KBEZ

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KBEZ
City of license Tulsa, Oklahoma
Broadcast area Tulsa, Oklahoma
Branding 92.9 Bob FM
Slogan "Classic Hits of the 60s, 70s and 80s!" "Tulsa's Classic Hits Station"
Frequency 92.9 MHz
Format Classic Hits
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 402 meters
Class C0
Facility ID 55707
Former callsigns KAKC-FM
Owner Journal Communications
(Merger with the E. W. Scripps Company pending)
(Journal Broadcast Corporation)
Sister stations KHTT KVOO-FM KXBL-FM KFAQ
Website 929bob.com

KBEZ (92.9 FM, "92.9 Bob FM") is a classic hits music formatted radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA. It is owned by Journal Communications. Its studios are located in Midtown Tulsa and the transmitter is in the Osage Reservation north of Sand Springs, Oklahoma.

History[edit]

92.9 KBEZ logo used until 2010.

At noon on June 10, 2010, KBEZ dropped its longtime adult contemporary format and adopted an adult hits format. Along with the flip, KBEZ also changed its moniker from "92.9 KBEZ" to "92.9 BOB FM" and positioned themselves as "We Play Anything!". The last song played on KBEZ before the flip was "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" by Elton John.[1][2][3]

92.9 BOB FM logo used from 2010 to 2013.

At about noon on September 9th, 2013, KBEZ changed from its former "We Play Anything" genre to a "Classic Hits of the 60's, 70's, and 80's" style.

Ownership Changes[edit]

On March 8, 2012, Renda announced that it was selling KHTT and KBEZ to Journal Communications for $11.8 million. The deal closed on June 25, 2012.[4] Both KHTT and its sister KBEZ have moved into the Journal Communications facility at 29th and Yale Avenue adjacent to the Broken Arrow Expressway joining the existing Journal stations KVOO, KXBL, and KFAQ.

Journal Communications (KBEZ's owner) and The E.W. Scripps Company (owner of NBC's local affiliate KJRH-TV) announced on July 30, 2014 that the two companies would merge to create a new broadcast company under the E.W. Scripps Company name that will own the two companies' broadcast properties, including KBEZ. The transaction is slated to be completed in 2015, pending shareholder and regulatory approvals.[5]

Gunman[edit]

On Jan. 13, 2010 just after 1PM, 58-year-old Barry Styles brought a gun to KBEZ, and walked up and down the hallways demanding to speak to morning show co-host Carly Rush. When the receptionist informed the man she had left for the day, he walked out of the office then immediately returned brandishing a pistol. The receptionist escaped to the back of the office and called the Tulsa Police Department. The gunman trapped the employees inside the office and guarded the exit. After approximately 10 minutes, the police department had arrived on scene. When the gunman refused to drop his weapon, police fired shots hitting him in the waist. Shortly after, the police handcuffed the man and he was taken to a hospital where he was listed as being in serious condition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KBEZ/Tulsa Drops AC To Become BOB 92.9". AllAccess.com. June 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tulsa's soft AC KBEZ gives way to classic hits "92.9 Bob FM"". Radio-Info.com. June 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ "KBEZ Tulsa Becomes "92.9 Bob FM"". RadioInsight.com. June 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Journal Acquires Renda’s Two In Tulsa" from Radio Insight (March 8, 2012)
  5. ^ "E.W. Scripps, Journal Merging Broadcast Ops". TVNewsCheck. July 30, 2014. Retrieved July 31, 2014. 

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Coordinates: 36°11′28″N 96°05′49″W / 36.191°N 96.097°W / 36.191; -96.097