The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

9 January 2006

Less news, less talk

Two years ago:

The Oklahoma City market (population about one million) can probably support two stations with this format [news/talk], but three?

No, not three.

WKY radio has given up the format. In fact, they've largely given up English; the station is now broadcasting a Spanish-language music format which seems to be basically the same thing owner Citadel is running on KINB (105.3), but a few seconds out of sync. I suppose this means it's not technically a simulcast.

Coverage of Blazers hockey will presumably continue in English; I have to assume there isn't as yet any demand for hockey coverage en español. (Operative word: "yet.")

WKY, of course, was the flagship radio station of the Oklahoma Publishing Company for many years; as one observer noted on a radio message board, "I bet old man Gaylord is spinning in his grave about now."

KOKC, the #3 news-talk station, now rises to #2 — although with the numbers they get, I'm still inclined to think of them as #3.

Posted at 6:09 PM to Overmodulation


I worked at WKY in the late 70s and early 80s. If someone would have told me then that the radio station would one day be spanish language I would have bet them $500 with no strings attached.

Speaking of radio, have you seen this?
http://www.jackokc.com/engine/emw.exe/*qshome=home
Jack is definitely coming to OKC - the site is already streaming. I think it's just the network version, but I wouldn't be surprised if they break-in the morning team and get a few shows under their belt via the streaming site.

Posted by: MikeSwi... at 12:38 AM on 10 January 2006

Heard them last night. I'm surprised, but at least I don't have to wonder any longer what they're going to do with that channel. (I still wonder, though, how they expect to propagate beyond the limits of their feeble 1 kw.)

Posted by: CGHill at 6:24 AM on 10 January 2006

A rumor floating around that message board today: once La Indomable is firmly established at WKY, they'll drop the format from the FM dial — and the Spy will return.

It's just a rumor.

Posted by: CGHill at 9:50 PM on 11 January 2006