Update 7/4: The Austin American-Statesman has many more details on the pending launch of KOKE-FM. Bob Cole, Jason Nassaor, and former KVET afternoon host Eric Raines are among the partners in the station. They are currently LMAing the station from REO Radio Group and are close to finalizing an outright purchase. The station will launch on Sunday, July 8 with Bob Cole’s morning show coming on Monday.
Update 7/2: The loop of 99.3 has switched to a custom version of Dale Watson’s song called “Country My Ass”, with the final line “Now Austin’s on track ’cause KOKE-FM’s back!”. Legal ID now says “From the Dick Oppenheimer studios, this is KOKE-FM Thorndale/K253AN Sunset Valley-Austin”. A Facebook page for the station is live here.
Between each loop of the song is a Willie Nelson-voiced sweeper, “You’re listening to 99-3 Koke FM. Remember our motto: We’re Not Happy ‘Til You’re Not Happy”.
Thanks to MeAgainstMarconi.com for their help with this story.
At midnight tonight the FM’s began stunting with a loop of “Oh Happy Day” and instructing listeners to move to 1490 to hear the previous format. The KLGO call letters are on their way to 1490 as well as 99.3 is now KOKE-FM.
The KOKE-FM call letters had a long run as Austin’s Progressive Country station on 95.5 (until it became AC “Majic 95.5” KKMJ) until 1990 and on a Religious rimshot on 101.7 from 1990 to 1995 (that station then moved into Austin proper on 101.5 and flipped to Alternative “101X” KROX).
KOKEFM.com was registered in January by Jason Nassour, a local Austin lawyer. The site currently features a brief history of the station. Nassour was a regular guest on former KOKE and KVET morning host Bob Cole’s program. Cole was let go from KVET-FM in December. A second domain, TheStationThatStartedItAll.com features a similar history of KOKE and was registered last week by a local Austin web designer. Both sites end with a similar tease at the end.
Many have asked the question: â€œWill KOKE-FM ever return to the Austin airwaves?â€
As they say on the radio…stay tuned…