Historic KOKE Radio Gets New Life on Air
By Chip Skambis
A new radio station is set to hit the airwaves with the iconic KOKE call letters. KOKE, the city’s only locally owned commercial station, will broadcast at 99.3 FM.
Meteorologist Troy Kimmel is among the station’s on-air personalities. He says the plan is to make it Austin-centric, just like the original, progressive-country KOKE station that went off the air in the late 1980s.
“I’m not sure you can copy KOKE of many years ago, but I can tell you what, you can certainly go in there and replicate what it was all about,” Kimmel said. “And there’s no doubt, when you talk to people who have been in Austin for a while, that KOKE was about Austin and about Texas.”
KOKE will focus on local news and music. It will begin broadcasting on Sunday.