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CityKilgore, Texas
Broadcast areaLongview, Texas
Marshall, Texas
Tyler, Texas
Branding"Classic Rock 96.1"
Slogan"Texas' Best Rock"
Frequency96.1 FM MHz
First air date1977 (at 95.9)
FormatClassic Rock
Power50,000 watts
HAAT150 meters (490 ft)
Facility ID48952
Transmitter coordinates32°22′14.0″N 94°56′20.0″W / 32.370556°N 94.938889°W / 32.370556; -94.938889
Callsign meaningKK TeXas
AffiliationsJohn Boy and Billy
OwnerTownsquare Media
(Townsquare Media Tyler License, LLC)
Sister stationsKISX, KNUE, KTYL-FM
WebcastKKTX-FM Webstream
WebsiteKKTX-FM Online

KKTX-FM is a Classic Rock formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Kilgore, Texas, serving the Longview/Marshall/Tyler area. KKTX-FM is owned and operated by Townsquare Media.[1] Is studios are in Tyler, and its transmitter is in Kilgore.


KKTX came to air in 1977 on 95.9 MHz under the ownership of the Noalmark Broadcasting Corporation, a year after Noalmark had bought the permit for unbuilt KCNW from Radio Kilgore, Inc. The studios were co-located in the same Kilgore insurance company building as its sister station, KOCA AM. It used a state-of-the-art Schafer broadcast automation system - only the second station in the ETEX market to do so - from sign-on to 6 pm CST Mo-Sa. Between 6 pm and midnight, a live DJ played album-oriented rock - Phil Key and "Wolf" were the first two jocks at the console. The original transmitter site was located at the corner of Highway 31 and US 259, at the top of an unusual 500-foot two-leg tower with a platform at the top. Dubbed "The Love Rock", its daytime format was top-40. The General Manager for both stations was Richard Martin, Program Director Jim Hodo, News / Sports Director Paul Bendel, with Chief Engineer Karem Soule. Amazingly, in 1977, FM broadcast radio was still in its infancy in East Texas, because few cars had factory AM/FM receivers! At the time, the lone FM station in ETEX had been selling electronic converters so listeners could receive their programming - albeit in mono rather than stereo - on their AM car receivers. KKTX-FM was only the second station to be operational in the Longview - Tyler - Kilgore market, although at least one other station had a pending application with the FCC. By 1991, the transmitter had been relocated to another Kilgore-area tower, while the studios had relocated to Longview, at a location on Gilmer Road, and operated with live DJ's along with an upgraded PC-based automation system. Today, the studios are located in Tyler, at their Brookwood Drive location.

Through most of the 1990s and until 2007, KKTX-FM carried a classic rock format known as "96X." In September 2007, KKTX-FM started mixing active rock tracks with the classic rock that the station featured. At this time, KKTX-FM also changed its slogan from "The Classic Rock Station" to "The Rock of East Texas" while still carrying the "96X" handle. Soon after, KKTX-FM evolved to an active rock format. KKTX-FM flipped back to classic rock in October 2013.

Today, the radio station features John Boy & Billy mornings, Jen Austin mid-days, Program Director Brian Rickman afternoons and the Ultimate Classic Rock Show with Zach Martin nights.

Format Flip[edit]

At 2:00 pm CST on October 10, 2013, KKTX-FM dropped its Active Rock format, as "96X", and began stunting with snippets of different songs from various genres.[2] Three hours later at 5:00pm, KKTX-FM switched to a Classic Rock format as "Classic Rock 96.1".[2]

The last song as "96X" was Unity by Shinedown and the first song as "Classic Rock 96.1" was La Grange by ZZ Top.


  1. ^ "KKTX Facility Record". Federal Communications Commission, audio division.
  2. ^ a b Venta, Lance (October 10, 2013). "96X Tyler Stunts And Shifts To Classic Rock". RadioBB Networks. Retrieved October 10, 2013.

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