bill Smith aka Bill Mack (II) (1963-1966,)Ray Robbins,
Morgan Choat, Terry Jones, Bob Peacock ("The Bird With the Word,") Bob
McCord, Reb Foster aka Dennis Bruton, Gary
Smith (1966,) Bo Powell, Ron Rice (II), Gene Kelly aka "Jelly Belly
Kelly" aka "Chuck Roast," Hugh Lampman, Ben Toney, Duane Ramsey, Dan Allison,
Virgil Dowell aka Mike Bradley (PD,) Bob White (PD,) Bob Allen (PD; host
of "Open Line,") Lawton Williams (GM,) Roy Lemons (1966-1969; GM,) Bill
Hightower, Jerry Condra aka Jerry Parks (not the WFAA-TV personality,)
Bruce Chambers, Roy Lemons (GM, 1966-1969,) Don Sitton aka Don Miller,
Jim Tucker, Andres Mantecon, Angie Meer. 93.9 was one of two remaining,
unassigned frequencies allocated to Dallas-Fort Worth (107.5 was the other)
that were applied for at the same time in 1964. Station located at
3607 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth.
KLNO, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 2/15/2000. Format: Mexican Regional,
"Recuerdo." Call letters derived from "Latino."
Owner: Univision. Notables: "Brother" Jon Rivers, Dave
Tucker, Andy Lockridge, Donna Fadal (former KEGL general manager,) Frank
Carter, Oscar Rios (PD,) "Piolin" (syndicated.) Once simulcasted
Worth. Call letters established 1/21/2000, although format began
in 12/1999. Format: Mexican Regional ("Estereo Latino.")
Owner: Rodriguez. Formerly KRJT-100.7 prior to frequency swap
Fort Worth. Call letters re-established 4/20/1989 (calls originally established
in 1985 at 94.9.) Moved to rimshot 100.7 FM in 12/1999 by trading
frequencies with KRJT-Bowie. Format: Christian. Owner: Rodriguez
dba Hispanic Broadcasting. Notables: Larry Dixon, Chris Kerson, "Brother"
Jon Rivers, Dave Tucker, Scott Wilder, Judi Hanna, Bob Morrison (ND.)
Successor to KOJO; KLTY reassumed its original 1985 calls (and held a celebration
for the change at Williams Square in Irving in the spring of 1989; 5,000
fans attended.) KLTY was even-traded for KDGE on 10/1/2000.
Worth. Call letters established 3/23/1987, but format didn't begin until
7/4/1987. Owners: Latin American Broadcasting, Mark Rodriguez.
Format: Christian (7/1987-4/1989,) Spanish (3/23/1987-7/1987.) Nickname:
"The Light is Back On." Notables: J. J. Hemingway, Dave Tucker, Mark
Johnson, Ernie Brown, Bob Morrison. When KLTY became KHYI (I) on
10/10/1986, Latin American Broadcasting bought KLTY's music collection
and put KOJO on the air thereafter.
Worth. Station established and call letters re-established 11/17/1986.
Format: Spanish. Call letters derived from "casa."
Owner: Latin American Broadcasting. Station involved in trade
with KESS: KSSA traded their 1270 AM frequency for KESS's 93.9 FM,
which also involved an instantaneous frequency change to 94.1 FM.
Frequency was dark from late-1961 to 11/17/1986.
Dallas. Station established 7/8/1960, but didn't go on the air until 1961.
Format: Easy Listening, Jazz. Owner: Charles
and Peggy Ames
dba Merchants Broadcasting. On air 9AM-midnight. License was
revoked on 2/12/1962, although station had already gone dark in late 1961.
First station in Texas to ever have its FCC license revoked! Notables:
Bob Fox, Bob Johnston, Mel Cummings, Frank Haley, John Lemburg, Barry Silverman,
"Juicy" Boyd, Mike Stoddard, Bob Brown (not the same person as on WFAA-TV
and "20/20".) Bob Fox, John Lemburg, Bob Johnston and Frank Haley
have provided an in-depth report on the quick fall and financial shortcomings
Winfield. Station established 11/25/2002 at 100.5 FM. Format:
Black Religious. Owner: The Bridge Network. While Winfield
would normally not be part of this survey, it's included because they also
have repeaters positioned fairly close to Dallas: 89.9/K213EB-LP
in Greenville, and 91.1/K216EQ-LP in Daingerfield...AND this is a reuse
of the original calls from KXVI-1600 AM in Plano. Station swapped
with KLNA-LP on 2/14/2005.
Station established 4/1949; moved to 94.9 in 1961. Frequency dark
until 2002. See entry at 94.9.
Station established 10/5/1946. Format: Variety, and did partial
simulcast of sister WFAA-AM. Call letters stood for a new "era" in
broadcasting. Owner: Belo. Program: "News in Ninety Seconds."
Known first as experimental FM station W5X1C, which signed on 10/15/1945.)
Began with 250 watts; upgraded to 1000 watts on 2/13/1947, to 14,000 watts
in mid-1947, and to 43,000 watts in winter, 1947. 1946 start date
coincided with opening of the Texas State Fair...Belo wanted to show off
the state's first FM station! (It was also the 66th FM station in
the US.) In 6/1947, the FCC decided to reassign KERA to a preferential
spot, at the center of the FM dial. On 9/15/1947, with new WFAA-FM
calls, the station moved to its new home at 97.9 (see entry at 97.9.)
Notable: William Shepard. KERA is not related to KERA-FM (1974)
or KERA-TV (1960.)
experimented with FM broadcasting prior to KERA: Station W5XD, was
operational for a short time in 1938-39. It broadcasted on 31,600
kc on the UHF band with 100 watts. The transmitter was located on
top of the Tower Petroleum Building in downtown Dallas. Another FM
station, W5XAJ (aka KEGE, at 31,000 kc) was used as a field transmitter
to feed audio to WFAA-AM. And KAXD at 1622 kc was WFAA's mobile transmitter,
mounted to a car chassis and towed around town for longer-distance field
transmitting (other sources refer to the mobile unit as KFAA at 2790 kc.)
Soon thereafter, Belo applied for W5XGR (other sources say W5XD) on the
FM band in the mid-1940s, to handle facsimile transmissions of The Dallas
Morning News. The technology for facsimile and television came about
at the same time, and Belo opted to pursue facsimiles...this would permit
over-the-air transmission of The News to subscribers, who would receive
the signal through a printer at home, which printed out the daily paper!
(No one thought to use telephone lines for this at the time.) Interest
and practicality soon died off, leaving Belo to scramble for entry into
the quick-thriving television market. See WFAA-TV in the "TV"
section of this site.
Gainesville. Call letters established 6/6/2002, although format began
4/22/2002. Format: Soft R&B Pop/Oldies. Call letters
stand for "Soul
Nickname: K-Soul. Owner: Radio One. Notables:
Tom Joyner (via satellite, although based in Dallas across the street from
the station!), Lynne Haze (2003-date,) Maria Donaldson aka Maria Miller,
Kevan "Smokin' B" Browning, Michael Baisden (syndicated,) "Tony B," Eurro
Thomas, Gary Leigh, "Rudy V," Kelli Simms, "Kenny J," Greg Reaves, Donnie
McClurkin. Format stunted as "Joyner 94.5" during March and April,
Call letters re-established 11/9/2000. Format: R&B Pop/Oldies.
Owner: Radio One. Nickname: "Jammin' Hits," "Jammin'
Oldies," "K-Soul" (4/22/2002-present.) Station evolved from KTXQ-102.1,
'heritage' call letters were thoughtfully retained. Notables:
Ben Martin (as host of "70s Saturday Night,") "Fast" Eddie Coyle (2000-2001;
carried over from frequency change,) Kevan Browning, Tommy DuPree, Willie
Mitchell, Tom Joyner (via satellite,) Georgia (formerly Russ Parr's sidekick
"Alfredas" on KJMZ; later known as "Cherokee" on KBFB.) Most staffers
from the original 102.1 position were fired or quit in anticipation of
the move to 94.5, as a format change was inevitable. At the last
minute, Radio One decided to swap formats along with stations and kept
Gainesville. Call letters established 6/30/1989 (relocated to 102.1 on
11/9/2000; see entry there.) Format: Alternative. Owners: Steve Allison,
Evergreen Media, Salem (bought 3/2000,) Chancellor Media/AMFM, Clear Channel,
Radio One, Bonneville Broadcasting (to 6/1997,) Allison Broadcast Group
(6/30/1989-11/1991,) Founders Media (11/1991-?.) Nickname: "The Edge."
Programs: "The Hard Edge," "Adventure Club," "Gilligan's Jukebox,"
"Back in the Day Buffet." Notables: George
Gimarc (father of the original "Edge" format; Gimarc was breaking in
alternative records in the early 1980s on KZEW,) Chris Jagger (former co-host
of the syndicated Jacor radio program "Love Phones;" he concurrently hosted
TV's "Change of Heart,") and Michelle Boros and Ryan Chase and Julie Fisk
(hosts of the "Jagger, Ryan and Michelle" morning show [later "Jagger,
Ryan and Julie,"] began 4/23/1998 [although Michelle didn't join until
10/1998,]) Brian Curry, Jeff Kovarsky aka Jeff K, John
Morrill aka J. David, Nancy Johnson (1991-1992; host of "The Hard Edge,"
considered most successful specialty show on station,) Brian Butler, Valerie
Knight, Alan Smith, Alan Ayo, Wendy Naylor, Mary Ellen Smith, Jared Aman,
Roger King, John Lacy, Jerry Lentz, "Fast" Eddie Coyle, Alex Luke, "Roger
Donna Fadal, Larry
John Ford, Jessie Jessup,
Josh Venable and Keven McAllister (hosts of "Adventure Club.") Chancellor
Media, aka AMFM, who absorbed Evergreen, bought KDGE in 6/1997 along with
KZPS for $83.5 million; when Clear Channel bought AMFM, KDGE was sold to
Salem to divest of an extra property that put them over FCC limits.
After Salem traded KLTY for KDGE on 10/1/2000, new owner Sunburst sold
the frequency to Radio One, and the intellectual property (format) to Clear
Channel. Radio One then traded 102.1 to Clear Channel and moved "Jammin'
Oldies" format to 94.5.
Call letters established 7/4/1987. Format: Z-Rock from Satellite Music
Network. Owner: Galen O. Gilbert dba KDNT Broadcasting (11/17/1984-6/29/1989.)
Call letters stood for "Z-Rock."
Sister station to KDNT-AM, which was retained after KZRK was sold.
Notables: "Madd" Maxx Hammer, David Perry aka Dave Bolt, Pat Dawsey,
"Crankin'" Craig Dori, "Crazy" Mike Paine, Jay "The Tiptonizer" Tipton,
"Wild" Bill Scott, Scott Wilson.
Gainesville. Call letters established 1949 at 106.3 (later 106.1...see
entry at that frequency,) but this separate incarnation was established
here in spring, 1980. Format: Country. Call letters stood for "Denton."
Owners: Mel Wheeler (Spring, 1980-11/17/1984; after selling off KDNT-106.1
at the end of 1979, Wheeler purchased KGAF-FM from First IV Media for $1
million and had the old call letters reassigned here, since the new owner
of 106.1 wasn't going to use them,) Galen O. Gilbert (11/17/1984-6/29/1989.)
Sister station to KDNT-AM. See entries at 1440 AM and 106.1 FM for
Mike Ehrle and Sandy Shepard chronicle the history of KDNT...click here!
Station established 11/18/1958. Format: MOR (AM)/Top 40 (afternoons)/Easy
Listening (night) (1960s,) Light Rock (1970s,) Country (1978-80.)
Owner: First IV Media (11/15/1974-Spring, 1980,) White Fuel Corporation,
Bud and Joe Leonard Jr. dba Gainesville Broadcasting (1958-1967; Joe Leonard
also owned Lin Records.) Nickname: "The Voice and Choice of
North Texas and Southern Oklahoma." Broadcasted at 250 watts in 1960.
Sister station to KGAF-AM (retained after FM was sold; still operating
today at 1580 AM.) Notables: Ray Whitworth aka Ray Kennedy (to fall,
1977,) Randy Williams, Mike Stoddard, Mike Parenti aka Mike Monday, Ross
Whitmire, David Klement, Mike Smith,
Eberhart (12/3/1973-5/1976; currently owns KGAF-AM,) Pat Bolin, Dee
Blanton, Steve Simmons, Bob Couch. While under the Leonard brothers
ownership, the station made more money off selling FM sideband broadcasts
(ala Muzak) to local businesses than it did peddling commercial time.
Call letters re-established 12/22/2000. Format: Christian.
Owner: Salem, Sunburst Media, Rodriguez (Sunburst bought from Rodriguez
in 3/1999; then even-traded KLTY for KDGE on 10/1/2000.) Moved from
rimshot 100.7 FM exactly one year after its move from 94.1 (Sunburst already
owned 100.7.) KLTY was formerly on this frequency in 1985.
Program: "Night Light." Notables: Larry Dixon, Donna
Fadal, Lauren Lintner, Steve Tanner, "Brother" Jon Rivers (left 7/2001,)
Frank Reed, Bonnie Curry, Tony Lopez, Starlene Stringer, Perri Reavis,
John Hudson, Mark Ryder (PD,) Ron Taylor, Laurie Lynn, Andrea Jackson (host
of "Night Light.")
Arlington. Call letters established 1/11/1997 (other sources say 8/7/1997,
although station was originally established as KDFX-1190 AM in 1996. Format:
Christian Talk. Nickname: "The Word."
Owner: Salem. Notables: Pete Thomson, Scott Wilder, Monte Johnson, John
Morrill aka John Moore (4/2000-5/2001,) "Super Handyman" Al Carrell,
Mal Couch (of Mal Couch Ministries,) David Gold (nicknamed "The Conservative
Freight Train;" began 12/1997.) KWRD moved to rimshot 100.7 on 12/22/2000
by trading places with KLTY.
Call letters established 3/29/1996, although news format began on 2/27/1996.
(live, but initially carried CNN News after 8PM; later extended live news
until midnight, then to continuously live on 4/1/1996.) Talk.
Nickname: "The First All-News FM Station in America... Made in Texas!"
Program: "Don and Mike" (syndicated; began 12/1996.) Notables
as "News": Ron Jenkins aka Ron McAlister, Tim Vasquez, Arnold Evans, Martha
Martinez, Peter Gardner,
Iris Bekker, Scott Savage, Cameron Fairchild, Heather Behrens, John McCarty,
Kym West, Ty Walker, Brian Burns, Mary Tyler,
Emrich, Jerry Burke (traffic,) Roz Frank (traffic,) Cary Richards (traffic,)
Dave Michaels (traffic,) Elana Adamsons, B. J. Austin, James Francis (II)
aka Sam Baker, Amanda Barnett, Aaron Brodie, Sheryl Brooks, Ed Budanauro,
Chris Fox, Suzanne Calvin, Ray
Canaveri, Tami Carlisle, Caryn Carlson, John Carroll, Al Casey, Drew Dickens,
Mark Elliott, Arnold Evans, Heather Fraley, Joe Frascino, Lirsten Frederick,
Chris Fox, Chris Garcia, Ken Gregory, Anne Hamilton, Bob Henke, Jill Hicks,
Cheryl Hood, Diann Hodges, Nancy Jay, Tracy Joseph, Sharon Mayo, Marla
Morris, Mike Motsney, Steve Pickering, Ann Ranson, Dan Sampeck, Heather
Scott, Russell Scott, Dick Silverton, Deadrah Smith, Jackie Smith, Julie
Songer, Tim Sullivan, Rick Torcasso, Shelly King, Jay
Walker, Lisa Weber, Brad Wheelis (now with ABC Radio News,) Clint White
(news anchor.) Notable as "Talk": Don Imus (via satellite beginning
10/28/1996; moved to 1190 AM on 1/11/1997 after station swapping was complete.)
Traded frequencies with KDFX-AM on 1/11/1997 (in essence, KEWS became all-talk
KOOO-AM, and KDFX-AM became KWRD.) Numerous KRLD-AM staffers flocked
to KEWS for its short run. On 10/27/1996, the local news format was
suspended as sister station KYNG was broadcasted over 94.9 for several
weeks after their tower fell; although KEWS staffers were retained briefly
for a return after KYNG's tower was repaired, owners pulled the plug on
the News format by 12/1996, and stunting began with simulcasts of CNN Headline
News and later a syndicated Talk format.
Call letters established 10/12/1992. Format: Classic Country. Nickname:
95". Owner: Evergreen Media, Alliance Broadcasting (10/8/1993-9/1995
[but already had LMA rights with Evergreen since 10/1992.]) Sister
station to KYNG-FM; KYNG leased KSNN with the option to purchase, creating
the first FM duopoly in DFW. Notables: Arnold Evans, Mary Tylaska
aka Mary Tyler, Jay Walker,
Dana Blair, John McCarty, Maggie Hart, Mark Marshall.
Call letters established 10/28/1991. Format: Pop Oldies. Nickname: "Oldies
94.9". Owner: Evergreen Media. Notables: Richard Stevens
(brother of voiceover king Shadoe Stevens,) J. J. McKay (currently OM for
satellite oldies format on Jones Radio Network,) Phil Hall, Laurie Bandemir
aka Laurie B (a holdover from KHYI,) Ken "Hubcap" Carter (defected from
KLUV,) Blake Lindsay (area's only blind jock,) Billy Burke (a holdover
from KHYI,) Ken Dowe, Brian Wilson, Jimmy deCastro, Liz Kiley, Cameron
Smith. Wolfman Jack guest-hosted the morning show live the first
week of broadcasting, and flew in for several consecutive weekends to do
a live oldies program on Saturday nights.
Initial call letters requested for 94.9 when application was submitted
in 1991 by Evergreen Media. Format was originally to be an Album-Oriented
"Pirate Radio" Rock station, but Scott Ginsburg of Evergreen changed his
mind at the last minute in favor of oldies. The idea got as far as
creating billboards, designing bumper stickers and hiring a morning host.
Call letters established 10/10/1986. Format: Top 40. Nicknames: "Y-95"
(1985-4/25/1991,) "Power 95" (4/26/1991-10/1991; new name celebrated station's
power increase from 33kW to 100kW.) Owner: Heftel/Ginsburg
Broadcasting, Statewide Broadcasting. Promotion: "10 In a Row
or $10,000 in Dough." Notables: Sonny Fox (morning show host; began
8/1989; fired 6/1/1990; as a station stunt, Fox conducted a mass wedding
at the Hyatt Regency-DFW on Valentine's Day, 1990,) Steve Nichols, Ken
Barnett, Wendi Westbrook (to 1990; later an MTV veejay; regular feature
around town on station billboards, as well as Miller Genuine Draft beer
posters and billboards,) Bill
Evans and Trey Matthews ("Trey and Bill" morning program, 1987-8/1989;
Evans was concurrently a weatherman at WFAA-TV,) Jo Jo Wright, Billy Burke,
J. J. McKay, Laurie Bandemir aka Laurie B, Scott Nevius aka Scott West
(began 9/1988,) Dave Spence, Mark Driscoll, Ed Budanauro, Buzz Bennett,
"Super Snake," Shadow Hayes aka "The Jammer," Mark Driscoll, John Martin,
Jack Murphy (morning show host after Sonny Fox; began 6/4/1990,) Randy
Rhodes, Andrea Lively aka Andi Lively (11/1986-5/1987,) Brian Wilson. The
station's first promotion was offering a $25,000 prize to anyone they randomly
called who answered the phone with, "I listen to the new sound of Y-95!"
Mick Williams, the
station experienced a backlash with their "10 In a Row or $10,000 in Dough"
contest...winners were required to sign contracts that spread the winnings
into annual payments. And, if they died, their estates would not
receive the remainder owed, and, if they complained to the press about
the terms, the winnings were forfeited. Dallas Times Herald columnist
Helen Bryant picked up the story and made it public. The FCC got
involved and sided with the winners, as the rules were not provided up
Arlington. Call letters established 8/1/1985. Format: Contemporary Christian.
Owner: Statewide Broadcasting (bought 5/1985.) Notables: Steve
Nichols (1985-1986,) Bob Morrison, Dave Tucker, Alan Scott, Todd Brandon,
Wilson. Re-imaged as KOJO-94.1 in 1987; returned as KLTY-94.1
Call letters established 1984 (KJIM calls were originally used at 102.1
in the 1960s, and at 870 kc from 1957-84.) Owner: Jimmy
Swaggart Ministries. Basically a re-imaging of KWJS-FM (see below.)
Call letters established 6/19/1976. Owner: Jimmy Swaggart Ministries.
Format: Contemporary Gospel. Call letters stood for "Word
of Jimmy Swaggart."
Nickname: "Son Life Radio." Programs: "Call to Prayer,"
"Community Forum." Notables: Mal Couch (formerly of WFAA-TV;
later of Mal Couch Ministries, now heard on KWRD-FM,) Paul Thomas Hughes,
Williams (intern in 1982; later host of "Mick Williams Cyber-Line,")
Glen Miller (host of "Call to Prayer,") Hardy Brundage, Ted Sauceman, Jeff
Flanders (began 1979,) Jack Rabito, Dave Jackson (host of "Community Forum.")
