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Craig O’Neil, 103.7 KKYK Little Rock | October, 1989

We’re guessing on the date of this aircheck as sometime in October, 1989, based upon the news item that Jim Bakker was sentenced to prison the day before this was recorded. (Can’t find the exact sentencing date but the trial lasted six weeks and began in August of 1989, so this is just a guess).

This opens up at 6:51 AM in “Crazy” Craig O’Neil’s morning show. This is the old “FM 104” KKYK with a contemporary format, and plenty of good morning show elements, including Comedy, News & Sports. This is not over the top as is the norm with so many hit music stations today.

Strangely enough, there is very little in the way of historical information on the old KKYK. We do know that the station changed call letters to KSYG on 9/6/96, then to KABZ on 9/29/00. Taking a guess here, KABZ was likely “The Buzz” Modern AC format, since your webmaster was one of the original Buzz jocks at Memphis’ version of the format, at 94.1 WMBZ which launched in January of 2001.

Today, 103.7 still holds the KABZ call letters, but runs a Sports/Talk format.

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*Aircheck courtesy of Contributor Robyn Watts
**Source #SM-11 tape courtesy of California Aircheck

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  1. The date of Jim Bakker’s sentencing was October 24, 1989, according to this article:

    http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1991-02-13/news/9101080414_1_tammy-faye-bakker-appeals-court-new-sentencing

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  2. KKYK went from rock to talk, changing calls to KSYG and later KABZ – but it was always a talk/sports talk station from 96 onward.

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  3. KKYK was a good radio station. Lets bring back good clean radio stations that are locally owned. Anyone out the remember Brother Hal on AM Radio? That was a great show!!!!!!!! Id love to hear more local shows on the radio.

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  4. Historical info on the old FM-104 (103.7) KKYK. Started as KARK-FM with KARK- AM (now KARN) and KARK-TV in the 60’s. The radio stations sold to the GM, Ted Snider who formed Snider Corp. in 1972. KKYK was a TM automated CHR until 1977 when it went to a live contemp format. Until 1981 it struggled to survive as the #3 CHR against legendary KAAY-AM and KLAZ. It found its legs in 81 when they hired Craig O’Neill as morning man with side kick Eric Brown. With Ron White from Grand Rapids as PD the station took off and had a great run as the top CHR in the 80’s. An amazing line up of talent left their mark there in the 80’s: Doctor Brock, Haynes Johns, sports legend Jim Elder, Jeff Hoyt, Brent Walker, Domino, Gene Moran (DC of Heather & DC), Dennis Harrington, Mark McCain, Kevin Miller,Jimmy Edwards (Hollywood Harrison), Kandy Klutch, After Ron White’s tenure, PD’s Greg Rolling and Brian Bridgman stepped in.
    KKYK sold to Shepard Communicatoons in 1988 and again to current owner Signal Media in 1992. Craig O’Neill is now the lead anchor at Gannett’s KTHV the Litte Rock CBS TV station. Snider Corp. retained it’s other properties and finally sold to Citadel in the late 90’s.

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