KEOM

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KEOM
KEOM-FM Logo.jpg
City of license Mesquite, Texas
Broadcast area

Parts of Dallas, Kaufman,

Rockwall, Collin, Hunt, Ellis, and Tarrant counties
Branding Mesquite Schools Radio
Frequency 88.5 MHz
Format Classic hits
ERP 61,000 watts
HAAT 175.0 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 41307
Transmitter coordinates 32°45′46″N 96°38′4″W / 32.76278°N 96.63444°W / 32.76278; -96.63444Coordinates: 32°45′46″N 96°38′4″W / 32.76278°N 96.63444°W / 32.76278; -96.63444
Callsign meaning Education of Mesquite[1]
Affiliations Texas State Network
Owner Mesquite Independent School District
Website KEOM.FM

KEOM (88.5 FM) is a non-commercial educational high school radio station based in Mesquite, Texas. It is operated by the Mesquite Independent School District and broadcasts to the greater Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

History[edit]

The station was founded by Dr. Ralph Poteet, former MISD Superintendent, to present community information in a way not possible via commercial radio stations, and to provide MISD students having interest in radio and communications with hands-on radio experience.[2] The air staff is primarily made up of students from the five high schools in the city taking radio production classes.[3]

The station signed on the air September 4, 1984, on 88.3 FM with 3,000 watts on a 250-foot (76 m) tower.[3] It moved to 88.5 and increased its power to 61,000 watts in 1992 upon the completion of a new 415-foot-tall (126 m) City/School Communications Tower at Mesquite Memorial Stadium. [4]

Programming[edit]

KEOM airs live broadcasts of high school sports from MISD schools, as commentated by instructors and students enrolled in the sports broadcasting course. The station also broadcasts music from the 1970s.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

The station was named "Best Blast from the Past" in the 2007 Dallas Observer "Best of Dallas" rankings.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (September 4, 2009). "Radio/TV Station Call Letter Origins #241". Radio History on the Web. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ Goodwyn, Wade (September 28, 2009). "High School DJs Dial Dallas Back To The 1970s". All Things Considered (National Public Radio). Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c Selk, Avi (September 4, 2009). "At 25, Mesquite schools' radio station is older than its student DJs". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
  4. ^ "KEOM History". KEOM. 
  5. ^ "Best Blast from the Past". Dallas Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 

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