According to Mick Williams, owner Swaggart lead the cause against the backmasking
of records; the station's PD (who was a member of the Moral Majority, and
had organized rock record burnings in the station's parking lot) had one
of the young DJs go to area schools and tell of the "horrors" of backmasking.
The campaign faced ridicule and was stopped when students at Sam Houston
High School in Arlington asked the young jock what his thoughts were on
Pat Benatar. He told them that he hadn't had a chance to listen to
HIS music yet! The station's PD, who had earlier started the well-publicized
local campaign against 7-11 and Stop-n-Go for selling Penthouse and Playboy,
later went to work for the Moral Majority. In 1982, lightning struck
the main transmitter, knocking the station off the air for several days.
They returned at half-power using a tower in Azle. They tried to
do make-goods with the sponsors, but the sponsors wanted refunds.
The PD, in a fit of anger, fired all the interns! Call letters were
resurrected 11/23/1985 at 1360 kc as an affiliate of Swaggart's network,
but under different ownership. Station located at 2216 S. Cooper
St. in Arlington.
Call letters established 1/1/1972. Owner: Dick Osburn.
Nickname: "K-95," "K-Mac." Format: Progressive (1972-1974,)
Hard-Core Country (1974-1976,) "Texas Country Music." Program:
"Country Sunday" (hosted by Stuart
McRae; inspired by Bill Mack at WBAP, it was the first program to play
'outlaw country music.') KAMC also simulcated a weekend bluegrass
music show from KERA-TV. Notables: Ken Bateman aka Ken Baker,
McRae, "Laura," Mike Magruder, Stan Castles aka The Michaels, Chris
Favors, Bill Merrill (host of "Farm and Ranch Report,") Dave Johnson, Tim
Spencer, Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Clay, Don Swancy (1/1976-4/1976.)
Stereophonic broadcasting started in 1973. Switched formats to country
soon after WFAA-FM changed to KZEW. Station broadcasted 24 hours
a day but signed off from 12 midnight Sundays to 6AM Mondays. Station
located at 2216 S. Cooper in Arlington.
Call letters established 1969. Owner: Jim Gordon and wife (when
Gordon and George Marti dissolved their partnership, Marti took KCLE-AM,
and Gordon took KCLE-FM...changing it to KFAD. Other sources say
the dissolution occured in 1/1960.) Format: Black-oriented Jazz,
Underground/Progressive Rock (both formats were block programmed together.)
Call letters stood for "Fort
Worth and Dallas."
First progressive station in Texas. Considered an underground station;
DJs used a homemade audio board! Notables: Jon
Dillon, Dave Thomas (a KCLE holdover; also lived at the Cleburne studios,)
McRae, Gary Gorbett, Don Swancy (7/1969-4/1970,) Tim
Spencer, Jack Darden, Ed Padget
(12/1970-3/1971; worked at both studios,) Charlie Bassham, Jim Gordon (owner;
conducted live remotes from area black churches in the station's earliest
days,) Jerry Johnston, Debbie Runnels (traffic manager,) Phil Cook (PD,)
Joe Nick Patoski (later senior editor of "Texas Monthly" magazine; was
paid $1.60 an hour for his services!), Pat Patterson (late of KCUL-1540AM;
played blocks of gospel and jazz on Sundays between church remotes.)
Initially broadcasted 6 hours a day, with Jon Dillon covering the entire
shift himself. Station initially maintained studios in Cleburne and
Arlington (2216 S. Cooper Street,) and shut down the Cleburne studio in
former KFAD personality Ed Padget for sharing the above logo!
Station established 4/13/1949 at 94.3 (moved to 94.9 in 1957.) Call
letters stood for "Cleburne."
Owners: George Marti and Jim Gordon (yes, THE George Marti, inventor
of microwave transmitters and ENG.) Format: Variety (initially simulcast
of sister KCLE-AM.) Nicknames: "Spectrasonic Sound," "Crown
of the Megacycles." Programs: "Man on the Beat," "Swap Shop."
Notables: "Ramblin'" Russ Bloxom (host
of "Man on the Beat;" later longtime news anchor for WBAP/KXAS-TV,) Frank
Hardgrove, John Butner, Lee Myres, Don
Harris (I) (2/1957-1965; later of WBAP-AM,) Bob Ellis, Glenn "Uncle
Hank" Craig, Eddie Craig (son of Hank,) Art Jones, Ron Harper, Willie Townes
(former Dallas Cowboys player,) Ray Weathers, Sam Riddle (later with KRLA
and KFWB in Los Angeles,) Jean Jenkins, David
Perkins, Tommy Jeter, John Polson, D'Vae Smith, John Merti, Olin Merrill,
Dave Thomas (who lived at the studios,) Mike Ambrose (later to KXOL and
KLIF-1190; then to LA radio, then retired in 2001 after 28 years as a San
Diego weathercaster.) Marti sold KCLE-FM in 1969 but retained the
AM side; he reused the KCLE-FM calls at 92.1-Glen Rose in 1989. Initially
broadcasted with 250 watts.
Howe. Call letters established 4/17/1994. Format: ABC's "Real Country"
format (automation) (4/17/1994-1/1/1997,) Americana/"Hard Country" (1/1/1997-present.)
Nickname: "The Range", "Y-95.") Owner: Ken Jones dba Metro Broadcasters
of Texas. Calls resurrected from KHYI-94.9 (calls were "parked" temporarily
since 11/21/1991 when 94.9 surrendered them; owner Jones had just received
call letters KZKF, but swapped them for KHYI a month later. Records
show that KHYI-95.3 was licensed to be a separate station from KSSA's 95.3,
although Howe and McKinney are very close neighbors.) Sister station
to KXEZ-FM. Notables: Dan Foster, Dave Avery, Brett Dillon
(1996-present,) Bruce Kidder, Allan Peck
(concurrently owns a home theatre business, and is the former host of the
"Peck and Penny/Peck and Peggy Show" on KBOX-AM in the 1970s; son Allan
Peck II is a DJ on KSCS.)
Call letters established 8/1/1988. Format: Spanish. Owner:
Marcos Rodriguez (Sanchez) (8/1/1988-1994,) Evergreen Media (who swapped
it in 1994 for rimshot KGDE at 94.1 and KTLR at 106.9.) KTLR moved
to 95.3 and switched calls to KHYI, and a new KTLR started broadcasting
at 107.1 (see entry at 107.1 for more information.) Broadcasted Plano
high school football games.
Call letters established 10/21/1985. Format: Adult Contemporary.
Call letters stood for "Wonderful
Owner: Oaks Broadcasting (5/1/1984-8/1/1988.) Some sources
say station moved to 106.9 on 8/1/1988, but no record can be found of any
station existing at 106.9 until 1990 [ and that was KWSK-Daingerfield;
likely unrelated, anyway.]) Notables: Daryl
Dwayne Doss (1985-86; holdover from KMMK,) Brad Denton.
Call letters established 1/2/1974. Format: Adult Contemporary, MOR.
Nickname: "Collin County Radio." Owner: C. R. Graham
dba Modern Media
Ken Fairchild dba Oaks Broadcasting (5/1/1984- 10/21/1985.)
Programs: "Sports Show," "Table Talk" (hosted by Ray Whitworth and
later C. R. Graham.) Flagship station for Allen HS Eagles football.
Notables: Sam Sauls, Dave Garland, Russ
Campbell, Andy Waldrop, Ray Whitworth aka Ray Kennedy, Steven
"Stubie" Doak (1980-82,) Chris Kerson, Dan Perrine, John Gray, George
Riba (later with WFAA-TV,) Chris Kerson (1978-1980,) Brad Denton, Daryl
Dwayne Doss (1984-85; continued into KWPL,) Barry Cope (1979-81; now
"Elvis Duran" on WHTZ-New York.) Broadcasted from 6:30AM-midnight
Station established 8/1/1969. Format: MOR, Country and Western.
Owner: Albert W. Brown. Notable: Kip Currins, E. C. Mounger
Mineral Wells. Station established 10/4/2002. Format:
Country. Owner: LKCM Radio Group. Sister station to KRVA-FM
and KRVF-FM. Nickname: The [Fort
Notables: Dick Siegel, Billy Thorman, Rick Lovett (2005-present,)
"Catfish" Jim Prewitt, Dave Marcum, Steve Harmon (to 9/2006,) Mac Curtis,
Joe Bielinski, Nadine Bodett and "Rebel," Chris Faust, Larry Stanley, Hugh
Savage aka "Heywood U-sue-me" (former character on WBAP-AM's morning show;
was co-hosting morning show with Steve Harmon,) Andy Meadows, Linda O'Brian,
Wells. Call letters established 10/13/1981. Format: Country.
Wells. Station established 3/1/1970. Format: Easy Listening.
Call letters stood for Mineral
Owner: Ralph Harbus.
Fort Worth. Call letters established 1/1973. Format: Country. Owner:
Amon Carter, ABC, Capital Cities. Nickname: "Silver
(1/1973-?, featuring '3-in-a-row' country,) "Today's Best Country," "Continuous
Country," "The Big 96.3." Programs: "KSCS Hill Country Cafe,"
"Honkytonk Texas Show," "Five and Dime." Notables: Terry Dorsey (began
7/18/1988,) Mark Louis Rybczyk aka Hawkeye (began 7/11/1988,) Bill Kinder
(1988-4/2009,) Liz Johnson, Brad Wright (was concurrently KXAS-TV anchorman,)
Randy Hames, Blaine Brooks, Cathy Martindale, Jeremy Robinson (former evening
jock at KSCS who is now syndicated from ABC Radio Networks back to KSCS
in the evenings!) Clint White (hosted "Cryin' Lovin' or Leavin'" program;
also hosted briefly by Bill Reed,) John Morris aka "Trapper John," John
Hare, Andy Connell aka Crash Kelly,
Martha Martinez, Steve Nichols, Bill Reed, Stuart
McRae (first jock on the "Silver Country Stereo" format,) Jack Dillon,
Smith (1969-1973,) Mike Crow and "Dixie" (hosts of "Honkytonk Texas
Show,") Dominica Harrell, Paul Bottoms, Michael Scott (II,) "Brother Van,"
"Rebecca" (Scott, Van and Rebecca are part of the "Dorsey Gang" morning
show,) Bob Shiflet, Jeff Cunningham, Steve Smith, Lee Riza (promotions;
currently PD of KPIR-AM in Granbury,)
Huff (PD and occasional jock,) Allan Peck II, Kerry Alford aka Jimmy
Stewart, Linda O'Brian (as host of "Hill Country Cafe.") The country
format was created by Capital Cities' VP of programming, Joe Somerset.
He took the low-key "beautiful music" radio approach by playing several
songs in a row, and having 'quiet' DJs and a low commercial load.
Fort Worth. Call letters established 3/8/1949 at 100.5 FM (see entry there;)
moved to 96.3 in late 1955. Format: Entertainment, Classical, Easy
Listening. Owners: Amon Carter dba Carter Publications. Nickname:
"First in Fine Music." Sister station of WBAP-AM and TV (Channel
5.) Call letters stand for "We
Program" (jokesters used to say, "We Bore
All People!") Simulcasted WBAP-AM (1950s.) Programs:
"High Fidelity Symphony Hour," "The Song and the Star," "Martin Block Show,"
"Musical Potpourri," "Dinner Time Music," "High Fidelity Concert Hall,"
"Symphony Pops Concert," "Music for You." Notables: Gene Reynolds,
Jim Vinson, Larry Fitzgerald, Gary
Smith (1969-1973,) Ben Harrover, James Calloway, Gordon Fitzgerald,
McRae, Art Riley, Bill Barclay (PD,) Don Thompson, Chem Terry, Layne
Beaty, Ted Gouldy, Gene Baugh, Lee
Woodward (brother of actor Morgan Woodward,) Ted Graves, Frank Dinkins,
Phil Wygant (husband of WBAP/KXAS entertainment reporter Roberta "Bobbie"
Wygant.) See 820 AM entry for additional personalities (many worked
for both stations equally.) WBAP-FM call letters were resurrected
at 96.7 on 3/15/2010. Owner Amon Carter was threatened by RCA/NBC
officials in 1946 with a loss of network affiliation if he did not apply
for an FM frequency!
Worth. Initial call letters requested for 96.3 when application was
submitted in 1947 by Tarrant Broadcasting. Call letters were to stand
and was to be a sister station to KFJZ-AM. Unknown whether application
was denied or if Tarrant pulled out, but frequency stayed dark until WBAP-FM
moved to it from 100.5 in 1955. KFJZ instead got 97.1 in 4/1959.
Flower Mound. Call letters re-established 3/15/2010. Format:
News/Talk (simulcast of WBAP-AM.) Nickname: Newstalk
820. Call letters stand for "We
Program." Owner: Citadel.
See listing at 820 AM for notables. Stunting on 3/12 to 3/15/2010
included one hour of the former "Twister" format (see KTYS below,) followed
by two and a half days of "Reagan Radio," which consisted of recorded speeches
from former president Ronald Reagan. The WBAP call letters were last
used on FM at 100.5/96.3 from 3/8/1949 to 1/1973.
Mound. Call letters established 7/2/2008, although format began under
KTYS calls on 6/30/2008. Format: Soft Oldies. Nickname:
"Platinum 96.7." Call letters stood for "Platinummuzic."
Owner: Citadel. Notables: Larry Dixon, Gail Lightfoot,
Tyler Cox, Debi Diaz (began 2/2/2009 after 17 years at competitor KLUV,)
Angie Michaels, Vic Thomas, Wendi Westbrook (to 2/6/2009,) Denise Welch
aka Necie Marie (traffic, 2008-2009,) Marina Brett (traffic, to 6/30/2009,)
Valier Smith (imaging,) Ron Chapman (came out of retirement to consult
for the station,) Tim Kase (traffic.) "Platinum" was a direct descendent
of "Memories" (the former occupant of 96.7, 1998-2003,) as the music library
was taken directly from the remnants of the former ABC Radio Networks'
corporate "Memories" music library; even former "Memories" personnel were
brought in to launch and/or run the station (Tyler Cox, Vic Thomas.)
Mound. Call letters established 10/21/2003, although format began
under KMEO calls on 6/27/2003. Format: New Country. Owner:
ABC/Citadel. Nickname: "The Twister." Notables:
Allan Peck II, Scott "Chulo" Gaines, Arty Watkins, Rick DeVoe, Bob Shiflet,
Crash Poteet, Blake Barrett, Denise Welch aka Mia Ryder (traffic.)
Format returned briefly on 3/12/2010 as part of stunting between KPMZ and
WBAP-FM format change.
Mound. Call letters established 12/28/1998; format began under KNKI calls
on 11/23/1998. Format: New Country (6/27/2003-present,) Easy Listening/Soft
Adult Pop (12/28/1998-6/27/2003.) Owner: ABC. Nicknames: "The Twister,"
96.7," "Unforgettable Favorites." Program: "Memories Scrapbook."
as "Memories": John LaBella (first personality hired for the station,)
Pamela Steele, Bob Eliot, Charles Mixon aka Chaz Mixon (1999-2004,) Martha
Martinez, Mike Young, Randy Fuller, Becky Wight (DJ and host of "Memories
Scrapbook,") Bob Lawrence, Susan Edwards, Scott Reese, Gary Reynolds, Tyler
Cox, Sammi Gonzales, Tori Logan, Vic Thomas (overnights via satellite from
ABC; ABC Radio also carries an identically-programmed "Memories" satellite
format.) Eliot came directly from a longtime stint at hard rocker KTXQ-"Q102;"
Mixon from KZEW; and LaBella, of course, was half of the "LaBella and Rody"
morning show on rocker KZEW who died in a freak traffic accident just after
his KMEO airshift on 3/4/2002, and was eulogized in an on-air reunion of
former KZEW jocks on 3/8/2002. Notable as "Twister": Allan
Peck II. The "Memories" format was dropped on 6/27/2003; previously
live, local programming was briefly replaced by ABC Radio's corporate "Memories"
satellite programming on 6/26/2003 (featuring Vic Thomas and Lori Bandemir,)
and "The Twister" debuted the following afternoon.
Mound. Call letters established 10/15/1997, but did not sign on until 11/23/1998.
Format: Easy Listening (as "Memories 96.7.") Evolved into KMEO (see
above.) During dark period (10/15/1997-11/23/1998,) city of license
was changed from Sherman to Flower Mound.
Call letters established 2/6/1995 at 101.7; swapped frequencies with KIKM-FM
on 6/17/1997. Station dark after 10/15/1997. One source says
that KWCS/KBOC swapped 96.7 for 98.3 with KDVE on 5/3/1993.
Call letters re-established 9/2/1985. Format: Country.
Nickname: "96 and a Half," "Kick'm Country," "24-Hour Country." Sister
station to KIKM-910 AM. Notables: Larry
Carolla, Barry Diamond.
Call letters established 12/12/1983. Sister station to KIKM-910 AM.
Call letters established 7/1975. Format: Country (days), Top
40 simulcast with KIKM-AM (nights,) then full Top 40 simulcast of AM and
FM, then Country (on automation; began 1977.) Owner: Albert
W. Brown (who had just sold McKinney's KAWB [see 95.3 above,]) Lon Williams.
Sister station to KIKM-910 AM.
Call letters established 4/1969. Call letters stood for Sherman.
Station established 6/29/1967 at 101.7. Calls stood for Denison-Sherman.
KEGL, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 1/20/1981. Format: Top 40 ("Eagle 97," 1/20/1981-
9/12/1984,) Contemporary Hits ("The Eagle," 9/12/1984-5/12/1992; switched
in 1984 in reaction to the new KTKS-FM's CHR format,) Hard/Active Rock
(6/12/1992-5/18/2004,) Light Adult Contemporary ("Sunny," 5/18/2004-8/25/2005,)
Spanish ("La Preciosa," 8/25/2005-12/1/2007,) Christmas Music (stunting;
12/1/2007-12/18/2007,) Hard/Active Rock ("The Eagle," 12/18/2007-present;
return of 1992-2004 format and moniker.) Owner: Clear Channel. Former
owners: Nationwide Insurance (aka NCI; 1997-1998,) Sandusky Newspapers
(1981-1997; Sandusky traded KEGL to Nationwide for KSLX-AM/FM in Phoenix
in 1/1997.) Nickname: "La Preciosa" (8/25/2005-12/1/2007,) "Sunny
97.1" (5/18/2004-8/25/2005,) "The
(3/1985-5/18/2004,) "Eagle 97" (8/1981-3/1985,) "FM97" (5/1981-8/1981;
the station encountered serious signal problems that entire summer,) "Z-97"
(1/1981-5/1981; according to original PD Randy Brown, the "Eagle" moniker
started on 1/20/1981.) Also "Rock of the 80s." Sister station
to KFJZ-AM, KDMX. Programs: "Relationships," (1981-82; an oddity
for its time: a mid-day talk program on a Top 40 station!,) "Friday Night
All-Request Party," "Unmodern Rock Program," "Local Show with Chaz," "New
Wave Hour," "Sunday Night Zanies," "Amateur Hour," "Happy Hour,"
"Dr. Demento," "American Top 40" (by tape,) "Nostalgic Rock," "The Party."
Notables as CHR/Rock/Active Rock:
Stern (via satellite, 9/8/1992 to 7/26/1997; unceremoniously dropped
prior to the end of his KEGL contract for berating new station owner Nationwide
Insurance on the air,) Dave Cradick aka Kidd
Kraddick (whose regular feature, "Burn Your Buns," tested the limits
of prank calling!; Kraddick began in 1984 and was teamed with Julie Patterson
to replace Moby in the morning drive on 4/11/1988; Kraddick was fired 6/12/1992;
Kraddick dropped "Kidd" in favor of his real first name on-air from 3/1989
to 8/1991,) Joel Folger, Michael
Blake, Steve Graham (jock, and original producer for Michael Blake,) Sharon
Golihar aka Sharon Wilson (as host of "The Party," her evening radio show,)
"Humble" Billy Hayes (and his alter ego, the "Rude Moose,") Rose Wright
(known as "Beth Rose" at KNUS; co-hosted "The Rude Awakening" morning show
with Billy Hayes,) John Roberts.
