Texoma bailing

There are exactly two commercial radio stations in Durant, Oklahoma, population 17,000 or so, and they and a nearby sister are changing hands:

Texoma Broadcasting sells AC “B99.7” KBBC-FM Tishomingo, Country 106.3 KLBC Durant, and Oldies 750 KSEO/94.1 K231CE Durant, OK to Mid-Continental Communications for $2.45 million.

On the one hand, that’s a fair chunk of change for two FMs and an AM daytimer with a low-power FM translator outside any major metropolitan area. Then again, the buyer, Kinion E. Whittington, is a gynecologist in private practice in Durant, which suggests to me that he’s probably going to be keeping those stations right where they are, rather than apply for relicensing to somewhere across the Red River and then moving into north Dallas, as I might have expected.

As long as I’m mentioning Durant radio, I probably should bring up KSSU Power92FM, actually at 91.9, operated by, and presumably for, students at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. Their Web page is, to be charitable, a work in progress.





6 comments

  1. Brett »

    4 October 2014 · 8:41 am

    Those stations are definitely local, down to the airing of local and area news on the half-hour during the morning shifts. Actually worth having on while I ready myself for the day.

  2. fillyjonk »

    4 October 2014 · 10:05 am

    Really? They still air local news? Could have fooled me; one of them seems to have gone to one of those automated music feeds out of LA or somewhere.

    Whittington has a huge, palatial office complex over by the hospital; I wonder if these stations are going to, in some way, wind up as a huge tax write off of some kind.

  3. Brett »

    4 October 2014 · 11:15 am

    My alarm is on the country one and they have local news updates through at least 9 AM.

  4. Roger Green »

    5 October 2014 · 4:26 am

    My ex, the Okie, was from Durant, as were her parents.

  5. Dr. Weevil »

    5 October 2014 · 5:46 pm

    If someone could just send KSSU some extender widgets – at least 3 – the world would be a better place.

  6. CGHill »

    5 October 2014 · 5:49 pm

    I suspect they already have such things and don’t have a clue how to install them.

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