KRMG-FM

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KRMG-FM
CitySand Springs, Oklahoma
Broadcast areaTulsa, Oklahoma
BrandingNews 102.3 & AM 740 KRMG
SloganTulsa’s 24-hour News, Weather and Traffic
Frequency102.3 MHz
First air dateJune 1989 (1989-06)
FormatNews/Talk
ERP50,000 watts
HAAT150 meters (490 ft)
ClassC2
Facility ID47102
Transmitter coordinates36°12′40″N 96°06′04″W / 36.211°N 96.101°W / 36.211; -96.101Coordinates: 36°12′40″N 96°06′04″W / 36.211°N 96.101°W / 36.211; -96.101
Callsign meaningKerR and McGee, the founding owners of AM 740 KRMG
Former callsignsKTOW-FM (1988-1995)
KTFX (1995-1999)
KRTQ (1999-2005)
KKCM (2005-2009)
AffiliationsPremiere Networks
Westwood One Network
Fox News Radio
OwnerCox Media Group
(Cox Radio, Inc.)
Sister stationsKRMG, KJSR, KRAV-FM, KWEN, KOKI-TV, KMYT-TV
WebcastListen Live
WebsiteKRMG.com

KRMG-FM (102.3 MHz) is a commercial radio station licensed to Sand Springs, Oklahoma, and serving the Tulsa metropolitan area. The station is owned by Cox Media Group and airs a conservative news/talk radio format, simulcast with co-owned AM 740 KRMG.

Weekdays begin with "The KRMG Morning News" anchored by Dan Potter. "The KRMG Evening News" is anchored by Dick Loftin in PM drive time. The rest of the weekday schedule is made up of nationally syndicated talk shows hosted by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Clark Howard, Brian Kilmeade, Dana Loesch and Todd Starnes. KRMG-AM-FM have a local news and weather sharing arrangement with co-owned Fox 23 KOKI-TV, with world and national news supplied by Fox News Radio. In 2019, KRMG again became an ABC Radio affiliate, while still maintaining its relationship with Fox News Radio.

The studios and offices are located on South Memorial Drive near Interstate 44 in Tulsa.[1] KRMG-FM's transmitter is on Route 97 in the Osage Reservation in Sand Springs.[2] KRMG-AM-FM are also heard on Cox Digital Cable channel 960 in Tulsa.

History[edit]

In June 1989, the station first signed on as KTOW-FM.[3] It was owned by Music Sound Radio and was the FM counterpart of AM 1340 KTOW (now KJMU) with the two stations simulcasting a modern rock format. KTOW-FM ran at only 1,700 watts, a fraction of its current power. In the early 1990s, it flipped to urban contemporary as "Mix 102.3," giving Tulsa its first urban station on the FM dial since KKUL/103.3 left the air in the late-1970s.

In 1995, KTOW-AM-FM were sold to Bill Payne.[4] KTOW-FM changed to a classic country format as KTFX. Payne received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to boost the station's power to 50,000 watts. That allowed it to be heard all around Tulsa and its growing suburbs.

In 1999, Payne sold the stations to Cox Radio for $3.5 million.[5] Cox changed KTFX's format to active rock as KRTQ "Rock 102.3" to compete against heritage rocker 97.5 KMOD-FM. (The KTFX format and call letters moved to 103.3 MHz, now co-owned KJSR.) In 2005, KRTQ dropped its rock format and changed to Contemporary Christian music (CCM) as KKCM "Spirit 102.3," competing against heritage Contemporary Christian station 100.9 KXOJ-FM. Spirit 102.3 played an adult contemporary CCM sound, with its playlist made up of CCM hits from the 1980s to then-current titles.

On Monday, March 16, 2009, the Contemporary Christian format was dropped to start a simulcast of AM sister station 740 KRMG, with the call sign switched to KRMG-FM. (In the 1960s, the KRMG-FM call letters had been used on 95.5, now co-owned KWEN.) The move allows KRMG's news/talk programming to be heard on both the FM and AM dial, and improves KRMG's coverage in parts of Tulsa when the AM side adjusts its coverage at night. The CCM format can still be heard on Cox Digital Cable channel 962.

On July 7, 2014, KRMG-AM-FM changed their slogan to "Tulsa’s 24-hour News, Weather and Traffic, News 102.3 and AM 740 KRMG."

The station changed its positioning again on July 15, 2019, and currently brands itself as "102.3 KRMG, Tulsa's News and Talk."

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