Reavis, James Smith Carney aka Moby (longtime Houston jock; began 9/1/1986
in afternoons; moved to morning drive 10/20/1986; left on 4/8/1988,) Paul
Robins/Paul Kinney/Phil Cowan (morning team prior to Moby, began 3/31/1986
and fired 10/17/1986,) Drew Pierce, Kelly Howard, Roy "Mark" Stevens and
James Henry "Jim" Pruett ("Stevens and Pruett," began 2/1982, fired 3/28/1986;
featured characters "Uncle Waldo," "Real Herman Steele," "Whirley Nettleford,"
"Lonnie B. Pitts" and program "Woman to Woman Wednesdays;" they were the
former "Hudson and Harrigan" at KILT-Houston in the 1970s,) Cindy Coyle,
Pamela Steele (who quit the station 5/28/1993 over a Howard Stern promotion
the station participated in; GM Donna
Fadal encouraged other female KEGL jocks to appear in sports bras for
the promotion, and Steele felt it was degrading to women! Stern,
of course, discussed the incident on-air,) Nancy Johnson (1992-1994,) Martha
Martinez, Dick Roth aka Marc Richards (1995,) Amy Graf, Ralph Humphries
(part of Kraddick's morning show crew; smuggled guns into DFW Airport as
a station prank on 1/15/1991, the same day the Persian Gulf war began!),
"Madd" Maxx Hammer (longtime Z-Rock jock,) Jonathan Doll, Doc Morgan (1981;
longtime voiceover king of WFAA-TV and KTCK,)
Owen, Tony "Paraquat" Johnson, Jay
Walker, Clyde White aka Jim
White (I) (1980-1984; as host of mid-day talk show "Relationships"
in 1981, and later "Nostalgic Rock,") Randy James, Randy Brown aka Christopher
Haze (8/1980-1987; also served as PD; conceived entire "Eagle" idea in
1980,) "Fast" Eddie Coyle (1988-92; returned to frequency in 2004 to host
morning show for "Sunny 97.1,") Andre Gardner
(brother of KVIL's Bill Gardner,)
Barnes, Leigh Ann Adam (currently with KBIG-Los Angeles,) Cindy Scull
(1994-2004,) Les Colinas (a moniker in obvious deference to the community
where KEGL is located, "Las Colinas,") Michelle Dibble, Darren Silva aka
"Dangerous Darren," Jocelyn White (who quit the station in 1/1987 over
comments made by morning personality Moby at her [and her breasts'] expense!),
Brad Baxter, Rob Ellis, Robert Miguel (late-night DJ, sometimes live and
sometimes voicetracked; hosted "Unmodern Rock Program,") Dave Clayton,
Rich Berra, Ed Wodka, Keith Kramer and Tony Longo aka "Kramer and Twitch"
(relocated from sister station KDMX, where their rowdy antics did not fit
the format; the two were later fired for mis-reporting the death of pop
singer Britney Spears,) Chris Ryan, Dave Cooley, Laurel Case aka Max Morgan,
Melissa Rasmussen, Jimmy Steal, Steve Nichols, Evan Mitchell, Julie Patterson,
Andrea Lively, Mike Esparza (host of "The Mikey Morning Show,") John "J.
D." Ryan, Russell Martin.
Notables as "Sunny": "Fast" Eddie
Coyle (mornings; worked for "The Eagle" from 1988-92; teamed with Anna
deHaro on 3/22/2005 [moved from KDMX-FM,]) Stacey James, Jeff Thomas, Dave
Mason, Steve Knoll, the "Sunny Sunbeams" (nickname for promotions group.)
as "La Preciosa": Jamie Alejandro, Anna deHaro (a holdover from
"Sunny.") Stunting during the format change in 1992, the station
repeatedly played "Hotel California" by The Eagles for several days straight,
gradually adding other Eagles songs (and songs about eagles, like "Fly
Like an Eagle,") as the weeks went on. Station located at 5915 Pioneer
Pkwy in Arlington, then to 222 W. Las Colinas Blvd. in Irving (formerly
the Xerox Building,) then to 14001 N Dallas Pkwy in Dallas.
KFJZ, Fort Worth.
Call letters re-established 9/1976. Format: Top 40. Nickname: "Z-97" (4/1977-9/1980,)
"The Texas Star" (9/1980-1/1981.) Owner: Swanson (1978-81.)
Simulcasted KFJZ-AM 9/1976 to 4/1977, and was broadcasting separately and
commercial-free during 4/1977. Sister station to KFJZ-AM. Notables:
Dave Tucker (1977-1979; a holdover from KWXI) and Suzanne
(Weber) Calvin ("Dave and Suzanne,") Larry
Thompson aka Larry James, Randy Brown aka Christopher Haze, Steve Nichols,
Riba (later with WFAA-TV,) Clyde White aka Jim
White (1980-1984,) Larry Jackson aka Craig Jackson, Bob Le-Roi, Jim
Rose, Larry Dunkle aka Gary Mack (II). Station located at 4801 West
Freeway (IH-30) in Fort Worth (rented studios from former 97.1 owner KTVT-TV.)
Thanks to Steve Eberhart for finding
the long-lost logo, above!
KWXI, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 4/1/1969. Format: Pop Oldies (1975-1977,) Middle-of-the-Road
(automated, 1969-75.) Owner: Audrey Malkan, First Illinois
Cable TV Inc (3/1/1973-?.) First station in the Metroplex to broadcast
in quadraphonic [4 channels] (early 1970s.) Sister station to KFJZ-AM and
KTVT-TV. Nicknames: "Quicksie," "Bright Down the Middle."
Flagship station for the Texas State Network. Program: "Inside
the Husk." Promotion: "Lady of the Day." Notables: Dave
Tucker (1975-1977,) Ken "Hubcap" Carter,
Harper, Danny Owen, Larry "Craig"
Jackson, Bob Test, Mike Rogers (I), Don LaChance, Larry Dunkle aka Gary
Mack (II), John Borders aka Johnny Dark, Porter Randall, Lee Miller
(host of "Inside the Husk;" according to Ron Harper, the show's name was
a vague analogy about separating the wheat from the chaff!), Larry Shannon,
Riba, Paul Jennings. FM flagship for the Dallas Cowboys in 1975-76.
Station located at 4801 West Freeway (IH-30) in Fort Worth (rented studios
from former 97.1 owner KTVT-TV.)
KFJZ, Fort Worth.
Station established 6/7/1959. Format: Classical/Jazz.
Owner: Arnold and Audrey Malkan dba Pyrometer Company of America,
along with partner Stan Wilson (10/22/1964-?.) Program: "Hot
Line." Notable: Dave Naugle. Sister station to KFJZ-AM
and KFJZ-Channel 11. Station located at 4801 West Freeway (IH-30)
in Fort Worth.
Tom Bean (TX). Call letters established 8/14/1984 at 104.9 in Denison;
moved to 97.5-Durant, OK on 5/12/1987, then to Tom Bean on 1/23/2006.
Format: Adult Contemporary (live, then later partial satellite feed
from ABC Radio's "Today's Hits and Yesterday's Favorites" format.)
Nickname: "K-Lake," for its original proximity to Lake
Texoma in far North Texas; as of 2006, station is referred to as K-L-A-K
to downplay its Texoma connection and promote its new Collin County concentration.
Owner: Next Media, Bill Harrison. Notables: David Smith
(GM,) Bill Harrison, Rich Hancock, Melissa Murphy, Leila Scantlin, Joe
Martin, Laura Liles (to 2008,) Maria Donaldson aka Maria Miller (2008-date;
traffic and midday personality,) "Johnny B," "Carrie," Scott Kilion aka
"Scott K" (to 8/2008,) Scott Caldwell, Denise Welch (traffic, to 2009,)
John Tesh syndicated,) Alan Freemont, Val DeOrr, Randy Fuller (traffic,
to 2009;) also Steve Eberhart,
Mike Wade, Brian Kane, Steve Nichols, Tom Kennedy, John Lacy (all via ABC
Radio.) Previous occupants of 97.5 were KAFM (calls resurrected from
92.5-Dallas on 2/20/1986) and KDEP (started 5/7/1984.) Sister station
to KMKT-FM (Bells, TX) and KMAD-FM (Whitesboro; not part of this survey.)
Studios located at the First United Bank Center near US380 and US75.
serving the Dallas area:
Station established 6/16/2004. Format: Religious. Owner:
CSN International. LPFM station that rebroadcasts KDKR-91.3 FM.
Call letters established 5/23/1997, although format began under KRRW calls
4/3/1997. Format: Soft Rock/Adult Contemporary (4/3/1997 to 9/26/2000,)
Rap/Urban (9/26/2000 to present.) Owner: Radio One. Former owners:
Infinity/CBS, Chancellor Media (AMFM.) Nicknames: "B 97.9"
(4/3/1997 to 9/26/2000,) "The Beat" (9/26/2000 to present.) Notables
as "Soft Rock": Jim Thomas (as host
of "70s Saturday Night," which had been abandoned by KDMX in late 1997,)
"Delilah" (via satellite,) Steve Knoll, Amy Austin, Gary Leigh, John LaBella,
Joe Cucinotti aka Joe Kelly, Scott "Chulo" Gaines (currently on KTYS-The
Twister,) Becky Wight, Ben Ortega aka Ben Martin, Chris Kerson (3/1995-1998,)
Dan Berlin, Gene and Julie Gates (husband-and-wife morning team; currently
with KVIL,) Teresa Hanson-Burns, Julie DeHarty, Suzanne
Calvin, Larry Vanderslice,
Schell (Martin and Schell hosted "70s Saturday Night" separately after
the firing of Thomas; Martin took the show to KTXQ-94.5 after KBFB's format
change in 2000; Thomas, who made the show his own, is still looking for
a local terrestrial home for his renamed "Original
70s Saturday Night;" it still exists on streaming internet audio.)
as Rap/Urban: Eurro Thomas, Steve Harvey (via satellite,) George
Laughlin, John Candelaria, "DJ Big Bink," "Action Jaxon," "DJ Miracle,"
Veda Loca, "Sista Sondra."
Call letters established 11/15/1993; "Arrow" format began 10/15/1993 under
KLRX calls. Format: Adult Rock (CBS' "Arrow"
format.) Owner: Infinity/CBS (8/1993-2000.) Nickname: "The
Arrow." Notables: R. J. Lane (now in sales for WBAP-AM,) Michael Moser
aka Michael T. Parker (1993-1997,) Steve Knoll, Laurie Bandemir aka Laurie
B, Ken Bell, John LaBella, Anna deHaro (cousin of 1960s KBOX newsman Tony
deHaro,) Chris Kerson (3/1995-1998,) Mike Vasquez (formerly "Mondo" Mike
Vasquez on KTXQ; brother to KEWS and KLIF's Tim Vasquez.) With new
CBS ownership, the former KZEW became sister station to longtime competitor
KTXQ. "Arrow"-formatted stations continued elsewhere until 2013.
Call letters established 1/11/1991, although format began under KKWM calls
12/26/1990. Format: Light
(12/26/1990 to 10/15/1993,) Adult Rock (CBS' "Arrow" format, 10/15/1993-12/93.)
Owner: Cox. Nickname: "Lite 97.9," "Arrow 97.9." Notables:
Linda Martin, Lindsay Hart, Clyde White aka Jim
White (I) (1991,) Bill Brown, Randy Brown aka Christopher Haze, Nancy
Johnson (1990-1991,) Vickie Hunter, Steve Fernandez, Ken Bell, Leon McWhortor
aka Jay Roberts (I.) Cox traded KLRX for CBS' WYNF-Tampa in 8/1993.
Call letters established 1/9/1990. Format: Light Rock (known for "Two-in-a-Row"
by the same artist.) Nickname: "Warm
Simulcast on sister station KLDD-AM until 11/29/1990. Owner:
Cox (bought 10/1990,) Anchor Media. Notables: Vickie Hunter, Steve
Anderson, Steve Fernandez, Leon McWhorter aka Jay Roberts, Stan Atkins,
Kelly Fox, Randy Coffey, Nancy Johnson (1989-1990; continued from KZEW
into KKWM and into KLRX,) Darin
Cirello aka Darin James (1989 [at format change] to 1990.) New
owner Cox considered changing KKWM back to the "Zoo" format, but went with
Light Rock instead.
Call letters established 9/16/1973 (some sources say 9/19/1973.)
Format: Progressive Rock/Album Rock (9/16/1973-9/1986; initially used block
programming in "themes,") Alternative/Classic Rock (9/1986-12/11/1989,)
Christmas music (12/11/1989-12/26/1989, stunting,) "Warm" format under
existing call letters (12/26/1989-1/9/1990) and simulcast on KLDD-AM during
the same period. Nickname: "The Zoo,"
"The Home of Rock'n Roll," "The Rock and Roll Zoo" (coined by WFAA-AM jock
Joe King,) "K-Zoo." Owner: Belo, Anchor Media (1/1/1987 to format change;
Anchor was part-owned by Fort Worth's Bass Brothers, who formerly owned
KDNT. Anchor paid Belo $20 million for the station.) Sister
station to WFAA-AM (aka KRQX-AM and KLDD-AM) and WFAA-Channel 8.
First Metroplex station to broadcast in Dolby (1970s.) Programs:
"Zooberry Jam," "Dr. Demento" (played by Barry Hansen; syndicated via Westwood
One; show was dropped from KZEW's lineup in 1989; outraged listeners organized
the "Dallas Dementia Society," protested, and the show returned 7/7/1989,)
"Headbanger's Heaven," "Zoo Gazette," "Guests and Telephone," "The Ken
Rundel Show," "Urban Survival Handbook." Also simulcasted PBS concert
show "Soundstage." Events: "Zoo World" (began February 17-19,
1978, and continued as an annual event,) "Zoo Goodwill Jam," "Zoo Can Jam"
(later "Zoo Goodwill Concert,") "Armadillo Festival." Releases:
"Zooberry Jam" (album.) Mascot: "Zoo Loo" (elephant--see logo.)
John Labella and John Rody ("LaBella and Rody," hosts of "The Morning Zoo,"
1979-4/1986; Rody began 3/1978,) Steven Clean (replaced Labella on morning
show, 4/1986- 8/8/1986; Rody stayed on as Clean's news anchor,) Scott
"Scooter" Parkin (replaced Clean on morning show, 8/11/1986- 1/19/1987;
Rody was also fired on 1/19/1987,) Bruce Sinton aka Bruce Carey ("Bruce
and Scott," hosts of "The Morning Zoo," 1/20/1987-1989; Carey was fired
12/17/1989,) John B. Wells, George Gimarc
(1980-1987; fired 1/9/1987,)
(fired in 2/1987,) Mike Rhyner (later joined the "LaBella and Rody" show,)
Beverly Beasley, Ken Rundel (DJ
and host of "The Ken Rundel Show" and "Guests and Telephone,") Doug Saye,
L. G. Richardson (was arrested on 8/26/1978 during his on-air shift!),
Joe King (who hastily filled in for L. G. Richardson upon his 1978 arrest;
King worked across the hall at WFAA-AM and has the distinction of being
the only one to ever jock at KZEW for just one day! He was later
joined by market researcher Sharla Taylor that afternoon,) Charley
Jones (1977-1988; went fulltime in 9/1978 after L. G. Richardson's
arrest,) Jay Hoker (GM; later president of PAX Radio in the 1990s,) Randy
Davis (jock, and voice of "Hunt James" on LaBella and Rody's show,) Janel
Dolan (Jones) (wife of Charley Jones,) Randy Coffey,
Lambert, Laurel Ornish (first newscaster for station in 1973; first
in market to "banter" with jock,) Charles Mixon aka Chaz Mixon (began 1982;
fired on 12/11/1989,) Christopher James (also terminated 12/11/1989,) Mike
Wade, Lisa Lee, Tempie Lindsey (began 1976, replacing Barbara Marullo,)
Nick Brounoff aka Nick Alexander (1979-83,) Edd Routt, John Dew (GM,) Paula
Street aka Paula Walker, Sally Francis, Ira Lipson (creator of "The Zoo"
format and was chief programmer; hired from WWWW-Detroit,) Jamie Friar,
Angie Michaels, Noah Nelson (later anchor with KXAS-TV; currently an actor,)
Michael Brown (II)(not to be confused with the WFAA-TV newscaster,) Steve
Nichols, Patricia Smith (1974,) Gary Cogill (concurrently with WFAA-TV
as a movie critic,) Charlie Kendall, John Roberts, Paul Trimble, Tom Owens,
Dan Regala, Doc Morgan, Ivan Braiker, Dave Lee Austin (original "Morning
Zoo" host, 1973-1975,) Doug Seay, Nancy Johnson (1984-1989; continued into
KKWM and KLRX formats to 1991,) Mike Taylor, Barbara "Legs" Marullo (1975-1976,)
Rick Stoughton, Gary Shaw, Mark Addy, Gene Boivin, Dennis Anderson, Dale
Kelly, Rob Barnett, Cindy Whitley aka Cindy Johnston, Chuck Moshovitz,
Thaggard aka Kelly Clarke,
Cirello aka Darin James (1989; continued into "Warm" format,) Christopher
James, Dennis Rossman, Mike Hedges, Carl Russo, Ken Bateman aka Ken Baker
(quit after management berated him for interrupting a song to give a tornado
warning in June, 1989; Ken explains: "Anchor VP Dave McNamee stormed into
the studio and told me that I should have waited for the next scheduled
station break, saying this is an 'all-music' station!" Ken told him
he'd be reporting the names of the dead if he had waited.)
first song played under the new format was Simon and Garfunkel's "At the
Zoo." PD Ira Lipson knew that the competition had read of the proposed
call letter change, so he put the word out that WFAA was reimaging as "Zesty,
and Warm," and
even sent out kazoos ('k-zews') to competing stations! KZEW's news
department was a joint venture with sister WFAA-AM; KZEW presented "alternative"
news stories instead of standard rip-and-read, according to Laurel Ornish.
On 1/18/1987, a Marine F-4S Phantom jet collided with the Zoo's tower,
knocking the station off the air; they soon returned under temporary lower
power until the tower could be repaired. Rash of 1987 and 1989 firings
were a result of Anchor Media's purchase of the station and subsequent
format change; they did not purchase any of the personalities' contracts.
There was discussion of KZEW picking up the Satellite Music Network's "Z-Rock"
format in 1989 after KZRK dropped it; Anchor decided to go with the "Warm"
format instead. Station located at Communications Center (1961-87,)
then to 3625 N. Hall Street in Dallas.
Dallas. Call letters established 10/1/1947 (some sources say 9/15/1947.)
Station moved from 94.3 (see entry there under KERA calls.) Format:
Variety (as simulcast of AM; 1961-63,) "Good Music" (1960s, automated,)
Beautiful Music (to 9/16/1973, automated.) Owner: Belo. Nicknames:
"Dial 98," "98 FM," "The Velvet Sound of Beautiful Music." Call letters
stand for "Working
(other sources say, "World's Finest Air Attraction.") Programs:
"Music Hall Varieties," "Composer's Corner," "Doctors Today," "The Russ
Brown Show," "Dinner at Six," "Closeup Education." Notables:
John Dew, Russ Brown, Travis Linn (began 1962; later an anchor for sister
station WFAA-TV,) Chuck Murphy, Jim Rose. Station on from 1947-9/1/1950
(broadcasted 7AM-10PM daily; occasionally simulcasted WFAA-AM and carried
college football games,) dark 9/2/1950-1958; on again from 1958-1960; dark
again from 1960-1961, on again from 1961-63; dark again from 1963-65, on
again from 1965-1973. With FM in its infancy, Belo saw little reason to
keep a regular schedule! Station broadcasted 6AM-1AM (mid-1960s.)
Located at Communications Center (4/2/1961-1987.)
Bridgeport. Call letters established 5/3/1993; dark on 11/11/2005;
returned 2/2006. Format: Spanish ("El Norte," "Jose 98.3,"
8/2/2006-present,) Country (locally programmed, 5/3/1993-3/31/2005; simulcast
of KCUB-Stephenville, 3/31/2005-11/11/2005; reverted to country in 2/2006.)
Owner: Liberman (11/3/2006-present,) Entravision (2/2006-11/3/2006,)
Dick Witkovski dba Witko Broadcasting/North Texas Radio Group. Nickname:
"The Peoples' Choice." Program: "People to People." Notables
as Country: Joe Fuchs aka Jay
Weaver, "Miss Vicki," Sally Lee, "Babblin'" Bob Vick, "Daddy-O" (1988-2005,)
J. J. Bleu, Lauris Lee, Bill Ray, Keith Moore, "Cotton-Eyed Joe."
North Texas Radio Group bought KFYZ-Bonham in 2004 (also at 98.3 FM; see
below) to move it out of the way for KBOC to beam into DFW. Briefly
was sister station to KNOR-93.7. Owner Witkovski announced KBOC's
sale to Entravision in 3/2005, but it apparently fell through (an intent
to buy was on record back to 1999, pending station power upgrades,) and
station was to have begun simulcasting KTFW-92.1 FM on 3/31/2005.
Swapped with 96.7 on 5/3/1993.
Station established 1980 at 96.7. Format: Country (semi-automated.)
Nickname: "Wise Country Stereo." Owner: Bert and Dan
Dimmock dba Dimmock Broadcasting. Network affiliation: TSN.
Program: "People to People" (show continued into KBOC.) Notables:
Kermit Stephens, Dan Deering, Mike Robinson (jock and host of "People to
People,") "Daddy-O" (1988-2005 through call letter change to KBOC.)
serving the southern Fort Worth market:
Call letters established 2/6/1990. Format: AOR. Owner:
Reese Broadcasting. Request for city of license change to Ranger,
TX (northwest of Stephenville) at 98.5 FM. Simulcasted to KBOC-FM
Station established 10/31/1989. Might have been temporary calls for
serving the eastern Dallas/Rockwall/Hunt county areas:
Station established 11/1/1979. Format: Country. Owner:
North Texas Radio Group, Dick Witkovski dba Witko Broadcasting. Notable:
Jeff Davis (PD.) Request for city of license change to Bennington,
OK at 98.1 FM.
