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Coordinates: 36°8′49.00″N 95°48′27.00″W / 36.14694°N 95.8075°W / 36.14694; -95.8075

KFAQ
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City of license Tulsa, Oklahoma
Broadcast area Tulsa
Branding Talk Radio 1170 KFAQ
Slogan Standing Up For What's Right
Frequency 1170 kHz (also on HD Radio)
First air date June 23, 1926 (as KVOO)
Format News/Talk
Audience share 2.6 (Wi'08, R&R[1])
Power 50,000 watts
Class A
Facility ID 68329
Transmitter coordinates 36°8′49″N 95°48′27″W / 36.14694°N 95.8075°W / 36.14694; -95.8075
Callsign meaning Frequently Asked Questions
Affiliations Fox News
The Weather Channel
Owner Journal Broadcast Group
Website www.1170kfaq.com

KFAQ (1170 AM) is a talk radio station in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area. The station is owned by Journal Broadcast Group and airs national talk shows such as Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham, John Gibson, Mark Levin, Monica Crowley and Coast to Coast AM. KFAQ is also home to local radio show hosts Pat Campbell, and Elvis Polo and is a Fox News Radio affiliate. It is owned by the Journal Broadcast Group.[2][3]

History

Founded by E.H. Rollestone, KFAQ first went on the air on June 23, 1926 as KVOO, the Voice Of Oklahoma. At the time, the 1,000 watt transmission facility was located in Bristow, Oklahoma. Rollestone, a young oil millionaire, had previously founded another station in Bristow known as KFRU, which had already been sold to Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri.

KVOO was moved to Tulsa on September 13, 1927 after being partially purchased by W.G. Skelly. Skelly later purchased the entire company on June 28, 1928. In 1933, radio legend Paul Harvey began his radio career at KVOO.

During its heyday, the station was also known for its country music heritage, as well as being nationally famous for western swing music, harboring such musicians as Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Johnny Lee Wills and disc jockey Billy Parker, who has won awards as country music disc jockey of the year. One of the places in Tulsa made famous by KVOO Radio was the Cain's Ballroom, located on Tulsa's Main Street. Cain's Ballroom was the performing place for Bob Wills, and his show was broadcast on KVOO. In addition, KVOO sponsored The John Chick Show, a full hour of local country music talent on KTUL-TV until 1979. This program broadcast at 7 a.m., and regularly beat out NBC's Today Show and CBS' Morning News in the local ratings (this was at a time when ABC had no morning news program).

In addition to country music and western swing, KVOO had an award-winning radio news department. In 1971, Billy Parker joined KVOO. While at the station, Parker's awards included the Country Music Association Disc Jockey of the Year honor in 1974 and the Academy of Country Music Disc Jockey of the Year awards in 1975, 1977, 1978 and 1984. Parker was inducted into the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in 1992, the Western Swing Hall of Fame in 1993, and scored the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters' Lifetime Achievement Award in 1995. The Interstate Road Show was also hosted on the station by veteran country DJ Larry Scott who is also in the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame.

The station became known as KFAQ in May 2002 when it switched to a talk format.

The NBC television affiliate in Tulsa, KJRH, was also known as KVOO-TV for a period of time.

The call letters KVOO now belong solely to an FM country music station in Tulsa, which is co-owned by Journal Broadcast Group.

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