Part 2 of KAKC documentary to air

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

KAKC documentary Part 2 to air Sept. 24 on KWGS 89.5

For nearly two decades, KAKC-AM 970 was Tulsa’s top-rated radio station. From the mid-1950s to the mid-’70s, KAKC ruled the teen and young adult audience, dominating the local radio scene like no other station has before or since.

A new documentary, Tulsa's Top 40 Legend, KAKC The Big 97, examines the KAKC phenomenon through interviews with people who worked at the station through the years, including Clayton Vaughn, Scooter Segraves, Lee Bayley, Dick Schmitz and Bob Brown.

The first half of the documentary was broadcast on KWGS 89.5 on Sept. 3 and is available anytime at The second half is set to broadcast at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, and can be heard online at at that time as well.

“The documentary is terrific ... substantive, witty, authoritative, thorough ... I could go on and on,” said Brown, a correspondent for ABC News’ 20/20 and a former KAKC Big 7 DJ, after hearing Part 1 of the documentary.

Part 1 covered the origins of Top 40 radio and KAKC’s rise to dominance in the Tulsa market. Part 2 spotlights the KAKC of the late ’60s and ’70s in interviews with Bayley, Segraves, Mike McCarthy, Jim Peters, Beau Weaver, and Robert W. Walker.

“I must admit that I sat transfixed,” said former KAKC DJ Steve Suttle, after listening to the first half of the documentary. "What a great show and so well produced. It produced lots of smiles around here and a flood of memories."


Steve Clem, Public Radio Tulsa operations director