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Media in Oklahoma City

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As of 2011, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area is the 44th-largest media market in the United States, as ranked by Nielsen Media Research, with 712,630 television households[1] (0.6% of all U.S. homes) and 1.2 million people aged 12+. The following is a summary of broadcast and print media in Oklahoma City:

Newspapers and magazines

The major daily newspaper published in Oklahoma City is The Oklahoman, which has the largest circulation of the state's newspapers. There are also a number of regional and special-interest newspapers such as the Black Chronicle, the Oklahoma Gazette and The Journal Record.




  • Choctaw Sun
  • Eastern Oklahoma County News (Harrah)
  • The Edmond Sun
  • Harrah Sun
  • Jones Sun
  • Luther Sun
  • Midwest City Beacon
  • Moore Monthly
  • Nicoma Park Sun
  • Spencer Sun
  • The Vista (Edmond)

Business, legal, entertainment and other local periodicals

Defunct newspapers and publications

Digital media

  • OKC Talk
  • The Lost Ogle[4]
  • Non Doc


Oklahoma City, the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma, is the 44th largest designated market area for television in the United States (as ranked by Nielsen Media Research);[5] the DMA serves 34 counties in the northern, west-central and central portions of the state. The Oklahoma City area has 19 television stations, including 12 full-power and six low-power (analog or digital) stations:

Local broadcast stations

Oklahoma City-licensed

Channel Callsign Network Subchannels Owner Website
(Virtual/RF) Channel Programming
4.1 (27) KFOR-TV NBC 4.2
Antenna TV
True Crime Network
Nexstar Media Group [1]
5.1 (7) KOCO-TV ABC 5.2 MeTV Hearst Television [2]
9.1 (39) KWTV-DT CBS 9.2 News 9 Now Griffin Communications [3]
13.1 (32) KETA-TV PBS 13.2
OETA World
OETA Create
Oklahoma Educational
Television Authority
14.1 (15) KTBO-TV TBN 14.2
Hillsong Channel
TBN Enlace USA
Trinity Broadcasting Network [5]
21.1 (21) KUOT-CD 3ABN 21.2
Amazing Facts TV
Hope Channel
The Edge Spectrium
22.1 (22) KTOU-LD Home Shopping Network 22.2
SonLife Television Network
Off Air
HC2 Holdings [6]
25.1 (24) KOKH-TV Fox 25.2
Sinclair Broadcast Group [7]
26.1 (26) KLHO-LD Blank 26.2
Off Air
Off Air
Off Air
Aracelis Oritz Corporation
30.1 (29) KTUZ-TV Telemundo Tyler Media Group [8]
34.1 (33) KOCB-TV The CW 34.2
Sinclair Broadcast Group [9]
36.1 (36) KUOK-CD Univision N/A N/A Tyler Media Group [10]
43.1 (40) KAUT-TV Independent 43.2
Court TV
Court TV Mystery
Cozi TV
Nexstar Media Group [11]
45.1 (45) KOHC-CD Azteca America 45.2
Timeless TV
HC2 Holdings
46.1 (46) KOCM-TV Daystar 46.2 Daystar En Espanol Word of God Fellowship, Inc. [12]
48.1 (48) KOCY-LP Estrella TV N/A N/A Tyler Media Group [13]
52.1 (23) KSBI MyNetworkTV 52.2
Bounce TV
Court TV Mystery
Griffin Communications [14]
62.1 (50) KOPX-TV Ion Television 62.2
Ion Plus
Ion Media Networks [15]

Outlying areas

Areas outside the immediate Oklahoma City metropolitan area are served by mostly low-power stations, with the exceptions of two full-power stations that are an affiliate of Univision and a member station of PBS, respectively.

The six network-affiliated television stations in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area do not operate any full-power satellite stations, despite the western portions of the market being underserved by any network affiliates' signal (though NBC affiliate KFOR-TV does have low-power translators serving northwestern parts of the state, and Univision affiliate KUOK is based out of Woodward with two low-power translators, one analog and one digital, serving the immediate Oklahoma City area). Therefore, cable or satellite television is required to receive Oklahoma City television stations; in order to receive KFOR-TV, KOCO-TV, KWTV-DT, KOKH-TV, KOCB or KAUT-TV in those areas, cable television is required.

The only full-power English-language major network-affiliated television stations to serve those areas of the market located outside the Oklahoma City metro were KVIJ (channel 8; originally a CBS affiliate and later a satellite of Amarillo ABC affiliate KVII) in Sayre, which ceased operations in 1992, and ABC affiliate KGEO (channel 5) which moved from Enid to Oklahoma City in 1958, and is now the present-day KOCO-TV.

