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1190 Dallas KLIF

The next series of airchecks pertain to the Dallas market – in particular, Gordon McLendon’s contribution to broadcast history in ’72.

Perhaps there has been no greater innovator in all of broadcast history than McLendon, from his baseball play-by-play re-creations to HIS style of Top 40 radio.

This is one in a series of KLIF / KNUS airchecks that we’d like to present to you. All scoped, but all apparently original recordings in terrific condition!

One thing of note… Notice how many different call letters 1190 Dallas has had since 1990 (from

KFXR from 11/12/2001
KTRA from 04/09/2001
KJOI from 09/29/2000
KLUV from 08/17/1998
KOOO from 01/10/1997
KDFX from 11/03/1995
KGBS from 08/17/1992
KUII from 02/04/1991
KYII from 12/25/1990

By Steve West

Steve West is a 41 year veteran of broadcasting. His air work as a Jock and News Anchor includes six radio markets and over two-dozen radio stations. Steve is the founder of and - All the BIG Hits!

4 thoughts on “QuickChexx: 1190 KLIF Dallas | 1972”
    1. I just checked out and read the story about how KNUS-FM almost went up in flames.

      All I can say is you can’t make this stuff up and it could only happen in radio.

      Fortunately you were not hurt and didn’t get in trouble in the end.

  1. Always enjoy listening to airchecks of KLIF when it was a top 40 station.

    I never realized how many different call letters 1190 in Dallas went through.

    When did 570 become KLIF?

    Today those call letters refer to the typical talk station but as is the case with WABC, we’ll always remember when they played music and had great personalities that helped made them stand out and successful.

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