KOOI

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KOOI
KOOI Sunny106.5 logo.png
City Jacksonville, Texas
Broadcast area Tyler-Longview, Texas
Branding Sunny 106.5
Slogan The Greatest Hits... Ever!!!
Frequency 106.5 MHz
First air date 1967
Format Classic Hits
Audience share 1.3 (Fa'07, R&R[1])
ERP 100,000 watts
HAAT 451 meters
Class C
Facility ID 70740
Transmitter coordinates 32°3′40.00″N 95°18′50.00″W / 32.0611111°N 95.3138889°W / 32.0611111; -95.3138889
Former callsigns KEBE-FM (1968-1975)
KOOI-FM (1983-1986)
Affiliations Fox News Radio
Owner Alpha Media LLC
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
Website kooi.com

KOOI (106.5 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic hits format. Licensed to Jacksonville, Texas, United States, the station serves the Tyler-Longview area. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media LLC, through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC, and features programming from Fox News Radio.[2]

History[edit]

Licensed in 1968 by Dudley Waller, as KEBE-FM, 106.5 was a simulcast of AM 1400 (known as the KEBE Corral). From the beginning, 106.5 was an affiliate of the ABC radio network. In the early 1970s, Waller decided that 106.5 would be the first of many FM stations that he wanted to own in East Texas, so he changed the call letters to KOOI. KOOI also was the first station in East Texas to have an automation system, Waller bought a Schaffer automation using cart machines on carousels and 10, reel-to-reel decks. The automation provided a beautiful music format to East Texas. In 1983, KOOI became the first stereo FM radio station in East Texas. In 1987, KOOI moved to its current transmitter site at Mount Selman, which is also the tower site of KETK-TV and KBJS. This transmitter site move made KOOI the most powerful FM at the highest point in East Texas.

K=West of the Mississippi
O-zero in Roman numerals
O=zero in Roman numerals
I=one in Roman numerals

Had Waller received a second construction permit, his plan was to make its call letters KOII.

On January 7, 2005, after 47 years of ownership, Dudley Waller sold KOOI 106.5 to Access.1 of New York, along with KYKX, KOYE, KKUS, and 1370 KFRO.[3]

On January 21, 2013, KOOI changed their format from adult contemporary to classic hits, still branded as "Sunny 106.5".

Alpha Media LLC purchased KOOI and eight other stations in Texas and Louisiana from Access.1 effective April 14, 2015, at a price of $13.75 million.

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