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|City of license||Oklahoma City, Oklahoma|
|Broadcast area||Oklahoma City Metroplex|
|Slogan||"Oklahoma's Greatest Hits"|
|First air date||September 15, 1966 (as KXLS)
June 22, 1992 (as KOMA)
|HAAT||472 meters (1,549 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||K OklahOMA (pronounced as "coma")|
|Former callsigns||KXLS (1966-1973)
|Owner||Ty and Tony Tyler
(Tyler Media, L.L.C.)
|Sister stations||KMGL, KOKC, KRXO, KJKE, KTUZ, KEBC|
KOMA (92.5 FM) is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Locally owned by Tyler Media, the station's studios are located in Northeast Oklahoma City and a transmitter site is located yards from the studio.
92.5 was first known as KXLS in 1966. The easy listening music formatted station was owned by Bob Williams, the owner of a high-end sound store. Williams' transmitter and studio combo were located near N. 50th and Santa Fe in Oklahoma City. In the late sixties, KXLS-FM was owned by Bill Dawson's, Dawson Communications, Inc. which also owned (at that time) KMOD-FM, Tulsa, OK, KXXK-FM, Dallas, TX, and KMSC-FM, Houston, TX.
The call letters were changed once again in 1973 to KKNG while owned by Swanson Broadcasting. The easy listening format remained in place until the early 1990s. The owners at the time, Wilks Schwartz Broadcasting, determined they wanted to take the station more toward an adult contemporary format to compete with KMGL.
AM to FM transition
The KOMA call letters made the transition to 92.5 FM on June 22, 1992, after Chicago-based Diamond Broadcasting (then owner) entered a local marketing agreement with Wilks Schwartz Broadcasting.
1520 KOMA continued its simulcast of its FM sister until February, 2003, when it was decided that the 50,000 watt AM station would better serve the public as a News/Talk outlet, now known as KOKC.
Station ownership changes
In May, 1998, it was announced that KOMA and sister station, KRXO, were to be purchased by Renda Broadcasting. New digital studios in NE Oklahoma City were constructed. At 3pm on November 9, 1998, KOMA began broadcasting from the new location. The studios, ironically, once housed KOMA's rival, WKY. Danny Williams, Ronnie Kaye and Fred Hendrickson all worked in the building during the 1970s when they were disc jockeys for WKY.
After 37 years of broadcasting in Moore, KOMA's studios became vacant.
On July 15, 2012, Ty and Tony Tyler's Tyler Media entered into an agreement with Renda Broadcasting to purchase that company's Oklahoma City radio cluster (KMGL, KOMA, KRXO and KOKC) for $40 million. In accordance to limits imposed by the Federal Communications Commission on the number of radio stations a single broadcasting entity can own in a single market, Tyler sold KTLR and KKNG to WPA Radio for $1.6 million. Tyler's purchase of KOMA and its sister stations was consummated on November 13, 2012.
KOMA Fan Jam
Each year, KOMA holds a "Fan Jam" where longtime listeners can mingle with KOMA airstaff. The inaugural "Fan Jam" in April, 2004, brought together past and present KOMA DJs, as well as those from then-rival, 93 WKY.
In 2005, Tony Renda Jr., the general manager of Renda Broadcasting said his company has signed a deal with iBiquity to convert all of the company's 24 stations in Pennsylvania, Florida, and Oklahoma to HD radio sometime in 2006.
In early 2008, Renda switched off their HD signals on all three of their stations in Oklahoma City including KOMA-FM 92.5, KMGL-FM 104.1, and KRXO-FM 107.7 — because of a few coverage holes — areas that received a poor signal — at least until the spring 2008 ratings period ends. "It's a temporary problem," Don Pollnow, Renda market manager said. "Our engineer is working on it with the manufacturer."
Renda also has turned off KRXO's HD signal during its University of Oklahoma football broadcasts.
HD requires a delay, generally of at least eight seconds, to allow the signal to be encoded and matched up with the regular analog signal.
It seems like Renda Broadcasting never switch any of their stations' HD signals back on ever since.
Tyler switch KRXO's HD signal back on a couple of months before they flipped it to Sports in Fall 2013 in order to move KRXO's Classic Rock format to its HD-2 subchannel. KOMA's and KMGL's HD signals still remain switched off.
Oklahoma City sister stations
- KMGL 104.1 FM - Adult Contemporary
- KOKC 1520 AM - News/Talk
- KRXO 107.7 FM - Sports
- KJKE 93.3 FM - Country
- KTUZ 106.7 FM - Spanish
- KEBC 1560 AM - Comedy
- Is Renda Cashing Out?, RadioInk, July 16, 2012.
- In Oklahoma City, Tyler spins two so it can buy four from Renda (for $40M), RadioInfo, July 16, 2012.
- New HD radio ready for rapid expansion, TribLive News, November 11, 2005.
- Radio broadcasting's future is highly defined for stations, TMCnet.com, April 20, 2008.
- Radio broadcasting's future is highly defined for stations, NewsOK, April 20, 2008.
- KOMA official website
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KOMA
- Radio-Locator information on KOMA
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KOMA
- Danny Williams
- Kent Jones Productions
- Renda's OKC Studios
- Voices of Oklahoma interview with Danny Williams. First person interview conducted on June 18, 2009 with Oklahoma broadcaster Danny Williams. Original audio and transcript archived with Voices of Oklahoma oral history project.