Dallas. Call letters established 1/26/1984. Format: Love
Songs, Adult Contemporary Gold (1984-11/1985,) Pop Oldies (11/1985-present.)
Nickname: "K-Love". Basic reimaging of KLVU (see below.) Owners:
Infinity/CBS (4/21/1995-present; paid $55 million for it!), John Tenaglia
dba TK Communications (10/27/1982-4/21/1995.) Sister station to KLUV-1190
AM (1998-2000, a reuniting of former KNUS's and former KLIF's original
frequencies. Simulcast of FM to AM occurred 8/28/1998 to 9/11/1998;
format was split thereafter: AM, to exclusively 1950s and 1960s pop oldies
from 9/11/1998 to 9/20/2000, while FM reformatted to exclusively 1960s
and 1970s pop oldies after 9/11/1998. FM continued with exclusively
60s and early 70s after AM was sold.) Flagship station for the Dallas
Cowboys (2002-2006.) Programs: "Sunday Night Doo Wop Show,"
"Rock and Roll Trivia," "Beatle Breakfast," "Friday Night Classics Party,"
"Music for Lovers," "Blue Plate Special," "Three-Fer Thursday," "Sock Hop,"
"Saturday Night Oldies Party," "The Wolfman Jack Show." Promotion:
"Hi-Lo." Notables: Ken "Hubcap" Carter (jock and host of "Sock Hop,"
"Friday Night Classics Party" and "Saturday Night Oldies Party;" left in
1991 for KODZ-94.9,) Steve Eberhart
(began 1984,) Al Forguson, Charles Kuenzi aka Johnny Michaels (former KNUS-98.7
morning personality who returned to the frequency in the mid-1980s,) Paula
Street, Kate Garvin (former KTVT-TV anchor in the 1970s; later known as
"U-Turn Laverne" on KDMX,) Chris Kerson, Chuck Brinkman (PD, jock and host
of "Rock and Roll Trivia;" 1988-12/28/2005,) Brian Pierce (morning show
host, 1987-1991,) Trevor Lay (2000-2002,) Jay Cresswell (APD and weekend
jock,) Douglas Barricklow (2000-2006;
production and imaging director for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network,)
Kevan "Smokin' B" Browning, Ken Bell, Glen Martin, Mike Wade, Bob DeCarlo,
Rick Peters, Art Roberts, Tom Kent (hosted a Saturday night oldies show
via satellite in 2005; returned in 2008 as host of the syndicated "Tom
Kent Radio Show,") Dave Van Dyke, Jonathan Hayes, Sofia Whitmire aka Debi
Diaz (1991-12/12/2008,) Vic Thomas, John Summers (1995-8/6/2009; DJ, host
of the "Sunday Night Doo Wop Show" and "Beatle Breakfast;" continued to
host "Beatle Breakfast" after his 2009 layoff,) Johnny Stone, Larry
Carolla (1995,) Jack Blair, Richard Malmos aka Rick Lawrence, Bill
Christie, Terry Taylor, John LaVine aka John Wolf, John McCarty, Rick Peters,
George "Paul" Medina (1987-1989,) Roger Manning.
Brown, Jason Walker, Katherine "Kathy" Jones (formerly half of morning
team with Mike Wade; later Ron Chapman's and Jody Dean's 'girl about town'
and station public affairs director,) Robert Leon-Gomez aka Bob Gomez,
Craig Drenowatz aka Craig T. Allen (2002-05,) Paula Rice, "Catfish" Jim
Prewitt, Sandi Sharp, Steve Lewis, Art Riley (host of "Music for Lovers,")
Scott Reese, Rick Peters, Blake Lindsay,
Cirello aka "Darin James the Rock Dog" (1987,) Gary Balaban, Frank
Welch, Tori Logan, Brian Pugh, Nancy Jay, Tom Bigby, Peter Stewart, Mark
Watkins (to 8/7/2009,) Jay
Walker (engineer, and on-air for their HD-2 channel,) Rob Wrinkle aka
Rob Rice (1984-1985,) Billy Greear aka Billy Kidd, Ben Laurie, Dave Siebert,
Shannon (II) (1985; 2003,) Michael Moser aka Michael T. Parker (1989-1990,)
Peter Zolnowski aka Peter Z (PD and weekend jock; currently voicetracks
afternoon drive after John Summers was let go in 8/2009,) Robert Smith
aka Wolfman Jack (syndicated program with custom "local" cut-ins; Wolfman
Jack was provided a weekly script/"request list" from DFW "listeners,"
with listener names and song requests invented by KLUV programmers that
Wolfman interjected into portions of the weekly prerecorded show.
It's assumed this was the protocol for each station his show aired on.)
KVIL morning man Ron Chapman joined the station on 9/5/2000 [left 6/24/2005,]
along with his KVIL cronies Peggy Newman aka Peggy Sears (2000-03,) Mitch
Carr (2000-8/6/2009; left briefly in 2005; reassigned to KRLD-AM on 8/7/2009,)
and Mark Oristano (2000-02.) Chapman was replaced by his former producer
at KVIL, Jody Dean, whose morning show consisted of Kathy Jones, Mitch
Carr, Jonathan Hayes, Randy Capes, Bernie Mack and Tammy Edwards.
(Dean started 5/16/2005 while Chapman was still hosting, to help ease the
segue for listeners.) KLUV switched from AC Gold to Pop Oldies in
November, 1985, after purchasing the oldies record collection of KXOL-AM
at their auction just after KXOL changed ownership and formats (although
the late Ken "Hubcap" Carter dated the change to 1984.) KLUV has
the unenviable distinction of being the station associated with the death
of singer/actor Ricky Nelson...on 12/31/1985, Nelson and his band were
en route to a New Year's Eve concert put on by KLUV and hosted by Ken "Hubcap"
Carter; Nelson and his band members were killed when their plane crashed
about 150 miles east of Dallas. Station formerly located in the penthouse
of the now-razed Merchants Bank building at 5217 Ross Avenue; moved to
4131 N. Central Expressway in 1991. HD channel: All Beatles.
Call letters established 10/19/1981. Format: Adult Contemporary/"Love
Songs." Owner: San Juan Racing (5/1979-10/27/1982,) John Tenaglia
dba TK Communications (10/27/1982-4/21/1995.) Nickname: "K-Love."
Program: "Saturday Night Dance Party" (hosted by "Kayla;" consisted
only of a weekly playing of the disco compilation album, "A Night at Studio
54.") Notables: Chris Kerson, Gary Walker (1981-1983,) Sue
"Suzanne" Palmer, Bob Hooper, "Brother" Jon Rivers (PD,) Glen Martin (signed
on the new calls on 10/19/1981,) Jason Taylor, Larry "Craig" Jackson, Dave
Tucker, Rich Bryan, Gary Hamilton, Karen Bloom, David Quakenbush, "Kayla."
Evolved into KLUV (see above.) Tenaglia originally wanted the "KLUV"
calls, and negotiated with a Haynesville, Louisiana station in early 1984
to surrender them for a fee of $10,000. Studios located at 5217 Ross
Thanks to former KFAD-94.9 personality Ed Padget for sharing!
Dallas. Call letters established 7/1966. Format: Top 40/AOR-automated (1966-4/14/1968,)
Underground Rock/Jazz/Folk and Classical (4/15/1968-1971,) Top 40 (1971-1981.)
Owners: McLendon Broadcasting (1967-1979,) San Juan Racing (5/1979-10/27/1982.)
Known as KLIF's "Heavy Sister" (1967-1971.) Programs: "All
About Dallas-Fort Worth," "Album Hour," "Hotline," "Contemporary Sounds."
Promotions: "The Great Rip-Off," "Keep on Truckin'," "Hit Man," "Christmas
Wish," "World's Greatest Contest," "Uppers, Downers and Lids," "Giving
Away the War," "KNUS Kiss-a-Thon," "Fantasy Park" (1974,) "The Name Game,"
"Hi-Lo," and a promotion that positioned a jock on top of the flagpole
of Gordon McLendon's Gemini Drive-In to hype the station's new format in
1971. Feature: "The KNUS Memory Bank" (1981.) Notables:
Bart McLendon (son of station owner Gordon McLendon,) Kevin
McCarthy (1975-78; afternoons, then morning show co-host with Dick
Hitt and Chantal Westerman,) Cloyd Moll aka Cat Simon, Michael Selden (longtime
KVIL jock who defected to KNUS on 3/20/1978,) Ron Jenkins aka Ron McAlister,
Chantal Westerman, Randy Brown aka Christopher Haze, Jack Heinritz aka
Jack Hines, Steve Nichols,
Thompson aka Larry James, Gary Fox (1974-75,)"Gentleman" Jim Carter,
Phil Hawkins aka Jay Hawkins, Eddy Payne aka Jimmy Rabbitt (who was the
very first person to key up the mike at KNUS; according to Jim Carter,
he said, "Hello, testing, are we on the air?"), Gary Walker (who signed
off the station on 10/18/1981 with, "KNUS Dallas-Fort Worth has left the
building...goodbye, old friend,")
Sorrell (assistant MD,) Mitch Craig, Don Bishop, Ken Dowe ("Ken Dowe
and Granny Emma;" also served as PD,) Jake Roberts.
Milford aka Rob Williams (1/1978 to 5/1978,) Eric Edwards, Tim
Spencer (began as a 14-year old doing weekends in 1969,)
Shaun Holley, Fred Olson aka Fred Kennedy, Bob Morrison (ND, 1973,) Roger
Carey, Phil North aka Eric Chase, Katie Pruitt aka Holly Stone (in her
first radio job at age 17,) Art Riley (1968,) Mark St. John, Victor Pryles
aka Harry Nelson, Bob "Bobby" Paterson, "Brother" Jon Rivers, Ron Morgan
(began 8/15/1977; co-hosted morning show with Dick Hitt,) "Sweet" Randy
Hames, Jo Interrante, J. Richard Lee (as host of "Contemporary Sounds,")
Karl Ireland, Tim Brandon, Randy Coffey, Ralph Gould (engineer,) Michael
Spears aka Hal Martin, Mark Christopher (began early 1969; married longtime
DFW jock Tempie Lindsey in 2003,) Terri Cline, Rose Wright aka Beth Rose,
Rod Roddy (as host of "Hotline,") Dave Marcum, Dick Hitt, Mike Snyder (current
Brad Messer (ND;
began 8/1977,) Charles Kuenzi aka Johnny Michaels, "The Saint," Doug Vair,
Bruce Buchanan aka Jim Edwards, Tommy Kramer, J. C. Webster (as host of
"All About Dallas-Fort Worth,") Clyde White aka
White (I) (1972; 1977; and back in 1979 as PD,) Dave Cooke, Ron Grey,
Weaver, Jim Dean, Nick Brounoff aka Nick Alexander (1972-73,) Price
Woolridge, Jack Robinson, Bob Knoll, Bob Coburn (currently host of syndicated
"Rockline,") Gary Cox (interned under engineer Ralph Gould,) Doyle Peterson
(PD; later Sales Manager for WRR-FM,) Paul Drew, Jason Daniels, Don Bishop,
Mark St. John, Mike Nelson (currently in sales with KVIL,) Rick Burton,
David Hultsman, Martha Martinez, Susan Stafford (host of Hollywood insider
program; Stafford was wife of owner Gordon McLendon and original letter-turner
on NBC's "Wheel of Fortune," 1975-1982,) Tony Garrett, Mike Shannon (I),
Glenn Mitchell, Lanny Morrow aka Weaver Morrow, David Quakenbush, Laurel
Case aka Max Morgan,
Roberts, Jeff McKee, Gary Hamilton, Ray
Zoller aka "The High Roller" (9/1979-10/1980; fired for not playing
the controversial song, "People That Died" by The Jim Carroll Band, against
orders from on-site consultant Paul Drew!), Steve Campbell, "Mighty Murph,"
aka Larry James, Mike Butts, Jeff Davis, "Champagne"
Schell (began 8/1977; he once swam the English Channel as part of a
station promotion!) Randy Coffey, Jack Mayberry, Linda French. One
of the trendsetting McLendon stations following the lead of sister station
Were you listening when...in a move usually reserved for stunting, KNUS'
afternoon jock was so impressed with the new 1975 Neil Sedaka/Elton John
song, "Bad Blood", that he played it twice, back-to-back! In its
day, KNUS posted solid #1 ratings, with shares in the 10 and 11 range (impossible
by today's standards!) The station was on full automation during
its first year, 1967, and only broadcasted 5:30 AM to 1:05 PM; live personalities
began later that same year. Also, the second local McLendon powerhouse
almost didn't come to pass: KNUS was to be sold to KPCN-AM to become
the new KPCN-FM in early 1967 (to simulcast country KPCN-AM,) but the deal
fell through that June. McLendon soon realized the potential value
of a stand-alone FM, and started separate programming from sister KLIF-AM
thereafter. McLendon's first format idea for KNUS was All-News (hence
the call letters.) Station increased power in 1/1971.
Dallas. Call letters established late 1963. Format: Top 40. Owner: McLendon
Broadcasting. Simulcasted KLIF-AM.
See KLIF's entry on the AM page for personalities.
Notable (specifically for KLIF-FM): David Hultsman. Not to
be confused with KLIF-93.3FM (2009.)
Dallas. Station established 1961. Format: Top 40. Owner: McLendon Broadcasting.
McLendon had purchased station KROW-Oakland, CA in 1959; he renamed it
"KABL" and used the "KROW" calls for this station instead. Broadcasted
12PM-6PM Mondays-Saturdays, and off the air on Sundays. See KLIF's
entry on the AM page for personalities.
Initial call letters requested for 98.7 when application was submitted
in 1959 by McLendon Broadcasting; KOST calls were used instead at another
McLendon property in Los Angeles.
A construction permit for 98.7 was held in 1957 and offered to KSKY-AM
for $75,000, but no deal was ever made.
Call letters established 4/20/2004. Format: Spanish ("Reggaeton,"
"La Kalle," "Cumbiazo;" currently "La Que Buena" and simulcasted with 107.9.)
Owner: Univision. Notable: Andy Lockridge. Ran
jockless and commercial-free for first 3,000 songs.
Call letters established 7/21/1995, although format began 2/1/1995. Format:
Tejano. Owner: Hispanic Broadcasting (absorbed by Univision as of 6/2002.)
Simulcast on 107.9, Corsicana. Notables: Sammi Gonzales, C.
C. Cruz, J. J. Jimenez, Pancho Pistolas.
Call letters established 12/28/1992. Format: Z-Rock from Satellite Music
Network. Call letters stood for "Dallas
Owner: Larry and Tony Greene. Promotion: "Metal Militia
Dog Tags." Notables: "Madd" Maxx Hammer, Pat Dawsey, David Perry
aka Dave Bolt, Randy James, "Sharkman," Tracy Phillips, David Henson (GM,)
Steve Ballinger, "Crankin'" Craig Dori, Pat Dawsey, "Loud" Debi Dowd, "Boobie
Bondage," Hugh Lampman, "Ward Cleaver," Tracy
Call letters established 10/3/1988. Format: Jazz. Nickname: "Jazzy."
Owner: Larry Greene dba Broadcast House of Texas. Program:
"Jazz Till Dawn." Notables: Larry
Carolla (mornings, 1990-1992,) Bret Michael (left a management post
at KNTU-FM to join KJZY while still a college student; Michael, a music
major [not an R-TV major!] most recently did morning drive at jazz KOAI-FM,)
Johnny Molson, Bob Stewart, David Moorhead, Bob Wilson, Hugh Lampman (hosted
"Jazz Till Dawn," [continued from KWDC,]) Rick Vanderslice, Steve Cumming,
Bret Menassa aka Bret Michael, Jay Noble, Shelly Mann, "Wee" Willie Culton.
Station was located in a construction trailer at the base of the antenna
tower, nine miles north of Decatur, TX. In 1991, KJZY made an unusual
move for a commercial station: They developed "Operation Jazzy" to
help save the station by soliciting listener donations! $25,000 was
raised, but fell way short of the needed $150,000. By December, the
station was unplugged and sold.
Station established 9/15/1988, although it was first licensed on 2/12/1986.
Format: Jazz. Owner: Bill Mercer and Fred Graham dba Denton FM Radio
Limited. Program: "Jazz Till Dawn." Notable: Hugh
Lampman (hosted "Jazz Till Dawn" [named in obvious deference to his former
"Music Till Dawn" on KRLD some 25 years earlier!] Mercer (longtime
DFW sportcaster and a UNT professor) and Graham worked several years in
finding the one last tower location that would allow rimshot 99.1 into
the DFW market...and, after completing their quest, unloaded the station
to Larry Greene soon after its sign-on. "It was one of the most extraordinary
events in my life," said Bill Mercer in 2003, "and was amazing (that) a
couple of penniless guys could pull it off."
Worth. Call letters established 3/4/1974. Format: Middle-of-the-Road (3/1974
to 1/7/1980,) Country (1/7/1980 to present.) Owner: Susquehanna Broadcasting
(KPLX was their first acquisition west of the Mississippi.) Network
affiliation: ABC. Call letters derived from "metroplex,"
the nickname given to the DFW area in 1973. Nicknames: "The Wolf"
(7/24/1998-present,) "K-Plex" (used during the 1970s MOR format; resurrected
in the 1980s as listeners were urged to "Flex Your Plex,") "KPLX Plays
the Hits," "All-Star Country," "Music for the Good Life," "The Sound of
Your Life," "The Metroplex Music Station" (1978,) "First Class" (1979,)
"Easy Listening and Bright Instrumentals." Promotions: "The
K-Plex Party," "Hiney Winery" (a fake regional winery concocted by Terry
Dorsey; used as source of countless jokes for his morning show,) "The Spirit
of Texas" (in conjuction with WFAA-TV and used for the Texas Sesquicentennial
in 1986; WFAA still uses the promotion today,) "KPLX Texas Lottery." Notables
as "Country": Steve Harmon and Scott Evans ("Harmon and Evans;" began
1988; Evans left 8/1995,) "Fast" Eddie Coyle (1993-1998,) Michael Selden
(returned to the frequency after successful years at KLIF, KVIL and KNUS,)
Irv Jackson aka Jack Bishop (1980-90,) Danny McDuff (1980-1983; late of
KBOX and one of the first to be hired for country format,) Beth Wilson,
Richard Stevens (brother of voiceover king Shadoe Stevens,) Chris Sommar,
Doyle King, Bobby Mitchell, Steve Windsor (1987-1994.)
Dorsey (1981-4/8/1988; wooed to competitor KSCS,) Johnny Williams,
Mark Watkins (news,) Vic Scott aka Smokey Rivers (I), Brian Kane, Steve
Nichols (1981,) Jack Monroe, Tony Lawrence, Jon Rivers, Gary Walker (1983-1985,)
Dick Siegel, Charley Wright, "Norma Jean," Teresa Brown, Chris Allen, David
Coursey, Harroll Harbuck aka Hal Jay
(PD and jock, 3/1980-1/23/1981,) Steven Brooks, Wally Tucker (original
GM; a holdover from MOR format in 1980,) Jon Griffin, Mac Daniels (MD and
personality,) Brad Chambers, Michael Moser aka Michael T. Parker (1990-1993,)
Randy Hames, Mike Hoey, Stacey West, Chuck
Scheckner, Bob Dahlgren, Tim Hart, Melissa Kerr, Jay Jenson (1991-1998,)
Jim Radcliffe aka Jim Tyler, Dan Halyburton
(senior VP and GM,) Ted Jones (creative director in the 1970s,) Craig Eaton
(programming and promotions in the 1970s,) John Pendolino, Rob Wrinkle,
Rick Lovett (1997-2001,) Bobby Kraig (PD,) Brian Kane, Wally Tucker (original
Brian Wilson. Notables
as "Middle-of-the- Road": Jack Murphy, Bob Richmond, Irv Jackson
aka Jack Bishop, Ron Harris, Suzanne
Calvin (1974-1975,) Wally Tucker (GM, to 1980,) Mike Hoey (hosted program
"Triviamaster;" one of a select few that were kept at station after format
change.) Upon purchasing KXOL-FM in 1974, Susquehanna set out to
upgrade the signal to cover Dallas; by June, 1976, a new home for the tower
was activated in Cedar Hill, TX. The station also relocated its studios
from 1705 W. 7th in Fort Worth to 6465 Pioneer Parkway in FW in the mid-1970s;
to 411 Ryan Plaza in January, 1980; and to 3500 Maple in Dallas in late
to former Susquehanna senior VP Dan Halyburton for providing me with a
copy of "Susquehanna Radio: The First Fifty Years," which provided
otherwise unfindable answers to the history of KPLX and Susquehanna's presence
in the DFW market...thanks, Dan!