Channel Callsign City of license Network Subchannels Owner Website
(Virtual/RF) Channel Programming
12.1 (8) KWET-TV Cheyenne PBS 12.2
OETA World
OETA Create
Oklahoma Educational
Television Authority
24.1 (34) KOMI-CD Woodward YTA TV N/A N/A Omni Broadcasting Co.
35.1 (35) KUOK Woodward Univision N/A N/A Tyler Media Group [17]
47.1 (35) K35MV-D Concho FNX N/A N/A Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
48.1 (48) KUOC-LD Enid Buzzr 48.2
SonLife Broadcasting Network
HC2 Holdings

Local independent cable channels

Channel formerly carried on over-the-air as digital subchannel carried on OETA stations

Subscription television

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is primarily served by Cox Communications for cable television and AT&T U-verse for internet protocol television. Cox Communications parent Cox Enterprises was awarded the cable franchise rights to Oklahoma City proper by the Oklahoma City Council in February 1979, and commenced service in the city in April 1980. Until the latter's system's dissolution in December 1983, cable service in the immediate Oklahoma City area was split between the main Cox Cable system and Pan Oklahoma Communications, a joint venture that was 80% owned by Cox Enterprises (the same equity stake it initially held with the western Oklahoma City Cox franchise) with the remaining 20% owned by seven majority stockholders and four minority stockholders based in the city. In 1984, Cox Communications acquired 10% of the remnant shares owned by the six local shareholders in Cox Cable of Oklahoma City, which expanded its service area into areas of northeastern Oklahoma City (located east of Western Avenue, the service delineation point for both systems) as well as the bordering unincorporated community of Forest Park that had previously been served by Pan Oklahoma.[6][7]

Multimedia Cablevision served as the cable provider for the city's suburbs and adjacent areas (including among others, Bethany, Edmond, Guthrie, Midwest City-Del City, Choctaw, Harrah, Moore, Nichols Hills, Norman and Yukon). Multimedia first incorporated in the metropolitan area when it established a system in Moore and Del City in 1979; the company expanded its service area in 1983, when it acquired the American Cablevision systems in Norman (which launched in 1976 as the first cable provider in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area), Midwest City/Spencer (incorporated in July 1979), Stillwater and Cushing from American Television and Communications Corporation (AT&C) in a trade deal involving two AT&C-owned systems in North Carolina. Cox Communications would purchase Multimedia's suburban Oklahoma City systems from the Gannett Company (as part of a $2.7-billion acquisition of its systems in Oklahoma, Kansas and North Carolina) in July 1999, with those systems formally being taken over by Cox on February 1, 2000.[8][9] AT&T U-verse rolled out its internet protocol television service to portions of Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore and Norman in August 2007; U-verse would expand its service into additional suburban communities (including Midwest City, Mustang, Nichols Hills, The Village, Wheatland and Yukon) by the summer of 2008.[10][11][12]

From 1978 until 1984, Oklahoma City was also served by TV-Q Movie Systems, a Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service which was the first provider to offer pay television service in Oklahoma City proper; TVQ – which transmitted its signal via antenna to Oklahoma City and adjacent suburbs within a 30-mile (48 km) radius – exclusively carried programming from HBO and SuperStation WTBS (now TBS) as well as, upon converting into a multichannel service in 1981, Nickelodeon. Antenna Vision was launched in 1990 as a 21-channel MMDS offering featuring broadcast stations, and a limited lineup of basic and premium channels from a transmitter atop the Liberty Bank Tower in downtown Oklahoma City (which had previously housed TV-Q and VEU's respective transmission facilities). Launched by Multimedia Cablevision, it made use of additional frequencies licensed to the service by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and reached a 12-mile (19 km) radius covering most of Oklahoma, northern Cleveland and eastern Canadian Counties; American Telecasting purchased Antenna Vision in 1994, folding the latter provider into its WanTV wireless cable service (which remained in operation until 2001).[13]

Oklahoma City also served as the pilot market for Video Entertainment Unlimited (VEU), a subscription service launched in October 1980 by Golden West Broadcasters over its then-fledgling independent station KAUT-TV, which transmitted the service during the nighttime hours seven days a week as well as on weekend afternoons. VEU – which was formatted similarly to premium cable networks (such as HBO and Showtime) as well as other over-the-air subscription television services of the time period (such as ONTV and SelecTV), offering a mix of unedited movies, music specials and sporting events – expanded to include affiliates in Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta; VEU – which was dropped by KAUT in September 1982, in favor of offering a full-time schedule of syndicated and local entertainment programs available for free to the entire media market – ceased operations on its two other affiliates in September 1984, as cable television service expanded its reach throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth and Atlanta markets.


