KEOM
KEOM-FM Logo.jpg
Broadcast areaParts of Dallas, Kaufman, Rockwall, Collin, Hunt, Ellis, and Tarrant counties
Frequency88.5 MHz (HD Radio)
BrandingMesquite Schools Radio
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatClassic hits (Community)
AffiliationsTexas State Network
Ownership
OwnerMesquite Independent School District
History
First air date
September 4, 1984 (at 88.3)
Former frequencies
88.3 MHz (1984-1992)
Call sign meaning
Education of Mesquite[1]
Technical information
Facility ID41307
ClassC1
ERP61,000 watts
HAAT175 meters (574 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
32°45′46″N 96°38′4″W / 32.76278°N 96.63444°W / 32.76278; -96.63444Coordinates: 32°45′46″N 96°38′4″W / 32.76278°N 96.63444°W / 32.76278; -96.63444
Links
WebcastListen Live
Websitekeom.fm

KEOM (88.5 FM) is a non-commercial educational high school radio station based in Mesquite, Texas. It is operated by the Mesquite Independent School District and broadcasts to the greater Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex.

KEOM broadcasts in HD Radio.[2]

History

The station was founded by Dr. Ralph Poteet, former MISD Superintendent, to present community information in a way not possible via commercial radio stations, and to provide MISD students having interest in radio and communications with hands-on radio experience.[3] The air staff is primarily made up of students from the five high schools in the city taking radio production classes.[4]

The station signed on the air September 4, 1984, on 88.3 FM with 3,000 watts on a 250-foot (76 m) tower.[4] It moved to 88.5 and increased its power to 61,000 watts in 1992 upon the completion of a new 415-foot-tall (126 m) City/School Communications Tower at Mesquite Memorial Stadium.[5]

Programming

KEOM airs live broadcasts of high school sports from MISD schools. The station also broadcasts music primarily from the 1970s to the 1990s.[4] KEOM is a station that signs on the air every day at 7 a.m. with the National Anthem.

KEOM is one of a few secondary stations containing the North Texas Emergency Alert System that sends messages from primaries WBAP and KSCS.

Comparing KEOM and KLUV, its competitor in the Dallas area, the station contains a more enhanced and larger playlist than KLUV, the other Classic Hits station utilizing significantly more repetitions and having a more power songs-oriented playlist than KEOM.

Awards and honors

The station was named "Best Blast from the Past" in the 2007 Dallas Observer "Best of Dallas" rankings.[6]

Signal

Unlike most of the area's FM stations like competitor KLUV, which transmit their signals from Cedar Hill,[7] KEOM transmits its signal from an area southwest of Mesquite. Therefore, KEOM's signal is much stronger in most of Dallas County as well as the cities in the eastern portion of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex including Waxahachie, McKinney, and Terrell to as far east as Canton, but is considerably weaker west of DFW.

See also

References

  1. ^ Nelson, Bob (September 4, 2009). "Radio/TV Station Call Letter Origins #241". Radio History on the Web. Archived from the original on February 18, 2016. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  2. ^ http://hdradio.com/station_guides/widget.php?id=10 Archived 2015-11-23 at the Wayback Machine HD Radio Guide for Dallas-Ft. Worth
  3. ^ Goodwyn, Wade (September 28, 2009). "High School DJs Dial Dallas Back To The 1970s". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c Selk, Avi (September 4, 2009). "At 25, Mesquite schools' radio station is older than its student DJs". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  5. ^ "KEOM History". KEOM. Archived from the original on 2008-05-06. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  6. ^ "Best Blast from the Past". Dallas Observer. Retrieved September 30, 2009.
  7. ^ "RadioLocator.com/KLUV".((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)