The already crowded sports talk market in Oklahoma City soon will be getting its sixth sports talk station. Tyler Media announced Wednesday that it is launching a sports talk radio station in August on FM 107.7.
Classic Rock KRXO, which had been at 107.7, will move to a new frequency at FM 104.5, the company announced. According to the news release, KRXO's lineup of Bob and Tom, Cara Rice, Buddy Wiley, Kelso, Unkle Dave and Rick Caldwell are expected to move to a much smaller signal on 104.5. Ty Tyler, president of Tyler Media, said in an email the new frequency recently was granted by the FCC and will reach more than 800,000 people in the metro area.
Tyler said it is in the process of hiring local sports talent from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the new unnamed station on 107.7 FM, which he said will have the strongest signal in the market. The station will include play-by-play of OU sports and be associated with NBC Sports. It plans to air NFL broadcasts on Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights, and other programming is under consideration.
“We are excited to expand our portfolio of stations,” Tyler said in the release. “A Big League City needs a Big League Sports Station.”
Sports Animal radio personality Mike Steely is expected to join the new station. Steely, a member of the Morning Animals, last appeared on WWLS-FM 98.1 on June 29. He said he could not comment if he was leaving the station.
The addition of 104.5 will give Tyler Media six FM signals in the market, one above the normal limit. However, Tyler said the FCC allows an HD channel to be rebroadcast by a FM frequency. KRXO will be broadcast on both 107.7 HD2 and 104.5 FM. The sports station will be broadcast on 107.7 HD1 and 107.7 FM.
Tyler Media, founded in 1965 by Ralph Tyler, is still a family owned business by sons Ty and Tony Tyler. According to the release, the company owns seven radio stations, four television stations and an outdoor advertising company.
The market's other sports stations are:
WWLS-FM 98.1, “The Sports Animal.” Local programming during the day, including “The Morning Animals” and Al Eschbach and Jim Traber for afternoon drive. ESPN Radio airs at night.
KWPN AM 640, ESPN Radio.
KREF-AM 1400, “Sports Talk 1400,” of Norman. The lineup includes OU radio voice Toby Rowland from 6 to 9 a.m. and former OU football stars Teddy Lehman and Dusty Dvoracek from 2 to 6 p.m.
KGHM-AM 1340, “The Game,” which in a partnership with KREF airs Rowland from 6 to 8 a.m. and Lehman and Dvoracek from 2 to 6 p.m. National hosts include Dan Patrick from 8 to 11 a.m.
KINB-FM "105.3, The Pro," CBS Sports Radio, including Doug Gottlieb from 2 to 5 p.m.