QuickCheck: Tommy Kramer, KNUS 99 Dallas | June, 1972

Tommy Kramer is all over the web these days, with his own blog, consultant duties, etc. He was a great Top 40 jock as well, as you’ll hear in this ultra-short QuickCheck of McLendon’s KNUS 99. By the time of this aircheck, McLendon had sold his AM, KLIF, and the war to beat his former station was on!

KNUS did, in fact, decimate KLIF in subsequent books, although, ironically, KNUS 99 was originally slated to become an all-news outlet on FM, which is why the call letters.


Steve West

I am the owner and editor of Airchexx.com, an audio museum of radio history. An audiophile and broadcast professional, I have worked on the air in radio stations in Central Massachusetts, Charleston, South Carolina, Corpus Christi, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Norwalk, Connecticut. Full disclosure: Steve "West" is my radio name, assigned to me by the former Ops manager at what was WMBZ, 94.1 "The Buzz" in Memphis. I kept it for the radio stuff I do.Currently, On-Air at on-line station http://hitoldies.com weekends, and by day I am an Electrician at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, Connecticut.

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5 Responses

  1. Don says:


    They should have taked KNUS-FM as well. BIG MISTAKE!!!

    • Tony says:


      When the McLendons sold KLIF to Fairchild, KNUS originally was to be part of the deal.

      Neither the McLendons nor Fairchild wanted the FM. Ironically, it was B.R., Gordon’s father, who saw the potential of KNUS and FM in general.

      When the idea of all news was scrapped, a top-40, album-cut format was launched.

      Within 15 months of the sale of KLIF, KNUS beat KLIF in the ratings. Although KLIF recovered once, maybe twice, the end was near.

      Today, KLIF is a low-rated, conservative talk station in Dallas on 570 AM.

      KNUS was the last station owned by the McLendons. It was sold in 1979 for $3.75 million. Today, the old KNUS is KLUV, an oldies station.

      Tony

  2. Tony says:


    Can you clean that aircheck up some?

    Really poor quality — muddy — ha- … .

    Maybe it’s been sitting in Dallas summer heat for 40 years.

    Tony

  3. Steve West says:


    Tony, if I were to remove the hiss you would be left with a low fidelity muddy aircheck that would sound like it was under water. I tried that :). Today’s new aircheck is much better.

  4. Tony Williams says:


    That’s much better. Thanks, Steve.

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