98.8 Dallas KNUS 99

Ken & Granny Emma; 98.7 KNUS Dallas | November, 1972


We’ve returned to the subject of K-NUS 99 Dallas! Off a tape donated by Robyn Watts over a decade ago, it’s time to re-visit this, as we had left part of the tape untouched!
Ken & Granny Emma. Without knowing, either way, wasn’t Granny the result of Ken’s ventriloquist abilities? Sure sounds like it. From a time when it really was uncommon for more than one jock in the morning. This is just pure brilliance!


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As Ellis B Feaster has posted this month, KNUS 99 later became a legendary name in Dallas radio. 98.7 K-LUV. A station with a legacy all it’s own. In the meantime, what more could I possibly write about a station that’s so good, RKO General even copied its DJ style!



Steve West is a 39 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve currently works on-air for the Super Radio USA media group out of Minnesota. Steve is the founder of the Airchexx Media Group and manages Airchexx.com and Airchexx Live - the official station of Airchexx.


November 30, 2019 at 11:44 am

Just a couple of corrections: KLIF and KNUS were no longer “sister stations competing against each other” in 1972 (time of this air check). McLendon sold KLIF in 1969. The sale would have included KNUS, but Fairchild was not interested. McLendon agreed not to operate an AM station within 150 miles. But boy, did they operate an FM! KNUS 99 went on to beat KLIF 1190 in several dayparts (not 1090 as listed in the intro to the air check). I was lucky enough to be a part of the on-air team (the only radio station of which I’m aware to have every member of its 1972-73 airstaff inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame). Thanks for posting this air check featuring Tommy Kramer, Christopher Haze (Randy Brown), and the great Ken Dowe and Granny Emma.

    December 3, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    Man… I’m sorry I got it wrong. 1090 was a typo and I don’t know what happened there. I”ll fix. I am so happy that you found the site and the airchecks. You guys all keep me straight on the descriptions! Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving and thanks so much for posting your comment!

December 3, 2019 at 10:59 pm

Thanks, Steve. You do a great job. I shared your post with Ken. He got a big kick out of it. Happy holidays to you, and thanks for all the hard work posting these classic clips.

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