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KOOL-FM is a commercial classic hits music radio station in Phoenix, Arizona, broadcasting on 94.5 FM. The station is owned by Entercom. The station features the hits of the late 1970s and the 1980s (as well as several hits from the 1990s) and is one of the top performing stations in Phoenix. The focus is 1976 to 1990. Its studios are located in downtown Phoenix, and its transmitter is in South Mountain Park.

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CityPhoenix, Arizona
Broadcast areaPhoenix metropolitan area
Branding94.5 KOOL-FM
SloganNobody plays more 80's!
Frequency94.5 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
First air date1956 (1956)
FormatFM/HD1: Classic hits
HD2: New wave/classic alternative "ROQ of the '80s"
HD3: All 70s "Your '70s Playlist"
ERP95,600 watts
100,000 watts with beam tilt
HAAT504 meters (1,654 ft)
Facility ID13506
Transmitter coordinates33°20′02″N 112°03′43″W / 33.334°N 112.062°W / 33.334; -112.062Coordinates: 33°20′02″N 112°03′43″W / 33.334°N 112.062°W / 33.334; -112.062
Callsign meaningCOOL Note; taken from TV station now KSAZ-TV (also see KOLD-TV)
(Entercom License, LLC)
Sister stationsKMLE, KALV-FM
WebcastKOOL Webstream
KOOL-HD2 Webstream (HD2)


Former logo

KOOL-FM began programming oldies music in 1971, the first radio station ever to carry the format, as a format brought to the station by Jerry Osborne, who used the air name Dan Coffey. Since the station did not have an oldies library, Osborne supplied all of the music from his own collection. The Dan Coffey Show, which aired on Saturday and Sunday nights, from 6:00 to midnight, immediately became the most popular program on KOOL-FM — so much so that they hired a woman (Pam MacKenzie) whose only job it was to answer the flood of calls and music requests for the Dan Coffey Show. At the time, no other station in the Phoenix market had an oldies format, and Osborne was given the freedom by KOOL-FM (then owned by Gene Autry) to play anything he wanted.

Now the door to success was opened and by the end of 1971 the entire station followed. They switched to an all-oldies format. In 1975, Osborne left radio to start his own publishing company. Before he left, he recorded thousands of oldies for the KOOL-FM music library.

By about 1986, KOOL was playing a small amount of 1980s music as well. Still, they focused on the music of the late 1960s. The station was co-owned with KOOL/960. In December 1985, Adams Radio Group bought both KOOL-AM/FM from Tom Chauncey and Partners. As Adams radio took ownership, KOOL-AM under the tutelage of GM, Jim Seemiller, changed format to a 1950s/1960s early rock and roll Oldies format on January 7, 1987.[1] The music had a concentration of the early hits but also injected a large dose of Doo-wop. This new format caught on and not only became a rating s success but also syndicated itself 24 hours a day, first radio station to do so. The stations were both owned by Adams Communications, and KOOL format was installed at many of other Adams radio stations.

KOOL with its marketing savvy became the leader of Oldies in US. KOOL had its own Radio store, physical shop located in Phoenix with radio paraphernalia, record, music, and other Oldies items and had a tremendous retail operation. At the same time, KOOL opened its own version of a real bar, KOOL CAFE. With the Cafe KOOL did music and live promotions every day of the week. The Cafe became one of Phoenix's hot spots for years. These marketing tactics paid off with the winning of the Marconi award in 1991/92.

In late 1995, KOOL-FM began simulcasting on KOOL-AM, which stopped playing "older-leaning oldies".[2]

In 1996, Chancellor acquired KOOL-AM-FM. At that time they acquired several other stations in the market, bringing them to over their ownership limit of 8. They opted to sell KOOL-AM-FM to Salem Media in 1997 and the AM, renamed KPXQ, became a Christian Talk station. In 2002, KPXQ became NewsTalk 960 KKNT focusing on conservative talk radio.

KOOL-FM went to Infinity Broadcasting, later to become CBS Radio. The music continued to be about the same until about 1999. At that point more late 1970s songs were added while the pre-1964 oldies were cut back slightly. In 2001, some early 1980s music was added and the pre 1964 oldies were cut to about 2 per hour. By 2003, as was the case was the oldies format continued to evolve, the pre 1964 oldies were eliminated almost completely with a handful of exceptions. More 1980s titles were also added at that point. Today the station, like most oldies outlets, has more of a classic hits format rather than a true oldies format.

In February 2008, CBS Radio made major layoffs that sent many longtime personalities packing, including Bill Gardner, John Michaels, Camelback Jack (who will later return), Dave Shannon, and several part-time personalities that had been with the station over the years, including Liz Boyle, Dennis Mitchell and Tony McGraw, aka "Skippy".

With the public release of Arbitron PPM data in July 2009, KOOL-FM continues to be one of the most listened to stations in Phoenix[3] with an airstaff anchored by 30 year market veterans Tom Peake and Steve Goddard along with the return of Camelback Jack at night and radio veteran Jeffrey T. Mason in middays.

On February 2, 2017, CBS Radio announced it would merge with Entercom.[4] The merger was approved on November 9, 2017, and was consummated on the 17th.[5][6]

On November 2, 2018, KOOL-FM switched to an all-Christmas format for the first time ever, which lasted until December 26, 2018.

On February 25, 2019, the morning show hosts, Maria Knight and Chad Mitchell, moved to 107.9 KMLE-FM and Niko Petrou switched from KMLE to KOOL for the morning show known as the Niko Show.

HD radioEdit

KOOL's HD Radio signal is multiplexed. The main signal is a simulcast of KOOL's classic hits programming. The HD2 carries ROQ of the '80s, a new wave/classic alternative format originating from KROQ-FM HD2 in Los Angeles. The HD3 airs All 70s, a.k.a Your '70's Playlist.

Previous logosEdit


On-air staffEdit


KOOL Breakfast Club (The Niko Show): 5:30am-10:00am

Dee Garcia: 10:00am-3:00pm

Charlie Huero: 3:00pm-7:00pm

Carolyn Coffey: 7:00pm-12:00am


Casey Kasem's American Top 40: The 80's: Saturdays 6:00am-10:00am

Scott Shannon Presents: "America's Greatest Hits": Sundays 7:00am-11:00am


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  2. ^ "Vox Jox". Billboard. 107 (41): 79. Oct 14, 1995.
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  4. ^ CBS Radio to Merge with Entercom
  5. ^ "Entercom Receives FCC Approval for Merger with CBS Radio". Entercom. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017.
  6. ^ Venta, Lance (November 17, 2017). "Entercom Completes CBS Radio Merger". Radio Insight. Retrieved November 17, 2017.

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