Call letters re-established mid-1971. Format: 1950s & 1960s
Oldies (daytime,) simulcast of AM (night.) Owner: Bill Jamar.
KCWM, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 1968. Format: Country
Sports (high school, college, pro; flagship station for Texas League Baseball's
Fort Worth Spurs, and Continental League Football's Fort Worth Braves [1969-1970.])
Owner: Wendell Mayes Sr., Bill Jamar (son-in-law of Mayes; took over
station upon Mayes' death on 1/17/1970.) Sister station to KXOL-AM,
but never simulcasted. Notables: Bill Smith aka Bill Mack (II)
(late-1966 to early 1968; hired by station manager Dick Osburn to implement
a country format; Mack suggested the KCWM calls,) Michael Selden (KCWM
was where he began his long successful career in DFW,) Rusty Reynolds (1968-12/1970
as GM.) Station was located in the basement of KXOL-AM.
KXOL, Fort Worth.
Station established 12/15/1962. Format: Informative Talk, Jazz,
"Good Music" (live 12/15/1962-1963; automated 1963-1966.) Owner:
Wendell Mayes Sr. Sister to KXOL-AM, but never simulcasted AM's programming.
Notables: Jerry Hahn (station manager,) Rusty Reynolds (morning
show host and later salesman,) Earle Fletcher (GM,) Dick Osburn (GM.)
According to Russ Bloxom, KXOL-AM staffers were
regularly begged by station manager Hahn to flip on the next automation
machine (after the first one finished) so he could depart early!
Worth. Initial call letters requested for 99.5 when application was
submitted in 1962 by Wendell Mayes Sr.
for a move from 107.9 to 99.5 in 1958, but went dark before the request
Dallas. Call letters established 7/1/2004. Format: Pop
Currents and Oldies. Nickname: "Jack FM." Owner:
Infinity/CBS. Jockless since sign-on. Notables: Lynne
Haley, Ben Ortega aka Ben Martin, Jay
Walker (engineer, and on-air for their HD-2 channel.)
Call letters established 9/1/1995. Format: Pop R&B
Rap. Owners: Infinity/CBS (3/1996-present,) Granum (to 3/1996.) Nicknames:
"Wild 100" (7/1/2001-7/1/2004,) "Hot 100" (3/15/1999-7/1/2001,) "V100"
(9/1/1995-3/12/1999.) Notables: Tom Joyner (via satellite,) Yvonne St.
John, Alex Valentine, Allan Peck II (currently with 96.7-"The Twister";
Peck II is the son of Allan Peck, a former KBOX personality and currently
on KHYI,) Willie Mitchell, J. B. Hager and Sandy Rivers ("J. B. and Sandy"
morning show; both were terminated on 3/9/2002; their partnership began
in Austin, TX and was syndicated back to Austin when they began at KRBV;
duo has since returned to their home base,) Scott "Chulo" Gaines (currently
with 96.7-The Twister,) "Billy the Kidd," Joey Dee, Ken Bell, Monte Johnson,
Corey Fitzner aka "Fitz," Susan Wade, Russ Parr (via satellite, and earlier
was based at the station after the switch to V-100,) Scott Nevius aka Scott
West (replaced Parr in 1995 after Parr relocated to Washington, DC.)
On 3/9/2002, "Wild 100" exhumed an old KLIF stunt by declaring themselves
a "thing of the past;" the station was off the air for about three hours
and, strangely, came back with the same format and name. HD channel:
"My HD" (all requests.)
Call letters established 12/25/1988. Format: Top 40 R&B ("CHRban,"
a mix of Contemporary Hits and Urban.) Nickname: "100.3 Jamz."
Owner: Granum (1994-3/1996,) Summit Broadcasting (1988-1994.) Successor
to urban KDLZ-107.5; sister station to KHVN-AM. Programs: "What's
Going On?", "Under the Covers," "The Thunderstorm," "Mixed Jamz," "The
Quiet Storm." First station to actively seek younger black, Hispanic
and white listeners concurrently. Notables: Russ Parr, Alfredas (known
later as "Georgia" on KSOC-94.5; Russ and Alfredas co-hosted the morning
show,) Kevan "Smokin' B" Browning aka "M. C. Jammer," Al Roberts, Rick
DeVoe, Keith "Babyface" Solis (original host of the late night "The Quiet
Storm;" brought show from KDLZ-107.5,) Max Gordon, Guy Broady, Jennifer
"Pebbles" Mary (as host of "Under the Covers" and later host of "The Quiet
Storm,") Diana Garza aka Terri Weber (host of "The Quiet Storm,") Tom "Cruzin"
Casey, Ken Bell aka Al B. Bad aka "The Captain," Shannon Dell, Sammi Gonzales
aka Sammi G (4/1989-3/20/1992,) Jeff Hillery, G. Q. Riley aka "Easy Street"
(as DJ and host of community affairs program "What's Going On?,") "DJ Smoove,"
Peter Arnel (as later host of "The Quiet Storm,") Howard Toole, Kate Garvin,
Helen Little, Michael Spears, "Jammin'" Jay Michaels (first jock hired;
left 3/1990,) "Baby G.," Charley Quinn, Monte Johnson, Jay Fox, "Super
Snake," Elroy Smith (original PD; now PD of top-rated WGCI-Chicago.)
Station traded frequencies with 107.5 on 12/23/1988. Station stunted
into this format by playing Newcleus' "Jam On It" continuously for three
days straight, 12/23-24-25/1988. Station swap in 1988 only included
KMEZ for KDLZ; each station's original AM counterpart stayed put, but later
purchase by Granum brought 100.3/107.5/970 AM/1480 AM all under the same
ownership. Station located at the former KBOX/KMEZ facility at 9900
McCree Rd. in Dallas, beginning in 8/1989; moved to 545 E. Carpenter Freeway
in Irving in 3/1990.
Dallas. Call letters established 6/1976. Format: Easy Listening. Nickname:
Owners: Group One Broadcasting (1967-11/1/1986,) DKM-Dallas Broadcasting
(11/1/1986-1988.) Sister station to KBOX-AM. Station traded
frequencies with 107.5 on 12/23/1988 (see entry at 107.5.) Flagship
station for SMU football. Programs: "Feminist Views," "Lawn
and Garden," "Black History," "Man and his Environment," "In Black America."
Notables: Ken McClure aka Ken Knox (1975-88,) Gary
West, Brad Wilson, Peggy Newman aka Peggy Sears, Gail Lightfoot, Tim
Kase, Alan Holmes, Jay Allen,
Maxwell, Mary Stoddard aka Mary Sanders (1989,) Ron Crouch aka Ron
Taylor, Al Lurie, John Butler, Bob Marion (as host of "In Black America,")
Ron Knowles (1975-?; 1987-88,) Bill Anderson (as host of "Man and his Environment,")
Dick Aldama, Dave O'Brien (as host of "Lawn and Garden," "Spectrum," "Dallas
Dialog," "Youth and Their Community" and "Energy and You.") Broadcasted
in Dolby (1970s.) In an unusual promotion, KMEZ took part in the
11/19/1987 Great American Smoke-Out by broadcasting occasional 'stop smoking'
subliminal messages behind their songs for the day! They were subsequently
admonished by the FCC for doing so.
Dallas. Call letters established 3/1973. Format: Easy Listening.
for Your Ears." Owner: Group One Broadcasting (1967-11/1/1986.)
Notables: Jim Rose (1971-72,) Larry Whiteside. Sister station
Dallas. Station established 12/25/1965. Format: Easy Listening
with occasional Jazz. Owner: Balaban (12/25/1965-8/1/1967,)
Group One Broadcasting (8/1/1967-11/1/1986.) Longtime DFW personality
Hugh Lampman put the station on the air, and served as program director
until 1968. Although it was the sister station of KBOX-AM, the station
was never identified as "K-Box"...only "K-B-O-X FM." Notables:
Hugh Lampman (1965-1968,) Chester
"Chet" Maxwell (began 12/1969.) Station was originally located
at 9900 McCree in Dallas; moved to 6211 Northwest Hwy. #2906 (penthouse)
in 1966; later returned to McCree after building was expanded. Broadcasted
Call letters established 9/7/2002 at 94.3 FM-Winfield, TX. Format:
Spanish Religious. Owner: Communidad Cristiana of Pittsburg.
Swapped with KXVI-LP on 2/14/2005.
Pittsburg. Station established 11/25/2002. Format: Black
Religious. Owner: The Bridge Network. While Pittsburg
would normally not be part of this survey, it's included because they also
have repeaters positioned fairly close to Dallas: 89.9/K213EB-LP
in Greenville, and 91.1/K216EQ-LP in Daingerfield...AND this is a reuse
of the original calls from KXVI-1600 AM in Plano. Station traded
with KLNA-LP 94.3, Winfield, TX on 2/14/2005.
WBAP, Fort Worth.
Station established 3/8/1949. Moved to 96.3 mHz in late 1955.
In 1955, WBAP-FM combined with WBAP-AM for the area's first local stereophonic
broadcast (AM broadcasted one channel, and FM the other. With separate
AM and FM radios, one could achieve true stereo! Bill Barclay and
Lee "Woody" Woodward were the hosts of this broadcast; Woodward says, "I
don't recall that it generated a lot of talk, but it was the first." KRLD
AM/FM soon followed.) Broadcasted 2PM-9PM in 1950. WBAP-FM
call letters were resurrected at 96.7 on 3/15/2010. See entry at
96.3 for information and 820 AM for personality list prior to 1973.
Village. Call letters re-established 1/11/1997 at 94.9; format and
calls moved to 100.7 on 12/22/2000. Format: Religious Talk.
Nickname: "The Word."
Owner: Sunburst Media, Inspiration Media of Texas. Notable:
Steve Tanner. Simulcasted to KPXI-100.7 FM, Overton.
Village. Call letters re-established 1/21/2000, but format began
12/2000. Station swapped 94.1 with KRJT; KRJT signed on there as
KGDE. Format: Christian.
Call letters established 11/3/1987. Format: Country.
Sister station to KRJT-1410 AM (now KNTX.)
Dallas. Station established 4/15/1949. Format: Classical. Owner:
City of Dallas (only commercial station in US owned by government entity.)
Former sister station to WRR-AM (1922-1978,) which was the first radio
station in Texas, and the second licensed in the US. Call letters stand
(also noted as "White
for its proximity to that Dallas lake.) Nickname: "Dallas-Fort
Worth's Fine Arts Station," "Music of the Masters." Programs:
"Library of Laughs," "Table Talk" (not sure if this is related to KMMK's
"Table Talk,") "Wall Street Report," "Collector's Corner," "Evelyn Oppenheimer's
Book Review," "Art Matters," "Music All Night," "Critic at Large," "Sports
Report." Notables: Laurel Ornish (11/1970-1972; first female
announcer in DFW market; left for WRR-AM in 1972; returned to FM 1987-1991,)
Bob Kelly, Hap Arnold, Gabrielle West, Dan Bates (1992-10/2002; host of
"Music All Night,") Eddie Hill (PD,) Doyle Peterson, Jim Lowe (as host
of "Library of Laughs,") Victor Marshall, Steve Cumming, Suzanne
Calvin (1997-2001,) Durward Tucker, John Ardoin (as host of "Collector's
Corner;" Ardoin had hosted a similar program on KERA-FM,) Bonnie Glasgow,
Lowell Parsons, Quin Mathews (co-host
of "Art Matters;" former news anchor at KDFW, WFAA and KRLD-TV,) Lawson
Taitte (host of "Critic at Large,") Bob Warren, Evelyn Oppenheimer (host
of "Book Review,") Bob Evans (1990-1995,) Stephen Aechternacht, Ken Jones
(sales, 1965-71; currently owns KHYI-FM.) Broadcasted 6PM-9PM in
1950. Station broadcasts live Dallas City Council meetings (began
2/1978.) Many 1970s jocks were also students at North Texas State
University. 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. Studios are located near the coliseum at
Fair Park in Dallas, where fairgoers formerly could observe the DJs at
work. Tower also located at Fair Park, although well-known Flagpole
Hill tower was used for WRR-AM only.
Azle. Call letters established 2/12/2013. Format: Christian
(Air1 satellite format.) Owner: Educational Media Foundation
(bought for $6 million from Liberman on 11/5/2012.)
Call letters re-established 12/15/2003. Format: Spanish ("Concierto,"
11/3/2006-present; "Super Estrella," moved from sister station KTCY-104.9,
along with call letters.) Owner: Entravision, Liberman.
Notables: Scott Savage, Dean James.
Call letters established 5/26/1999. Format: Regional Mexican
("Radio Tricolor," was simulcast of sister KZMP-1540 AM to 12/2003.)
Relocated to 104.9 in 12/2003. Owner: Entravision. Notables:
Scott Savage, Dean James.
Call letters re-established 6/17/1997. Exchanged frequencies with
Call letters established 2/6/1995. Moved to 96.7 on 6/17/1997, sending
KIKM-FM to 101.7.
Call letters established between 1975-79. Format: Rock.
Sister station to KDSX-950 AM.
Station established 6/29/1967. Sister station to KDSX-950 AM.
Worth. Call letters re-established 11/9/2000. Format:
Alternative. Owner: Clear Channel Communications, Salem.
Nickname: "The Edge".
KDGE moved from 94.5 in a format trade with new KTXQ owner Radio One to
take advantage of a better signal at this dial position. Program:
"The Adventure Club." Notables: Chris Jagger (whose former
syndicated radio program, "Love Phones," was broadcast locally on KTXQ-102.1
from 3/1997 to 3/1998,) and "Mondo" Mike Vasquez (hosts of the "Jagger,
Mondo and Dean" morning show; fired 1/31/2006; moved to KLLI in 2006; show
formerly included Julie Fisk [moved to KDMX-FM on 3/22/2005,] Ryan Chase
and Rod Ryan,) Brett X, Chris Ryan, Dakota Lee Ann, Melissa Rasmussen,
Josh Venable (host of "Adventure Club.")
KTXQ, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 10/6/1978. Formats: Album Rock/Alternative (10/6/1978-8/27/1998,)
AMFM's "Jammin' Oldies" format (8/31/1998-8/2000; later "Jammin' Hits"
[8/2000-11/9/2000;] calls and format relocated to 94.5 on 11/9/2000.) Owner:
Radio One (11/9/2000-present as KSOC-94.5,) CBS/Infinity (1983-1997,) SFX
(1997-?,) AMFM/Chancellor/Clear Channel (8/27/1998-11/9/2000,) Taft (bought
2/1985,) Gulf United Insurance (to 2/1985,) Southern FM Inc. Nicknames:
"Magic 102" (10/1998 to 11/9/2000,) "Q102" (10/6/1978-8/27/1998,) "Texas
(c. 1980.) Programs: "Love Phones," "Focus," "Q102 Jazz Brunch,"
"Introspection," "In the Studio," "Awareness," "Scan," "Joyful Wisdom,"
"News in Review," "Ask Dr. Ruth" (1984-85; syndicated from KNX-Los Angeles.)
Release: "Redbeard's All-Access Album." Feature: "Q-Tip"
(nickname for their PSAs.) Notables as "Q102": Sam "Bo" Roberts
and "Long" Jim White ("Bo and Jim") [1982-3/28/1997; although White began
1981,] Lex Staley and Terry Jaymes ("Lex and Terry," originally syndicated
from their home station in Jacksonville, FL; Lex and Terry moved to Dallas
when they picked up Q102 and syndicated their program back to Jacksonville;
while at Q-102, L&T were fined by the FCC for language violations,)
R. J. Lane (now in sales for WBAP-AM,) Sally Diamond (as host of "Q102
Jazz Brunch;" gave traffic reports in the 1970s and literally beat her
chest to simulate a helicopter!), Drake Hall, Barbara Buchanan (later known
as Barb/Barbara Smith on KVIL,) "Redbeard" (jock and host of "In the Studio,")
Brian Curry (1995-1998,) Dr. Judy and Chris Jagger (via the Jacor-Premier
Radio syndicated "Love Phones" program,) Doug Saye, Nancy Johnson (1980-1984,)
Bill Harris, Tom Owens, Bill Hazen, Maria Donaldson aka Maria Miller, Karen
Lukin, Jack "Locker Room" Lindstrom (who announced his defection to competitor
KZPS on the air during his final morning sportscast, much to the consternation
of hosts Bo and Jim; Bo and Jim publicly vowed to "never forget" what Lindstrom
did, but all seemed to have worked together in peaceful harmony later at
KZPS!,) Jill Savage, Rob Milford aka Rob Williams (9/1980 to 12/1980,)
Bob Eliot, Allen Elwin aka Allen Farmer, Tempie Lindsey (1976-1981,) Steve
Stuart McRae, Buddy Wiley
(currently with KJSR-Tulsa,) John Michaels, Mike Nelson (currently in sales
with KVIL,) John LaVine aka John Wolf, Pat Donovan (Dallas Cowboys player;
handled sports news and commentary.)
Fant, Doyle King aka "The Weekend Warrior," Karen Dunn aka Jesse Lang,
Sally Ride, "Mondo" Mike Vasquez (who co-hosted the "Friday Night Wrecking
Qrew" with Buddy Wiley,) Ed Night, Frank Welch, Brian Bieler, Rick Burton,
Randy Davis, Chris Ackerman, Bob Brame, Mike Taylor, Karen Dunn, Eric Randolph,
Spencer, John Michaels, Mitch Carr (1978-80; newscaster and host of
"Focus" and "News in Review,") Harvey Martin (Dallas Cowboys player from
1973-1984.) Notables as "Magic 102": "Banana" Joe Montione
(longtime jock at KHJ-Los Angeles in the 1970s,) "Fast" Eddie Coyle (1998-2000;
continued through frequency change,) Kim Stevens, Rob Ellis, Anna deHaro
(cousin to 1960s KBOX newsman Tony deHaro,) Kevan "Smokin B" Browning,
Al Roberts, Al Payne, "Catfish" Jim Prewitt, Rick DeVoe, Randy Hayes, Sammi
Gonzales, Scott Nevius aka Scott West (on 1/30/1999, West likely made a
first in DFW radio history when a scheduling mistake had him doing successive
shifts on both KRNB and competitor KTXQ the very same day, using the same
name! Some keen listeners did pick up on the paradox.) Magic
102's first promotion was a 'name the station' contest, with a grand prize
of $25,000 (the station remained jockless for nearly 3 months until a name
was picked; extensive listener surveys were done before settling on "Magic
102", as neighboring KMGC had used the moniker "Magic 102.9" until 1991.)
Broadcasted Dallas Cowboys games in stereo starting in 1978. In 1993,
Q102 publicly celebrated its 20th anniversary with a year's worth of custom
jingles and promotions; ironically, the station had only been in existence
15 years at that point! Also, between format changes in 1998, KTXQ's
stunting consisted of simulcasting other AMFM-owned stations across the
US, including CHR KYLD-San Francisco, Urban WJMN-Boston, CHR WHTZ-Newark,
NJ, Urban WGCI-Chicago, local KZPS (in an attempt to siphon rock listeners
away to another local AMFM property; AMFM also hired 15-year Q102 veterans
Bo and Jim to do mornings at KZPS at this time to help ease the segue;
Bo and Jim had been out of the DFW market for 2 years at that point,) Dance
WKTU-Lake Success, NY, and Country WUBE-Cincinnati, plus a non-stop hour
of the song, "Macarena"!
KFWD, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 1971. Format: Top 40 (1972-1975,) Album Rock (1975-1978.)
Owners: Marsh Media Ltd. (5/1/1971-12/10/1975,) Southern FM,
Inc. (purchased 12/10/1975.) Nickname: "FM 102-Adult Rock," "102
Stereo." Call letters stood for "Fort
First Metroplex station to implement 'quiet' DJs and '3-in-a-row' songs
in a Top 40 format. KFWD was originally housed in an unlikely place
for a radio station: in two mobile homes on the grounds of a commercial
airport (Great Southwest Airport, formerly Amon Carter Field, near Irving,
TX!) Notables: Ron Harper
(once married to KYNG's Celeste
Matthews,) Randy Coffey, Michael Gross, Neal Peden, Bud McCool, Janice
Stephens, Mike Magruder, Bob Bruton, George Riba (later with WFAA-TV,)
Spencer, Mitch Carr (1976-78,) Sylvia J. Clark (PD,) John Cherryhomes,
Tempie Lindsey (1976-1981,) Mike Early. FM flagship for Dallas Cowboys
games briefly in the fall of 1978 until the call letter change (and continued
the rest of the season on newly-badged "KTXQ.") Legend has it that
KFWD's owners were tired of taking phone calls meant for similarly-named
KDFW-TV and decided to change the call letters! Calls later resurrected
for KFWD-Channel 52.
Worth. Call letters established 2/1967. Format: Beautiful Music.
