KRXO

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KRXO
City of license Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Broadcast area Oklahoma City Metroplex
Branding 107.7 The Franchise
Slogan "Sports Radio With Balls"
Frequency 107.7 MHz (also on HD Radio)
107.7 HD-2 for "104.5 KRXO" (Oklahoma's Classic Rock)
107.7 HD-3 for CHR "Now 96.5"
Translator(s) 96.5 K243BJ (Oklahoma City, relays HD3)
104.5 K283BW (Oklahoma City, relays HD2)
First air date 1976 (as KAEZ)
Format Sports
ERP 92,000 watts
HAAT 470 meters
Class C
Facility ID 16851
Callsign meaning K RoX Oklahoma
Former callsigns KAEZ (1976-1985)
KIMY (1985-1987)
Affiliations NBC Sports Radio
Owner Ty and Tony Tyler
(Tyler Media, L.L.C.)
Sister stations KOMA, KMGL, KOKC, KJKE, KTUZ, KEBC
Webcast Listen Live
Listen Live (HD2)
Listen Live (HD3)
Website thefranchiseok.com
krxo.com (HD2)
now929.com (HD3)

KRXO (107.7 FM) is a sports radio station serving the Oklahoma City area and is owned by Ty and Tony Tyler's Tyler Media, L.L.C. Its transmitter and studios are located (separately) in the northeast side of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

History[edit]

107.7 KRXO logo used from 1990's to 2013.

The station began broadcasting in 1976 with the call letters KAEZ ("Eazy 107") and was a Black formatted station with a mix of urban contemporary, soul, jazz and blues. The station played very little hip hop or (rap) in the early 1980s, you could say that KAEZ was labeled as the Black Jack-FM because of the variety of Black music the station played and the obscure music mix it had at the time, playing everything from R&B to Jazz, even some music from the 40's and 50's. KAEZ remained on the air until November 1985 when the station had a fire that silenced the station along with going bankrupt causing the station to be sold to Price Communications. The callsign was changed to KIMY ("My 107.7") and played adult contemporary until August 1987 when it switched to classic rock as KRXO.

"A Big League Sports Station"[edit]

On July 10, 2013, Tyler Media announced that a Sports format, known as "107.7 The Franchise" will replace the station's longtime Classic Rock format. That format, along with KRXO's airstaff will move to KRXO HD-2 side channel which will also be simulcasted on an FM translator at 104.5 K283BW. Programming on the new format will include OU sports, NFL games on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights. Additional programming will be from Dial Global's NBC Sports Radio Network.

Ownership Changes[edit]

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.[1][2] Tyler's purchase of KRXO and its sister stations was consummated on November 13, 2012.

HD Radio[edit]

KRXO along with its sister FM stations in Oklahoma City including KOMA and KMGL broadcast on HD Radio for a short time from 2006 through 2008.

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.[3]

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.

OU fans with radios at the stadium had complained that the station's play-by-play was behind the actual game action.[4][5]

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. In 2014 KOMA turned the HD on. KMGL's HD signals still remain switched off.

Oklahoma City sister stations[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Current[edit]

Dave Garrett, former New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys play by play radio voice

Former[edit]

Tony Casillas, former Oklahoma Sooners football player, NFL veteran, member of the College Football Hall of Fame

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°33′36″N 97°29′06″W / 35.560°N 97.485°W / 35.560; -97.485