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1520 KOMA / Oklahoma City

Composite: KOMA 1520 Oklahoma City | 1966

1520 Oklahoma City KOMA

Every now and then it’s time to go way back, to before the days when FM was in vogue when AM was king of the hill, and disc jockeys puked their way to the top.

They also ripped off each other’s names in different markets.

This starts out with the Charlie Tuna show. Now, is this THE same Tuna who was a staple at KHJ in Los Angeles? You decide, but the voice is different. Processing? Charlie doesn’t puke, but the guy who comes after him does… yikes, did all the top 40s of the era sound like that? No wonder AM Top 40 got a bad rap.

We’re critical, yes, but overall this is an excellent aircheck for several reasons. First, this is PERSONALITY radio. Jocks using sound effects, shouts, special jingles and everything. And a warmth to this station that you can’t capture in today’s lumbering FM monoliths (and you sure as hell can’t pick up an Oklahoma FM station in Iowa – unless there’s an E-skip opening).

You listen, then comment on what you hear. Better or worse than today?

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  1. My husband,Joe Salvador, worked at KOMA in 1966. Station was in Moore. Dale Wehba, Charlie Tuna and Joe and I lived at English Village Apartments in Moore. Bobbie Davis was also a disc jockey there. NEVER had so much fun in our lives. What a bunch of wonderful, fun people. When Carlie and his wife and 2little babies got the offer to go to LA we all helped him financially make the trip. Everyone at the station did everything together. Sure miss those days. Many have passed on…Charlie Tuna, Bobbie Davis that I know of and I’m sure everyone else is retired by now. Joe and I moved from OKC to Dallas and then to Las Vegas where he did a sports talk show at Caesars Palace.


  2. Bruce-You are correct. My older brother (jock names Chuck Dann, later Chuck Riley) used Charles D. Hanks, Jr, his real name, as KOMA news director in the middle 60s. When Art Ferguson arrived from Kansas, he needed a fresh airname. Since Chuck had only used it once on a lark to pull an airshift when someone called in sick, he offered it to Art. Also it was true that Chuck spent the last 28 years of his life in Hollywood working freelance as the comedy and drama voice of network television, signature voiced many TV and radio stations, VO’d a lot of syndicated TV promos, narrated many TV and radio documentaries, cranked out dozens of movie trailers and did multiple national ad campaigns, read-a-long books, etc. He passed away on May 10, 2007 at age 66. I miss him every day.

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