Throughout the 60s and 70s, KOMA was the favorite of teens all across the western U.S. With the big signal and relatively few rocknroll radio stations across The Plains, it was the main station for the hits.
Based in New York, they kept the Country Format until September of 1985 when it was determined that FM competition for the country audience was too much to overcome.
KFJF was originating some of it’s own programming by this time and original ideas for better broadcasting were of paramount importance. During the 50’s, television was forcing radio into a period of change. KFWB is known these days as an all-news station that recently switched to a talk format. My best wishes and thanks goes out to all the Oklahomans and people in about 26 states that listened to 1520 at night. Life's good, the music's great! During the 1950’s, television was forcing radio into a period of change. This was also a time when listeners began to complain about radio stations interfering with each other.
These were considered by many to be the best years of radio.
For the AM radio station formerly known as AM 1520 KOMA, see, Learn how and when to remove this template message, In Oklahoma City, Tyler spins two so it can buy four from Renda (for $40M), Voices of Oklahoma interview with Danny Williams, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=KOMA_(FM)&oldid=972614216, Classic hits radio stations in the United States, Articles needing additional references from January 2013, All articles needing additional references, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 13 August 2020, at 01:09. As audio streaming and file swapping became more popular on the Internet throughout 2000, the recording industry and actors union became increasingly concerned about the free distribution of their works online. And the beat goes on… In 1961, the KOMA studios and transmitter were permanently combined at one site on the south side of Oklahoma City. KOMA (92.5 FM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Concerning phonograph records, Dudley Shaw said, “The firm has about decided to discontinue them, but is leaving the matter in the hands of it’s hearers”. On July 1,1984, Price Communications, Inc. purchased KOMA from the Storz Family. For assistance with our PIF contact Todd Hough. In 1932, Dudley Shaw retired and so did the call letters KFJF. Automation proved to be too sterile and impersonal, so “personality” was returned to KOMA. The studios, ironically, once housed KOMA's rival, WKY. CBS then consisted of 45 radio stations. His innovative spirit and feeling for the public was carried on by corporation president, Robert B. Storz. Throughout most of 1959, Rod Roddy was still on the 6-9 morning shift, followed by George Wiley (9-noon), Kirby Kane (noon-4), Ron Thompson (4-7) and Don Hodges (7-12). Then in 1952, J.T. KOMA is Fun! The Fan Jam drew a capacity crowd of over 1000 fans to the Westin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago with Bachelor of Arts degree in radio and television communications.. 48025, Free Music Player-Awesome Oldies Music 70s 80s 90s, KENNY ROGERS Offline MP3 & Video Album Collection, Cookies help us deliver our services. Through the 90s, KOMA hosted the Rock and Roll Reunion events that brought many local bands of the 60s back together for live concerts in front of thousands of fans. In 1945 KOMA began complete sports coverage of Oklahoma A & M college (later to be Oklahoma State University), and the “Big Red” of the University of Oklahoma.
Just after Christmas, 2002, plans were formulated to discontinue the simulcast of KOMA-AM and FM and switch KOMA-AM to a News-Talk format. The easy listening format remained in place until the early 1990s. In 2014, KOMA began broadcasting in HD (while still broadcasting an analog signal on 92.5 FM) and added two other programs on the HD-2 and HD-3 channels. The southwestern giant was then only fifteen watts of power under the original call letters, KFJF. Coordinates: 35°33′36″N 97°29′08″W / 35.5601°N 97.4856°W / 35.5601; -97.4856, This article is about the FM radio station.
This week's featured station is KOMA in Oklahoma City. KOMA then became a pioneer totally automated station for a period of three years.
It was at this time that Hearst Radio, Inc. bought KOMA and operated the station until the FCC authorized its sale to an Oklahoman, J.T. Other than that, my turn ons are peanut butter and feathers and long walks through the CD section at Best Buy.
Engineers quickly moved the signal (now KOKC) to another tower at 1560 AM for 2 days until the damaged tower was deemed usable at a reduced power of 10,000 watts until reconstruction could take place.
Not all of the early innovation of KFJF was confined to the technical aspects of broadcasting. In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of 9-11-01, and in light of the impending war with Iraq, the need for credible radio news in Oklahoma City was evident.
At the same time, he was hearing radio stations in Memphis play Perkins, Presley, and Chuck Berry. Life's good, the music's great! It was more than just the music. In the late sixties, KXLS-FM was owned by Bill Dawson's, Dawson Communications, Inc. which also owned (at that time) KMOD-FM, Tulsa, Oklahoma; KXXK-FM, Dallas, Texas; and KMSC-FM, Houston, Texas. While hundreds of KFJF listeners were visiting the new studios to “see” radio in action, Dudley Shaw was urging President Calvin Coolidge to federally regulate radio. With the big 50,000-watt signal and the relatively few rock-n-roll radio stations across the plains, KOMA was the main station for the hits. In May of 1998, it was announced that KOMA AM/FM was to be purchased by Renda Broadcasting Corporation. ¹ = Clear-channel stations with extended nighttime coverage. He came to KOMA from a Cheyenne, Wyoming daily newspaper. During this time, the principal function of KFJF was to rebroadcast the programming of larger eastern stations. The east and west towers collapsed to the ground while the center tower remained standing, but the top 1/3 was knocked over and left hanging from the top of the remaining 200 feet.
In April, 2004, KOMA-FM hosted the first “KOMA Fan Jam.” Many former KOMA DJ’s returned for the event and the weekend programming was full of memorable recordings of KOMA’s broadcasts from the 60’s, serving as a tribute to the KOMA staff and listeners who made the AM station such a legend. KOMA (along with handful of other legendary stations including 890 WLS, Chicago; 1090 KAAY, Little Rock; 1060 WNOE, New Orleans; 770 WABC, New York; 800 CKLW, Windsor/Detroit; and 1100 WKYC, Cleveland) could be heard on car radios, in homes, and everywhere a kid could tune in. Danny Williams, Ronnie Kaye and Fred Hendrickson all worked in the building during the 1970s when they were disc jockeys for WKY. Charlie Tuna, Dale Wehba, Don McGregor, Paul Miller, John David, Chuck Dann, J. Michael Wilson, Johnny Dark, Buddy Scott, John Ravencroft, and many others were among those who played the hits from the studios in Moore, Oklahoma. His father fostered a love for both kinds of music, country AND western. But the strong signals of KOMA AM and FM continued unabated over the airwaves.
At 3pm on November 9th, 1998, KOMA AM/FM began broadcasting from the new location.
Many fond memories of listening to and visiting KOMA-AM radio studios located at 820 SW 4th in Moore, Oklahoma in 1976. jd 22-Mar-2010 22:21: I just discovered this site after all these years. A few years later, Diamond purchased the FM station from Wilks Schwartz.
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