KBEC (1390 AM, 99.1 FM) is a Classic Texas Country terrestrial radio station, relayed by an FM translator, that serves Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman and southern Dallas and Tarrant counties in the north central Texas area, and is owned by Troubadour Communications, LLC. The station was purchased in July 2011 from Jeanne Mosley, Sandra Howell and general manager Ken Roberts. KBEC has the distinction of being the longest family-owned station in Texas. It has been family-owned since 1955 when it was founded by Faye and Richard Tuck. The Tuck family came to Waxahachie in 1952 to pursue dream of purchasing a radio station.
|Branding||KBEC 99.1 FM - 1390 AM|
|Slogan||Classic Texas Music|
|Translator(s)||K256DE (99.1 MHz, Waxahachie)|
|First air date||1955|
|Format||Classic Texas Country|
|Power||1390: 480 watts (daytime)|
260 watts (Nighttime)
|ERP||99.1: 250 watts|
|HAAT||99.1: 45 meters|
|Transmitter coordinates||1390: Coordinates: |
|Callsign meaning||Keep Building Ellis County|
|Former callsigns||KELL (1949-1951)|
KWHA (1952–1953) (These stations never went on the air)
KBEC was the third—and successful—attempt to build a station on 1390 in Ellis County. The first was KELL, owned by the Ellis County Broadcasting Company, which received a construction permit in 1949; in early 1950, the Federal Communications Commission denied an extension of its permit because the owners had indicated they wanted to build the station and sell it immediately. In 1952, Cen-Tex Broadcasting received a construction permit for KWHA, which never came to air.
Ellis County Broadcasting Service, owned by W. Richard Tuck, James B. Branch and Roy M. Fish, received the construction permit for KBEC in September 1954 and signed the station on in 1955 (with Tuck buying out the remaining partners in 1956). The jazz standard format was in place from 1955 to 1978; the station then switched to a short-lived Spanish format, reverting to big band music with standards added back in. In 1988, KBEC made its change to classic country and has since then maintained the format to this day. In 2011, the format began emphasizing more Texas artists and adopted the programming theme of "Made in Texas, Played in Texas and Born in Texas".
In May 2011 the station was sold to Troubadour Communications. This was a private stock transfer of assets including a 3,650 square feet (339 m2) building, 13.98 acres of land housing the station towers and transmitter, as well as personal property and building contents. The format was also altered to focus on Classic Texas music. Key personnel in the area of programming and sales were retained.
- "KELL Request: FCC Denies Extension" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 20, 1950. p. 66. Retrieved June 23, 2019.