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City Mesquite, Texas
Broadcast area Parts of Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall, Collin, Hunt, Ellis, and Tarrant counties
Branding Mesquite Schools Radio
Frequency 88.5 MHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date September 4, 1984 (at 88.3)
Format Classic Hits
Language(s) English
ERP 61,000 watts
HAAT 175 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]
Former frequencies 88.3 MHz (1984-1992)
Affiliations Texas State Network
Owner Mesquite Independent School District

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.

KEOM broadcasts in HD.[2]


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.[3] The air staff is primarily made up of students from the five high schools in the city taking radio production classes.[4]

The station signed on the air September 4, 1984, on 88.3 FM with 3,000 watts on a 250-foot (76 m) tower.[4] 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. [5]


KEOM airs live broadcasts of high school sports from MISD schools. The station also broadcasts music from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s .[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

The station was named "Best Blast from the Past" in the 2007 Dallas Observer "Best of Dallas" rankings.[6]


  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (September 4, 2009). "Radio/TV Station Call Letter Origins #241". Radio History on the Web. Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth
  3. ^ Goodwyn, Wade (September 28, 2009). "High School DJs Dial Dallas Back To The 1970s". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "KEOM History". KEOM. 
  6. ^ "Best Blast from the Past". Dallas Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2009. 

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