Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97

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KAKC AM 970 dominated radio listening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, like no other station before or since. During its heyday, half of all radios in northeast Oklahoma were tuned to this Top 40 station. The "new" KAKC emerged in 1956 with a baby-boom generation raised on rock and roll, the twist, and transistor radios. But it was more than music that kept KAKC on top throughout the turbulent 1960s, Vietnam, and into the 1970s—it was fun! The station was always out doing something entertaining in the community, usually to benefit a charity, and the Big 7 deejays—including Scooter Segraves, Dick Schmitz, and Lee Bayley—became household names. The images in Tulsa's KAKC Radio chronicle the station's entire history, from its beginnings in the Coliseum to its long ride as the dominant force in Tulsa radio.
ISBN: 9780738590851
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 191
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Growing up in Sand Springs, Steve Clem liked KAKC so much that he chose a career in radio. In 2010, Clem wrote and produced the award-winning radio documentary Tulsa's Top 40 Legend, KAKC, which aired on KWGS 89.5 and contained reminiscences of former KAKC personnel. That led to his involvement in the Tulsa Historical Society exhibit, “‘The Big 97: Tulsa's KAKC,” which opened in June 2011; many of the images in this book are from that exhibit.
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