KBEC (1390 kHz) is a commercial AM radio station licensed to Waxahachie, Texas and serving Ellis County. It is owned by Troubadour Communications, LLC and it carries a classic country and Texas country radio format with some talk and sports shows.

KBEC
KBEC 99.1FM-1390AM logo.jpg
CityWaxahachie, Texas
Broadcast areaEllis County
Frequency1390 kHz
BrandingKBEC 99.1 FM - 1390 AM
SloganClassic Texas Music
Programming
FormatClassic Texas Country
Ownership
OwnerTroubadour Communications
History
First air date
1955
Former call signs
KELL (1949-1951)
KWHA (1952–1953) (These stations never went on the air)
Call sign meaning
Keep Building Ellis County
Technical information
Class1390: B
99.1: D
Power1390: 480 watts (daytime)
260 watts (Nighttime)
ERP99.1: 250 watts
HAAT99.1: 45 meters
Transmitter coordinates
1390: 32°25′30″N 96°51′56″W / 32.42500°N 96.86556°W / 32.42500; -96.86556Coordinates: 32°25′30″N 96°51′56″W / 32.42500°N 96.86556°W / 32.42500; -96.86556
99.1: 32°26′48.50″N 96°48′16″W / 32.4468056°N 96.80444°W / 32.4468056; -96.80444
Translator(s)K256DE (99.1 MHz, Waxahachie)
Links
Websitekbec.com

Programming is also heard on 250 watt FM translator K256DE at 99.1 MHz in Waxahachie.

HistoryEdit

KBEC has the distinction of being the longest family-owned station in Texas.[citation needed] 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.

KBEC was the third attempt to build a station on 1390 AM 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.[1] 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). An adult standards format was in place from 1955 to 1978. The station then switched to a short-lived Spanish language Regional Mexican format, reverting to adult standards music again. In 1988, KBEC made its change to classic country music. 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. The station was purchased in July 2011 from Jeanne Mosley, Sandra Howell and general manager Ken Roberts. 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "KELL Request: FCC Denies Extension" (PDF). Broadcasting. February 20, 1950. p. 66. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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