KTPK
CityTopeka, Kansas
Broadcast areaTopeka, Kansas metropolitan area
Frequency106.9 MHz
BrandingCountry 106.9
Programming
FormatClassic country
Ownership
OwnerAlpha Media
(Alpha Media Licensee LLC)
KSAJ, WIBW (AM), WIBW-FM
History
First air date
1974
Call sign meaning
"Topeka"
Technical information
Facility ID67334[1]
ClassC [1]
ERP100,000 watts
HAAT369 meters
Transmitter coordinates
39°31′34″N 95°54′58″W / 39.52611°N 95.91611°W / 39.52611; -95.91611[1]
Links
WebcastListen live
Websitewww.mycountry1069.com

KTPK (106.9 FM) is a radio station broadcasting a classic country format and is currently branded as "Country 106.9". The station is located in Topeka, Kansas, where it is licensed. The station is currently owned by Alpha Media.

History

KTPK signed on its country format in 1974. In 1997, Kansas Capital Broadcasting, which also owned KTKA-TV until it closed, bought the company. They made several changes like broadcasting Kansas State University football and basketball games until 2005, adopted the name "Twister 106.9" in 1998, and then "K-Country" in 2002. In 2005, KTPK was sold to JMJ Broadcasting Company, Inc for $5.7 million. When JMJ Broadcasting Company, Inc. took over, they no longer wanted sports, so they dropped the KSU football games, and changed the station's name to "Country Legends 106.9", as the format shifted from contemporary country music to classic country.[2] In mid-2006, KTPK soared in the ratings, and as of the latest ratings available (Spring 2012 and again in the Spring of 2013) they were rated #1 in the Topeka market for total listeners aged 12 and up.[3] On September 1, 2015, Alpha Media took ownership of KTPK.[4]

On the morning of November 21, 2018, KTPK dropped its classic country format and began stunting with Christmas music as "Christmas 106.9", which pointed to the station possibly flipping to a new format after the holiday season. This might have been partially due to its drop in ratings from a 10.2 audience share during the Spring 2017 Nielsen Audio ratings to a 5.6 share in the Spring 2018 ratings.[5]

On December 26, 2018, KTPK returned to its "Country 106.9" classic country format.[6]

Country Legends 106.9 Miracle Marathon for Kids Radiothon (2006-2015)

From 2006 until 2015, KTPK broadcast an annual radiothon for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN) at St. Francis Health Center in Topeka, Kansas. The radiothon took place each year during a week in August, from 6AM to 6PM. While on air, they not only raised money for the sick and injured children, but tell stories, as well. 2009 was a record-breaking year for the fundraiser, as they raised a record breaker $105,205.59, up from 2008, where they raised just over $102,000.[7] Subsequently, they raised amounts between $90,000 and $102,000. Following the 2015 CMN radiothon, officials from Children's Miracle Network informed the station it would be moving its local radiothon to the Cumulus Media Group of stations in Topeka. After being purchased by Alpha Media USA, KTPK became part of the Alpha Media Topeka group of stations, becoming a sister station to WIBW 580 and WIBW-FM ("The Big 94.5 Country"). WIBW-FM had been doing their own annual radiothons for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and in March 2016, KTPK teamed up with them for the event.

Previous logos

KTPK Country Legends 106.9 FM logo.svg

References

  1. ^ a b c KTPK FCC Information
  2. ^ KTPK History
  3. ^ "Atop the Ratings". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2009-03-29.
  4. ^ Marie, Ann. "General manager, other staff members of Country Legends 106.9 let go Monday". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2015-09-01.
  5. ^ KTPK Drops Drops Classic Country For Christmas Radioinsight - November 21, 2018
  6. ^ Country 106.9 Returns and You've Got to Hear It Now
  7. ^ From Topeka Capital Journal