Oklahoma City

Dan McGregor, 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City | January 5, 1964

Date of Recording: 01.05.1964 Station: 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City, OK (Wikipedia) (Website) Format: Top 40 Branded: “The Tiger in your Radio” Contributor: Bob Jones Airchexx Entry: 1,554 Total Time: 9:47 Stand By… For the Kissing Tone… on KOMA! Curator’s Notes: The legacy of 1520 KOMA is firmly etched into the hearts and minds of those born between 1962 and 1984. Yep. Those baby-boomers sure had great taste in music, AND a love of the old Top 40 format which back then, resided completely on the AM band. With that in mind, close your eyes and think back to where you were when you first heard KOMA. Then remember the small nuances of this station. What were you doing at this time? How did KOMA help you release it? Those are the questions people generally ask me when...

Chuck Diamond, 1520 KOMA Oklahoma City | Summer, 1978

At three minutes in length, you won’t hear any commercials, but you will hear a lot of Chuck Diamond. He calls himself Oklahoma City’s original Chucker, but this isn’t the same “Chucker” heard in Scott Lowe’s special elsewhere on this site. KOMA was another one of those clear channel stations, with a protected 750 mile nighttime signal contour, which meant that nearly all of the western United States could pick it up after dark. A great western Top 40 station, KOMA continued playing music until just a few years ago, when it flipped from it’s then Oldies format to News. I’m not sure when they dropped Top 40 for Oldies, but I’m thinking it was the early 90s. The call letters and Oldies format moved to FM the day of the switch to News.

Composite: KOMA 1520 Oklahoma City | 1966

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 ...

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