|Broadcast area||Tulsa, Oklahoma|
|Slogan||"Today's Best Music"|
|First air date||November 1, 1962|
|HAAT||453 meters (1486 ft)|
|Callsign meaning||Named after former owner, George KRAVis|
|Owner||Cox Media Group |
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
|Sister stations||KJSR, KRMG, KRMG-FM, KWEN, KOKI-TV, KMYT-TV|
KRAV-FM (96.5 MHz, "Mix 96.5"), is a commercial FM radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma, owned by Cox Radio. It airs a hot adult contemporary radio format, playing a mix of pop hits from the 1990s to today. Its studios and offices are located in the Cox Broadcasting Complex on South Memorial Drive, near Interstate 44 in Tulsa. The transmitter is on Route 97 in the Osage Reservation north of Sand Springs. Mix 96.5 is also heard on Cox Digital Cable channel 1984.
On November 1, 1962, KRAV first signed on. It was owned by the Boston Broadcasting Company, with George R. Kravis II as president and general manager. The call sign is the first four letters of Kravis' last name. A stand-alone FM radio station was rare in the 1960s, when there were few FM receivers. Most FM stations were co-owned by AM stations, simply simulcasting the same programming.
At first, KRAV was powered at only 20,000 watts from a 330 foot tower, giving it a fraction of the coverage it has today. In 1966, Kravis bought an AM station to pair with KRAV. AM 1050 KFMJ (now KGTO) was a 1,000 watt daytimer. It aired classic country music, while KRAV continued with its easy listening / middle of the road format. In the 1970s, KRAV moved to an adult contemporary sound, while KFMJ switched to a Christian radio format.
In 1976, KRAV moved from AC to a Hot AC format as "The New FM96 KRAV", also calling itself "V96 FM". In the 1990s, KRAV's power was boosted to 100,000 watts, the maximum permitted for non-grandfathered FM stations. But its tower was only 137 feet tall.
In 1996 Kravis sold KRAV and KFMJ to Cox Radio for $5.5 million. Cox continued the Hot AC format on KRAV, while switching AM 1050 to adult standards and oldies KGTO. KRAV and KGTO moved into studios on South Yale Avenue, along with co-owned AM 740 KRMG. KGTO was sold several years later.
In 2009, KRAV was relocated on a much taller tower shared with Cox's other FM and TV stations, at 1486 feet (453 meters) in height above average terrain in Sand Springs. Its signal now extends from the Kansas border to the suburbs of Oklahoma City.
On the air
Mornings - K.C. in the Morning (K.C. Lupp and Jess Termini)
Middays - Jenny Lee
Afternoons - Nate
Nights - Vito at Night!
Weekends - Ray Wilson
Weather and news provided by reporters from co-owned Fox 23 KOKI-TV
- KRAV website
- KRAV social media
- Query the FCC's FM station database for KRAV
- Radio-Locator information on KRAV
- Query Nielsen Audio's FM station database for KRAV