Call letters stood for "Fort
Owner: Trinity Broadcasting (1968-1971.) Sister station to
KFWT-Channel 21 (1967-1970.) Notable: Ray Weathers. Both
KFWT-TV and FM were located on the grounds of WBAP-TV in Fort Worth, inside
the transmitter building that later housed WBAP-AM. When the TV portion
failed, the company filed bankruptcy on 3/27/1970. The FM was sold
in 1971, moved to two trailers at Great Southwest Airport and was renamed
KJIM, Fort Worth.
Station established 4/10/1962. Format: Beautiful Music.
Owner: Actor Jimmy Stewart and Bill Schueler dba Trinity Broadcasting.
Sister to KFWT-TV, and also KJIM-AM until 5/1/1966 when AM was sold.
Tower was originally south of downtown Fort Worth, then moved to the old
WBAP tower in Grapevine, then to Cedar Hill.
Worth. Owner: BB&L Broadcasting. Apparently was a
competing applicant for the 102.1 frequency; both KFMF and KJIM were awarded
call letters for 102.1, but KJIM must have beaten them to the punch!
KFMF was even awarded a CP on 7/14/1960 with an estimated on-air date of
Call letters established 5/13/1991. Format: Young Adult Contemporary. Owner:
Clear Channel. Former owners: Nationwide Insurance, Jacor.
Nickname: "Mix 102-9," "Today's Best Mix." Call letters stand for
(similarly-named sister station KHMX in Houston is named regionally as
well.) Notables: Alan Kabel, Kate "U-Turn Laverne" Garvin (former
KTVT-TV anchor in the 1970s,) Pamela Steele, Scott "Chulo" Gaines (currently
with 96.7-The Twister,) Lisa Thomas (1993-1/20/2009,) Tommy Kramer and
Rick Beamer ("Tommy and the Beamer,") Lisa Lee, Jeff Elliott and Anna deHaro
("Jeff and Anna" morning show; Anna is cousin to 1960s KBOX newsman Tony
deHaro; Jeff left 3/18/2005; Anna reassigned to KEGL-FM on 3/21/2005,)
Julie Fisk (moved from KDGE-FM on 3/22/2005,) Allan Peck II, Troy Davis,
Lambert, Shannon Campbell, Keith Kramer and Tony Longo aka "Kramer
and Twitch" (whose rowdy program was eventually moved to sister station
KEGL,) Jim Thomas (as host of "70s Saturday
Night," dropped by the station in 1997 and picked up by KBFB in early 1998,)
Bill Lee (original host of "70s Saturday Night" in 1993,) Christopher Hackett,
Terry King, Evan Mitchell, Karen Barber, Laurie Bandemir aka Laurie B,
Eberhart (began 1992,) Lindsey Hart, Kim Stewart, Melissa Rasmussen,
Rob Roberts, Russ Morley, Amy Austin, Steve Knoll,
Rogers (II) (1991-1992,) Race Taylor (jock and APD,) Tony Zazza (to
1/20/2009,) Tony Cole, Rick O'Bryan (moved from afternoons to mornings
in 1/2009 when Ryan Seacrest's syndicated show was put on in afternoons,)
Victoria Snee (began 2/2007; former reporter for KDAF-TV [to 7/2008;] married
to former KDFW-TV reporter Jeff Crilley; Snee was retained for morning
show at KDMX after co-host Tony Zazza was let go,) Jimmy Steal (PD; began
1998; former jock at KEGL,) Cindy Spicer (voicetracked from San Diego as
of 2009,) Josh Hart (part of morning show; retained after co-host Zazza
was let go; voicetracks evening shift as of 2009,) Ryan Seacrest (syndicated.)
Call letters established 3/1977. Format: Contemporary Christian (3/1977
to 9/19/1977,) Adult Contemporary (9/19/1977 to 5/9/1991.) Nickname: "Mellow
102.9" (10/1977 to 11/1977,) "Magic 102.9" (11/1977-5/9/1991; a mass distribution
of door-hanger flyers announced the station's coming.) Call letters
stood for "Magic."
Owners: Starr Broadcasting/TM Communications (TM, a music packager,
initially provided the programming and music selections for the station,)
Fairchild, Shamrock Broadcasting (1982-?.) Programs: "KMGC
Magazine," "Discovery." Notables: Mike Preston/Robin Jones ("Mike
and Robin;" 1/12/1987-1989,) Ken Dowe ("Ken Dowe and Granny Emma,") Martha
Martinez, Bruce Buchanan aka Jim Edwards, Scott LeTourneau, Chris Kerson,
Sharon Golihar aka Sharon Wilson, Al Forguson, Bobby Mercer, Rick Vanderslice,
Bob DeLancey, Steve Nicholl (newscaster, DJ and host of "KMGC Magazine,")
Lambert, Larry Thompson
aka Larry James, Allen Elwin aka Allen Farmer, Fairlie Artis, Art Riley,
Schell, "Brother" Jon Rivers (as local jock and as host of the syndicated
"Powerline" program, which KMGC carried,) Michelle Redmond, Chalise Daly,
Brian Driver, Steve Knoll, Jeff Hillery (now PD for KLIF-AM,) Gary Shannon,
Rogers (II) (1987-1991; continued to KDMX,) Brian Schluderberg aka
Alan O'Brien, Dave Gorman, Betsy Thaggard
aka Kelly Clarke, Frank Haley, Ed Budanauro, Doyle Peterson (original SM,)
Dave Thomas, Rob Milford aka Rob Williams (1977,) Toni Taylor, Mitch Carr,
Clyde White aka Jim White (I),
Don Moore, Kathy Johnson and Ann Margolyn (as hosts of "Discovery.")
Stunting before the format change in 1991, the station played rock oldies
(as "Cool 102.9") on 5/9/1991; country (as "Kickin' Country") on 5/10/1991;
looped the Beatles' "Revolution #9" on 5/10/1991, and played cocktail party
noise on 5/11 & 5/12/1991. Located at the former KIXL studios
at 1401 Alard St, then to the T-M Productions facility at 1353 Regal Row.
In 1977, KMGC caused an uproar from the Christian community over the station's
plans to convert to a rock-n-roll format...local pastors gathered 7,000
names on a petition to stop Starr Broadcasting from selling to KLIF parent
Call letters established 9/1971. Format: Religious. Owner:
Starr Broadcasting Group. Call letters stood for "Dallas
Nicknames: "The Great Alternative," "Inspirational Radio."
Network: UPI. Programs: "A Joyful Noise," "One Trinity
Place." Notables: Neal Browne, Randy Coffey, Brad Wilson, Farley
Scott, Frank Haley, Paul Baker (host of "A Joyful Noise,") Leon McWhortor
aka Jay Roberts (I.) Located in the Atlantic-Richfield Building,
then to the Prudential Building in 1973, then to the former KIXL studios
at 1401 Akard St.
Call letters established 10/1/1965. Unknown format. Owner:
R. B. McAllister, Bill Elkins/ElkinsInstitute
ofRadio dba KEIR,
Inc. (purchased for $800,000.) Notables: Dave Mitchell,
Schell aka Jack West, Ed Padget (1970,) Billy Bob Elkins aka Bill Elkins
(school and station owner,) Jim Craddock, Bill Bain, Richard Poyner, Arthur
"Bud" Rogers, Leonard Hancock, Russ Rossman, Sam "Bo" Roberts, Dave Vedery,
Charles George, Randy Coffey. Student station for Elkins Institute
(see also KVTT.)
at the Elkins Institute Building (Inwood at Denton Dr.) then to the 21st
floor of the Life Building. Broadcasted 11AM-11PM daily (other sources
say 10:45AM to 6PM.)
Station established 10/15/1960 (although license was granted 7/2/1959,)
dark in 1961, returned to air in 1962. Format: Easy Listening
(orchestral and classical music.) Slogan: "These are night
sounds on KQRO." Owner: E. F. Weertz dba Akard Street Multicasting
aka Multicasting of Texas. Sister station to KARO-94.5
FM in Houston. Notables: Milan Leggett, Dave Michaels,
Robert L. Weeks, Breck Harris (later with WBAP-TV,) Paul Smith, Eugene
Price. Very low commercial load (who was buying time on FM then anyway?)
Located in Life Building on 311 S. Akard Street in downtown Dallas.
Upgraded to 9,600 watts beginning on 12/21/1960. Station initially
broadcasted 2PM-midnight, then a longer schedule was established in 1/1963.
Call letters established 1/10/2001, but station was dark until 4/27/2001.
Owner: ABC. Notables: Russell Scott (2002-10/2005,) Randy
Galloway, Mark Followill. Fourteen outlying stations were rearranged
and relocated to make way for this frequency to beam into DFW, all at ABC's
expense! Flagship station for Dallas Mavericks basketball.
HD channel: ESPN Deportes (Spanish sports; also simulcast on KNIT-1480.)
Station established c. 1983 at 92.1; moved to 103.3 in the early 1990s.
Format: Country (to 9/28/2000.) Owner: ABC. Promotions:
The "Chili Trough" (a fake restaurant,) the "KEMM Cluck," a chicken-suited
employee sent to remotes and events. Notable: Bill Van Ness.
A new tower was erected nearer to Greenville in 1998. License city
and tower moved to Allen in early 2001. Station dark 9/28/2000-4/27/2001.
Park. Station established 8/14/1961. Format: Adult Contemporary (12/25/1968-present,)
Top 40 (4/17/1967-12/24/1968,) Music/Talk (8/14/1961-4/16/1967.)
Nickname: "Lite Rock 103.7" (9/1998-11/2005,) "Lite FM" (12/26/2005-date,)
"Two in a Row, and One of them Gold" (early 1970s,) "Solid Rock Sound"
(1967-12/24/1968.) Owners: Infinity/CBS (7/1987; Infinity paid $82
million for KVIL-AM/FM and a few smaller stations elsewhere; a record price
at the time,) James B. Francis dba Sovereign Broadcasting aka Carla Broadcasting
(12/1/1968-?,) Fairbanks (7/1973-11/1982,) John Blair and Company (11/1982-3/1984,)
Sconnix Broadcasting (3/1984-4/1984,) John J. Coyle dba University Advertising
Co. (original owner, 1961-12/1/1968.) Flagship station for the Dallas
Cowboys (1990-2001.) Call letters stand for its original home across
the street from the tony Highland Park
shopping center. Former sister station to KVIL-AM (aka KVIX-AM.)
Programs: "Staff Meeting" (to 9/1998,) "Oldies But Goodies
Weekend," "Pillow Talk," "Sunday Morning Magazine" (hosted by Jocelyn White;
replaced the long-running "Staff Meeting,") "The Psychedelic Hour," "The
Joe Pyne Show" (syndicated; 1967,) "Dusty Attic" (hosted by Sandy Hopkins,)
"Coffee Break," "Lovesongs," "Science of the Mind," "Good Morning America,
How Are You" (to 9/1998,) "Delilah" (via satellite.) Promotions:
"Take Your Radio to Work Day," "KVIL Prize Catalog," "People's Choice Contest"
(began 4/1/1974,) "A New Car Every Year," "The Great Race" (1974; which
pitted jocks Mike Selden and Ron Chapman in a race around the world, each
going in opposite directions...listeners had to predict who would return
first and when. Chapman was predetermined to be the winner, but Selden
made a flight change at the last minute and arrived first! Chapman,
who spearheaded the entire promotion, was said to 'not be pleased.'
A second race was tried years later in the 1980s, but didn't achieve the
same amount of attention.) Releases: "KVIL Christmas Album."
Michael Selden (1973-3/18/1978,) Ken Barnett, Larry Dixon, Ralph Chapman
aka Ron Chapman (1/1969-2000; left the station after 31 years to join sister
station KLUV on 9/5/2000; 12 ownership changes occurred during Chapman's
tenure!,) Bill Gardner (his brother Andre worked for KEGL,) Teri Richardson
(former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader,) Bobby
Sorrell, Barbara "Barb" Smith (teamed with Ken Barnett for mornings
after Chapman's departure; terminated after three months, which caused
a legal battle; Smith is the former Barbara Buchanan of KTXQ,) Valier
Smith (jock and host of "Lovesongs,") Ben Laurie, Jonathan Hayes,
Humphreys, Midge Hill (DeSanders; former WFAA-TV and KTVT-TV anchor,)
Cloyd Moll aka Cat Simon (whose flub in an early 1980s station contest
forced KVIL to cough up an additional new Datsun 280-Z for a misidentified
Jody Dean, Bud Buschardt
(host of "Oldies But Goodies Weekend" 1981-91; essentially the successor
of his popular "57 Nostalgia Place" program at WFAA-AM in the 1970s,) Mickey
Grant, Joyce King (1989-10/1998,) Steve
Eberhart (7/1978-8/1984; 1989-1992,) Mark Oristano, Bill Mercer (concurrently
the announcer for KTVT-TV's "Saturday Night Wrestling," 1975-1982; now
a Radio-TV-Film instructor at The University of North Texas,) Michael Rey
(I) aka "X-Rey" (1972-1980,) Michael Rey (II), Douglas
Barricklow (1992-2000; production and imaging director for the Dallas
Cowboys Radio Network; also producer and sound production duties, and producer
of nighttime program "Lovesongs;") Marc Avery, Dan Bell, John
Morrill aka John Moore (began 3/2003,) Gary Hamilton (assigned only
to the AM side,) Chuck Rhoades, Mitch Carr (3/1985-1988; 1990-2000; newscaster,)
Bob Morrison (fall, 1966-1985; left briefly in 1973 for KNUS,) Andy
McCollum, Peggy Newman aka Peggy Sears (began 12/1982, appointed News
Director by 1990,) Dillard Carrera, Hal Tunis (SM,) Ben Ortega aka Ben
Martin (began 2/11/2006,) Larry Carolla
(1980-1982,) Buddy Baron, Bob Johnston (began 1965,) Chuck Murphy (I) aka
David Jancey aka Dave London (1967-1968,) Chuck Murphy (II) (1975-1978,)
Art Riley aka Don Meadows, Lew Vandermark, Mary Stoddard aka "Girl Named
Sam" (1964-1966; first female licensed DJ in Dallas,) Mike Stoddard (morning
show host; began mid-1965; married 'Girl Named Sam' in November, 1965,)
Ron Wortham (began 1969,) Ron McCoy aka David McCoy, Cliff Saunders, John
Foshee aka John Carter, Mike Shepard, Julie DeHarty, Bill Ryan, Dave Verdery,
Frank Welch, Steve Knoll, Brian Melton, Charles Kuenzi aka Johnny Michaels,
Bill Curtis (PD,) Tom Watson, Frank Haley, Mark Watkins, John J. Coyle
(original owner; provided frequent editorials and also gave news accounts
during the JFK assassination,) Darin
Cirello aka Darin James (1991-1993,) Brad Sham, Frank Healy, Lynne
Haley (as host of her "Making the Night Come Alive" radio show in the 1980s
through 8/1989; returned as Ron Chapman's producer, 1996-99,) Terry King,
John King, Jo Interrante, Diana Garza aka Terri Weber.
Moreno, Jocelyn White, Steve Knoll, Jack
Schell, Harry "Paxton" Mills (as "Dave Mills," c. 1967...see below;)
Dave Day, Frank Filesi (as host of "Coffee Break,") Hugh Lampman (12/25/1968-1973;
created light Top 40 format with Ron Chapman in late 1968,) Wes Wise (former
Dallas mayor and sportscaster for WFAA-TV and KDFW-TV,) Tony Garrett (creator
of the station's long-running public affairs program, "Staff Meeting,")
Sharon West, Vic Thomas, Ann Bradley, Larry Shannon aka Dick Armstrong,
Scott Nevius aka Scott West (began 10/1989,) Booray Daniels, Eddy Payne
aka Jimmy Rabbitt, Steve McCoy, Charlie Van Dyke, Billy Bob Harris (infamous
stockbroker and financial newscaster; imprisoned in the 1980s for using
insider stock information; returned to KVIL after being let out!), Ted
Davis, Ron De Roxtra aka Ron Bahr (1995-1997,) Doug Todd, H. W. Duncan
(engineer,) Don Miller, Willie Mitchell, Tom Matts, "Fast" Eddie Coyle,
Brice Armstrong, Jimmie Jeffries (former WFAA-AM "Early Birds" band leader,)
Sandy Hopkins (morning show producer for Ron Chapman, and hosted "Dusty
Attic,") Dewayne Dancer, Lee Mailloux, Steve Gannon, Mike Fernandez, Thomas
"Hollywood" Henderson (1979; Dallas Cowboys player,) Sam Pate (former KBOX
newsman,) Ron Grey, "Major" Tom Lewis, Judy Jordan (Greene) and Ray Walker
(former popular KDFW-TV anchor pair in the 1970s; Jordan is the sister
of notable Dallas attorney Darrell Jordan, and left KVIL in 12/1982,) Frank
Jolle, Bruce Buchanan aka Jim Edwards, Nick Brounoff aka Nick Alexander
(1984-1988,) Warren Culbertson (former WFAA and KDFW-TV weatherman,) Joe
Van Riper, Mickey Miller, Clyde White aka Jim
White (I) (1968-1969,) Randy Beckham, Smokey Rivers (II), Donald Curtis
(host of "Science of the Mind,") Judi Hanna, Tony Zazza (late of KDMX,)
Jim O'Brien (II,) Gene and Julie Gates (to 2013; husband-and-wife morning
team; once with KBFB-FM,) Blackie Sherrod (longtime newspaper sports columnist,)
Dave Spence, Tom Dooley (later known as "Brother" Tom Dooley on KVTT; fired
from KVIL 1/1986; owned Master Media in Euless, TX.) Station
located in Dallas at 4152 Mockingbird (northeast corner of Mockingbird
at Preston,) 5315 Preston (southwest corner of Mockingbird at Preston;
late 1960s-1978,) 5307 Mockingbird (mid 1979-?,) 9400 N. Central Expwy
(to 2002) and 4131 N. Central Expwy.
radio show was simulcast live with video on KXAS-TV as a 30-minute daily
to take on powerhouse KLIF-AM in the late 1960s; on 4/17/1967, they changed
to a Top 40, "solid rock sound" format (formerly a talk/music format,)
and renamed all of their jocks "Dave" to emphasize their 'David taking
on Goliath' effort! The on-air team consisted of "David" Edwards,
"Davy" Lee, "David" Wayne, Ron "David" McCoy, Paxton "Dave" Mills, "David"
Jancey (actually Chuck Murphy, who was later called "David London,") Frank
"Little David" Jolle, news director "Dave" Day, and newscasters "David"
Jackson and "David" Anthony. "David" Norwood was PD. With the
arrival of Chapman and Lampman in early 1969, the format was changed from
Top 40 to Adult Contemporary and the rest is ratings history!
listening when...Mike Selden, afternoon jock and perpetual jokester, decided
one day to sing along on the air to the new 1974 campy R&B hit by the
Tymes, "You Little Trustmaker!"
And on 4/1/1990,
as part of April Fools' Day, KVIL simulated a 1970 broadcast for the afternoon,
complete with classic jingles, commercials, and reverb effect!
like a lady: Jody Dean explained once how KVIL's 'magical' bond with
listeners worked during the station's glory days in the 1970s and 80s:
"The first rule was that this is your listener, and you will treat her
like the lady she is...Our job was to go on the air every day to encourage
her dreams and allay her fears, so that, if no one else was there for her
that day, we were."
personality Ron Chapman was sued in September, 1982, over the station's
"Win a Date with Your Favorite Person" contest...Chapman was the one chosen
by the winner for a date, but reneged. The $15,000 suit was dropped
by the female plaintiff four months later.
And on 5/29/1977,
Chapman's cohort Suzie Humphreys narrowly escaped certain death, as the
KVIL helicopter that dropped her off only minutes earlier developed mechanical
problems on takeoff and crashed, killing the pilot. A second KVIL
helicopter crash occurred 10/9/1979.
Also of note:
the original owners of KVIL-AM were given the license for KVIL-FM by the
FCC for FREE in 1958 just to get another FM station on the band!
Call letters established 5/3/2001. Owner: Susquehanna.
Simulcasts sister station KTCK-1310 "The Ticket."
Call letters established 12/15/1999. Owner: Susquehanna.
Simulcasted sister station KKMR-93.3 "Merge."
Call letters established 7/13/1998. Owner: Susquehanna.
Simulcasted sister station KKZN-93.3 "The Zone."
Call letters established 1/17/1997.
Station established 11/30/1988, but did not go on the air until 9/1994.
Awarded a city of license change to Sanger in 1993. Format:
1950s/1960s Pop, Country. Owner: Tom Spellman (rescued station
from bankruptcy from original owner,) Durant Broadcasting (bought from
Spellman for $400,000 in 1993.)
