KONE (FM)

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KONE
City of license Lubbock, Texas
Broadcast area Lubbock, Texas
Branding Rock 101.1
Slogan "Lubbock's Classic Rock"
Frequency 101.1 MHz
First air date 1974 (as KTEZ)
Format Classic rock
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 269 meters
Class C1
Facility ID 26519
Former callsigns KTEZ (1974-1993)
Owner Wilks Broadcast Group
Webcast Listen Live
Website rock101.fm

KONE (101.1 FM), known as "Rock 101.1", is a classic rock formatted radio station serving the Lubbock, Texas, and South Plains Area.

History[edit]

This station previously held the call letters KTEZ when it was an easy listening. It was founded in December 1974 by Troy Rayond "Ray" Moran. It began with studios and transmitter in the former transmitter shack of KKBC-TV/KMXN-TV. Moran had worked in Lubbock in the 1950 and 1960s. He was part owner of radio stations in Roswell, NM and Albuquerque, NM. Moran had engineer Guy D. Smith generate the technical filings for a new station on 101.1 (at the same time 102.5 was available; Moran sent a copy of his engineering to fellow broadcaster Jim Sloane in Tucson, AZ...years later that led to establishment of KRUX (FM)).

KTEZ was sold in 1983 to Lotus Communications for 1,050,000 dollars. The proceeds helped Moran continue his KJAA, now KJTV-DT (TV) in Lubbock. Lotus sold the station to Nextmedia, Nextmedia sold it to Wilkes Group.

Previous formats included "The Music of Your Life" (ABC Stardust), Soft AC, Country and currently Classic Rock. The call letters were changed to KONE in 1996 when KTEZ (K-LITE 101.1) changed formats to country.

Programming[edit]

Bob & Tom is Rock 101.1's syndicated morning show.

Local air talent includes Sean Dillon (Middays 9-2P), The Man Made Radio Show (Afternoons 2-7p), and Dave Fernandez (Weekends).

Community involvement[edit]

Rock 101.1 teams up with KBTE-FM every year to put together the Freedom Blood Drive which has happened since 2004. Rock 101.1 also partners up with charities around the South Plains to give donations. They have also worked with Parents of Soldiers around the world to give care packages.

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Coordinates: 33°26′31″N 101°52′42″W / 33.4420°N 101.8782°W / 33.4420; -101.8782