KDNT-1440 AM was the very first radio station established in Denton, Texas. While it primarily served the city of Denton, listeners between the Dallas-Fort Worth area and southern Oklahoma could easily receive its signal, and relied upon KDNT for information and entertainment for over 55 years.
This feature tracks the station from its beginning in 1938, through the addition of its FM sister station in 1948, through ownership changes in 1972, 1976, 1980 and 1984, to its demise in late 1993. Also included are numerous photos of studio locations and transmitter sites, including the landmark Radio Center building in downtown Denton, and the Teasley Lane property that was the final home to the towers and studios, as the site was cleared in 2005 for the construction of the Denton Independent School District’s L. A. Nelson Jr. Elementary School.
More photos from the KDNT Symposium: Left, Ray Whitworth (1970s,) Sandy Shepard (1960s-71,) Scott "Dave Scott" Causey (1968-75)
all gave special presentations about their time at the station. Sandy's father Harwell founded KDNT in 1938
Left, Mike Shannon starts the program while his former KDNT co-worker, 1980s sports director Roger Emrich, looks on.
Right, some of the ex's carried the gathering to the recently-reopened Tomato Pizza restaurant, now a few miles north in Sanger, TX.
(The original "Flying Tomato" was on Fry Street, across from the North Texas campus; the background mural salutes their Denton history!)
Left to right, Pam Shepard (wife of Sandy,) Chris and Ray Whitworth, Earl Armstrong and Mike Shannon. Sandy Shepard attended, but
was behind the photographer's lens at the time!
The Denton Library was most gracious in plugging the event, and allowed Sandy Shepard
to bring up some wonderful KDNT artifacts for exhibition. Very special thanks to
Leslie Couture at the library for spearheading the event and making it run as smoothly as possible!
PART 1 - 1938-46: KDNT signs on, the “142 Club” starts, and the bands play on
PART 2 - 1947-63: New studios, tornadoes, and the death of a president
PART 3 - 1964-71: Two fires, “Shout That Slogan,” and KDNT becomes a family affair
PART 4 - 1972-83: New ownership, new digs in the country, and FM plays musical chairs
PART 5 - 1984-93: Another new owner, and headbangers take over FM
PART 6 - 1994 AND BEYOND: Habla Espanol? Radio Center sold, and KDNT goes to school
“WHO’S WHO” OF KDNT: Former employees and ‘Where Are They Now’
section, including singer
Willie Nelson; network newsman Bill Moyers; sportscasters Bill Mercer, Ted Davis, Roger Emrich,
Mark Followill and George Dunham; Houston and Oklahoma radio’s Josh “Rowdy Yates” Holstead,
radio programming innovator George Gimarc, Texas newsman Michael Main, Oklahoma weather
pro Lee “Woody” Woodward, St Louis radio legend Davie Lee, and North Texas TV personality
DUSTY MEMENTOS: Rate cards, coverage maps, newsletters and more photos
CENTER STUDIOS INSIDE-OUT: From funeral home to bandstand to
studios to offices over a
90-year period, starting in 1921
PHOTO ESSAY: KDNT studios and property are transformed into an elementary school
of the KNUS99.com website was developed in 2001 from a newspaper article
written by former KDNT jock Mike Ehrle (aka Mike Ward.) Since then,
many former employees and listeners of KDNT have submitted stories, photos,
names, clarifications, etc, and, hopefully, this new format will do a more
thorough job of honoring those that made KDNT successful and memorable.
Special thanks to Harwell
V. "Sandy" Shepard II (son of late KDNT owner Harwell V. Shepard,)
Mike Ehrle, Josh Holstead,
George Lindley, Mike Robinson, Joe Fuchs
(aka Jay Weaver,) Roger Daniel, Frank
Haley, Betty Whatley, Scott Causey (aka Dave Scott,) Phil Potter, Ray
Crone, Ray Whitworth, Daryl
Stephens, Joe Short, Chris
Vochoska, Grant Koeller, Michael
Rey, Richard Garner, Lee Woodward,
Patrick Woods, Lorraine Wilson, Roger
Emrich, Steve Eberhart,
King, Paul Christian, Robert Powell, Colonel
Mason, George Gimarc, Andy
Waldrop, G. C. Hollowwa, Miles Schulze, Sid
King, Bill Mercer, Harley
Balew, Joe Rice (Joe Martin,)
Vernon Hartman, Scott Fybush, Harry Dierks, Sam
Van Ness, Dale
Olson, Boppin' Bob Berry, Larry Crippen
(Johnny Flash,) Paul Swearingen, Doug Adams, Scott Reese, Jim Johnson,
Followill, Larry Shannon
and Brule Egan, and published interviews with Leonard
Wheeler, Davie Lee
Marti and Michael Main. Each
of their contributions helped make the story of KDNT as complete and insightful
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