Call letters established 12/22/1975. Format: Top 40 R&B. Nicknames:
"K104," "Disco Soul" (1978,) "Music Radio" (1980.) Owner: Hyman Childs
dba Service Broadcasting (12/22/1975-present.) Sister station to
KKDA-AM. Notables: Vern Catron (1975-1981; currently director of
urban programming for ABC Radio,) Warren Epps (1979-82,) Michael Hernandez,
Yvonne St. John (1978-9/13/1996; DJ and host of the oft-relocated "Quiet
Storm,") Joycelyn (pronounced "Joyce Lynn") Johnson, "Catbird," Tom Joyner
(joined the station in 1982; KKDA is the station he originated his career
as 'fly-jock' from; he did K104's morning show and flew to Chicago to do
afternoons at WGCI...Joyner's daily flights lasted seven years! Somebody
should have told him about satellite technology...), Gary Warrior aka Chris
McCoy, JoJo Kincaid, Peter Arnel, Bobby Collins, Randy Johnson, Bill Evans
(began 11/20/1989; concurrently WFAA weatherman; had been recently fired
as morning host at KHYI-94.9,) Al Hall, Jack Bean, Kenny Byrd, Tom Toreau,
Jackie McKenzie, Steve Nelson, Nanette Lee, Valerie Moore, Sam Putney,
Hollywood Hernandez, Willie Mitchell, Greg Street, Chris Arnold, Skip Murphy,
Dwaine Caraway (now a Dallas City Councilman,) Scott Nevius aka Scott West
(began 2/1983; hired away from competitor KNOK after KNOK beat K-104 in
a 1982 book for the very first time!), Terri Avery, DeDe McGuire, Kyle
Evans, Bonnie Cameron, Norman Hall, Kerry D'Oyen, Chris Cochran, Sammi
Gonzales, Dr. Dave Eiser (weather; concurrently with KRLD-TV Channel 33,)
Skip Cheatham, Michael Spears (PD in the 1980s; began 8/1982; former "Hal
Martin" on KLIF,) "Jammin'" Jay Michaels, "Stanley T." Longtime DFW
radio personality Ken Dowe ("Ken Dowe and Granny Emma") served as station
manager. Sister station to KKDA-AM and KRNB-FM. During the
disco days, K104's mascot was the "K104 Disco Chicken!" Station long
operated from a small house in Grand Prairie.
Call letters established 9/1972. Format: Easy ("E-Z")
Listening (basically a reimaging of KIXL.) Owner: Crescent Communications
(4/1/1972-12/22/1975.) Sister to KIXL-FM until it was sold in 1973.
Notable personalities: Troy Hoskins, Charles Sears, Meg Healy.
Station on-air 7AM-7PM (1975.)
Station established 11/15/1947. Format: Easy Listening (simulcast
from sister station KIXL-1040 AM during the day (1950s and 1960s;) station
slogan was, '104 on both dials.') Originally at 104.3 mHz.
Owner: Lee Segall (created the national radio show, "Dr. I. Q.;")
along with celebrity minority owners Tyrone Power, Dallasite Greer Garson
and William Holden and local partner Julius Schepps; Robert and Theodore
Strauss dba Strauss Broadcasting (5/1/1964-?,) Crescent Communications
(4/1/1972-12/22/1975.) Feature: "Something to Think About" (short
famous quotations and 'thoughts-for-the-day' later assembled into two books
and sold to interested listeners.) Programs: "Dallas at Midnight,"
"Music to Read By," "Do You Remember," "Music for Dining." Notables:
Bob Johnston (1960-1961,) Meg Healy, Ken Foote, Jerry Haynes (later "Mr.
Peppermint" on WFAA-TV!), Hugh Lampman, Pierce Allman, Dick Hitt (former
columnist for The Dallas Times Herald,) Charley Payne, Bob Huffaker, Shirley
Stone, Bill Shaw (1952-53,) David Bradshaw, Joe Hickman, Paul Gleiser (1971-1972;
currently owns a chain of stations in the Tyler, TX area,) Charlie Van
Dyke, Charles Sears, Troy Hoskins (known for his Shakespearean delivery,)
Art Riley, Marvin Hillis. First DFW FM station to broadcast in stereo,
and for 24 hours a day (as of 1950.) Applied for TV station on Channels
2 and 10 in 1948. Studios located at "Radio Town," 1401 S. Akard
St, south of downtown Dallas.
Point. Call letters re-established 12/15/2003. Format:
Spanish ("La Luz" Spanish Christian, 11/4/2006-present; "Radio Tricolor,"
1/6/2005-11/3/2006; "El Gato," 12/2003-1/6/2005; simulcasted most of the
time to KZMP-1540 AM [see entry there.]) Former "Super Estrella"
format and call letters were exchanged with sister station at 101.7 in
12/2003.) Owner: Liberman (11/3/2006-present,) Entravision.
Notables: Scott Savage, Dean James.
Point. Call letters established 8/10/1996 (frequency was dark 12/4/1990-8/10/1996.)
Format: Spanish ("Super Estrella," 6/2002-12/2003,) Gospel (2/23/1997
to 6/2002; simulcasted KXEB-AM until 1/1998,) Beatles music (8/10/1996
to 3/1/1997.) Nickname: "El Gato," "Super Estrella," "Praise 104.9,"
"Joy 104.9," "Fab 105," "El Mejor." Owner: Entravision (bought
6/2002.) Former owners: Rodriguez, Spanish Broadcasting.
Jockless and commercial-free to 3/1/1997. Sister station to KXEB-AM,
later to KZMP-AM (simulcasted to AM, 12/2003-8/2004, and again from 1/2006-date.)
First Metroplex station to be 100% programmed from computer hard drives
(during the All-Beatles format.) License city moved to Pilot Point in 1998.
Notables: Kevan "Smokin' B" Browning, Bob DeLancey, Michelle Toholsky.
Call letters established 5/12/1987. Format: Oldies. Nickname: "Katy
Klassics," "Katy Oldies." Call letters derived from regional railroad
"MKT" (Missouri-Kansas-Texas.) Moved to 93.1-Bells, TX on 12/4/1990.
Call letters established 8/14/1984. Nickname: "K-Lake,"
for its proximity to Lake Texoma in far North Texas, "FM 105." Notables:
Bill Harrison, Rich Hancock, Melissa Murphy. Moved to 97.5-Durant,
OK on 5/12/1987 [which wiped out popular rimshot KWTX-Waco's DFW signal
at 97.5.] Successor KMKT has the same owner, and both stations still
Station established 1983. Original calls for KLAK-FM (see above.)
Dallas. Call letters re-established 12/12/2008 (formerly used on
the FM dial at 92.5, 1948-1972.) Format: Sports (began 12/8/2008
under KLLI calls.) Nickname: "The Fan." Call letters
stand for "Kiest"
and "Radio Laboratories
of Dallas" ("Kiest"
is the late Edwin Kiest, who originally started up KRLD-AM in 1926.)
Network: Fox Sports and CBS Radio Network (under "The Fan" format.)
Flagship station for Dallas Cowboys football (2009-present.) Notables:
Newy Scruggs, Chris Jagger, Sybil Summers, "Ben and Skin," Sean Salisbury
(late of ESPN,) Mike Rodriguez (late of KDAF-TV,) Pete Stein, Jay
Walker (engineer.) Sister station to KRLD-AM. With this call
letter change, 105.3 is tied with 1540 AM for the most number of call letter
changes at one station (12.)
Call letters established 3/10/2003. Format: Hot/Alternative
Talk Radio, and Hard Rock (music on weekends only, to 10/18/2003,) Sports
(began 12/8/2008 under KLLI calls.) Nickname: "Live
105.3" (3/10/2003-11/2005,) "Free FM" (10/25/2005-?,) "Live 105.3" (?-12/8/2008,)
"The Fan" (12/8/2008 to 12/12/2008.) Network: Fox Sports and
CBS Radio Network (under "The Fan" format.) Hot/Alternative Talk
was a reimaging of KYNG with no change in format or personalities (see
Call letters established 3/9/1992. Format: Talk Radio, and Hard Rock [as
filler when programming gaps occur] (3/2000-3/10/2003,) Country Hits (1/27/1992-3/2000.)
Nickname: "The Talk That Rocks" (3/2000 to 3/2003.) Former nicknames:
(1/27/1992-1/4/1999; 8/13/1999-3/2000,) "Superstar Country (1/4/1999-8/13/1999.)
Owner: Infinity/CBS, Alliance Broadcasting (to 9/1995.) Former
sister station to KSNN (first FM duopoly in DFW.) Programs:
"Law and Disorder," "The Tom Leykis Show," "The Howard Stern Show," "The
Russ Martin Show," "The Pugs and Kelly Show." Notables as
"Talk": Howard Stern
(via satellite, began 1/2/2001,) Martha Martinez, Brian Beck aka "The Mich,"
Ken Goldberg (host of "Law and Disorder,") Tom Leykis (via satellite,)
A. W. Pantoja (a holdover from the "Young Country" format; show was canned
when Stern was brought on board 1/2/2001,) Ed Tyll (via satellite,) Baylor
Witcher (1994-2000,) Chris Jagger (2006-present,) John Moran and Kelly
Mohr DeYoung aka "Pugs and Kelly," Chuck Cason, Doc Bryce,
Walker, Gail Lightfoot,
(as host of "Mick Williams Cyber-Line" in 2001,) Dan Pearman, John D. Ryan,
Bob McNeill, Russell Martin (to 12/5/2008.)
Notables as "Young/Superstar
Stephen "Stubie" Doak,
Toni Trueblood, Stacey Austin, John Frost, "Uncle" Wynn Richards, A. W.
Pantoja, Johnny Stone (Stone and Stacey Austin currently do mornings for
a New Jersey station,) Mary Tylaska aka Mary Tyler, Celeste Hackett aka
Matthews (married to WRR's Christopher Hackett; former wife of longtime
DFW jock Ron Harper; Matthews is currently a hypnotherapist
in Plano, TX,) Katie Pruitt, Chuck Mohnkern
aka Jay Roberts (II,) Michele Asher, Tony Bishop, Julie Campbell, Todd
Caruth, Sandra Cockrell, Tami Davis, Alica Espinoza, Phyllis Gage, Bebe
Gomez, Christina Hassell, Bob Henke, Linda Howell, Priscilla Morones, Kimberly
Morgan, Anna deHaro, Loretta Morgan, Julie Mushinski, Shawn Nunn, Larry
Patton, Dan Pearman (1/92-12/4/1998,) Carla Phillips, Kelly Reeves, Ken
Roberts, Eva Royer, Sylvia Sanchez, Cindy Santee, Desiree Scott, Kim Smith,
David Stone, Suzy Straight, Mark Sullivan, Stacey Tackett, Helaine Thompson,
Rick Torcasso, Jim Verdi, Darla White, Baylor Witcher (1994-2000,) Bob
McNeill. In 1992, KYNG was the first station in the US to be formatted
with hot Top 40 country; the format was patented, syndicated through Bonneville
Broadcasting in 2/1993, and "Young Country" stations still thrive in other
radio markets today, internationally. On 10/27/1996, KYNG's tower
fell; broadcasts were immediately moved to sister station KEWS's frequency
at 94.5 until repairs were completed by December. Favorite
memory: In a stunt-gone-wrong...as part of a Young Country promotion
in April, 1994, DJs announced that money had been hidden inside certain
books at the Fort Worth Public Library, and fans converged on the library
and nearly tore the place to shreds! Located at 12201 Merit Drive,
then to 7901 Carpenter Frwy. HD channel: Hispanic Talk.
Call letters established 2/18/1992. Format: Country Hits (began
under KRSR calls on 1/27/1992.) Temporary call letters for KYNG (see above.)
Stunting in anticipation of the new format, the station broadcasted an
electronic 'countdown' beginning 1/25/1992 through 7PM on 1/27/1992.
Call letters established 7/18/1990. Format: Pop Top 40, Country Hits (as
"Young Country;" began 1/27/1992 before call letter change to KRRM/KYNG.)
(nickname began under KQZY calls in 9/1989.) Owner: Group W
(Westinghouse.) Former "Saturday Night Live" star Dana Carvey
hosted the morning show on the format's first week of broadcasting (7/16
to 7/20/1990,) and returned again in 10/1990 as a guest. Other celebrity
guests included Jim Belushi, Christopher Reeve, Martin Mull, Rich Little,
Leslie Nielsen and Joe Piscopo. Notables: John McCarty, John Frost,
"Stubie" Doak, Chuck Mohnkern aka
Jay Roberts (II,) Bob Nelson (left
6/14/1991,) John Lacy, Lou Warren, Robin Jones, Jenny Sue Rhoades, Scott
Carpenter. Located at 12201 Merit Drive.
Call letters established 1985. Format: Beautiful Music (instrumentals only)
(4/1980-late 1985,) Beautiful Music (with vocals) (late 1985-2/17/1986,)
Soft Adult Contemporary (2/17/1986-7/15/1990.) Nickname: "Cozy
105," "Star 105.3" (9/1989 to call letter change.) Owner: Group
W/Westinghouse (bought 4/1980.) Notables: Mark
Lambert aka Mark Taylor, Bob Lawrence,
Mohnkern, Ben Smith, Vickie Hunter, Chris Miller,
Nelson, Christy Kelly, Richard Malmos aka Rick Lawrence, Andy
Connell aka Crash Kelly, Chris Kerson, Jerry St. John, George Hart.
Located at Reunion Tower, then to 12201 Merit Drive on 1/22/1990.
Call letters established 1971. Format: Easy Listening. Nickname: "Coax
105 (broadcasting from high atop Reunion Tower.") Owner: Commerce
Broadcasting (4/5/1968-?,) Able Communications of Texas (2/2/1971-?,) Metroplex
Communications, Group W/Westinghouse (bought 1978; other sources say 4/1980.)
Slogan: "The World's Most Beautiful Music." Programs:
"Music and Spoken Word," "Impact Interviews." Notables: Ron Knowles
(1984-87,) Bob Maxwell, Randy Coffey,
Mohnkern, Brice Armstrong, Mike Millard, Joe Stephens (1978-1984,)
Ken Foote, "Gentleman" Jim Carter, Bill Brown, Ben Smith, Bob Burns, Irene
Runnels (one of the founders of KOAX.) Actor Patrick O'Neal ("Under
Siege," d. 9/9/1994) did local TV commercials to promote the station in
1978 (remember, "I know you're watching TV right now, but I'd like to tell
you about a radio station...?") Visitors to Reunion Tower (the 50-story
tower with lighted ball, regularly seen on the opening credits for CBS'
"Dallas") could watch the KOAX DJs in action behind glass on the tower's
observation level. KOAX moved into the tower when it opened 4/24/1978;
they were originally located at the gold-glazed Campbell Center twin towers
in north central Dallas.
Call letters established 5/25/1968. Format: Adult Contemporary (fashioned
after WPIX-FM in New York, according to Jack Darden; a "watered-down KIXL,
with light pop hits," according to Art Riley.) Owner: Dawson
Communications Inc. (purchased 4/4/1968.) Nickname: "K-Double-X-K,
The Groovy One.") Notables: Roy (Royce) Applegate aka Jimmy
Kemper (later a character actor,) Joe McChesney (PD; known better as "J.
Morgan Van Buren" on KBOX in the mid-1960s,) Jack Darden (5/1968-11/1969,)
Marshall Martin (1968-1969,) Lee Bale, Charlie Whitaker (OM,) Dick Roth
aka Dick Marshall, David Hultsman, Art Riley, Paul Osborne, Mike Williams
aka Michael O'Shea, Irene Runnels, Moe Gardner, Linwood Henderson aka Cuzzin'
Linnie, Lynn Christian (SM.) Remained located at Suite 257B in Exchange
Park, and upgraded power to 60,300 watts "circular polarization," as the
station called it. Transmitter was in the basement with the studios,
and the tower was mounted to the building's roof...despite being dangerously
close to Love Field flight patterns!
Call letters established 12/3/1962. Format: Classical, "Showtime"
(Broadway music; began 6/1967.) Owners: W. B. Carver, Century
Broadcasting (to 4/4/1968,) Dawson Communications Inc.(4/4/1968 to call
letter change.) Nickname: "The Big 'M'", "The Sound of Success."
Programs: "Morning Concert," "Gentle Jazz," "Folk Music." Notables:
Roy (Royce) Applegate , Marshall Martin, Lee Bale (all continued on with
KXXK.) Station was said to be built on a shoestring budget; junk
parts from a local sound company were raided for studio use! KMAP
was another anomaly like KFWD: station was initially located at the
noisy Braniff Airline terminal at Love Field Airport in Dallas, but relocated
to the Frito-Lay Building in Exchange Park, just west of Love Field.
The tower was atop Exchange Park as well, but the signal was blocked by
area buildings and reflected off planes flying in and out of the airport.
Broadcasted with a whopping 3,000 watts! On air 6AM-12AM.
Call letters established 10/1/1960; dark 12/1960. Format: Easy
Listening. Owner: Prowell
Company of Dallas
(J. Ernest Stroud and James Prowell.) Nickname: "Futuronic Sound."
On 9/30/1960, the station sent out a female model to tour area department
stores to promote the station. Listener and historian Jim Cumbie
says, "This was a poor excuse for a radio station. The fidelity was
bad, and the music was on five-hour tapes...(but) there were virtually
Station established 1/1958. Format: Classical. Slogan:
"Consistently Presenting the Southwest
with the World's Finest
Owner: Metropolitan Broadcasting. Notables: Theodore
Bisland, Perry Needham. Went dark in 1960. Broadcasted 6AM-1AM.
Initial call letters requested for 105.3 when application was submitted
in 1947 by Lone Star Broadcasting. Station never went on the air.
Station established 9/16/1996. Format: Soft R&B Oldies ("R-n-B,")
"Old School R&B" (starting 4/1/2003.) Owner: Service Broadcasting.
Sister station to KKDA-AM/FM. Program: "Quiet Storm" (formerly
at sister KKDA-FM, and at several other stations since 1985.) Notables:
Scott Nevius aka Scott West (1998-99; on 1/30/1999, West likely made a
first in DFW radio history when a scheduling mistake had him doing successive
shifts on both KRNB and competitor KTXQ the very same day, using the same
name! Some keen listeners did pick up on the paradox,) Tom Joyner
(via ABC Satellite Radio,) Jay Johnson, Steve Woods, Joe Soto, Lynne Haze
(1999-2003; co-hosted morning show with Joe Soto,)
Lambert, Denise Edwards, Steve Harvey (syndicated; began 2/27/2006.)
[Previous incarnations on this dial position (KSTV, for one) were licensed
to Stephenville and are not part of this survey. KICM 105.7-Healdton/Pauls
Valley OK was moved to 93.7 so that KSTV could move into the DFW market.
In 2003, 93.7 moved into Krum under their later KNOR calls.]
Denton. Call letters established 11/2/1992. Format: Top 40. Owner: AMFM,
Clear Channel. Nickname: "Kiss
FM". Call letters were an obvious deference to KHKS' Top 40 predecessor
at this frequency, KTKS. Notables: Dave Cradick aka "Kidd" Kraddick
(began 1/2/1993 after a long stint at KEGL,) Sean Valentine (later with
KIIS-Los Angeles,) Tony Lini aka Domino (worked at the REAL "Kiss," KIIS-Los
Angeles, 1993-1996; later with KKDL,) Ed Lambert aka Mr. Ed, Kellie Rasberry
(1995-date; selected to co-host "Live with Regis" briefly during a talent
search in 2000,) "Big" Al Mack, Michael Blake aka "Michael B," J. J. McKay,
"Hollywood" Henderson (not to be confused with Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson,
former Dallas Cowboy,) Gail Lightfoot (who left the station due to new
'conflict of interest' rules imposed by Clear Channel, as Lightfoot moonlighted
as a traffic reporter for competitor Metro Traffic,) Cindy Whitley aka
Cindy Johnston, Jocelyn White (former KDFW-TV reporter,) Lee Ann Adam (currently
with KVIL,) Steve Nichols, Sean Phillips, Pamela Steele, Blake
Lindsay, Dave Morales, Rick Lovett (1995-97,) Gary Dee, John Cook,
Steve Harmon, Tom "Flakeboy" Gribble. As a prank on April Fool's
Day, 1993, Kraddick announced a format change to "All Disco," with a slick
jingles package and several hours of 1970s dance music! A few months
later, the jingles were exhumed for Kiss' short-lived Sunday night "Disco
Party" music show.
Denton. Call letters established 9/30/1987. Format: New Age Jazz (combined
New Age, light jazz and melodic rock.) Station traded frequencies with
107.5 on 11/2/1992. Nickname: "The Oasis."
Owner: Gannett. Jockless until 9/12/1988. Notables: Charley
Jones (1987-1992,) Janel Dolan-Jones (Charley's wife,) Ed Budanauro, Lindsey
Hart, Rick Vanderslice, Tempie Lindsey (1987-1990; later with the second
KOAI incarnation at 107.5.) When Gannett decide to change formats
in late 1992, Granum (owner of 107.5) applied for a call letter transfer
and took the "Oasis" format for themselves. Most air personalities
made the switch to the new station (Charley Jones did not.) Stunting
from 9/30/1987 to 10/7/1987 consisted of birds chirping!
Call letters established 8/13/1984, although Classic Hits format was retained
from KIXK until 9/10/1984. Format: Top 40 (9/10/1984-9/30/1987,) Classic
Hits (8/13/1984-9/10/1984.) Nickname: "Kiss."
