WKOS NASHIcon104.9 logo.png
Broadcast areaTri-Cities, Tennessee
Frequency104.9 MHz
Branding104.9 Nash Icon
First air date
1979 (as WGAT-FM)
Former call signs
WGAT-FM (1979-1981)
WZXY (1981-1991)[1]
Technical information
Facility ID67674
ERP2,750 watts
HAAT150 meters (490 ft)
WebcastListen Live

WKOS (104.9 FM), branded as "104.9 Nash Icon", is a radio station serving the Tri-Cities, Tennessee, area with country music. This station is under ownership of Cumulus Media.


This station was WGAT-FM Mar. 13, 1979, WZXY on Oct. 14, 1981, and changed to its current call letters on July 1, 1991.[1] In 1967, the phone hacker Captain Crunch created a radio station called WKOS [W-"chaos"], a pirate station in nearby Dover-Foxcroft, but had to shut it down when a legitimate radio station, WDME, objected. In the early 1980s, WGAT-FM became WZXY, an AOR station under their nickname "The New Y105, FM Rock". But sometime in the mid to late 1980s, WZXY changed formats from AOR to a CHR/Top 40 format. Through much of the 1990s and a large part of the 2000s[citation needed] the format was an Oldies under their new call letter WKOS, the new slogan was "Good Times Great Oldies! Oldies 104.9, WKOS".[2] and then adult hits. The station was called "The Peak" when it changed to hot adult contemporary.[citation needed]

On February 24, 2012, WKOS changed their format to country, branded as "The New Great Country 104.9 WKOS".[3]

On July 3, 2013, at 3:00 pm EDT WKOS re-branded itself as "The New Nash FM 104.9".[4]

And then on April 24, 2015, WKOS rebranded as "Nash Icon 104.9".[5]

Sports coverage

In 2007, the East Tennessee State University men's basketball Team moved its games from WJCW to WKOS. This marked the first time the team was heard on FM radio. This has since been moved to AM 640 WXSM, a sister station.[6]


  1. ^ a b fjallfoss.fcc.gov http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws.exe/prod/cdbs/pubacc/prod/call_hist.pl?Facility_id=67674&Callsign=WKOS. Retrieved 2009-03-26. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ Radio Station WKOS 104.9 FM Retrieved on 2009-03-26.
  3. ^ Great Country Comes To Kingsport
  4. ^ Cumulus'NashFM Expansion Continues
  5. ^ WKOS Shifts From Nash to Nash Icon
  6. ^ ETSU BASKETBALL MOVES TO WKOS RADIO Retrieved on 2009-03-26.

Coordinates: 36°33′14″N 82°27′00″W / 36.554°N 82.450°W / 36.554; -82.450