Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: KNIX turns 50

  1. #1

  2. #2
    DrAkbar's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    Buckeye Media Hut
    Posts
    4,262
    A tip of the fez to the legendary KNIX. 50 years in the same format and continues to kick ass!
    Dr. Akbar 'n Nurse Jeff
    The Middle Eastern Men of the Media
    Buckeye, AZ

    Now in our 19th year of posting totally irrelevant comments. Someone had to do it!

  3. #3
    Well, I'm not sure when KNIX is tracing its founding. It signed on the air in 1961 as KNIX. So the station's 50th anniversary was in 2011. But in the 1960s, it was beautiful music, as were several other stations in Phoenix, including KMEO-AM-FM 740 and 96.9. But country wasn't a format you'd put on FM in those days, since listeners had to buy a more expensive FM radio, and station owners thought country fans were not FM owners.

    Buck Owens bought KNIX in 1968. So that anniversary was last year. But he switched to Country music the following year, which was 1969, so this would be KNIX's 50th anniversary as a country station. Owens already had bought KUZZ-AM-FM in Bakersfield, and that was #1 with country music there. So it was logical that he'd put country music on AM 1580, a daytimer which he also had acquired, along with 102.5 KNIX, making the two stations KNIX-AM-FM.

  4. #4
    "KNIX-FM's first license was granted 2-15-1963."

    Looks like most of 1969, they were dark.

    https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/pr...etter_id=73379

  5. #5
    Moderator/Co-Administrator
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    38,876
    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post

    Buck Owens bought KNIX in 1968. So that anniversary was last year. But he switched to Country music the following year, which was 1969, so this would be KNIX's 50th anniversary as a country station. Owens already had bought KUZZ-AM-FM in Bakersfield, and that was #1 with country music there. So it was logical that he'd put country music on AM 1580, a daytimer which he also had acquired, along with 102.5 KNIX, making the two stations KNIX-AM-FM.
    And in a number of years in the 70's, the AM had trouble identifying local sunset, often being on the air until as late as 9 PM, even in the winter.
    www.americanradiohistory.com
    Broadcasting Magazine and Yearbooks, Billboard, Cash Box, R&R, Record World, Music & Media, Audio, Television/Radio Age, R&R, Duncan's American Radio, Popular Electronics, Studio Sound, Broadcast Engineering, db, and more.

  6. #6
    Quote Originally Posted by Gregg. View Post
    Well, I'm not sure when KNIX is tracing its founding. It signed on the air in 1961 as KNIX. So the station's 50th anniversary was in 2011. But in the 1960s, it was beautiful music, as were several other stations in Phoenix, including KMEO-AM-FM 740 and 96.9. But country wasn't a format you'd put on FM in those days, since listeners had to buy a more expensive FM radio, and station owners thought country fans were not FM owners.

    Buck Owens bought KNIX in 1968. So that anniversary was last year. But he switched to Country music the following year, which was 1969, so this would be KNIX's 50th anniversary as a country station. Owens already had bought KUZZ-AM-FM in Bakersfield, and that was #1 with country music there. So it was logical that he'd put country music on AM 1580, a daytimer which he also had acquired, along with 102.5 KNIX, making the two stations KNIX-AM-FM.
    Per the following article, Owns bought then-KYND/1580 first, in 1965. He then changed the format to country and the call letters to KTUF. IIRC, the stations ID'ed as "KTUF/KNIX" through at least the middle of 1975: https://www.smecc.org/kynd_-_ktuf_-_knix.htm

    Another KNIX article, from Phoenix Magazine, December 2018: https://www.phoenixmag.com/2018/12/0...ootin-station/

    KTUF became KNIX in late April or very early May 1976 (no exact date given). The change was noted in Broadcasting Magazine on May 3 of that year (Thanks, David!): http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...tuf%20tempe%22
    We have to save the Earth! It's the only planet with football and beer.

  7. #7
    Quote Originally Posted by KeithE4 View Post
    KTUF became KNIX in late April or very early May 1976 (no exact date given). The change was noted in Broadcasting Magazine on May 3 of that year (Thanks, David!): http://www.americanradiohistory.com/...tuf%20tempe%22
    May 24, 1976. The card record also says Owens bought it in 1967, unless he was Black Diamond too in which case he acquired it a year earlier.
    "You're gorgeous, you're beautiful, you're on Stereo 99...Phoenix's B-B-C!"

  8. #8
    Back in the early 80's KNIX send me a t-shirt (way too small) along with a $1 bill. No explanation on what it was for. Wifey still wears the t-short as a swim suit cover up. I spent the dollar a long, long time ago. Never did have the nerve to call them up and say my go-to Country station was KMLE.
    Illegitimi non carborundum

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Sahuarita, AZ
    Posts
    313
    At one point 1580 was country under the KYND call sign and they called it "Country Kind". Also recall a jingle referring to it as the "Shotgun in Tempe".

  10. #10
    According to Broadcasting Yearbook 1970, page B-11, KNIX (FM) was acquired by the Aztex Company on 6-68. Buck Owens was president. From David Gleason's website...

    https://www.americanradiohistory.com...70%20All-3.pdf

    And 1580 KTUF Tempe was owned by Buck Owens Broadcasting. So he apparently used two different corporate names in the early days. He bought the 1580 construction permit, apparently in 1967, and put it on the air a couple of months later. 1580 was 50,000 watts but only as a daytimer, with 10,000 watts during critical hours. 1580 is still a Canadian clear channel frequency, although reserved for CBJ Chicoutimi, which moved to FM some years ago. 1580 in Tempe would eventually go to 50,000 watts around the clock when the clear channel rules were relaxed.

    But in those days, I suppose Owens could simulcast regardless of FCC regulations, since 1580 was daytimer. Country fans could hear it in the car and on the kitchen AM radio in the daytime, and switch to the FM on their living room stereos at night.
    Last edited by Gregg.; 07-12-2019 at 12:11 PM.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

     
Useful Contacts
Community


123