KTCK-FM
Simulcast of KTCK, Dallas
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Broadcast areaDallas–Fort Worth Metroplex
Frequency96.7 MHz
BrandingSportsRadio 96.7 & 1310 The Ticket
Programming
Language(s)English
FormatSports
NetworkFox Sports Radio
Affiliations
Ownership
Owner
KLIF, KLIF-FM, KPLX, KTCK, KSCS, WBAP
History
First air date
April 1967; 55 years ago (1967-04) (as KDSQ)
Former call signs
    • KDSQ (1967–1969)
    • KSHN (1969–1975)
    • KIKM-FM (1975–1983)
    • KZXL-FM (1983–1985)
    • KIKM-FM (1985–1997)
    • KDVE (1997)
    • KNKI (1997–1998)
    • KMEO (1998–2003)
    • KTYS (2003–2008)
    • KPMZ (2008-2010)[1]
    • WBAP-FM (2010-2013)
Call sign meaning
"The Ticket"
Technical information
Facility ID26468
ClassC
ERP93,000 watts
HAAT621 meters (2,037 ft)
Transmitter coordinates
33°15′41″N 97°17′42″W / 33.26139°N 97.29500°W / 33.26139; -97.29500Coordinates: 33°15′41″N 97°17′42″W / 33.26139°N 97.29500°W / 33.26139; -97.29500
Links
WebcastListen via Audacy
Websitetheticket.com

KTCK-FM (96.7 FM, "The Ticket") is a commercial radio station licensed to Flower Mound, Texas, and serving the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. It simulcasts a sports radio format, along with sister station KTCK 1310 AM. KTCK-AM-FM are owned by Cumulus Media with studios on East Lamar Boulevard in Arlington. Weekdays feature local Dallas-based sports shows, while Fox Sports Radio is heard late nights and weekends. KTCK-AM-FM are the flagship stations for the Dallas Stars Radio Network.

KTCK-FM has an effective radiated power (ERP) of 90,000 watts. The transmitter is on Farm to Market Road in Rosston, Texas, about 35 miles northwest of Dallas.[2] The signal extends into Oklahoma but may be hard to hear in some southern suburbs of Dallas and Fort Worth.

History

KDSQ/KSHN/Kick'm Country

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In April 1967; 55 years ago (1967-04), the station signed on as KDSQ. It was based in the Sherman-Denison area on 101.7 FM. Two years later, it changed its call sign to KSHN. And in 1975 it changed to KIKM-FM with a country music format during the day and Top 40 at night (simulcast from sister station KIKM), then to full-time Top 40 a couple years later. In 1983, the call sign changed to KZXL-FM, but two years later the previous call sign was re-established[1] with a 24-hour country music format known as "Kick'm Country".

A decade later, KIKM-FM swapped frequencies with KDVE (also in Sherman), however the station went dark in 1997. During that time, the city of license was changed from Sherman to its current location in Flower Mound, Texas.

Memories 96.7 FM

Memories 96.7 logo from 1998-2003
Memories 96.7 logo from 1998-2003

A couple months later, the KNKI call letters were established, but the station did not sign on until November 1998, under the control of Disney/ABC Radio.[3] After launching on November 23, 1998, as Memories 96.7 FM, playing soft oldies from the 1950s to the 1970s,[4] it changed call signs to KMEO on December 28, 1998.[1][5]

During overnight hours, KMEO switched to live "Memories"/"Unforgettable Favorites" programming from ABC Music Radio. Previously live, local programming was briefly replaced by ABC Radio's corporate "Memories" satellite programming for a full 24 hours on June 26, 2003, until 5pm on June 27, 2003 when the "Memories" format was dropped.

96.7 The Texas Twister

96.7 The Twister logo from 2003 to 2008.
96.7 The Twister logo from 2003 to 2008.

96.7 The Twister (alternately "The Texas Twister") officially "touched down" at 5 pm on June 27, 2003.[6] The last song heard on "Memories" was "Thanks For The Memory" by Bob Hope.[7] This was followed by the first song on the "Twister", being "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson.[7][8] This was the start of 20,000 songs in a row without commercial interruption. Initially jockless, The Twister started adding DJs in September 2003.[9] Its playlist was composed of "today's modern country hits" mixed with Texas country music, thus adopting the slogan "The Most New Country In Texas". The call letters were not officially changed to KTYS until October 21, 2003.[1] On June 12, 2007, 24 Disney/ABC Radio stations, including KTYS, merged into Citadel Broadcasting's portfolio. The KMEO call letters have been reassigned to an American Family Radio-affiliate station in Mertzon, Texas.

Platinum 96.7

Platinum 96.7 logo from 2008 to 2010
Platinum 96.7 logo from 2008 to 2010

On June 30, 2008, at 5:28 a.m., after five years as The Twister, the station ended its tenure as a country station in favor of returning to Oldies as Platinum 96.7.[10] The last song on "The Twister" was "Kiss My Country Ass" by Rhett Akins, while the first song on "Platinum" being "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles.[11][12] From there, it broadcast a diverse oldies format, as the playlist was taken directly from the remnants of the former ABC Radio's corporate "Memories" music library; thus, their slogan was "Forgotten Hits Re-Discovered." It also marked a return of a few former "Memories" personalities with Ron Chapman as the station's consultant.[13] The callsign was changed to KPMZ on July 2, 2008[1] (referring to a PlatinuM record and paying homage to "Memories 96.7").[14] The "Texas Twister" format was moved to its sister station KSCS's HD-2 signal. KPMZ ceased transmitting its digital "HD Radio" signal in 2009. Because the license to broadcast digital "HD Radio" is perpetual, the station could resume digital broadcasts at any time.

