The nearest faraway news

Champlin’s KZLS 1640 — not to be confused with Champlin’s KZLS 99.7, once the True Oldies Channel, now classic-country outlet KNAH (is Serutan sponsoring?) — is moving to a news/talk format, and they’ve hired KTOK expat Reid Mullins to do the morning show.

I’m not quite sure how well this is going to work out. The KZLS tower, east of Hennessey, reaches the Oklahoma City metro decently in the daytime, what with 10,000 watts to work with; however, they have only 1,000 watts at night, which barely gets them to the middle of Guthrie. Then again, who listens to news/talk at night? I suspect KZLS will have far more listeners to their Internet stream than to their actual radio signal.


  1. Brian »

    6 February 2014 · 6:04 pm

    I’ve listened to Reid’s show this week. Since it starts at 7:00 A.M., his show is during daytime hours. In car signal quality is good enough for talk radio. I venture to guess at the relatively late starting time for his show is because of their 1,000 watt nighttime signal. The web stream is still needed in most buildings, and is available via the TuneIn Radio app on smartphones and tablets.

    If Champlin could get a translator on air in the metro area to simulcast the 1640 broadcast, they would have an easier time selling advertising. At least, that’s what the Tyler’s are hoping for with their flock of translators now being up to four (92.9, 96.5, 103.1, and 104.5 FM). They’re even simulcasting the 50,000 watt KOKC 1520 on a translator at 103.1 FM.

  2. CGHill »

    6 February 2014 · 6:15 pm

    It would definitely help to have this signal on FM, even on a relatively weak translator; from my near-northwest location, all four of those frequencies are easily tunable with a decent radio. I haven’t combed through the dial looking for an open slot, but I’m sure someone at Champlin has.

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