As of September 2011, Oklahoma City is the 48th largest radio market in the United States, according to Arbitron.[14] The following is a list of radio stations serving the Oklahoma City area:


Frequency Callsign Nickname Format Owner Website
640 KWPN ESPN 640 Sports/Talk Cumulus Media
800 KQCV KQCV Bible Teaching Bott Radio Network [18]
890 KTLR KTLR Religious Talk WPA Radio, LLC [19]
930 WKY The Sports Animal Sports talk Cumulus Media [20]
1000 KTOK NewsRadio 1000, KTOK Conservative Talk iHeartMedia [21]
1140 KRMP Heart & Soul 92.1 & 1140 Urban Adult Contemporary Perry Broadcasting Company Inc. [22]
1220 KTLV KTLV 1220 Urban Contemporary Gospel First Choice Broadcasting [23]
1340 KGHM All Sports Radio Sports/Talk iHeartMedia [24]
1400 KREF The Ref Sports/Talk Fox Sports Radio [25]
1460 KZUE La Tremenda Radio Mexico Spanish variety La Tremenda Radio Mexico, Inc [26]
1520 KOKC KOKC News/Talk Tyler Media Group [27]
1560 KEBC AM 1560 Sports/Talk Tyler Media Group [28]


Frequency Callsign Nickname Format HD Radio Owner Website
88.1 KMSI The Oasis Inspirational David Ingles Ministries, Inc. [29]
88.5 KZTH The House Contemporary Christian The Love Station, Inc. [30]
88.9 KYLV K-Love Contemporary Christian Educational Media Foundation [31]
89.3 KSSO Sonlife Radio Gospel Family Worship Center Church, Inc [32]
89.5 K208CG CSN Radio Religious CSN International [33]
90.1 KUCO KUCO Classical HD2: Gospel Music (KTGS)
HD3: Vietnamese
University of Central Oklahoma [34]
90.5 K213EM Radio U Christian rock Spirit Communications, Inc. [35]
90.9 KOKF Air1 Christian Worship Music Educational Media Foundation [36]
91.7 KOSU KOSU NPR(daytime)/
The Spy FM (nighttime)
Oklahoma State University [37]
92.1 K221FQ Heart & Soul 92.1 & 1140 Urban Adult Contemporary (KRMP simulcast) Perry Broadcasting Company Inc. [38]
92.5 KOMA KOMA Oldies HD2: "The Edge 92.9"
HD3: "V103"
Tyler Media Group [39]
92.9 K225BN The Edge 92.9 Alternative Rock Tyler Media Group [40]
93.3 KJKE Jake FM Classic Country Tyler Media Group [41]
93.7 KSPI-FM Hot 93.7 Hot AC Stillwater Broadcasting, LLC [42]
93.9 KWDW-LP Radio Salvacion Spanish Religious Jesucristo Es Mi Fortaleza Church, Inc [43]
94.1 K231BH Bott Radio Network Christian talk (KQCV-FM simulcast) Bott Radio [44]
94.7 KBRU 94.7 The Brew Active Rock HD2: "98.5 El Patrón"
HD3: "98.5 El Patrón"
iHeartMedia [45]
95.1 KQCV-FM Bott Radio Network Bible Teaching Community Broadcasting, Inc. [46]
95.3 K237GE KOKC News/Talk (KOKC (AM) simulcast) Screen Door Broadcasting, Inc. [47]
95.7 K239BT Bott Radio Network Bible Teaching (KQCV-AM simulcast) Bott Broadcasting Company [48]
96.1 KXXY-FM 96.1 KXY Classic Country HD2: "KTOK" iHeartMedia [49]
96.5 K243BJ Exitos 96.5 Spanish Oldies Tyler Media Group [50]
96.9 KQOB Alice 96.9 Adult Hits Champlin Broadcasting, Inc.
(LMA with Cumulus Media)
97.3 KKNG-FM Oklahoma Catholic Radio Catholic/
WPA Radio LLC [52]
97.5 KCYI-LP Smooth Jazz Edwards Broadcasting
97.7 KRGU-LP Spanish Catholic Midwest City Knights Of Columbus Building Corporation [53]
97.7 K249FG La Tremenda Radio Mexico Spanish variety (KZUE simulcast) La Tremenda Radio Mexico, Inc. [54]
98.1 WWLS-FM The Sports Animal Sports talk Cumulus Media [55]
98.5 K253BV 98.5 El Patrón Regional Mexican iHeartMedia [56]
98.9 KYIS Kiss-FM Hot Adult Contemporary Cumulus Media [57]
99.3 KHDD-LP Spanish Catholic Oklahoma Catholic Family Conference, Inc. [58]
99.3 KZUC-LP UCentral Radio Adult Alternative University of Central Oklahoma [59]
