Tulsa author recounts KAKC history in new book

Monday, March 18, 2013

Public Radio Tulsa, KWGS 89.5 operations director writes book about KAKC The Big 97

A new book celebrating Tulsa’s legendary Top 40 radio station KAKC has been released. Authored by Public Radio Tulsa, KWGS 89.5 operations director Steve Clem, “Tulsa’s KAKC Radio: The Big 97” documents the station’s history from its first broadcasts in the downtown Tulsa Coliseum.

Distributed by Arcadia Publishing, the book is part of Arcadia’s Images of America series. After hitting the airwaves in 1956, KAKC spent two decades as a leader in the local radio market. In its glory days of the ’60s and ’70s, Clem said at least half of all Tulsa radios were tuned to the Top 40 station by baby boomers raised on rock ‘n’ roll, the Twist and transistor radios.

“It was more than music that kept KAKC on top throughout the turbulent 1960s, Vietnam and the 1970s,” he said. “It was fun. The station was always doing something entertaining in the community, and its Big 7 DJs were household names.”

The release of “Tulsa’s KAKC Radio: The Big 97” follows the award-winning documentary “Tulsa’s Top 40 Legend, KAKC” written and produced by Clem. It originally aired on KWGS 89.5 FM in September 2010 and led to a partnership between Public Radio Tulsa and the Tulsa Historical Society for the exhibit “The Big 97, Tulsa’s KAKC Radio.”

For more information about the new book, please contact Clem at 918-606-6710.

Gail Banzet