KOOI
KOOI 106.5JACKfm logo.jpg
Broadcast areaTyler-Longview area
Frequency106.5 MHz
Branding106.5 Jack FM
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatVariety hits
AffiliationsDallas Cowboys Radio Network
Ownership
Owner
KKUS, KOYE, KYKX, KTLH
History
First air date
1967 (as KEBE-FM)
Former call signs
KEBE-FM (1968-1975)
KOOI-FM (1983-1986)
KOOI (1975-1983; 1986-present)
Call sign meaning
OOI represents the numerical value of 1, as this is the 1st FM station that Dudley Waller owned in East Texas.
Technical information
Facility ID70740
ClassC
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT451 meters (1,480 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
32°3′40.00″N 95°18′50.00″W / 32.0611111°N 95.3138889°W / 32.0611111; -95.3138889
Links
WebcastListen live
Website1065jackfm.com

KOOI (106.5 FM; 106-5 Jack FM) is a radio station broadcasting a variety hits format. Licensed to Jacksonville, Texas, United States, the station serves the Tyler-Longview area. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media LLC, through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC,[1] and features programming from Fox News Radio.[2] Its studios are located on Broadway Avenue in downtown Tyler, and its transmitter is located north of Jacksonville, in the town of Mt. Selman.

History

Licensed in 1968 by Dudley Waller, as KEBE-FM, 106.5 was a simulcast of AM 1400 (known as the KEBE Corral). From the beginning, 106.5 was an affiliate of the ABC radio network. The call letters were changed to the current KOOI in 1975. K-double-O-I is documented as the first radio station in East Texas to have an automation system. Waller bought a Schaffer automation using cart machines on carousels and 10, reel-to-reel decks, providing a beautiful music/easy listening format to East Texas.

Although the call letters appear to be a random assignment, they were actually specifically chosen by Dudley Waller, representing the first (001) of several FM facilities he wished to own throughout East Texas.

K=West of the Mississippi
O=zero in Roman numerals
O=zero in Roman numerals
I=one in Roman numerals

Had Waller received a second construction permit, his plan was to request its call letters to be KOII.

In 1983, KOOI became the first FM radio station in East Texas to broadcast in stereo. The station began to transition from the beautiful music format, which was starting to falter in ratings, to a soft rock direction as Sunny 106.5 K-double-O-I.

In 1987, KOOI moved to its current transmitter site at Mount Selman which also serves as the tower site of fellow Jacksonville licensed stations KETK-TV and KBJS. The move of the KOOI transmission site and associated upgrades gave this facility the most powerful (Class C) FM at the highest elevation in East Texas. As a result, KOOI's coverage area spans a large portion of its East Texas home, reaching as far away as Nacogdoches and Crockett to the south, and Quitman and Pittsburg to the north.

In 1997, KOOI transitioned from Easy Listening/Soft Rock to an Adult Contemporary format under Program Director and morning host Dave Moreland. The station remained branded as Sunny 106.5 and achieved great success in this incarnation. Using the slogan "Your Life. Your Music. East Texas.", "Sunny 106.5" was live and local during all dayparts. In addition to Moreland, other "Sunny 106.5" on-air personalities during this time included Jack Schell, Rick Watson, Rodd Wayne, Bill Davis, Janie Baker and Rhonda Parsons.

On January 7, 2005, after 47 years of ownership, Dudley Waller sold KOOI 106.5 to Access.1 of New York, along with KYKX, KOYE, KKUS, and 1370 KFRO for $26 million.[3] Even though he had sold off his original Jacksonville FM facility, Waller Media did not include the heritage AM facility in this transaction.

On January 21, 2013, KOOI changed format from adult contemporary to classic hits, while still utilizing the "Sunny 106.5" branding.

Alpha Media LLC purchased KOOI and eight other stations in Texas and Louisiana from Access.1 effective April 14, 2015, at a price of $13.75 million.

On June 26, 2017, KOOI changed format from classic hits to variety hits, branded as "106.5 Jack FM".[4]

References

  1. ^ https://www.alphamediausa.com/our-stations/?market=East%20Texas Alpha Media East Texas Stations
  2. ^ "KOOI Facility Record". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  3. ^ "KOOI Call Sign History". United States Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  4. ^ Jack Comes to East Texas Radioinsight - June 26, 2017