99.7 KNAH 99.7 Hank FM Classic Country HD2: The Rooster Red Dirt 24/7
HD3: Frey Miller Trucking's Big Rig Radio
HD4: KZLS-AM 1640 The Eagle
Champlin Broadcasting, Inc [60]
100.1 K261DP The House FM Contemporary Christian The Love Station, Inc [61]
100.5 KATT-FM Rock 100.5, The KATT Rock Cumulus Media [62]
100.9 KSMJ-LP Oklahoma Catholic Radio Catholic Oklahoma Fellowship Of Catholic Men [63]
101.1 K266BG CSN Radio Religious CSN International [64]
101.3 KPCG-LP Trumpet Radio 101.3 Catholic Philadelphia Church Of God Inc. [65]
101.5 K268BR The Gospel Station Southern Gospel Russell Ministries, Inc. [66]
101.9 KTST The Twister Country HD2: "My Praise FM KLVV" iHeartMedia [67]
102.3 K272FD Bott Radio Network Bible Teaching (KQCV-AM simulcast) Bott Broadcasting Company [68]
102.7 KJYO KJ103 Contemporary Hits/Top-40 HD2: "iHeartRadio Music Festival" iHeartMedia [69]
103.1 K276EX V103 Classic Hip Hop Tyler Media Group [70]
103.5 KVSP Power 103.5 Mainstream Urban Perry Broadcasting of Southwest Oklahoma, Inc. [71]
103.7 K279CR KTLR Religious Talk Tyler Media L.L.C. [72]
104.1 KMGL Magic 104.1, KMGL Adult Contemporary Tyler Media Group [73]
104.5 K283BW 104.5 KRXO Classic Rock Tyler Media Group [74]
104.9 KKWD Wild 1049 Rhythmic Contemporary Hits Cumulus Media [75]
105.3 KINB 105.3 The Pro Sports Perry Media Group, LLC [76]
105.7 KROU KGOU, Your NPR Source News/Talk (daytime)/
Jazz (nighttime)
University of Oklahoma [77]
106.3 KGOU KGOU, Your NPR Source News/Talk (daytime)/
Jazz (nighttime)
University of Oklahoma [78]
106.7 KTUZ-FM La Zeta, 106.7 Spanish Tyler Media Group [79]
107.3 K297BB The Gospel Station Southern Gospel Russell Ministries, Inc. [80]
107.7 KRXO-FM 107.7, The Franchise KRXO Sports HD2: "104.5 KRXO"
HD3: "Exitos 96.5"
Tyler Media Group [81]

See also


  1. ^ 2011-12 DMA Ranks - Nielsen
  2. ^ "About 405 Magazine". 405 Magazine. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Sullins; Parsons (1992). "Roscoe Dunjee: Crusading Editor of Oklahoma's Black Dispatch, 1915-1955". Journalism Quarterly. 69. doi:10.1177/107769909206900119.
  4. ^ "Finding the Lost Ogle - 405 Magazine - December 2013 - Oklahoma City". Retrieved 2018-04-20.
  5. ^ U.S. Local TV Market Rankings
  6. ^ Nolan Clay (September 15, 1985). "Parent Company Tightens Control Over City Cable Television System". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  7. ^ "Cable TV changes approved". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. February 22, 1983. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  8. ^ Jon Denton (July 28, 1999). "Cox to Buy Multimedia Cable TV". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  9. ^ Mel Bracht (February 1, 2000). "Cox viewers to see more local programs". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  10. ^ Jim Stafford (April 6, 2007). "AT&T chief sets TV debut in city". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  11. ^ Jim Stafford (August 7, 2007). "Neighborhoods get scoop on AT&T's U-verse service". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  12. ^ "AT&T's U-verse TV sees expansion". Edmond Life & Leisure. August 14, 2008. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Tim Chavez (May 16, 1990). "Microwave TV Service to Begin Antenna Vision Seen as Alternative to Cable". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma Publishing Company. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  14. ^ Arbitron Radio Market Rankings: Fall 2011

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