Owner: ABC (1/24/1984-1/2/1986; ABC had to dump the station due to
ownership limits when acquisition by Capital Cities was completed in 1985,)
Gannett (1/2/1986-?.) Notables: John Walton and Steve Johnson (Walton
and Johnson; began 2/1986; currently based in New Orleans and syndicated,)
Jim Zippo (9/1984-2/1986,) Randy Brown aka Christopher Haze, Dave Cooley,
Randy Chambers (replaced by Dr. Drex in 11/1986,) John Frost, Kevin Metheny,
John Hare, Don Crockett (replaced Jim Zippo as morning drive host in 11/1986,)
McCollum, Dr. Drex (began 11/1986,) Beth Rose Wright. KTKS occasionally
broadcasted from the studios of North Texas State University's KNTU, where
they kept a small upstairs room to satisfy old FCC requirements that required
them to physically serve their community of license. In return, KNTU
radio students were permitted to use the room and ABC's equipment during
the week for broadcasting practice. Predecessor to KHKS, above.
Call letters established 1/1/1981. Format: Country (1981-12/17/1982,) Pop
Oldies (12/17/1982-8/13/1984.) Nickname: "Kix 106" (1981-12/17/1982.)
Owner: Hicks Broadcasting (bought for $4 million,) ABC (1/24/1984-1/2/1986;
bought for $16 million.) Notables as "Pop Oldies": Mark
McKay, Dave Cooley, Michael Selden (1982-1983; fired because station management
thought he'd 'lost his touch' from his heyday at KVIL, KLIF and KNUS; Selden
never worked in a major market again,) Steve Nichols aka Steve Nichols-Scott
(1983-1984,) Danny Owen (1983-1984,)
Mitch Carr, Rick Fulgham (McLendon-era styled newscaster.) Notables
as Country: Don Harris (I), Allan
Peck Sr. (late of KBOX-AM,) Andy Waldrop, Rick Burton, Micky Ashworth.
The original Pop Oldies weekday lineup was to be Cat Simon mornings, Steve
Eberhart late mornings, Harry Nelson (Victor Pryles) early afternoons,
Mike Selden in afternoon drive and Scott Allen on nights (most of whom
were heavy hitters from the glory days of KLIF and KNUS.) However,
according to Steve Eberhart, Simon changed his mind and went to Oklahoma
City from his job in San Diego. Eberhart then decided to stay at
KVIL. In 1983, KIXK passed out specially-marked cans of oil (cans?)
for a contest to "Win an Oilwell!" Station located in "Fashionable
Preston Center" (as the station called it!)
Station established 12/31/1979. Format: Country. Owner:
Hicks Broadcasting (purchased for $4 million.) Notables: Rick
Butler, John Walton (later half of "Walton and Johnson" syndicated morning
team; later syndicated to future 106.1 inhabitant KTKS.)
Denton. Station established 6/1948 at 106.3; moved to 106.1 in 1962. Format:
Easy Listening via automation (1950s-1960s,) Simulcast of sister KDNT-AM
(Variety) (1961-?,) Oldies/Rock (1976-1977,) Disco (1977-12/6/1979,) Rock
(12/6/1979-12/31/1979.) Nickname: "K-106...Your Station for
More Music" (1976-1977.) Owners: Harwell V. Shepard (6/1948-3/15/1972,)
Bass Brothers (3/15/1972-10/1976,) Mel Wheeler, Inc. (10/1976-12/31/1979.)
Call letters stood for "Denton."
Station had first applied for position at 101.7 mHz in 1946. Notables
specifically assigned to FM (see entry at 1440 AM for all others:) Russ
Campbell, Michael Rey (II), Andy Waldrop and George
Gimarc (hosts of "Jukebox Saturday Night," formerly broadcasted on
KNTU,) Ray Whitworth and Dave Buell (later hosts of "Jukebox Saturday Night.")
Sister station to KDNT-AM; AM was retained by Wheeler when FM was sold.
See entry at 94.5 for additional information, as Wheeler purchased KGAF-FM
in spring, 1980, and had the KDNT-FM calls reassigned there.
Mike Shannon and Sandy Shepard chronicle the history of KDNT...click
Call letters established 3/2/2005, but format began on 2/16/2005 under
KKDL calls. Format: Spanish/Dance ("Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Y Mas,"
"Where Latinos Live.") Owner: Entravision, Liberman (bought
11/3/2006.) Nickname: "Casa 106.7." Notables: Tony
Lini aka Domino, "Mean Mauri," "Nina." Basic reimaging of KKDL (see
Call letters established 8/14/2002. Format: Dance. Owner:
Entravision. Notables: Scott Savage (station manager, late
of KCAF-990,) Joe Vlazny, Tony Lini aka Domino (late of KHKS.) Jockless
Station established 9/6/1990 at 106.5. Moved to 106.7 on 8/9/2002.
Format: Oldies. Owners: Henderson Broadcasting (12/1991-9/2000,)
First Broadcasting (9/2000-1/2001,) Entravision (1/2001-8/9/2002 and continued
into KKDL-106.7 thereafter.) Henderson Broadcasting continued to
operate station under LMA's with First Broadcasting and Entravision (1/2001-8/9/2002.)
Nickname: "Hit 106.5." Notables: Dee
Blanton, Rich Phillips aka Dick Hicks, Ken Wood, Clay Stewart.
Call letters re-established 8/6/1999. Format: Spanish, Oldies
("Rock-n-Rolldies,") Classic Country. Nickname: "Latin 107,"
"The Ranch." Owner: LKCM Radio Group (12/16/2003-present,)
First Broadcasting (to 12/16/2003.) Was simulcasted to KRVF-107.1.
Broadcasted WFAA-TV news in Spanish. Currently sister station to
KFWR-FM and KRVF-FM.
Call letters established 11/14/1997.
Station established 1/1/1993. Format: Spanish.
Station established 1962; dark later in 1962. Unknown format.
Owner: Texas Fine Music Broadcasters.
Call letters established 1/22/2003. Reimaging of KDXT (see below.)
Format: "Amor" (Spanish Adult Contemporary) to 2005 (simulcast with
1480 AM and 107.9 FM,) "Recuerdo" (Spanish Oldies) in 2005; "La Picuda,"
"La Que Buena" (currently simulcasted with 99.1.) Calls moved from
Call letters established 4/24/1998. Format: Spanish.
Replaced KRVA-FM, Campbell, and KRVF-FM (106.9,) Kerens, who were forced
to downgrade their signals into DFW.
Call letters established 12/8/1995. Call letters stood for "KMart"
(to denote a 'good advertising value.') Format: Spanish.
Call letters established 6/30/1995. Format: Spanish.
Call letters established 9/28/1992. Format: Spanish.
Call letters established 8/18/1988. Format: Spanish.
Station established 5/28/1987. Format: Spanish.
Call letters established 8/6/1999. Format: Spanish, Oldies.
Owner: LKCM Radio Group (12/16/2003-present,) First Broadcasting
(to 12/16/2003.) Was simulcasted to sister KRVA-106.9. Currently
sister station to KFWR-FM and KRVA-FM. Changed city of license to
Kerens in c. 2003.
serving the rimshot Terrell market:
Call letters established 9/22/1997. Format: Spanish.
Station established 5/23/1979 at 106.9. Format: Country.
Call letters derived from "TenderLovingRadio."
Nickname: "Texas Radio," "Stereo Country 107." Owner:
Ken Jones dba Metro Broadcasters. Notables: Josh Fuller, Scott
Myers, John Scott, Sam Simms. Sister to KTLR-AM. Station was
part of 1994 swap for KGDE/94.1 and KSSA/95.3, sending KTLR to 95.3 as
KHYI-"The Range" in 4/1994. A new KTLR continued under Jones ownership
at 107.1 through 1997. Simulcasted rimshot KRVA-FM (106.9) briefly
CP issued 7/27/2007. Owner: William McCutchen III.
Fort Worth. Call letters established 10/9/2006. Format:
Spanish Top 40 (began 2/17/2009,) Modern R&B Oldies/Modern R&B
Dance (began 10/2/2006 under KOAI calls.) Owner: CBS/Infinity.
Nicknames: "Mega," "Movin'."
as Movin': "Kaden," Nikki Nite (PD, to 2008;) Eric Landrum, Mel
McKay, Gina Lee Fuentes, "Kendall," Chris Shine (began 3/5/2007; partially
live, partially voicetracked.) Notables as Mega: "Horatio,"
Ya Levantate, "Eddie J," "Liz," Cristina Zuniga, "Manny B." HD channel:
"The Oasis" (smooth jazz; retained former format.)
Fort Worth. Call letters re-established 11/2/1992 (previously used at 106.1.)
Format: New Age Jazz (11/2/1992-10/2/2006,) Modern R&B Oldies (10/2/2006-10/9/2006;
Jazz format moved to an HD channel thereafter.) Owners: Infinity/CBS (3/1996-present,)
Granum (to 3/1996.) Nickname: "Movin'," "The Oasis".
Notables: Tempie Lindsey (1992-6/2006,) Randy Brown, Ken Bateman aka Ken
Baker, Bret Menassa aka Bret Michael (11/1992-9/2003; later APD; holdover
from KCDU,) Lynn Briggs (to 10/2/2006,) Larry Dixon (9/2003-2005,)
Tim Garrison (to 10/2/2006,) Scotty Brink (1992-1994,) John Frost, Dan
Siebold, Dave Martin, Charles Mixon aka Chaz Mixon (1997-99,) Tori Logan,
Ian Baker, Jeff Elliott, Ben Ortega aka Ben Martin (to 2/5/2006,) Mike
"Bob" Elmore, Doyle King, Greg Reaves, Rick Vanderslice (former jock with
KOAI-106.1; began 9/1991 and worked concurrently at KERA-FM,) Tim Kase
(traffic reporter who was a jock with KMEZ-107.5 previously,) Debbie Alcocer
aka Debbie Douglas, Scotty Wilson, Ken Bell, Trevor Lay (1992-4/1999; returned
1/2006,) Lamonica Logan (PD; began 9/2/1991,) Tom Nau, Beth Rose Wright,
Ed Budanauro, Sherry Meeks. Granum applied for a call letter transfer
from Gannett's KOAI-106.1 when Gannett decided to change formats in 11/1992.
This KOAI is only related in name to the original, although this KOAI also
purchased the music collection of the former KOAI and continued the format
as if nothing had changed!
KCDU, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 7/4/1991. Format: Classic Rock. Nickname: "CD
107.5". Owner: Granum. Programs: "Dialogue," "Theme Park."
Notables: Ron Crouch aka Ron Taylor, Gary Dee, Bret Menassa aka Bret
Michael,Tempie Lindsey (Michael
and Lindsey stayed with the station through its format change to KOAI,)
Gary Reynolds, Doyle King, Frank Welch, Trevor Lay, Glen Martin, Cary Pall,
Chalise Daly, Beth Rose Wright (began 8/1991,) Doug Gondek. Reportedly
the first Metroplex station to boast a 100% CD library, although KOAI-106.1
was already doing this as of 1987.
KMEZ, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 12/23/1988 (carried over from its original dial
position at 100.3 after the frequency swap that brought KJMZ to the airwaves.)
Format: Easy ("EZ")
Listening (12/23/1988-5/1990,) Soft Adult Contemporary (5/1990-7/3/1991.)
Nickname: "EZ 107.5," "Bright & Easy." Owner: Granum (3/1991
to format change,) Gillmore (1988-3/1991.) See entry at 100.3 for
more information. Station moved from its longtime home at the former
KBOX studios, 9900 McCree, to 5956 Sherry Lane, Suite 2000, on 9/28/1989
(celebrated with a Mardi Gras-style party at the station for DFW notables.)
Flagship for SMU football (1989.)
KDLZ, Fort Worth.
Call letters established 8/26/1985. Format: Pop R&B. Call letters
stood for "Dallas."
Successor to KNOK; same format with new calls. Nickname: "We
Got the Power." Owner: Earl G. Graves dba EGG-Dallas, Gillmore
(1988.) Programs: "Sunday Jazz Brunch," "Jazz Brunch Plus,"
"The Quiet Storm." Notables: Lador Frank, Drew Dawson, Woody
Wood, Alisa Robinson, Bob Stewart (hosted "Jazz Brunch Plus,") Robert Ashley
(ND,) Cedric Bailey, Ken Bell, Keith Solis (host of "The Quiet Storm;"
program moved to KJMZ in 1988,) Jim Tyler, Alisha Simmons, Kerry D'Oyen,
Loni Taylor and Michele Madison (first female morning team in the US; began
1/7/1986.) Studio located at 3601 Kimbo Road in Fort Worth, which
burned in April, 1988, only two weeks after the tower was moved to Cedar
Hill and power was increased.
KNOK, Fort Worth.
Station established 2/8/1965. Sister station of KNOK-AM. Format:
Pop R&B, 100% simulcast of AM (1965-68; programming continued seamlessly
on FM side after AM signed off at sunset,) 50% simulcast of AM (1968-2/5/1979.)
Nickname: "The Black Rocker" (1978-1985,) "Disco and More" (1978,) "Exclusive
Soul Radio for Dallas-Fort Worth." Owners: Chatham Corporation
(1965-1978,) Earl G. Graves dba EGG-Dallas aka Black Enterprises (1978-1988.)
Programs: "World Tomorrow," "Washington Week," "The Quiet Storm."
Notables: Stu Hepburn (President/25% owner, 1965-1978,) Dewayne Dancer,
Fairlie Artis, Baron Bacon, Scott Nevius aka Scott West (2/1981-2/1983,)
Bill Hix, Dexter Andrews, Dean McClain, Keith Solis (a teen when starting
at the station in 1985; hosted "The Quiet Storm," which moved to KJMZ in
1988,) Larry Dee Hemphill aka Larry D, Nat Jackson, Lenita Johnson,
Jerry Thomas, Andy Perpener aka "Mr. Big Stuff," Quen Echoles, Kenny Byrd,
Sherry Alexander, Michael Ray, "Killer" Buggs, "Dr. Rock," Ron Mitchell,
Glen Cosby, Julie Summers, Doug White, Ruben T. "Mad Lad" Washington, Ken
Bell, Tony Price, "Mr. B," Ushay, Bob Ray Sanders, Roy Johnson, Ed Eubanks
(also an anchor for KXAS-TV,) James
Hawthorne (1980-1984; Sports Director and personality; currently the
Deputy Police Chief for Arlington, TX!), Calvin E. Foster (sales manager,)
Carolla (1976,) Anita Bradley, Aidra Davis, Jackie McKenzie, Robert
Ashley, Cynthia Brown, Alisa Robinson, John Wiley Price (Dallas County
Commissioner who filled in for Dewayne Dancer briefly in 2/1985.)
Studio and tower located at 3601 Kimbo Road in Fort Worth. 107.5
was one of two remaining, unassigned frequencies allocated to Dallas-Fort
Worth (93.9 was the other) that were applied for at the same time in 1964.
Part-owner Stu Hepburn was contacted by friend Gene Cagle, president of
KFJZ, when KNOK's application was published....who said, "Why didn't you
tell me you wanted an FM station...I would have given you mine!"
Call letters re-established 1/2003. Format: Spanish. Owner:
Univision. Nickname: "La Que Buena," "La Kalle." Notable:
Danny Luna. HD channel: Spanish programming.
Station established 1/11/2002. Format: Spanish. Owner:
Hispanic Broadcasting (absorbed by Univision in 6/2002.) Nicknames:
"La Que Buena," "La Raza," "Amor." Formerly known as KDOS, it replaced
KDXX-FM, Corsicana, which was paid to downgrade its signal into DFW and
relocate to Robinson, TX (near Waco.) KDOS was formerly licensed
to Gainesville (not part of this survey.) With the relocation of
both stations, KDOS traded call letters with KDXX, so the Robinson station
is now KDOS, and the Lewisville station became KDXX. To add to the
confusion, KDOS also aired the "La Que Buena" format! And the KDXX
calls were relocated to 107.1 in 1/2003.
Call letters established 2/20/1998. Format: Spanish ("Estereo
Latino") (simulcast of 106.7 FM and 1480 AM.)
Call letters established 1/19/1994. Format: Spanish (simulcast
Call letters established 2/1/1985. Format: Pop/Top 40 (1985-1993,)
Spanish (12/1993 to call letter change; simulcasted KICI-AM.) Call
letters stood for local food manufacturer Wolf Brand canned
Sister station to KAND-AM (still operating today at 1340 AM.) Owner:
Richard C. Parker. Nickname: "K-108." Notables:
Mark Truelove, Alan Barnes (to 1991,) Steve Elkins (1982-95,) Paul Trevor,
Kevin McAdams, David Yates, D'Andra Huckaby, Dixie Lawrence, Debbie Beal,
David Anthony, Don Hupp, Ron Ricks, Paul
Berry, Margie Holton, Bill Van Ness, "Ramblin'" Roy Miller, Steve Kelly,
Annette Gonzales (later in Houston television,) Miles Taylor.
Call letters established 4/12/1983. Format: Country.
Call letters stood for "Country
Sister station to KAND-AM. Owner: Richard Parker. Notable:
Alan Barnes, Roy Miller, Barry Bragg, Byron Haney, Lex Myers, Dick Aldama.
Station established 1972. Format: Block programming, including
MOR, Pop and Country. Call letters decided in a contest; the 'Golden
nickname for the Corsicana metro area was chosen. Nickname:
"The Tower with the Most Music Power" (and indeed it was; KCIR's tower
was the tallest one between Dallas and Houston!) Sister station to
KAND-AM. Owner: Dick Curlee. Notables: Sam "Bo"
Roberts (in his first professional radio gig,) Alan Barnes (began 1973,)
Joe Salvadore, Ray Murphy, Bob Knoll, Elmer Smith.
Hill. Station established 1957; dark in 1958. Calls stood for
Owner: C&F Music Casting Co. Located at the former home
of KYBS-107.9 (see below.) Notables: B. V. Cole, M. H. Frostrom.
Operated in multiplex mode with a subcarrier that carried Muzak-style music
to offices and building. Station used a Collins 37M-10 transmitter
with a 10-bay antenna, 770 feet above terrain. ERP was 88kW.
Station had CP to move to 99.5, but went under before any action was taken
on it. Calls resurrected in 1970 as KDFW-TV Channel 4.
Jim Cumbie for all the KDFW-FM info!
Station established 10/28/1949; dark on 12/16/1951. Format:
Music and Drama (interspersed with sports, religion, agriculture and news.)
Owner: Baptist General Convention of Texas. KYBS courted advertisers
as part of a nine-station network. Station went dark in 1951, as
a vote of the Baptist Convention determined it was too expensive to operate;
everything was sold to Collins Radio in Dallas in 4/1952 for experimentation
purposes. Notables: Henrietta Morris, George C. Knott, Dr.
R. Alton Reed, Kenneth Yarbrough. Broadcasted 7AM-11PM with 90,000
watts. First local station to use microwave transmissions instead
of wire to get their signal to Cedar Hill. Studios located at Mount
Lebanon (other sources say the Reserve Loan Life Buiding.)
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your comments to me!
to return to index
to Safford Black for use of several of the logos on this page, and to Bill
Fairlie and Richard Schroeder for their early radio research. And
special thanks to Alan Barnes, Chris Huff, Dave Tucker, Randy Brown,
Michael James (Lucas),
the late Larry Shannon, Gary McBrayer, the late
Farrington, Rusty Reynolds,
Eberhart, Robert Bass, the late Lan Roberts, Bob Bruton, Jim Cumbie,
Chip Kelley, the late Don Keyes, Jim Edwards (Bruce Buchanan,) Dan Halyburton,
Dave Mitchell, David Stewart, Mike
Ehrle, Ralph Gould, Mickey Grant, Jay Philpott, Ray (Kennedy) Whitworth,
Mohnkern, Bob Fox, Dee Blanton, David
Hultsman, Frank Benton, the late Art Riley, Jack Darden, Laurel Ornish,
John Dew, Jim Belcher, Mick Williams,
Paul Gleiser, Mike Robinson, Bud Turner, Alisa (Robinson) Simmons, Michael
Parmes, Ray Weathers, Stuart McRae,
Michael Shawn, Ed Padget, Stu
Hepburn, Mark Shepard, Melissa Rasmussen, Sam Goforth,
Bloxom, Lee Brumm, Verne Horsley, John Lewis Puff, Doug Helton, Tom
Roman, Jim Goodman, Jim Ewing, Rob Milford, Robert Snyder, Kevin Tekel,
Thomas, Rick Boisvert, Mike Shaw, Alan Balthrop, David Crosthwait,
Gary West, Greg Sells, Mike Vasquez, Brett X, Bruce Carter, Arnold L. Davis
Jr., Jeffery Folse and the many others who have corresponded with names,
airdates, reflections, encouragement and other useful information!
A reversed acronym—the words of the expanded term were chosen to fit the
letters of the acronym, instead of the other way around. For example,
the call letters "KFJZ" were not originally chosen to stand for "Fort Worth
Jazz;" this was a phrase designed way after the fact to fit the old call
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