1190 Dallas KLIF

Ken Knox on 1190 KLIF Dallas | January 4, 1961


Courtesy of George, a trader who provided this via our sister site Radioinsight.com, here is a PERFECT recording of Ken Lock on KLIF, back in the very early days of Top 40 radio!

KLIF, of course, was the Gordon McLendon station in Dallas, at this point competing with crosstown KBOX for the Top 40 crown. But listen, this is *not* all Rock & Roll! The first song you’ll hear is from Lawrence Welk! The music is all over the place, which is what you’d expect from a genuine Top 40 station (not the pre-programmed and preformatted crap that passes for Top 40 today), and from a programming standpoint its a breath of fresh air.

What really stands out in this short aircheck is KLIF news. Sure, this is packaged with the usual beeps and other sound effects you’d hear in the 50s and early 60s, but KLIF did an outstanding job of reporting news, and given that this is 1961, its an amazing glimpse into what was deemed important in terms of serving a station’s City of Licence.

Listen to these ancient commercials. This is the perfect recording for an aircheck museum such as Airchexx!

1190 KLIF - circa 1972



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.


October 2, 2007 at 12:09 am

Great aircheck! By the way, the jock’s name is Ken KNOX.

August 13, 2012 at 3:51 pm

WHERE’S THE LINK!! to this darn aircheck!?!

June 16, 2014 at 1:35 am

Making news exciting was Gordon McLendon’s specialty. He came from a background of re-creating baseball games where he evoked theater-of-the-mind techniques to make the experience visible in the listener’s mind. He loved breaking into a song for an “important news bulletin”. It was exciting! You just had to listen. Also, his news cruisers were on the case, with dispatches from “newscruiser 5” or “newscruiser 4”. I believe those were the two they had so as to sound like they had 4 or 5. Theater of the mind!

September 11, 2016 at 10:17 am

I was raised in Dallas and this brings back fond memories from my childhood!Thanks!

Chuck De Rouen
October 4, 2017 at 3:01 pm

Cannot get it to play. He was my Father-in-law. I’d love to hear his voice agsin.

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