December 31, 2001 Update

KQSR Returns From Holiday Tunes
KQSR (Soft Rock-Less Talk 94.7 KQSR) has returned to its soft rock format after doing the Christmas tune thing again this year. KMGL (Magic 104.1) did its usual Christmas Eve/Christmas day yuletide music as well.

Others who played all Christmas music around the holiday

  • Christian CHR        KOKF (91 FM Hit Music Radio)
  • Oldies                     KOMA-AM/FM
  • News/Talk              KTOK-AM

Norman’s KREF-AM to Flip To All-Sports
Norman talk station KREF-AM 1400 (formerly KNOR) has announced that it will flip to Sports effective Jan. 2 as “The Ref.”
The station’s owner, Fox Broadcasting, formerly owned WWLS-AM 640 which is now a part of Citadel’s “Sports Animal Network” along with WWLS-FM 104.9.
The station’s signal seems to be the weakest link here. Fuzzy in the day and almost nonexistent at night (especially the farther north you go), the station will have a hard time serving much besides Norman. The station’s power is 1,000 watts in the day and 250 watts at night.
In documents obtained from it appears Fox Broadcasting has bought Guthrie’s KOKC-AM 1490. The station had in the past few months a Classic Country format, but has since gone silent. Fox has been granted Special Temporary Authority from the FCC to remain silent for the time being. They would likely try to use this station to cover northern parts of the metro. However, KOKC has struggled to be heard outside of Guthrie and north Edmond. It is listed as 1.000 watts.

New GM For Clear Channel OKC
Randy Bush is now the General Manager for Clear Channel Oklahoma City, replacing John Moen. With the new GM, what do you bet that there will be some format changes? We’ll see.
Speaking of John Moen, he has landed in Fredericksburg, Va. at WFLS as GM.