I have some pretty vivid memories about listening to KOMA out of Oklahoma City. Our daytime hours were taken up with school--during the school year, and work during the summer. But the evenings meant freedom, especially the weekends. We would "drag" main and listen to KOMA--our eye on the world of rock and roll. Here are some of the emails I've received from classmates. I have also added a link to the KOMA web site at the bottom of this page, and you can find a history of the radio station there.
A few lines . . .
KOMA was a dying C&W station that was purchased because it had a 50KW transmitter, the most powerful the FCC would allow.
I remember the contests they used to stage like the one where the DJ broadcast from a store window down town until he fell asleep. They offered prizes to the person who guessed the number of hours most accurately.
They also had a letter-writing campaign to the FCC because someone discovered that the 1510 kHz was actually above the legal limit of 1450 kHz that had been set for AM broadcasting way back in the 1930s. The station urged all the listeners to write the FCC in Washington to change the law and legalize their broadcasting. (There was the undertone that if the law weren't changed the station would be shut down but that changed after a couple of weeks and wasn't part of the pitch any more.)
I don't remember anything more specific but will provide it if I have any flashes
of past brilliance.
KOMA is still the same station as it was when we listened to it. the DJ that was there for us is now owner and talks about the 60s when he was just a DJ. Neat guy!!!
Carolyn Bruton Welch
Of course, KOMA was the only radio station that came in late at night, except of course the one from Del Rio, Texas. And that was REALLY late at night. After KDTA went off in the eveining, if you wanted to listen to the radio, you always dialed up KOMA!
Ramona Messano Tranchina
I will have to edit my thoughts though, as I was usually trying to find a place to park. Great station, It's still going and playing Oldies in OKC. 1520 Am back then, but it had to be after 9-10 Pm on Ford radios, and after about 11-12 Mid on Chevys. So I remember. Does anyone remember me spinning wax on KDTA, 1400 on your radio row, I think it was summer 61.? Hope not. Carolyn, does. maybe? See ya later Lew Fraser Oh, by the way, Wolfman Jack/ Great! Not Jack(large)Hawkins. The origional
that trying to recall what I was listening to 40 years ago is not as easy as
it would seem. I have hesitated to add to your web page because what I think
I remember may not actually be what happened at all. In any case, Maury, here
goes and maybe we can all agree to contribute, be it truth or "imagination".
Your Web Site is beautiful and thanks for all the effort you have put in to
it. "Webmaster" don't delete the praise when you add this to the Web
I even picked up KOMA one night hoping that would help. They are now playing Popular songs from our era. I remember listening to KOMA and I remember country music and fun announcers. I have never particularly cared for county music, so maybe that is as good of reason as any for my lack of memory. I do remember "Petey" (Melba Jeanne) liked it and I am sure we listened to it when we were dragging main and running around. I can only think of 3 songs--"A White Sport Coat", "Wolverton Mountain", and "On the Wings of a Snow White Dove". How is that for a selection?
I also remember Elvis and the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. I also loved the Kingston Trio and the Everly Brothers. I listened to a radio station all last summer that played popular music from that era and really enjoyed it---Every day I was pleasantly surprised by the different songs they played.
I also remember my babysitter, Olivia Garcia, had been to California and heard Elvis. I remember late at night, Olivia trying to tune in any station that played his music. We finally found one but you could hardly hear it--that was the first time I heard Elvis.
I want to urge everyone to jump in and send something in--it isn't bad when you make up your mind to do it and it is so fun to read what others have sent in. More later.
Sharon Huff Wilson
KOMA was great, I think every teenager in town was tuned to it. It seemed sometimes like the only link to the outside world. I kept my radio tuned to it all night.
Kay Stevens Suckow
I remember riding all over that valley, listening to KOMA, as to names of songs I cannot recall, KOMA was in the back ground all the time it was a comfort, like a friend we took every where we went.
KOMA Web Site