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WBAP-FM logo
City of license Flower Mound, Texas
Broadcast area Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex/Ardmore/Southern Oklahoma/Bowie/Gainesville
Branding News/Talk WBAP
Slogan "The News and Talk of Texas"
"The World Is Changing. Are You Listening?"
Frequency 96.7 MHz
First air date 1967
Format News/Talk
ERP 90,000 watts
HAAT 621 meters (2,037 ft)
Class C
Facility ID 26468
Callsign meaning PlatinuM and MemorieZ (referring to a "Platinum Record" and paying homage to "Memories 96.7")
[Former format]
Former callsigns KSDQ (1967–1969)
KSHN (1969–1975)
KIKM-FM (1975–1983)
KZXL-FM (1983–1985)
KIKM-FM (1985–1997)
KDVE (6-10/1997)
KNKI (1997–1998)
KMEO (1998–2003)
KTYS (2003–2008)[1]
Affiliations ABC News
The Weather Channel
Owner Citadel Broadcasting
(Radio License Holding IV, LLC, Debtor in possession)
Sister stations KSCS, WBAP
Webcast Listen Live

KPMZ (96.7 FM) is an American commercial radio station licensed to serve the community of Flower Mound, Texas. KPMZ, established in 1967 as KDSQ, is managed locally at 2221 East Lamar Blvd., Suite 300 - Arlington, Texas 76006 and is currently owned by Citadel Broadcasting. As of March 15, 2010, the station broadcasts a news/talk radio format to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex area as a simulcast of sister station WBAP (820 AM).




KDSQ/KSHN/Kick'm Country

The station first started out as KDSQ in 1967 in the Sherman-Denison area on frequency 101.7 FM. Two years later, it changed its callsign to KSHN. Up until 1975, the format was unknown, then the call letters changed to KIKM-FM with a country music format during the day and Top 40 at night (simulcast from sister station KIKM), then to full time Top 40 a couple years later. In 1983, the call sign changed to KZXL-FM, but two years later the previous call sign was re-established[1] with a 24-hour country music format known as "Kick'm Country".

A decade later, KIKM-FM swapped frequencies with KDVE (also in Sherman), however the station went dark in 1997. During that time, the city of license was changed from Sherman to its current location in Flower Mound, Texas.

Memories 96.7 FM

A couple months later, the KNKI call letters were established, but the station did not sign on until November 1998, under the control of Disney/ABC Radio.[2] After launching on November 23, 1998, as Memories 96.7 FM, playing oldies and easy listening music from the 1950s to the 1970s[3], it changed call signs to KMEO on December 28, 1998.[1][4] During the overnight hours, KMEO would switch to a live "Memories"/"Unforgettable Favorites" (now merged with "Timeless") programming from ABC Radio. Previously live, local programming was briefly replaced by ABC Radio's corporate "Memories" satellite programming for a full 24 hours on June 26, 2003, until 5pm on June 27, 2003 when the "Memories" format was dropped.

96.7 The Texas Twister

96.7 The Twister officially "touched-down" at 5pm on June 27, 2003.[5] The last song heard on "Memories" was "Thanks For The Memories" by Bob Hope.[6] This was followed by the first song on the "Twister", being "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" by Alan Jackson.[6] This was the start of 20,000 songs in a row without commercial interruption. The station's motto/slogan was "The Most New Country In Texas". Initially jockless, The Twister started adding DJs in September 2003.[7] The call letters were not officially changed to KTYS until October 21, 2003.[1] On June 12, 2007; 24 Disney/ABC Radio stations including KTYS merged into Citadel's portfolio.

Platinum 96.7

On June 30, 2008 at 5:28 AM, after five years as The Twister the station ended its tenure as a country station in favor of returning to Oldies as Platinum 96.7.[8] The last song on The Twister being "Kiss My Country Ass" by Rhett Akins followed by the first song of the new 96.7 being "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles.[9] From there, it broadcast a diverse oldies format, as the playlist was taken directly from the remnants of the former ABC Radio's corporate "Memories" music library. It also marked a return of a few former "Memories" personalities with Ron Chapman as the station's consultant.[10] The callsign was changed to KPMZ on July 2, 2008[1] (referring to a PlatinuM record and paying homage to "Memories 96.7").[11] The "Texas Twister" format was moved to its sister station KSCS's HD-2 signal.

