KAKC
Frequency1300 kHz (HD Radio)
Branding1300 The Patriot
Programming
FormatConservative talk
Ownership
Owner
KIZS, KMOD-FM, KTBT, KTBZ, KTGX
History
First air date
July 15, 1938 (as KOME at 1340)
Former call signs
KOME (1938-1969)
KCNW (1969-1976)
KXXO (1976-1980)
KMOD (1980-1982)
KBBJ (1982-1987)
Former frequencies
1340 kHz (1938-1950)
Technical information
Facility ID11939
ClassB
Power5,000 watts (day)
1,000 watts (night)
Links
WebcastListen Live
Website1300thepatriot.iheart.com

KAKC (1300 AM) is a conservative talk radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The station is owned by iHeartMedia, Inc. Its studios are located at the Tulsa Event Center in Southeast Tulsa and its transmitter site is near Broken Arrow.

History

The original KAKC calls were on 970 in Tulsa from the 1950s through 1980 during which time the station was owned by S. Carl Mark. It was the top rated station in Tulsa during many of those years despite having less transmitter power than its competitors.

In 1985, KBBJ 1300 picked up the KAKC call letters and flipped from a MOR/Standards format to a satellite-based Oldies format. 1300 over the years has been a country music, R&B-disco, album rock, adult contemporary, news-talk, Spanish music, sports, and business news station. The station has had little success in the Tulsa radio market due to a limited night signal or little if any promotion by Clear Channel over the decades. Former call letters for 1300 AM include KOME, KCNW, KXXO, and KMOD.

John Henry and Spencer Rhodes had an early morning show that featured county/ western and swing in the early morning hours and early rock and roll later in the day. They featured many artists from the 1930s and the 1940s with a lot of focus on Hank Williams and Bob Wills who did a radio show from the Cain's Ballroom originating from Tulsa, Oklahoma. This show was on every day for many years and John Henry and Spencer Rhodes did a daily show on the old country music featuring their own personal record collections. They also concentrated on the early years of Rock and Roll and had many of the original artists in studio who gave interviews and spoke of their own upbringings. These artists included the Shirelles, Chubby Checker, Chuck Berry, Hank Williams backup musicians and driver of their tour bus, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley who in an interview with Spencer Rhodes spoke of days of picking cotton as a child. There were many other artists from the 1940s and 1950s that played the state fair circuits later in life that came to Tulsa, Oklahoma that stopped by the studio and gave interviews to John Henry and Spencer Rhodes early morning Country Swing and Rock and Roll show known as the Hillbilly Hit Parade. Spencer Rhodes children recorded almost all of the shows and still have them on recordings. Spencer Rhodes maintained relationships with many of the artists he admired as a teenager and many of the records played on the Rock and Roll part of show were the records he bought as a teenager and to his appreciation he had many of the artists from that era autograph the records he bought in the 1950s.

On April 16, 2007 KAKC changed their format to sports, with programming from ESPN Radio. In 2015 KAKC became the local affiliate of CBS Sports Radio.

Currently, it is the Tulsa radio affiliate for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Tulsa Roughnecks FC and the Cleveland Browns Radio Network.

On September 15, 2021 KAKC changed their format from sports to conservative talk, branded as "1300 The Patriot".[1]

References


Coordinates: 35°59′40″N 95°51′27″W / 35.99444°N 95.85750°W / 35.99444; -95.85750