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KOCY
City of license Del City, Oklahoma
Broadcast area Oklahoma City
Branding 1560 KOCY
Slogan Your Music, Your Way
Frequency 1560 kHz
Format Children's Radio
Power 1,000 watts day
250 watts night
Class B
Facility ID 6747
Transmitter coordinates 35°26′27″N 97°29′24″W / 35.44083°N 97.49°W / 35.44083; -97.49Coordinates: 35°26′27″N 97°29′24″W / 35.44083°N 97.49°W / 35.44083; -97.49
Callsign meaning Oklahoma CitY
Former callsigns KWCO-FM
Affiliations Radio Disney
Owner Tyler Media
Website Official website

KOCY is a Radio Disney station serving the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma market. KOCY broadcasts on 1560 kHz. For many years, the KOCY call letters were at 1340 in Oklahoma City (now KEBC). For a short time they were also on 94.7 (as KOCY-FM). KOCY is one of the few Radio Disney stations not owned by The Walt Disney Company.

History

KOCY was originally on 1340 AM. Owned by Matt Bonebrake, it was one of the first rock-and-roll stations in the OKC metro area back in the latter part of the 50s. The studios for KOCY back then were located at the Plaza Court Building at 10th and Classen. Dale Wheba, among others were jocks there. KOCY was one of the first 24 hour stations in the country at the time. It was rumored that Bonebrake made a million dollars a year for several years during KOCY's top-40 rock and roll days. When KOMA and then WKY dumped the network stuff and switched to rock and roll KOCY went "Modern Music" which is basically an MOR adult music format of the day. Studios for KOCY were eventually moved to 28th and Oklahoma, where 1340 currently still has transmitter facilities sporting the call of KEBC-AM. After the station moved to 28th and Oklahoma, and switched to the Middle of the Road format, it went off the air at midnight.

Then in 1969, Matthew Bonebrake decided to once again go twenty-four hours. The first all-night disc jockey was legendary radio personality Vin Smith (then known as Mel Smith), who later gained fame as The Midnight Bookworm on CRN Digital Talk. Smith later moved the Midnight Bookworm book show to America First Radio, where it is a part of the Night Shift program, starring Uncle Buck, and the International UFO Institute Radio Program, where he co-hosts with Col. Ripster. Other fine broadcasters at KOCY were Al Cohen, who had a morning show on KOCY in the late 60s, and sportscasters Ross Porter, of Los Angeles Dodgers broadcasting fame, and NBC's all time great, Curt Gowdy. Porter hosted sports reports. One of the great voices of radio, former Mutual Broadcasting mainstay Carlton Beck also worked at KOCY, late in his career. Beck was a close personal friend of owner Matthew Bonebrake, and had a wildly popular music program that ended at midnight (another recycled OKC call from the past).

In 2003, KOCY (on 1560 AM) affiliated with the Radio Disney network.

Office Location

KOCY-AM is located on 5101 S Shields in Oklahoma City. There phone number is 405-616-5500.

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