Former Platinum 96.7 logo prior to March 12, 2010

WBAP simulcast

At noon CT on March 12, 2010, after a run of almost two years as "Platinum", the station reverted back to its previous "Texas Twister" country music format. Platinum 96.7's last song was Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam. Two hours later, a stunt known as "Reagan Radio" began, exclusively featuring sound clips from former president Ronald Reagan.[12] The station began simulcasting sister station WBAP on Monday, March 15.[13][14] Although broadcasting on a rimshot frequency, the staff at WBAP claims that this station will provide "crystal-clear FM fidelity" for their listeners in 96.7's pre-determined coverage area.[15] Pending FCC approval, the station will change call signs to WBAP-FM as soon as possible.[16]

Past personalities

  • John LaBella: Morning host 1998–2002 (deceased)[17][18]
  • Charles "Chaz" Mixon: 1999–2004 (now with KKHJ-FM in Pago Pago, American Samoa)[19]
  • Becky Wight: DJ & "Memories Scrapbook" host 1998–2003
  • Randy Fuller: 1998–2003
  • Mike Young: 1998–2003
  • Bob Lawrence: 1998–2003
  • Susan Edwards: 1998–2003
  • Sammi Gonzales: 1998–2003
  • Tori Logan: 1998–2003
  • Pamela Steele: 1998–2003
  • Bob Eliot: 1998–2003
  • Blake Barret: Nighttime host 2004–2005, now morning show host for Radio Disney nationwide.
  • Carletta Blake: Nighttime host 2008
  • Scott Gaines: Mid-Day & nighttime host 2003–2006
  • Hondo: Overnight host & weekends; host of Club Twister 2006–2008
  • Lorri Leigh: Nighttime host 2006–2008
  • Angie Michaels: Nighttime Host 2008-2009
  • Allan Peck: Afternoon host 2003–2008, now morning show producer on The Big 96.3 KSCS
  • Crash Poteet: Morning host 2004–2008
  • Jeremy Robinson: Mid-day & nighttime host 2005–2008
  • Wendy Westbrook: Afternoon host 2008-2009
  • Vic Thomas: 2008-2010


  1. ^ a b c d e "Call Sign History". FCC Media Bureau CDBS Public Access Database. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ Brumley, Al (November 29, 1998). "Barbra and Neil, together again (but he still won't bring her flowers)". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Memories 96.7: Doze were the days". Fort Worth Star-Telegram: p. 8. November 29, 1998. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  4. ^ Weitz, Matt (May 30, 1999). "Station finds success with new, 'non-kinky' format". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ Brumley, Al (July 6, 2003). "'Memories'fades into new country; ABC hopes 'The Twister' will help KSCS by hurting 'The Wolf'". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "New radio show in Arlington". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. June 28, 2003. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Peck picked for first DJ slot on the Twister". Fort Worth Star-Telegram: p. 7. September 8, 2003. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  8. ^ "KTYS switches format, Chapman returns". Dallas Business Journal. June 30, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  9. ^ "'The Twister'changing to 'The Twist'". Fort Worth Star-Telegram: p. B10. June 30, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ "KTYS/Dallas Flips To 'Platinum 96.7'; Chapman Consults". Radio Ink. June 30, 2008. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Pop Culture District: Twisting Into Platinum". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. June 30, 2008. 
  12. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (March 12, 2010). "You Know, What Dallas Has Always Needed Is An All-Ronald Reagan Station". Unfair Park (Dallas Observer). Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  13. ^ "WBAP/Dallas Gets FM Simulcast With Flip Of KPMZ"]. All Access Music Group. March 12, 2010. 
  14. ^ Philpot, Robert (March 13, 2010). "96.7 FM changes format from oldies to WBAP simulcast". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
  15. ^ "WBAP-AM/Dallas Gets an FM Simulcast". Radio Ink. March 12, 2010. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ "Pending call sign requests". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  17. ^ "John LaBella". Radio Daily News. March 6, 2002. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Radio station plans tribute to LaBella". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 8, 2002. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 
  19. ^ "Chaz Mixon". KKHJ - 93KHJ American Samoa. Retrieved March 15, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 33°15′41″N 97°17′42″W / 33.261298°N 97.29499°W / 33.261298; -97.29499


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