New Book Tells the History of Tulsa’s KAKC Radio

Local author releases new book featuring collection of vintage images
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Feb. 27, 2013 - PRLog -- New to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97 by local author Steve Clem. This pictorial history of Tulsa radio boasts more than 200 vintage images.

KAKC AM 970 dominated radio listening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, like no other station before or since. During its heyday, half of all radios in northeast Oklahoma were tuned to this Top 40 station. The "new" KAKC emerged in 1956 with a baby-boom generation raised on rock and roll, the twist and transistor radios.

But it was more than music that kept KAKC on top throughout the turbulent 1960s, Vietnam, and into the 1970s, it was fun! The station was always out doing something entertaining in the community, usually to benefit a charity, and the Big 7 deejays including Scooter Segraves, Dick Schmitz, and Lee Bayley became household names.

The images in Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97 chronicle the station's entire history from its beginnings in the Coliseum to its long ride as the dominant force in Tulsa radio.

Highlights of Tulsa's KAKC Radio: The Big 97 include:
•   Contains many rare photographs of KAKC deejays and musical artists over time such as; The Animals, Paul Anka, Connie Francis and many more.
•   Displays many promotional images from the radio station and previous radio schedules.
•   Discusses the influence the station had on Tulsa as a city and the transition of the station’s broadcasts over time.

Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at (888)-313-2665 or online.

Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States.  Our mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places.  Have we done a book on your town? Visit
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