WBAP simulcast

Former ident of WBAP AM & FM signals used 2010-2013.
Former ident of WBAP AM & FM signals used 2010-2013.

At Noon CT on March 12, 2010, after playing "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" by Steam, the station briefly reverted to its previous "Texas Twister" country music format. Two hours later, a stunt known as "Reagan Radio" began, exclusively featuring sound clips from former president Ronald Reagan.[15] The station began simulcasting sister station WBAP on Monday, March 15.[16][17] Although broadcasting on a rimshot frequency, the staff at WBAP claims that this station will provide "crystal-clear FM fidelity" for their listeners in 96.7's pre-determined coverage area.[18] The station changed call signs to WBAP-FM effective March 19, 2010.[1][19] Citadel merged with Cumulus Media on September 16, 2011.[20] With the simulcast in place, the station was responsible for activation of the North Texas Emergency Alert System (alongside sister stations WBAP-AM and KSCS) when hazardous weather alerts, disaster area declarations, and AMBER Alerts are issued.[21]

KTCK/The Ticket simulcast

The Ticket broadcasting from a 2014 Dallas Stars fan-event at the Galleria Dallas
The Ticket broadcasting from a 2014 Dallas Stars fan-event at the Galleria Dallas

On October 7, 2013, Cumulus announced that effective October 21, 96.7 would change from a simulcast of news/talk AM station WBAP to sports AM station KTCK. Dan Bennet, Dallas/Fort Worth market manager for Cumulus, said that WBAP had "no ratings increase since adding the FM."[22] The WBAP simulcast moved to KPLX 99.5 HD2. A callsign change to KTCK-FM took effect October 27.[19]

It is also likely, however, that the station's flip was also related to a botched sale of previous FM simulcast KTDK; the same day as the flip's announcement, the Federal Communications Commission had rejected a planned sale of the KTDK signal to Whitley Media to make room for a potential sale of rival station KESN by owner The Walt Disney Company; this was due to the structuring of the deal, attempting to find a legal loophole wherein Cumulus would still control KTDK through a local marketing agreement and could claim all financial support of the station and any sale or shutdown, and the FCC shut down such a loophole judging that such a move rendered Whitley Media merely a shell corporation for Cumulus, since they'd carry any financial success or failure the station had. Following the decision, Cumulus then decided to move KTCK's FM simulcast to 96.7 and turn in KTDK's licence for deletion by the FCC.[23]

Former on-air staff

Signal

Unlike most of the area's FM stations like sister stations KSCS, KPLX and KLIF-FM, which transmit their signals from Cedar Hill and Southwest Dallas, KTCK-FM transmits its signal from an unincorporated area within the county borders of Cooke, Montague, and Wise. Therefore, KTCK's FM signal is much stronger in the Northwestern parts of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex as well as the cities of Decatur, Bowie, Gainesville, and Sherman, to as far north as Ardmore, Oklahoma, but is considerably weaker in Dallas and areas southeast of the Metroplex.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved March 19, 2010.
  2. ^ Radio-Locator.com/KTCK-FM
  3. ^ Brumley, Al (November 29, 1998). "Barbra and Neil, together again (but he still won't bring her flowers)". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  4. ^ "Memories 96.7: Doze were the days". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. November 29, 1998. p. 8. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Weitz, Matt (May 30, 1999). "Station finds success with new, 'non-kinky' format". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Brumley, Al (July 6, 2003). "'Memories'fades into new country; ABC hopes 'The Twister' will help KSCS by hurting 'The Wolf'". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  7. ^ a b "New radio show in Arlington". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. June 28, 2003. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  8. ^ Memories 96.7 Becomes The Twister
  9. ^ "Peck picked for first DJ slot on the Twister". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. September 8, 2003. p. 7. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  10. ^ "KTYS switches format, Chapman returns". Dallas Business Journal. June 30, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  11. ^ "'The Twister'changing to 'The Twist'". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. June 30, 2008. p. B10. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  12. ^ The Twister Becomes Platinum 96.7
  13. ^ "KTYS/Dallas Flips To 'Platinum 96.7'; Chapman Consults". Radio Ink. June 30, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  14. ^ "Pop Culture District: Twisting Into Platinum". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. June 30, 2008.
  15. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (March 12, 2010). "You Know, What Dallas Has Always Needed Is An All-Ronald Reagan Station". Unfair Park. Dallas Observer. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  16. ^ "WBAP/Dallas Gets FM Simulcast With Flip Of KPMZ". All Access Music Group. March 12, 2010.
  17. ^ Philpot, Robert (March 13, 2010). "96.7 FM changes format from oldies to WBAP simulcast". Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
  18. ^ "WBAP-AM/Dallas Gets an FM Simulcast". Radio Ink. March 12, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  19. ^ a b "Pending call sign requests". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 13, 2010.
  20. ^ "Cumulus now owns Citadel Broadcasting". Atlanta Business Journal. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  21. ^ "Dallas Fort Worth Local Plan" (PDF). Texas Association of Broadcasters. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-07-04. Retrieved 2008-05-05.
  22. ^ Philpot, Robert. "'SportsRadio 1310 the Ticket' to also air on 96.7 FM". DFW.com. Archived from the original on October 13, 2013. Retrieved May 20, 2022.
  23. ^ Cumulus Sells DFW Rimshot- RadioInsight
  24. ^ "John LaBella". Radio Daily News. March 6, 2002. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  25. ^ "Radio station plans tribute to LaBella". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 8, 2002. Retrieved March 15, 2010.
  26. ^ "Chaz Mixon". KKHJ - 93KHJ American Samoa. Archived from the original on November 20, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010.