Skip to comments.KLOL goes from classic rock to Latino format (Houston, TX)
Posted on 11/12/2004 11:15:41 AM PST by Orange1998
KLOL, 101.1 FM announced Friday that station has changed formats. The station switched from a classic rock format to a Latino music format branded as Mega 101.
KLOL is now branded as Mega 101 FM. The station's web site was listed as under construction, but KLOL's former morning show hosts Walton and Johnson announced on their web site that they were informed Thursday night of the change.
The radio hosts stated on WaltonandJohnson.com that, "Thursday night Walton and Johnson were informed by lower-level management sources via a last-minute phone call that there would be no Walton and Johnson Show tomorrow. In it's place would be Hispanic music programs."
Seems like lots of stations go latino now. Does it really pay? Or is it just PC?
Rock 101 was THE major radio station in Houston for years. I am loss for words.
Get used to it. Unless we do something about the errant immigration policy in this country, all media will be in spanish. Majority rules.
The FCC should outlaw this crap. It allows people to not bother to learn english and reduces the number of stations that native english speaking americans can listen to.
My listening rights are being disenfranchised!!!!!
Mega 101 is a network; it's been in L.A. for awhile, will probably spread like wildfire.
I think a lot of the music radio audience has switched to listening to MP3s, CDs, and satellite radio. The commercial load got too heavy.
Arrrgggghhh!!! Like we really need any more Spanish radio in this town! Unfrickgingbeliveable. =/
Wholly Cow! That stinks. Whooduv thunk it...
Yes, it pays. Legally or otherwise, the Latino demographic is growing.
Never listened to them anyway... 93.7 "The Arrow" a Clearchannel station for me...
I recall that long ago they had 101 KLOL and 97 Rock. Also KIKK and all the Proud to be a KIKKer bumper stickers.
I seem to remember that dopey Matthews used to be part of Moby and Matthews on one of those rock stations heard he got popped for messing around with kids somehow.
At any rate, I enjoy watching Telemundo and Univision
they have some incredible eye-candy from time to time. Cant understand a word they say but really dont need to.
It's part of catering to los illegales, the voting bloc that will be legalized in time to elect George P. Bush POTUS once he passes his 35th birthday.
Remember, you heard it here first.
We will be required to speak Spanish before they will be required to speak English. In fact, in southern California all government jobs require "bilingual" speakers.
You hit the nail on the head.
Except for the occasional Rush Limbaugh, I haven't listened to local radio for ages. As far as I know, all the local FM stations might be French or Creole.
The web page now says "Latino and Proud". I am shocked that a major radio station converted to foreign language station.
Imagine if one of the country music stations here proclaimed: "Anglo and Proud". LULAAC would be up in arms.
92.3 KSJO here in San Jose went to Spanish Radio on 10/30/04 after 36 years of Classic Rock...
My guess is that these Hispanic families have a lot of members in each household, and therefore are spending less on housing, which equals more disposable income -- for things like cars, clothes, household goods, etc.
I feel really nerdy for having laughed at this station's call letters.
But yeah, radio sucks now. While I'm in the car it's CDs, with some public radio (not NPR) thrown in.
They had a problem with the hippies, evidently. Had to calm them down with batons and flashlights pretty regularly, the way I remember it.
ROCK 101!? Astounding!
of course it pays, otherwise clearchannel would not be doing it in San Jose...
The last song they played as an English-speaking station was Wall of Voodoo's song "Mexican Radio".
No how Mohow's incrementalism continues.....
I think part of the problem could be the state of pop/rock music today (it sucks). There probably is more loyal listener-ship amongst the hispanics/illegals, and thus a chance to sell more products via advertising. I expect many more discriminating listeners have migrated to XM or Sirius Satellite radio (something I am considering). Most of the time, I am playing CDs and jamming to Handel, Bach and Telemann as I drive around Houston.
The air talent was moved to their AM spectrum (1070AM?) and then through consolidation the parent corp found themselves with 3 "old folks radio" stations on AM. Now they are down to one (790AM KBME) and IT is changing format to sports radio in December.
Karts (not sure which letters spelled ARTS) 92.1FM was a commercial classical station. It was sold this year to become light grunge (early 90s light rock) but this may be a temporary format as I hear the parent corp. runs hip hop stations (2 in the city already).
I think that the objective here is to get "rich" people (read white people) to pay for radio every month. There wasn't much on the dial in Houston I listened to (outside of talk radio) and there is getting to be less.
1430AM KCOH is a 5 decade old locally owned black community radio station. I like some of the programming (talk in the morning, sometimes the music on Friday Night/Saturday afternoon, and early early morning/late late night, with some of the gospel on Sunday).
Forget about anything else though. KPFT does not serve the community; it serves the communists with a little music progamming added for charitible donations. KTRU is standard eclectic college radio; if you hear something good during the day, 9 times out of 10 you won't like the next song.
here is the list of radio stations.
No kidding. I was in the SUV :) thinking someone at the car wash must have change my station. Fumbling through the dial looking miffed.
"The white zone is for loading and unloading only..." (Frank Zappa, Joe's Garage)
Clearchannel is doing this nationwide. They are turning one of their stations into a Spanish-language station in 50 markets, IIRC.
Have you tried Vietnamese radio yet? So far I only find it on the AM spectrum.
I am STUNNED!! Long Live Outlaw Dave, Locke, Wendy Miller, Walton & Johnson, et al. This is a HUGE loss for Houston rock fans!! Un-buh-lievable.
Spanish is the next most spoken language behind English and it's growing rapidly. We have only begun to experience 24/7 worldwide business over the internet. The translations sites cannot provide idiomatic descriptions, they are generic to the language. In otherwords, if one desires to to deal with the massive Hispanic population one must talk the talk.
The market supports any business. If it cannot sustain these "new" stations they won't last. I wonder what happened to the others.
How much polka rip off can we stand???
Gotta switch to Pig-Rancher radio Ping!!
Public Radio is going to more political talk and worldbeat music and less classical music. What classical is broadcast there is syndicated.
Sound like Miami, the top 5 stations there are all Spanish
language, looks like the melting pot is stuck on low.
Back in the Day it was K101 with the Run Away Radio logo. I High School that is all I listened to. That is the station that Hanna Storm got her start.
Hell has indeed Frozen Over.
you beat me to the ping
demos, lets see legal mex. immigrants, 375,000 illegal immigrants 4,375,000 and counting.
ANOTHER ONE DOWN...JESUS CHRIST
Remember back in the early 80s...they had a bumpersticker with a metal head with a lightening bolt going in one side and out the other? Coolest bumpersticker ever, I believe...even to this day.
If I remember correctly, KLOL was the longest running Rock radio station in Texas.
Yeh, Houston FM radio has sucked for years. Used to listen to KLOL back in the early 90s, but lately it seemed to be one long metalhead rift interupted with an occasional lame sex joke.
Ping. . .
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