KQOB

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KQOB
City Enid, Oklahoma
Broadcast area Oklahoma City Metroplex
Branding Fun 96.9
Slogan The Greatest Hits Of All Time
Frequency 96.9 MHz
First air date May 1, 1967 (as KCRC-FM)
Format Classic Hits
ERP 98,000 watts
HAAT 449 meters (1,473 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 10857
Callsign meaning K Q BOB (former format)
Former callsigns KCRC-FM (1967-1978)
KNID (1978-2000)
KMKZ (7/2000-11/2000)
KMMZ (2000-2003)
KQBL (9/2003-12/2003)
Owner Champlin Broadcasting
(Co-owned with Cumulus Media under LMA)
Sister stations KATT, KKWD, KYIS, WKY, KWPN, WWLS-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website fun969fm.com

KQOB (96.9 FM, "Fun 96.9") is a classic hits radio station serving the Oklahoma City area and is owned by Champlin Broadcasting. The station is currently in a LMA with Cumulus Media. Its studios are in Northwest Oklahoma City, and the transmitter is in unincorporated Kingfisher County.

History[edit]

The station was on the air as early as 1967 as KCRC-FM with a beautiful music format. It then became known as KNID and had a mostly country format until November 2000. On July 12, 2000, the station changed calls to KMKZ.

On November 24, 2000, its call sign became KMMZ, moved to a tower closer to Oklahoma City, changed its slogan to "Memories 96.9", and began using the ABC Network’s “Memories” network for its programming.

KMMZ began stunting on November 13, 2002, and adopted the slogan “The Bull's Oklahoma Christmas” playing Christmas music by country artists. On December 26, 2002, the station adopted “The Bull” slogan and Red Dirt Country format from then KQBL 104.9 FM. The station began using the KQBL call sign on September 1, 2003.

The station began stunting again at 9 AM on November 3, 2003 with a brief all-comedy format. At 10:45 that morning, the station became "96.9 BOB FM" with an adult hits format. The station switched calls to KQOB on December 8, 2003.

On June 10, 2015, KQOB dropped the "Bob FM" branding and rebranded as "Classic Rock 96.9".[1]

On November 23, 2015, at 7 PM, after playing "That's All" by Genesis, KQOB began stunting with Christmas music as simply "96.9" (the first song on the stunt was "Christmas All Over Again" by Tom Petty). In addition to the change, Jack and Ron, formerly of KYIS, became morning hosts beginning December 3.[2]

On December 28, 2015, at 6 AM, after playing "A Holly Jolly Christmas" by Alan Jackson, KQOB flipped to classic hits as "Fun 96.9." The first song on "Fun" was "Old Time Rock & Roll" by Bob Seger.[3] Cumulus touts the station as "the right mix of pop and rock hits from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, plus legendary Oklahoma City on-air talents, including Jack and Ron each morning." Program Director Jeff Couch, midday host Leo Cage and afternoon duo Inzinga and Spinozi remain in place. Joining the on-air weekend staff in middays is Fred Hendrickson, who had been at direct classic hits competitor KOMA for the past 25 years.

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Coordinates: 35°58′52″N 97°41′42″W / 35.981°N 97.695°W / 35.981; -97.695